MINOR MATTERS, April 12

Andy Abad hit a three-run homer to lead the Buffalo Bisons past the Richmond Braves, 5-3, Tuesday.<br><br> Elsewhere in the Indians' system, Akron rallied to win in 10 innings, 4-3, as Cleveland left-hander C.C. Sabathia made his second injury rehab start for the Aeros.<br><br> In Class A, Kinston lost to Wilmington, 7-3, and Lake County fell in the ninth inning to Delmarva, 2-1.<br>

At Akron, Sabathia pronounced himself ready to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Indians after throwing 77 pitches (52 for strikes) for the Aeros.

Sabathia gave up two hits and one walk, striking out four over five scoreless innings.

The big lefty was shut down in spring training on March 6 when he strained a muscle in his right side while warming up for his first exhibition start against Detroit. This was his second appearance for Akron and he is expected to be activated and pitch for the Indians on Sunday at Jacobs Field against Minnesota.

"I threw every pitch just about as hard as I can," he said.

Brian Slocum blew a 3-0 lead, but worked five innings and was the winner when the Aeros won it in the bottom of the 10th on a bases-loaded walk by Pat Osborn that scored Jose Morban..

Michael Aubrey went 3-for-5 with an RBI, Franklin Gutierrez went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, Osborn was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Morban 2-for-5.

Before the game at Canal Park in Akron, the Aeros placed outfielder Ben Francisco on the disabled list with a left thumb ligament sprain. J.J. Sherrill was promoted from Kinston to replace Francisco and Ricardo Rojas was transferred from Lake County to Kinston to take Sherrill's spot.

Buffalo also made a roster move before winning. Bisons infielder Danny Garcia went on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and infielder Jake Thrower was activated.

Thrower started at second base and drove in three runs with three doubles as Buffalo improved to 3-3 in the Class AAA International League.

Winning pitcher Francisco Cruceta (1-0) gave up five hits and three runs over five innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out seven.

Kenny Rayborn worked two hitless innings, striking out two, and Andrew Brown got his first save, allowing two hits and fanning two over two innings.

Outfielders Ernie Young and Darnell McDonald each went 2-for-3 for Buffalo.

Third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff went 2-for-3 (two doubles) in Kinston's loss. Shaun Larkin, playing first base, had a two-run single to lead the K-Tribe offense.

Ron Bay, recently acquired from the Chicago Cubs for lefty Cliff Bartosh, was the loser. The right-hander allowed nine hits and three earned runs over four innings. Matt Davis gave up two runs over three innings and gave up a run but struck out four over his two innings.

Catcher Wyatt Toregas went 3-for-3 for Lake County and his homer put the Captains ahead 1-0 in the third inning, but Delmarva scored one run apiece in the eighth and ninth innings to win.

Right-hander Justin Hoyman, the Indians' second-round pick last year, allowed three hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings, striking out two.

T.J. Burton (0-1) relieved and gave up two runs over the final two innings.

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