05/16/10 6:04 PM ET
Crowe excels in 2010 debut
By Jeff Seidel / Special to MLB.com
In his first game, Crowe did plenty.
Crowe went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the eight-run ninth as the Indians rallied to beat the Orioles 8-2. He also made a great diving catch in center field in the ninth.
"He played a tremendous game," said Cleveland manager Manny Acta. "He can do a lot of things. I can see why a guy like him ... was drafted in the first round. I think, when everything is said and done, he could be part of what we're trying to do here."
Acta said that Crowe's speed and his ability to play all three outfield positions is going to be a plus. The Indians can use him in a variety of ways.
He batted ninth in Saturday's win, and Acta said Crowe would probably stay at the bottom of the order. Crowe had three stints with the Indians last year, and this is his first time up in 2010. He was called up when Andy Marte was placed on the disabled list.
"We've got good players in this locker room, and I just want to help any way I can," Crowe said.
Crowe was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game.
Sizemore day-to-day with knee contusion
BALTIMORE -- Cleveland outfielder Grady Sizemore is considered day-to-day after he left Sunday's victory over the Orioles in the fifth inning due to a left knee contusion.
Sizemore hurt the knee when diving back into first base following his RBI single in the third inning. He singled to center and dove back to the bag when the throw home got cut off near the mound.
But that's when Sizemore hurt the knee. For now, manager Manny Acta will wait to see how Sizemore is tomorrow in St. Petersburg, Fla., before deciding what to do next.
"I landed on it funny," Sizemore said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow and hopefully it will be in a better spot than I was ... today."
Acta said the knee looked better after the game, so they're hopeful it will improve even more by tomorrow.
"He hit it really hard when he slid back to first base on that RBI single," Acta said. "We'll see how it is when he shows up at the park tomorrow."
Sizemore had already gone 1-for-2 with a spectacular diving catch in the first inning that saved at least one run, but Trevor Crowe pinch-hit for him in the fifth.
"I felt kind kind of funny getting up [after diving back in]," Sizemore said. "I tried to run to second base ... couldn't put any weight on it, couldn't run at all."
Sipp providing solid relief
BALTIMORE -- Tony Sipp threw a scoreless ninth inning in Saturday's game and now hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 11 innings. He's only given up one run overall during that stretch and just two runs (one earned) in his last 15 games.
The left-hander has been consistent throughout the season, not allowing any of his 12 inherited runners to score -- tied with Jamey Wright for second most in the American League.
In addition, Sipp has held batters to a .160 average, sixth best among AL relievers.
Ninth-inning rally rare for Indians
BALTIMORE -- The Indians used an eight-run ninth inning to rally for an 8-2 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night. But Cleveland hasn't been a strong ninth-inning team so far this season.
In fact, the Indians had scored only six runs in the ninth inning through their first 33 games this season.
But the eight runs they scored this time was the most the team has gotten in the ninth since an 11-run outburst to beat Kansas City, 13-7, on Aug. 9, 2005.
In addition, the Elias Sports Bureau said that only two other teams have ever scored at least eight times in the ninth inning after not scoring in the first eight. Oakland did it against the Indians on June 5, 1983 (eight runs), and the Phillies got 10 against the Marlins on Sept. 17, 2005.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.