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Reds stay at the top, Indians stay at the bottom: MLB Week in Review

Another week for the Indians pushed the team further into last place in the American League Central, going 2-4 in six games against the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees.

The scary moment of the week came in Saturday’s 13-11 win when pitcher David Huff took a line drive to the head from Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Huff said that he was in good condition Sunday.

However, the same cannot be said for Grady Sizemore, who will have surgery on his left knee and will miss six-to-eight weeks, the team announced before Sunday’s 7-3 loss to New York.

The Indians are last in the Central Division with an 18-30 record.

Stud: Chris Perez. Perez has been the Indians’ best reliever this season, and this week he pitched three innings and gave up only one run on two hits, striking out three hitters.

Dud: Justin Masterson. The former Red Sox pitcher still does not have a win in 2010, and in his last two starts he gave up eight runs and 16 hits in only 10.2 innings.

Up Next: After Monday’s game in New York, Cleveland has two more three-game series at division rivals Detroit and Chicago.

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The Reds have concluded another solid week, and sit atop the National League’s Central Division.

Aaron Harang gave up four runs in 6.1 innings, and even scored from first on an Orlando Cabrera double as the Reds won the first game of a four-game series against the Pirates 7-5.

Ryan Doumit of the Pirates hit the go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning in the second game, and the Reds couldn’t rally back as they lost the second game 2-1.

The Reds ended up winning the series thanks to a 4-0 win in the third game, and an 8-2 win in the fourth game in which Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning.

The Reds then carried their momentum into a three-game series against the Astros, the bottom dwellers of the NL Central.

Sam Lecure recorded his first win with the Reds in the first game thanks to considerable run support, as the Reds scored 15 times in a 15-6 win.

Ramon Hernandez and Jay Bruce each hit two home runs as the Reds pounded the Astros again in the second game by a score of 12-2.

In the final game of the series, Mike Leake had another great outing with seven hits and none earned in six innings, but the Astros scored a pair in extra innings to win, 2-0.

Studs: Miguel Cairo. Joey Votto took most of the week off and Cairo stepped in with nine hits in 18 at-bats.

Duds: Nick Masset. Masset allowed the go ahead run in the ninth inning of the Reds’ loss to Pittsburgh, as the reliever’s ERA currently stands at 7.25.

Up Next: The Reds head to St. Louis for a pivotal three-game series with the division rival Cardinals before facing the Washington Nationals on the road over the weekend.

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