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Preview: Indians (53-54) at Tigers (57-47)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: May 12, 2013 1:08 PM EDT
  

Having returned to the formula that has sparked their recent tear, the Cleveland Indians appear to have a decent chance to catch their rivals atop the AL Central.

The red-hot Indians will try for their 12th win in 14 games and draw even with the first-place Detroit Tigers in the series finale at Comerica Park on Sunday.

After having their four-game winning streak snapped in the opener, Cleveland (19-15) bounced back with solid starting pitching and timely hitting in a 7-6 victory at Detroit on Saturday.

Ubaldo Jimenez struck out eight and allowed one run over six innings to outpitch Justin Verlander before closer Chris Perez got Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera to ground out with runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth.

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"He chopped it,' said Perez, who got his sixth save to move the Indians within one game of the Tigers for the lead in the division. "I wanted him to put something in play, but down. Luckily he did.'

Cleveland starters have limited opponents to four or fewer runs in 11 of 13 games, posting a 3.21 ERA during that span. Right-hander Zach McAllister (3-3, 2.63 ERA) will try to add to that impressive stretch while pitching Cleveland into a first-place tie.

After a 1-3 start with 3.52 ERA over his first four starts, McAllister has allowed just two runs over 14 2-3 innings in back-to-back victories.

He struck out four and yielded five hits over 7 2-3 innings in a 1-0 victory over Oakland on Tuesday and has allowed three earned runs or less in all six starts.

"He's learning so fast," manager Terry Francona said. "When you tell him something, even in passing, he takes it into the game. The game's not speeding up at all. He's executing pitches.'

While he's yet to earn a decision, McAllister has a 2.04 ERA in three career starts against the Tigers. He gave up six hits and no earned runs over five innings in a 5-4 loss in his only career outing at Detroit on Sept. 28, 2011.

The Tigers (20-14) counter with Rick Porcello, who makes his first start since May 2 after having his turn skipped in the rotation.

Porcello (1-2, 7.52) had a disastrous start with a 13.09 ERA over his first three outings, but has allowed six runs and 10 hits over 13 1-3 innings in his last two outings - both Detroit victories.

The right-hander is 1-3 with a 6.62 ERA over his last seven starts against the Indians and hasn't beaten them since Sept. 6, 2011.

This time, he'll have to contend with a Cleveland team that went 5 for 15 with runners in scoring position on Saturday and has hit .341 in those situations over its last 14 games.

Carlos Santana is 11 for 26 with two homers and 11 RBIs in those spots and 9 for 24 with three homers lifetime against Porcello.

Asdrubal Cabrera, who went 3 for 5 with two RBIs on Saturday, is 13 for 34 in this matchup.

Detroit, which hopes to avoid its fourth loss in five games, has gotten big production from its middle infielders.

Shortstop Jhonny Peralta extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a home run on Saturday and is batting .444 over his last seven, while second baseman Omar Infante is 8 for 12 in his last three.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Indians at Tigers
Fri, May 10 Final 4 to 10
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Indians at Tigers
Sat, May 11 Final 7 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Indians at Tigers
Sun, May 12 Final 4 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  +130   -165   9 
 DET  -140   +145   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  +130   -170   9 
 DET  -140   +150   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CLE  58%   30%   61% 
 DET  42%   70%   39% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 7 Cover: +220 
 DET 6 Over: 13 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 4 Over: 14 
 DET 10 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, May 12
 
    Indians at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Red Sox
1:35 PM EDT
    Cubs at Nationals
1:35 PM EDT
    Padres at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Yankees at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Braves at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Dodgers
4:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Angels at White Sox
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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