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Guardians beat Twins for 7th straight time, 5-1 behind Bieber Joan Hodges, widow of Hall of Famer Gil, dies at 95

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CLEVELAND – Shane Bieber one run allowed in eight innings, Amed Rosario there were four hits and the AL Central leader Cleveland Guardians won for the seventh straight against the Minnesota Twins 5-1 in the opener on Saturday.

Jose Ramirez hit a solo homer on his 30th birthday and Owen Miller Cleveland had a double double (78-66) that won 10 of their last 12 games.

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The Guardians opened a 4 1/2 game lead over the second-place Chicago White Sox (74–71) and a six-game lead over the third-place Twins (72–72).

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“When Shane pitches, it’s just a different feeling because the pitch goes through and it’s really fun to watch,” Miller said. “With him on the hill, he is no worse than the others. I’m glad we were able to get some runs for him.”

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Bieber (11-8) won his third start in a row, allowing four hits and going none for the ninth time in 28 games. 2020 AL winner Sai Young repeated his streak of 10 consecutive quality starts.

“I have to praise the offense in general because when they put us in front, it makes things a lot easier for the service and defense staff,” Bieber said. “I ended up in cruise control in the middle of a pitch. All in all, it was a good start for a doubleheader.”

Matt Wallner of Minnesota scored eighth and went 1 for 3 with a walk in his big league debut in the presence of his parents and fiancée. The 24-year-old was selected 39th overall in the 2019 amateur draft and competed in the Futures Game this year.

“It was pretty cool to do it against Shane Bieber,” Wallner said, smiling. “It was a hitting field, so it was pretty fun.”

Cleveland is 12 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2019 season. The Guardians ended the season streak against the Twins by winning Friday’s first five-game streak.

Louis Warland (0-1), a 24-year-old right-hander, made his second major league appearance after making his September 7 debut. He gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings.

Reliever Aaron Sanchez one run in three innings is allowed for Minnesota, which is 5-10 in September.

“It was an honor for me to go against Bieber,” Warland said. “For Matt to get his first hit, a home run from him, that’s cool.”

Rosario had his fourth four-hit game of the season, including RBI singles in the third and sixth to help put the score 5–0 up. Miller hit a double-double in the fourth.

Ramirez homered first hit 421 feet to the right, his 28th home run and 112th RBI. The All-Star moved to 11th in franchise history with 191 homers.

“Ramirez is a great striker,” Warland said. “Lagging behind for him is not what you want.”

Right-hander Josh Winder (4-4, 3.83 ERA) was scheduled to start Game 2 for Minnesota, while left-hander Connor Pilkington (1-2, 4.30 ERA) was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start for Cleveland in his 10th th big match. staying in the league this year.

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Twins Max Kepler was placed on a 10-day IL course with a sprained right wrist, and Wallner was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul. Kepler, hitting .227 with nine homers and 43 RBIs, missed the previous four games.

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Gemini: SS Jorge Polanco (left knee inflammation) was ruled out of the first game of his rehab assignment with St. Paul after suffering soreness against Louisville on Friday. Polanco, who came out 1 of 2, is being tested in Minneapolis.

Guardians: RHP Zak Plesak (fractured right hand) had a bullpen practice at Progressive Field before the game, but no decision has yet been made on his next baseball activity. Pleshak has been on the Il since August 30.

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RHP Joe Ryan (11-8, 3.83) starts Sunday for Minnesota after throwing seven unsuccessful pitches against Kansas City on Tuesday and being sent off after 106 passes in a 6-3 win. Newbie RHP Cody Morris (0-1, 2.79) starts for Cleveland.

NEW YORK. Joan Hodges, widow of Hall of Famer and World Series winner New York Mets manager Gil Hodges, has died after a long illness.

The team said she died Saturday night, 10 days before her 96th birthday. The Mets paid tribute and a moment of silence before Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.

In July, Gil Hodges was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He hit 370 home runs in a major league career mostly with Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Dodgers before managing the 1969 Miracle Mets to win the franchise’s first title.

Gil Hodges died of a heart attack at the age of 47 in 1973.

“We are so grateful that Joan was able to see Gil inducted into the Hall of Fame in July,” Mets President Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “It meant so much to hear, and the whole Mets and Hodges family.”

Irene Hodges, daughter of Gil and Joan, spoke for her father at the inauguration ceremony in Cooperstown on July 24.

“Today I am especially happy for my mother,” said Irene. “When the bell rang from the Hall of Fame. I began to sob, probably as hard as when I lost my father. I was so happy for him and excited that my mom at 95 could hear the news.”

Joan lived in the Brooklyn house where she and Gil lived and raised their children. In addition to Irene, she is survived by the couple’s son, Gil Jr., and daughter, Cindy.



Source: mlb.nbcsports.com

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