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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.
Indians’ opener filled with energy, expectations PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 18:08
CLEVELAND — The huge crowd will be red-clad, raucous and ravenous, hungry for a championship. The starting pitcher will be the same, and the air will be chilled and energized.
It’s only early April, but Friday’s home opener will feel a lot like last October to the Indians.
Six months since their first postseason appearance since 2007 ended with a disappointing shutout loss to Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card game, the Indians, carrying expectations they’ll contend again, will begin their home schedule at Progressive Field against the Minnesota Twins.
For All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis, the sights and sounds of the home opener are unmatched.
“Having a sea of red come out, seeing nothing but Tribe colors,” Kipnis said, envisioning the downtown scene. “Having all the fans show up to the ballpark, the excitement, the balloons, the fireworks, the music going on. The things going on in the streets around the stadium — there’s just a buzz around the ballpark the whole day.
“It’s a fresh start for everyone. Everyone knows that it’s probably the most fun day of the season.”
Indians rally to split doubleheader with A’s PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:29
OAKLAND, Calif. — Michael Brantley gets to head home celebrating a game-winning hit instead of dwelling on a rare error.
Brantley atoned for a dropped fly ball by hitting a two-run single in the ninth inning off new Oakland closer Jim Johnson that helped the Cleveland Indians salvage a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 6-4 win over the Athletics in the nightcap Wednesday.
“It’s just a never-die attitude, never quit, always picking each other up and always fighting to the end,” Brantley said. “What we did tonight was fun. It was special, and hopefully we’ll use that momentum to keep going.”
Scott Kazmir (1-0) pitched 7 1-3 scoreless innings against his former team in his Oakland debut to help the A’s win the opener 6-1. They appeared to be on their way to a sweep when they took a 4-3 lead into the ninth with help from Brantley’s dropped fly ball.
Reds break record slump, beat Cardinals PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:30
CINCINNATI — Chris Heisey did a lot of standing around before he got his chance to snap Cincinnati’s historic slump.
Heisey’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning ended the Reds’ longest scoreless streak to open a season and sent Cincinnati to a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night following a long rain delay.
The Reds set a modern franchise record by failing to score in the first 17 innings of the season. Their previous worst was 13 scoreless innings in 1909 and 1934.
It got broken by a player making only his second at-bat of the season.
“There’s nothing like it,” Heisey said. “Sit around 10 hours, then get one at-bat. That’s part of being a pinch-hitter.”
Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier opened the ninth with singles off Carlos Martinez (0-1). After a sacrifice, Brayan Pena was walked to load the bases and Heisey singled to center.
“Hits have been at premium these past two days,” Heisey said. “It’s nice to play close games early and get the blood pumping.”
Nyquist scores to help Red Wings beat Bruins PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:27
DETROIT — The NHL-leading Boston Bruins followed their game plan of keeping Gustav Nyquist in front of them for more than two periods.
When the puck got loose, and Nyquist got to it, though, one of the game’s best defenseman and goalies couldn’t stop the surging goal-scorer.
Nyquist broke a tie with 7:12 left in the third period on his only shot of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings held on to beat Boston 3-2 on Wednesday night.
“I didn’t think Gus had one of his best games by any means, but he scored a big goal,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
Nyquist has a league-high 23 goals since Jan. 20 and a team-high 27 this season. He has given the Red Wings the breakout player they needed to boost their chances of extending their postseason streak to 23 seasons while missing many key players, including Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
The 24-year-old Swede started the season with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins after scoring a total of four goals in 40 games the previous two seasons.
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