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Posts Tagged ‘American League Central Division.’

Baltimore Orioles pound Lowe, Indians, 10-2

 

Currently, at the end of July, the Cleveland Indians look more like pretenders, than contenders in the American League Central Division.

The Tribe has been sputtering since June 23. The Indians are 10-14 and has been passed up by the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers in the up-for-grabs division. The Indians are three games behind the White Sox.

Jim Thome (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

With Derek Lowe on the mound last night, Cleveland did not fare well as a contender. Lowe gave up nine runs in three-plus innings of their 10-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in front of a disappointed crowd of 33,954 at Progressive Field.

The Orioles through the first five innings, pounded the baseball for five doubles, two home runs and led 9-1.

Former Indians’ star Jim Thome had a double, homer and single in going 3 for 5. The lefty-swinging slugger hit a high, deep homer to right for the 610th of his career, tying Sammy Sosa for seventh all-time on the MLB home run list.

MLB AL DIVISIONAL SERIES: New York plays Detroit

 

The New York Yankees, always a playoff participant, will take on the Detroit Tigers.

The Yankees, winners of the American League East with a record of 97-65, 6 games over Tampa Bay, takes on the team from Motown, Detroit.

The Tigers won the American League Central Division by a whopping 15 games over the Cleveland Indians, with a record of 95-67. The Tigers trailed the Indians for most of the season until taking control of the division in late June. They also won 10 straight over the Tribe to end the season.

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Detroit Tigers win AL Central Division; first title since 1987

 

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The Detroit Tigers, behind their newest pitcher Doug Fister, beat the Oakland A’s Friday night 3-1, to become the 2011 American League Central Division champions.

It is their first title since 1987.

Fister retired 17 straight batters at one point in the game to win his third straight start, fifth consecutive decision and ninth win of 2011.

The Tigers are headed to the playoffs for the first time since winning the wild card in 2006 and losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

Detroit had not finished on top ot their division since winning the AL East in 1987, three years after winning their last World Series title.

Info compiled from the Detroit Tigers

Detroit ace Verlander joins 19-win club

 

Justin Verlander (file photo)

Justin Verlander upped his record to 19-5 and won his seventh consecutive start, allowing just one run and three hits in seven innings in a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 Monday night.

The Detroit Tigers ace became the first 19-game winner in the majors.

The Tigers upped their lead to 5.5 games over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central Division.

 

Info compiled from Detroit Tigers news

Carrasco’s strong pitching sends Indians to 6-2 win over D-Backs

 

Carlos Carrasco (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Cleveland Indians, one of MLB’s surprise team’s this year, are glad to see the month of June become history. The team did not fare very well, but stayed in contention in the American League Central Division race, with Detroit as their only competition.

Cleveland continued interleague play on Wednesday with an afternoon win at Chase Field. It was their second win in the three-game series in the desert.

The win was 6-2 over the Arizona Diamondbacks and the offense produced 15 hits.

Carrasco (8-4, 3.54 ERA) pitched seven innings to get the win. He allowed two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. He has won seven of his past 10 starts, going 6-3 with a 2.91 ERA, since coming off the DL on May 11.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians news

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