"I thought Fausto threw very well," Wedge said. "He kept the ball down, repeated his delivery and used all his pitches. He did a good job throwing his fastball to both halves of the plate." Payroll schmayroll: Throughout his tenure as the manager of the Tribe, Wedge has been operating a club with a payroll in the bottom 25 percent of baseball. But he doesn't view himself and his club as being at a competitive disadvantage. "[Payroll] is not something I ever consider," he said. "I look at us. If we go out and play the way we're capable of, we can beat anybody. I don't ever want to use [payroll] as an excuse, because that's all it is." Minor assistance: Now that the Minor League clubs have begun playing games, Wedge is going to take advantage of the extra opportunities to get his players some at-bats and innings pitched. On Saturday, for example, Jeremy Sowers pitched five innings of Triple-A Buffalo's game against Toledo, in Lakeland, giving up no runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Kelly Shoppach caught him. "I'm going to start doing that a little more," Wedge said. Casting a spell: Blake is mighty proud to say he once finished second in a grade-school spelling bee. But what kept him from the top? "I missed on jeopardy," he said. "I had the o and the e mixed up." Blake and Matt Miller were working on a crossword puzzle in the visitors' clubhouse at Progress Energy Park before Saturday's game, and they got in a jokingly heated debate as to the spelling of the word "wean." Miller insisted it is spelled w-e-i-n. "That," Blake said, "is false." Which is precisely the same thing Blake heard in grade school, when he offered up his spelling of jeopardy.
Tribe tidbits: Wedge said the decision on whether Ryan Garko is on the big-league club has not been made, but will be made before the last few days of the spring season. The decision on the utility infield job, on the other hand, will come down to the wire. "We have to let that play out." ... The hope is that Joe Inglett, who has been out of action since March 5 because of a left hamstring strain, will be ready to compete by Monday or Tuesday. But Inglett is considered to be out of the race for the utility job. ... Brian Slocum, who was hindered early in camp by a sore hamstring, made his third appearance of the spring Saturday, giving up two runs on four hits over three innings. "He's obviously a little further behind," Wedge said, "but he's catching up in a hurry."On deck: Staff ace C.C. Sabathia will get the starting nod as the Indians take on the Dodgers at 1:05 p.m. ET Sunday at Chain of Lakes Park. Right-hander Derek Lowe will start for Los Angeles. Tom Mastny, Fernando Cabrera, Roberto Hernandez and Juan Lara will also be available to throw for the Tribe.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.