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1. Carmona exceeding Indians' expectations
After Fausto Carmona's roller-coaster rookie season in 2006, the Indians did not have plans to include him in their rotation for 2007. However, with the injury bug biting the Tribe's staff, Carmona got another chance, and he has made the most of it. Through five starts this season, Carmona is 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA. That is almost two-and-a-half runs better than his 2006 ERA of 5.42.
• Quality starts: Carmona's four previous starts, coming into today's matchup with the Oakland A's, have been quality starts. He has given up a total of six runs in those outing and has been able to dominate right-handed hitting -- allowing only seven hits in 36 at-bats (.194) against righties.