Thursday, December 14, 2017
Sports

Indians clinch division but lose ace Kluber

DETROIT — The Indians clinched the AL Central title Monday night, overcoming an injury to ace right-hander Corey Kluber in a 7-4 victory over the Tigers.

Kluber left after four innings with right groin tightness, joining Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in a group of talented Cleveland pitchers dealing with injuries. But even those concerns were secondary when the Indians poured onto the field to celebrate their first division title since 2007.

Coco Crisp and Roberto Perez homered for the Indians, and Jason Kipnis doubled in a run.

The Tigers fell two games behind the Orioles for the second AL wild card.

Crisp and Detroit's J.D. Martinez traded two-run homers in the second, and Cleveland took the lead for good in the fifth on the double by Kipnis. Mike Napoli's sacrifice fly later that inning made it 4-2.

With the division title 15 outs away, the Indians took the field for the bottom of the fifth without their Cy Young candidate. Kluber went in tied for the lead among AL pitchers with 5.2 wins above replacement, per fangraphs.com, and first in fielding independent pitching at 3.19.

YANKEES 7, BLUE JAYS 5: Mark Teixeira hit a tying homer in the ninth and Aaron Hicks added a winning blast as visiting New York avoided a four-game sweep. The game was marred by an angry shoving match in the second, when Yankees right-hander Luis Severino was ejected after hitting Toronto's Justin Smoak with a pitch.

BREWERS 8, RANGERS 3: Jonathan Villar had two home runs and a career-high five RBIs and former Ray Matt Garza had a solid outing against his former team for visiting Milwaukee. Texas dropped one-half game behind the Red Sox in the race for the AL's best record.

CUBS 12, PIRATES 2: Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs, and majors ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six scoreless innings for visiting Chicago, which reached 100 wins for the first time since 1935.

D'BACKS 14, NATIONALS 4: All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos left host Washington's loss with an apparent right knee injury. Ramos landed awkwardly on his right leg after jumping to catch a relay throw in the sixth inning.

REDS 15, CARDINALS 2: Joey Votto and Adam Duvall hit two of the visiting Cincinnati's four homers, and the Reds dropped St. Louis one game behind the idle Giants for the second NL wild-card spot with six games left.

Around the league

SCULLY'S FAREWELL: Vin Scully's final game in the Dodgers broadcast booth will be simulcast in its entirety Sunday on the team's cable channel and on Los Angeles TV and radio stations. Scully, 88, will end his 67-year career by calling the Dodgers' three-game series at San Francisco to conclude the regular season.

DIAMONDBACKS: Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa is trying to avoid a second Tommy John surgery by having a stem cell injection in his ailing elbow.

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Thursday’s sports on TV/radio

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