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Archive for Sunday, July 30, 2000

Tribe helped by new faces

July 30, 2000

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— Both of the Cleveland Indians' new starting pitchers were quite impressive in their debut Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Unfortunately for the Indians, only one of them earned a victory.

Brady Anderson homered on the first pitch from newcomer Steve Woodard and the Orioles won 4-0 Saturday night for a doubleheader split.

In the day game, Manny Ramirez had six RBIs and two homers, including a grand slam, and Jason Bere won in his initial start with Cleveland as the retooled Indians coasted to a 14-3 victory.

Bere (1-0), acquired along with Woodard on Friday in a seven-player trade that sent Richie Sexson to Milwaukee, allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked none. He was 6-7 with a 4.93 ERA in 20 starts for the Brewers.

Arriving at Camden Yards two hours before gametime, the right-hander quickly put aside any butterflies that may have followed the trade.

"Once I got over that, I found a comfort level," Bere said. "And as you can see, these guys are pretty unbelievable the plays they make plus the offense."

Jolbert Cabrera had a career-high five hits and Omar Vizquel had a season-high four hits and two RBIs for Cleveland, which made three trades and added five new players on Friday.

In addition to Woodard, David Segui made his Cleveland debut in the second game and Wil Cordero began his second stint with the Indians in left field. Segui went 2-for-4 and Cordero went hitless, stranding four runners.

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