Justin Verlander won his 10th straight startand earned his 22nd victory overall, helped when Victor Martinez hit a late grand slam that sent the Detroit Tigers over the Cleveland Indians 8-6.
Verlander (22-5) gave up a pair of two-run homers to Shelley Duncan and trailed 4-2 before Detroit rallied against JustinMasterson (11-9) and the Indians' bullpen.
The slam by Martinez highlighted a five-run comeback in the seventh inning.
Verlander leads the majors in wins and is 20-2 since May 1st.
The Tribe has now lost seven games to the Tigers this season. The season record stands at 9 wins for the Tigers and 6 wins for the Indians with three games still to be played.
The Indians are now in third place in the AL Central Division, nine-and-a-half games behind Detroit. The Tribe still has 22 games to play in the regular season.
The Indians begin an 11-day, 10-game road trip tonight in Chicago. First pitch is at 8:10 pm. Lefty David Huff will pitch for the Indians against Gavin Floyd.
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The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has activated OF TREVOR CROWE from the 60-day Disabled List. To allow room on the 40-man roster for Crowe the Indians designated OF JERAD HEAD for assignment.
Crowe has yet to appear at the Major League level after undergoing surgery on his right throwing shoulder on March 30 after missing all of spring workouts and exhibition contests with soreness in the region. He rehabbed the first half in Cleveland before beginning a rehab assignment at Rookie Arizona on August 20th followed by Triple-A Columbus stint, hitting a combined .263 (10-38) with 10RS, 2HR & 9RBI in 11 rehab games prior to today’s activation. He is starting in left field today batting 9th wearing #4.
The Major League roster remains at 29 players and the 40-man roster is still at 40.
Victor Martinez drove in three runs and the Detroit Tigers beat Cleveland 10-1 last night to drop the Indians 8.5 games back in the AL Central.
Rick Porcello (13-8) was staked to an 8-0 lead after the top of the second inning as the Tigers knocked around Cleveland starterFausto Carmona (6-14). Porcello gave up three hits and one run over 6 1-3 innings.
He allowed only a single to Jason Kipnis in the second before Kosuke Fukudome homered to open Cleveland's seventh. For Fukudome it was his third home run in an Indians' uniform, his second in two game.
Detroit has won five straight and is 15-4 since August 19th. The Tigers have won their last six meetings with Cleveland after the Indians took six of the first eight.
Cleveland has lost four of six and is 40-54 since holding a seven-game lead in the Central on May 23rd.
The teams complete the three-game series this afternoon at Progressive Field. Justin Masterson starts for the Indians and Justin Verlander is Detroit's starting pitcher. Verlander's record this season is 21-5.
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Doug Fister struck out a career-high 13, Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 yesterday to extended their AL Central leadto 7.5 games.
Fister (7-13) improved to 4-1 in seven starts since being acquired from Seattle on July 30th. The right-hander gave up an earned run and four hits over eight innings.
Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his 41st consecutive save, extending his team record and helping the Tigers improve to14-4 since holding a 1.5-game lead on the Indians on August 19th.
Detroit began a three-game home sweep of the Indians that night and has won five straight against them, sending Cleveland to itslargest deficit of the season.
Kosuke Fukudome had a home run for the Indians in the eighth inning, his second in a Tribe uniform. Fukudome has 14 RBIs with the Tribe in 36 games. He had 13 RBIs with the Chicago Cubs in 87 games.
The teams play again tonight at Progressive Field. Game Time is 7:05 pm. Rick Porcello pitches for Detroit tonight against Fausto Carmona.
The East Dragons had to battle two opponents on Saturday afternoon at Byers Field in Parma. The first opponent was the Normandy Invaders. The second opponent was Mother Nature.
Normandy won the weather battle and beat the Dragons 29-6.
It was a slow start for the Dragons. The East offense lost 14 yards on their first three plays and fumbled the ball. Fortunately, the Dragons recovered their own miscue.
After an exchange of punts, Normandy took advantage of as short punt by the Dragons and took over at the East 20. The Invaders got the ball to the five-yard line, before the drive stalled. Greg Raimondo kicked a 25-yard field goal to give the Invaders a 3-0 lead.
