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Clevinger Impressive in Spring Debut, Indians Top Dodgers 6-1 in Glendale

The Indians had a good night on Wednesday, as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-1, under the lights at Camelback Ranch in Glendale.

Mike Clevinger earned the win in his first start of the spring, allowing just one hit in three scoreless innings of work with a walk and three strikeouts.

On the offensive side Jose Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a run scored, and scored the first run of the game for Cleveland, starting the top of the 4th with a single, stealing second base and coming around to score on a throwing error by Dodger pitcher Jamie Schultz.

Hanley Ramirez (1-for-3, RBI) recorded his first hit in an Indians uniform, driving in the second run of the game with an RBI-single in the 4th.

Outfielder Oscar Mercado (2-for-2, HR, SB, RBI, 2R) continued his hot spring, extending the Indians’ lead to 3-1 with a solo home run to lead off the top of the 7th.

Mercado is hitting .400 (8-for-20) with two home runs and five RBI in Cactus League play. The club added three runs in the final two innings (SS Yu Chang RBI-double, C Tim Federowicz RBI-groundout, DH Alex Call RBI-single).

After Clevinger departed, Tribe relievers held the Dodgers to one run on four hits. RHP Tyler Clippard (2SO), RHP Jon Edwards (3SO), RHP Nick Goody, RHP A.J. Cole (SO) and RHP Brooks Pounders (3SO) all tossed a scoreless frame.

In four appearances this spring, Edwards has held opponents scoreless while striking out seven (4.0IP, 2H, 2BB).

The Indians will travel to Salt River Fields to face the Arizona Diamondbacks today at 3:10pm.

Trevor Bauer will make his third start of the spring against RHP Zack Greinke for the Diamondbacks. The game will be broadcast on SportsTime Ohio and ALT 99.1 FM.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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