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Indians beat Verlander to sweep Tigers, 2-1

 

The Cleveland Indians believe in themselves, even if their fans and media don’t.

They just swept the Detroit Tigers, the hands-down choice to win the AL Central Division.

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Justin Masterson outdueled Justin Verlander on Thursday afternoon to beat Detroit for the first time in his career, as the first-place Indians held off the Tigers, 2-1. Masterson, now 2-3 on the season, came into the game 0-4 against the Tigers.

The Indians lead the reeling Tigers by six games.

The Tigers have lost 6 of their last 8 games.

Detroit struggled during the series. They stranded 30 runners in the series and went just 3 of 28 (.107) with runners in scoring position. The Motown teams 3-4-5 hitters went 0-12 with runners at secord or third base. Those hitters are Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young.

Shin-Soo Choo homered on the third pitch of the game from Verlander, who falls to 5-2. The Tribe has won eight times in 10 games.

 

 

Indians lose 16-inning, 5-hour marathon Opening Day game to Toronto

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Thursday’s Opening Day game epitomized many things.

Toronto utility player Omar Vizquel, a former Cleveland Indians star, played in left field and at first base, two positions he rarely ever plays.

But after all, if Indians closer Chris Perez had closed out a 4-1 lead 2 1/2 hours earlier, there would never have been a 5-hour, 14-minute, 16-inning affair nor would Vizquel have played those two positions.

The Indians lost 7-4 to the Blue Jays which is now the longest game in Opening Day history in Major League Baseball.

With about 5,000 fans left in stands at Progressive Field, Toronto won the game in the 16th on a three-run homer by J.P. Arencibia.

The Tribe wasted a great pitching performance by improving right-hander, Justin Masterson, who was cruising along with a 4-1 lead in eight innings and 10 strikeouts.

 

 

Acta chooses Masterson to start Indians opener on April 5

 

Justin Masterson (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Indians right-hander Justin Masterson said that he is very much honored to be chosen “to set the tone for the season” as the opening day starter on April 5 against Toronto.

Most MLB experts figured that Cleveland’s supposed staff ace Ubaldo Jimenez would get the nod due to his experience.

Manager Manny Acta chose Masterson because he was Cleveland’s most consistent starter in 2011, going 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA in 33 starts. He won his first five starts of the season and set a career-high in wins and led Cleveland in ERA, strikeouts, starts and innings pitched.

Overall in his career, Masterson is 28-28 with an ERA of 3.92 and 485 strikeouts.

Masterson is a graduate of Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio which is located between Fairborn and Xenia in Greene County. With Beavercreek, he was a pitcher, catcher and first baseman.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, MLB & Beavercreek High School

Indians pitcher Masterson gets surgery on non-pitching shoulder

Justin Masterson (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson underwent surgery this week on his left, non-pitching shoulder.

The team says that Masterson had a torn labral repaired arthroscopically. He is expected to recover and be ready for spring training.

Masterson was Cleveland’s most-consistent starter in 2011. The right-hander was 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA in 33 starts.

He was the most-improved pitcher on the Tribe staff.

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, TV & Radio news

Indians club 3 homers, get 12 hits beat Reds, 8-2

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Cleveland Indians, who’ve had trouble beating the Cincinnati Reds the past three seasons, are dominating in 2011 with a 4-0 record and have officially won won the Ohio Cup.

Friday night in Cincinnati, the Tribe pounded out 12 hits, clubbed out three homers during an 8-2 win at Great American Ball Park.

Four Indians had three hits each- Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana and Grady Sizemore.

The offensive outburst by Cleveland gave Justin Masterson, who grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio in the Dayton area, his first win on the mound since April 26, although it was the team’s inept offense which overshadowed several of his quality starts during that period.

During those 11 starts, he had an ERA of 3.34, pitched into the seventh inning eight times and had seven quality starts.

Before a sellout crowd of 40,440, Masterson did it again, allowing one run on four hits and struck out five in eight innings and is 6-6 on the season.

Losing pitcher was Bronson Arroyo who couldn’t keep the baseball in the park as he allowed three homers, 24 for the year which leads the National League. He gave up eight runs in 4.2 innings.

compiled from staff, Cincinnati Reds & Cleveland Indians news

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