Indians 6, Dodgers 1

Whether it’s spring training in Arizona or opening day in

Cleveland, the game is the same to Indians pitcher Fausto


”I’m just playing baseball,” Carmona said. ”Here or there, it

only changes maybe because there are a little more people. I don’t

have to think about that. I just think about (pitching).”

Carmona wrapped up an excellent spring by pitching Cleveland

past the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Sunday in his final tuneup for

opening day.

Carmona did not allow an earned run in five crisp innings,

giving up five hits and one walk while striking out three. The

right-hander, set to start Friday against the Chicago White Sox,

went 5-2 with a 3.73 ERA this spring. He led the majors in wins and

innings (29).

”I’m very, very happy with this spring. I feel more confident

now because I can throw more strikes,” Carmona said.

Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley took the loss, allowing two

runs and two hits in three innings. Both runs came in the second

after he walked Luis Valbuena and hit Adam Everett with a pitch.

Michael Brantley hit a grounder inside third for a double that

scored both runners.

”I started rushing a little bit,” Billingsley said. ”I got a

little too quick to the plate. That happens, but I settled down in

the third inning and started making a few pitches.”

The Dodgers were playing their final spring game in Arizona and

their regulars were lifted early. The Indians tacked on three runs

in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos


Austin Kearns went 3 for 3 with a run for the Indians.

The lone Dodgers player with more than one hit was Aaron Miles,

who went 2 for 2. Los Angeles scored in the fifth when Corey Smith

doubled to center and scored on a throwing error by Carmona.

NOTES: The Dodgers optioned pitcher Ramon Troncoso to Triple-A

Albuquerque. Troncoso picked up his first save of the spring

Saturday in a 5-4 win over San Diego. He was 1-0 in nine spring

appearances with a 5.59 ERA, giving up 14 hits and six earned runs.

Last year, Troncoso appeared in 52 games for the Dodgers and was

2-3 with a 4.33 ERA. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the team

would likely make some more roster decisions after Sunday’s game,

but wouldn’t announce those until Monday. … Dodgers 3B Casey

Blake, slated to begin the season on the disabled list, is

scheduled to take some at-bats in a minor league game Monday.

Mattingly said the plan is for Blake, struggling with a back

injury, to get as many minor league at-bats as possible in the next

week so he can be activated when he’s eligible to come off the DL

on April 6. … Dodgers RHP Vicente Padilla faced hitters for the

first time since having forearm surgery on Feb. 24. Mattingly said

Padilla made it through the 25-pitch session and looked good. ”His

ball’s got a little life to it and guys are still having trouble

getting to it,” the manager said.