Kansas City (5-8) at Cleveland (5-10)

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  • Game info: 12:05 pm EDT Thu Apr 22, 2004
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The Cleveland Indians are hoping left-hander C.C. Sabathia will give them a quality outing when they continue their rain-shortened series against the Kansas City Royals.

Heavy rains postponed Wednesday’s game at Jacobs Field. Cleveland manager Eric Wedge pushed Sabathia back one day to start Thursday’s game against Kansas City’s Jeremy Affeldt.

Sabathia has been Cleveland’s best pitcher, going 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA in three starts. The Indians are ninth in the AL with a 4.91 team ERA.

The 23-year-old southpaw has given up only four runs in 21 innings this season. He has also put up solid numbers against Kansas City during his four-year career, going 7-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 15 starts.

Wedge hopes Sabathia can get the Indians back on track following poor outings by starters Jeff D’Amico and Chad Durbin.

Durbin was tagged for six runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings as Cleveland was trounced by Kansas City 15-5 on Tuesday.

On Monday, D’Amico faced six batters and didn’t get an out. Cleveland’s ERA in the two starts was 62.30.

Matt Stairs hit a grand slam Tuesday and matched a career high with six RBIs as Kansas City ended a six-game road losing streak. Ken Harvey also homered for the Royals in their highest-scoring game against Cleveland since April 27, 1979.

The Indians’ beleaguered and battered bullpen—1-6 with a 6.28 ERA—hit a low point when Wedge brought in Tim Laker, his second-string catcher, to pitch the ninth.

Wedge didn’t want to bring in Laker, but with his relievers overworked already, he couldn’t afford to use another one just to mop up.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Affeldt SF vs. J. D'Amico Cle
3-4 Record 1-2
4.95 ERA 7.63
49 K 16
32 BB 6
1.61 WHIP 1.66