03/27/10 7:59 PM ET
Carmona's sparkling spring continues
Over four appearances, righty has minuscule 0.45 ERA
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Cleveland Indians
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"I threw a lot of four-seamers in [to left-handers]," Carmona said. "I didn't throw too many sinkers today."In an effort to improve his performance against lefties, Carmona moved to the first-base side of the rubber during his stint playing Dominican winter ball this past offseason. He's approaching those hitters from a different angle, and in this outing it worked in his favor. "Today was a great test for him," Redmond said. "Because when he goes against the Twins and White Sox, they'll be able to stack their lefties against him." Carmona needed just 70 pitches to get through the seven innings in a game that lasted less than two hours. He had to go to the bullpen to throw another 15 pitches and reach his pitch count for the day. With just one more spring start remaining -- he'll get the nod on Thursday night in Dodger Stadium -- Carmona is looking ready to redeem himself after his humbling demotion to the lowest level of the Minors last year. Can he once again become the Carmona of 2007? "I want to be," he said. "But I don't think about that. Just throw strikes."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.