Tigers 13, Indians 3

DETROIT -- Detroit Manager Sparky Anderson figures that he'll have a permanent place in the Tigers' record books.

'I don't think anybody will ever beat this record because they won't be fortunate enough to last as long in one place as I have,' Anderson said Sunday after he became the winningest manager in franchise history when Rob Deer drove in four runs with a homer and double to lead Detroit to a 13-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.


Mickey Tettleton and Cecil Fielder also homered for Detroit to give Anderson his 1,132nd victory since becoming manager of the Tigers in June, 1979. He had been tied with Hugh Jennings, who managed the club from 1907-20.

Anderson, who is in his 23rd season as a manager, is also the winningest manager in Cincinnati Reds history with 863 wins.

'I knew I'd get it eventually, but knowing you're going to get it and finally getting it are two different things,' said Anderson, who received an expensive watch from Tigers' owner Mike Ilitch after the game.

'For me it's really something to think I've been in two places and have the most wins at both of them. When you're the only one in more than 100 years of baseball to do it, it's a special thing,' Anderson said.


Anderson has a total of 1,995 victories and early next year should join Connie Mack, John McGraw, Bucky Harris, Joe McCarthy, Walter Alston and Leo Durocher as the only managers with 2,000 wins.

Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove appreciated Anderson'smilestone.

'He's been managing a long time and you can't manage that long without doing things right. He's a good manager and a good man,' Hargrove said.

Deer cleared the bases with a double in the first inning and hit a solo homer in the fifth. Tettleton hit a three-run homer in the third and Fielder had a two-run shot in the sixth.

Carlos Baerga had a single, double and homer for Cleveland.

Detroit starter Walt Terrell, 7-10, went seven innings and allowed eight hits and three runs, including two on Baerga's seventh-inning homer. He walked two and struck out four.

'I'm not going to start working on my breaking ball when I'm ahead 10-1,' Terrell said. 'I gave up a few runs, so what? You don't worry about your ERA, just the victories.'

Terrell also took the win in stride where Anderson was concerned.

'I'm happy he got it, but if I didn't get it today, somebody else would have won it later.'


Mark Leiter pitched the last two innings for the Tigers.

Indians' starter Jose Mesa, 7-12, gave up seven runs in two-plus innings. He allowed five hits and walked four.

'Those guys are a tough match for anyone when they play in this ballpark, especially those four in the middle of the lineup (Travis Fryman, Fielder, Tettleton and Deer),' Hargrove said. 'Those four have more homers than a lot of clubs do.'

Fryman, Fielder, Tettleton and Deer have combined for 117 homers, more than 16 major-league teams have hit this season.

Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the first. Felix Fermin singled with one out, took second on a single by Baerga, moved to third on a wild pitch by Terrell and scored on Albert Belle's groundout.

Detroit came back with three runs in the bottom of the first. Walks to Tony Phillips and Lou Whitaker started the inning. Travis Fryman bunted and was safe on the fielder's choice when Mesa's throw to second was late. The runners held when Fielder struck out and Tettleton flied to short right, but Deer cleared the bases with a double to the fence in left-center.

Detroit chased Mesa during a five-run third inning that boosted the Tigers' lead to 8-1. Fryman and Fielder started the outburst with singles and Tettleton hit a 2-2 pitch into the upper deck in right for his 31st homer. Deer walked and Denis Boucher replaced Mesa. Scott Livingstone doubled to left and the next two batters, Mark Carreon and Skeeter Barnes, followed with sacrifice flies.


Detroit made it 9-1 in the fourth. Whitaker led off with a single, went to third on Fryman's single and scored when Fielder bounced into a double play.

Deer led off the fifth with his 32nd homer to extend the Tigers' lead to 10-1. Fielder boosted the margin to 12-1 when he hit his 34th homer after a double by Whitaker in the sixth. Fielder leads the majors with 123 RBI.

Baerga hit a two-run homer in the seventh, his 20th, to make it 12-3. He now has 103 RBI, the most by an American League second baseman since Boston's Bobby Doerr drove in 120 in 1950.

Detroit got its final run in the seventh on a rare play involving an infield fly. The Tigers had the bases loaded with one out when Whitaker popped to shortstop Jose Hernandez. Hernandez dropped the ball, but it was ruled an out on the infield fly rule by umpire Dave Phillips. Livingstone scored from third on the error.

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