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Tribe stays on even keel for Tigers; Hill finds the straight and narrow

By Sheldon Ocker Published: August 5, 2013

 CLEVELAND: Manager Terry Francona doesn’t expect his players to be kicking their lockers or biting through their gloves in anticipation of playing the Tigers.

“”I hope that every game is a big deal,’’ he said this afternoon. “”That’s why we work so hard to have an atmosphere where you do the right thing.

“”There is no off-on switch. You can’t get all revved up and then run through the line. Sometimes the situation calls for a changeup. But some series are more fun and get more attention.’’

 Lefty reliever Rich Hill has had his moments, good and bad, this year.

Lately, Hill seems to have found the command he needs to go with his stuff.

“”Earlier he had a hard time throwing strikes,’’ Francona said. “”Then he got his arm slot right but was giving up hits. Lately he’s been working ahead and been giving guys fits, especially left-handers.’’

In his past five appearances, Hill has not given up a run and yielded only one hit and one walk, while striking out five in three innings.


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