|CLEVELAND ( BAUER )|
DETROIT ( SANCHEZ )
|967||CLEVELAND||+145||Ov 8.5,-120||+140||Ov 8.5,+105|
|968||DETROIT||-155||Un 8.5,+100||-150||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-31||-0.5||37-26||4.7||0.261||0.327||4.5||0.259||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||4-3||4.7||0.269||0.320||4.0||0.255||0.308|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-28||-3.9||34-23||4.9||0.275||0.329||4.4||0.263||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.9||3-4||6.6||0.328||0.367||3.4||0.272||0.311|
|7/4/2014||TOMLIN(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||1-7||L||-110||7.5 un||O||6||6||1||12||6||0|
|7/5/2014||HOUSE(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||7-3||W||-115||8 un||O||14||9||0||12||8||0|
|7/6/2014||KLUBER(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||4-1||W||-155||7 un||U||10||6||0||4||4||0|
|7/7/2014||MASTERSON(R)||NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)||3-5||L||-145||9 ov||U||6||3||0||12||9||1|
|7/8/2014||BAUER(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-3||W||+145||7.5 ov||O||10||6||3||4||4||0|
|7/9/2014||TOMLIN(R)||NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)||4-5||L||-125||8 un||O||12||11||0||12||9||1|
|7/10/2014||HOUSE(L)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||9-3||W||-145||8 un||O||15||9||1||11||11||0|
|7/11/2014||KLUBER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||7-4||W||-225||7.5 ov||O||10||7||0||8||6||2|
|7/12/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||2-6||L||-185||9 ev||U||6||7||0||8||4||0|
|7/13/2014||BAUER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||3-2||W||-165||8.5 ev||U||9||10||0||11||12||1|
|7/18/2014||BAUER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|7/19/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||RAY(L)|| |
|7/19/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|7/20/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)|| |
|7/21/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||JOHNSON(L)|| |
|7/22/2014|| ||@ MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/23/2014|| ||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|7/24/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|7/25/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|7/4/2014||SMYLY(L)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-6||L||-115||8 un||O||6||5||0||9||8||1|
|7/5/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-7||L||-125||7.5 ev||O||6||7||0||11||7||0|
|7/6/2014||PORCELLO(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-7||L||+105||7.5 ov||O||7||6||0||19||11||0|
|7/8/2014||VERLANDER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||14-5||W||-120||8.5 ov||O||20||8||0||7||4||0|
|7/9/2014||SCHERZER(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-1||W||-110||7 ev||U||8||5||0||4||4||0|
|7/10/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||16-4||W||105||8 ov||O||19||9||0||9||6||2|
|7/11/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-1||W||-125||8.5 un||U||5||5||1||11||9||1|
|7/12/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||5-1||W||115||8 ev||U||11||5||0||6||6||1|
|7/13/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||2-5||L||-130||8.5 ev||U||9||5||0||10||8||0|
|7/21/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ ARIZONA||NUNO(L)|| |
|7/22/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|7/24/2014|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|7/25/2014|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Cleveland (47-47) at Detroit (53-38), 7:08 p.m. EDT
The Detroit Tigers were on a roll in the weeks before the All-Star break and rebuilt their sizable cushion atop the AL Central despite the absence of one of their top hitters.
The Tigers will try to show that the days off haven't disrupted their momentum Friday night against the Cleveland Indians.
Detroit (53-38) won 17 of 23 before the break to move 6 1/2 games ahead of Kansas City. The Tigers fumbled away a seven-game lead over the Royals after losing 20 of 29 and trailed by 1 1/2 games June 18.
They would have headed into the second half with a six-game win streak and a larger lead if not for a 5-2 loss in Kansas City on Sunday.
"I've said you don't get overly excited about where you are in the standings until the end of the season, but you certainly can't complain being atop the division," manager Brad Ausmus told MLB's official website.
The Tigers experienced some of that success with Victor Martinez, who could return for this game, sidelined with a strained lower right side. The designated hitter hasn't played since July 4 but remained in the top five in the AL with a .328 average, 21 homers and a .991 OPS.
Martinez hit a pair of home runs during a three-game sweep in Cleveland from June 20-22 and has four in the eight matchups, his most against any team this season. He's batting .393 in his last 35 games versus the Indians.
"There's like a 95 percent (chance) that I'm going to be able to play when I get back on Friday," Martinez said Monday. "I have to get back into the lineup and keep helping the team."
Anibal Sanchez (6-3, 3.04 ERA) will attempt to extend the Tigers' division lead with another solid outing against the Indians (47-47). The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.34 ERA in eight lifetime meetings and 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in his four in Detroit.
Sanchez, though, took a loss in his lone matchup this season. He gave up three runs, two hits and a season-high four walks in five innings in a 3-2 defeat at Comerica Park on April 16.
He also yielded one run in seven innings in a 2-1 win in Kansas City last Friday.
Trevor Bauer (3-4, 3.84) also had one of his better outings just before the break. The right-hander pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 10 on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox, but did not get a decision in a 3-2 victory.
Bauer is 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA in two starts against Detroit - both this season. Five of the six runs he allowed in those games came on solo homers, including one by Martinez in Cleveland's 5-4, 10-inning loss June 21.
The Indians, winners in four of the first five matchups this season, are 8-4 this month after losing 12 of their final 18 in June.
"There's nothing that you can do about what's happened already, other than learn from it and see if there's opportunities for us to get better moving forward," general manager Chris Antonetti told MLB's official website. "I believe in the group of the guys we have. I believe in our coaching staff, and I'm confident we'll play better than we have in the second half."
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 5:05:58 AM EST|