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Cliff Lee


Lee signed a three-year, $14 million contract extension with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.


Lee underwent successful hernia surgery on Wednesday. The arthroscopic procedure repaired a right-sided incisional hernia. This was the second surgery in three years to repair a hernia for Lee, who finished 18-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 starts in 2005. The lefthander is expected to be completely recovered when spring training opens in mid-February.


Lee allowed just six hits and a single run over eight innings against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, but he came up on the short end of a 1-0 decision that gave the Cleveland lefthander his first loss since July 8. Lee had won nine straight decisions before losing to the Rays. He's now 18-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 starts this season.


On Sunday, Lee pushed his second-half record to 7-0 in 11 starts after limiting the Minnesota Twins to two runs over six innings for a 12-4 Cleveland victory. The 27-year-old lefthander improved to 16-4 (3.69 ERA) for the season.


After two less-than-impressive starts, Lee woke up on Monday with a fever, nausea and achy muscles. The Cleveland lefthander's flu symptoms didn't stop him from turning in his first quality start of 2005. He allowed just two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings to beat the Royals, 5-1, for his first win of the year.

Lee had some bad moments between innings trying to keep it together, and manager Eric Wedge got him off the field just in time. When Lee finally came out, he vomited in the tunnel entering the visitors clubhouse. That's not the way he would like to celebrate, but battling through a rough night and winning may boost Lee's confidence going into his next outing.