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'Tis Better to Receive


Cliff Lee gave up a double to Garret Anderson in the top of the sixth to tie today's game at two. Lee had been good, but in an uncharacteristic way; three double-play grounders had helped keep runs off the board. But after he gave up the lead, Lee looked to be at best the owner of a no decision.

It turned out that Lee would receive twelve more runs of run support, mostly thanks to Angel errors. Vladamir Guerrero and Orlando Cabrera made costly errors, leading to eight runs in the bottom of the sixth. And so a pitcher's duel turned into a blowout in the span of about twenty minutes.

Obviously, the best news was Cliff Lee's solid start. He was spotting his changeups and curves more often, keeping hitters off his fastball. After a month full of bad starts, Lee started off June with a good outing. It's no secret that the Indians will go as far as their pitching will take them, and need the middle of their rotation to help out.