|CLEVELAND ( SALAZAR )|
DETROIT ( VERLANDER )
|961||CLEVELAND||+150||Ov 7.5,+100||+140||Ov 7.5,-105|
|962||DETROIT||-160||Un 7.5,-120||-150||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-2||+3.4||6-2||6.0||0.266||0.370||4.6||0.260||0.339|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-4||4.3||0.221||0.310||4.3||0.246||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-5||-1.5||4-5||4.0||0.261||0.306||4.1||0.251||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.6||2-5||2.7||0.216||0.266||4.0||0.261||0.307|
|4/8/2014||KLUBER(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||8-6||W||-125||7.5 un||O||8||5||3||15||9||2|
|4/9/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||2-0||W||-140||8 ov||U||5||6||0||6||7||1|
|4/9/2014||BAUER(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||1-2||L||-120||8.5 un||U||6||7||1||5||6||0|
|4/10/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||3-7||L||-130||8 ov||O||6||4||1||9||5||2|
|4/11/2014||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||6-9||L||145||8 un||O||10||9||0||11||10||1|
|4/12/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PAULINO(R)||12-6||W||-125||9 ov||O||12||8||2||8||10||1|
|4/13/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-4||L||105||8.5 ov||U||7||9||1||9||6||1|
|4/16/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||3-2||W||130||8 un||U||5||7||2||9||7||1|
|4/17/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|4/21/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|4/22/2014||SALAZAR(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|4/23/2014||MASTERSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|4/24/2014|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/8/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||2-3||L||-120||6.5 ov||U||5||3||1||10||7||0|
|4/9/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||7-6||W||-115||7 un||O||13||8||1||11||6||3|
|4/11/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||0-6||L||100||6.5 ov||U||1||3||0||13||6||1|
|4/12/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||6-2||W||-130||6.5 un||O||11||9||1||10||9||1|
|4/13/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||1-5||L||-150||6.5 un||U||7||9||1||6||5||1|
|4/18/2014||SMYLY(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|4/19/2014||SCHERZER(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|4/20/2014||PORCELLO(R)||LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|4/21/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|4/22/2014||VERLANDER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|4/23/2014||SMYLY(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PAULINO(R)|| |
|4/24/2014|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|CLEVELAND: CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis didn't want it to end. He had plenty of company.|
After the final out ended the club's magical, turnaround season so jarringly last October, Kipnis, who made his first All-Star team in 2013 and a few of his teammates lingered in the dugout and watched as Tampa Bay's players celebrated their 4-0 win in the AL wild-card playoff game.
One and done. Hardly the finish Cleveland wanted.
And once again, the city would remain without a major sports championship, a drought approaching its 50-year anniversary.
But despite their brief postseason appearance in manager Terry Francona's first year, the Indians intend to play in October again - and again.
''We don't want it to be a fluke,'' Kipnis said. ''We don't want to be a one-trick pony. We want to be at the top and we want to stay there.''
Hoping to build off their unexpected 92-win campaign, the Indians enter 2014 confident they can not only contend this season, but go even further.
During spring training in Arizona, first baseman Nick Swisher, who also serves as the club's high-energy hype man, handed out ''Unfinished Business'' T-shirts to his teammates.
The Indians aren't satisfied.
''Last season, hopefully, was a steppingstone that we needed to get us going in the right direction,'' Swisher said. ''Last year was that amazing year to get us in the right mind frame to say, `Hey, we can do this. We are a team. And people need to start recognizing it.'''
Cleveland had to win its final 10 games just to make the playoffs. The late-season kick wouldn't have been necessary if the Indians had played more consistently, and more evenness has been a focus for Francona, who feels his club has the makings to do something special again.
''I love our team,'' said the AL's manager of the year. ''I love coming to the ballpark and watching them play. They are easy to like because they try hard. When you can show up with a group of guys and you respect the way they go about things it makes the challenging times more fulfilling. We know we can do it now. We've got to try and go do it better.''
|DETROIT: DETROIT (AP) - When Justin Verlander takes the mound for Detroit on opening day, maybe then the Tigers will be able to enjoy a much-needed sense of normalcy.|
As an offseason of drama gave way to spring training injuries, it was easy to forget the Tigers still have one of the most talented rosters in baseball. Sure, there have been some early problems for new manager Brad Ausmus to address, Detroit still figures to be the favorite to win its fourth consecutive AL Central title.
