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Marte Goes 3-For-3 As Indians Top .500

Marte Goes 3-For-3 As Indians Top .500

Justin Wilson (photo) put the first two Braves' batters on base in each of the first three innings.  The top of the 1st began with an infield single by CF Jose Constanza, who beat out the throw from Marte on a slow grounder to first base.  Constanza stole second base, then SS Julio Lugo also grounded to Marte at third.  This time, Marte's throw to 1B Hague pulled Hague off the bag, and Lugo was safe on the throwing error.  Gartrell made it three straight grounders to Marte, but the third time was the charm for Marte, who fired to second base, where 2B Brian Friday got the force out on Gartrell, and fired on to first for the double play.  A strikeout by Braves' 1B Mauro Gomez ended the inning, and Wilson had escaped without a run scoring.  Wilson began the 2nd inning with a walk to 3B Dan Nelson, then gave up a double off the top of the right field wall to LF Wilkin Ramirez.  With two runners in scoring position, Wilson proceeded to strike out the next...

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Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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