|CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )|
DETROIT ( VERHAGEN )
|Doubleheader Game #1|
|931||CLEVELAND||-115||Ov 8.5,-105||-130||Ov 8.5,-115|
|932||DETROIT||+105||Un 8.5,-115||+120||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-31||+1||38-26||4.8||0.263||0.329||4.5||0.260||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.9||5-2||5.6||0.292||0.350||3.7||0.252||0.303|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-29||-5.5||35-23||4.9||0.276||0.330||4.5||0.265||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||3-4||6.6||0.340||0.376||3.7||0.256||0.306|
|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)||9-3||W||155||8.5 ov||O||14||7||1||11||8||0|
|7/19/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||VERHAGEN(R)|| |
|7/19/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|7/20/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)|| |
|7/21/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||JOHNSON(L)|| |
|7/22/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PINO(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||BAUER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|7/24/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|7/25/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|7/26/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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||SCHERZER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|7/25/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|7/26/2014|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Cleveland (47-47) at Detroit (53-38), 1:08 p.m. EDT
Fresh off earning the win in this week's All-Star game, Max Scherzer is ready to continue his recent dominance for the Detroit Tigers.
The right-hander tries for a fifth straight strong start Saturday in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader against the visiting Cleveland Indians.
Scherzer (11-3, 3.35 ERA) allowed 10 runs in four innings of an 11-4 home loss to Kansas City on June 17, then went 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA - striking out 35 in 28 innings - over his next four. He gave up a homer and three other hits in seven innings of a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 9.
"I like where I'm at," said Scherzer, who struck out two of the four batters he faced during an inning of work in the AL's 5-3 All-Star victory Tuesday.
"At this point in time, I feel like I'm a better pitcher than I was in April."
Though Scherzer has a 3.76 ERA in his last eight starts versus Cleveland (48-47), with the last five on the road, he's 5-0 during that span. He gave up seven runs and 12 hits in seven innings of an 11-10, 13-inning loss to the Indians on May 21, then allowed a run and struck out eight in six innings of a 10-4 victory June 22.
Cleveland will call up Zach McAllister (3-5, 5.63) to oppose Scherzer in the nightcap. The right-hander is 0-5 with an 8.22 ERA in his last seven starts.
He allowed two of his three runs on a homer over seven innings of a 6-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox last Saturday, his first outing since going on the DL on May 22 due to a back strain. One day earlier, he gave up five runs and lasted just two innings in an 11-10 win over the Tigers (53-39).
McAllister held Detroit to a run over six innings in a 3-2 win at Comerica Park on April 16.
Before Scherzer and McAllister take the mound, Cleveland will try to record a season-high fourth consecutive road win after Friday's 9-3 victory. Jason Kipnis homered twice, including a three-run shot that highlighted a seven-run seventh for the Indians, who have won nine of 13 and are tied for second in the AL Central, 6 1/2 games behind the Tigers.
Kipnis had not homered in his previous 49 games.
"I haven't even done it (in) BP I feel like for two months," said Kipnis, who is batting .319 in his last 11 games.
He's 5 for 27 with nine strikeouts against Scherzer.
Teammate Nick Swisher is 6 for 17 with five RBIs in the last four games, and is 6 for his last 15 with two doubles and a triple against Scherzer.
Cleveland's Corey Kluber (9-6, 3.01) will try to win his third straight start in Game 1. The right-hander was 2-2 with a 1.57 ERA in five starts before he gave up four runs in six innings of a 7-4 win over the White Sox last Friday.
Kluber allowed eight runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 10-4 loss in his most recent outing at Comerica on May 10, 2013. Though he's 0-2 in five starts since then against the Tigers - all at home - he's posted a 2.65 ERA.
Detroit will call up Drew VerHagen from Triple-A Toledo to make his major league debut in the opener.
"I was just obviously thrilled at the opportunity (to get called up), just really happy," VerHagen told MLB's official website.
The right-hander was 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA in his last five starts for the Mud Hens.
Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are a combined 20 for 41 with five home runs against Kluber.
Batting .353 in his last 18 games, Martinez is 8 for 13 with three doubles and a home run versus McAllister.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 7:24:26 PM EST|