Roger’s Win’s His 14th as Tiger’s Escape Cleveland With a Needed Victory
Kenny Roger’s won his 14th game as a Detroit Tiger Sunday over the Cleveland Indians to avoid the sweep and put the brakes on Detroit’s 4 game losing streak.
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"I wanted to be the guy to stop it," Rogers said. "That’s for sure."
Curtis Granderson led off the game with a homer and Marcus Thames, Carlos Guillen and Ivan Rodriguez later connected as the Tigers averted a four-game sweep. They won for only the sixth time in 19 games since Aug. 7 when they held a 10-game lead in the AL Central.
Manager Jim Leyland said that’s no reason to alter his patient approach.
"I told the team what they saw today is why I haven’t been ranting and raving," Leyland said. "We’re not going to panic. What’s been happening to us is what happens to every team in baseball. It’s noticed more because we’re in a pennant race. We’re not going to have meetings or all this urgency. It doesn’t work that way."
Cleveland had won four in a row overall and eight consecutive at home.
Detroit, with the best record in the majors, has a five-game division lead over Minnesota. After an off-day, the Tigers start a three-game series against New York at Yankee Stadium. That doesn’t seem to faze Leyland, either.
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