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Gomes, Indians finalize $23M, 6-year deal PDF Print E-mail
Written by JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 20:40
OAKLAND, Calif. — Catcher Yan Gomes and the Cleveland Indians completed a $23 million, six-year contract Monday after his breakout season last year.
Gomes’ deal includes club options for 2020 and ’21 that could bring the total to $42 million over eight years — or even $48 million with escalators.
“This is the organization I want to be with, that actually made it pretty easy,” Gomes said before the scheduled season opener in rain-soaked Oakland. “I’m so thankful for that. My wife and I are excited to be Cleveland Indians for a while now. ... We got a little taste of the postseason last year. That’s what we play for.”
Gomes hit .294 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 88 games last season, his first with the Indians. His new deal supersedes a previous one-year contract for 2014.
The deal replaces a contract he agreed to in early March calling for a $513,000 salary in the majors and $281,000 in the minors.
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Gonzalez’s single lifts Tigers over Royals PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 20:39
DETROIT — On a day of dandy Detroit debuts, Alex Gonzalez helped Brad Ausmus start his tenure as Tigers manager with a win.
Gonzalez lined an RBI single off Greg Holland in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday in Ausmus’ first game since replacing Jim Leyland. Victor Martinez homered for Detroit, and Justin Verlander was sharp aside from a three-run fourth inning that wasn’t all his fault.
“There’s two things that could have spoiled opening day for me,” Ausmus said. “One, if we lost. And two, if the sun wasn’t out. Because for me opening day, the sun is out, fans are having fun, they’re eating their popcorn, drinking their beer. The energy is higher.”
Kansas City lost its sixth straight opener.
Ausmus was upstaged a bit by another newcomer on a bright, pleasant day in downtown Detroit.
Gonzalez was acquired by the Tigers in late March following an injury to shortstop Jose Iglesias. Detroit is just hoping he can fill in competently, and Gonzalez did not impress at first. His error in the fourth helped the Royals score an extra run, but he made up for that with a tying triple in the seventh.
Gonzalez then singled with men on first and third in the ninth.
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Kurt Busch’s victory raises hope for what season can be PDF Print E-mail
Written by HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 06:22
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kurt Busch couldn’t be more delighted with his move to Stewart-Haas Racing.
Six races into the marriage, he ended an 83-race winless streak Sunday at Martinsville Speedway and said he’s learning that a better approach to being an actual participant in a team pays big dividends.
“I ran a lot of my early part of my career as an individual and I didn’t respect my team, my team owners,” Busch said, adding that working with co-owner Tony Stewart is helping him learn a better way.
Busch won by passing Martinsville master Jimmie Johnson for the lead with 10 laps to go and holding off the eight-time winner to win at the track for the first time since October 2002. It was his 25th career Cup-level victory, and Busch seemed enthralled that it came in the most unlikely of venues.
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Updated, Molina’s HR leads Cardinals over Reds PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 20:32
CINCINNATI — Yadier Molina got the loudest boos during pregame introductions. The five-time All-Star catcher got booed again as he rounded the bases for his game-turning homer.
On opening day, he was driving them batty in Cincinnati again.
Molina broke a seventh-inning time with a home run and made a pair of slick defensive plays on Monday, leading the defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the Reds.
Everyone knew the star of this one.
“Matt Holliday said it best when we were coming in shaking hands: ‘Yadi wins,”’ starter Adam Wainwright said.
It wasn’t all Molina. The Cardinals’ impeccable pitching was in top form, too.
The Reds were blanked on opening day for the first time since 1953, ending the second-longest streak of scoring in at least one run in season openers in major league history. The Phillies went 62 years without being blanked in an opener from 1911-72.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 21:26
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Pacers stumble again, lose to Cavs PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 06:20
CLEVELAND — Sitting in the last chair on Indiana’s bench, David West stared straight ahead, unable to look at the court.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock on another disheartening loss, West seemed dazed.
The Pacers’ promising season is unraveling
Dion Waiters scored 19 points, Luol Deng added 15 and the Cleveland Cavaliers kept their playoff push going with a 90-76 win Sunday over the skidding Pacers, who are losing their grip on the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Tristan Thompson had 16 rebounds as the Cavs snapped a nine-game losing streak against Indiana. Cleveland came in three games behind slumping, idle Atlanta for the conference’s final playoff spot. With seven games left — six against teams with losing records — the Cavs still have a chance.
The Pacers, meanwhile, are falling apart. They lost their fifth straight road game and now lead Miami by one game for the East’s top record and home-court advantage throughout the postseason. Since beating the Heat at home last week, Indiana has lost to Washington and Cleveland.
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