Notes: More range needed from Luna
Rivas working hard for Tribe; Lee rests strained abdominals
Finding his form: Pitchers never know at which juncture, exactly, their stuff will start to click, but Jeremy Sowers learned an important lesson in the value of not forcing the issue last year. "I tried to impress [the Indians] with what I thought I was able to do on the grand stage," Sowers said. "I put more pressure on myself. Like everybody else in any profession, I expected to pick up where I left off." Instead, Sowers said, he didn't completely get a feel for his pitches until the third week of March. This time around, Sowers appeared to have that feel in his first Grapefruit League outing. In two innings of work against the Tigers on Saturday, he gave up a home run to Craig Monroe, but, overall, was efficient. "I was able to keep the ball in the strike zone," he said. "Not necessarily where I wanted it every time, but I threw 22 or 23 pitches over two innings. I'll take that over 45 pitches in 1 2/3 innings, which is what I think I had in my last spring start last year." A mighty wallop: Wedge knows a long home run when he sees one. And he and the rest of those in attendance saw one Friday in Clearwater, when the Phillies' Ryan Howard took Rafael Betancourt deep in the third inning. How deep? Try more than 460 feet deep. Howard's blast sailed clear out of Bright House Networks Field and landed near a pond that serves as a barrier between the ballpark and U.S. 19. "When you have the wall, the backstop, then a fence on the outside of the stadium," said Wedge, "and then the people on the other side of the fence have their backs to you, you know that's a long one." Tribe tidbits: First baseman Mike Aubrey, coming back from a knee injury that prematurely ended his '06 season, made his first appearance of the spring Saturday against the Tigers. ... Roberto Hernandez also made his Indians debut Saturday. He pitched a scoreless inning but walked three batters. ... The Indians will hold their annual First Pitch Luncheon on Tuesday, April 10, at noon ET at the Renaissance hotel in downtown Cleveland. All members of the Tribe roster will attend, and a 45-minute autograph session will follow the lunch. Tickets can be purchased for $100 per person by calling (216) 420-HITS or visiting the Indians Team Shop or Indians.com. Proceeds benefit Cleveland Indians Charities. On deck: The Tribe completes its home-and-home weekend series with the Tigers with Sunday's 1:05 p.m. ET game at Chain of Lakes Park. Left-hander C.C. Sabathia will make his spring debut opposite left-hander Kenny Rogers. Joe Borowski, Brian Slocum, Matt Miller, Tom Mastny, Tony Sipp and Juan Lara are also scheduled to throw for the Indians.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.