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Carmona stifles Yanks in Tribe victory

Carmona stifles Yanks in Tribe victory

at Tampa, Fla.
Sunday, March 11

Indians at the plate: David Dellucci put the Indians on the board in the first inning with a solo home run off the batter's eye in center field. Cleveland tacked on two runs in the sixth when Jhonny Peralta stroked an RBI double to the right, scoring Victor Martinez, and Andy Marte lifted a sacrifice fly to bring in Shin-Soo Choo.

Yankees at the plate: Johnny Damon opened the game with a single, but the Yankees were limited to just one more hit through the first five innings. Alex Rodriguez ripped an RBI double to left in the sixth, scoring Miguel Cairo. Brett Gardner added an RBI single in the seventh, and Jose Tabata took Jeff Harris deep for a ninth-inning solo shot.

Indians on the mound: Fausto Carmona opened the door to become a member of Cleveland's rotation a little wider on Sunday, limiting the Yankees to one hit over three shutout innings. Carmona continued to pitch after being hit on the right leg by a Rodriguez line drive in the first inning. Roberto Hernandez pitched a scoreless inning and Fernando Cabrera allowed a run in the sixth.

Yankees on the mound: Chien-Ming Wang allowed one run -- Dellucci's home run -- and four hits over four innings in his third start of the spring. The right-hander threw 61 pitches (39 strikes), walking one and striking out four. Closer Mariano Rivera allowed a double to Josh Barfield in a scoreless fifth inning, his third appearance of the spring. Top prospect Phil Hughes allowed two runs in the sixth, walked two and threw a wild pitch.

Grapefruit League records: Indians 8-4; Yankees 8-2-1.

Up next: The Yankees travel to Fort Myers on Monday, facing the Red Sox in a 7:15 p.m. ET start. Right-hander Carl Pavano makes his second start of the spring for New York, with knuckleballer Tim Wakefield slated for Boston.

The Indians travel to Bradenton, Fla., on Monday to play the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. Left-hander Jeremy Sowers is scheduled to start for Cleveland, with right-hander Tony Armas Jr. going for Pittsburgh.

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

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