Ubaldo Jimenez knew this wasn't going to look good in Monday's Plain Dealer or Sunday's cleveland.com blog. Given the chance, he probably could have written the headline himself.

Instead he asked a throng of baseball writers to plead his case. Now that's a leap of faith.

Jimenez, operating under the spotlight of public scrutiny this spring, allowed five runs on five hits in the first inning as the Indians lost, 8-6, to Cincinnati on Sunday in his Cactus League debut. Four runs were unearned, but his work resembled many of his starts from last year after the Indians acquired him from Colorado in one of the biggest trades of the season.