''We have a new look this year,'' outfielder Torii Hunter said. ''Little bit more speed and we'll miss the big man, but we'll score some runs.''
The ''big man'' is Prince Fielder, whom the Tigers traded to Texas in a blockbuster deal that brought second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit. That move gave the Tigers more financial flexibility, although they weren't all that aggressive in pursuing free agents. Detroit did sign Joe Nathan to replace departed closer Joaquin Benoit.
The Tigers also traded right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.
Lately, the focus has been on right-hander Max Scherzer, who enters his final season before free agency after winning the Cy Young Award in 2013. Negotiations with the Tigers on a long-term deal have stalled.
''They respect where I'm at. I respect where they're at, and we'll revisit this after the season,'' Scherzer said. ''I still want to be in Detroit. I love this clubhouse and everything about it. There's been a history of this team signing free agents so hopefully I'll be a part of that history as well.''
But right now Scherzer's future is uncertain, and with Hunter and Victor Martinez in the final season of their contracts, it's hard to say what Detroit's 2015 roster will look like.
So the Tigers may never have a better chance to win a World Series with this group than right now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Tigers Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Cleveland (6-7) at Detroit (6-4), 1:08 p.m. EDT
After an inconsistent season while pitching under the pressure of a sizable new contract, Justin Verlander has gotten off to a solid start in 2014.
No matter how well he pitches, though, the Detroit Tigers are going to need to start putting more runs on the board.
Verlander takes the mound as Detroit looks to break out of its slump Thursday against the visiting Cleveland Indians.
The Tigers gave Verlander a seven-year, $180 million contract in March 2013, making him the highest-paid pitcher of all-time before Clayton Kershaw's $215 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers in January.
The right-hander struggled at times after agreeing to the contract and finished 13-12 with a 3.46 ERA, his highest since a 4.84 mark in 2008. Verlander (1-1, 2.57 ERA) has been solid in each of his three starts in 2014, though, most recently giving up two runs and striking out eight in seven innings of a 6-2 win over San Diego on Saturday.
He's given up two earned runs in each outing, with the Tigers (6-5) winning twice.
"He knows how to pace himself," catcher Alex Avila said. "He knows how to pitch. If you can make two, three, maybe four quality pitches early in the at-bat, you can get a quick out."
Verlander originally was scheduled to pitch Friday's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, but with Drew Smyly back in the rotation, manager Brad Ausmus shuffled his pitching order. Smyly will make his first start Friday.
No matter who is on the mound, the Tigers need to start scoring. They've dropped five of seven since a 4-0 start and have scored two runs or fewer five times during the slump.
Miguel Cabrera drove in both runs in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Cleveland, but he's gone 3 for 24 over his last six games.
Detroit's only victory in the last week was the last time Verlander took the mound. He went 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five starts against the Indians in 2013, striking out 35 in 32 innings.
Verlander dueled with Danny Salazar and gave up four hits in seven innings before Detroit scored all of its runs in the ninth to win 4-0 the last time he faced Cleveland on Sept. 1.
Salazar allowed six hits in six innings in that game, and he'll oppose Verlander again. Salazar (0-1, 6.75) gave up five runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 7-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox last Thursday, but 10 of the 11 outs he recorded were strikeouts.
"I'd rather see it over seven innings," manager Terry Francona said. "Again, the stuff is there. He is young. He is still learning how to pitch. We love him to death, but there is still some learning to do."
The 24-year-old right-hander has made two of his 12 career starts against Detroit, also giving up four runs in 7 2-3 innings of a 6-5, 14-inning loss Aug. 7 in his second career outing.
Salazar will look to help the Indians (7-7) win for the third time in four games after Yan Gomes had a two-run triple and Lonnie Chisenhall added two hits in the series opener after Tuesday's game was postponed.
Cleveland has won two straight meetings after dropping 14 of the previous 15.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 5:06:11 PM EST|