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CHICAGO —Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are two of the majors most feared
sluggers. Ronnie Lott Jersey . When Jhonny Peralta,
Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young start coming up with big hits, the Detroit
Tigers are one tough team to stop. Just ask the Chicago Cubs. Peralta had three
hits and two RBIs one night after he made two costly throwing errors, and the
Tigers rallied to beat the Cubs 8-4 on Wednesday. “We bounced back,” manager Jim
Leyland said. “We had some big hits, timely hits, bullpen did a great job, and a
good win for us.” Boesch had four hits, including a solo homer, and made a
diving catch in right field as the Tigers improved to 8-1 in their last nine
games against the Cubs. The one loss during that stretch occurred in the series
opener Tuesday night, when Peralta made two errant throws from shortstop in the
eighth inning that led to the decisive run for Chicago in a 4-3 victory. But
Peralta responded in a big way in the middle game of the series, and the Tigers
will send Justin Verlander to the mound Thursday afternoon with a chance at a
heartening 4-2 interleague road trip for a club that has underachieved so far
this year. “Tomorrows a big game for us,” Leyland said, “because you go to
Cincinnati and Chicago and youve got a chance to win both series. Thats pretty
good. Youve got to try to win each series. If you can do that, then you put
yourself back in decent shape.” With one out and runners on the corners in the
sixth, Peralta hit a drive to centre for a two-run double that tied it at 4. He
advanced on Gerald Lairds bunt single against Matt Garza and scored on
Ramon Santiagos comebacker to put Detroit in front. Boesch added his seventh
homer in the seventh and an RBI single in the eighth, delighting the sizeable
portion of Tigers fans among the season-high crowd of 41,326 at Wrigley Field.
“I think thats a tribute to Detroit fans,” Boesch said. “The road fans are my
favourite fans and most of the players favourite fans because they come and they
bring the noise, bring the passion. Theyre die-hard Tigers fans.”
Alfonso Soriano, Darwin Barney and Steve Clevenger had two hits apiece for the
Cubs, who had won four straight home games. Joe Mather, inserted into the lineup
when third baseman Ian Stewart was scratched with a sore left wrist, contributed
an RBI single but also made an error that fueled Detroits four-run rally in the
sixth. Garza (2-5) allowed five runs, three earned, and seven hits in six
innings. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.26 ERA in his last seven starts. “It
was unfortunate more than anything,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “It wasnt
like they were beating him up or hitting balls real hard, besides the ball
Peralta hit—then all of a sudden four runs scored.” Soriano and Bryan LaHair
hit consecutive run-scoring doubles to make it 4-1 in the fifth, but the Tigers
eventually solved Garza on the way to their third victory in the last four
games. Boesch sparked the big sixth inning with a leadoff single. Cabrera then
hit a grounder to Mather, who kicked it toward second for an error. That miscue
opened the door for Tigers, who got a one-out RBI single from Young before
Peralta came up with his clutch hit. “I just missed it,” Mather said. “It was
the turning point in the game. Garza got out of trouble right there. He was in a
little bit of trouble and he got out of it. I feel bad that thats what kind of
started it all.” Rick Porcello (4-4) gave up nine hits in five innings, but
managed to earn his first victory since May 6 against the White Sox. The
right-hander was 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA in his previous six starts. The Cubs and
Tigers exchanged two fielding gems in the seventh. Shortstop Starlin Castro made
a diving stop on Cabreras smash in the top half of the inning, but Boesch robbed
David DeJesus of a hit in the bottom half. Detroit centre fielder Austin Jackson
added a great catch against the wall in centre to end the game. NOTES: Stewart
is going to visit another doctor on Thursday, and Sveum said he was headed for
the disabled list. Sveum said he wasnt sure yet which player was coming up from
the minors. ... Tigers RHP Doug Fister (strained left side) threw a side session
and “felt really good,” according to Leyland. ... Tigers OF Andy Dirks (right
Achilles tendinitis) ran Tuesday, but Leyland said it didnt go well. “Dirks isnt
ready. I dont know when well get Dirks back,” he said. ... Verlander (5-4, 2.69
ERA) will face LHP Travis Wood (0-2, 4.71 ERA) in the series finale. Verlander
pitched 5 2-3 innings of one-run ball in his only start at Wrigley Field, a 9-3
victory on June 17, 2006. He is hitless in 21 career at-bats with 13 strikeouts.
Wood is searching for his first win since he recorded two outs for Cincinnati at
Pittsburgh on Aug. 19. Authentic Colin Kaepernick Jersey . IndyCar
director of engine development Trevor Knowles says Dixon blew an engine Tuesday
morning testing on Iowas .875-mile oval, while Powers went out later in the day.
