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First Cleveland-appearance Rick van den Hurk
GLENDALE, Arizona (USA) - Rick van den Hurk has made his first brief appearance in an uniform of the Cleveland Indians. The righthander threw 2/3 inning on Saturday, March 24, in a 5-4 loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

...Rick van den Hurk during a game with the Blue Jays...
(Photo: Henk Seppen)
At Camelback Ranch, since 2009 the new Spring Training-home of the Dodgers (after having spent 60 years in Vero Beach, Florida), Van den Hurk took over the pitching in the bottom of the seventh inning. Van den Hurk relieved starter Derek Lowe, who threw the first six innings. In the top of the 7th, the Indians had scored twice thanks to a single by Shelley Duncan and a sacrifice fly by Felix Pie to break a 2-2 tie. So When Van den Hurk took over, the Indians were leading 4-2, so he entered the game in a save-situation. The righthander was greeted with a double by Juan Uribe, but then followed by striking out both A.J. Ellis and Adam Kennedy. Next, Van den Hurk hit Australian Trent Oeltjen with a pitch and was replaced by Frank Herrmann. Since Van den Hurk saved the lead, while he was pitching, he was credited with a Hold. A Hold is being given to a reliever who comes into the game in a save-situation and leaves with his team still leading.

Things changed when Herrmann took over. He gave up a triple to Luis Cruz, which scored both runners and therefore tied the score at 4-4. As Herrmann also came into the game in a save-situation, but failed to hold the lead, he was credited with a Blown Save. Next, Cory Sullivan followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Cruz, meaning Herrmann also ended up as the Losing Pitcher.

Van den Hurk was acquired by Cleveland last Wednesday after he was put on waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.

(March 24)

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