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Posted on: 09-27-2011

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      The Tigers led all the way
to win their 9th straight over
the Indians Tuesday night, 9-6.
      Wilson Betemit, Delmon Young
and Miguel Cabrera all homered,
Max Scherzer earned his career-
high 15th win and Jose Valverde his career-best 48th save.
      The 94-67 Tigers remained a game behind Texas for second seed in the
ALDS with each team concluding regular season play Wednesday night.   
      The Tigers jumped on Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez for a 3-R/B-1st
in a frame where the RHander threw 26 pitches. Detroit got three singles,
a double and a hit batsman. Delmon Young had a 1-out RBI-1B and Magglio
Ordonez a 2r1B. Ordonez' hit extended his hitting streak to 18 games.
      In the lineup for the first time since SEPT 16TH (sore knee), Betemit
took Gomez deep...literally...with 2-out/B-2nd. Betemit crushed a 423-
foot solo homerun (#8 including #5 with Detroit) to the RField seats for
a 4-0 bulge.   
      When Betemit drew a 2-out/B-4th walk, Young followed with a line drive
2rHR (#12 including #8 with Detroit) 361-feet to the LField corner of the
Tiger bullpen to make the score 6-1.
      The Tigers chased Gomez (L, 5-3) with two runs on three doubles in the
B-5th. Victor Martinez led-off with a two-bagger, scored on a 1-out RBI-2B
by Ordonez and pinch-runner Ramon Santana came home on a Ryan Raburn
2-out, opposite field double to the RField corner for an 8-2 margin.
      Cabrera cranked a B-6th solo homer (#30) of 382-feet that bounced off
the top of the LField bullpen dugout off first Cleveland reliever Chad Durbin
to put the score at 9-4.
      The Indians got single runs in the T-4th & T-5th on a Shelley Duncan
RBI-2B and via a Scherzer wild pitch. The Indians chased Scherzer on a
2-out/T-6th, 2r1B by Jason Donald that made the score 8-4.
      Cleveland posted a 2-R/T-7th off second Tiger reliever Phil Coke on an
opposite way RBI-2B by Jim Thome and an RBI-1B by Lonnie Chisenhall in
an inning complicated by Raburn's dropped flyball error on RField.      
      Scherzer (W, 15-9) threw 109-pitches/65-strikes in his 5.2-IP. The
Indians tagged Scherzer for 4-R/4-ER on 7-H & 2-W with 7-K and a pair
of wild pitches. All but one of the baserunners Scherzer permitted came
over his final two innings.
      After lefties Daniel Schlereth and Coke struggled, Ryan Perry, Joaquin
Benoit and Valverde retired eight of the final nine Cleveland batters.
      Valverde made it 48-for-48 in save-ops this season.
        Young went 3-for-5 with 3-RBI, Martinez and Ordonez (3-RBI) were
both 2-for-3 and Cabrera was 2-for-5.        
      Thome was 2-for-3 and Chisenhall 2-for-5 for the Tribe.

         CLE          6-12-0, 9-LOB          (L) Gomez, 5-3
         DET          9-12-1, 7-LOB          (W) Scherzwer, 15-9; (S) Valverde, #48


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "[Cabrera is] locked in pretty good, obviously.
That's good news. He's swinging really good. His concentration level is
tremendous right now, so hopefully that'll keep up...Wilson came back and
played a few innings, went up and got treated [by the trainers for his
sore knee] right afterward. He'll play tomorrow again."

TIGERS SP MAX SCHERZER:    "It’s hard to sit here and look back at your
season when you have the biggest start of your career coming up...
Who knows what happens [with seedings]? But that's the beauty of
postseason baseball. We're just excited to be in it."

TIGERS 1B MIGUEL CABRERA:    "We’ve got one plan. Our minds, right
now, are on the postseason. Be prepared and win games right now,
try to get the home advantage. If we win, we can start here. So I
think we’re in good position right now. The way we’re playing, I think
we can say we’re almost ready for the playoffs. Hopefully, we can play
good. And hopefully, we can come through for the whole thing."

INDIANS MGR MANNY ACTA:    "That's a team that is going into the playoffs
in better shape than almost any other team. They've been playing great
for more than a month -- and they are playing hard for home-field advantage.
You can't get away with many mistakes against them right now."
      Entering the final day of play on Wednesday, Cabrera's .343-BA is the best
in the majors. He leads both Michael Young of Texas and Adrian Gonzalez of
Boston (.338 each) by five points.   
      Cabrera reached the 30-HR plateau for the fifth consecutive season
and for the seventh time in his eight full big league years.
      Benoit struck-out the side in the T-8th. Benoit is unscored upon in his last
22-GP covering 22-IP with 28-K in that span.
      Dating back to the end of last season, Valverde has converted 50 consecutive
save chances. His previous high for saves was 47 with Arizona in 2007.
      The start of the game was delayed 31-mins by rain.
      MLB announced if the Tigers open the ALDS at home Friday vs either Boston
or Tampa Bay, gametime will by 5:07pm. If the Tigers open on the road at the
New York Yankees the gametime Friday will be 8:37pm.   
      In his third call-up from the minors this year, Gomez had won his previous
five straight starts.
      Indians SStop Asdrubal Cabrera DNP Tuesday and will also sit out the season
finale Wednesday night. He finishes the year with 25-HR, 92-RBI and a .274-BA.
Cabrera's 25 dingers erased the old Tribe team record of 24 for a SStop set by
Jhonny Peralta in 2008.
      Wednesday's probables are RHPs Rick Porcello (14-9) of Detroit and Zach
McAllister (0-1) for Cleveland.



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