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Indians' Sizemore joins the 30-30 club

August 26, 2008|From the Associated Press

DETROIT -- Grady Sizemore hit two home runs to join the 30-30 club and Franklin Gutierrez had a 10th-inning solo shot to help the Cleveland Indians win their eighth straight, 4-3, over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Sizemore homered on the game's second pitch.

"He's unbelievable," Manager Eric Wedge said of the three-time All-Star. "You wouldn't know if it was his first or his 30th. In a low-scoring ballgame, he set the tone. That's what he does. He does it from a spot in the order that can give us a lot of energy."

Sizemore is the 14th American League player to join the 30-30 club (30 homers and 30 steals), and the first since Alfonso Soriano did it for Texas in 2005.

Sizemore, who has 34 steals, hit his 31st homer in his next at-bat.

"It's exciting when we're playing well like we are," Sizemore said.

"We're finding ways to win right now and that's what you want."

With more than a month left in the season, he has a chance to become the fifth major leaguer to join the 40-40 club.

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