Indians 4, Cubs 3

Carlos Zambrano struggled with his control, and the fielding was

a bit shaky behind him. And he kept his cool throughout.

That may be a little more difficult to do in his next start.

Zambrano allowed four runs and walked five over five innings in

the Chicago Cubs’ 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Monday. But

the right-hander, who has struggled with his emotions at times in

the past, stayed calm when he surrendered a few bloop hits and

shortstop Starlin Castro and second baseman Darwin Barney misplayed

a couple balls.

”This is spring training, if it was in league play,” Zambrano

said, catching himself before saying more. ”I won’t worry about

what happens with others. There’s nothing I can do when people

don’t execute. We have good coaches that can take care of that. My

job is to pitch.”

Zambrano went 8-0 with a 1.41 ERA in his final 11 outings in

2010 following a verbal altercation with former teammate Derrek Lee

that led to the right-hander being sent to counseling.

One of the Indians’ runs was unearned, and Zambrano also allowed

four hits and struck out two.

”My ball was moving,” he said. ”At the same time, I made

pitches when I had to.”

Zambrano said he is eager for the season to start, even though

he won’t start on opening day for the first time in six years.

”I felt good,” he said. ”The most important thing is my arm

is sound, my body feels good. Let’s get it on.”

Cleveland closer Chris Perez developed an upset stomach and had

to leave with two out in the ninth. He was charged with two runs

and one hit.

”His food came up on him,” manager Manny Acta said.

Rookie Vinnie Pestano, who was told Monday morning he had earned

a roster spot, came on and hit Koyie Hill with a pitch before

striking out Reed Johnson to end the game.

Carlos Carrasco allowed one run and three hits in six innings

for Cleveland. He struck out five and walked none.

Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore, recovering from microfracture

surgery on his left knee, was caught trying to steal second in the

third inning, but was successful in the sixth when he got a big

jump and the Cubs didn’t cover second.

Carlos Pena hit his third spring homer for Chicago, and also

doubled in a run.

NOTES: Acta also told INF Adam Everett, C Lou Marson and RHPs

Frank Herrmann and Justin Germano they had made the club. …

Herrmann and Germano each worked a scoreless inning. Herrmann has a

1.69 ERA, and Germano has not allowed a run in nine innings over

eight outings. … Cubs LHP John Grabow worked a scoreless inning.

It was his sixth straight scoreless outing as he continues to rehab

from a left knee injury. … OF Bo Greenwell, son of former Red Sox

All-Star Mike Greenwell, got a pinch-hit single. The younger

Greenwell is a Class A player in the Indians farm system.