Indians Snag Division Lead

Sabathia first ALer to 14 wins; Tribe beats Minnesota to ace out Detroit in Central
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Aug 4, 2007 12:07 PM CDT
Cleveland Indians' Grady Sizemore holds onto his broken bat after hitting an RBI-single in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins pitcher Dennys Reyes in Minneapolis, Friday August 3, 2007.(AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a showdown between two of the best lefties in baseball, Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia edged out Johan Santana of Minnesota for a 5-2 win, as the Indians took a half-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central. Center fielder Grady Sizemore hit his 19th homer and drove in 4 RBIs. "As Grady goes, so we go," Sabathia said.

Detroit dropped its game to Chicago 7-4, giving the Tribe its first sole division lead in a month. Santana lost his third straight start in an emotional game in front of tragedy-stricken Minnesota fans, while Sabathia became the first AL pitcher to 14 wins. Much-touted left-hander Aaron Laffey will make his major league debut at the Metrodome tonight.