Tim Fedroffhad four hits, including a home run, and Cord Phelps hit two home runs when the Clipper beat Charlotte 12-9 yesterday.

Tim Fedroff and Cord Phelps boarded the Clippers bus to Rochester yesterday afternoon on high notes.

Fedroff had four hits, including a home run, drove in three runs in the 12-9 win over the Charlotte Knights. Phelps hit his first two home runs of the season while adding a single and four RBI.

"Anytime guys have games like those two did it's a good feeling," Clippers manager Chris Tremie said. "They are those kind of hitters. We'll have to see how it carries over. But I"m assuming it will."

The first six weeks of the season have been a struggle for both players. Phelps opened on the disabled list with a neck injury. Fedroff just hasn't been hot. That changed yesterday.

"I felt good," Fedroff said. "I was able to get some good pitches and to stick to my approach. I got some pitches up in the zone and I was able to drive the baseball a little bit. It's a real good feeling. It's been a little frustrating - just being able to get some consistent at-bats throughout a game."

He credited hitting coach Phil Clark with helping him regain his form. Fedroff batted .325 for the Clippers last season and the Cleveland Indians put him on the 40-man roster.

"We've made a few adjustments that have translated into some success in recent games," Fedroff said.

Phelps was the International League All Star at second base last season and had strong spring training with the Indians before being optioned to Columbus. Hedeveloped a stiff neck in early April that resulted in his trip to the DL and delayed a Cleveland plan to develop him as a utility player.

Phelps made his debut as a first baseman during the just-concluded homestand and also is slated to play more in the outfield.

"I played five innings (at first) in the spring," Phelps said. "It's a little different getting used to certain angles and stuff like that. And you have different responsibilities. If I continue to play there, I think I can pick it up. You've got to do what you have to do to contribute at the major league level. If that's the best way to help that team out, that's what I'll do."

The Clippers made some expected roster moves today. They returned pitcher Brett Brach to double-A Akron and welcomed back reliever Scott Barnes from the Indians. (He was optioned after Cleveland activated outfielder Michael Bourn from the disabled list.)

Columbus plays Rochester at 7:05 tonight. Toru Murata (0-2, 6.00 ERA) is pitching for the Clippers against Samuel Deduno (0-0, 0.00). Lookfor risingIndianspitching prospect Danny Salazar to make his triple-A debut in this series. He is the owner of a 99-mph fastball and has fanned 51 in 33 2/3 innings for the Akron Aeros this season.