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Indians designate Mark Grudzielanek for assignment

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cleveland Indians say they didn’t have a choice in cutting veteran infielder Mark Grudzielanek in order to get a healthy player on their roster.

The Indians designated Grudzielanek for assignment on Tuesday, giving them 10 days to make a move with him. They options are to trade him, outright release or try to send him to the minors if he has any options left or if he passes through waivers.

Mark Grudzielanek (mlb)

The 39-year-old Grudzielanek hit .273 with 11 RBI’s in 30 games. He had 30 hits this season, all of them singles. He spent last season in the minors while recovering from an ankle injury and strained his hamstring in a game on sunday.

Grudzielanek is a former All-Star and Gold glove winner. He is a career .289 hitter in 15 seasons in the majors.

The Indians purchased the contract of infielder Anderson Hernandez from Triple-A Columbus. He previously played for the New York Mets and Washington where manager Manny Acta was before coming to Cleveland.

Indians beat Tigers behind Branyan and Choo homers

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cleveland Indians found a team that is struggling just as much as they are.

Jake Westbrook pitched well. He gave up a run and was helped by Russell Branyan and Shin-Soo Choo homers, lifting the Indians to a 3-2 win over Detroit on Tuesday night.

Westbrook (3-3) gave up five hits and a walk over 7 2/3 innings after giving up a combined nine runs in his two previous starts, leading Cleveland, starting the day with the worst earned run average at 4.89. Westbrook’s performance helped lower that mark somewhat.

Shin-Soo Choo (mlb)

Setup man Chris Perez stranded two runners in the eighth inning by inducing Magglio Ordonez to pop up.

Kerry Wood, after an eventful ninth inning of allowing an unearned run, gained his third save in four chance.

Jeremy Bonderman (2-3) allowed Branyan’s homer in the fifth inning and Choo’s blast in the 6th inning.

Mark Grudzielanek added and RBI single in the eighth to give Cleveland an insurance run.

Down 2-0, Indians score 8 runs in 9th to stun Orioles, 8-2

compiled from staff, wire and Indians news

Austin Kearns belted the go-ahead, three-run homer off Orioles rookie closer Alfredo Simon in an eight-run ninth inning to lift the Cleveland Indians to improble 8-2 win over Baltimore in Oriole Park at Camden Yards Saturday night.

The loss ended the Orioles’ season-high three-game winning streak.

Austin Kearns (mlb)

Mitch Talbot (mlb)

With one-out and Baltimore ahead 2-0, Simon (0-1) gave up a single to Asdrubal Cabrera and walked Mark Grudzielanek. Shin-Soo Choo followed with an RBI single before Kearns slammed an 0-2 split-fastball to left field for his third homer.

Mike Redmond added a two-run double off Cla Meredith before Trevor Crowe, just called up from Triple-A Columbus, finished off Cleveland’s biggest inning of 2010 with a two-run homer.

Cleveland had been 0-16 when trailing after eight innings.

Mitch Talbot (5-2) allowed two runs and five hits. He walked two, struck out three and left after eight innings.

Before the nightmarish ninth inning, Simon had been 5 for 5 in save chances since taking over closer duties when Mike Gonzalez and Jim Johnson got hurt.

Ty Wigginton homered twice for Baltimore.

GAME NOTES

* Playing in his 34th game, Ty Wigginton exceeded his home run output from 2009, when he hit 11 in 122 games.

* Before the game, Cleveland put infielder Andy Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a non-baseball medical issue and recalled Trevor Crowe from Triple-A Columbus.

MLB American League: Braden throws perfect game; Indians finally win

compiled from staff and wire reports

Dallas Braden of the Oakland A’s is in the record books now!

Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history on Sunday, shutting down, shutting out and no-hitting major league baseball’s hottest team the Tampa Bay Rays and helping Oakland to the 4-0 win in Oakland.

Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out to shortstop for the  final out. The closest the Rays got to a hit was Jason Bartlett’s liner to third base leading off the game. Evan Longoria tried to bunt leading off the fifth, drawing boos from the small crowd in McAfee Coliseum.

Dallas Braden (mlb)

Braden’s gem was the major’s first perfect game since Mark Buerhle did it for the White Sox against the Rays on July 23, 2009 and the second no-hitter this season after Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez accomplished it in Atlanta on April 17.

Braden pitched the A’s first perfect game since Hall of Famer Jim “Catfish” Hunter’s gem on May 8, 1968 against the Minnesota Twins. Only 6,298 were there in attendance.  There were only 12,228 fans at Sunday’s game.

The left hander was poised throughout the game, locating his fastball in every spot, throwing two-strike changeups and getting several quick outs against a Tampa Bay team that has lost just 3 games on the road all season. Braden struck out six, throwing 109 pitches, 77 strikes in his 53rd career start and his first complete game.

Dallas Braden’s perfect game was the sixth no-hitter in Oakland history. The 26-year-old, a native of nearby Stockton, was a 24th-round pick by the A’s in 2004. He improved his career record to 18-23.

Andy Marte (mlb)

The Cleveland Indians finally got a much-needed win and received offensive support from an unexpected source, the bottom of their lineup, the 7th, 8th and 9th batters.

Andy Marte drove in three runs, Mark Gudzielanek had three hits and two RBI’s, and Cleveland broke a 10-game losing streak against Detroit with a 7-4 win on Sunday. The Tribe had lost five in a row overall.

The Tigers couldn’t overcome another rough outing by Max Scherzer.

Magglio Ordonez had two hits and two RBI’S for Detroit.

The Tigers tied the game in the fifth inning. But Cleveland went ahead in the bottom half before adding two more in the seventh.

Grudzielanek hit a tie-breaking RBI single off Scherzer (1-3) in the fifth and singled in another run in the seventh to make it 6-4. Marte added a scrifice fly for Cleveland’s final run.

Four relievers held the Tigers to two hits over the final four innings. Chris Perez worked the ninth for his fifth save in seven chances.

Grudzielanek, Kearns and Carmona lead 6-1 win over Oakland

compiled from staff and wire reports

Mark Grudzielanek (mlb)

Mark Grudzielanek hit a tie-breaking RBI single with two outs in the eight inning and Fausto Carmona had another stellar outing for the Indians.

Austin Kearns had three hits and three RBI’s while Mike Redmond doubled and scored twice for Cleveland, which snapped a six-game losing streak to Oakland.

Carmona (3-0) scattered seven hits over 7 1/3 innings and struck out four while lowering his ERA to 2.96.