|CLEVELAND ( CARRASCO )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )
|913||CLEVELAND||-140||Ov 9,-110||-140||Ov 8.5,+100|
|914||CHI WHITE SOX||+130||Un 9,-110||+130||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-20||-2.4||14-23||3.7||0.243||0.305||4.1||0.245||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.9||1-6||3.3||0.266||0.302||3.0||0.219||0.289|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-52||-2.3||49-43||4.2||0.252||0.310||4.8||0.266||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.1||2-5||3.3||0.236||0.273||5.0||0.261||0.315|
|8/19/2014||BAUER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||7-5||W||-115||8.5 un||O||11||4||0||8||5||1|
|8/20/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)||5-0||W||-110||8.5 un||U||11||6||1||6||9||0|
|8/21/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||1-4||L||-135||7 ov||U||5||5||0||8||7||1|
|8/26/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||8-6||W||140||8 ev||O||14||8||0||10||4||1|
|8/27/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||2-3||L||-180||7.5 ov||U||7||6||0||10||8||0|
|8/28/2014||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|8/29/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|8/30/2014||BAUER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|8/31/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|9/2/2014||CARRASCO(R)||DETROIT|| || |
|9/3/2014|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|9/4/2014|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|8/22/2014||DANKS(L)||@ NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)||3-4||L||175||8.5 un||U||11||7||0||9||11||0|
|8/23/2014||CARROLL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-5||L||195||8.5 ov||U||7||8||1||7||4||1|
|8/24/2014||SALE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)||4-7||L||-120||7 un||O||9||5||1||8||6||0|
|8/30/2014|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|8/30/2014|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|9/2/2014||NOESI(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MILONE(L)|| |
|9/3/2014|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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.''
|CHI WHITE SOX: CHICAGO (AP) - From rock bottom last season to contention this year? The Chicago White Sox see no reason why it can't happen.|
They're ready to put last season's 99-loss wreck behind them and make a jump at least back to respectability, if not a run at the AL Central title.
They see a team with solid pitching, a new slugger in Jose Abreu and renewed vigor. Now, all they have to do is back it up.
''You have to pitch, you have to hit, you have to score,'' said manager Robin Ventura, entering his third season. ''You have to play defense. You have to do all of them in our division. Detroit has won it the last few years. They have a combination of everything. Unless you do that, you're not going to be close. We proved that last year.''
They had the pitching part down last season. The rest? Well, that's where things got dicey.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-White Sox Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Cleveland (67-64) at Chicago (60-72), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians know there is little room for error if they're to make a serious push toward the postseason.
They look to bounce back from a frustrating defeat by taking Thursday night's decisive series finale against the Chicago White Sox.
After pounding out 14 hits in Tuesday's 8-6, 10-inning victory at Chicago, Cleveland (67-64) recorded five Wednesday night when its three-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 defeat.
Though the Indians lost for only the fifth time in 15 games, they dropped 6 1/2 behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central and are 4 1/2 out of the second wild-card spot.
Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the third, but Chicago (60-72) scored twice in the bottom half and snapped a 2-2 tie with a run in the seventh to end its seven-game skid.
"As a team we feel like we are better than our record shows," said Chicago center fielder Adam Eaton, who is 3 for 8 in two games since missing a little more than two weeks with a strained oblique.
"We're going to put our best effort forward and hopefully these wins will come more readily."
The White Sox have traditionally had their way with Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 3.14 ERA), who is 0-4 with a 7.12 ERA in six starts against them. He gave up five runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 9-6 loss April 11 to fall to 0-2 with an 8.82 ERA in three starts at U.S. Cellular Field.
Carrasco, though, did not yield a run or hit in 1 2-3 innings of relief at Chicago on May 26.
The right-hander has allowed a solo homer, six other hits and struck out 17 with two walks over 18 innings to 2-0 in three starts since re-entering the rotation Aug. 10. He gave up that home run, one other hit and both walks while fanning eight in six innings of a 5-1 loss to Houston on Friday.
Cuban rookie Jose Abreu is 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Carrasco, but 10 for 19 with six RBIs in his last five contests.
Teammate Alejandro De Aza is 5 for 10 with two doubles versus Carrasco.
John Danks (9-8, 4.96) allowed 11 runs in 11 innings to split his first two starts against the Indians this season, then gave up one run in seven innings while not factoring in the decision of a 3-2 defeat at Cleveland on July 13.
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 7.67 ERA in his last five starts and has yielded three runs each in two straight. He was unable to hold an early 3-0 lead against the Yankees on Friday and lasted five innings while not factoring in the decision of a 4-3 loss.
Danks has allowed seven home runs while walking 15 and striking out 12 in those five outings.
"I'm still walking too many guys and giving up homers," he told MLB's official website. "That's what has gotten me in trouble in the past and continues to get me in trouble. It's frustrating, like I said, but it's part of it, and we'll do what we can to fix it."
Mike Aviles is 3 for 8 with a double versus Danks this season and batting .410 against Chicago in 2014.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 11:15:04 AM EST|