by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2) outdueled Tigers ace Justin Verlander and pushed his winning streak to three games during a 7-6 victory over Detroit on Saturday night. He surrendered just one run on a solo Jhonny Peralta homer in the third inning and two other hits over six innings for his third win.
Jimenez's previous three-start winning streak was in July 2011, less than a month before the trade to Cleveland. He walked only one batter and struck out eight for the second straight game.
"I think it's all about my mechanics," the right-hander said. "I think the last three games I've been able to repeat my mechanics with every pitch."
Jimenez is projected to take the hill again Friday against Seattle. He holds a 12.34 ERA and 1-2 record in three starts at home this season.
Ubaldo Jimenez earns second-straight win
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well Monday in his start at home against the Athletics. He would have had an outstanding performance if it wasn't for Yoenis Cespedes.
The Cuban outfielder hit a solo shot off Jimenez in the fourth inning and drove in another run in the sixth to account for both his earned runs. Jimenez allowed four hits, three walks and struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings and 101 pitches.
Jimenez (2-2) has given up two runs over his last two outings spanning 12 2/3 innings, with 12 Ksand a 2-0 record.
Jimenez next starts Saturday at Detroit.
Ubaldo Jimenez vintage in victory
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez had a fantastic performance on the mound Monday night in Kansas City. With Wade Davis struggling, Jimenez cruised to victory.
Jimenez picked up his first win of the season in seven shutout innings. He allowed just three base hits and two walks and struck out four batters over 103 pitches to improve to 1-2.
Jimenez has improved in each of his last two outings and has allowed four runs over that span of 12 innings. That comes after he'd lost back-to-back starts against the Yankees and Red Sox with 14 runs allowed over six frames.
The 29-year-old, who has a 7.13 ERA, will look to continue pitching well when he next takes the mound Saturday against Minnesota.
Ubaldo Jimenez throwing twice between starts
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez threw a bullpen session Saturday. He has been throwing two side sessions between starts instead of one to keep his mechanics straight, according to MLB.com.
Jimenez is off to a rough start, going 0-2 with a 10.06 ERA in four starts. He has nearly as many walks (11) as strikeouts (15) in 17 innings.
Ubaldo Jimenez better in no-decision
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) After getting tagged for seven earned runs each of his previous two times out, Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez put together a better outing in Sunday's series finale against the Astros. He allowed four runs on four hits over five-plus innings of work.
The right-hander surrendered a two-run homer to Fernando Martinez in the first before making it through the next four frames unscathed. Then in the sixth, he gave up a leadoff single before Jose Altuve followed with an RBI triple. Jimenez was then pulled for Nick Hagadone, who allowed the inherited runner to score to tie the game at 4-4.
Jimenez also struck out four and walked one in the no-decision.
His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Royals. In three starts against Kansas City last season, Jimenez went 1-2 with a 5.87 ERA.
Tribe not giving up on Ubaldo Jimenez
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday he won't give up on starter Ubaldo Jimenez after only three outings, MLB.com reports.
"There's a lot of factors," Francona said. "This is in general, because we're three starts in, but if you start getting rid of pitching, you might come up in June, July and August and not have any. There's a lot of things to factor. We have some young guys that are hopefully in Triple-A, and even in Double-A, maturing and developing so when they get here they can win and not get up here and get beat up."
Jimenez is 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA after three outings with 10 walks over 12 innings and 11 strikeouts. His WHIP is 1.83. He'll try to turn things around Sunday against Houston.
Ubaldo Jimenez not worth the trouble
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/17/2013) So much for all that talk this spring of Ubaldo Jimenez making up for his lost velocity by getting ahead of hitters and keeping the ball down. After two consecutive seven-run attrocities, he's looking like a lost cause.
Perhaps the Indians weren't accounting for an additional drop in velocity, which is what Jimenez has had to contend with so far this year. After averaging 92.5 miles per hour on his fastball last year, he's now at 90.3.
Whether it's Jeremy Guthrie, Travis Wood, Patrick Corbin or someone like Dan Sraily or Chris Archer, you can do better than Jimenez off the waiver wire.
