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@ CLEVELAND, OH:
The Cleveland Indians tied
the 2002 "Moneyball" Oakland
A's for an American League
record 20 consecutive wins by
beating the Tigers 2-0 Tuesday
night at Progressive Field.
Corey Kluber fired the complete
game shutout as the Wahoos blanked Detroit for a second straight night.
Kluber (W, 16-0) earned his fifth complete game and third whitewash of the
year with a 5-H, 0-W, 8-K effort aided by two Tribe double plays, the first
started by Kluber himself.
Francisco Lindor began the game with a bang for the Indians, working
an 8-pitch at-bat into a B-1st lead-off homer two rows into the stands
above the 19-foot LField wall for an instant lead when Tiger starter Matt
Boyd left a fastball over the plate.
Lindor's 30th homer of the year broke the franchise record of 29 by a
SStop in a single season he shared with Woodie Held of the 1959 Indians.
Lindor also tied Jimmy Rollins (30 homers in 2007) and Jose Valentin (30
in 2004) for the most homeruns in a single season by an MLB switch-hitting
Lindor has nine homeruns in his last 20 games.
Boyd (L, 5-10) battled through bases-loaded jams in the B-2nd and B-3rd
to retire the last seven men he faced in his 5-IP and a career-high 116-pitches.
Cleveland's only other run came after Boyd departed in the B-6th off
Detroit relievers Blaine Hardy and Drew VerHagen. Carlos Santana greeted
Hardy with a lead-off double and moved to third on a groundout. VerHagen
got a strikeout, then intentionally walked a pinch-hitter before wild pitching
Santana home from 3Base.
Detroit's best threat was in the T-1st when Ian Kinsler began the ballgame
with an opposite way double down the RField line and was sac-bunted to
3Base by Alex Presley. Kinsler was stranded when Kluber struck-out both
Miguel Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos.
Presley 2-out doubled in the T-9th, but Cabrera grounded out to end the
The Tigers suffered their 12th shutout loss of the year and fourth vs
Cleveland. The Indians are 12-6 vs Detroit in 2017, winning the last six
The Indians moved to a season-high of 33 games over the .500-mark
(89-56) and the Tigers fell to a season-low 24 games below .500 (60-84).
The Indians will try to tie the 1935 NL Champion Chicago Cubs for the
MLB record of 21 consecutive wins in a Wednesday matinee vs the Tigers.
DET 0-5-0, 3-LOB (L) Boyd, 5-10
CLE 2-9-0, 10-LOB (W) Kluber, 16-4
The Indians lead the majors with 19 shutout wins this year including
seven during the 20-game win streak.
Indians rookie CFielder Bradley Zimmer had surgery on his broken
left hand Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined 6--8 weeks.
With Jose Iglesias still stuck in hurricane ravaged Florida following
paternity leave and with Dixon Machado going on paternity leave, Andrew
Romine was the lone remaining Tiger SStop. Romine was 0-for-3 with 1-K
at the plate.
MLB announced its 2018 schedule Tuesday. The Tigers will open the
season at home vs the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 29TH.
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