VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- C.C. Sabathia shrugged off the three long
homers he gave up in the Cleveland Indians' 8-3 loss to the
Washington Nationals on Tuesday night, pronouncing himself on track
to start opening day.
"My cutter was good today. I threw some good fastballs late. I
missed my spots early and they kind of punished me," the
left-hander said. "I'm definitely ready. I feel good."
Sabathia (0-2, 8.35 ERA) reached 100 pitches and gave up six
runs -- five earned -- and five hits in six innings. He also hit a
double off starter Ramon Ortiz in the fifth, then took third on a
flyout to right.
Ortiz allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, then
said he was happier with this outing than his previous, when he
threw six shutout innings against Baltimore.
"Every time, all my pitches are better," Ortiz said. "Good
fastball, good slider, good changeup and good two-seam. I'm ready
for the season."
Sabathia will start the major league season opener against the
World Series champion Chicago White Sox on Sunday night.
"I love it. It's an honor," he said. "Against the White Sox.
He allowed Jose Guillen's three-run homer to left and Ryan
Zimmerman's solo shot to just to the left of the 404-foot sign in
center in the first inning.
Zimmerman added a two-run shot off Sabathia to right-center in
the fourth, giving the rookie third baseman seven homers this
spring, showing more power than he did during last season's
But he also made his seventh error, a throwing mistake in the
Washington's Alfonso Soriano, still adjusting to his shift from
second base to left field, allowed what appeared to be a catchable
ball drop in near the foul line for a double in the fourth.
Soriano drew some boos from the home fans when he stepped to the
plate to bat in the fifth; he grounded into a double play.