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Tigers Blow Away Phillies, Former Giant Leads Cubs Past San Francisco, Royals Blank White Sox, White Caps Lose

Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera, who smacked a home run and drove in two runs, as Detroit defeated the White Sox 7-4 on Friday, August 31, 2012.
Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera, who smacked a home run and drove in two runs, as Detroit defeated the White Sox 7-4 on Friday, August 31, 2012.

UNDATED (WHTC) -- Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three RBI as the Tigers pummeled the Phillies 10-0 at Comerica Park.  It was Cabrera's first game since sitting four straight games with a sore hip flexor.  Matt Tuiasosopo popped a three-run homer and Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with two RBI for Detroit, which has won six out of seven.  Max Scherzer gave up one hit with seven strikeouts over six innings to move to 15-and-1 on the year.  The Tigers take on the Phillies again this afternoon.  Coverage on 1450 WHTC gets started at 12:40 p.m.

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Former Giant Nate Schierholtz [SHEER-holts] hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning and the Cubs held on for a 1-0 win over the Giants at AT&T Park.  Closer Kevin Gregg loaded the bases with one out, but got pinch-hitter Tony Abreu to hit into a double play to end the game.  The Cubs had only five hits for the game, but their last one was the big one off closer Sergio Romo, who also blew Friday night's save to take back-to-back losses.  Chicago reliever Pedro Strop got the win with a scoreless eighth inning.  The Cubs play San Francisco this afternoon.

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The Royals clipped the White Sox 1-0 at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday.  Chris Sale struck out seven and allowed one run in a complete game but fell to 6-and-10 for Chicago.  Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios each had two hits for the Pale Hose, who have lost five out of six.  The White Sox host Kansas City again this afternoon.

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The West Michigan Whitecaps left a dozen men on base on Saturday night, stranding the potential game-tying run at third when the final out was recorded in a 4-3 loss to the South Bend Silver Hawks at Coveleski Stadium.  West Michigan drew a season-high 11 walks but managed just four hits, going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. The victory went to South Bend right-hander Kyle Schepel, who is a Grand Rapids native.  The Whitecaps continue a three-game road series against the South Bend Silver Hawks at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Coveleski Stadium.

Story by:  Diane E Coston

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