|CINCINNATI ( SIMON )|
CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )
|909||CINCINNATI||+150||Ov 7,+100||+182||Ov 7,+110|
|910||CLEVELAND||-160||Un 7,-120||-195||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-43||-2.1||33-50||3.6||0.239||0.292||3.5||0.233||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||2-4||3.4||0.237||0.288||2.1||0.187||0.258|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-36||+2.9||43-32||4.8||0.263||0.329||4.3||0.256||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.5||3-3||5.3||0.282||0.345||2.7||0.222||0.262|
|7/21/2014||LATOS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||2-5||L||140||8 un||U||5||5||2||8||5||0|
|7/22/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||3-4||L||120||8 un||U||5||5||0||6||4||0|
|7/23/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||1-5||L||135||7.5 un||U||5||6||1||12||6||1|
|7/31/2014||CUETO(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||3-1||W||-115||6.5 un||U||7||6||0||5||5||2|
|8/1/2014||LATOS(R)||@ MIAMI||COSART(R)||5-2||W||105||7 ev||P||8||6||1||7||7||0|
|8/2/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||1-2||L||105||7 un||U||6||7||0||7||7||0|
|8/3/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||7-3||W||-110||7 ov||O||15||8||1||5||7||1|
|8/4/2014||SIMON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||CUETO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)|| |
|7/21/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||JOHNSON(L)||3-4||L||-110||9.5 un||U||8||8||0||9||6||2|
|7/22/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PINO(R)||8-2||W||-135||9 un||O||11||6||0||9||10||0|
|7/23/2014||BAUER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SWARZAK(R)||1-3||L||-135||8.5 un||U||5||6||1||8||6||1|
|7/24/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-2||L||110||7 ev||U||7||10||1||5||1||0|
|7/25/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||4-6||L||110||8 ov||O||7||6||1||10||4||1|
|7/26/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-7||L||100||9 ov||O||12||9||0||9||4||0|
|7/27/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||10-3||W||100||8 un||O||15||7||0||8||5||0|
|8/6/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|8/7/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|8/8/2014||BAUER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|8/9/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|8/10/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
|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 NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Indians Preview* ======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Cincinnati (55-55) at Cleveland (55-55), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians carry identical records into the first of their four consecutive interleague matchups.
The difference for the teams building on their respective performances from the weekend on Monday night hinge on starting pitching as red-hot Corey Kluber faces struggling Alfredo Simon.
Cincinnati (56-55) and Cleveland remain in contention in their respective wild-card races. The Reds took three of four in Miami after losing 10 of 12 to open the second half, and the Indians registered a three-game sweep of Texas after dropping eight of 11.
"The second half hasn't been too good for us, but I feel like we're getting back into it," said Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton, who went 2 for 5 and scored three runs in a 7-3 win Sunday. "Everybody's producing well, and we're coming to the field with a bunch of confidence."
While Cincinnati was never threatened in its victory, Cleveland needed David Murphy's two-run homer in the ninth and Michael Brantley's solo shot in the 12th for a 4-3 win Sunday. That victory, coupled with Toronto's 6-1 loss in Houston, pulled the Indians within three games of the Blue Jays for the AL's second wild-card spot.
The Reds, meanwhile, are 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the NL's final playoff berth but also trail Milwaukee by 4 1/2 games for the NL Central lead.
Kluber (11-6, 2.61 ERA) has boosted his club's chances of returning to the playoffs by going 5-1 with a 1.32 ERA in his last seven starts. He is 4-0 with a 1.54 ERA over his last five and needed only 85 pitches for his first career shutout Wednesday, a three-hitter with eight strikeouts in a 2-0 win over Seattle.
The right-hander has struck out 43 and walked four in his last 41 innings, holding opponents to a .169 batting average and .197 on-base percentage in that span.
"It's very exciting," manager Terry Francona told MLB's official website. "And anybody who's been around him knows that he's not content. He'll be here tomorrow working every bit as hard and getting ready for his next start."
In his first start against Cincinnati, Kluber will try to match his longest win streak of his career - set July 12-Sept. 27 last season - while helping Cleveland to its 10th consecutive home victory over its in-state rival.
Simon (12-6, 2.84), meanwhile, will look to snap a personal three-start losing streak and win for the first time since the All-Star break. The right-hander has a 3.86 ERA in that span but also has been backed by only two runs.
He got none while allowing two runs in seven innings in a 5-4 loss to Arizona on Wednesday.
Simon, who has never lost four straight decisions in one season, won his only start versus Cleveland on July 16, 2011, while with Baltimore. Brantley, batting .529 (9 for 17) in his last four games, is 4 for 6 with two doubles lifetime against him.
Ramon Santiago is 4 for 7 with one double against Kluber in his career.
After hosting Cincinnati for two games at Progressive, the Indians will play two at the Great American Ball Park on Wednesday and Thursday.
Cleveland and Cincinnati haven't been two games above .500 since they were both 51-49 on July 22.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 11:38:38 AM EST|