Friday March 21, 2008
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- After snagging Javy Lopez's line drive
near his ear in the third inning, C.C. Sabathia got an earful in
the dugout. Even Cy Young winners need an occasional stern lesson in spring training.
Motivated by the pep talk from pitching coach Carl Willis,
Sabathia settled down after giving up three runs in the first three
innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4
Braves starter John Smoltz was held out of the game because of
tightness in his shoulder. Sabathia blocked one of the Braves' lasers, the liner by Lopez, by sticking his glove in front of his face at the last second. Self defense? He said, "Definitely." Sabathia pitched six innings, giving up three runs and eight hits.
Sabathia gave up three hits and a run in the first and three
hits, including a run-scoring triple by Matt Diaz, in the third.
The right-hander, who was 19-7 while winning the 2007 AL Cy Young
Award, gave up only one hit in his last three scoreless innings.