March 08, 2005

Millwood pounded in Indians debut


Former Phillie Kevin Millwood gave up five runs and ten hits in one inning of work yesterday in a 12-9 loss to Toronto.

Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that bad springs are nothing new to Millwood, who signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Tribe this winter. Last year with the Phillies, his spring ERA was 8.80, and with Atlanta in 2001, it was 12.46.

The Indians are counting on Millwood to be ready for the start of the season. The former Phillie No. 1 is expected to be the No. 3 starter for Cleveland.

With Atlanta and Philly, he has compiled a 98-64 career record with a 3.98 ERA.

BPF take
We still believe Millwood will be a better pitcher for Cleveland than Eric Milton will be for Cincinnati.

Phils enter win column as three go deep
The Phillies had their highest offensive surge of spring, beating Houston 9-8 including home runs by Placido Polanco, Pat Burrell and Jimmy Rollins. Burrell's shot apparently hit the roof of the tiki bar in left field. Ironically, later that afternoon, Burrell hit the tiki bar again, this time looking for babes. And the result - another home run.

The Phils hope to make it two in a row as they travel to Dunedin this afternoon to face Toronto. Brett Myers takes the hill for the Phils.

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