|CLEVELAND ( HOUSE )|
TEXAS ( MARTINEZ )
|915||CLEVELAND||-105||Ov 10,-110||-110||Ov 9.5,-110|
|916||TEXAS||-105||Un 10,-110||+100||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-18||+4.5||24-16||4.9||0.266||0.342||4.5||0.249||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.2||4-3||5.1||0.286||0.351||3.4||0.216||0.270|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-9||+0.3||11-5||5.2||0.281||0.348||5.4||0.290||0.359|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||5-2||4.1||0.276||0.340||5.0||0.298||0.366|
|5/26/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-6||L||110||8.5 ev||U||8||8||1||9||5||1|
|5/27/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||1-2||L||160||7.5 un||U||8||5||0||8||10||0|
|5/28/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||2-3||L||-120||9 ev||U||7||6||1||8||8||0|
|6/6/2014||BAUER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||4-6||L||150||8 ov||O||10||9||1||7||2||0|
|6/7/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||8-3||W||100||9.5 ov||O||12||7||0||8||4||1|
|6/8/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ TEXAS||SAUNDERS(L)||3-2||W||110||9.5 un||U||10||10||0||6||6||1|
|6/9/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|6/10/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|6/11/2014||BAUER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|6/12/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|6/13/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)|| |
|6/16/2014|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|5/26/2014||TEPESCH(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||7-2||W||-115||9 ov||P||11||5||0||9||6||1|
|5/27/2014||BAKER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||3-4||L||110||8 ov||U||9||5||1||6||6||0|
|5/28/2014||SAUNDERS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||1-0||W||100||9 ev||U||8||6||0||6||9||1|
|5/29/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||5-4||W||115||8.5 ov||O||12||9||0||11||10||0|
|5/30/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||2-9||L||160||7 un||O||8||7||3||15||7||1|
|5/31/2014||TEPESCH(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)||2-10||L||120||7 ev||O||5||3||1||12||4||0|
|6/1/2014||DARVISH(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||2-0||W||-115||7 un||U||10||9||0||5||7||1|
|6/13/2014||TEPESCH(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||SAUNDERS(L)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)|| |
|6/15/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|6/16/2014|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|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.''
|TEXAS: ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers are already hurting significantly even before the start of a new season.|
In a span of three days the week before opening day, the Rangers scratched ace Yu Darvish from that scheduled start because of neck stiffness, and found out they would be without second baseman Jurickson Profar and catcher Geovany Soto for 10 to 12 weeks each because of injuries.
Sure, the Rangers know there are going to be injuries during the season.
''We just didn't expect it to be all at this point,'' general manager Jon Daniels said.
The Rangers, after missing the playoffs last year for the first time in four seasons, already knew they would be missing lefty starters Matt Harrison and Derek Holland to start the season.
At least Harrison, who had a mild setback early in camp after his back issues last season, should return within the first month. Holland could miss at least half the season because of left knee surgery after being tripped by his dog on stairs in his home in January.
The only three position players remaining from the Rangers' last World Series in 2011 also missed games this spring with lesser nagging issues. But shortstop Elvis Andrus, third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Mitch Moreland should all be in the lineup Monday against Philadelphia.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in four years and scoring their fewest runs (730) in a full season since 1992, the Rangers' two most significant offseason moves were to improve their offense.
They got durable slugger Prince Fielder from Detroit by trading Ian Kinsler, a move that cleared the way Profar to be an everyday player. Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was signed to a seven-year deal - the same time left on Fielder's contract - to take over the leadoff spot.
Only Mike Trout (564) and two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera (562) reached base more the past two season than Choo (556) and Fielder (542), who has the longest active streak in the majors playing in 505 consecutive regular-season games - and 809 of 810 the past five years.
''I just want Prince to be Prince,'' said manager Ron Washington, starting his eighth season in Texas. ''I just want him to do what he does, and let everyone else does what they do, and everything will work out.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Rangers Preview* =========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Cleveland (31-31) at Texas (31-31), 8:05 p.m. EDT
As the victories keep piling up for the Cleveland Indians, the injuries continue to mount for the Texas Rangers.
After moving above .500 for the first time in two months, the hot-hitting Indians seek their ninth win in 10 games Monday night against the Rangers in Arlington.
Lonnie Chisenhall and David Murphy finished with two hits apiece as Cleveland (32-31) reached a double-digit hit total for a season-high fifth straight game in Sunday's 3-2 victory.
The Indians, who started the series with baseball's worst road record at 9-19, won consecutive games away from home for the first time this season.
They've averaged 5.3 runs and batted .293 with nine home runs during an 8-1 stretch that has them above .500 for the first time since they were 5-4 on April 9. Cleveland has also hit .303 with 10 homers while winning seven of eight versus Texas (31-32) dating to last season.
Chisenhall has played a major role in that surge, batting .394 with 13 RBIs over his last nine contests. His .365 average overall is the highest in the majors among players with at least 150 plate appearances.
"He's been a big part of about everything we've done," manager Terry Francona said. "He's been in the middle of it seems like all our rallies."
Murphy has gone 5 for 7 in the last two games against his former club and is hitting .395 in his last 11 overall. Carlos Santana is 4 for 8 with a homer in three since missing nine with concussion-like symptoms.
Texas suffered another big blow to its lineup Sunday, losing its second first baseman in less than a month. The Rangers learned Mitch Moreland would miss about three months for surgery on an ankle that's been bothering him all season.
Moreland was filling in at first base for Prince Fielder, who is out for the season following neck surgery late last month.
The Rangers, who lead the majors in both disabled list uses and current players on the DL, also lost rookie second baseman Rougned Odor to a shoulder injury Sunday, leaving his status uncertain.
"It is tough," said outfielder Alex Rios, who is doing his part by going 10 for 19 in his last five games. "'But the only way you can see it is to keep going. If you quit, it's going to be a long season."
Short-handed Texas is hitting .181 with runners in scoring position while dropping six of nine. Elvis Andrus was 0 for 4 Sunday to snap a 39-game hitting streak versus Cleveland that was the second-longest against one team dating back to 1914.
The Rangers hope to salvage a split of the set in the finale against left-hander T.J. House (0-1, 3.79 ERA), who gave up two runs over 5 2-3 innings in Tuesday's 5-3 home win over Boston.
Since getting hit hard in an 8-4 loss in his first career start May 23, House hasn't received a decision while allowing three runs with 12 strikeouts over 12 innings in last two.
Texas counters with rookie Nick Martinez (1-2, 3.22), who is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA since moving into the rotation on May 18.
The right-hander has given up 10 runs and 18 hits over 11 innings in his last two starts after surrendering six runs - four earned - and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings in Wednesday's 6-5 home loss to Baltimore.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:17:56 AM EST|