Kim lost his job as a starter after giving up six runs in 3 1/3
innings on Monday night when the Indians beat the Red Sox 10-6.
D'Amico allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings but avoided the loss
because Chad Durbin (3-3) was able to hold Boston to just one more
run through the fifth.
"We've got a day off coming up here. We're going to pitch the
best starters we have," Indians manager Eric Wedge said after
snapping a five-game losing streak. "I've always said Durbin will
have a chance to start at some point. I think he did a good job
Durbin relieved D'Amico with runners on first and third with two
outs in the third and got Pokey Reese to line out to center to end
Durbin gave up one hit -- Brian Daubach's solo homer -- and two
walks while striking out three. D'Amico, who has a 7.92 ERA, will
return to Cleveland on Tuesday to have his back checked out.
"I just went out there battling" with control, he said. "It's
harder than it needs to be."
Kim (1-1) was only charged with four earned runs, but he also
helped two unearned runs score when he crossed up catcher Jason
Varitek for a two-run passed ball. He gave up five hits and three
walks in 3 1/3 innings before leaving to catcalls from the Fenway
Ben Broussard hit two of Cleveland's eight doubles and Ronnie
Belliard had two hits to raise his AL-leading batting average to
Manager Terry Francona said the team hadn't decided whether Kim,
who has a 6.17 ERA, will go to the minors or the bullpen.
"Right now, it's just not working starting," Francona said.
"I don't think it's fair to him or to us. So we're going to make a
change for now."
Bronson Arroyo will start Saturday in Toronto.
"It's an opportunity for me," Arroyo said. "I've just got to
try to step in and run with it."
The Indians hit the ball off the Green Monster three times in
the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. After Boston tied it,
Cleveland scored twice on Varitek's passed ball.
Varitek also hit a solo homer, and Johnny Damon had three
singles for the Red Sox, who lost their second straight game.
Boston threw out five Cleveland runners on the basepaths.
It was a rematch of last Wednesday's matchup between D'Amico and
Kim in Cleveland, and both pitchers were hit hard for a second
consecutive start. But the Indians won this time, thanks to four
shots off Fenway's left-field wall and two more that short-hopped
Matt Lawton hit a leadoff double off the Green Monster to open
the game, then scored two outs later on Victor Martinez's double.
Travis Hafner singled off the Monster to score Martinez, but was
thrown out trying to stretch it into a double to end the inning.
Damon singled to open the first for Boston and scored on Mark
Bellhorn's triple. Bellhorn scored to make it 2-2 when David Ortiz
singled, but D'Amico got the next three batters to escape further
Broussard doubled with one out in the second, Lou Merloni walked
and they both moved up on Coco Crisp's groundout. With Lawton
batting, Kim crossed up Varitek and the ball went to the backstop.
Varitek had trouble finding it and both runners scored.
Lawton walked, but was picked off to end the inning.
Cleveland took the lead for good in the fourth when Belliard
doubled, Broussard was hit by a pitch and Merloni walked to load
the bases. Crisp singled in one run and Lawton's sacrifice fly
scored another to make it 6-4.
Belliard singled and scored in the sixth to make it 7-5. The
Indians added two runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Hafner
and Broussard's run-scoring single.
After Varitek's homer made it 9-6, Martinez added an RBI single
in the ninth.
after fouling a ball off his foot in the seventh. ... The Red Sox
will bring right-handed prospect Eric Glaser from Double-A Portland
to Fenway on Tuesday to pitch to SS Nomar Garciaparra, who has yet
to play this season because of tendinitis in his right Achilles
tendon. ... Boston first-base coach Lynn Jones underwent eye
surgery Monday at the Cleveland Clinic. He injured himself working
with a screwdriver last week. ... Indians 3B Casey Blake is
day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. Merloni will fill in
while Blake heals.