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“Guys do not play different if the Commissioner is at the game,” Acta said. “The majority of the guys didn’t even know he was there.”

Two years ago, Jimenez was 15-1 for the Rockies at the All-Star break and was the NL starter for the Midsummer Classic. He has gone 14-20 since. He was not sharp this spring, going 1-4 with a 7.43 ERA. In seven Cactus League starts, he had as many walks as strikeouts, 15, and allowed 30 hits in 23 innings.

After a bad outing against Cincinnati on March 17, Acta said, “It’s time to get it in gear,” about Jimenez, whose velocity was lagging.

Jimenez’s fastball was clocked at 95 mph in his next start against San Diego, but his overall performance has not approached what the Indians expected when they traded four minor league prospects, including two first-round draft picks, for the 28-year-old right-hander.

“I feel good. I’m ready to pitch,” Jimenez said. “Hopefully, I can get off to a good start.”