WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - Chipper Jones homered and had two hits, but Ryan Garko's two-run shot sent the Cleveland Indians to a four-to-three victory today over an Atlanta Braves split squad. It was the second homer of spring training for Jones, who returned to the lineup this week after being held out for almost a week with a sore muscle on his right side. Garko drove in three runs, including one against Buddy Carlyle -- the first one the Atlanta right-hander has given up this spring. Garko's R-B-I single and Jhonny Peralta's sacrifice fly in the first snapped Carlyle's string of 10 consecutive scoreless innings. Garko hit a two-run homer off Tyler Yates in the fifth to erase a three-to-two Atlanta lead. The 26-year-old first baseman is batting .296 with a team-high 10 R-B-Is, but still might NOT make Cleveland's opening-day roster.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - With only one start left in spring training, Kenny Rogers is not where he wants to be. Tim Hudson, however, feels better than he has in years. Rogers threw six scoreless innings and Hudson gave up a run in six innings during the Atlanta Braves' three-to-one victory over the Detroit Tigers in a split-squad game today.
Rogers, who gave up four hits and walked two, says he feels very erratic with his control. Rogers was 17-and-eight with a 3.84 E-R-A last season, his first in Detroit. He held the New York Yankees, Oakland and Saint Louis scoreless over 23 innings in the playoffs and was a major reason the Tigers played in the World Series for the first time since 1984.
Meanwhile, Hudson's lackluster year led to Atlanta watching the playoffs after it had won 14 straight division titles. He was 13-and-12 with a career-worst 4.86 E-R-A after going 14-and-nine with a 3.52 in his first season with the Braves.
Those were hardly the results the Braves were counting on when they traded for Hudson, whose 81 wins from 2000-to-2004 with Oakland tied for the most in the A-L during that span.