Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Cleveland won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, April 5
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Detroit 1
Game 2: Saturday, April 6
Cleveland 5Final
Detroit 3
Game 3: Sunday, April 7
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Detroit 1

Indians 5

(5-1, 5-1 away)

Tigers 1

(0-6, 0-3 home)

    2:05 PM ET, April 7, 2002

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: C. Sabathia (1-0)

    L: J. Weaver (0-1)

    S: B. Wickman (3)

    Sabathia had no-no through 7; Tigers still winless

    DETROIT (AP) -- For C.C. Sabathia, having no-hit stuff for seven innings is nothing new. It was trying for an eighth inning that proved to be the challenge.

    C.C. Sabathia

    C.C. Sabathia will need to have a big season if the Indians are to contend.

    Sabathia, who pitched 11 seven-inning no-hitters in high school, had his no-hit bid stopped by Randall Simon's single leading off the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Indians went on to beat the winless Detroit Tigers 5-1 Sunday.

    "I threw him a slider and he got it," Sabathia said. "I'd been throwing him sliders all game, and I should have figured out that he would make the adjustment."

    Sabathia got 11 outs on flyballs and popups, which he credited to Comerica Park and the 42-degree weather. Center fielder Milton Bradley had nine putouts.

    "It's a big ballpark on a cold day," he said. "No one wants to hit one on the fists or off the end of the bat on a day like this, so I was throwing them inside and off the plate. I don't think my stuff was any better than usual, but I got a lot of flyballs to center field."

    Sabathia woke up Sunday feeling miserable, but it didn't show from his performance.

    "I had a really sore throat and I just didn't feel good," he said. "I wasn't looking forward to going out in 40-degree weather again."

    After Simon lined a clean single to center on the first pitch of the eighth, Jose Macias hit into a double play. Wendell Magee reached on an infield single and Andres Torres had an RBI triple for his first major league hit.

    "C.C. was sailing along until Simon got that hit, and then I thought he lost a little bit of concentration," Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "But he pitched a fine, fine game. I'll have to get him sick every day."

    Paul Shuey and Bob Wickman finished the four-hitter, completing Cleveland's first sweep at Detroit since 1996. Wickman entered with the bases loaded and got his third save when Simon grounded into a game-ending double play.

    "We made that a little more exciting than we needed," Manuel said. "Paul walked a couple guys, and I told him afterwards to just challenge guys with a big lead. If they hit it out, who cares?"

    Sabathia (1-0), who struck out two and walked two, was trying to be the first Cleveland pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Len Barker's perfect game against Toronto on May 15, 1981. Detroit hasn't been no-hit since Randy Johnson did it in Seattle in 1990, and the last one at Detroit was by Nolan Ryan in 1973.

    At 0-6, the Tigers are off to their worst start since 1992. The team record for losses at the start of a season is 13, set in 1920.

    "We are in a situation where nothing is going right for us, and everything is magnified because it is the start of the season," Dmitri Young said. "But give Sabathia credit -- he pitched a masterpiece."

    Sabathia retired the first 10 batters before Shane Halter's fourth-inning walk. He also walked Young in the seventh.

    "He's throwing 94 miles an hour and he's throwing a curveball for strikes," Halter said. "That's tough. And it's not like this is his first time through the league -- he knows what he's doing and he knows how to pitch."

    Jeff Weaver (0-2) allowed three runs, eight hits and four walks in 7 2-3 innings.

    "It has been like this every game, so it isn't just myself," he said. "But it is tough -- no one wants to start 0-6. I'm just glad we have a lot of games left."

    The Indians stranded runners at third in each of the first three innings before breaking through in the fourth on John McDonald's single, Matt Lawton's RBI triple into the gap in right-center and Omar Vizquel's sacrifice fly.

    Milton Bradley tripled with two outs in the Cleveland eighth, chasing Weaver, and Einar Diaz homered off Jose Paniagua. Jim Thome added an RBI triple in the ninth.

    Game notes


    Torres, recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, made his major league debut. Playing center field, he misplayed the first ball hit to him into a double. ... Weaver retired the first two batters of the game on two pitches, then needed 22 more to get out of the inning. He walked the bases loaded before getting Russell Branyan to pop out on a 2-0 pitch. ... Sabathia's first major league victory came at Comerica Park last April 13.

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