Final
  for this game

Indians look to build on recent success over Tigers

May 31, 2007 - 2:32 PM Detroit (30-22) at Cleveland (32-19) 7:05 pm EDT

CLEVELAND (Ticker) - While many people could see this edition of the Cleveland Indians were a good team, not many expected them to be able to go into Detroit last weekend and sweep the defending American League champions.

The Indians host the opener of a four-game set against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Jacobs Field.

Since starting the season 7-7, Cleveland is 25-12, including a three-game sweep completed last Sunday. Despite losing two of three to the Boston Red Sox, the Indians did not lose any of their 2 1/2-game lead over the Tigers, who dropped two of three to Tampa Bay.

C.C. Sabathia (7-1, 3.54 ERA) looks to continue his personal success against the Tigers. He faced Detroit on Saturday, picking up the win in a seven-inning outing, allowing three runs and six hits in winning his second straight decision.

Sabathia has allowed more than three runs only twice in his 11 starts this year. The lefthander owns an 11-7 record and 4.03 ERA in 21 starts against the Tigers.

Justin Verlander (5-1, 2.71 ERA) will look to win his fifth straight decision after receiving no decision in his duel with Sabathia on Saturday. He left with a one-run lead after six innings, but the Tigers' bullpen failed to come through in the 6-3 loss.

The righthander is 2-2 with a 4.85 ERA in five career starts against Cleveland.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    DETROIT 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 10 1
    CLEVELAND 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 4 x 11 13 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: DET - JUSTIN VERLANDER, TIM BYRDAK (6TH), JOSE MESA (8TH) AND IVAN
    RODRIGUEZ
    CLE - C.C. SABATHIA, RAFAEL BETANCOURT (8TH), RAFAEL
    PEREZ (9TH) AND VICTOR MARTINEZ


    May 31 10:16 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY GRADY SIZEMORE SCORED DAVID DELLUCCI AND JOSH
    BARFIELD.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, G SIZEMORE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    CLEVELAND 11 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: C BLAKE (.275, 2-FOR-4, HBP)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 10:06 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY JOSH BARFIELD SCORED JHONNY PERALTA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J BARFIELD ON FIRST, D DELLUCCI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    CLEVELAND 9 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: G SIZEMORE (.270, 1-FOR-3, BB, HBP)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 10:06 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN GARKO SCORED FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R GARKO ON FIRST, D DELLUCCI ON SECOND, J
    PERALTA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    CLEVELAND 8 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J BARFIELD (.232, 0-FOR-4)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 10:04 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARCUS THAMES SCORED SEAN CASEY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M THAMES ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    CLEVELAND 7 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C MONROE (.240, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 9:42 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY VICTOR MARTINEZ SCORED GRADY SIZEMORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HAFNER ON FIRST, C BLAKE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 4
    CLEVELAND 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T NIXON (.268, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 9:09 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY VICTOR MARTINEZ (9) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 0 OUT IN THE 5TH OFF JUSTIN VERLANDER SCORED TRAVIS HAFNER.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 4, CLEVELAND 6
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T NIXON (.270, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 8:40 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TRAVIS HAFNER SCORED GRADY SIZEMORE AND CASEY
    BLAKE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, T HAFNER ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 4
    CLEVELAND 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: V MARTINEZ (.304, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 8:36 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARCUS THAMES SCORED GARY SHEFFIELD.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M THAMES ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 4
    CLEVELAND 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C MONROE (.243, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 7:48 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ SCORED PLACIDO POLANCO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G SHEFFIELD ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    CLEVELAND 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M THAMES (.235, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 7:46 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GARY SHEFFIELD SCORED IVAN RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SHEFFIELD ON SECOND, P POLANCO ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    CLEVELAND 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.351, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 7:44 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CRAIG MONROE (8) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF C.C. SABATHIA.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1, CLEVELAND 2
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: O INFANTE (.309, 0 HR, 5 RBI)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 7:26 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY TRAVIS HAFNER (10) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF JUSTIN VERLANDER SCORED CASEY BLAKE.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0, CLEVELAND 2
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: V MARTINEZ (.308, 8 HR, 41 RBI)

    Tigers vs. IndiansMay 31 7:17 PM