Cleveland (61-76) at Detroit (34-101)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Mon Sep 1, 2003
  • TV: FSOH, WKBD
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Rookie Jason Stanford will get another shot at his first career win when the Cleveland Indians open a four-game series with the major league-worst Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Stanford, who went winless in eight appearances, including three starts, during his first stint in the majors from July 6-Aug. 9, will officially join the Indians’ expanded 40-man roster Monday.

The 26-year-old left-hander posted an impressive 10-4 mark with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Buffalo this season, earning an invite to the Triple-A All-Star game.

During his month-long tenure with the Indians, Stanford showed strong signs that he could stick in the majors. He yielded five runs and 16 hits over 15 1-3 innings in his three starts, but did not receive a decision in any of those outings.

In his last start prior to his demotion, Stanford yielded two runs and seven hits over 4 1-3 innings in the Indians’ 3-2 victory over Anaheim on Aug. 9.

He will rejoin a team that has gone 12-8 since his last outing, including Sunday’s 5-4 come-from-behind win over Toronto.

Detroit suffered its 101st loss of the season Sunday, a 6-1 setback to the Chicago White Sox.

The Tigers, who could break the 1962 New York Mets’ modern day mark for futility by losing 120 games, need to win 19 of their final 27 games to avoid the first 110-loss season in franchise history.

STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 12 GB, AL Central. Tigers - 5th place, 38 GB, AL Central.

INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Stanford (0-1, 3.48 ERA). Stanford pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief against Detroit on July 24, allowing one run and two hits.

TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Chris Mears (0-1, 4.24 ERA). Mears, who made 19 relief appearances for Detroit from June 29-Aug. 17, will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to make his first major league start. The rookie right-hander allowed three runs and two hits in one-third of an inning in his last appearance, Detroit’s 11-6 loss at Anaheim on Aug. 17.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Milton Bradley, .321 avg. and 17 SBs.; Jody Gerut, 18 HRs and 64 RBIs; Casey Blake, 68 runs. Tigers - Dmitri Young, .296 avg., 27 HRs, 71 RBIs and 67 runs; Alex Sanchez, 32 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Indians, 11-4.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - Cleveland has played the most extra-inning games in the American League this year, winning seven of 17. … SS Omar Vizquel was a late scratch from the lineup Sunday because of soreness in his right knee. … The Indians’ 11 wins against Detroit are their most against any opponent this season. Tigers - RHP Shane Loux was scheduled to start Monday, but was pulled due to a strained rotator cuff. He may return to the rotation by the end of next week. … Detroit had 41 homers in August, its most in one month since June 2000, when it hit 44. … The Tigers have at least one extra-base hit in 70 of their last 72 games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 26-40 on the road; Tigers - 16-50 at home.

INJURIES: Indians - C Victor Martinez (ankle), 15-day DL; SS-3B John McDonald (back), 15-day DL; CF Bradley (back), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Boyd (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; SS-3B Ricky Gutierrez (back), 60-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL. Tigers - C A.J. Hinch (groin), 15-day DL; INF Eric Munson (thumb), 15-day DL; 3B Dean Palmer (shoulder and neck), 60-day DL.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Stanford ChC vs. C. Mears StL
1-3 Record 1-3
3.60 ERA 5.44
30 K 21
16 BB 11
1.28 WHIP 1.48