Ubaldo Jimenez finished better than he started. Josh Tomlin started better than he finished.
Meanwhile, the Indians rallied from a 6-0 deficit at Goodyear Ballpark but lost 6-5 in front of 3,469 fans who saw Albert Pujols in the uniform of the L.A. Angels of Anaheim.
Jimenez, who will pitch No. 2 in the rotation behind Opening Day starter Justin Masterson, threw 31 pitches and allowed two runs in the first inning. One Angels run scored on a wild-pitch.
Jimenez was much more efficient in the second inning, retiring the side in order on eight pitches. The first-inning pitch count, though, cost him a chance to go his scheduled three innings.
Tomlin replaced Jimenez and breezed through the Angels' third but allowed three runs in the fourth inning on four consecutive hits. Tomlin retired Pujols on grounders to short in his first two innings but allowed another run in the fifth on two more hits. Overall, he allowed six hits and four runs in three innings.
Ubaldo Jimenez and Josh Tomlin have ups and downs in 6-5 loss to Angels
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 9