Ubaldo Jimenez gave up three solo home runs Friday against Kansas City in his final Cactus League start. His next appearance will be Wednesday night against Toronto at Rogers Centre. The homers were the only runs and hits Jimenez allowed in 4 2/3 innings as the Tribe fell, 5-1, at Surprise Stadium. He struck out five and walked three. "He gave up three solos, one a hanging breaking ball and two on fastballs," said manager Terry Francona. "We wanted to limit him so he wouldn't have to exert a ton of effort. "I think we all feel good about him. I think he feels good about himself. That's what you want from guys going into the season." Last year, Jimenez, 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA in seven Cactus League games this spring, led the American League with 17 losses. "I definitely feel like I'm ready for the season," said Jimenez. "I feel good about my mechanics. I feel I can compete. I feel like I can go out there without thinking about my mechanics.
Ubaldo Jimenez loses to KC, but feels he's ready to start season with Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 30