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Indians' Sizemore, Michaels come up big on chilly day in Chicago

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Grady Sizemore gave the Indians the lead with one swing. And then in conditions better suited for football, fellow outfielder Jason Michaels ran hard and made a tumbling catch on the warning track to save the victory.

Sizemore, whose two-run homer in the seventh put the Indians ahead, raced over to congratulate the fallen Michaels after his catch Wednesday ended a bone-numbing 8-7 win over the Chicago White Sox.

"I thought he was going to punch me in the face. He was telling me it was a great catch," Michaels said.

On a day of subfreezing temperatures with snow flurries and a biting wind, Michael's catch of Joe Crede's long fly to left with two runners on in the ninth wasn't a sure thing.

"I thought it was going to be a routine pop fly. It just kept going and it had a lot of air time," Michaels said. "Grady's pretty aggressive out there. I wanted to make sure we weren't going to hit each other."

Sizemore, who led off Monday's opener with a homer as the Indians routed the White Sox 12-5, connected Wednesday on the first pitch from reliever Matt Thornton (0-1) to overcome a 7-6 deficit. The two-run homer followed Andy Marte's walk against Mike MacDougal.

Sizemore was more excited about Michaels' catch than his homer.

"My heart was stopped for about two seconds. I saw the ball go in there and I just started screaming at him," Sizemore said. "The wind was going all sorts of directions. It was swirling out there which made the ball tough to read. The snow and the wind didn't help too much."

The temperature at game time was announced at 31 degrees with a 15 mph wind and a wind chill of 19. During batting practice, players wore extra layers and ski caps as snow flurries fell, and they warmed themselves with dugout heaters. Once the game started, two of the umpires worked with their ears covered. The fans bundled up, too.

"It's not a factor. It's an excuse for me," Thornton said of the home run. "I made a mistake and he nailed it. ... That's embarrassing for me. That's ridiculous. It's uncalled for."

There were thousands of empty seats, and the crowd appeared to be much small than the announced attendance of 26,337.

Aaron Fultz (1-0) went two-thirds of an inning for the win, and Rafael Betancourt struck out Crede with two on in the seventh.

Joe Borowski walked two around a strikeout of Jim Thome, then struck out Jermaine Dye before Crede lifted the ball to left center.

"Seeing some of the home runs I saw today, I thought I had enough with the wind blowing. I thought it at least had enough to get over and burn them at least," Crede said. "He just made a great play."

The weather didn't concern Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen as much as his pitching staff that has given up 26 hits and 20 runs in the first two games.

"I might get an ulcer before the All-Star break," Guillen said.

Victor Martinez had a double, three singles and two walks for the Indians, and Marte hit a two-run homer off Chicago starter Jon Garland in a four-run second.

Thome and Tadahito Iguchi homered for Chicago, and Crede gave the White Sox a 7-5 lead with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the fifth.

Garland, an 18-game winner in each of the last two seasons, allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Cleveland loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs before David Aardsma struck out three in a row.

Martinez's double off Andrew Sisco brought the Indians within 7-6 in the sixth, an inning that ended when MacDougal struck out David Dellucci with the bases loaded.

Crede's two-out, bases-loaded single off Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook in the fifth broke a 5-5 tie. Westbrook gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings.

Thome hit a three-run homer -- the 473rd homer of his career -- in the first. Iguchi tied it 5-5 with a two-out, two-run homer in the fourth, a fly that went over the glove of Sizemore at the center-field fence.

Notes

  • Travis Hafner walked four times -- twice intentionally.
  • The wind blew so hard early Wednesday morning that it shook a small decorative fiberglass panel in the upper deck loose, and it had to be welded hours before the first pitch.
 
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Casey Blake is fired up and lets Jason Michaels (center) know after the game-ending catch.  (AP)
Casey Blake is fired up and lets Jason Michaels (center) know after the game-ending catch. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

G. Sizemore
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Thome
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF6222010 .400
Trot Nixon, RF5120110 .556
Travis Hafner, DH2010401 .429
Victor Martinez, C4042200 .750
Casey Blake, 1B4000219 .125
David Dellucci, LF4110013 .125
   a- Jason Michaels, PH-LF1000013 .000
Jhonny Peralta, SS5111043 .375
Josh Barfield, 2B5111033 .200
Andy Marte, 3B4212110 .111
Totals4081381013  
a-struck out for Dellucci in the 8th
Batting
2B - Trot Nixon 2 (3, Garland, Aardsma), Travis Hafner (1, Thornton), Victor Martinez (2, Sisco), David Dellucci (1, Garland)
3B - Jhonny Peralta (1, Garland)
HR - Grady Sizemore (2, Thornton), Andy Marte (1, Garland)
RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (3), Victor Martinez 2 (5), Jhonny Peralta (4), Josh Barfield (3), Andy Marte 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (2), Victor Martinez 2 (4)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
E - Josh Barfield (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook 5777352 12.60
Thomas Mastny 0.2000000 0.00
Aaron Fultz (W,1-0) 0.2000100 0.00
Rafael Betancourt (H,1) 0.2000110 0.00
Roberto Hernandez (H,1) 1100000 0.00
Joe Borowski (S,1) 1000220 9.00
IBB - Konerko by Jake Westbrook
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 96-53, Thomas Mastny 9-5, Aaron Fultz 15-7, Rafael Betancourt 11-6, Roberto Hernandez 19-13, Joe Borowski 27-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 5-5, Thomas Mastny 1-1, Aaron Fultz 1-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 25, Thomas Mastny 2, Aaron Fultz 3, Rafael Betancourt 3, Roberto Hernandez 4, Joe Borowski 5
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4100111 .000
Darin Erstad, CF2220300 .500
Jim Thome, DH5223022 .222
Paul Konerko, 1B3000211 .333
    Brian Anderson, PR00000001.000
Jermaine Dye, RF4000135 .125
Joe Crede, 3B5012014 .250
A.J. Pierzynski, C4120002 .286
    Pablo Ozuna, PR-SS0000000 .333
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4112001 .143
Juan Uribe, SS3000000 .286
   a- Alex Cintron, PH1000001 .500
    Gustavo Molina, C0000000 .000
Totals3578778  
a-popped out for Uribe in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jim Thome (1, Westbrook), A.J. Pierzynski (1, Hernandez)
HR - Jim Thome (1, Westbrook), Tadahito Iguchi (1, Westbrook)
RBI - Jim Thome 3 (3), Joe Crede 2 (2), Tadahito Iguchi 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Crede 2 (2), Tadahito Iguchi 2 (2)
SB - Darin Erstad 2 (2, 2nd base off Westbrook/Martinez, 2nd base off Borowski/Martinez)
CS - Scott Podsednik (1, 2nd base by Westbrook/Martinez)
Team LOB - 8
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland 5.1755451 8.44
Andrew Sisco (H,1) 0.1211100 3.86
Mike MacDougal (H,1) 1011230 9.00
Matt Thornton (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.1311101 27.00
David Aardsma 2100250 2.25
IBB - Hafner by Jon Garland, Blake by Matt Thornton, Hafner by David Aardsma
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 105-58, Andrew Sisco 17-8, Mike MacDougal 26-13, Matt Thornton 15-8, David Aardsma 35-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 5-6
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 27, Andrew Sisco 4, Mike MacDougal 5, Matt Thornton 5, David Aardsma 9
Game Information
Attendance - 26337
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 31
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Charlie Reliford