Friday, January 31, 2014

Detroit sweeps opening series with Cleveland

Detroit: 10  Cleveland: 3
W - McLain (1-0)
L - Tiant (0-1)

Willie Horton, Norm Cash, and Al Kaline all went yard as the Tigers bombed the Indians in the opener.  Denny McLain (1-0) settled down and went the distance after serving up a 2-run dinger to Tony Horton in the top of the first.  The Tigers pounded out 10 hits in all, and took advantage of a wild Luis Tiant (0-1) for the opening day victory.  53,000+ fans came out to Tiger Stadium for the opening day festivities and were not disappointed.

Detroit: 4  Cleveland: 2
W - Lolich (1-0)
L - McDowell (0-1)

Mickey Lolich (1-0) struck out 12 Indians over 9 strong innings as the Tigers beat the Indians for a second straight day.  Lolich toyed with the Tribe batters for most of the game, and got the best of fellow southpaw Indians pitcher Sam McDowell (0-1).  Al Kaline got a couple more hits for the Tigers giving him 5 overall during the two-game set.

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