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Tigers beat Tribe in 12


Detroit's Rick Porcello threw eight strong innings against the Indians, striking out three and giving up four hits and one run. Despite his performance, he got a no decision as Detroit won the game in extra innings.

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CLEVELAND - Ryan Raburn singled in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning and finished with three hits, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians Saturday night.

Jose Veras (4-2) walked Placido Polanco and Clete Thomas to open the 12th before striking out Miguel Cabrera and getting Carlos Guillen to foul out to third. Raburn, who came in batting .167 in his last 13 games, lined a 1-1 pitch to right, scoring Polanco. Veras then balked home Thomas to make it 4-2.

Bobby Seay (2-2) worked a scoreless 11th for the win and Zach Miner gave up a run in the 12th before finishing for his first career save.

BALTIMORE - Victor Martinez was unpacking items from a Cleveland Indians duffel bag as a clubhouse attendant in the Boston clubhouse wrote the No. 41 on a warmup uniform and dropped it in front of the locker.

Just before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline, Martinez was traded from the last-place Indians to the contending Red Sox for pitchers Justin Masterson, Bryan Price and Nick Hagadone. A day later, the slugger looked around and smiled about the prospect of beginning a new chapter in his career.

"I'm pretty excited. Until today, I never thought that I would play for a team like this," Martinez said. "This is a new team, a new organization. I'm not going to try to do too much; I'm just going to play my game and see what happens."

Boston manager Terry Francona gave Martinez a chance to have an immediate impact, inserting him at first base and batting him third last night against Baltimore.

Any sadness Martinez felt about leaving Cleveland seemingly vanished when he noticed how many fine players surrounded him in the Red Sox clubhouse.

"God does things for a reason. He dragged me here and I'm really proud, I'm really honored to wear the Boston [uniform]," Martinez said. "This is a pretty tough team to beat, and a good thing for me I'm on this side now. It makes it a lot easier."

As he spoke, Martinez had to cope with the music blaring from atop his locker. The speakers were placed there by David Ortiz, whose cubicle was next to Martinez's. Showing consideration for his new teammate, Big Papi turned down the music when he realized an interview was being conducted.

"I've always played against him and David has always been great to me, even on opposite teams," Martinez said. "Now we're on the same team and I'm very excited about that. I know it's going to be fun."

Martinez wasn't the only newcomer in the Boston clubhouse. Casey Kotchman, obtained in a trade with Atlanta for Adam LaRoche and cash, was delighted with his new surroundings.

"I'm happy to be here as a part of this storied franchise, excited to put on this uniform and be with this group of guys and have a good chance to win," he said. "The objective is the same each and every day. Whether you play or not, or play well or not, you try to do the best you can."

Kotchman was not in the starting lineup against the Orioles, but Francona expects to use him quite often down the stretch.

Sandy Alomar Jr. was inducted into the Cleveland Indians' Hall of Fame yesterday, giving Tribe fans jolted by a series of trades a reminder of the franchise's success in the 1990s.

Alomar, the catcher and leader of Cleveland's five consecutive AL Central championship teams in the 90s, was honored along with three posthumous inductees - owners Bill Veeck and Dick Jacobs, and right-hander Wes Ferrell, the only pitcher to win 20 or more games in each of his first four big league seasons.

"It's a great honor," said Alomar, who received a standing ovation throughout ceremonies prior to Cleveland's game against the Detroit Tigers. "I got a little choked up, a little emotional."

The Indians traded first baseman Ryan Garko, reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee and three-time all-star catcher Victor Martinez to contenders this week, signaling a rebuilding effort.

Alomar said he was hoping to see Martinez, who was dealt to the Red Sox on Friday, while he was in Cleveland.

"He was the face of the team and trading away a player like that is a very, very difficult decision," Alomar said. "I was looking forward to seeing him and he's gone."

Jacobs, who passed away in June, purchased the franchise in 1986. Under his leadership, the Indians twice reached the World Series.

Veeck, who bought the club in 1946, signed baseball Hall of Famers Larry Doby and Satchel Paige, the first black players in AL history.

Ferrell won 91 games for Cleveland between 1929 and 1932 and was selected for the first All-Star game in 1933.

PEAVY/WHITE SOX: At Chicago, Jake Peavy woke up from a nap and had about 40 minutes to make a decision on his future. The clock was ticking toward the end of Friday's non-waiver trade deadline and the Chicago White Sox - the team he'd turned down back in May - were beckoning again.

This time, Peavy said yes. He would leave the only team he'd ever pitched for, the San Diego Padres, and try to help the White Sox reclaim the AL Central championship.

"I just didn't think the timing was right in May. ... We certainly left the door open," Peavy said yesterday after pulling on a No. 44 White Sox jersey in a photo op with general manager Ken Williams, who was persistent in his pursuit of the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner.

Family was a big consideration when the White Sox first came calling, and still is for Peavy.

"At the time, I thought San Diego was the place to be for me. We were right in the thick of things, had won five or six in a row, eventually ran off 10 in a row," Peavy said at a news conference. "Injuries struck our team pretty hard. We obviously are in a different place right now than we were there then."

Chicago was 1 1/2 games out of first in the AL Central entering play yesterdayand Peavy probably won't be able to help his new team for another month as he recovers from a tendon injury in his right ankle that has kept him on the disabled list since June 13. The right-hander got hurt running the bases.

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