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    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - There's a perk Shin-Soo Choo's chasing, and it's not one the outfielder's super agent can negotiate into a new contract.

    Choo's sights are set on another prize - for him and the Cleveland Indians.

    "Playoffs," he said. "That's it. Nothing else."

    Limited to a DH role so far this spring because of a sore left elbow, Choo returned to right field for the first time in an exhibition game and reported no problems after playing five innings Friday in the Indians' 6-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.

    "I'm not 100 percent, but I still have three more weeks left to get ready for the season," Choo said. "It's still getting better."

    Choo's elbow began bothering him late last week, so much so that the Indians had him undergo an MRI exam to make sure there was no structural damage. He rested his arm for a few days before he resumed throwing drills that increased in distance each day.

    In his first Cactus League action, he hardly tested his arm, throwing a one-hopper to the cutoff man on Jonathan Herrera's third-inning triple. Manager Manny Acta was pleased to see Choo hold back and not risk hurting his elbow by rifling the ball too hard.

    "There's no need for it," Acta said. "That's called maturity, experience."

    The Indians lost 93 games last season, and most preseason prognostications have the baseball's youngest team finishing at or near the bottom of the AL Central. Choo isn't buying the dire predictions, and believes the Indians are good enough to make the postseason.

    "We have a good offense and we have good pitching, too," he said. "In baseball, you never know. Most people say we are a last-place team, but you never know. Nobody thought San Francisco would be champions."

    Acta loves hearing that talk from one of his stars.

    "That's our expectation," he said. "If not, we would have just gone home. Why waste our time? That's our expectation and as long as we're expecting that, we're fine with what everyone else expects."

    Orlando Cabrera hit an RBI triple and scored on a throwing error in Cleveland's first off Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin, who was tagged for five hits in three innings.

    Chad Huffman and Lonnie Chisenhall homered for Cleveland. Indians starter Fausto Carmona struck out two in three innings.

    Playing several Double-A level minor leaguers in the late innings, the Rockies made five errors.

    "We threw the ball around," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "That's to be expected (with kids)."

    The Indians' hope, and they've been in this situation many times before, is to sign Choo to a multiyear contract before he can leave as a free agent after the 2013 season. In January, they avoided salary arbitration and signed Choo to a one-year, $3,975,000 contract.

    Choo's under the Indians' control for this season and two more, but the club would like to lock up the 28-year-old beyond that. General manager Chris Antonetti has talked about a contract with Choo's agent, Scott Boras, but the sides have kept the negotiations private.

    Choo has said little about his contract status this spring, and has indicated he will not talk about his situation once the regular season starts.

    "I don't know if my agent and the Indians have talked about it," said Choo, the only AL player last season to hit .300 with 20 homers and 20 steals. "My focus is on playing this year."

    NOTES: An overheated clothes dryer caused a small fire at Goodyear Ballpark. Acta knew something was up when he arrived in the morning. "On my way in, I saw all the police cars and a helicopter," he said. "My first thought was it was an escapee from jail." ... Rockies DH Jason Giambi went 2-for-3 with an RBI. ... Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco went home to Florida for the birth of a child. ... Chisenhall had three hits, is batting .500 and is making a case to be on Cleveland's opening day roster. "It's happened before," Acta said.

     
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    Colorado Rockies
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Dexter Fowler, CF4000012 .182
        Cole Garner, RF1000001 .308
    Jonathan Herrera, SS3110000 .545
        Hernan Iribarren, 2B1110000 .571
    Jason Giambi, DH3021110 .750
        Michael McKenry, PR-DH0000000 .000
    Ty Wigginton, RF3000022 .222
        Tim Wheeler, RF-LF1001000 .167
    Mike Jacobs, 1B3000011 .100
        Ben Paulsen, 1B1000001 .333
    Ryan Spilborghs, LF3020000 .250
        Jose Morales, C1000011 .400
    Chris Iannetta, C2000111 .200
        Charlie Blackmon, CF1000000 .400
    Chris Nelson, 2B-SS3000013 .167
        Hector Gomez, 3B1010000 .167
    Thomas Field, 3B-SS2000000 .000
       a- Jordan Pacheco, PH1000011 .571
    Totals3427229  
    a-struck out for Field in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Hernan Iribarren (1, Mathis)
    3B - Jonathan Herrera (2, Carmona)
    RBI - Jason Giambi (1), Tim Wheeler (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Jason Giambi (1)
    SB - Ryan Spilborghs (1, 2nd base off Hagadone/Chen)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    E - Jhoulys Chacin (1, Throwing), Thomas Field 2 (2, Throwing), Hector Gomez (5, Misplayed grounder), Chris Nelson (1, Throwing)
    Colorado Rockies
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jhoulys Chacin (L,1-1) 3533110 5.40
    Matt Lindstrom 1111021 4.50
    Clayton Mortensen 2311201 4.50
    Eric Stults 2210010 6.75
    WP - Eric Stults (2)
    Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 20-16, Matt Lindstrom 9-8, Clayton Mortensen 18-9, Eric Stults 13-12
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 4-4, Matt Lindstrom 1-0, Clayton Mortensen 2-4, Eric Stults 5-2
    Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 15, Matt Lindstrom 4, Clayton Mortensen 11, Eric Stults 10
    Cleveland Indians
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ezequiel Carrera, CF3121010 .308
        Nick Weglarz, LF1000000 .000
    Orlando Cabrera, 2B2121100 .500
        Cord Phelps, PR-2B2000003 .143
    Shin-Soo Choo, RF3000004 .125
        Jerad Head, RF-CF2000002 .000
    Carlos Santana, C2000000 .286
        Chun Chen, C2000001 .000
        Luke Carlin, C1000011 .333
    Travis Hafner, DH2000100 .111
       a- Jason Kipnis, PH-DH1000000 .125
    Matt LaPorta, 1B4000012 .143
        Matt McBride, PR-1B0100000 .000
    Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4231010 .500
    Chad Huffman, LF-RF4132001 .455
    Adam Everett, SS2010100 .375
       b- Luis Valbuena, PH-SS1000002 .143
    Totals36611534  
    a-grounded out for Hafner in the 7th
    b-popped out for Everett in the 7th
    Batting
    3B - Orlando Cabrera (1, Chacin)
    HR - Lonnie Chisenhall (1, Mortensen), Chad Huffman (1, Lindstrom)
    SH - Ezequiel Carrera (2)
    RBI - Ezequiel Carrera (5), Orlando Cabrera (2), Lonnie Chisenhall (3), Chad Huffman 2 (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Ezequiel Carrera (2), Chad Huffman (1)
    Team LOB - 10
    Cleveland Indians
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Fausto Carmona (W,2-0) 3311120 1.80
    Chris Perez (H,1) 1000010 0.00
    Alex White (H,1) 2000130 6.00
    Nick Hagadone (H,2) 1100010 0.00
    Doug Mathis (H,1) 1211010 6.00
    Frank Herrmann 1100010 0.00
    HBP - Field (by Nick Hagadone)
    Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 20-16, Chris Perez 5-5, Alex White 16-12, Nick Hagadone 8-6, Doug Mathis 7-7, Frank Herrmann 7-6
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 5-2, Chris Perez 1-1, Alex White 1-2, Nick Hagadone 1-1, Doug Mathis 1-1
    Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 13, Chris Perez 3, Alex White 7, Nick Hagadone 5, Doug Mathis 5, Frank Herrmann 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 2529
    Game Time - 2:54
    Temperature - 83
    Umpires - Home - Clint Fagan, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Al Porter