Final in 10

Tigers 2

(3-0, 1-0 away)

Indians 2

(2-1, 1-0 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 6, 2005

    Chain of Lakes Park, Winter Haven, Florida 

    R H E
    DET - -
    CLE - -

    Detroit 2, Cleveland 2 (tie, 10 innings)

    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- C.C. Sabathia never made it out of warmups.

    The ace of the Cleveland Indians' staff was scratched from his start Sunday against the Detroit Tigers because he strained a right abdominal muscle while warming up.

    Manager Eric Wedge said after the Indians and Tigers played to a 2-2, 10-inning tie it was too early to tell if Sabathia would miss any time. The 24-year-old is scheduled for an MRI on Monday.

    "We'll see how it goes tomorrow," Wedge said. "He was upset. I take that as a guy who knows he worked so hard to get ready for the season."

    Sabathia came to camp in the best shape of his career after going through a winter conditioning program. The 6-foot-7, 290-pounder had missed his final three starts of the 2004 season with a strained left hamstring.

    The left-hander was replaced by lefty Cliff Lee, who allowed one hit and struck out two in two scoreless innings.

    "I don't know what happened to C.C., but I could tell something was going on," Lee said. "Fifteen minutes before gametime, they told me I was starting. It was no big deal because I knew I was going to pitch two innings today anyway."

    The Indians loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th on three one-out walks by reliever John Ennis, who then struck out Jeff Liefer and got Ryan Garko to pop to short to preserve the tie.

    "It was a well-pitched game," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "We missed some opportunities to score, but we got our work in and stayed healthy so it's a good day."

    Seven Tigers pitchers combined to allow only six hits while striking out eight. First baseman Chris Shelton had three of the Tigers' seven hits off nine Cleveland pitchers.

    Jose Hernandez had an RBI single and minor league infielder Brandon Pinckney hit a home run for Cleveland.

    The Tigers scored their runs on an RBI double by Craig Monroe and a double-play grounder.

    Game notes


    The Tigers defeated Tampa Bay, 4-2, in a morning "B" game in Lakeland. Detroit RHP Fernando Rodney, in his first outing since having reconstructive elbow surgery last April, pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. ... Indians RHP Adam Miller, considered the top prospect in their organization, will be sidelined until June with a strained right elbow.

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