Drese steps into starting role, beats Angels


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Chuck Finley phoned in the afternoon to say he needed to skip his start, so the Cleveland Indians sent out rookie Ryan Drese -- and won anyway.

Drese, told 2½ hours before the game that he was starting, earned his second major league victory as the Indians held off the Anaheim Angels 6-5 Wednesday night.

Finley opted out after his wife -- actress Tawny Kitaen -- was
charged earlier in the day with spousal abuse and battery for
allegedly attacking him on Monday.

"I haven't really heard anybody talking about it in here," Cleveland manager Charlie Manuel said. "We all know Chuck's going to take care of this."

Drese, making his fifth career start, gave up three runs and
nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. The 26-year-old right-hander, who went
1-2 with Cleveland last year, walked two and struck out two.

"He was a little erratic at the start, but he relaxed and settled down," Manuel said. "He was going to pitch on the ninth (of April); now Finley will go either the eighth or ninth."

Drese thought he might pitch against the Angels, but as a reliever.

"I was a little surprised. I didn't think I'd be starting. I thought I'd be coming out of the bullpen," he said. "Once he said I was going to get the ball, I wanted it."

Ricky Gutierrez hit a solo homer in the eighth off Donne Wall to give the Indians a two-run lead. Gutierrez also singled and scored
in a three-run second inning.

Matt Lawton and Brady Anderson each had two RBI and two of Cleveland's 11 hits.

Indians closer Bob Wickman gave up an RBI single to Tim Salmon
and a run-scoring groundout by Garret Anderson in the ninth to cut
it to 6-5. But Wickman struck out Troy Glaus with a runner on
second to end it and earn his first save.

Drese (1-0) outpitched one of Anaheim's heralded newcomers,
Aaron Sele.

The 31-year-old Sele, signed as a free agent in the offseason,
struggled in his Angels debut -- just as Kevin Appier did the night before.

Sele gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked
three, struck out two, and threw 99 pitches. He left trailing 4-2.

"It was just one of those days I got the ball up in the zone," Sele said. "I was battling the whole game. When you get the ball up to good hitters, they put it in play, and they did."

Brad Fullmer doubled and scored on Benji Gil's sacrifice fly to pull Anaheim to 4-3 in the sixth. Bengie Molina's run-scoring single in the fourth narrowed the gap to 4-2.

Brady Anderson's RBI double gave the Indians a 4-1 lead in the
third inning.

The Angels loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning,
when David Eckstein singled and Drese walked Darin Erstad and

But Drese allowed just one run -- on Glaus' one-out single -- and
ended the inning when Fullmer hit into a double play.

Sele, whose 69 wins since 1998 were the most by an AL pitcher
during that span, signed a $24 million, three-year contract with
the Angels on Dec. 26. He was 15-5 with a 3.60 ERA for Seattle last

Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro said there was nothing physically wrong with Finley, and the 39-year-old lefty was expected to rejoin the team for its weekend series at Detroit.

Kitaen was arrested Monday night after arguing with Finley as
they drove home from dinner to their Newport Beach home, said Tori
Richards, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's
office. Kitaen, 40, was ordered released Wednesday on her own
recognizance from Orange County Jail in Santa Ana.

Game notes
Anaheim closer Troy Percival was not available and will
miss at least the upcoming weekend series in Texas because of a
strained right ribcage. He will be re-evaluated early next week.
Percival pitched the ninth inning of Tuesday's 7-5 win over
Cleveland, allowing a solo homer but earning the save. ... Drese
pitched last season at Double-A Akron, where he was 5-7 with a 3.35
ERA, then at Triple-A Buffalo, where he was 5-1. He also made four
starts for the Indians. Drese's first major league victory came in
his first start, a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 1.