Following an East punt, Normandy was on the move again. Quarterback Auston Petruska hit Jake Thomas with two passes for 30 yards on the drive. Running backs Mike Dell and Ovidiu Pavel shared the carries as Normandy moved the ball to the East four-yard line. Raimondo kicked another field goal, this one 29 yards to give Normandy a 6-0 lead.
The Dragons were able to tie the score just before halftime. Senior Quarterback Tevin Richards hit senior wide receiver Shaquille Alexander on a crossing route. Alexander broke a tackle and turned on the after burners. 74-yards later, Alexander was in the end zone and the score was tied at six. On the try for the extra point, Alexander rolled right and threw a pass to a wide open Richard Fields. But, Alexander three the ball too high and it fell incomplete.
At halftime, the game was tied at six.
The Dragons appeared to have taken the lead midway through the third quarter on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Richards to Zamar Whitaker. But, the Officials whistled the Dragons for holding. That seemed to take the momentum away from East.
Dragons head coach Damon Beasley agreed. “These kids were down for a little bit. Something like that hurt them mentally. We were looking for something positive to happen there. It was a great play call. But, t took a lot out of us.”
Normandy took advantage of the penalty call on their next set of downs. The Invaders moved 82 yards in 10 plays to score their only touchdown. Tailback Mike Dell had the big play in the drive, a draw play for 49 yards. Senior fullback Joe Mubarac closed out the drive with a one yard run for the TD. The extra point made it 13-6 in favor of Normandy.
The Invaders wrapped up the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard field goal by Raimondo, his third of the game. Normandy scored a defensive touchdown when safety Thomas Keller intercepted a Richards’ pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown.
Normandy’s record is 1-1. East falls to 0-2.
But, Beasley says his team is not down and out. “Our guys will come back. We’ve got to. I’ll find a way somehow.’
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
East – 0 – 6 – 0 – 0 = 6
Normandy – 3 – 3 – 7 – 16 = 29
N – Greg Raimondo 25 yard field goal 4:24
N – Raimondo 29-yard field goal 8:06
E – Shaquille Alexander 74 pass from Tevin Richards (pass failed) 0:40
N – Joe Mubarac 1 yard run. (Raimondo kick):07
N – Raimondo 20 yard field goal 6:04
N – Thomas Keller 62 yard return of an intercepted pass. (Raimondo Kick) 5:27
N – Matt Silvestro 1 yard run. (Kick failed) 1:45
The athletic landscape has changed this year at Walsh Jesuit High School.
Gone is the days of being an Independent and searching for schools to schedule. This year, the Warriors are members of the North Coast League. It's the first time in school history that Walsh is in a conference. Other schools in the North Coast League include Archbishop Hoban, Padua, Holy Name, Benedictine and Lake Catholic.
Instead of playing only for State Championships, the Warriors will compete for League Championships. Will that make a difference? Yes.
For example, Walsh Jesuit will be able to add a 10th regular season football game. In the past several years, Walsh only played nine games in the regular season.
Warriors head coach Gerry Rardin says this year's team features plenty of offensive weapons and a stout defense.
Walsh Jesuit has a big game tonight on the gridiron hosting the Fighting Irish of St. Vincent-St. Mary.
The Copley Indians will look for their first victory of the High School Football season tonight when they play the Firestone Falcons at Copley Stadium.
Copley is thought to be one of the favorites in this year's Suburban League race. Last week, Jackson defeated Copley 38-28.
The Indians have plenty of offensive firepower back for this 2011 season. Quarterback Lou Gigliotti leads the way for Copley. Gigliotti has been described as a very accurate passer who does a good job in leading the copley offense.
Carrying the ball in the backfield for Copley is tailback Aregeros Turner.
What Jackson exposed in last week's game against the Indians was a weak defense.
Copley head coach Ron Viscounte says some of his players on defense who were injured in Week One against Jackson will be back in the line-up this week. Viscounte says they will be needed because Firestone has a strong offense. Plus, Viscounte says he knows Firestone head coach Tim Flossie will have his team playing at a high level for the entire 48 minutes.
