Final
  for this game

Sabathia, Indians face Verlander, Tigers

May 26, 2007 - 1:47 PM Cleveland (29-17) at Detroit (29-18) 3:55 pm EDT

DETROIT (Ticker) -- C.C. Sabathia will take the mound for the Cleveland Indians, who are looking to extend their slim lead in the American League Central when they take on the second-place Detroit Tigers in the middle game of a three-game set on Saturday.

In the series opener Casey Blake and Victor Martinez blasted homers in the first inning to lead the Indians to a 7-4 victory over the Tigers in a battle of the top two teams in the AL Central.

Cleveland regained a one-half lead over Detroit in the division to secure just its fourth win in its last 11 games at Comerica Park.

Sabathia (6-1, 3.51 ERA) has been impressive this season but has had some troubles against the Tigers in his career, especially last campaign.

The lefthander, who is 10-7 against Detroit all time, failed to beat the Tigers in 2006. He posted a 2.45 ERA in three outings but received just one run of support in those contests.

In his last outing, Sabathia allowed one run and eight hits in five innings but left after 92 pitches and did not figure in the decision in a 5-2 vs. Seattle on Monday.

He will be opposed by another young ace, Justin Verlander (5-1, 2.68), who is aiming to become the first Detroit pitcher to win five games in month since August 2002. He is coming off his longest outing of the season, tossing eight innings and allowing two runs and five hits in a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals last Monday.

The hard-throwing righthander, who won the AL Rookie of the Year award last season, was 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA against Cleveland last campaign.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CLEVELAND 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 6 9 2
    DETROIT 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CLE - C.C. SABATHIA, TOM MASTNY (8TH), JOE BOROWSKI (9TH) AND VICTOR
    MARTINEZ
    DET - JUSTIN VERLANDER, BOBBY SEAY (7TH), JASON GRILLI
    (8TH), TIM BYRDAK (8TH) AND IV

    May 26 6:59 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY TRAVIS HAFNER SCORED RYAN GARKO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, G SIZEMORE ON FIRST, J BARFIELD ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 6
    DETROIT 3 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: V MARTINEZ (.318, 1-FOR-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Indians vs. TigersMay 26 6:29 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DAVID DELLUCCI (2) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF JASON GRILLI SCORED JHONNY PERALTA.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5, DETROIT 3
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: R GARKO (.328, 0-FOR-3)

    Indians vs. TigersMay 26 6:18 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CASEY BLAKE SCORED GRADY SIZEMORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C BLAKE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    DETROIT 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T HAFNER (.267, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Indians vs. TigersMay 26 5:52 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ SCORED PLACIDO POLANCO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SHEFFIELD ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2
    DETROIT 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GUILLEN (.333, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians vs. TigersMay 26 5:41 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    CARLOS GUILLEN HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING GARY SHEFFIELD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2
    DETROIT 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C MONROE (.232, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians vs. TigersMay 26 5:03 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY VICTOR MARTINEZ (8) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF JUSTIN VERLANDER SCORED GRADY SIZEMORE.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2, DETROIT 1
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T NIXON (.289, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians vs. TigersMay 26 4:36 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARCUS THAMES (4) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF C.C. SABATHIA.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 0, DETROIT 1
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: O INFANTE (.324, 0 HR, 4 RBI)

    Indians vs. TigersMay 26 4:26 PM