at Mesa, Ariz.
Monday, March 22
Indians at the plate: Austin Kearns doubled to lead off the second and eventually scored on Jose Constanza's fielder's choice. Kearns had two hits, raising his average to .300. Jhonny Peralta added a RBI single in the third. The Indians took advantage of an error by third baseman Jeff Baker to score two unearned runs in the fifth off John Grabow. Matt LaPorta added a RBI single in the sixth. Donnie Webb hit a two-run triple in the eighth.Cubs at the plate: Alfonso Soriano had the Cubs' only hits off Fausto Carmona, including a double in the fifth. Micah Hoffpauir hit a two-run single with two outs in the ninth to get Chicago on the board.
Indians on the mound: Carmona, making his second start and third spring appearance, threw six scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out two.Cubs on the mound: Jeff Samardzija, battling for a spot in the rotation, gave up two runs on four hits and two walks over four innings. Grabow gave up two runs, both unearned, on three hits over two-thirds of an inning. Mike Parisi, a Rule 5 Draft pick, failed to retire any of the four batters he faced. Worth noting: Did you know that Indians designated hitter Mark Grudzielanek was named the Cubs' second baseman of the decade in a survey of team personnel? Grudzielanek played for the Cubs in 2003-04, batting .314 in '03 and .307 in '04. Cactus League records: Cubs 11-8-1; Indians 12-5 Up next: Left-hander Jeremy Sowers, ostensibly still in the running for a spot in the Indians' rotation, will continue playing catchup with the other candidates on Tuesday when he starts against the Brewers in Goodyear Ballpark at 4:05 p.m. ET. Due to the carryover of a strained left shoulder into Spring Training, Sowers was limited to rehab work until finally making his first appearance last Thursday, when he allowed two runs in two innings against the Reds.
Ryan Dempster will make his fourth spring start on Tuesday when the Cubs travel to Surprise to face the Royals at 3:05 p.m. CT. The right-hander has given up two earned runs on five hits over nine innings this spring. The Cubs will be using the designated hitter and there's a chance Aramis Ramirez could get the at-bats. He's been sidelined with a sore right triceps.