GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- David Huff pitched well for the Cleveland Indians Wednesday. Good enough for a spot in the rotation? He'll have to wait to find out.
Huff gave up one run and five hits over seven innings in a 10-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. He's awaiting word from manager Manny Acta on whether it was good enough to claim the No. 5 spot in the Indians' rotation."He certainly didn't hurt himself with this outing," said Acta, who won't announce his decision until Friday.Travis Hafner hit a two-run homer in an eight-run second inning in the final spring matchup of the two teams that will open the season Monday in Chicago.Right-hander Freddy Garcia, the No. 5 starter in Chicago's rotation, gave up 12 hits and 10 runs over 3 2/3 innings.Alex Rios hit his third homer in the second off Huff, who walked three and struck out four.Huff is 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA in six games. He is competing with rookie right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who had a good camp until getting hit hard Sunday. Carrasco has a 4.60 in four outings."I came to camp trying to put myself in a good spot," said Huff, whose 11 wins as a rookie last year led the Indians."You can always do better. I had a couple outings this spring I didn't like, but seven innings is good. Last spring, I didn't get past five."Acta said that with a big lead, he would have preferred to see Huff challenge hitters with his fastball a little more. Huff agreed."Throwing a changeup on a 3-2 count is not a good selection," he said. "That's (lack of) experience. I've got to stick with the fastball with the lead."It would appear Huff has an advantage as potentially the only left-hander in the rotation, which includes Jake Westbrook, Fausto Carmona, Justin Masterson and rookie Mitch Talbot. Acta said he'll select the pitcher he thinks will do best regardless of whether he is right-hander or lefty.Cleveland strung together seven singles and Hafner's wind-blown homer to right in the second inning for an 8-1 lead. Hafner, Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo all had two of the Indians' 12 hits.Right-hander Greg Aquino, in Chicago's camp as a non-roster player after spending part of last season with Cleveland, pitched two perfect innings. He has allowed only four hits and no runs in 12 1/3 innings over seven outings.
RHP Jake Westbrook, the Indians' opening day starter, gave up five hits and four runs over six innings against Triple-A Nashville in his final spring tuneup. ... Cleveland sent LHP Jeremy Sowers outright to Columbus and optioned OF Trevor Crowe and C Wyatt Toregas to the Triple-A team. ... Indians RHP Hector Ambriz was put on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis. ... White Sox 1B Paul Konerko was a late scratch from the lineup. No reason was given. ... Chicago DH Mark Kotsay went 0 for 3, dropping his average to .400.