06/19/2012 - Cleveland, OH (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Asdrubal Cabrera hit his second career game- ending home run, a two-run shot off Aroldis Chapman in the 10th to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and put the Tribe in first place.
A day after the teams combined for 19 runs and 27 hits in a back-and-forth affair, neither team could muster more than a run off a pair of starters who came into the game with ERAs above five. In fact, more runs were scored in the single extra inning (three) than the other nine combined (two).
It was Cabrera's seventh homer of the season, giving the Indians their first consecutive wins since June 5-6 at Detroit. It made a winner of Nick Hagadone (1-0), despite the lefty's rocky appearance in the top of the 10th.
Willie Harris led off the top of the 10th for the Reds with a double off Joe Smith, but was thrown out at third on a subsequent bunt attempt. Harris would have been safe if he had attempted a normal slide, but tried to hook his foot around the bag, allowing Jack Hannahan a chance to tag him.
Chris Heisey followed with a broken-bat grounder toward Hannahan, who fielded the ball even though the sharp piece of wood slid between his legs. Hagadone was brought in to get out of the inning, but uncorked two wild pitches to allow Heisey to score the go-ahead run.
Chapman (4-3) came in to close the game for Cincinnati, but allowed a one-out single to Shin-Soo Choo, who went 2-for-2 against lefties this game after coming in just 13-for-74 against them this season.
It was only the fifth hit to a lefty Chapman had allowed all season in 42 at- bats.
Chapman kept tossing over to first during Cabrera's at-bat and went to a 3-1 count to Cabrera. The catcher, Ryan Hanigan, shouted at Chapman with some encouragement to simply fire the ball home, but his next pitch was sent clear over the right-field wall by Cabrera to give the Indians the victory.
Coupled with the White Sox's loss against the crosstown Cubs, Cleveland moved back into first place for the first time since May 28.
Joey Votto had a pair of hits for the Reds, who will look to avoid being swept for the first time this season. It was the sixth straight loss for Cincinnati in Cleveland, dating to 2010.
Heisey's RBI single in the first scored Zack Cozart, who had three hits out of the leadoff spot. Casey Kotchman came back with an RBI base hit in the fourth to tie the game.
Cincinnati had the best chance to win down the stretch, loading the bases in the seventh with two outs against starter Josh Tomlin. Esmil Rogers came in and struck out Devin Mesoraco to end the threat.
The Reds put runners on the corners in the eighth after a Hannahan error, but Vinnie Pestano retired Jay Bruce on a flyout.
Brandon Phillips grounded into his NL-leading 11th double play in the first inning...Choo had three hits batting leadoff, while Cabrera had two...Mike Leake and Tomlin opposed each other for the second time in a week. Leake lasted seven innings and gave up a run on six hits with four strikeouts, and Tomlin allowed one run on six hits in 6 2/3 frames...Cabrera's other game- ending home run came on August 28, 2010, against Kansas City...Chapman yielded only his second home run of the season and the fourth of his three-year career. Both home runs given up this year have been to Cleveland.
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Will he or won't he? Now that the Dallas Cowboys have a new head coach in Wade Phillips, the big question will be: Does Terrell Owens stay with the team.
Jerry Jones continues to suggest that Terrell Owens will remain with the team.
"I've said that he's back, he's here, he's under contract," Jones said. "In the interviews I've just been through (to hire a new coach), it was very clear to me how highly he's thought of and how much of an impact he had on our offensive success."
Just to be sure though, Terrell Owens cleared out his locker and removed his name plate.
Terrell Owens was among the Cowboys most productive players this past season, catching 85 passes for 1,180 yards and a league-best 13 touchdowns.
But T.O. is due a $3 million roster bonus in June, then a $5 million salary this season. Cutting him before then would save a lot of money and headaches.
Aside from the questions surrounding Terrell Owens, the oddsmakers at MySportsbook.com have concerns over starting quarterback Tony Romo's state of mind and whether he will remain a starting quarterback. It is also not known how players will adjust to new head coach, Wade Phillips.
Here are the football odds as seen at MySportsbook.com and subject to change after February 10, 2007 if not locked in prior to that date.
Arizona Cardinals 60-1
Atlanta Falcons 50-1
Baltimore Ravens 15-1
Buffalo Bills 50-1
Carolina Panthers 18-1
Chicago Bears 10-1
Cincinnati Bengals 15-1
Cleveland Browns 100-1
Dallas Cowboys 15-1
Denver Broncos 15-1
Detroit Lions 100-1
Green Bay Packers 50-1
Houston Texans 100-1
Indianapolis Colts 6-1
Jacksonville Jaguars 30-1
Kansas City Chiefs 30-1
Miami Dolphins 40-1
Minnesota Vikings 75-1
New England Patriots 10-1
New Orleans Saints 18-1
New York Giants 20-1
New York Jets 30-1
Oakland Raiders 100-1
Philadelphia Eagles 18-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 10-1
Saint Louis Rams 60-1
San Diego Chargers 6-1
San Francisco 49ers 75-1
Seattle Seahawks 20-1
Tampa Bay Buccanneers 75-1
Tennessee Titans 40-1
Washington Redskins 50-1