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,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “To jump right in like that, that’s a huge home run obviously.”Jose Alvarez (5-3) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win for the Angels, their seventh in nine games. The sweep was Los Angeles’ sixth of the season.Blake Parker retired the side in the ninth for his 12th save.Cory Spangenberg erased an Angels lead in the seventh with a solo home run that tied the game at 2.Andrelton Simmons singled home David Fletcher in the sixth to put Los Angeles in front 2-1.Both teams scored in the first inning. Albert Pujols drove in Kole Calhoun, who led off the game with a single, with a sacrifice fly against Padres lefty Robbie Erlin.San Diego answered with a sacrifice fly from Hunter Renfroe that brought home Travis Jankowski.Felix Pena pitched six solid innings for the Angels, allowing one unearned run on two hits while walking four and striking out seven.“I think Felix did a great job,” Scioscia said. “He kept getting better as the game went on. The only fly in the ointment is four walks, but he stepped up.”Erlin and Pena traded scoreless innings until the sixth, when Simmons broke through for Los Angeles.“He pitched great,” Rivera said of Pena. “He kept the ball down and elevated when he wanted to elevate. He was keeping the hitters off balance and did a good job today.”Shohei Ohtani pinch-hit in the ninth and struck out swinging against Yates.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Ohtani threw at full strength in his second bullpen session since injuring his right elbow in June. The two-way rookie star from Japan said his arm felt good and he was able to throw all his pitches. “I did throw 100 percent effort, but obviously it is going to be different from a game situation http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-yu-darvish-jersey
,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I can’t say for sure until I see how my body feels tomorrow.”ROSTER MOVESThe Angels optioned RHP Odrisamer Despaigne and C Jose Briceno to Triple-A Salt Lake, and designated RHP Akeel Morris for assignment.UP NEXTAngels: Open a four-game series in Texas on Thursday. The club had not yet announced a starting pitcher. RHP Ariel Jurado (2-2, 5.66 ERA) will take the mound for the Rangers.Padres: RHP Jacob Nix (1-0) makes his second start in the majors Thursday against Arizona, looking to follow up a debut in which he threw six scoreless innings. RHP Clay Buchholz (5-2, 2.67) goes for the Diamondbacks. The Cleveland Indians are headed to the playoffs for the third straight season as American League Central champions.They secured their latest division title with a 15-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday at Progressive Field.Cleveland Indians IndiansBALLGAME!For the 3rd straight year, we are American League Central champions!#Windians | #RallyTogether DSe4H5fROJAll-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor set the pace with a leadoff homer against Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer. Cleveland racked up six runs in the first inning and 11 through two frames.Cleveland Indians IndiansThings ... happened.+ Back-to-back HRs to start the game 猬囷笍+ Edwin reached on an error; Hosey scored+ Edwin scored on a groundout+ Kip sac fly; Yonder scored+ Robo RBI singleWe lead 6-0 after 1. 馃き#RallyTogether kQncwF9xLbSince Major League Baseball expanded to six divisions in 1994, the Indians' 10 AL Central titles are four more than any of the other four clubs.The Indians have been on cruise control in the Central since June 20, which is the last date their lead was five games or fewer. They are the only team in the division that isn'tat least 10 games under .500.While Cleveland has assured itself another chance to compete for a World Series title, this has been a different season for manager Terry Francona to navigate than 2016 and 2017. Relief stalwarts Andrew Miller and Cody Allen haven't been as reliable.Miller has only appeared in 30 games because of three stints on the disabled list. Allen is on pace to post the worst ERA (4.06) of his career and highest WHIP (1.32) and strikeouts per nine innings (10.6) since his rookie season of 2012.The front office added Brad Hand and Adam Cimber in a midseason trade with the San Diego Padres to boost a bullpen that had a 5.28 ERA before the All-Star break. It made another splash Aug. 31 by acquiring 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson from the Toronto Blue Jays.Despite those relief struggles, Cleveland has played well thanks to continued success from AL MVP candidates Jose Ramirez and Lindor. That duo has hit73 homerswith 187 RBI and 55 stolen bases.Jordan Bastian MLBastianJose Ramirez already eclipsed 30 homers and 30 steals. Hes now reached 100 RBI and 100 runs scored. Next up: 100 walks. Hes at 95.The Indians' starting rotation remains among the best in Major League Baseball. Their3.41 ERAranks second in the AL, trailing only the Houston Astros (3.21). If that holds Paul Konerko Jersey
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