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Indians sign shortstop Peralta to $13 million, five-year deal

March 11, 2006

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Jhonny Peralta and the Cleveland Indians both got the security they sought Friday when the shortstop agreed to a $13 million, five-year contract with a club option for 2011.

Peralta emerged as one of the top offensive shortstops in baseball last year, his first full season in the major leagues. He batted .292 with 24 home runs and 78 RBIs in 141 games - setting a franchise record for homers by a shortstop.

"I think I can do even better this season," Peralta said in Winter Haven, Fla. "I feel much more comfortable."

An ecstatic Peralta said he now could support his parents comfortably in retirement.

"When I was a boy, I dreamed of being a baseball player. I never thought of being a millionaire," he said. "But now, I can take care of my family without having to worry about anything except playing baseball."

Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado traveled to Florida to have his injured left elbow examined by the New York Mets medical staff. The Mets first baseman has tendinitis, which kept him out of the Puerto Rico lineup in the World Baseball Classic first round.

"He's day-to-day. He's feeling better," Puerto Rico general manager Lou Melendez said.

At Fort Myers, Fla., Boston closer Keith Foulke says he doesn't need to pitch in an exhibition game to be ready for the regular season. He does need a few more injections in his surgically repaired knees.

Foulke's bid to regain his effectiveness as a closer improved Friday when he threw batting practice for the first time in spring training.

Red Sox 9, Phillies 4

At Fort Myers, after heavy traffic that delayed Philadelphia caused the game to start 1 hour, 32 minutes late, Tim Wakefield pitched four shutout innings, and David Murphy hit two homers.

Indians 12, Braves 4

At Winter Haven, Fla., John Smoltz pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three in his first spring-training outing against a big-league team. Aaron Boone had three hits, Lou Merloni a three-run homer and Casey Blake a solo shot for Cleveland.

Twins 8, Pirates 5

At Fort Myers, Jason Hart homered for his first spring-training hit, and Tony Batista had two hits and an RBI for Minnesota.

Blue Jays 3, Devil Rays 2

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Ted Lilly pitched three scoreless innings in his second outing of spring training for Toronto. He allowed two hits and struck out three, starting nine of 11 batters with strikes.

Reds 5, Yankees 4

At Sarasota, Fla., Mike Mussina started with three hitless innings, then gave up three runs in the fourth for New York. Ryan Wagner pitched a scoreless ninth for the win, and Scott Erickson was the loser.

Marlins 7, Orioles 2

At Jupiter, Fla., Kris Benson gave up six hits and three earned runs in three innings, leaving him with a 9.00 earned-run average after two spring starts for Baltimore.

Astros 8, Nationals 6

At Kissimmee, Fla., Houston's Andy Pettitte threw 41 pitches - 24 for strikes - in a simulated game before Charlton Jimerson, starting in place of Preston Wilson, hit a grand slam in Houston's win.

Tigers 12, Dodgers 3

At Vero Beach, Fla., Vance Wilson hit a grand slam, one of six Detroit home runs. Ramon Santiago, Curtis Granderson, Don Kelly, Brent Clevlen and Ryan Ludwick also homered for Detroit. J.D. Drew hit a solo homer and tripled in another run for the Dodgers.

Cardinals 11, Mets 3

At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Mark Mulder allowed four runs - one earned - and four hits in 32â3 innings for St. Louis.

Cubs 7, Angels (ss) 6

At Mesa, Ariz., Angels pitcher John Lackey made his first start of spring training, pitching one inning and walking Todd Walker, Jacque Jones, Marquis Grissom and John Mabry consecutively.

Athletics (ss) 16, Angels (ss) 4

At Tempe, Ariz., Scott McClain doubled three times and had four of Oakland's 17 hits.

Giants 11, White Sox 6

At Tucson, Ariz., Jose Contreras allowed one run and five hits in four innings, striking out five and walking none for Chicago. Angel Chavez had three of the Giants' 19 hits, including two doubles.

Mariners 8, Rockies 7

At Tucson, Jarrod Washburn gave up a third-inning grand slam to Colorado's Jeff Baker. Matt Lawton went 3-for-5 with three doubles for Seattle.

Brewers (ss) 6, Diamondbacks 5

At Phoenix, Corey Hart of Milwaukee hit a two-run homer against Felix Heredia.

Rangers 15, Padres (ss) 10

At Peoria, Ariz., Diamondbacks starter Shawn Estes allowed three runs in four innings - a three-run homer by Ian Kinsler.

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