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STEVENS, KLINGENBECK SIGN WITH INDIANS

The Cleveland Indians have signed right-handed pitchers Dave Stevens and Scott Klingenbeck to minor-league contracts.

Stevens, who has been invited to the Indians' major league camp in Winter Haven, Fla., split the season between Triple-A Iowa Cubs and the Chicago Cubs of the National League, pitching in 57 games. The 28-year-old compiled a record of 4-1 with a 3.08 ERA and two saves in 26 appearances with Iowa.

Promoted to the major leagues on June 20, Stevens posted a mark of 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA in 31 relief appearances with Chicago, giving him a career record of 15-16 with 21 saves in the majors.

The 27-year-old Klingenbeck spent most of last season with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians and Nashville Sounds, going 8-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 16 starts between the two stops.

The Cincinnati native also made four major-league starts for the Reds in June where he was 1-3 with a 5.96 ERA. He owns a career major-league record of 5-8 in four seasons, and a minor-league record of 55-29 with a 3.37 ERA in 133 games.

In other baseball news: former Cleveland Indians reliever Jose Mesa settled out of court a civil lawsuit filed by a woman who brought a sexual assault charge against him. Mesa was acquitted of criminal charges in 1997, the same year civil complaint was filed. Christine M. Allen said she was assaulted by Mesa and was injured when he opened the bathroom door in the motel room, striking her in the face. Allen had to undergo $4,000 in dental and medical procedures.

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