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By MATT BECKER,
STATS Senior WriterThe Cleveland Indians embark on a nine-game road trip brimming with confidence after beating one of baseball's top pitchers to inch closer to the AL Central lead.The Minnesota Twins are well out of the playoff picture and return home in a state of disarray.The Indians look to build on an encouraging series and win for the fourth time in five games in Friday night's series opener with the sputtering Twins.Things were looking bleak for Cleveland (50-49) on Thursday, trailing Justin Verlander and Detroit 3-1 going into the seventh inning. The momentum shifted quickly when Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner tied it at 3 by homering on the first two pitches of the inning, and the Indians scored four times in the seventh off the reigning AL MVP to win 5-3.Asdrubal Cabrera singled home the go-ahead run for Cleveland, which took two of three from the Tigers to knock them out of first place and pull within 3 12 games of division-leading Chicago."It was like unbelievable and so exciting," Santana said.One of the biggest positives heading to Minnesota, where the Indians have averaged 6.6 runs in winning the last five meetings, is Hafner and Santana appear to be finding their stroke.Hafner has homered in back-to-back games after failing to go deep in his previous 10, and Santana is batting .409 with two homers, five doubles and four RBIs in the last six contests.Both should be looking forward to this series. Santana has three homers and six RBIs during the winning streak in Minneapolis, and Hafner has hit safely in all 14 career games at Target Field, batting .364 with 10 RBIs.The Twins (40-58), owners of the AL's worst record, don't have as much to be excited about after getting outscored 26-10 in suffering a three-game sweep to the White Sox. They went 3 for 31 with runners in scoring position for the series, left 23 runners on base and squandered leads in all three games. Joe Mauer was in the middle of the mess, going 2 for 10 without an RBI. "Just a terrible series by us," manager Ron Gardenhire said after Wednesday's 8-2 defeat that dropped Minnesota to 4-11 since July 7.Gardenhire will give the ball to Scott Diamond (8-4, 3.16 ERA) as the Twins return to Target Field, where they've won only one of their last six series.Diamond allowed four runs and a season-high 10 hits in six innings in Saturday's 7-3 loss to Kansas City. The left-hander has a 6.75 ERA in two starts since the All-Star break after recording a 2.40 ERA in his previous two.He won his only start of the year against Cleveland on June 3, permitting three unearned runs in seven innings of a 6-3 victory.The Indians counter with Josh Tomlin (5-7, 5.34), who gave up two runs in six innings against Baltimore on Sunday but was saddled with a 4-3 loss. He has been hit-or-miss over his last six starts, posting a 1.83 ERA in three of them but a 9.20 ERA in the other three.The right-hander didn't pitch well in his lone start of the season against the Twins on June 2, yielding five runs and 10 hits in six innings of a 7-4 defeat.
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Cleveland Indians television analyst Rick Manning may want to think the next time he tries to make a clever remark.
Shin-Soo Choo hit a double last night of the center field wall that barely missed leaving the park and Manning comes up with this gem.
I wouldn't have expected anything less from the team that still has Chief Wahoo as its mascot.
First of all, he got the ethnicity...
The Indians came through in the biggest game of the season, against arguably the toughest pitcher. Santana and Hafner jacked back-to-back home runs to tie the game, and Kipnis delivered the go ahead. Smith, Pestano and Perez were incredible. Good guys take two of three.
Top 1st: Detroit
- P. Fielder singled to left, A. Jackson scored
Bot 1st: Cleveland...
Indians television analyst Rick Manning went down the rocky Ethnic Foods Humor path last night on this double by Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo. As Choo, who is Korean, hit a ball off the outfield wall, Manning joked that "Choo needed a little more sushi... at the... before the game." There's clearly no ill-will from the home analyst here, but that doesn...
The in-stadium host made a big deal pregame about how many consecutive games the Indians have played without committing an error. You could feel from that moment things weren’t going to go right for the Tribe.
Top 1st: Detroit
- M. Cabrera singled to right center, A. Jackson scored, Q. Berry to third, M. Cabrera out at second
Top 2nd: Detroit
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti is seeking help for his third-place team.
Antonetti said Thursday he is involved in plenty of discussions, which is typical for the approaching July 31 trade deadline. He wouldn't categorize the Indians, four games out in the AL Central, as either buyers or sellers at this point.
A year ago, with Cleveland 2 1/2 games behind, Antonetti...
With the looming return of Roberto Hernandez, it would behoove the Indians two back end starters – Josh Tomlin and Derek Lowe – to start pitching better. One of them is going to lose their job, if not both of them. When asked after the game about his starting pitching issues, Manager Manny Acta told the media “Of course we need pitching help. Everyone knows that. It’s a...
A Cleveland Indians fan made a great leaping catch with his bare hands during Wednesday's game at Progressive Field against the Detroit Tigers. It happened in the seventh inning as Tigers DH Delmon Young hit a deep foul ball into the left field stands. The fan, wearing a vintage 1916 Indians jersey, jumped up and bobbled the ball once before catching it with his bare hands...
The Cleveland Indians got their big guys to step up to help take down Justin Verlander and his Detroit Tigers. The Indians were down 3-1 in the seventh inning when Carlos Santana stepped up to the plate to start a rally that would send the Indians into the lead by the time the smoke cleared. Santana sent a blast over the right field wall. Just like that the flame was lit, Travis...
Derek Lowe's second-half downward spiral continued Wednesday, but at this point it's a tossup whether a lack of pitching or a lack of hitting is the Cleveland Indians' biggest problem. Both deficiencies were responsible for Cleveland's 5-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Lowe gave up five runs on eight hits in six innings and was in almost constant trouble. The Indians...
Player of the Game
Carlos Santana hit a solo home run to begin the comeback in the 7th inning and added a double later in the game. For this, he wins his 8th Player of the Game of the year with a score of 3.58. Each pitcher had a score over 1.50 in this game and Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jason Kipnis and Travis Hafner all had good games as well.
The Cleveland Indians had their progress slowed by one of their worst pitching performances of the season. Judging by his recent starts in Minnesota, Justin Masterson could provide a better effort Saturday night.
While seeking a season-high third straight win, the right-hander will try to help the Indians recover from their lopsided series-opening defeat to the Twins.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Asdrubal Cabrera singled home the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied to beat Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander 5-3 on Thursday night.
Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner tied it at 3 by homering on the first two pitches of the inning by Verlander (11-6).
Joe Smith (7-2) threw two pitches to get the win. He got Miguel Cabrera...
Roster Update: As predicted, Brent Lillibridge has taken Aaron Cunningham's place on the Indians 25 man roster. This continues with the Indians strategy of releasing a player every time they knock in the winning run in a game.
Player of the Game
Casey Kotchman hit a two run home run to score the first runs of the game for the Tribe. His final score was 4.38 and he was aided...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Max Scherzer allowed two runs over seven innings to win his fourth straight decision and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians for only the second time in eight games this season with a 5-3 victory Wednesday night.
Quintin Berry had three hits and drove in two runs to help Scherzer (10-5) win for the first time in four career starts at Progressive Field...
Player of the Game
Cody Allen pitched the best game of his young career as he threw two innings and only allowed two baserunners. He was even able to get one of those runners out on the bases with a double play as he was the only Indians pitcher to keep the Twins from scoring. His game score of 1.78 gives him an average Player of the Game score of 1.29 for the season, the best...