3/4 Indians 13, Cubs 5

Alfonso Soriano and Johermyn Chavez each hit solo home runs but it was not nearly enough as the Indians pounded 20 hits in a 13-5 victory over the Cubs on Monday. Lonnie Chisenhall was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Nick Swisher was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Drew Stubbs had two hits and three RBIs. Mark Reynolds also homered for the Tribe. In his first start, Alberto Cabrera gave up five runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings, striking out one.

There was some concern in the Cubs’ first when Darnell McDonald hit a line drive that deflected off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco.

“I was going to check on him but figured since he threw two, three more innings, he was good,” McDonald said.

Carrasco struck out Luis Valbuena to open the Cubs first, then was hit on the side of his head by McDonald’s liner. The ball apparently deflected off his glove. Carrasco fell to his knees on the mound, and was tended to by the Indians athletic trainer, but he did stay in the game and lasted three innings.

“I definitely thought I had a knock right there,” McDonald said of the liner off the pitcher. “Most important, you don’t want to see anyone get hurt at this time of year. For him to stay in the game and do what he did, I knew he was OK. I’ll just keep trying to hit the ball hard and hopefully, it’ll fall in there. Right now, it’s about feeling good and getting in a groove.”

* Looking ahead to Tuesday’s game against the Rockies, the Cubs will not use a DH for the first time this spring and Scott Feldman will hit for himself. Here’s the early lineup:

Sappelt CF
Barney 2B
Castillo C
Hairston RF
Lake 3B
Bogusevic 1B
Maysonet SS
Szczur LF
Feldman P

— Carrie Muskat


I don’t believe it was his intent, but McDonald’s quote could be taken to mean it is okay for a pitcher to be injured during regular season, but not in ST. Heard a report today the Cubs are one of at least two teams that could persue Robinson Cano, if he can’t be satisfied by the aYankees. Would take a boatload of dollars, and should Barney be concerned?

I think they should be looking for a 3rd baseman- not looking for a replacement for a Gold Glover. Probably should be working on some decent pitching from the looks of some of these spring games! Not a pretty game today. Ouch.

You make some good points, White. Is unlikely Yankees would allow their elite second baseman to walk.

I agree White, however if there is a second baseman out there that would make Barney’s departure more palatable it’s Cano. Funny how some people can easily dismiss Barnye’s outstanding gold glove caliber defense just because he is not a juggernaut run producer with the bat, but does “very nicely” as a hitter yet in the reverse circumstance such as Soriano being a high run producer but a very insufficient fielder he is percieved as very valuable. I believe Barney is a much better OVERALL player then Soriano has been with the Cubs or ever will be considering his age and total lack of defensive INSTINCTS. I hope Cano is a pipe dream, Barney mans second base for a while longer and one of the kids (Baez??) comes up and nails down third base. With that said, if the Cubs DO sign Cano…it BETTER be to play third base whether it’s average defense or worse, leave Barney alone. Right White?

yes he should be concerned… because there are a lot better 2B out there overall such as Cano…. Barney needs to produce with the bat if not I would love a run at Cano but I don’t think we would be willing to give him the length of contract he desires. Dollar amount we can cover it but length is an issue. I also believe an adjustment could be made by cano to play 3B…. would it be GG quality? NO… but I think he could do it… maybe even willing to do it

Do you mean the Robinson Cano who has been accused of taking steroids? Good pick. Might be a good idea to check this out.

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