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Detroit at Cleveland

W: A. Galarraga (1-0) L: C. Sabathia (0-3)
HR: DET - M. Cabrera (3), E. Renteria (1)   CLE - D. Dellucci (1)

Renteria, Cabrera help Tigers trounce Indians by 11 runs

CBSSports.com wire reports

CLEVELAND -- The Detroit Tigers are beginning to hit the way everybody expected.

Nobody anticipated this kind of start from Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia.

Edgar Renteria hit a grand slam, Miguel Cabrera also homered and drove in five runs, and the resurgent Tigers roughed up a struggling Sabathia in a 13-2 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night.

"C.C. is tough to hit," said Renteria, who matched his career high with five RBI. "He's one of the greatest pitchers in baseball. He had a bad night. We got lucky."

Cabrera finished with four hits, and Renteria's fifth-inning slam capped Detroit's offensive outburst against Sabathia (0-3), last year's AL Cy Young Award winner who has a 13.50 ERA after four outings. That's one big reason the Indians (5-10) have lost three straight and eight of 11.

"We've had sloppy play, made mental mistakes and there's no excuse," manager Eric Wedge said after Sabathia and the Indians were lustily booed.

With newcomers Renteria and Cabrera finding their strokes, Detroit's loaded lineup has broken loose after an early slump. The Tigers have scored 30 runs while winning three in a row following a 2-10 start.

"We can have nights like this," Renteria said. "We are having good at-bats."

After failing in two starts during the 2007 AL championship series against Boston, then opening this year with three poor performances, Sabathia was eager to get untracked against the Tigers, expected to be Cleveland's chief rival in the AL Central.

Instead, he was jeered as he trudged to the dugout after giving up nine runs, eight hits and five walks over four-plus innings.

"I'd boo myself, too," said Sabathia, who can become a free agent after this season.

The left-hander insisted his contract situation is not a distraction. He requested in February that all negotiations be suspended until after the season so that he could focus on pitching. Yet he has walked 14 and yielded 32 hits in 18 innings. A year ago, he walked only 37 in 241 innings while going 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA.

"My arm feels fine. I just can't command either side of the plate," Sabathia said.

Armando Galarraga (1-0) gave up two runs and only one hit over 6 2/3 innings in his Detroit debut. Acquired from Texas in February, the right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday after right-hander Francis Beltran was designated for assignment.

David Dellucci's first-inning homer put Cleveland ahead 1-0. Galarraga, who struck out six, then retired 16 straight before hitting pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll and Kelly Shoppach with pitches to open the seventh.

"I was a little bit nervous, but when I gave up the home run, I had to get going," Galarraga said. "The runs made me feel more relaxed."

Wedge was upset that the Indians, hitting an AL-worst .232, often swung early in the count.

"Not to take anything away from (Galarraga), but we gave away at-bats and that really bothers me," Wedge said. "I don't have much tolerance for that at all."

Meanwhile, Sabathia couldn't hit his spots. He walked Magglio Ordonez on four pitches to open the second and gave up Cabrera's third homer to fall behind 2-1.

In the third, Placido Polanco, hitting .149, drove a leadoff double high off the wall in left. Two outs later, Cabrera's sharp single made it 3-1. When Carlos Guillen grounded out to end the third, Sabathia yelled obscenities at himself as he stomped off the mound.

"I'm always my worst critic," Sabathia said. "It's frustrating that I've pitched four games and not even given my team a chance in any of them. That's unacceptable."

Cleveland fans screamed plenty during Detroit's seven-run fifth as Sabathia failed to get an out. He walked the bases loaded, and Cabrera's two-run single made it 5-1. Guillen's single reloaded the bases for Renteria, who hit a first-pitch, down-the-middle fastball for his fifth career slam.

The first out of the Tigers' sixth finally came on the 49th pitch -- a strikeout of Ivan Rodriguez by reliever Thomas Mastny, who had yielded a single and double to the first two batters he faced.

