Guardians beat Tigers 3-2 after Detroit fires GM Al Avila

DETROIT (AP) — Steven Kwan tripled and scored to help the Cleveland Cavaliers get off to a good start and beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Hours before first pitch, the Tigers fired general manager Al Avila to end his seven-year tenure without a postseason appearance.

Cleveland began the day tied with Minnesota for first place in the AL Central. The Guardians lead the bottom-placed Tigers by 16 games in the division.

Aaron Civale started for Cleveland after spending 15 days on the disabled list with wrist inflammation and retired the first nine batters. Siwale gave up two runs and three hits on four hits in four innings.

James Karinchak and five other players — including Brian Shaw (5-2) — combined for five scoreless innings. Emmanuel Klasse gave up a one-hitter in the ninth for his 26th save.

Karinchak struck out Javier Baez with a two-hitter in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded, Korinchak struck out Eric Haase and Kerry Carpenter — in his major league debut — and sparked a raucous, unified celebration as the player walked to the dugout.

Kwan scored in the first inning on a single by Jose Ramirez. Will Benson had an RBI single — his first major league hit — and Miles Straw’s hit gave the Guardians a 3-0 lead in the second.

Drew Hutchison (1-6) allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings.

The offensively challenged Tigers scored their only two runs in the fifth on a single by Harold Castro and a double by Haase.

Training room

Tigers: RHP Beau Brieske (right forearm soreness) was scheduled to start Thursday’s series finale and was placed on the 60-day injured list after the setback. “We decided to be very conservative and smart with Bo,” manager AJ Hinch said. … OF Austin Meadows made a rehab start from the injury with Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.

INFLAMMATION

Peyton Battenfield will be promoted from Triple-A Columbus as Korinchak’s replacement in Toronto, and the right-hander could make his major league debut against the Blue Jays.

Karinchak will not join his teammates after Thursday’s game for the cross-border trip because he has not met the Canadian government’s mandate for a vaccine against COVID-19. The reliever has not given up a run over the last 13 2/3 innings and 12 appearances.

MAKE MOVES

Guardians: RHP Jake Jewell was optioned to Triple-A Columbus to make room for Siwale on the roster.

Tigers: The Tigers optioned OF Daz Cameron to Triple-A Toledo.

FURTHER

Cleveland RHP Garrett Hill (2-3, 5.12) and Detroit RHP Zach Plesak (2-10, 4.49) are slated to start the series finale on Thursday afternoon.

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