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Sabathia helps Indians sweep Tigers

September 20, 2007

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Indians 4, Tigers 2

Cleveland - C.C. Sabathia upgraded his Cy Young resume, and Cleveland finished declawing Detroit, completing a three-game sweep and reducing the Indians' magic number for clinching the AL Central to three.

Casey Blake homered off Nate Robertson (8-12) as the Indians improved to 20-5 since Aug. 25 and moved into a temporary tie with the Boston Red Sox for the majors' best record.

In winning three straight over the Tigers, Cleveland opened a 71â2-game lead over the defending AL champs, who led in every game of the series but couldn't put the Indians away.

The Tigers fell 51â2 games back in the wild-card race behind the New York Yankees.

Yankees 2, Orioles 1

New York - Andy Pettitte earned his 200th win, Mariano Rivera escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, and New York edged Baltimore to complete a three-game sweep to pull within 11â2 games of first-place Boston. Hideki Matsui hit a solo homer, and Doug Mientkiewicz scored on a wild pitch for New York, which has won 12 of 14.

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1

Toronto - Russ Adams hit a clinching grand slam in the eighth inning as Toronto swept a three-game series from the Red Sox, cutting the Boston's lead in AL East lead to 11â2 games - their smallest edge since late April.

Making his first start since pitching a no-hitter against Baltimore on Sept. 1, Clay Buchholz held Toronto hitless until Frank Thomas singled with two outs in the fourth inning.

Angels 2, Devil Rays 1

Anaheim, Calif. - Ervin Santana struck out 10.

Mariners 9, Athletics 5

Oakland, Calif. - Felix Hernandez won his third straight decision.

Twins 4, Rangers 2

Minneapolis - Matt Garza recovered from a leadoff homer to win a start at home.

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