Indians win streak touches 19 — and counting

Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians hits a three RBI triple during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio. (AFP)
Updated 13 September 2017
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Indians win streak touches 19 — and counting

CLEVELAND: Unrelenting and unbeatable at the moment, the Cleveland Indians refuse to lose. With their latest overpowering win, they extended baseball’s longest winning streak since 2002 to 19 games with an 11-0 blowout of the visiting Detroit Tigers on Monday night to move closer to a record that has stood for 101 years.
Cleveland joined the 1906 Chicago White Sox (19), the 1947 New York Yankees (19), the 2002 Oakland A’s (20), the 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and the 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams to reel off 19 consecutive wins. The Giants’ record run is in the books as the major-league mark although it did include a tie, which does not count as an official game in baseball, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Francisco Lindor tripled in three runs in the second inning for the Indians, who have not lost since Aug. 23. The reigning American League champions are blasting foes, outscoring them 132-32 during a stretch that includes six shutouts.
“I don’t want to say I’m surprised,” Lindor said. “We haven’t really paid attention to it. We’re just enjoying the ride.”
Carlos Carrasco struck out nine in six innings, Lindor had four RBIs and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer.
Pirates 7 Brewers 0: Steven Brault and four relievers combined on a three-hitter to lift visiting Pittsburgh to a victory. Milwaukee dropped to third in the Central, 2½ games behind first-place Chicago and a half-game behind the Cardinals. Those teams were idle Monday. Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer homered for Pittsburgh, which staggered into the game with a five-game losing streak.
Rockies 5 D’backs 4: Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Jake Barrett, and Colorado held on to win at Arizona. The Rockies, coming off a sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles and winning a fifth straight game, lead the Cardinals by 3½ games for the second wild-card spot in the NL.
Yankees 5 Rays 1: In the start of a series moved from Florida to Citi Field in New York because of Hurricane Irma, Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in a five-run fourth inning that led the “visitors” over Tampa Bay. The Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury broke Pete Rose’s big-league record by reaching base on catcher’s interference for the 30th time. Ellsbury nicked Wilson Ramos’ mitt on a slow curve from Jake Odorizzi.
Rangers 5 Mariners 3: Delino DeShields homered to help host Texas win the opener of a four-game series matching teams still hoping to get a wild-card slot.


LIVE: Mohamed Salah in the side as Egypt face Russia

Updated 1 min 47 sec ago
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LIVE: Mohamed Salah in the side as Egypt face Russia

9.12PM: Mohamed Salah still yet to come into the game, but Egypt looking much brighter than in the first minutes...

9.05PM: Russia commanding the early stages and looking likely to score...our man Salah yet to make a considerable impact...

8.55PM: The anthems have been sung - a rousing rendition from the Russians - and we're ready to get this game under way...

8.50PM: And here he is — Salah is out warming up and looking ok, well at least from out vantage he is...

 

8.40PM: At the risk of stating the obvious, all eyes will be on Salah tonight. In Saint Petersburg, the city of Russian royalty, can he live up to the mantle of Egyptian King? There's little doubting Cuper's side need him to be at or near his best, can his shoulder take the strain, both literally and metaphorically? 

For Russia the lineup is as expected, Cheryshev starts having come of the bench against Saudi Arabia and scored a brilliant brace. 

 

8.30PM: Both lineups are out here they are...

RUSSIA Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov,  Zobnin, Gazinsky, Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev, Dzyuba. Subs:  Lunev, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Dzagoev, Smolov, Kudryashov, Granat,  Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Erokhin, Smolnikov, Gabulov.

EGYPT El Shenawy, Fathi, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed,  Elneny, Salah, Said, Trezeguet, Mohsen. Subs: El Hadary,  Elmohamady, Gaber, Morsy, Kahraba, Ashraf, Sobhi, Hamdy,  Shikabala, Samir, Warda, Ekramy. 

 

8.20PM: There is little doubt the return of Salah will give the Pharaohs a big boost, just a quick glance at his stats during his record-breaking season at Liverpool will tell you why.. 

 

 

8PM — BIG NEWS: Egypt go into the crunch clash against Russia knowing defeat will all but end their hopes of making it to the second round, but also buoyed by the return of their talisman, Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian ace has been named, as expected, in Hector Cuper’s starting XI to face the hosts in Saint Petersburg having missed the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on Friday.
It may be expecting too much to expect the 26-year-old to provide the spark so missing from Egypt’s loss to the South Americans — there is still some confusion over just how well his shoulder has recovered since injuring it in the Champions League final — but there is little doubt that for all the side’s calm and poise in possession they lacked a cutting edge and Cuper is doubtless hoping Salah can provide it this evening.
The hosts come into the match relaxed and, thanks to the Salah show, not the center of attention. Their 5-0 opening-day win over Saudi Arabia has both removed doubts about the side’s ability and set them up well for a stab at making the knockout stages.
Can Salah upset their home party? The next few hours will tell.