Later in the inning catcher Victor Martinez failed to tag Marcus Thames, stepping on the plate because he thought the bases were loaded and he could get a forceout. Thames scored as Martinez threw to third to at least get an out.

Mastny walked the bases loaded in the sixth and was replaced by Craig Breslow, whose two-out walk to Brandon Inge made it 11-1.


  • Detroit totaled 17 hits and nine walks.
  • In his past two starts, Sabathia has yielded 20 hits and 18 runs in only 7 1/3 innings.
  • Hall of Famer Bob Feller, 89, celebrated the 68th anniversary of his opening day no-hitter for Cleveland in 1940 in Chicago.
  • Indians 3B Casey Blake (1-for-15), 2B Asdrubal Cabrera (0-for-15) and SS Jhonny Peralta (1-for-18) are in a combined 2-for-48 (.042) slump.
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Miguel Cabrera (four hits, five RBI) partakes in a HR trot during the Tigers' rout over the Indians.  (AP)
Miguel Cabrera (four hits, five RBI) partakes in a HR trot during the Tigers' rout over the Indians. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Cabrera
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 1

E. Renteria
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Detroit Tigers
Ivan Rodriguez, C6000018 .189
Placido Polanco, 2B5210112 .154
Gary Sheffield, DH5210112 .214
Magglio Ordonez, RF3310302 .293
Miguel Cabrera, 3B-1B6245012 .264
Carlos Guillen, 1B3110111 .370
    Ryan Raburn, PR-LF2111000 .667
Edgar Renteria, SS4135100 .300
    Ramon Santiago, PR-SS1010000 .444
Marcus Thames, LF3110001 .167
    Clete Thomas, LF-CF3010005 .308
Brandon Inge, CF-3B3021212 .310
2B - Placido Polanco (1, Sabathia), Ryan Raburn (1, Julio), Brandon Inge (4, Mastny)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (3, Sabathia), Edgar Renteria (1, Sabathia)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 5 (10), Ryan Raburn (1), Edgar Renteria 5 (9), Brandon Inge (10)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (4), Brandon Inge (4)
Team LOB - 13
Detroit Tigers
Armando Galarraga (W,1-0) 6.2122061 2.70
Jason Grilli 2.1200110 5.87
HBP - Carroll (by Armando Galarraga), Shoppach (by Armando Galarraga)
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 81-56, Jason Grilli 42-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 5-9, Jason Grilli 2-4
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 23, Jason Grilli 10
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF2000000 .281
   a- Jason Michaels, PH-RF2000011 .091
David Dellucci, LF2111000 .276
    Jamey Carroll, LF1100001 .222
Travis Hafner, DH4000011 .241
Victor Martinez, C2000000 .353
    Kelly Shoppach, C1000000 .273
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000101 .241
Ryan Garko, 1B4011011 .314
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B3000022 .173
Franklin Gutierrez, RF-CF3010010 .182
Casey Blake, 3B1000010 .146
   b- Andy Marte, PH-3B2000001 .143
a-struck out for Sizemore in the 6th
b-lined out for Blake in the 6th
HR - David Dellucci (1, Galarraga)
RBI - David Dellucci (4), Ryan Garko (9)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Garko (6)
Team LOB - 4
E - Victor Martinez (2, Missed catch of throw)
Cleveland Indians
C.C. Sabathia (L,0-3) 4899512 13.50
Thomas Mastny 1.1221320 6.75
Craig Breslow 1.2100110 0.00
Jorge Julio 1311020 5.63
Masahide Kobayashi 1311000 3.38
WP - Masahide Kobayashi (1)
Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 93-59, Thomas Mastny 48-24, Craig Breslow 20-12, Jorge Julio 16-11, Masahide Kobayashi 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 6-5, Thomas Mastny 1-1, Craig Breslow 2-2, Jorge Julio 1-0, Masahide Kobayashi 2-1
Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 25, Thomas Mastny 9, Craig Breslow 7, Jorge Julio 6, Masahide Kobayashi 6
Game Information
Attendance - 17644
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne