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Indians 10, Tigers 2

By Times Staff
Published April 18, 2006


DETROIT - Cleveland beat the Tigers so badly, manager Jim Leyland was compelled to unleash a booming, expletive-filled tirade that could be heard outside the clubhouse.

Detroit's Chris Shelton hit his league-leading ninth homer, but it wasn't enough to overcome Paul Byrd's seven solid innings or the Indians' six-run third.

"We stunk," Leyland said while speaking to reporters for less than a minute, a terse session that ended with him abruptly storming out of his office. "The whole ball of wax was lackluster.

"It's been going on here before."

In Leyland's first year in the dugout after seven away, he is trying to turn around a franchise without a winning record since 1993 or a postseason appearance in 19 years.

"He wants our expectations to be greater than maybe they've been," Nate Robertson said after giving up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits over 21/3 innings.

NOTABLE: Shelton is one of five players to hit nine homers through 13 games. Mike Schmidt had 11 in 1976, and Larry Walker (1997), Luis Gonzalez (2001) and Albert Pujols (this season) all hit nine.