Cleveland Indians Wiretap
Travis Hafner and the Indians are rolling hot.
"Whatever we're doing right now," the Indians designated hitter said, "is working pretty good."
The club is now riding a nine-game winning streak after its 3-2 win Sunday over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of 27,416 at The Jake.
"The guys are excited with what we've accomplished," said Hafner, whose line single to center in the fourth inning led to a pair of runs. "But I don't get the sense that guys are satisfied."
Jake Westbrook pitched eight strong innings for the Indians while Shawn Estes was on the short end.
The Indians defeated the Rockies 2-1, as Kevin Millwood won the 100th game of his Major League career, and in the process, he extended the Tribe's winning streak to six in a row.
"It's something I've been kind of gearing up for the whole season," said Millwood, making his return to duty after three weeks on the disabled list. "I was so close once the season started, but I'll just enjoy it tonight and get on about my business."
"I thought he did an outstanding job," manager Eric Wedge said. "He hadn't been out there in a while, and he had to work his way through that first. But you're never quite sure what to expect when a guy hasn't been out there in a while."
Juan Gonzalez returned to Cleveland for tests after straining his right hamstring Tuesday in Minnesota. The fragile outfielder, a two-time AL MVP who has spent most of the past three years rehabbing a variety of injuries, got hurt in the first inning trying to beat out a slow grounder in his first major league at-bat in over a year.
He never made it to first base, turning right, dropping his head and heading directly into the Indians' dugout. It's the same hamstring he hurt at the end of spring training.
The Indians said Gonzalez will be placed on the disabled list -- his 12th career trip there. However, the club will wait at least one more day to make the move and will have just 24 players available for Wednesday night's game against the Twins.
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