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Ubaldo shows good stuff in loss to Chicago

Ubaldo shows good stuff in loss to Chicago

Ubaldo shows good stuff in loss to Chicago
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ubaldo Jimenez is set as Cleveland's No. 2 starter for the 2012 season behind Justin Masterson.

Zach Stewart is fighting for one of the final two White Sox bullpen slots. And even though Stewart's numbers were better on the mound during the White Sox 7-1 victory over the Indians on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch, both pitchers accomplished what they needed on this sunny afternoon.

Jimenez allowed three runs -- but only two earned -- over five innings, fanning three without issuing a walk. His fastball checked in between 91-94 mph as late as the fourth inning.

"I felt great," Jimenez said. "I was able to throw a lot of strikes to get ahead and stay ahead. I think it was the first game that I've been able to do that in Spring Training. I only have one more game left and then I'm going to be ready for the season."

"Ubaldo stretched out today," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "I liked what I saw today. His secondary stuff was a lot better -- probably the best I've seen him in the spring. He was able to throw it at times when he was behind in the count, so we're encouraged by where he is right now."

The White Sox scored all three runs off Jimenez in the fourth on Paul Konerko's double, Brent Morel's two-out single and Jose Lopez's error on Eduardo Escobar's hard-hit ball to second. Morel added his first Cactus League homer in the sixth to raise the lead to four.

Stewart looked great against a Cleveland batting order featuring the top five hitters in its everyday lineup, its backup catcher and three other players competing for roster spots. The right-hander -- who appeared in 10 games, including eight starts last year for the White Sox -- yielded just one run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings, striking out one and walking one.

This Cactus League start went to Stewart when Jake Peavy got in his seven innings of work on Tuesday morning during an intrasquad Minor League game on the Camelback Ranch back fields. Cleveland scored its only run on Asdrubal Cabrera's third-inning sacrifice fly.

Up next: The race for the two available spots in the Indians' bullpen remains wide open. Three among the list of candidates -- Dan Wheeler, Frank Herrmann and Nick Hagadone -- are scheduled to appear in Wednesday's 4:05 p.m. ET Cactus League contest against the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz. Cleveland will give the start to right-hander Josh Tomlin, whose spot in the Opening Day rotation is secure.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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