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Indians 6, Giants 4

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The Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Ubaldo Jimenez is getting good results by quickening his delivery.

Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi hit consecutive homers off Heath Hembree, and Jimenez had a solid start on Thursday, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Hembree allowed Swisher's third home run of the spring, a three-run shot in the fifth. Giambi hit his first. Ryan Raburn, who leads the Indians with four homers, hit a pair of doubles, one of them with the bases loaded.

Jimenez allowed three hits and one run in four innings, benefiting from his quicker delivery. Center fielder Michael Bourn lost Brandon Crawford's fly ball in the sun, letting it fall for a triple. Hunter Pence followed with an RBI single.

"This is going to be a big season for me. The last two have been hard," Jimenez said. "I'm not worried about being a free agent. I want to show this team what I can do and I haven't done that yet."

The Indians' new pitching coach, Mickey Callaway, has been working with Jimenez on the pace of his delivery.

"It is helping," Jimenez said. "I was pausing, then I had to start up again. I have been able to attack the strike zone with my fastball."

Giants starter Tim Lincecum had to be scratched again because of a blister that he developed after his first appearance of spring training. He also missed a start last Saturday because of the blister on the middle finger of his right hand.

Chad Gaudin, who is trying to earn a job in the bullpen, pitched three scoreless innings in Lincecum's place.

"He's got the experience," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He has the pitches to work with. He had short notice but he's been there before. It worked out well. Our preference would be a guy who can go multiple innings. We haven't had that and gotten away with it."

Hembree, a Pacific Coast League All-Star last season, had trouble controlling his pitches in the fifth inning.

"He got some pitches up but they were two pretty good hitters," Bochy said.

Raburn, a minor league free agent who is trying to win a spot on the Indians' bench, had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs.

"He feels good about himself," manager Terry Francona said. "He's got a nice short stroke. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, but it's the kind of swing that plays well off the bench."

NOTES: Indians OF Michael Brantley will have his stitches removed from his left forearm on Friday. He hurt it while sliding into third base. He will resume baseball activities and should be ready to play by Sunday, according to Francona. ... Matt Carson, who was hit in the head with a pitch on Wednesday, has been cleared to resume full activity for Cleveland. ... Indians closer Chris Perez, who has not pitched since Feb. 26 because of a right shoulder strain, will begin throwing as early as Sunday. ... Pence singled twice. ... Brandon Belt, who leads the Giants with three home runs, hit a two-run double. ... Giants INF Brett Pill has swelling in his knee. "He doesn't know how he did it," Bochy said. "He's close to returning but he won't play tomorrow." ... Giants OF Andres Torres has an injured oblique muscle. "He is swinging from the right side," Bochy said. "He should start taking some swings from the left side Monday or Tuesday."

 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

N. Swisher
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

H. Pence
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF3010011 .190
    Gary Brown, CF1000001 .238
Brandon Crawford, SS3220001 .400
    Ehire Adrianza, SS1000001 .000
Hunter Pence, RF3122000 .318
    Juan Perez, LF1000000 .143
Brandon Belt, 1B3012011 .464
    Angel Villalona, 1B1000000 .167
Roger Kieschnick, DH-RF4010012 .238
Cole Gillespie, LF3000010 .261
   a- Andrew Susac, PH1000011 .333
Kensuke Tanaka, 2B3000002 .222
    Joe Panik, 2B1000000 .000
Wilson Valdez, 3B2000000 .214
    Nick Noonan, 3B2000000 .053
Guillermo Quiroz, C1100100 .273
    Johnny Monell, C1000110 .500
Totals3447426  
a-struck out for Lively in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brandon Belt (2, Allen)
3B - Brandon Crawford (1, Jimenez)
RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (2), Brandon Belt 2 (8)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Tanaka-Crawford-Belt
E - Kensuke Tanaka (4, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Gaudin 3200020 2.16
Josh Osich (BS,2; L,0-1) 0.1322110 20.25
Fabio Castillo 0.2000000 34.71
Heath Hembree 1344102 11.25
George Kontos 1000110 1.80
Mitch Lively 1100110 0.00
Jean Machi 1100010 4.50
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 6-1, Fabio Castillo 1-1, Heath Hembree 2-1, Mitch Lively 1-1, Jean Machi 1-1
Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 11, Josh Osich 5, Fabio Castillo 2, Heath Hembree 7, George Kontos 4, Mitch Lively 5, Jean Machi 4
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3110001 .143
    Cedric Hunter, CF1000101 .053
Jason Kipnis, 2B3000011 .227
    Ronny Rodriguez, 2B2000002 .000
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B2110110 .450
    Nate Spears, 3B1000000 .125
Nick Swisher, 1B3223001 .524
    Jeremy Hermida, RF1000000 .231
Jason Giambi, DH3221000 .188
   a- Cord Phelps, PH-DH0000100 .300
Chris McGuiness, RF-1B3010110 .136
    Mike McDade, 1B0000000 .409
Ryan Raburn, LF2022000 .550
    Ezequiel Carrera, PR-LF2000012 .100
Lou Marson, C3000003 .182
    Roberto Perez, C1000010 .125
Juan Diaz, SS2000002 .294
    Francisco Lindor, SS2010010 .333
Totals34610646  
a-walked for Giambi in the 7th
Batting
2B - Lonnie Chisenhall (2, Gaudin), Ryan Raburn 2 (2, Gaudin, Osich)
3B - Michael Bourn (1, Hembree)
HR - Nick Swisher (3, Hembree), Jason Giambi (1, Hembree)
RBI - Nick Swisher 3 (10), Jason Giambi (3), Ryan Raburn 2 (11)
SB - Francisco Lindor (1, 2nd base off Machi/Monell)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kipnis-Diaz-Swisher
E - Francisco Lindor (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,1-0) 4311020 6.75
Matt Capps (H,3) 1000000 6.00
Cody Allen (H,1) 0.2333120 7.36
Fernando Nieve (H,1) 1.1000100 9.53
T.J. House (H,2) 1100010 0.00
Jerry Gil (S,1) 1000010 4.15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 4-5, Matt Capps 1-2, Cody Allen 1-0, Fernando Nieve 2-2, Jerry Gil 2-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 14, Matt Capps 3, Cody Allen 7, Fernando Nieve 5, T.J. House 4, Jerry Gil 3
Game Information
Attendance - 4832
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Adam Hamari