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Bailey and Reds win again at Wrigley PDF Print E-mail
Written by PATRICK ROSE Associated Press   
Monday, 21 April 2014 06:46
CHICAGO — Homer Bailey doesn’t even need to be at his best to win at Wrigley Field.
Bailey pitched six scoreless innings in a friendly ballpark for his first win of the season and Jay Bruce homered and doubled as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Sunday.
“He hasn’t been his normal dominant self, but his slider has gotten a lot better,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It’s a pitch that he’s worked on for a long time. It seems like that pitch has really turned a corner and got him some big outs today.”
Bailey (1-1) struck out eight while allowing six hits and three walks. He came into the game with 8.16 ERA after signing a big extension in the offseason with Cincinnati.
Zack Cozart hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati, which took two of three this weekend from the Cubs and has won 17 of 19 games at Wrigley Field.
Murphy delivers for Indians in win over Blue Jays PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Monday, 21 April 2014 06:45
CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona gave his team a pep talk Saturday after they lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Cleveland responded Sunday, rewarding Francona with a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
David Murphy hit a three-run double in the sixth inning and John Axford worked out of bases-loaded jam in the ninth as the Indians avoided a series sweep and broke a three-game losing streak.
The Indians won 92 games and made the playoffs as wild-card team last season by getting contributions from as many areas as possible. That formula, which had been missing for much of the early season, was a key element against the Blue Jays.
“That’s probably the best way we are as a team,” Francona said. “That’s the way we’re built, get it across the board.”
Francona didn’t want his players dwelling on their 7-10 start going into Sunday.
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.

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.
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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