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Verlander makes last-minute adjustment in win PDF Print E-mail
Written by BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 06:38
PHOENIX (AP) — A last-minute change in his arm action had Justin Verlander feeling like old times.
All because of some pictures of himself that he looked at “literally 10 minutes” before he warmed up.
Verlander pitched into the seventh inning, Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered and the Detroit Tigers opened their interleague series in Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Monday night.
Verlander said he “came across a couple of pictures,” one from earlier in his career and one from this season. He was looking to see if he had changed his grip at all. Instead, he noticed a difference in his arm action and made an immediate adjustment when he warmed up in the bullpen.
“I went out and tried to throw the way that I used to throw,” he said.
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Smyly helps Tigers top Indians 5-1, avoiding sweep PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 19:50
DETROIT (AP) — Drew Smyly acknowledged thinking about the possibility of throwing a no-hitter.

When Yan Gomes broke up his bid with a two-out double in the fifth, Smyly shifted his focus to simply winning the game to help his team end a skid.

Smyly allowed four hits and matched his career high by pitching seven innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Sunday to avoid avoided a four-game sweep.

Smyly (6-8) noticed after two innings that he had held the Indians hitless.

"If any pitcher says they don't notice it, they're lying," he said. "You think about it."
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Ko wins Marathon Classic with closing birdie PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 19:44
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Now that she's officially a millionaire, Lydia Ko joked she'll have to keep a closer watch on where her paychecks go.

"I'll probably see that going into my mom's account," she said with a laugh, referring to the $210,000 she got for winning Sunday's Marathon Classic.

The 17-year-old broke free from a late tie with So Yeon Ryu, hitting a wedge to 4 feet for birdie on the 72nd hole to take the lead. Then she tried in vain — she's just 5-foot-5 — to see past the large gallery at 18 as Ryu missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.

"I couldn't see it properly. I was behind some people," she said after her second LPGA Tour victory that matched the two Canadian Open titles she won as an amateur. "But I kind of could tell what happened by the crowd's reaction."
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Indians lose 5-1 to Tigers, take 3 of 4 in series PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 19:48
DETROIT (AP) — The Cleveland Indians refused to allow one setback to sour their trip to Detroit.

Drew Smyly gave up four hits in seven innings and Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer, helping the Tigers beat Cleveland 5-1 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"It was a great series for us," Josh Tomlin said after taking the loss. "Took three games from them, but I came up short."

Cleveland (50-48) had reached a season-high three games over .500 by winning four in a row.

Tomlin (5-7) allowed four runs, six hits and a walk over 4 1-3 innings in the series finale.

Smyly (6-8) did not give up a hit until Yan Gomes' two-out double in the fifth. The left-hander allowed one run on Gomes' seventh-inning homer — and two walks with six strikeouts. His innings matched his career high.

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Popup drops and Reds get swept by Yankees, 3-2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 19:41
NEW YORK (AP) — A miserable weekend for the Cincinnati Reds ended with an embarrassing gaffe.

Jacoby Ellsbury got four hits and scored the winning run in the ninth inning on Brian McCann's pop-fly single that dropped near three Reds in shallow right field, giving the New York Yankees a 3-2 victory Sunday.

"I do not think anybody really wants to talk about it at this exact moment," manager Bryan Price said. "Unfortunate way to lose a game."

Ellsbury and Derek Jeter each had an RBI single in the fifth for the Yankees, who finished a three-game sweep in the first series after the All-Star break. Hiroki Kuroda outpitched Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto and left with a 2-1 lead before Todd Frazier's tying homer off Dellin Betances in the eighth.

Ellsbury also stole two bases and made a sliding catch in center field that saved a run. He reached safely all five times up, including a leadoff single in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman (0-3).
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