Marte revving up at right time

Marte starting to rev up at right time

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Andy Marte went 2-for-2, with two homers, two walks, three runs scored, a sacrifice fly and six RBIs in the Indians' 14-6 win over the Astros on Saturday.

Good day, huh?

"Lucky day," Marte countered.

Whatever the case, it was the kind of day Marte needed to prove that he deserves his seemingly assured spot on the Indians' roster. Marte had been laboring at the plate heading into the weekend, but he hit a solo homer on Friday in Viera, Fla., and followed that up with his sizzling performance against the Astros.

"I'm swinging at better pitches," Marte said. "When I'm being patient and swinging at my pitch, I have good at-bats."

Indians manager Eric Wedge said he was just as pleased with Marte's walks as he was with the home runs.

"I was impressed with his approach and the way he was seeing the ball," Wedge said.

Marte saw plenty of balls coming at him in a morning workout session at third base. With infield coach Luis Rivera looking on, he took 200 ground balls to hone his defensive game. That's why Marte was in the DH spot for the exhibition game.

"I like when they have me do extra work like that," Marte said. "If I'm going to have a day like that every time, I'll take 200 more balls tomorrow."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.