- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (AP) - After two rough outings, Aaron Laffey was pleased with his latest effort.

The 23-year-old left-hander, vying to earn the fifth spot in Cleveland’s rotation, pitched four hitless innings as Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Friday.

In two previous outings, Laffey _ one of five lefties seeking the last spot in the rotation, gave up 10 hits and seven runs over three innings.

Oakland’s Bobby Crosby, the 2004 AL Rookie of the Year as a shortstop, played first base for the first time. The Athletics signed free agent Orlando Cabrera to play short this year.

A’s starter Dana Eveland yielded four hits and two runs over 3 1-3 innings.

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