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Indians, O's Split Twinbill

Both of the Cleveland Indians' new starting pitchers were quite impressive in their debut Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Unfortunately for the Indians, only one of them earned a victory.

Brady Anderson homered on the first pitch from newcomer Steve Woodard and the Orioles won 4-0 Saturday night for a doubleheader split.

In the day game, Manny Ramirez had six RBIs and two homers, including a grand slam, and Jason Bere won in his initial start with Cleveland as the retooled Indians coasted to a 14-3 victory.

Bere (1-0), acquired along with Woodard on Friday in a seven-player trade that sent Richie Sexson to Milwaukee, allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked none. He was 6-7 with a 4.93 ERA in 20 starts for the Brewers.

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  • Arriving at Camden Yards two hours before gametime, the right-hander quickly put aside any butterflies that may have followed the trade.

    "Once I got over that, I found a comfort level," Bere said. "And as you can see, these guys are pretty unbelievable the plays they make plus the offense."

    Jolbert Cabrera had a career-high five hits and Omar Vizquel had a season-high four hits and two RBIs for Cleveland, which made three trades and added five new players on Friday.

    In addition to Woodard, David Segui made his Cleveland deut in the second game and Wil Cordero began his second stint with the Indians in left field. Segui went 2-for-4 and Cordero went hitless, stranding four runners.

    Cordero grounded out with two on and two outs in the sixth and hit a fly ball to the warning track in center in the same situation in the eighth.

    Woodard (0-1) pitched well after Anderson drove his initial pitch over the center-field wall. The right-hander allowed one run and six hits in six innings, striking out four and walking one.

    "It was nerve-racking," Woodard said. "The first inning I felt like my first big league game. And the first pitch, it wasn't bad. I would throw it again."

    All things considered, he was quite pleased with the results.

    "It feels good to come here and do well," he said. "I just wish the team had got a win out of it."

    The Orioles made it 4-0 in the eighth against the Cleveland bullpen. After Greg Myers singled in a run and another scored on an errant pickoff throw by Cameron Cairncross, Melvin Mora, obtained Friday in a trade with the New York Mets, hit an RBI double.

    Jose Mercedes (6-4) gave up six hits and two walks in seven innings as the Orioles snapped a five-game losing streak. One of his two strikeouts came in the third, when he got Ramirez with runners at second and third with two outs.

    Buddy Groom got two outs in the eighth, Mills retired Cordero to end the inning and Mike Trombley worked the ninth.

    The Orioles were without closer Mike Timlin, who between games was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for first baseman Chris Richard and minor league pitcher Mark Nussbeck.

    After the game, the Orioles traded catcher Charles Johnson and designated hitter Harold Baines for catcher Brook Fordyce and three minor league pitchers.

    "It's a good thing for me," Johnson said. "Right now I have to look athe positives, and the positives are I am going to a good team that is playing great baseball right now."

    In the opener, Cleveland took control with a five-run second inning against Pat Rapp (6-7). Vizquel singled in a run and Ramirez hit his 12th career slam.

    Johnson hit a three-run homer in the bottom half, but the Indians made it 6-3 in the third on Cabrera's RBI double. Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the fourth.

    Notes

  • Cleveland stranded 12 in the second game.
  • With a sellout crowd of 47,715 at the opener, the Orioles increased their attendance to 2,047,668. The crowd at the nightcap was announced as 47,355, but the stadium was actually less than half filled. The game was a makeup of Friday night's rainout.
  • The Indians optioned RHP Tim Drew to Triple-A Buffalo and designated RHP Jaime Navarro for assignment.
  • RHP pitcher Jaret Wright, on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, began a rehabilitation assignment in Buffalo on Saturday.
  • Johnson's homer was the 100th of his career.
  • Baltimore RHP Ryan Kohlmeier pitched two scoreless innings in the opener in his major league debut.

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