WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- Ronnie Belliard returned from the
World Baseball Classic with his swing in good shape.
The Indians' second baseman homered, doubled twice and singled
Friday as the Cleveland Indians beat Toronto 16-3.Belliard was with the Dominican Republic at the WBC from March 3
through Monday. He returned to the Indians on Tuesday, hitting a
home run against Cincinnati in his first at-bat. Belliard is
8-for-12 (.667) in four games."My timing is coming, but I've got to keep working on it,"
Belliard said. "I think I'm in pretty good shape, but I only got
seven at-bats (in the WBC)."For the Blue Jays, the best news of the day came away from the
game.Belliard hit a leadoff homer and Eduardo Perez a grand slam
during Cleveland's seven-run second inning. Jason Michaels had two
singles and a home run for the Indians, and Casey Blake doubled
twice."Ronnie was hitting before he left, and he came back hitting,"
Indians manager Eric Wedge said.Blue Jays right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched for the first time
since scar tissue broke free in his right elbow Saturday, throwing
35 pitches from 60 feet at the teams spring-training complex."It was a nice little day of playing catch," Burnett said.
"No pain, no discomfort everything is fine."There is no target date for Burnett to appear in a game. <^Notes:@ INF Brandon Phillips returned to camp Friday. Phillips
hasn't played in a week due to strep throat. ... C Victor Martinez
suffered a sprained ankle Wednesday when a baserunner stepped on
his right foot during a minor-league game. Martinez, playing first
base at the time, has been able to take batting practice. ... ...
The late Tom Cheek is on the cover of Toronto's 2006 media guide.
Cheek, who died last October due to a brain tumor, had been the
Blue Jays radio play-by-play man since the team was founded.