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Cleveland Indians get boost from newborn babies in onesies

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:16:42 UT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Newborn babies at an Ohio hospital have joined the ranks of Cleveland Indians fans. The outfits feature a baseball design accompanied by the words "World Series Baby" and the hashtag #RallyTogether.

McIlroy's caddie cashes in on FedEx Cup

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:30:47 UT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Rory McIlroy didn't have to check his bank account to know that his FedEx Cup bonus had been deposited. McIlroy said he paid his caddie 10 percent from the $9 million he took home that day from his FedEx Cup bonus, and 10 percent from the Tour Championship earnings. Others questioned whether a caddie was entitled to bonus money beyond the tournament earnings. McIlroy ran into those same questions his first year competing in the Race to Dubai on the European Tour. McIlroy won his first PGA Tour event of the year at the Deutsche Bank Championship, which paid $1.53 million for being part of the FedEx Cup playoff.

Kluber, Perez, Indians beat Cubs 6-0 in World Series opener

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:44:51 UT

Kluber dominated into the seventh inning, Roberto Perez had four RBIs with a pair of home runs and the Indians beat the Cubs 6-0 in Tuesday night's opener of a highly anticipated matchup between the teams with baseball's longest championship droughts. AL Championship Series MVP Andrew Miller escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh and stranded runners at the corners the eighth, preserving a three-run lead and delighting the sellout crowd of 38,091 in Cleveland's first-ever Series home opener. After stifling two dangerous lineups in Boston and Toronto during the AL playoffs, Cleveland shut down a hard-hitting Cubs team that scored 23 runs against the Dodgers in the final three games of the NLCS. Perez hit a fourth-inning solo shot and added a three-run drive in the eighth against Hector Rondon, becoming the first Cleveland player and the only No. 9 batter to homer twice in a Series game. Trevor Bauer, trying to come back from a sliced pinkie caused by a freak drone accident, starts Game 2 for the Indians on Wednesday night against Jake Arrieta. Because the forecast called for an increased chance of rain later in the evening, Major League Baseball took the extraordinary step of moving up the first pitch by an hour to 7:08 p.m. With the Indians hoping for their first title since 1948 and the Cubs seeking their first since 1908, Lester stumbled in the opening inning. On a night of civic pride, LeBron James and the NBA's Cavaliers received their championship rings next door prior to their season opener, and Cleveland hosted a World Series opener for the first time. Kluber, whose win in the All-Star Game gave the AL home-field advantage in the Series, improved to 3-1 in the postseason and lowered his ERA to a sparkling 0.74. Miller has thrown 20 scoreless innings in postseason play, including 13 2/3 innings with 24 strikeouts this year.

What to watch for in Game 2 of the World Series

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:36:27 UT

[...] in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series at Toronto, blood began dripping onto the ball, the mound and his uniform, and he lasted only 21 pitches. [...] he's 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in four playoff starts since, including a 4.91 ERA in two starts this postseason. Chicago limited Arrieta's innings during the regular season hoping to keep him fresh for a late-October run, though, and the World Series would be the perfect time for a resurgence. Indians reliever Andrew Miller threw two scoreless innings in Game 1, but also tossed 46 pitches — his most since 2011, when he was a starter. Chicago whiffed 15 times in the Series opener and was shut out for the third time in six games. Chris Coghlan started Game 1 in right field over slumping Jason Heyward, who signed a $184 million contract to join the Cubs last offseason. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Kyle Schwarber will "absolutely" start at designated hitter again after the young slugger went 1 for 3 with a double off the right-field fence and a walk Tuesday in his first big league game since April 7. Schwarber, who also struck out twice, had been sidelined since having surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee. Schwarber is the franchise leader with five career postseason homers.

AP Was There: Indians win the 1948 World Series

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:31:39 UT

The Indians would go on to win three more American League pennants but not another World Series championship. BOSTON, Oct. 11 - (AP) - Thanks to stout-hearted relief pitching by Gene Bearden in the tense closing minutes of play, the Cleveland Indians staggered through to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Braves in the sixth and deciding game of the world series today. In winning its first championship in 28 years, the Tribe also was the beneficiary of a lucky double play in the ninth inning which probably saved Bearden from serious trouble. Sibby Sisti went in to pinch-hit for Warren Spahn, who done a brilliant piece of relief chunking for two innings, and attempted to sacrifice Ryan to second with the tying run. Tommy Holmes, hero of Boston's victory in the opening game, lined out to Bob Kennedy in left field to end the contest and make all Cleveland happy. Only the previous inning, the eighth, the Braves brought the customers to their feet by slugging Bob Lemon, Cleveland's starting chunker, from the hill and scoring twice to draw within a run of the Indians, who apparently had been coasting to an easy win behind the big righthander. Voiselle, whose proudest boast going into today's game was that he had never been licked by an American league club, kept the Indians in tight check through the first frames except for Boudreau's scoring punch down the right field line. The Indians eked out their second score of the inning when Tucker drew on a walk, moved around on Robinson's sharp single to right and raced home as Hegan hit into a forceout. [...] it should have been a double play to end the inning. Al Dark filed out, but Torgeson rapped a short double down the right field line to hustle Holmes around to third and inject furious activity in the Cleveland bullpen. [...] tense and silent were the fans as Bearden pitched to Conaster that the voices of the Cleveland infielders yelling encouragement to the lefty coul

