Indians tag Verlander, top Tigers again 9-3 for 9th straight

DETROIT (AP) — Lonnie Chisenhall had four hits, including one of Cleveland’s four home runs off Justin Verlander in the fifth inning, and the streaking Indians won their ninth straight game Sunday by beating Detroit 9-3 to remain unbeaten in nine meetings with the Tigers this season. Pitching Details Win Josh Tomlin #43, 9-1 Loss Justin Verlander #35, 7-6 Juan Uribe , Tyler Naquin and Mike Napoli also went deep for the Indians. Chisenhall was 4 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs. Mike Tomlin (9-1) beat the Tigers for the third time this year, allowing three runs […]

The Walk Off: Indians make history during ninth straight win

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Last meeting with Phils sparked Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — The last time the Diamondbacks saw the Philadelphia Phillies , Arizona was coming off a loss to Clayton Kershaw and a 4-5 homestand. That was then. The Phillies provided a salve, and the D-backs used a four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park as a springboard to a 7-3 road trip, tying the franchise record for the best 10-game trip in club history. After both Arizona and Philadelphia endured walk-off losses Sunday, the teams will meet again in a three-game series that begins Monday in Phoenix, where the Diamondbacks have had much more trouble winning. Arizona is 13-25 […]

Phillies-Diamomdbacks preview

PHOENIX — The last time the Diamondbacks saw the Philadelphia Phillies , Arizona was coming off a loss to Clayton Kershaw and a 4-5 homestand. That was then. The Phillies provided a salve, and the D-backs used a four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park as a springboard to a 7-3 road trip, tying the franchise record for the best 10-game trip in club history. After both Arizona and Philadelphia endured walk-off losses Sunday, the teams will meet again in a three-game series that begins Monday in Phoenix, where the Diamondbacks have had much more trouble winning. Arizona is 13-25 […]

Fernandez fans 13 and Marlins take series from Cubs, 6-1

. View gallery MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez delivered another gem at Marlins Park, allowing one run in seven innings and striking out 13 Sunday to help Miami beat the faltering Chicago Cubs , 6-1. The Marlins won three of four from the injury-depleted Cubs, who went 1-6 for the week but still have baseball’s best record. Fernandez improved his career record at home to 24-1 with a 1.48 ERA, and this year the right-hander has been pretty good everywhere – he’s 10-3 with a 2.28 ERA and 138 strikeouts. Giancarlo Stanton doubled and scored the go-ahead run in […]

Second-Half Save Candidates

. View photo Matthew Pouliot offers up his thoughts on how trades could impact closing situations in this week’s … This week’s Strike Zone will look at each team’s closing situation in advance of some likely deadline deals. I’ll have the July rankings next week. American League Baltimore: The Orioles will be on the lookout for a left-handed reliever next month, but they’re set at the end of games. Zach Britton has been perfect in 23 save chances this year. Boston: Craig Kimbrel has settled in nicely after something of a rough start. The Red Sox will want to […]

Verlander: Outing vs. Tribe ‘obviously horrible’

Justin Verlander allowed four home runs in the fifth inning of Sunday’s loss to Cleveland. (Getty) DETROIT — Back on May 3, after allowing seven runs to the Indians, Justin Verlander tweeted that he was going to dominate soon. In the following nine starts, he posted a 5-2 record and 2.34 ERA, looking like the Verlander of old. But then the Indians returned Sunday and knocked him around again. Verlander gave up eight earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in a 9-3 loss, capping a third Tribe sweep of the Tigers this season. The Indians hit four home runs […]

Verlander doomed by HRs as Tigers fall to Tribe

Victor Martinez launches his second big fly of the game to left field to trim the Indians’ lead to 8-3 in the 6th DETROIT — The Indians’ dominance of the Tigers continued Sunday, as a 9-3 Cleveland win capped a third sweep of Detroit this season while the Tribe won its ninth straight overall. Justin Verlander was banged around for one of the worst starts of his career, allowing eight earned runs over 4 2/3 innings, including four Indians home runs in the fifth inning. It was the first time in Tigers history a pitcher allowed four homers in […]

Pelfrey: Relief outing was key for splitter

Mike Pelfrey enters the game in the 4th inning and strikes out two batters over 4 1/3 scoreless innings and allows just three hits DETROIT — As the Tigers’ rotation continues to get worked out on the fly, Mike Pelfrey hopes he found some momentum for Tuesday’s start after a Friday relief appearance. Pelfrey allowed just three hits over 4 1/3 scoreless innings in emergency relief against the Indians on Friday night. On the heels of another rough start in a rough season, he threw five of six splitters for strikes on Friday and believes he found something there. […]

LEADING OFF: Strasburg scratched, Nats aim to end 7-game rut

. View gallery A look at what’s happening all around the majors on Sunday: — WOBBLING WASHINGTON The NL East-leading Nationals have lost seven in a row and now they’ve lost their ace for at least another start, too. The team said Stephen Strasburg had been scratched for the series finale in Milwaukee because he felt pain while throwing before Saturday’s 6-5 loss. Strasburg (10-0) missed his previously scheduled start because of a strained upper back. Tanner Roark will pitch instead at Miller Park. TIGERS TRY AGAIN Detroit is 0-8 against the Indians this season and has been outscored […]