Indians beat Tomlin in arbitration, improve to 2-0

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Indians win again: The Cleveland Indians have improved to 2-0 in salary arbitration cases this year, defeating pitcher Josh Tomlin.

The 29-year-old right-hander will receive $800,000 this year rather than his request for $975,000. Arbitrators John Sands, Dennis Archer and Marlene Gold made the decision Saturday, a day after hearing arguments.

Cleveland defeated pitcher Vinnie Pestano last weekend in the Indians' first arbitration hearing since 1991. Indians right-hander Justin Masterson is one of seven players left in arbitration from among the 146 who filed last month. Hearings are scheduled through Feb. 20.

In the only decision not involving the Indians, pitcher Andrew Cashner defeated the San Diego Padres.

Tomlin had elbow ligament-replacement surgery in August 2012 and returned to make one big league appearance last season, pitching two scoreless innings at the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 12. He made $501,800 last year.

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