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Indians Bats Wake Up; Tribe Edges Oakland 9-8

The good news from today is that the Indians broke out of their offensive slump to the tune of nine runs and 13 hits.

Unfortunately, all of those runs were needed as the staff gave up eight runs and ten hits. But a win is a win and we’ll take it, as Cleveland edges up to 6-9 in Cactus League play.

Justin Masterson was rocked for five runs in four frames of work, but aside from Jeanmar Gomez being shaky, the rest of the bullpen did its job. Gomez gave up three runs, but three other relievers kept the A’s off the board.

Doug Mathis retired one hitter, but it was enough to earn him the win. Tony Sipp finished up for his second save of the spring.

Travis Hafner contributed three hits and two RBI, with two doubles, while Shelley Duncan drove in three with a pair of hits, including a two-bagger. Jack Hannahan also drove in two runs.

The Tribe will be back in action tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers, looking for their third victory in four games.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.