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Weaver's no-hit bid foiled in eighth

5/23/2002

DETROIT (AP) -- Jeff Weaver accepted pats on the back and
high-fives from his teammates after pitching a one-hitter, then
smacked his hand into his glove with a bit of disappointment,
thinking about how close he came.

Weaver took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, leading the
Detroit Tigers over the Cleveland Indians 2-0 Wednesday night for
their sixth straight win.

"No-hitters are hard to come by so when you take one that deep
in the game, you're hoping for the best,'' Weaver said.

Weaver held the Indians hitless until Chris Magruder, making his
debut with the Indians, doubled off the right-field wall past a
lunging Craig Paquette with two outs in the eighth.

"It's pretty bittersweet,'' Magruder said.

Magruder and Weaver were roommates on Team USA in the 1997
Intercontinental Cup and played against each other in college.

"Hopefully, I won him a spot in center field,'' Weaver joked.

Paquette, who was starting in the outfield for the first time
this year after playing mostly at third base, was not disappointed
by his effort on Magruder's hit.

"I gave it my best shot,'' Paquette said. "It was about two
feet from going over the fence, so I was just glad it wasn't a home
run.''

Weaver (4-5) struck out a season-high 11, walked two and hit two
batters in his second complete game of the season.

"I was effectively wild more than anything,'' he said.

The 25-year-old right-hander had never given up fewer than three
hits in a game. When he walked off the field after the eighth
inning and following the game, he was given a standing ovation by
the crowd of 14,396.

"It felt awesome,'' Weaver said. "I've got to give them a lot
of credit for coming out tonight. I was glad to see quite a crowd
even though there was a Red Wings game going on. They were
definitely in the game throughout and they definitely got me pumped
up in the eighth and ninth innings.''

Weaver hasn't given up a homer in 71 innings this season for the
majors' longest streak to start a season since Heathcliff Slocumb
went 72 1/3 innings in 1994.

A Detroit pitcher hasn't gone that long without yielding a home
run since Mark "The Bird'' Fidrych went 66 innings before allowing
a home run in 1977.

Boston's Derek Lowe, the only other AL regular starter who
hasn't allowed a homer this season, threw baseball's only no-hitter
this season on April 27 against Tampa Bay.

The last Tigers pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Jack Morris in
1984.

The Tigers have won six in a row for the first time since Aug.
13-19, 2000, and those six wins mark the longest home winning
streak since playing at Tiger Stadium in 1995.

The Tigers are 17-16 since starting 0-11.

"Everything is going our way right now,'' Detroit manager Luis
Pujols said.

Detroit took all three games in the series for its first sweep
of Cleveland since June 28-30, 1991.

Cleveland has lost six of seven and is 9-25 since beginning the
season 11-1. The Indians have averaged just 2.3 runs over their
last seven games.

"I sit here every day, I cuss, and I rave and I do a little bit
of everything,'' Cleveland manager Charlie Manuel said. "You guys
may not see it, but I do it.''

Chuck Finley (2-6) gave up two runs on six hits over eight
innings to lose for the fourth time in five outings. He walked
five.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first on Dmitri Young's
single. They went ahead 2-0 in fifth on Matt Walbeck's sacrifice
fly.

Game notes
Scott Sanders was the last Tigers pitcher to throw a
one-hitter, against Texas on Sept. 9, 1997. ... Weaver struck out a
career-high 12 batters July 31, 2000, against Anaheim. ... Weaver
hasn't given up a homer since Sept. 18 of last season. ... Weaver
and Mark Redman pitched consecutive complete games for the Tigers
for the first time since June 25-26, 1999. ... Magruder took Brady
Anderson's spot on the roster Tuesday. ... Tigers closer Matt
Anderson will miss at least two months with a torn muscle in his
right shoulder. ... The Tigers sent INF Oscar Salazar to Triple-A
Toledo following the game, and will recall RHP Kris Keller from
Toledo on Friday.