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Cabrera homers to reach 2,000 hits as Tigers win (4-4-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 04 April 2014 21:35
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera reached another milestone in powerful fashion: a four-hit day highlighted by a home run for his 2,000th hit.
“I never expected I was going to hit 1,000 hits,” the 30-year-old slugger said after the game. “I never expect something personal. I expect to go out there and ... try to find a way to help my teammates.”
Cabrera capped his big day with an eighth-inning homer, and the Detroit Tigers rolled to a 10-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. Cabrera’s two-run drive made him the ninth player to reach 2,000 hits before turning 31.
“Miguel and I have combined for over 3,000,” said Brad Ausmus, the former catcher who is now Detroit’s manager. “We’re a Hall of Famer, combined.”
Rajai Davis and Torii Hunter also homered for the Tigers. Drew Smyly (1-0) relieved Anibal Sanchez after a fourth-inning rain delay and pitched three scoreless innings.
Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 23:47
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Reds fall to Cardinals, drop 2 of 3 in series PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer   
Friday, 04 April 2014 06:39
CINCINNATI — For the Reds, it sure wasn’t worth the wait.
The St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and Todd Frazier’s two homers on Thursday, holding on to beat Cincinnati 7-6 and take two of three in their season-opening series.
The first pitch was delayed 3 hours, 42 minutes because of rain. Finally on the field, the Cardinals emerged from their two-game hitting slump by knocking Homer Bailey (0-1) out of the game in the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta homered to get it going.
“The whole series was kind of weird with all the rain and stuff,” Frazier said. “It really put a damper on things.”
St. Louis pulled away with three runs in the seventh, when Matt Holliday’s single off the top of the outfield wall was upheld by the only video review of the series, this one initiated by the umpires.
“They fouled off a lot of tough pitches before getting ones they could put into play,” manager Bryan Price said. “It wasn’t a big swing-and-miss day for them. Homer wasn’t as sharp as we anticipate he’ll be.”
Lance Lynn (1-0) gave up Jay Bruce’s two-run homer and Frazier’s solo shot during five innings. Frazier added a three-run homer in the seventh that cut it to 7-6. Trevor Rosenthal got the last four outs for his second save.
Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 06:40
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Boston College hires former Ohio oach Jim Christian PDF Print E-mail
Written by JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 04 April 2014 06:35
BOSTON — Boston College is turning to another small conference coach to make the Eagles competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
BC hired Jim Christian of Ohio University on Thursday, hoping the coach who has led his teams to eight postseason berths in 12 years can get the Eagles back into the NCAA tournament. BC went 4-14 in the ACC last year — the third straight year it was under .500 in the conference — and the Eagles have not made the NCAAs since 2009.
“Any coach wants to have his chance to compete against the very best. The ACC is the very best,” Christian said Thursday in a conference call. “There’s no doubt for what I’m looking for, this is just a tremendous fit. ... The opportunity for growth — that’s what excites you.”
Christian, 49, led the Bobcats to a 49-22 record in two seasons at the school. In 12 years at Ohio, Texas Christian and Kent State, he has a record of 243-153.
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Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets blank Philadelphia PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 04 April 2014 06:38
PHILADELPHIA— Sergei Bobrovsky stuck it to his former team, then gave his stick a few extra shakes in celebration toward the jeering crowd.
Back on familiar ice, Bobrovsky made himself quite at home.
Bobrovsky stopped 37 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to their first win in Philadelphia, 2-0 over the Flyers on Thursday night.
“It’s something special,” Bobrovsky said. “It’s tough to explain.”
James Wisniewski and Brandon Dubinsky each scored goals for the Blue Jackets, who were 0-5-1 in Philadelphia since the franchise’s inception in 2000.
Led by Bobrovsky, a former Flyer, the Blue Jackets moved closer to clinching their second-ever playoff berth. They closed within two points of the Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
“We’re in a good position,” Dubinsky said. “It’s not like where we were last year when we had to continue to watch and hope and chase teams. We’re right where we want to be.”
The Flyers have lost three straight games and were shut out for the second straight time. They haven’t scored a goal in 130 minutes, 25 seconds, dating back to a third-period goal on March 30 against Boston.
Flyers coach Craig Berube said the offense simply didn’t test Bobrovsky enough, especially in the third.
Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 06:40
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Tigers-Royals called because of rain PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 18:09
DETROIT — Brad Ausmus is hoping he’ll have a chance to use every position player on his roster before too long — no sense letting backups become rusty at the beginning of the season.
“Yes, I’d like to get them in,” Detroit’s rookie manager said. “Mother Nature’s going to have a say in that.”
Sure enough, the Tigers had their game against the Kansas City Royals postponed because of rain on Thursday. The game will be made up June 19, when the Royals are back in town for what was initially supposed to be a three-game series followed by an off day.
Detroit will move on to a three-game series against Baltimore that’s scheduled to start Friday — when the weather may not be much better.
The Tigers are planning to push right-hander Anibal Sanchez back to Friday’s start after he was supposed to face the Royals on Thursday. Rick Porcello is now slated to pitch Saturday, meaning left-hander Drew Smyly will be skipped in the rotation.
Kansas City, on the other hand, will simply skip rookie Yordano Ventura, who was scheduled to pitch Thursday. Jeremy Guthrie will start Friday’s home opener against the Chicago White Sox, as planned. Ventura will be available out of the bullpen.
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