CLEVELAND -- In his 2008 debut, Joe Borowski looked like, well, Joe Borowski. The closer was cliché. He got the save in the Indians' 10-8 victory over the White Sox, but not before serving up a solo home run to Jermaine Dye, walking A.J. Pierzynski on five pitches and having the potential tying run at the plate with two outs. "I didn't want to give anybody false hopes and go 1-2-3," Borowski said with a smile. "Then they'd be expecting it every time."
Perfect innings are not a Borowski specialty. His 5.07 ERA from '07 proves that. But saves are his specialty, as evidenced by the league-leading 45 he racked up last year. And he has to like his pace thus far this season. "You look to get the first one under your belt and out of the way," he said. With the wind blowing out, the home run did not bother Borowski. But the walk did. "That was just me getting lazy," he said. "I was flying open in my delivery. But I was able to correct it against the next guy."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.