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    White Sox 7, Indians 1

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    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - As poorly as Ubaldo Jimenez has pitched this spring, even a performance in which he gave up a bunch of hits looked pretty good.

    Jimenez threw plenty of strikes in five innings for the Cleveland Indians in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

    Jimenez allowed two earned runs and seven hits, walking none and striking out three. He said he stayed consistent with his mechanics in his second-to-last start of the spring, lowering his ERA from 7.24 to 6.27.

    "I was able to throw a lot of strikes to get ahead and stay ahead," Jimenez said. "I think it was the first game that I've been able to do that in spring training."

    Jimenez is trying to bounce back after finishing 4-4 with a 5.10 ERA for the Indians last season following a late trade with the Colorado Rockies. He is expected to be Cleveland's No. 2 starter.

    Indians manager Manny Acta said Jimenez's secondary pitches were possibly the best he's thrown this spring.

    "It's a big relief for me," Acta said. "I wanted to see some improvement. He looks very relaxed, at times too relaxed. He says he doesn't always pitch well in spring training. He has assured us the velocity will be there. We have to trust him."

    Brent Morel and Alejandro De Aza hit their first home runs of the spring for the White Sox, both two-run shots. Paul Konerko added two doubles.

    Zach Stewart, a candidate for the Chicago bullpen, allowed a run and three hits in 5 1-3 innings.

    "Whatever role or job they decide for me and want me to pursue, that's fine," Stewart said. "My main goal is just getting there (in the majors)."

    Before the game, the White Sox sent six players to their minor league camp, boosting the chances of infielders Eduardo Escobar or Ray Olmedo winning the final bench spot.

    Escobar, a switch-hitter, started at shortstop and went 0 for 4. He is batting .421 this spring. Olmedo started at second base, went 2 for 4 and is hitting .450.

    Escobar is on the 40-man roster while Olmedo is a non-roster invite.

    "I've been working very hard and will continue to do that. I think that being here as long as I have, making the cut, shows the hard work that I've been doing."

    Escobar made his major league debut Sept. 3 and hit .286 in nine games.

    "You could say that I'm a natural shortstop, but by the same token, the more reps and practices I get at the different positions, the more comfortable I feel," he said. "Also, it gives me the opportunity to highlight what I can do."

    Olmedo has hit .228 in 198 major league games.

    NOTES: White Sox closer candidate Jesse Crain (oblique) allowed an unearned run two innings in a minor league game, his first action since March 12. Crain said he's on target to be ready for the regular season. "I believe I'll have at least three more actual games," he said. "By then, I'll get locked in." ... White Sox starter Jake Peavy allowed five runs and 12 hits in seven innings in the minor league game. He struck out seven and walked one. ... The Indians' Michael Brantley went 1 for 2 in his first game after missing a week with a tight right hamstring.

     
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    Cleveland Indians
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Michael Brantley, CF2010000 .296
        Ryan Spilborghs, CF1000100 .167
    Asdrubal Cabrera, SS1011000 .233
        Gregorio Petit, SS1000001 .313
    Shin-Soo Choo, RF2010111 .295
        Aaron Cunningham, RF1000000 .216
    Carlos Santana, 1B3000001 .167
        Russ Canzler, 1B0000100 .297
    Travis Hafner, DH3000002 .324
       a- Fred Lewis, PH-DH1000011 .200
    Jose Lopez, 2B4000000 .317
    Shelley Duncan, LF4000011 .195
    Andy LaRoche, 3B3010000 .391
    Lou Marson, C3110001 .318
        Matt Pagnozzi, C0000000 .091
    Totals2915133  
    a-struck out for Hafner in the 9th
    Batting
    SF - Asdrubal Cabrera (2)
    RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (7)
    PK - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, Stewart)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Shin-Soo Choo 1
    DP - J. Lopez-A. Cabrera-Santana
    E - Jose Lopez (5, Misplayed grounder)
    Cleveland Indians
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ubaldo Jimenez (L,1-4) 5732030 6.27
    Rick VandenHurk 1122111 12.38
    Robinson Tejeda 1322101 8.10
    Jeremy Accardo 1000020 1.29
    WP - Ubaldo Jimenez (3)
    Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 28-27, Rick VandenHurk 11-6, Robinson Tejeda 12-6, Jeremy Accardo 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 8-3, Jeremy Accardo 1-0
    Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 21, Rick VandenHurk 5, Robinson Tejeda 7, Jeremy Accardo 3
    Chicago White Sox
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Alejandro De Aza, CF4112011 .280
        Trayce Thompson, CF0000000 .300
    Brent Lillibridge, RF3120110 .327
        Christian Marrero, PR-RF0000000 .000
    Adam Dunn, 1B4010001 .250
        Seth Loman, PR-1B0000000 .000
    Paul Konerko, DH3221102 .380
    Kosuke Fukudome, LF4000015 .231
        Brady Shoemaker, LF0000000 .000
    Brent Morel, 3B3223011 .326
        Erik Morrison, 3B1000002 .000
    A.J. Pierzynski, C4010011 .256
    Eduardo Escobar, SS4000010 .421
        Andrew Garcia, 2B0000000 .333
    Ray Olmedo, 2B-SS4120002 .450
    Totals34711626  
    Batting
    2B - Paul Konerko 2 (4, Jimenez, Jimenez)
    HR - Alejandro De Aza (1, Tejeda), Brent Morel (1, VandenHurk)
    RBI - Alejandro De Aza 2 (6), Paul Konerko (5), Brent Morel 3 (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Brent Morel (4)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - Olmedo-Escobar-Loman
    Chicago White Sox
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Zach Stewart (W,2-0) 5.1311110 3.72
    Will Ohman (H,1) 0.2100000 1.17
    Brian Bruney (H,2) 2100100 0.73
    Matt Thornton 1000120 1.59
    HBP - A. Cabrera (by Will Ohman)
    Pitches-Strikes - Zach Stewart 24-20, Will Ohman 4-3, Brian Bruney 10-6, Matt Thornton 11-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Stewart 3-11, Will Ohman 2-0, Brian Bruney 2-3, Matt Thornton 1-0
    Batters Faced - Zach Stewart 19, Will Ohman 4, Brian Bruney 7, Matt Thornton 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4504
    Game Time - 2:23
    Temperature - 80
    Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - John Tumpane