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Tigers edge sloppy Angels PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer   
Monday, 21 April 2014 06:43
DETROIT — Ian Kinsler took off toward second base and kept on going.
By the time the Los Angeles Angels finished throwing the ball all over Comerica Park, Kinsler had scored one of the wackiest runs he’s ever been a part of.
“It was an unusual play,” Kinsler said. “I’ve never seen it before.”
Kinsler scored in the first inning when the Angels made three errors on one play, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat Los Angeles 2-1 on Sunday. The Angels made another error in the sixth, helping Detroit score its second run.
Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings for the Tigers.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Howie Kendrick, then let the Tigers tie it in the bottom of the inning in slapstick fashion.
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Skating room at a premium in Bruins-Red Wings opener PDF Print E-mail
Written by HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 08:38
BOSTON — The Boston Bruins' rink is 200 feet long by 85 feet wide, just like all the others in the NHL.

So much ice. But in the playoff opener with the Detroit Red Wings, so little room to skate.

Pavel Datsyuk managed to find enough space in the tight-checking game to score with 3:01 left and give the Red Wings a 1-0 win on Friday night.

Now Boston has to create more room in Game 2 on Sunday or it could be looking at a 2-0 deficit with the best-of-seven series shifting to Detroit.

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Scherzer, Tigers end 10-game skid against Angels PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 08:35
DETROIT — Max Scherzer gave Detroit's beleaguered bullpen a bit of a breather.

Scherzer struck out nine in seven innings — fanning Mike Trout three times in the process — and the Detroit Tigers finally managed to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2 on Saturday.

Detroit had dropped 10 straight to the Angels, including an 11-6 loss the previous night in which Los Angeles battered the Tigers with 10 extra-base hits.

"I realized it was important to get deep into a game, and that's why even after the sixth inning I said, 'Let me go back out there,'" Scherzer said. "I know our bullpen has been taxed as of late."

Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez homered for the Tigers, who beat the Angels for the first time since Aug. 26, 2012.
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Bats fall silent as Indians lose PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 08:36
CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher admits the Cleveland Indians are scuffling.

The veteran first baseman also knows it's too early in the season to overreact.

"Obviously we haven't had the start we wanted as a group," he said after Saturday's 5-0 loss to Toronto. "Then again last year we started off the season 5-10, so not time to panic just yet."

Cleveland has lost three in a row and seven of nine, but manager Terry Francona isn't worried.

"This game, there's a lot of (frustration)," he said. "The good part from where I sit is that I know they'll fight through it. We really believe in this group a lot and it's not always easy, it's not always fun, but we really believe in this group. That's what I hang my hat on every day."

The last thing the Indians' struggling offense needed to see was a pitcher on a roll. Instead, they got one of the hottest starters in the American League. Mark Buehrle pitched seven innings of shutout baseball as the Indians were blanked for the first time this season. The left-hander is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA in four starts.
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Cingrani shaky, Cubs break loose to beat Reds PDF Print E-mail
Written by PATRICK ROSE, Associated Press   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 08:33
CHICAGO — Tony Cingrani's lack of control exposed a rusty Cincinnati Reds bullpen.
Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Chicago Cubs broke out of a weeklong offensive funk and beat Cincinnati 8-4 Saturday.
The Cubs scored a run in the first three innings off Cingrani.
"It wasn't that he was hit hard. He gave up the home run to Olt and a couple of hard-hit balls, base hits," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "But he was just kind of around the zone but not in it enough, he didn't have a lot of reliable secondary stuff to get over."
"But more than anything he just wasn't pounding the zone with his fastball," he said.
Since scoring four times last Sunday in St. Louis, the Cubs had managed just one run before beating the Reds. Cincinnati had won 16 of the last 17 at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs ended a five-game losing game streak.
Emilio Bonifacio had three hits and scored a pair of runs for the Cubs. Junior Lake, Starlin Castro and Justin Ruggiano each drove in a run.
Edwin Jackson (1-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Cingrani (1-2) gave up three runs in five innings.
Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 08:34
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