SARASOTA, Fla. — The unseasonable weather conditions are inflating Grapefruit League ERAs everywhere. First, it was Saturday gusts in Dunedin that pushed Cliff Lee pitches over the fence. Then, winds in Sarasota floated a Kyle Kendrick sinker deep to left on Sunday.
Yes, Kendrick admitted, he left the sinker up to Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters. But when it first left the bat, it sounded like a routine fly ball to left. It landed in a fan's grasp.
"You still have to get your work in and stuff," Kendrick said.
He paused. A TV in the visitors' clubhouse at Ed Smith Stadium showed Michael Young had just homered to center.
"There's another wind-blown home run," Kendrick said.
Kendrick lasted only two innings Sunday, mostly becuase of a lengthy battle vs. Trayvon Robinson that boosted his pitch count. He allowed back-to-back homers to Wieters and Conor Jackson in the first inning.
But he was most upset about two erratic change-ups that resulted in singles ahead of the Wieters blast.
"The home runs don't matter," Kendrick said. "But the change-up was up a little bit and I need to work on getting that down."
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