Sizemore, Westbrook Lead Tribe To Victory
Grady Sizemore
Grady Sizemore
Indians Ink
Posted Sep 1, 2006


Grady Sizemore had three more hits including a homer and right-hander Jake Westbrook made another strong start to help the Indians win in Texas over the Rangers, 7-2. The Indians are now 17-5 since Aug. 9. Most importantly, x-rays were negative on Travis Hafner's right hand after Cleveland's designated hitter was hit with a pitch and left the game.

Manager Eric Wedge said he was quite relieved to find out that the injury to Cleveland's leading hitter is not as serious as it appeared.

"He was pretty upset," Wedge said of Hafner (.308). "We all were because we all worried that it might have been broke, but it isn't."

Hafner was hit by a pitch from left-hander C.J. Wilson with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. That forced home Cleveland's final run and gave Hafner 117 RBI for the season -- including 110 as the designated hitter. That broke the team record for a DH of 109 sent by Andre Thornton in 1982.

Hafner also has a career-high 42 homers, including six grand slams. That matches the major-league record set by the Yankees' Don Mattingly, who hit six slams in 1987.

Sizemore (.296) went 3-for-3 with two walks, two runs and two RBI. He had two doubles, giving him 48 for the season, and also hit his 21st homer, a solo shot.

"Grady is a heck of a player," Wedge said. "He got us going early, had a big RBI later, and made some plays in center-field. Just another great all-around game for him."

About the only thing Sizemore did wrong was get picked off first base after drawing a walk in the fourth inning.

Rookie third baseman Andy Marte (.225) went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Victor Martinez (.308), Ryan Garko (.316) and Jhonny Peralta (.257) all had one hit and one RBI.

Westbrook (12-8, 4.21 ERA) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings, striking out six. He gave up one run in the first inning and another in the fourth.

"Jake really had to work through that first inning, but got through it and then was pretty good," Wedge said. "He didn't cruise right along, but he battled against a good hitting ballclub. He used all his pitches.

"He's a guy you can count on. He takes care of himself, physically and mentally. And he has a tremendous feel for the type of pitcher he is. He makes adjustments. He wants to go as deep into a ballgame as he can. He trains for it. He takes a lot of pride in how many innings he pitches. That's tremendous. That's what you want from everybody."

Rafael Betancourt (4.18) made only nine pitches in a perfect eighth and Tom Mastny (0.79) yielded a walk and got a strikeout in the ninth.

NOTABLE: A misplay by Peralta at shortstop snapped his errorless streak at 41 games. ... RHP Matt Miller worked a scoreless inning at Double-A Akron in his second rehab outing in the minors. He's scheduled to pitch for the Aeros again Sunday and could rejoin the Indians next week.


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