Ubaldo Jimenez shelled for seven runs
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez had a night to forget in a wild outing Tuesday against the Red Sox. He was pegged with his second loss of the season.
Jimenez (0-2) struggled with command and couldn't make it out of the second frame. He surrendered a run-scoring single to Jacoby Ellsbury and walked the bases loaded twice in the second inning. The right-hander was charged with seven runs, five walks and two hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. He also struck out one on 59 pitches, 28 strikes. It was his shortest outing in the majors as a starter.
"I have to erase everything," Jimenez told MLB.com.
Jimenez will start throwing two sides between starts, much like did during spring training.
Jimenez carries a whopping 11.25 ERA through three outings. He'll try to pick up the pieces at Houston on Sunday afternoon. The 29-year-old has had some success against the Astros in the past. He pitched six scoreless innings in his previous meeting in 2012. Jimenez is 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA in six career starts against Houston.
Rain reshuffles Indians' rotation
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) For the second straight day, the Yankees and Indians were postponed by rain, cutting a four-game series in half. The inclement weather also forced Cleveland to adjust its starting rotation to the following order: Justin Masterson (Friday against the White Sox), Zach McAllister (Saturday), Brett Myers (Sunday) and Ubaldo Jimenez (Tuesday against Boston).
Skipper preaching patience with Ubaldo Jimenez
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Indians manager Terry Francona is willing to be patient with starter Ubaldo Jimenez after his rough outing Monday night against the Yankees. Jimenez allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings.
"[We'll be] a lot more patient than one bad start," Francona said. "That would be a horrible mistake on our part."
Jimenez had a league-worst 17 losses last season and has not won a decision in his last 10 starts dating back to August. The right-hander has expressed some some concern over his recent performance.
"A little bit, definitely," Jimenez said. "Because you want to keep it going. I had a good start in Toronto, but it's early in the season. I have to worry about my next game. I have to forget about this one."
Jimenez is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP through his first two starts.
Ubaldo Jimenez beat up by Yankees
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) The Yankees got the better of Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez in Cleveland's home opener Monday. Jimenez was hurt by home runs, allowing a three-run shot in the first by former Indians great Travis Hafner and a Robinson Cano homer in the fifth.
Jimenez (0-1) took the loss, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four.
Jimenez was a lot sharper in his first start, a no-decision at Toronto, when he allowed one earned on three hits and two walks in six innings with six Ks. He has 10 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings, but he has a 6.97 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.
The 29-year-old will look to get his first win Saturday against Chicago in his second start of the week.
Ubaldo Jimenez with solid debut for Tribe
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez put together a solid outing for his first start of the season Wednesday at Toronto. The Indians' starter matched up against Brandon Morrow and both pitchers walked away with no-decisions.
Jimenez and Morrow each left the game tied at one run apiece. The Cleveland starter struck out six batters over six innings as he allowed one run on three hits and two walks. His only mistake was allowing a solo homer to Maicer Izturis in the third inning.
Jimenez, who is looking for a fresh start this season after leading the majors with 17 losses last season, got his year off to a good start. He'll look for his first win on Monday against the Yankees. He should get two starts next week as well.
Ubaldo Jimenez ready for fresh start
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez took the mound for his final tune-up of the spring Friday against the Royals.
Jimenez could not keep the ball in the park, allowing three solo home runs, including two in the fifth inning. He yielded three runs on three hits in 4 2/3 innings of work in a 6-1 defeat. He also struck out five and walked three as he finished spring with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.
Jimenez is ready for a fresh start in his second season with the Indians.
"He feels good about himself and he should," manager Terry Francona said. "He has a clean slate, but he has to make sure the slate stays clean."
Ubaldo Jimenez goes seven innings strong
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013) Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez turned in a solid performance as he enjoyed his longest outing of the spring Sunday afternoon against the Cubs.
Jimenez, who made his fifth Cactus League start, retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced. He allowed a run-scoring double to Alfonso Soriano in the fourth before he was charged with two more runs in the eighth inning. He yielded three runs on eight hits in seven innings of work in a 4-3 defeat. He also struck out three and walked one as he improved his ERA from 4.91 to 4.62 this spring.
