Kluber strikes out 13, pitches Indians over Tigers 2-0

Published 8:03 am Tuesday, April 10, 2018

CLEVELAND (AP) — The reigning AL Cy Young winner looked every bit an ace.

Corey Kluber struck out 13, pitching two-hit ball for eight innings and leading the Cleveland Indians past the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in snow flurries Monday night.

The temperature at first pitch was 33 degrees, one above Progressive Field’s record low set Sunday. There were flurries before the game and again in the seventh inning, resulted in a crowd of 9,843.

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Kluber (1-1) gave up singles to Victor Martinez in the second and Nicholas Castellanos in the fourth. The right-hander walked one and threw 103 pitches in recording the 40th double-figure strikeout game of his career.

“We’ve all seen that when he gets on a roll, he can maintain it for, sometimes, shoot … as long as you can play,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “And that’s a really good feeling.”

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire hadn’t seen Kluber from the opposing dugout since 2014 while he was with Minnesota when the right-hander won his first Cy Young Award.