Martin's Two Run Homer Helps Stop Indians

Russell Martin clouted a two-run homer and Doug Mientkiewicz had three hits and a pair of runs batted in to stop the Indians 6-4. The Dodgers collected all six of their runs in the final three innings. James McDonald upped the ante for the fifth starting slot by working three hitless innings in his first start of the spring.

Russell Martin tagged a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to erase a 1-0 Cleveland win and the Dodgers rolled on to take a 6-3 victory in their first visit to the Indians new park in Glendale.

James McDonald allowed only a walk in his three inning start before Shawn Estes gave up a pair of runs in the sixth to put the Indians up 2-0.

Mientkiewicz, who singled, doubled and tripled, and it was hit RBI two-bagger in the seventh that finally put the Dodgers on the scoreboard.

Scott Elbert gave up a run on a couple hits and a walk in the bottom of the same inning but Martin's two-run shot in the eighth gave the Dodgers their first lead of the game and Mientkiewicz tripled home pinch-runner Blake DeWitt to run the advantage of 5-3.

Brian Mazone and Nick DeBarr lefty-rightied the Indians in the eighth and knuckleballer Charlie Haeger allowed the final Cleveland run.

Xavier Paul tripled in the ninth and scored on Chin-lung Hu's double. Juan Castro's sixth double of the spring drove Hu in with the final Los Angeles run.

Hiroki Kuroda, the Dodgers' Opening Day pitcher, worked in a minor league game to allow McDonald to make his first start and the 23-year-old made the most of it with three hitless innings.

Los Angeles evened it's record 11-11 with the win and they are home today (Sunday) to play host to the Rangers. Left-hander Randy Wolf, who will serve as the club's No. 2 starter this season after signing a one-year free agent contract, will get the start and right-handers Guillermo Mota and Cory Wade are also scheduled to pitch.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	000 000 132- 6
Cleveland	000 002 101- 4

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  0  1  0  .184
 Hu ss	        2  1  1  1  .290
Hudson 2b	3  0  0  0  .200
 Castro 2b	2  1  2  1  .459
Martin c	4  1  1  2  .391
 Ellis c	1  0  0  0  .304
Blake 3b	3  0  1  0  .269
 DeWitt pr-3b	2  2  1  0  .292
Mientkiewicz 1b	4  0  3  2  .238	
Pierre cf	4  0  0  0  .171	
Pascucci dh	3  0  0  0  .450 
Jones lf	2  0  0  0  .265
 Paul lf	1  1  1  0  .409
Repko rf-lf	4  0  0  0  .207
------------------------------------------
 Totals	        38 6 11 6
 Cleveland	32 4  7 4

 Two base hits- Mientkiewicz (1), Hu (2),
Castro (6). 3b- Mientkiewicz (1), Paul (3).
HR- Matin (3). RBI- Mientkiewicz 2 (7),
Martin 2 (9), Hu- (6), Castro (6). SB- Furcal
(1), Martin (1), Pierre (7). LOB- Los Angeles
7, Cleveland 5. DP- Furcal, Blake and
Mientkiewicz. 

 Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
McDonald	3.0  0  0-0  1  1  5.84
Estes	        2.2  3  2-2  0  3  8.44
Sturtze	        0.1  0  0-0  0  1  3.38
Elbert	        1.0  2  1-1  1  1  7.11
Mazone	        0.2  0  0-0  1  1  0.00
DeBarr	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  5.06
Haegar (sv 1)	1.0  2  1-1  0  0  2.08
 WP- Elbert. HBP- by Estes.  T- 3:10. Att- 10,479.
MLBPA Wants Charitable Clauses Out
When Manny Ramirez signed his contract, the slugger agreed to make a $1 million donation to the Dodgers Dream Foundation.

After Ramirez's deal was signed, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt announced that "every future Dodger" will be required to donate a portion of his salary to the foundation.

Not so fast, said he MLB Players' Association, who has a policy of not giving a concession without gaining a concession in return, has filed a grievance on behalf of players who have a provision in their contracts under which they agree to make a donation through his club to a charitable organization.

MLBPA chief operating officer Gene Orza told ESPN he needs to gather more information, but that in the grievance, the players' association argues that the agreements are unenforceable and of no benefit to the player.

Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president for labor relations, told Ravech, "The charitable contributions were freely negotiated between the clubs and players. We are surprised that they would attack such freely negotiated clauses. And we are shocked by the union's assertion that charitable activities do not provide a benefit to the players."

Apparently charity doesn't always begin at home.

In the grievance, the MLBPA is seeking repayment by the clubs to the players for the amount they agreed to donate to charity.

MLB has come up with at least 109 players with these provisions thus far, but there could be more, as the league reads through all of the contracts. At least 22 teams are affected, and several marquee players, including Ramirez, are involved.

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