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Indians slug past Jays

Indians slug past Jays

INDIANS (ss) 8 , BLUE JAYS (ss) 1
at Winter Haven, Fla.
Thursday, March 14

Indians at the plate: The Tribe jumped all over John Thomson in the fourth. Victor Martinez led off with a solo home run. With two outs and two on, utility infield candidate Mike Rouse connected on a three-run homer to left. The Indians piled on with solo homers from Casey Blake in the fourth and David Dellucci in the sixth. Grady Sizemore had an RBI single in the fourth.

Jays at the plate: Adam Lind's RBI single in the third inning was all the Jays' starters could muster. They hit into a pair of double plays.

Indians on the mound: Paul Byrd looked solid in four innings of work, giving up just a run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Joe Borowski worked a scoreless inning, as did Roberto Hernandez, Tony Sipp, Jeff Harris and Jason Stanford.

Jays on the mound: Thomson had a rough one, giving up six runs on five hits, with three walks, two strikeouts and three homers allowed in 3 2/3 innings. Dustin McGowan went 3 1/3 innings in relief, giving up a pair of runs on three hits.

Grapefruit League records: Indians 9-6; Jays 5-8.

Up next: The Indians welcome the Devil Rays to Chain of Lakes Park for a 7:05 p.m. ET game on Thursday. Jake Westbrook will start opposite Jae Seo. The Jays travel to Clearwater for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Phillies. Right-hander Josh Towers will get the start.

Anthony Castrovince 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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