Elarton thumped, Tribe falls in the ninth

A ninth-inning homer from Alberto Castillo off Arthur Rhodes gave the Royals a 6-5 win over the Tribe Tuesday afternoon. Cleveland managed 14 hits off KC pitching but left 13 men on base, including three in the eighth when Travis Hafner grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning. Starter Scott Elarton, meanwhile, lasted just 3.2 innings while giving up 10 hits and five earned runs. As well as the frontline starters have been pitching (C.C., Westbrook and Millwood), Elarton is easily the rotation’s weakest link and seems destined to be replaced at some point this summer, considering the number of quality arms the Tribe has in the minors, not to mention Jason Davis, who’s currently pitching out of the ‘pen.

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