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    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Cleveland Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was pleased with his performance on Thursday.

    Facing a familiar opponent in the San Diego Padres, Jimenez, who had a 9.31 ERA this spring in four starts, showed his dominant form from his days with the Colorado Rockies.

    Jimenez limited the Padres to a run, four hits and a walk in four innings and struck out four as the Indians won 9-4.

    "I felt much better, especially from my last start," Jimenez said. "I was much more aggressive. But I still have a lot to improve. I had too many 2-1 and 3-1 counts. Hopefully, I am not going to keep falling behind like that. I have two games to get better and I will work on my fastball command, mostly."

    Jimenez, who went a combined 10-13 with a 4.68 ERA in 32 starts for the Rockies and Indians last season, was clearly better Thursday than he had been in his previous start.

    Facing the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, Jimenez gave up six earned runs, five hits and walked four in 3 2-3 innings while featuring a fastball that topped out in the high 80-mph range.

    On Sunday, Indians manager Manny Acta spoke to Jimenez because he was concerned about his fastball velocity and overall health. But Jimenez assured his manager he would be ready for the regular season.

    Against the Padres, Jimenez kept his promise as he reached 95 mph.

    "We're happy that Ubaldo was able to show better stuff today," Acta said. "He still pitched behind in the count a lot, but we're satisfied with the velocity. He continues to assure us he's fine, that he feels good and the velocity is not going to be an issue."

    Jimenez threw strikes on 43 of 76 pitches. He allowed several hard-hit balls and pitched deep into many counts, but was pleased with how he felt.

    "I feel way better than last spring," Jimenez said. "I got hurt in the second start. I am past that now. I feel very good, very happy. I am not worried at all and at peace with myself, my pitching and my team."

    Padres starter Cory Luebke was also excited about his performance.

    The left-hander, who went 6-10 with a 3.29 ERA in 46 games (17 starts) in 2011, wants to develop better command of his changeup and curveball this spring to mix in with his fastball and slider.

    Luebke used both the curve and changeup in a five-inning performance and said he was pleased. Luebke allowed a run, four hits and struck out six. He also got several outs with the changeup when he got behind hitters.

    "Today was the most comfortable I've been with the changeup to date," Luebke said.

    Designated hitter Travis Hafner hit a solo home run and had an RBI groundout for Cleveland.

    Outfielder Shelley Duncan, who hit .260 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs for the Indians in 2011, had a two-run homer.

    Shin-Soo Choo had two doubles for the Indians.

    Jesus Guzman, Chase Headley and Everth Cabrera all hit solo homers for the Padres. Cabrera also tripled in a run in four at-bats.

     
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    Cleveland Indians
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Cristian Guzman, SS3000002 .227
        Gregorio Petit, SS2011003 .364
    Jose Lopez, 2B3000010 .393
        Andy LaRoche, 2B1000113 .357
    Shin-Soo Choo, RF3020000 .306
        Felix Pie, PR-RF^CF1201103 .190
    Carlos Santana, C2000101 .194
        Matt Pagnozzi, C2013003 .100
    Travis Hafner, DH4112010 .345
        Jason Kipnis, PR-DH0100100 .229
    Russ Canzler, LF3000021 .324
        Shelley Duncan, 1B2112002 .250
    Casey Kotchman, 1B3010010 .300
        Ryan Spilborghs, PR-LF2200010 .200
    Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B5120031 .242
    Jason Donald, CF2010110 .240
       a- Chad Huffman, PH-RF1100000 .182
    Totals399109511  
    a-hit by pitch for Donald in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Gregorio Petit (1, Gregerson), Shin-Soo Choo 2 (4, Luebke, Street), Matt Pagnozzi (1, Hinshaw), Lonnie Chisenhall (1, Palmer)
    HR - Travis Hafner (2, Luebke), Shelley Duncan (5, Palmer)
    RBI - Gregorio Petit (1), Felix Pie (1), Matt Pagnozzi 3 (3), Travis Hafner 2 (4), Shelley Duncan 2 (14)
    2-OUT RBI - Felix Pie (1), Matt Pagnozzi 3 (3)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - Chisenhall-J. Lopez-Kotchman
    E - Jose Lopez (4, Misplayed grounder)
    Cleveland Indians
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ubaldo Jimenez 4411141 7.24
    Nick Hagadone 1211101 2.25
    Dan Wheeler (W,2-0) 1100000 10.29
    Joe Smith (H,5) 1000230 2.57
    Chris Seddon (H,1) 1211120 4.26
    Vinnie Pestano 1111131 1.08
    HBP - Hermida (by Joe Smith)
    WP - Ubaldo Jimenez (2)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 2-5, Nick Hagadone 2-1
    Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 16, Nick Hagadone 6, Dan Wheeler 4, Joe Smith 6, Chris Seddon 6, Vinnie Pestano 5
    San Diego Padres
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Cameron Maybin, CF2000101 .237
        Jeremy Hermida, RF1000002 .258
    Will Venable, RF3010000 .361
        Kyle Gaedele, CF1000112 .000
    Chase Headley, 3B3121001 .304
        Brad Davis, C2000022 .200
    Jesus Guzman, LF-1B4111113 .275
    Yonder Alonso, 1B3010000 .250
        Beamer Weems, 3B2000023 .000
    Jason Bartlett, SS3010001 .286
        Kyung-Min Na, LF1000110 .000
    John Baker, C3010012 .227
       a- Vincent Belnome, PH11100001.000
       b- Micah Owings, PH1000011 .000
    Everth Cabrera, 2B4122012 .281
       c- Chris Denorfia, PH0000100 .500
        Jeudy Valdez, SS1000110 .286
    Totals364104612  
    a-singled for Hinshaw in the 8th
    b-struck out for Brach in the 9th
    c-walked for Luebke in the 5th
    Batting
    2B - John Baker (1, Jimenez)
    3B - Everth Cabrera (1, Seddon)
    HR - Chase Headley (2, Jimenez), Jesus Guzman (2, Pestano), Everth Cabrera (1, Hagadone)
    RBI - Chase Headley (4), Jesus Guzman (6), Everth Cabrera 2 (4)
    SB - Will Venable (6, 2nd base off Jimenez/Santana)
    CS - Cameron Maybin (2, 2nd base by Jimenez/Santana)
    Team LOB - 12
    Fielding
    E - Kyle Gaedele (1, Dropped fly), Jeudy Valdez (4, Misplayed grounder)
    San Diego Padres
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Cory Luebke 5411061 1.93
    Huston Street (BS,1) 1111110 5.40
    Luke Gregerson (L,0-1) 1211210 5.14
    Matt Palmer 0.2251011 6.75
    Alex Hinshaw 0.1111200 4.05
    Brad Brach 1000020 1.35
    HBP - Huffman (by Matt Palmer)
    WP - Huston Street (1)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cory Luebke 5-4, Huston Street 1-1, Luke Gregerson 1-1, Matt Palmer 1-2
    Batters Faced - Cory Luebke 19, Huston Street 5, Luke Gregerson 7, Matt Palmer 7, Alex Hinshaw 4, Brad Brach 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5309
    Game Time - 3:13
    Temperature - 77
    Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - John Tumpane