|DETROIT ( SMYLY )|
CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )
|955||DETROIT||-115||Ov 8,+100||+100||Ov 7,-115|
|956||CLEVELAND||+105||Un 8,-120||-110||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-10||+2.8||11-14||4.7||0.267||0.315||3.6||0.239||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||1-6||4.4||0.254||0.302||2.0||0.211||0.265|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-11||-7.8||6-8||3.1||0.213||0.281||4.8||0.257||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||5-1||4.7||0.278||0.356||6.9||0.266||0.339|
|5/12/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||4-1||W||-105||9 un||U||5||2||1||6||6||0|
|5/13/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||4-1||W||-110||8.5 ov||U||6||1||0||7||7||0|
|5/14/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||7-5||W||-115||8 un||O||9||5||0||9||9||1|
|5/16/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||1-0||W||-105||7.5 ov||U||6||6||0||3||5||0|
|5/17/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||6-1||W||125||8.5 ov||U||11||7||0||7||6||1|
|5/18/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||6-2||W||105||8.5 un||U||15||9||2||6||7||0|
|5/19/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|5/20/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|5/21/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|5/26/2014|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|5/9/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||6-3||W||110||7.5 un||O||11||10||0||12||9||1|
|5/10/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||1-7||L||110||8 un||P||3||5||0||10||6||0|
|5/11/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||6-5||W||120||7.5 un||O||12||10||2||9||7||0|
|5/13/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||4-5||L||120||9 un||P||8||7||0||6||5||1|
|5/14/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ TORONTO||MCGOWAN(R)||15-4||W||-105||9 ov||O||22||12||0||8||5||2|
|5/15/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||2-4||L||-105||9.5 un||U||9||9||1||9||10||1|
|5/22/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|5/23/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|5/24/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|5/25/2014||BAUER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|5/26/2014|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Indians Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Detroit (26-12) at Cleveland (19-24), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Victor Martinez has been locked in at the plate during Detroit's torrid stretch, which includes the Tigers' longest road win streak in 30 years.
Judging by recent performances against the Cleveland Indians, Martinez and the Tigers could stay red-hot when they face his former club in Monday night's series opener at Progressive Field.
Martinez helped spark Detroit (27-12) to an 11th consecutive road win and sixth in a row overall Sunday with a two-run homer in a 6-2 victory over Boston. Ian Kinsler had four of the Tigers' 15 hits, their most since a season-high 18 against Houston on May 6.
"Our coaches, our staff make sure we got out there ready to play," Miguel Cabrera said. "You always want to do that. It's the way to play. You feel more comfortable."
Martinez is batting .364 with three homers during an eight-game hitting streak, and is batting .419 during Detroit's longest road win streak since it started 17-0 in its 1984 championship season.
Martinez is hitting .380 with six homers during the Tigers' 15-3 overall stretch and has been even better against the team he played for in his first seven-plus seasons from 2002-09. The designated hitter is batting .414 with four homers and 13 doubles in his last 29 games against the Indians (19-25), and .429 with 20 RBIs in his last 12 in Cleveland.
Detroit has won 15 of 18 matchups with its AL Central rivals, including a split of two games April 16-17. It went 9-1 at Progressive Field in 2013.
The Indians enter having been outscored 34-8 during a four-game losing streak and are trying to avoid a season-high fourth consecutive home loss. They suffered a 13-3 defeat to Oakland on Sunday, and are 1 for 25 (.040) with runners in scoring position in their last four games.
"What we're doing right now is not good enough, we've got to play better," said manager Terry Francona, who jumbled his lineup before that loss. "That's on me. I need to have better answers and have our guys more prepared. And we will."
Corey Kluber (4-3, 3.38 ERA) has been one of the bright spots for Francona's club this month, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts. He gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings Wednesday in a 15-4 drubbing of Toronto.
The right-hander yielded two runs over 13 2-3 innings in his final two starts against Detroit last season but did not get a decision in either game.
Kluber, though, allowed Martinez to go 6 for 11 against him in 2013 and Cabrera to go 5 for 11 with three home runs.
Cabrera, who had three hits Sunday, is batting .426 with five homers and 20 RBIs in his last 12 games and .413 during the road win streak. He is also batting .387 in his last nine games against the Indians.
"Miggy and Victor have been hitting well all season long," Detroit's first-year manager Brad Ausmus said.
Ausmus will give the ball to Drew Smyly (2-2, 2.70), who has a 2.22 ERA in his last four starts. He gave up one run and struck out seven over six innings in Tuesday's 4-1 win in Baltimore but didn't get a decision.
Smyly gave up four runs in six innings in his only start against Cleveland, a 4-2 home loss June 5, 2012. He faced the Indians eight times last season out of the bullpen.
Michael Brantley, batting .339 while hitting safely in 15 of his last 16 games, is 4 for 7 lifetime against Smyly. Asdrubal Cabrera, hitting .421 in his last 10 contests, is 3 for 7 versus the left-hander.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:51:13 AM EST|