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Cleveland's lineup lacking much of a punch

5/27/2002

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Like Spiderman, Mark Redman seems to have two
identities.

There's Redman, the pitcher who struggles against the rest of
the American League, and then there's the one who dominates the Cleveland
Indians.

``We make him look like Cy Young,'' Indians manager Charlie
Manuel said. ``And he makes us look like a minor league club or
something.''

Redman pitched a career-best four-hitter to beat Cleveland for
the second time in a week, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 4-1 victory
Monday over the Indians.

Redman (2-5), who threw his first career complete game May 21
against Cleveland, again had little trouble with the light-hitting
Indians.

The left-hander mixed some slow, breaking pitches in with his
fastball and improved to 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA in five career against Cleveland. Against the rest of the majors, he's 13-19 with a 5.05
ERA.

``There's no reason to change the game plan until they prove
they can hit me,'' Redman said. ``You make your pitches, and you
can get anybody out.''

Redman allowed just Ellis Burks' second-inning homer, a two-out
single to Ricky Gutierrez in the fifth and a pair of singles in the
ninth.

Redman walked one, struck out four and got 16 outs on grounders,
including two double plays. He has allowed just one earned run in
his last 18 innings against the Indians.

``That was a great performance by Redman,'' Tigers manager Luis
Pujols said. ``He kept those guys off balance with his changeup and
breaking pitches.''

Damian Jackson hit a two-run homer off Danys Baez (4-4) as the
Tigers snapped Cleveland's three-game winning streak and won their
fourth in a row over the Indians, who have scored just five runs in
the four defeats.

Detroit swept three from Cleveland at home last week.

Burks homered for the Indians, who entered batting just .240 as
a team and started an outfield of Jolbert Cabrera, Bruce Aven and
Chris Magruder -- a trio with a collective .152 average.

Cleveland has scored only 16 runs in its last seven games.

``We haven't been clicking,'' Burks said. ``You can't fold the
tents though, can you? We haven't played great ball and we're only
4½ or 5 games out. We just have to keep battling.''

Jackson's first homer since Aug. 27 last season for San Diego
gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead in the fifth.

Ramon Santiago beat out an infield single with one out before
Jackson, who was in a 3-for-35 (.085) slump, hit a 1-0 pitch from
Baez over the wall in left.

``I was just happy to get the barrel of the bat on the ball,''
Jackson said. ``It was a fastball and he (Baez) supplied all the
power. My first time up, he threw a fastball inside and I said I
was not going to let it happen again.''

The Tigers hardly made contact against Baez through three
innings before getting three consecutive hits to take a 2-1 lead in
the third.

Bobby Higginson singled and scored from first when Randall Simon
doubled off the top of the wall in left. Wendell Magee's single
then scored Simon.

Baez allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, but left
Jacobs Field before speaking with the media afterward.

Burks came in batting just .161 (10-for-62) since returning from
a hamstring injury that sidelined him for eight games and hurt his
timing at the plate.

However, Burks' swing looked fine when he pulled Redman's first
pitch in the second over the left-field wall for his sixth homer to
put the Indians up 1-0.

Game notes
Go figure. The Indians, who have dominated the AL Central
since 1995, are just 11-19 in the division this season and have
dropped 14 of 16. Meanwhile, they're 7-1 against the AL East, but
have yet to play either Boston or New York. ... Right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colon's
four-hitter Sunday was his third complete game and the Indians'
fourth this season. They had just three in '01. ... Tigers designated hitter Dmitri Young was a pregame scratch. Young, who has hit safely in
nine in a row, reaggravated a hernia injury that put him on the
disabled list in April. ... Jackson's homer was just his second in
198 at-bats against AL pitchers. ... Cleveland has lost 11 of 16 at
Jacobs Field. ... The crowd of 40,652 was the largest since opening
day at the Jake.