By Gary Schatz | Associated Press
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Ubaldo Jimenez struck out five in 51⁄3 innings Monday, helping the Indians beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2.
Eager to bounce back from two subpar seasons, Jimenez, allowed two runs, seven hits and a walk.
"I had trouble with everything last year. I couldn't do anything right," Jimenez said. "Last year I asked myself if I could throw strikes and thought maybe yes, maybe no. I feel good about my mechanics now. I can trust myself that I can throw strikes. Also it's about my mind. I can trust my mechanics. The catcher's target looks big now."
Marco Estrada, returning to the Brewers from the World Baseball Classic, gave up one run, three hits and three walks in 21⁄3 innings. He walked Mark Reynolds with the bases loaded in the first.
"He was getting the ball up in the first inning," manager Ron Roenicke said. "His change ups were all up," Roenicke said. "That's unusual for him. He keeps the ball down pretty good. The second and third innings were pretty good."
Cleveland reliever Matt Capps allowed two runs and four hits in four innings.
"Matt is feeling good and feeling healthy. He is just working back to where he has full strength in his shoulder to be able to pitch the way is capable," Antonetti said. "We feel he's heading in the right direction. There are just other guys ahead of him."
n The Indians optioned INF Juan Diaz to Triple-A Columbus. RHP Preston Guilmet, Matt Langwell and Joe Martinez were re-assigned to minor league camp along with OF Cedric Hunter.
n Non-roster players, C Omir Santos, C Brian Jeroloman, OF Matt Carson and INF Luis Hernandez were informed by Francona and Antonetti that they will not make the Indians opening day roster but will remain in the major league camp. "We just didn't want to create any unrealistic expectations," Francona said.
n Brewers OF Carlos Gomez leads the team with a .458 average this spring.
n The Brewers released INF Bobby Crosby. "He needs to play and get a lot of at-bats to get his swing. I don't know if I could give him enough at-bats."