Tigers aim for first series win in Cleveland since June 2015

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April 14, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits a three run home run during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

"We were due to swing it a little, but I'm not sure it would come against Verlander".

"I would say it did", Francona said of Bauer's change in approach.

"Bauer wasn't trying to do that, but players remember what happened previous year when three guys got hit", Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said.

Ramirez had a huge day, hitting another three-run shot off Anibal Sanchez for the first two-homer game of his career, while going 4-for-4 with a career-high six RBIs.

"He's a very good offensive player", said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.

En route to winning their first AL Central title since 2007 with a 94-67 record, the Indians prevailed in the first 11 games against Detroit and won 14 of 18 overall. He got Austin Jackson to fly out with two on in the second, struck out Edwin Encarnacion, on three pitches, with two on in the third and got timely double-play balls in the fourth and fifth. Saturday will be Verlander's 49th career start against Cleveland.

In a matchup of aces, Corey Kluber (1-1) struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and eight hits.

If the Indians aren't swiping the Tigers' signs, there are two remaining options: Verlander just had a historically bad day, or he's tipping his pitches (or perhaps some combination of the two). He then scampered home on a Zac McAllister wild pitch to make it 4-1. In his two starts and 1-1 record this year, Boyd has a 5.40 ERA and eight Ks in 8.1 innings. "And he's like, 'Man, I've got to be tipping.' Well, then they spend time thinking about that, as opposed to executing pitches".

Verlander gave up a career-high nine earned runs as the Tigers lost, 13-6, to the Indians at Progressive Field.

"Our guys did a nice job of fighting back from being down 7-0, but we couldn't get over the hump", Ausmus said. After the way the Tigers were owned by the Indians in 2016, this home run lets the Indians know it wasn't going to happen in 2017. His only appearance against the Indians came on April 24, 2016, when he threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, with two hits allowed, three walks and two strikeouts. "He had a real good slider right from the beginning".

Ausmus' Tigers' took a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth, then almost gave all of it away before getting the final out in a 7-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians Friday night at Progressive Field.

"We have wonderful players and thankfully now they're throwing us pitches that we're able to dominate, that we're able to hit well".

A few innings later, Cabrera smacked a three-run homer to right field.

Santana drove in two more with a fifth-inning single off Shane Greene, but both runs were charged to Verlander.

Detroit recalled right-hander Warwick Saupold from Toledo and optioned right-hander William Ceuvas to the Triple-A team. "The at-bat Miggy hit the home run, you can tell that (Bauer) was sitting out over the plate".

Especially from the Tigers' point of view, these games are more than marginally important because of what transpired between the two teams last season.

The Indians scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth - including a grand slam by Lonnie Chisenhall off closer Francisco Rodriguez.

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