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Apr 8, 2010 - 5:35 AM By KATE HEDLIN STATS Writer

Cleveland (0-1) at Chicago (1-0), 8:10 p.m. EDT

After recording their first win under new manager Manny Acta, the Cleveland Indians will go for season-opening series victory for the fourth time in five years against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Acta replaced Eric Wedge after the Indians went 65-97 last season and finished fourth in the AL Central. Cleveland (1-1) won its first game under Acta after beating Chicago 5-3 on Wednesday.

The win snapped a 16-game road losing streak for the Indians dating back to last season, which included a 6-0 loss to the White Sox (1-1) on Monday in which they were limited to four singles.

On Wednesday, Fausto Carmona worked around six walks by yielding only one hit - a two-run homer to Paul Konerko - as the Indians rallied with three runs in the fourth and took the lead in the seventh on Matt LaPorta's run-scoring double.

"Under the circumstances and all the walks, (Carmona) did a tremendous job just keeping us in the game and giving us a chance to win," Acta said.

Grady Sizemore, who the Indians are hoping to get a big year from as they try to bounce back from a disappointing season, recorded a two-run single in the fourth while Shin-Soo Choo had two hits and scored twice.

Sizemore batted .248 and had 64 RBIs in an injury-plagued 2009 season, his worst since playing 43 games in 2004.

Cleveland lost its season-opening series to Texas last season but won the first series of the year the previous three seasons - all against the White Sox.

It was the second homer in as many games for Konerko, but Chicago had just one other hit.

"I felt pretty good up there," Konerko said. "I was just trying to swing at good pitches."

Konerko and the White Sox will try to bounce back and avoid losing their fifth consecutive season-opening series as they oppose Justin Masterson.

Masterson came to Cleveland in a four-player trade last year with Boston that sent Victor Martinez to the Red Sox. The right-hander went 1-7 with a 4.80 ERA in 10 starts with he Indians, but he had two solid outings against the White Sox, allowing two runs and eight hits over 13 innings. He was 0-1 in those games.

Masterson is hoping that having a consistent role this season after moving back and forth from the bullpen will help improve his record.

"Mentally, it's a good place to be," he told the Indians' official Web site. "I'm working to get a routine as a starter."

Konerko is 2 for 5 against Masterson while Alex Rios, who was 0 for 3 Wednesday, is 3 for 9 with a double and a home run.

Gavin Floyd takes the ball for Chicago, looking to return to his 17-win form of 2008 after going 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA last year.

Floyd won two of his three starts against the Indians last season, and the right-hander is 4-2 with a 4.30 ERA in his career against them.

Indians third baseman Jhonny Peralta is 7 for 17 with two doubles and two home runs against Floyd.








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    AL
    CLEVELAND 5
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 FINAL

    Apr 9 12:14 AM


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    A Cabrera ss 5 1 1 1 0 2 2 .308
    G Sizemore cf 6 0 3 3 0 2 1 .267
    S Choo rf 5 0 0 0 1 2 3 .167
    T Hafner dh 5 1 1 0 0 2 1 .154
    J Peralta 3b 4 0 2 1 1 1 0 .300
    M LaPorta 1b 4 0 2 0 1 2 2 .364
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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GRADY SIZEMORE SCORED ASDRUBAL CABRERA
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G SIZEMORE ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 TOP,11TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: S CHOO (.182, 0-FOR-4, BB)

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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ASDRUBAL CABRERA SCORED LUIS VALBUENA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A CABRERA ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 TOP,11TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: G SIZEMORE (.214, 2-FOR-5, 2 RBI)

    Guardians 4, White Sox 3  Top 11, 0 OutsApr 8 11:56 PM
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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J PERALTA ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: M LAPORTA (.400, 2-FOR-3)

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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
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    RAMIREZ ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SIZEMORE ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: S CHOO (.250, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Guardians 2, White Sox 0  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 8 9:24 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SIZEMORE ON FIRST, 1 OUT
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    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: S CHOO (.286, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Guardians 1, White Sox 0  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 8 8:46 PM
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