Found September 01, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Mike Aviles hit a grand slam in the ninth inning that lifted the Cleveland Indians to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The AL Central leaders had won seven straight against second-place Cleveland. The Tigers won the season series 15-4, a string of success that has helped them build a 7 1/2-game cushion in the division with a month left in the regular season. Detroit rested banged-up star Miguel Cabrera for a second straight game. Joe Smith (6-2) got the win after giving up one hit and a walk in the eighth, keeping the Tigers scoreless after Danny Salazar's strong start. Detroit tried to rally in the ninth, but a tough break on the bases proved costly. Chris Perez gave up a one-out double to Omar Infante, who was hit by Alex Avila's liner for the second out. The right-hander let No. 9 hitter Ramon Santiago extend the inning with a single, and a passed ball put the runners in scoring position before Andy Dirks grounded out to end the game. Joaquin Benoit (4-1) walked Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley to start the top of the ninth. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a sacrifice bunt, putting pinch-runner Jose Ramirez, in his major league debut, at third base and Brantley at second. The Tigers intentionally walked Jason Kubel to load the bases for Aviles, the No. 8 hitter. Aviles hit some flies in foul territory that were almost caught before sending a thigh-high pitch over the left-field fence for his ninth homer. Detroit's Justin Verlander extended his winless streak to five outings, but held a team scoreless for the first time since a seven-inning start on July 14 against Texas. Verlander gave up four hits and two walks - both in his shaky first inning - and struck out six, the last of which was Kubel on a 99 mph fastball with a runner on third for the second out of the seventh. The Indians' starter, Salazar, also didn't give up a run. He allowed six hits without a walk and struck out five over six innings. Left-hander Nick Hagadone, recalled from the minors earlier in the day, was given a chance to pitch for Cleveland for the first time since July 2 and didn't last long because he gave up one hit and one walk while getting only one out. The Indians took Hagadone out and put in Cody Allen, and he later stranded a runner on third by striking out Dirks. The Tigers kept Cabrera out of the lineup for a second straight day, hoping rest will help him recover from a strained abdomen. They were also without center fielder Austin Jackson, a day after he hurt his right shoulder when he hit the wall trying to make a catch in Saturday night's win. NOTES: Detroit reliever Bruce Rondon pitched a scoreless eighth. ... The Tigers expanded their roster with OF Nick Castellanos, who made his major league debut as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, RHP Evan Reed and INF Danny Worth. They also recalled RHP Octavio Dotel from his injury rehabilitation assignment but expect a forearm ailment will keep him out for the rest of the season. ... Cleveland expanded its roster by five players, adding Hagadone, Ramirez, 33-year-old C Kelly Shoppach, RHP Preston Guilmet and RHP Blake Wood. ... The Tigers open a series Monday night on the road against the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. ... Cleveland returns home to play Baltimore on Monday night.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

What the Jose Ramirez promotion means for Tribe’s future

Typically, September promotions in baseball don’t warrant a significant amount of attention. For most teams, it’s a matter of adding along the miscellaneous 40-man players that they’ve had ready to go all season. For the few remaining contending squads, the focus is on players who can impact games in any small way. What this means is, typically, 20-year-old 5-foot-9 second...

Tribe to add 10 players in upcoming days to roster

With the September 1st roster expansion tomorrow, the Indians will use that opportunity to add a significant number of pitchers to their staff. Manager Terry Francona announced the schedule of player additions this afternoon, per Paul Hoynes. From the left side, they’ll add Nick Hagadone and Clay Rapada. From the right side, Vinnie Pestano, Preston Guilmet, C.C. Lee, Carlos Carrasco...

Around the Farm: August 31, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Matt Packer: SP, Akron Aeros: W (12-9), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 K: This wasn’t Packer’s best outing of the season, but it really does sum up how far he’s come since his struggles began...

Indians ace Masterson exists early

Indians All-Star pitcher Justin Masterson has left a start against Baltimore in the second inning with an apparent arm injury. Masterson was pulled by manager Terry Francona, who made two visits to the mound in the second. Masterson first showed discomfort during an at-bat by Matt Wieters. Francona came out with a trainer to check on his big right-hander, who stayed in the game...

Around the Farm: September 2, 2013

Carlos Moncrief (Akron RF): 2-3, 2 R, 2B, 3 BB: One of the most impressive seasons for Akron this season ends with a bang. Moncrief showed an impressively disciplined approach this season which was born out Monday with three walks. Perhaps Moncrief hitting .219 in the month of August was deflating; however, he took a giant step forward this season and has been a joy to follow....

August 2013 Player Power Rankings

August was a poor month for the Indians in general as can be seen by the many players who played below their expected values for the month. While the pitching staff maintained their level of excellence. As players have fallen into their niches this deep into the season, there has been very little movement, most of which was due to Corey Kluber being absent from this month's rankings...

Around The Farm: September 1, 2013

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Luis Gomez, Carlos Melo, and Kerry Doane (Mahoning Valley, Pitchers) - Combined No-Hitter - Normally, feature entries here in ATF consist of a lengthy excursus on the featured player...

Notes From the Wigwam: Divisional race effectively ends

Remember when the Indians were in the thick of the American League Central race? Well, it’s safe to say that race is officially over. The Indians went 1-5 this past week, which all but ensures that the Detroit Tigers will clinch the AL Central. The Tribe’s performance was especially difficult to take because the Oakland Athletics actually won 3-of-4 games against the Tigers,...

Clippers bats ice cold in 4-1 loss to Mudhens

Toledo- The Clippers cold bats cost them their last away game Saturday night when the Toledo Mudhens trampled Columbus, 4-1. The Clippers narrowly missed being shutout, but could not compensate for the early runs allowed. The Mudhens wasted no time jumping on starting pitcher Paolo Espino in the first inning. With one out Espino let up a two run homer out to left field, putting Toledo...

RHP Matt Langwell to Arizona to finish Kubel deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired right-handed reliever Matt Langwell from Cleveland to complete the trade that sent outfielder Jason Kubel to the Indians. Langwell, 27, was 3-4 with two saves, 52 strikeouts and a 2.24 ERA in 42 relief appearances and one start with Triple-A Columbus. He appeared in five games with Cleveland this season, going 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA. He has been...

No run support for Verlander in Tigers' loss to Indians

DETROIT (AP) -- Mike Aviles hit a grand slam in the ninth inning that lifted the Cleveland Indians to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The AL Central leaders had won seven straight against second-place Cleveland. The Tigers won the season series 15-4, a string of success that has helped them build a 7-game cushion in the division with a month left in the regular season...

Michael Bourn would appreciate your help

Dat look at the end of the GIF.

Burning River Radio 11

We're back with the 11th episode of Burning River Radio, in which the guys discuss how to be a real dude bro like Nick Swisher, whether losing three to the Braves is better or worse than losing two to the Tigers and what the Indians need to happen to return to the play-offs. Also included is an in depth analysis of the Jason Kubel trade and why we can never talk about the Tigers...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.