12:05 PM ET, September 19, 2007
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
• Summary: C.C. Sabathia strengthened his case for winning the Cy Young with win No. 18 and Cleveland moved a few steps from its first AL Central title since 2003 by completing a three-game sweep of the nearly-out-of-it Tigers.
• Turning point: Rafael Betancourt, a star-in-the-making out of the Indians' bullpen, prevented Detroit from scoring with the bases loaded in the eighth and left the ninth to closer Joe Borowski, who locked up his AL-Best 42nd save.
• Hero: Six-foot-7 Carsten Charles, better known as C.C., set a career high for victories, surpassing the 17 he had as a rookie in 2001.
• Go figure: The Tigers had leads in all three games of the series -- and lost all of them.
• Damage to Detroit: Last year's AL champs finished the season 6-12 against Cleveland. The Tigers were swept twice in three-game series.
• The book on Blake: Casey Blake's RBI Wednesday gave him one in six of his last seven games, with seven RBI in that span.
• Hunt for October: Cleveland's magic number to win the AL Central is three; Detroit is 5½ games behind the Yankees in the wild card.
• Quotable: "I knew this was coming. I had no regrets saying that at all. Here we are." -- Sabathia, on his earlier prediction that Cleveland would win the division.
Indians 4, Tigers 2
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Once top cats in the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers were tamed, declawed and chased away with a broom.
The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here's where the leaders stand:
Cleveland went 12-6 vs. Detroit, sweeping a pair of three-game series. ... The Indians reached 90 wins for the 17th time. ... In a season of surprises for Cleveland, a strange scenario looms if the Indians don't clinch at home this weekend. On Tuesday, the Indians will play a doubleheader in Seattle with the opener a makeup from April when the Mariners four-game series at Jacobs Field was snowed out. The Indians will be the home team in Game 1, and could potentially win the AL Central -- 2,000 miles from their home. Earlier this season, the Indians moved a three-game series to Milwaukee because of bad weather.
Regular Season Series
|Cleveland leads 12-6 (as of Wed 9/19)|
|Fri 5/25||CLE 7, @DET 4||Recap|
|Sat 5/26||CLE 6, @DET 3||Recap|
|Sun 5/27||CLE 5, @DET 3||Recap|
|Thu 5/31||@CLE 11, DET 5||Recap|
|Fri 6/1||@CLE 12, DET 11||Recap|
|Sat 6/2||DET 9, @CLE 5||Recap|
|Sun 6/3||DET 9, @CLE 2||Recap|
|Tue 7/3||CLE 5, @DET 4||Recap|
|Wed 7/4||@DET 6, CLE 4||Recap|
|Thu 7/5||@DET 12, CLE 3||Recap|
|Tue 8/14||DET 6, @CLE 2||Recap|
|Wed 8/15||@CLE 5, DET 2||Recap|
|Tue 8/21||@DET 2, CLE 1||Recap|
|Wed 8/22||CLE 11, @DET 8||Recap|
|Thu 8/23||CLE 3, @DET 1||Recap|
|Mon 9/17||@CLE 6, DET 5||Recap|
|Tue 9/18||@CLE 7, DET 4||Recap|
|» Wed 9/19||@CLE 4, DET 2||Box Score|
|Complete Schedule: Tigers | Indians|
|3rd||R Raburn singled to left, M Hessman and R Santiago scored.||2||0|
|3rd||C Blake homered to left.||2||1|
|5th||F Gutierrez doubled to left, C Blake scored.||2||2|
|5th||J Michaels doubled to left, F Gutierrez scored.||2||3|
|5th||A Cabrera singled to left center, J Michaels scored, G Sizemore to third.||2||4|
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|Stadium||Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH|
|Attendance||32,511 (77% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||73 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Gary Darling, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Paul Emmel|