Tigers’ glove specialist can win with bat, too
Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 7:00 pm
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT (AP) — Don Kelly is on Detroit’s postseason roster because he can play any position in the field, so it was with some irony that he stood at the plate — as the designated hitter — with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Kelly hit .186 during the regular season, but all the Tigers needed was a flyball.
“We need everybody here, all 25,” Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera said. “It’s not only about one guy. I think when everybody’s got a job, they have to try to do it.”
Kelly’s sacrifice fly lifted the Tigers over the Oakland Athletics 5-4 Sunday for a 2-0 lead in their AL playoff series. Kelly entered the game as a pinch runner an inning earlier and scored the tying run on wild pitch. He stayed in the game in the DH slot, and with Detroit almost out of position players, Kelly delivered to put the Tigers one win closer to a second straight trip to the AL championship series.
“Was looking for a fastball and I got it,” Kelly said. “It’s a great feeling, to be able to go out there in that situation and do that.”
Reds 9, Giants 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bronson Arroyo retired his first 14 batters and delivered a gem a day after 19-game winner Johnny Cueto went down with a back injury, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night to head home with a 2-0 division series lead.
Yankees 7, Orioles 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Russell Martin led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking home run off Jim Johnson, CC Sabathia turned in a sparkling pitching performance for the New York Yankees.
beat the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night in the opener of their AL divisional series.
Sabathia allowed two runs and eight hits in 8 2-3 innings to help the Yankees spoil the Orioles’ first home playoff game since 1997. The left-hander went 0-2 in three starts against Baltimore during the regular season.
With the score 2-all, Martin drove a 2-0 pitch from Johnson into the left-field seats. It was the first of four straight hits off Johnson, who led the majors with 51 saves.
Game 2 will be played tonight.
Published in The Messenger 10.8.12