Ubaldo looks like changed pitcher in latest stretch

Ubaldo looks like changed pitcher in latest stretch

HOUSTON -- Friday's starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez joined Derek Lowe in the seven-win club, which is tied for 12th most in the American League.

"It's a different ballgame for him right now," Tribe manager Manny Acta said. "His command issues are much better now than they were at the beginning of the season. Earlier in the year, when his command wasn't there, he got into some situations where as soon as he gets a couple of guys on base, things just unraveled for him."

Not anymore.

"Right now, he's not panicking out there," Acta said. "He gets on the mound and makes pitches. He's a guy that we need to trust and let him go out there and do it because he's done it in the past."

Jimenez has allowed no more than one earned run in three of his last four starts. He is 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 26 1/3 innings. The righty has held opposing hitters to a .216 batting average over that span.