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Rookie Allen proves effective on all levels

Rookie Allen proves effective on all levels

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Rookie Allen proves effective on all levels
ANAHEIM -- Hours before Wednesday's game with the Angels, reliever Cody Allen looked around the Indians' clubhouse, smiled, and said, "It's like heaven, I guess."

"Guys talk about it all the time in the Minor Leagues," said Allen, 23, of being in the Majors, now for three weeks. "You get little tidbits from guys, but you don't get the full idea of all these details."

Allen has been a godsend for the Cleveland bullpen since making his debut on July 20. The righty, who began 2012 in Class A ball, has carried the momentum from his meteoric rise through the Indians' system into an equally stellar first stretch in the Majors. He has not allowed a run, a scoreless streak of 11 1/3 innings. That's the longest scoreless streak to start a career for any Indians reliever since 1984, when Tom Waddell put up zeros for 12 1/3 innings before giving up a run.

"I didn't try to think about numbers, I just tried to think about controlling what I could control," Allen said. "If I make good pitches and they get a hit ... so be it. I've just tried to stick with what I've been doing because that's worked all season long."

What he's been doing all year is taking advantage of hitters who don't necessarily know his stuff -- and when you move from the Class A Carolina League to the Double-A Eastern League to the Triple-A International League in a span of four months, no one really has time to build too much firsthand experience. That element of the unknown is something the Florida native hopes to utilize in the Majors, too.

"I'm just throwing strikes, trying to stay ahead of these guys. A lot of these guys, they've never seen me before, so that's an advantage for me to get ahead in the count," Allen said. "When you get behind in the count, everybody throws a fastball, but they haven't seen my breaking ball. If you get behind in the count, they know what's coming."

Allen said that while there's a lot to love about life in the big leagues, road trips like the one he's on now might be his toughest adjustment as the season goes on.

"The travel's a little tougher on me than I thought -- changing times, how frequently you do it," Allen said. "That's probably been the thing I'm having to get used to the most, just trying to stay consistent everywhere I go with what I'm doing."

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