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CHICAGO -- Danny Salazar and Ryan Raburn helped the Cleveland Indians keep pace in the American League wild-card playoff race. Sean Couturier Flyers Jersey Authentic . The Cleveland bullpen also played a role, too. Salazar struck out nine in 3 2-3 innings, Raburn hit an RBI double in the fifth, and the Indians earned a 3-1 win Friday over the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland defeated Chicago for the 10th consecutive time this season and leads the season series 13-2. The Indians have outscored Chicago 91-49 with four games left between the teams. Salazar is the first Indians starting pitcher since 1916 to strike out at least nine batters in less than four innings. After allowing Dayan Viciedos single with two outs in the fourth on his 78th pitch, he was replaced by Nick Hagadone with runners on first and third. His pitch count was 85 entering the game. "Today I felt good," Salazar said. "Too many pitches." The bullpen, however, made up for that. Hagadone, the first of seven relievers, got pinch-hitter Josh Phegley to ground out and end the fourth. It culminated with Chris Perez earning his 24th save in 28 chances, getting Paul Konerko to fly to centre with runners on first and second to end the game. Jordan Danks also flew out to the wall in deep centre to start the ninth, forcing Michael Bourn to make a leaping catch on the warning track. Combined, the seven Cleveland relievers pitched 5 1-3 innings and only one unearned run. Bryan Shaw (4-3) threw two innings for the win. "Its been good to be able to match up like we have," said Matt Albers, who threw a scoreless third of an inning. "Weve got quite a few left-handed power arms and weve got some righties who can get some guys up. We can probably just match up from the seventh inning on." Raburn went 1 for 3 before getting removed for a pinch-runner in the fifth, one day after playing for the third time since Aug. 18 because of a left heel injury. Raburn has 17 homers and 67 RBIs against the White Sox in 90 games, and his double in the fifth gave the Indians a 2-0 lead. It wasnt quite like Thursday when he went 3 for 3 with a homer and five RBIs, but it was enough for Cleveland. "Just trying to have good at-bats," Raburn said. "Thats all Im doing." The White Sox arent really doing that, and it prevented them from overcoming a short outing by their starter. Hector Santiago (4-9) remained winless since Aug. 18 for Chicago, going four innings and giving up three runs and six hits while walking three. Santiagos outing was his second shortest since pitching 2 1-3 against the Indians on June 28, when he gave up five earned runs. Unlike White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who said Santiagos wildness might have been caused by fatigue, Santiago was adamant that wasnt the case. "I dont think it had anything to do with tiredness," said Santiago, whos thrown 142 2-3 innings. "The velocitys still there. They battled. I feel like I made good pitches." Santiago and the Chicago pitchers also got little support from the struggling White Sox lineup. Chicago was held to three runs or fewer for the 74th time and has scored five runs in its past four games, all losses. The White Sox have dropped 13 of 15 and fell a season-high 31 games below .500. Chicagos best threat came in the seventh trailing 3-1 when Danks and Marcus Semien singled to start the inning against Cody Allen. Alexei Ramirez then lined out to short, and Allen was replaced by Marc Rzepczynski, who struck out Dunn for the second out of the inning. Albers relieved Rzepczynski and got Konerko to ground to third. Chicago left 13 on base and was 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position. "We did (have opportunities). Even in the last inning, guys still get on base to try and get something going. We had a couple of balls hit hard," Ventura said. "Paulie hit his well and Jordan the same thing. We just couldnt cash that one hit in when we needed it." The Indians did. "Today we didnt have a ton of runs, but we made their starter throw a lot of pitches and we got him out of the game and sometimes thats the way you win," Indians manager Terry Francona said. NOTES: Cleveland RHP Justin Masterson played catch from 75 feet on Friday, one day after throwing from 60. Masterson hasnt pitched since Sept. 2 when he left his start against Baltimore with a strained left oblique. ... Cleveland is carrying 15 relief pitchers, and Francona was asked if its hard to restrain himself from immediately going to the bullpen when a starter first falters. "I think, when you dont give your starter a chance, as long as their stuff looks OK, I think youre asking for trouble," Francona said. ... Dunn went 0 for 4 and dropped to 3 for 34 over his past 10 games. . Saturdays pitching matchup is Clevelands Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.62) against Chicagos Andre Rienzo (2-1, 4.50). Michael Raffl Flyers Jersey . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points.  Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two. Michael Del Zotto Flyers Jersey . "Were just throwing s--- at the wall hoping something sticks," said Tortorella about the possible line combinations for Fridays game against Columbus. The Canucks have lost five straight games and six of their last seven, leaving them in a logjam in the Pacific Division, currently sitting fifth - good for ninth in the Western Conference. . It is a clich√© dragged out by fans and pundits regularly when discussions take place around which teams are better than others.MacARTHUR: BLUE JAYS AND ORIOLES A RIVALRY RENEWED? TORONTO - Fans old enough to possess a keen sense of Blue Jays history must have smiled upon seeing Jose Bautista jaw at Orioles reliever Darren ODay on Saturday. There was the thrill of the moment, absolutely, as Bautista had snapped a 2-2 tie with his full count, two out, two-run home run in the eighth inning, propelling Toronto to a 4-2 win over Baltimore and a 10th-consecutive victory. ODay received his comeuppance for his behaviour on Friday night when, after striking out Bautista to end a sixth inning rally, he turned toward the outfielder and began screaming what were assumed to be unpleasantries. After Saturdays game, Bautista wasnt eager to play the accelerant to ODays pack of matches. "I told him just to keep talking like he was (Friday,") said Bautista of his message as he trotted down the third base line. "He kind of ran his mouth a little bit after he struck me out. I dont know where that came from but I didnt appreciate it and I let him know that yesterday and thats a little reminder today that I didnt appreciate it." As for personal history between the two, through an Orioles media relations official ODay wouldnt comment. Bautista pleaded ignorance. "Not that I know of," said Bautista. "Thats why I was caught off guard. I dont have a problem when pitchers celebrate getting a big out in a big inning but when youre staring at me yelling stuff and I cant really hear what youre saying, it upset me a little bit." Could this little back and forth between a Blue Jays star player and a usually dominant Orioles reliever be the first sign of a rivalry renewed? Maybe. After all, in order for a rivalry to exist both teams must expect success. Such a scenario is made possible by Torontos recent winning stretch. For the reader too young to remember the good old days and for the reader eager to take a trip down memory lane, a history lesson: 1989: The Blue Jays got off to a dreadful 12-24 start and replaced manager Jimy Williams with Cito Gaston. Meantime the Orioles, under manager Frank Robinson, were in a period of renewal after some dreadful seasons that followed their 1983 world championship. Baltimore either was tied for the lead or held sole possession of the lead in the American League East every day from May 23 to August 31. Thanks to winning summmer months, including a 20-victory August, Toronto steadily climbed back into the race. Wayne Simmonds Flyers Jersey Authentic. Baltimore had remained relatively consistent, save for an 11-16 July. By the time the Orioles came to the SkyDome for a season-ending three-game series, the Jays had a one-game lead. Toronto won 2-1 on the Friday night to clinch a play-in tie for the division and then, thanks to a three-run eighth, won Saturdays game 4-3 to punch a ticket to the playoffs. That game is remembered for Tom Henkes game-ending strikeout of Baltimores Larry Sheets, which he followed with a celebratory fist pump shown on Jays highlight reels to this day. 1993: In its second season of existence, Oriole Park at Camden Yards played host to the All-Star Game. Gaston, having managed the Jays to the 1992 World Series championship, skipped the American League squad. Baltimore had a young right-hander by the name of Mike Mussina. Mussina, just 24 and in his second full season in the big leagues, was named to the AL pitching staff. Gaston hadnt planned to use him unless the game went to extra innings. In the ninth, with the AL cruising to a 9-3 victory, Mussina began to warm up in the bullpen. The hometown crowd assumed hed be brought in to pitch. It didnt happen. Gaston was vilified in Baltimore and heard jeers at Camden Yards for the remainder of his days as Jays manager. 1996: Prior to the season, Pat Gillick, the only general manager the Blue Jays had known through to the end of 1994 and the man who had built the back-to-back world championship teams, was hired to the same post by the Orioles. Not long after taking the job, Gillick signed Roberto Alomar away from Toronto and the Orioles would make the playoffs in both the 1996 and 1997 seasons. 2013: The rivalry dissipated in the late 1990s and through the 2000s. The Blue Jays and Orioles had become afterthoughts in a division dominated by the Yankees and Red Sox and later the Rays. Last year, the Orioles made the playoffs and had a winning record for the first time since 1997. No recounting of the Blue Jays offseason moves and sluggish start is needed. But the clubs current surge has it a game above .500 for the first time this season. The atmosphere in Rogers Centre this weekend lends to the big game feel. Both teams expect to win. Mix in a little bad blood and youve got the recipe for a rivalry renewed. Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '

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