"I felt really good," Jimenez said. "I was able to be around the zone, attack the strike zone and get ahead most of the time. I feel like I'm ready for the season. I have a lot of confidence out there about throwing strikes. It doesn't matter if I fall behind in the count. I trust myself to come back in the count."
Ubaldo Jimenez pitching with confidence
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez had a solid outing on Monday in a Cactus League start against Milwaukee. Jimenez threw well and with more confidence as he struck out five batters over 5 1/3 innings.
Jimenez told MLB.com that the target he's throwing to appears much larger this year than last year. He's also pitching with more confidence. Jimenez allowed two runs Monday on seven hits and a walk over his five-plus frames with the five Ks. His spring ERA is now at 4.91.
Jimenez earns second spring W
(3/13/2013) Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez got off to a rough start this spring but has settled down over his last few outings. He was effective again in Wednesday's Cactus League contest against the White Sox, allowing two runs on seven hits over five innings of work. Jimenez also struck out three with no walks in the 5-2 win. "I felt good," Jimenez said. "I was able to go out there and throw all my breaking balls and fastball for a strike. In the first two or three innings, I was able to command the fastball in and away. I felt good."
Jimenez finds the control
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/7/2013) Indians staring pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez looked much better in his third appearance of the spring Thursday, as he tossed four solid innings in Cactus League action against the Giants. Jimenez allowed one run on three hits, with just one of those hits going for extra bases. He struck out two batters and earned the win in a 6-4 game. Jimenez lowered his spring ERA to 6.75. Jimenez has been working on his delivery in the spring, and the work seemed to bear fruit Thursday. "It is helping," Jimenez said. "I was pausing, then I had to start up again. I have been able to attack the strike zone with my fastball."
Jimenez takes step backward
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/2/2013) Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was on the hook for five runs and seven hits over two-plus innings during Cleveland's 11-8 loss to San Diego in Cactus League action Saturday. Jimenez was unable to duplicate his first outing of the spring when he fired two scoreless innings against Oakland last Monday and allowed all of his runs in the third inning while failing to record an out. He also had two strikeouts and a walk.
Ubaldo scoreless in spring debut
(2/25/2013) Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez endured the worst campaign of his career a year ago but had a solid showing in his Cactus League debut Monday against the A's. He worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out two. The right-hander also walked one while throwing 15 pitches, 11 for strikes. "Last year, even in spring training, I couldn't do anything right," said Jimenez, working with his fourth pitching coach in less than two full seasons since joining the Indians. "As a pitcher, you never want to give up runs at any time, but in spring training you work on things. I will work on keeping that shoulder right and not worry about other things."
Skipper confident in Jimenez
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/20/2013) Indians manager Terry Francona remains confident starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez will bounce back in 2013 after changing his offseason workout program. "He got into some bad habits with his delivery. It kind of snowballed on him. He started throwing much earlier in the winter," Francona told The Denver Post. "Mickey Callaway, our pitching coach, went down to the Dominican Republic twice to see him. We are trying to get more rhythm and aggressiveness in his delivery. We want to get his arm action a little smoother. He's never going to be the poster child for delivery. But If he can get to the point where he's pounding the ball down in the zone, he will be fine."
Ubaldo has support of Tribe
(2/10/2013) Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez posted a career-high 5.40 ERA over his 31 starts last season, his first full campaign with Cleveland. Coming off his down year, the right-hander told MLB.com Sunday that he is doing everything possible to fix his issues. "Hopefully this year is going to be different," Jimenez said. "Last year my mechanics were terrible. It was a mess." General manager Chris Antonetti said the club has full faith in Jimenez turning things around. "I think he still has great stuff and the ability to be a very effective major league starting pitcher," Antonetti said. "But as we've talked about, the thing that's the key for him is consistency. It starts with his ability to execute his delivery consistently."
Indians trying to fix Jimenez
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/22/2013) In a chat on ESPN.com, new Indians manager Terry Francona expressed one of his top tasks this season will be helping starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez recover his ace form. Jimenez went 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA in 31 starts last season for Cleveland. "One of our challenges is to get Ubaldo back to the form he showed prior to 2012," Francona said.