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Archive for Saturday, March 24, 2001

Wright pitches Indians past Royals

March 24, 2001

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— Jaret Wright, recovering from shoulder surgery, pitched two hitless innings in his first spring training outing for the Cleveland Indians, a 1-0 victory Friday night over the Kansas City Royals.

Wright was facing major league hitters for the first time since June 2. He had surgery Aug. 17 to repair the labrum and fraying in the rotator cuff.

Wright, who walked two and struck out two, probably will begin the season on the disabled list and in extended spring training in Florida.

Bartolo Colon worked six shutout innings, scattering six hits, walking none and striking out seven to improve his record to 2-1.

Colon gave up one-out singles to Mark Quinn and Luis Alicea in the second, but struck out Gregg Zaun and Rey Sanchez to strand the runners.

Six Royals pitchers combined to strike out a club-high 14 batters, including four by rookie starter Kris Wilson in two innings. Roberto Hernandez struck out the side in the ninth.

Juan Gonzalez hit his fifth home run on a 2-2 pitch from Doug Henry in the fourth inning for the only Cleveland run. Henry, who dropped to 0-2, has yielded four home runs in seven innings.

Gonzalez also made a nice running catch in the fourth inning to rob Zaun of a hit and doubled Alicea off first base.

Meanwhile, the Royals said Jeff Suppan, who probably will be their Opening Day starter, pitched six innings in a minor league game Friday. He gave up two runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out six.

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