Rested Sizemore benefits Indians

From the Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Grady Sizemore doesn’t mind filling in as Cleveland’s designated hitter every now and then. He just can’t figure out what to do when he’s not at the plate.

“I do more running in the clubhouse than I do on the field,” he said.

Sizemore got to trot around the bases after hitting a three-run homer off Justin Verlander and drove in four runs, helping Fausto Carmona win for the first time since May 12 as the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-4, on Thursday.

After playing all 13 innings in Cleveland’s 14-12 loss Wednesday, Sizemore, the Indians’ All-Star center fielder and leadoff hitter, served as the club’s DH for the fourth time this season. The lightened workload was welcomed by Sizemore, who estimated that he got only four hours sleep after the extra-inning marathon.


“I’m getting used to it,” Sizemore said of the DH role.

Sizemore hit his 27th homer in the fifth inning and Sal Fasano drove in two runs as the Indians split the four-game series with the Tigers.