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05/02/09 9:31 PM ET

Indians have plenty of new options

Cleveland (9-15) at Detroit (12-11), 1:05 p.m. ET

DETROIT -- The Indians aren't prone to making dramatic roster overhauls like the one they produced this weekend.

In adding prospects Matt LaPorta and Luis Valbuena, veteran outfielder David Dellucci and speedy infielder Josh Barfield to the mix, manager Eric Wedge has a whole new set of options to consider when he makes up his lineups. And when the Indians close out their three-game set with the Tigers on Sunday at Comerica Park, he'll have LaPorta and Valbuena to consider for the first time.

"We're more versatile than before," Wedge said of his reformed club. "Not only in the infield but also in the outfield and how we utilize the DH spot. We're going to be able to do things we want to do with regard to that particular day."

And don't think the slew of moves didn't catch the attention of a team trying to right itself after a rough April.

"We're not trying to send a message," Wedge said. "But our players are smart. They know what's going on. We're not afraid to make changes. We feel we've got the players to be a pretty good ballclub. But if we can get help from Triple-A, we're going to do that, too."

In the first two games of this series, Dellucci has assumed the DH duties left behind by an injured Travis Hafner, and that could continue Sunday, given that Dellucci's swinging a hot bat and the Tigers will start right-hander Justin Verlander.

As far as how quickly LaPorta and Valbuena will get into the mix, Wedge wouldn't reveal his plans for Sunday. But it's safe to assume LaPorta will get his fair share of at-bats and Valbuena could play more than the average utility infielder.

The Indians haven't received much production from outfielder Ben Francisco, and that could open the door to opportunities for LaPorta, who is also an option at first base and at DH.

Meanwhile, Jhonny Peralta's ongoing struggles might put him in more of a fight for at-bats. Wedge could start Valbuena at second base and move Asdrubal Cabrera to short. He can also use Valbuena to spell Mark DeRosa at third.

Before Peralta had a 2-for-5 night with his first homer of the season Friday, Wedge had considered benching him for two or three days to clear his head. But Peralta followed that up with an 0-for-5 showing Saturday.

"I worry, because I'm missing a lot of balls right now," Peralta said. "I see on the video tape that I'm [swinging] a little later on the fastball. I've never missed a lot of fastballs before. I need to start swinging earlier."

The Indians don't view Valbuena as a long-term utilityman but rather as a potential starter. So his presence, like that of LaPorta, has potential to impact the lineup going forward.

Pitching matchup
CLE: LHP Cliff Lee (1-3, 3.94 ERA)
Facing a potent Red Sox lineup on Monday, Lee was brilliant for eight innings in which he allowed just five hits and nothing more. Lee struck out five batters and induced two double plays, but all he had to show for his efforts was a no-decision. This was Lee truly in the form that made him a Cy Young winner last season, and his improvement is best demonstrated by the fact that his ERA, which was at 12.60 after an Opening Day debacle in Texas, is now under four. Lee says the key is mixing up his pitches earlier in the game and in the count, getting results out of his breaking ball.

DET: RHP Justin Verlander (1-2, 6.75 ERA)
Verlander has pitched well off and on this season, but his last start marked the first time good results and good performance matched up. Verlander's seven-plus scoreless innings against the Yankees saw him strike out nine while not walking a batter and scattering seven singles. Considering Verlander's struggles against New York over the last couple of years, it was an impressive performance, but his next start against Cleveland at Comerica Park will pit him against a division rival that has proved tough over the years.

Victor Martinez has an 11-game hitting streak. He is batting .439 (18-for-41) with six RBIs during the stretch. ... Shin-Soo Choo hit his seventh career triple Saturday. ... Ryan Garko has reached base safely in each of his 17 games played. ... Dellucci is 6-for-9 in two games since his return from the DL. ... The Indians' eight-game winning streak against the Tigers, dating back to last year, came to an end.

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Up next
• Monday: Indians (Fausto Carmona, 1-3, 6.28) at Blue Jays (Brian Tallet, 1-1, 6.45), 7:07 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Indians (Anthony Reyes, 1-0, 7.58) at Blue Jays (Brett Cecil, Major League debut), 12:37 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Indians (Carl Pavano, 1-3, 7.46) at Red Sox (Justin Masterson, 2-1, 4.37), 7:10 p.m. ET

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.