Any time is Miller time for Indians as Andrew dominates

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:30:46 UT

Miller escaped a pair of jams to pitch two scoreless innings and help the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 in the World Series opener Tuesday night. In New York, Miller was the baby-faced member of the hard-throwing No Runs DMC bullpen trio that included Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, dealt to the Cubs on July 25. If that requires me to pitch the second inning or the ninth inning or play shortstop, I don't really care. Selected by Detroit with the sixth overall in the 2006 amateur draft, Miller struggled with the Tigers, Marlins and Red Sox, compiling a 21-29 record from 2006-11, when most of his appearances were as a starter. Boston manager Bobby Valentine suggested he work from the stretch fulltime to lessen the movement of his big frame, and Miller injured his left hamstring on his third pitch in an exhibition game against Toronto. After a torn ligament in his left foot caused him to miss the second half of the 2013 season — and Boston's run to the World Series title — he struck out 103 in 62 1/3 innings the following year with the Red Sox and Orioles, who acquired him at the trade deadline. Miller didn't miss any time this season despite breaking a bone in his right wrist when hit by a liner off the bat of Atlanta's Willians Astudillo during a spring training game on March 30.

Cubs slugger Schwarber returns, doubles in Game 1

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:08:16 UT

Schwarber batted fifth and got his first hit of the season — a double off the wall in right field in the fourth inning — for the NL champions in a 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 on Tuesday night. The designated hitter's lined shot came 201 days after a frightening collision with teammate Dexter Fowler while chasing down a fly ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Schwarber's final at-bat included a massive swing at a meaty 2-1 slider that Miller uncharacteristically left over the plate. After two games in the Arizona Fall League, the guy who blasted a club-record five home runs during the 2015 playoffs found himself on the World Series roster, giving the Cubs another powerful left-handed bat and making Chicago reliever Pedro Strop's prediction come true. While Schwarber is healthy enough to swing the bat, it's unlikely he'll have much of a role outside pinch hitting when the series shifts to Chicago for Games 3-5. Not exactly an easy thing to do for a 23-year-old desperate to get back and join the summer-long party that ended with the Cubs posting a major league-best 103 wins before rolling through the Giants and the Dodgers on their way to their first World Series appearance since the end of World War II. The self-proclaimed "baseball rat" would arrive at the ballpark well before his teammates and spend hours in the cage, to the point where first baseman and good friend Anthony Rizzo jokingly urged Schwarber to get a life.

Leonard, Spurs spoil Durant's Warriors debut with blowout

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:57:38 UT

(AP) — Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs put on such a basketball show they sent the loyal Golden State fans to a rare early exit. Leonard scored a career-high 35 points and the Spurs emphatically spoiled KD's first game for Golden State in a 129-100 rout Tuesday that the Warriors could hardly believe had just happened. Durant had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but little looked in sync for MVP Stephen Curry and the reigning Western Conference champions in a forgettable first game — and quite a different one after the Warriors dominated at home and came out of the blocks last season with a record 24-0 start. Leonard scored 31 points by the end of the third, LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and 14 rebounds and Gregg Popovich thoroughly outdid a couple of his close friends on the opposite bench in reigning NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr and top assistant Mike Brown. San Antonio exhibited smooth, crisp ball movement and looked polished in a game that had a playoff feel on Day 1. Jonathon Simmons came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points, including a 3 to beat the halftime buzzer for a 64-46 advantage. First game you want to come out and protect your home court and have the energy of the home opener live throughout the game. Durant, whose former Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals, wants to make sure this result doesn't start a trend. Golden State's three-game home winning streak against the Spurs was snapped along with its run of four straight victories in season openers. A special giveaway T-shirt with Craig Sager's likeness hung on every seat for the sellout crowd to honor the eccentric, beloved TNT sideline reporter as he fights leukemia.

Twice as nice: Indians' Perez hits 2 homers in Series opener

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:47:04 UT

Indians' Perez hits 2 homers in Series opener Known almost exclusively for his defense, Perez provided plenty of pop in Game 1 of the World Series, hitting a pair of homers — a solo shot and a three-run drive — as the Indians rolled to their fourth shutout of the postseason, 6-0 over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. Not bad for a backup catcher who batted .183 during the regular season. First World Series experience, and just trying to go out there and compete and try to get good ABs up there, and try to get on base and make something happen. The 27-year-old Perez, who had thumb surgery this season, has three homers in 27 postseason at-bats — equaling his number in 153 at-bats during the regular season. With the Indians up 3-0 and two outs in the eighth, Perez drove a pitch from Hector Rondon into the bleachers in left, sending Indians fans into a frenzy and moving Cleveland a step closer to its first title since 1948. [...] when starter Yan Gomes went down with a separated shoulder in July and then a broken wrist in September, Perez stepped in and the Indians haven't missed a beat.

Lester falters as Cubs lose to Indians 6-0 in Series opener

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:37:35 UT

The Indians didn't so much knock Lester around while sending him to his first World Series setback in four starts so much as they took advantage of the limited opportunities he gave them during a shaky first inning. Lester took the mound having allowed just one run in 21 innings in the World Series during a career that includes a pair of championship rings he earned with the Boston Red Sox. Though he settled down — thanks in part to catcher David Ross throwing out Lindor trying to steal in the third — Lester again ran into trouble in the fourth when No. 9 batter Roberto Perez lined a solo shot that clanged off the railing above the wall in left field for the first of his two home runs. Lester, who came in 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA during the 2016 playoffs, handed the ball to manager Joe Maddon with two outs in the sixth and trudged to the dugout after giving up three runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. [...] when Perez clocked a three-run shot off reliever Hector Rondon in the eighth, the Cubs found themselves turning to Jake Arrieta for Game 2 on Wednesday night hoping to avoid heading back to Wrigley Field down 2-0 following a rare stumble by their ace who typically oozes October cool.