Tigers hold on for 7-5 win over Indians
DETROIT (AP) - Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Justin Verlander (2-1) allowed three unearned runs in five innings, and the Tigers trailed 3-1 before Kinsler's three-run homer in the fifth off Danny Salazar (0-2).
Detroit never gave up the lead after scoring four runs in the fifth, although Cleveland's Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 6-5.
Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in four chances.
There were four unearned runs in a sloppy game that included five errors, three by the Tigers.
Cleveland's Jason Kipnis ejected at Detroit
DETROIT (AP) - Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis was ejected from Thursday's game against the Detroit Tigers after striking out in the third inning.
Kipnis struck out swinging with the bases loaded for the third out, then appeared to say something to plate umpire Lance Barrett, who immediately threw him out of the game.
Kipnis also hit into a double play in the first inning. He's batting .212 this season.
Mike Aviles replaced Kipnis at second base in the bottom of the third.
Reds break from slump, start getting players back
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds are starting to come around following their worst start in two decades.
Closer Aroldis Chapman is throwing off the mound again. Jonathan Broxton is back to pitching the ninth inning. An offense that was among the most wasteful in the majors for two weeks is starting to knock them out of the park at an impressive rate.
The Reds won their first series of the season and took back-to-back games for the first time with a 4-0 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Johnny Cueto pitched a three-hitter for his third career shutout.
Cincinnati opened the season with eight players on the disabled list, the most in the majors. They're getting players back and getting big contributions from them.
Entertainment venue planned for old Akron stadium
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Developers who recently bought the University of Akron's old football stadium have dropped a plan to pursue a pro football team for the facility and are pitching a multiuse entertainment venue instead.
The proposal by Team 1 Marketing Group also includes adding a dome to the stadium known as the Rubber Bowl.
Team 1's Sean Mason tells the Akron Beacon Journal the goal is a spring 2015 opening for concerts and sporting events such as boxing, mixed martial arts and wrestling.
Brad Beckert, the city of Akron's development engineering manager, called that timetable ambitious if a dome is built.
Complicating the proposal is the possibility that Federal Aviation Administration approval might be needed for the dome because the Rubber Bowl is near the Akron airport.
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