Final

Devil Rays 3

(13-11, 5-5 away)

Indians 6

(14-10, 7-4 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 27, 2005

    Chain of Lakes Park, Winter Haven, Florida 

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    Cleveland 6, Tampa Bay 3

    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- On decision day for the Cleveland Indians, Juan Gonzalez and Jhonny Peralta affirmed the club's choices.

    Gonzalez doubled twice and drove in a run and Peralta went 3-for-4 with an RBI before both learned they had won starting jobs, and the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-3 on Sunday.

    With just a few days left in camp, Cleveland manager Eric Wedge named Gonzalez, a two-time AL MVP whose career has been sidetracked by injuries the past three years, as his opening day right fielder.

    "He came in and did what we asked him to do," Wedge said. "He showed up in great shape. He has worked hard in right field to reacquaint himself with the outfield."

    The decision to keep Gonzalez was a tough one for Wedge, who selected him over highly touted prospect Grady Sizemore.

    "Grady's a big-time player and played well this spring," Wedge said of the 22-year-old, who was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. "We were in a fortunate situation with a fantastic young player and a great veteran to choose from."

    Naming Peralta to replace Omar Vizquel at shortstop was much easier. Peralta batted .395 to Brandon Phillips' .128 and had better offensive statistics across the board. He has also played well in the field.

    "Jhonny came in with a slight edge and really held on to it," Wedge said.

    Peralta widened the gap between he and Phillips as camp progressed. He punctuated his solid spring with two doubles, including a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to make it 5-3.

    The Indians scored one run in each of the first four innings off Tampa Bay starter Mark Hendrickson, who played part of his four seasons in the NBA for the Cavaliers. Hendrickson, the Devil Rays' No. 3 starter, gave up four runs and 11 hits in four-plus innings.

    Cleveland's Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly in the first, Coco Crisp had an RBI single in the second and added a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

    In the third, Gonzalez followed a double by Martinez with his second double to make it 3-0.

    Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Matt Miller, one of four pitchers competing for the final two spots in Cleveland's bullpen.

    Crawford was back in left field, one day after Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella decided against using him in center field this season while Rocco Baldelli recovers following knee surgery.

    Game notes


    Piniella said Baldelli is "slightly ahead of schedule." ... Indians opening day starter Jake Westbrook feared the worst when he got drilled in the right hand by a line drive during a minor league game on Friday. "The whole thing went numb," he said. "I thought it was shattered. I was scared to death." X-rays were negative and Westbrook is not expected to miss any time. ... Tampa Bay pitchers came in with a 3.43 ERA -- the second-lowest in the majors this spring.

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