IndyCar has mileage minimums before teams can change engines, and neither Power
nor Dixon had reached those yet. Deion Sanders 49ers Jersey . Van Leur, 24,
went 3-1 with a 3.78 ERA in 39 appearances out of the bullpen for the Pheasants
this season and held opposing left-handed hitters to a .154 batting average. The
second-year rookie played in 18 games with the Brockton Sox of the Can-Am League
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. Votto hit a grand slam in the ninth inning for his third home run of the game
on Sunday, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a rain-delayed 9-6 victory over the
Washington Nationals with the biggest game of his career. Steve Young Jersey . Coach Andy Reid
announced the decisions Saturday. Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said Vick is
symptom-free, but McCoy has headaches and dizziness. Vick was injured against
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and Fehr discussed on Saturday were released, but both sides said there were no
new developments on the 35th day of the lockout. On Friday, the NHL cancelled
all games through Nov. 1. The league said in its most recent proposal to the
players that a deal must be reached by Thursday in order for the season to start
on Nov. KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The first inning of Corey Klubers first major league
start was not a memorable one for the Cleveland Indians 26-year-old
right-hander. Kluber gave up six runs and six hits, including two home runs, and
walked a batter as the Kansas City Royals sent 10 men to the plate. The Indians
rallied, but lost 7-6 in 11 innings for their sixth straight defeat, their
longest losing streak since dropping seven in a row from June 19-26, 2010. “The
kid had a rough first inning,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “He didnt throw
his good slider. Then he settled down after that. I like what I saw. He can
compete. I liked the way he competed. Im very happy with the way we came back
and had a chance to win, but their bullpen held us down.” Alex Gordon began the
Royals big first inning with his seventh career leadoff home run. Eric Hosmers
three-run homer to centre was the big blow of the inning and Lorenzo Cain and
Jarrod Dyson had RBI-singles. “For some reason he was trying to establish his
fastball and cutter,” Acta said. “His swing-and-miss pitch, the good one, is
that slider. I dont understand why he didnt break that out sooner.” Kluber, who
was 11-7 with a 3.59 ERA with Triple-A Columbus, threw 43 pitches in the first
inning. “When I fell behind I was coming back with fastballs in fastball counts
and they were hitting them, and I caught too much of the plate,” Kluber said.
Kluber made it through 4 1-3 innings, giving up no runs and three hits after the
first. “I started using off-speed pitches, sliders more,” Kluber said. “In the
first, I didnt do a good job of keeping them off-balance. The off-speed pitches
helped keep them off-balance more.” Royals manager Ned Yost said Kluber “might
have been nervous at the start and things avalanched on him. He really shut us
down after that point,” Yost said. Youth Frank Gore Jersey. “His stuff is good.”
Alcides Escobars RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning lifted the Royals
to a series sweep. Escobars two-strike hit scored Hosmer, who led off the inning
with a single. Aaron Crow (2-1), the sixth Royals pitcher, worked a spotless
11th inning to pick up the victory. Reliever Esmil Rogers (1-1), the fifth of
six Indians pitchers, took the loss. Carlos Santana homered and drove in four
runs for Cleveland. Kluber pitched longer than Royals veteran left-hander
Bruce Chen, who was yanked after 2 2-3 innings, allowing four runs, seven hits,
one walk and two sacrifice flies. In seven starts since July 1, Chen is 0-3 with
an 8.73 ERA, allowing 32 runs, 50 hits and 11 walks in 33 innings. The Indians
got a run in the second when Michael Brantley led off with a double and scored
on Vinny Rottinos sacrifice fly. The Indians cut the lead to 6-4 with a
three-run third, which was highlighted by a two-run single by Santana. Brantley
drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly. Santana homered with
Brent Lillibridge aboard in the fifth off Everett Teaford, who replaced Chen.
Santana hit an 0-2 pitch out to left. NOTES: DH Travis Hafner, who is on the
paternity list, is scheduled to rejoin the Indians on Saturday at Detroit.
Hafner returned to Cleveland to be with his wife Amy, who gave birth to an
8-pound boy. ... RHP Jeremy Guthrie, who is 0-2 since being acquired in a July
20 trade with Colorado, will make his third start for the Royals, on Friday
against Texas. ... The Royals scored 18 runs in the first three innings of the
three-game series with the Indians. ... Kluber became the seventh pitcher to
start for the Indians this season. That ties Seattle for the fewest starters
used in the AL. Kansas City has used a league-high 12. ’ ’ ’ 

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