You'll be able to hear tonight's Firestone at Copley game on 1590 WAKR beginning at 7 o'clock.
The finishing touches are being put in place at the new Barberton Middle School.
The doors swing open next Tuesday, September 6th. Barberton School Officials are planning a 'soft' opening for the building and the 1,200 students that will attended classes there.
Fifth graders only will attend the school on September 6th. Sixth graders will going the fifth graders in the building on September 7th. Seventh and eighth graders will join the other students at the new Barberton Middle School on September 8th.
Middle School Principal Judy Myers says the building truly is 'state of the art'.
Among the changes parents and teachers will notice from a 'traditional' school building is disappearance of chalkboards. Myers says classrooms are equipped with 'white boards' which allows teachers to hook-up their computer screen from their lap-top so the entire class can see.
Another change is where students will eat their lunch, it's called a cafetorium. The concept combines a traditional cafeteria with an auditorium. Myers says the auditorium portion of the facility has state-of-the-art lighting and a sound system that will allow their Drama Club to put on productions.
Myers says they have been working closely with the Barberton Police Department and other city officials to insure a smooth traffic flow around the new building. The new Middle School is located in close proximity to Barberton High School.
Gio Gonzalez pitched seven shutout innings and baffled Cleveland again, and the Oakland Athletics avoided a four-game sweep with a 7-0 win yesterday over the Indians, whoadded another player to their overflowing disabled list.
Gonzalez (12-11) improved to 5-0 with a 0.72 ERA in six career starts against Cleveland. He hasn't given up a run to the Indians in 27 2-3 consecutive innings, and handed them a loss they can't afford.
The left-hander allowed four singles and was never in trouble against a lineup missing several injured regulars.
Cliff Pennington had four hits and three RBIs as the A's did just enough against Fausto Carmona (6-13) and snapped a five-gamelosing streak.
The Indians head to Kansas City tonight to begin a three-game series with the Royals. Justin Masterson gets the start for the Indians against left-hander Bruce Chen for the Royals.
The Indians remain five-and-a-half games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central Division race. The Tribe is tied with the Chicago White Sox for second place in the Central.
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has recalled RHP COREY KLUBER & LHP NICK HAGADONE from AAA Columbus. OF SHIN-SOO CHOO has been placed on the 15-day Disabled List with a left oblique strain, retroactive to August 28th, to allow Hagadone on the roster.Kluber, 25, has spent the entire season at Columbus where he has gone 7-10 w/a 5.65 ERA in 26 starts (146.2IP, 150H, 92ER, 67BB, 140K, .265AVG). Over his last 3 starts he recorded an ERA of 3.86 (18.2IP, 11H, 8ER, 8BB, 25K) and tossed 6.2 hitless innings on August 16 at Pawtucket (6.2IP, 0H, 0R, 5BB, 11K). Currently he is 3rd in the International League in strikeouts (140), 8th in innings pitched (146.2) and T3rd in starts (26). He will be making his MLB debut wearing #34. Kluber was acquired from San Diego last July 31 in a three-team trade that sent RHP Jake Westbrook to the St. Louis Cardinals.Hagadone, 25, has split the season between AA Akron and AAA Columbus where he has gone a combined 6-4 with a 2.79 ERA (71.0IP, 56H, 31R/22ER, 22BB, 77K, .212 avg, 5HR) in 46 relief appearances. He owns an ERA of just 1.91 ERA (33.0IP, 29H, 7ER) over his last 22 appearances since June 23 for the Clippers. Overall at Columbus he was 4-3 w/a 3.35 ERA in 34 outings (48.1IP, 42H, 18ER, 53K).The Sumner, Washington native was with the Indians from August 26-28, but did not appear. He will be making his Major League debut wearing #50. He was acquired from the Boston Red Sox along with RHP Justin Masterson and Bryan Price on July 31, 2009 in a trade that sent CA Victor Martinez to Boston.
Choo last played on August 27th. He is hitting .260 (81-312) with 11 doubles, 3 triples, 8 homers and 36 RBI in 84 games. It marks his 4th career stint on the DL, his second this year.
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