Cleveland (53-51) at Kansas City (36-66)

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  • Game info: 2:10 pm EDT Sun Aug 1, 2004
  • TV: FSOH
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Cleveland’s C.C. Sabathia was not impressed with his last performance.

The All-Star left-hander looks for a better effort when the Indians conclude a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

After going 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA in June, Sabathia is 2-2 with a 6.67 ERA in his last five outings. He was reached for five runs and six hits over six innings Tuesday against Detroit, but was bailed out by the Indians’ offense in a 10-6 victory.

“I’ll give myself a B-minus,” said the 6-foot-7, 290-pound southpaw after picking up his 50th career win. “It’s only not an F because we scored all those runs.”

Cleveland manager Eric Wedge was not complaining.

“It was nice to see C.C. get a win and not have to go out there and be at his very best,” he said. “The whole thing with C.C. is to go out there and pitch with his stuff. When he does that, he’s real effective.”

The Indians’ pursuit of AL Central-leading Minnesota was slowed Saturday as the Royals handed them a 10-3 loss. The Twins beat Boston 5-4 to drop Cleveland 5 1/2 games back. The Indians trail the Chicago White Sox by a half-game for second place.

Matt Stairs had a three-run bloop double in the fourth inning to spark the Royals, who snapped an eight-game losing streak. Mike Sweeney and Desi Relaford homered for Kansas City, which also had lost six straight to Cleveland.

“That’s probably the best game we’ve played all year,” said Stairs, who had four RBIs in Friday’s 7-6, 11-inning loss to the Indians and matched a career high Saturday with his third triple of the season.

Omar Vizquel homered to extend his hitting streak to 13 games for Cleveland, which lost for just the second time in nine games.

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11-10 Record 9-19
4.12 ERA 5.61
139 K 120
72 BB 55
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