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. Sizemore, who underwent back surgery last month, will not be eligible to come off the DL until June 3. He has been in Cleveland doing his rehab. General manager Chris Antonetti said the three-time All-Star has been working on his stability and mobility and will resume baseball activities "in a couple weeks.Robert Griffin III JerseyCLEVELAND -- The Indians could have used a mop to finish this sweep. DeMarco Murray Jersey . Shelley Duncans RBI double in the eighth inning gave Cleveland a soggy 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night in the second game of a day-night doubleheader delayed by rain. Duncan ripped a pitch from left-hander Matt Thornton (1-2) into the left-field corner, scoring Asdrubal Cabrera as the first-place Indians won for the eighth time in 11 games. After leading the AL Central for nearly five months last season before fading, Duncan believes the Indians are better prepared to finish what theyve started. "I dont feel like were playing over our shoes," he said. "Were more in control. Were a good team." The Indians won the opener 8-6 behind Zach McAllister, who came up from Triple-A Columbus and an offence that pounded Philip Humber into submission. Also, Nick Hagadone got his first major league save in the opener and Tony Sipp earned the second save of his career in the nightcap, saving manager Manny Actas bullpen. "Were playing good baseball," said Acta, whose team got off to a 30-15 start in 2011 before the late-season collapse. "Were playing better baseball at home, and it seems like were getting the hang of it again." Meanwhile, the White Sox have lost six of seven and dropped to 2-6 just beyond the halfway point of a 15-game stretch against division opponents. "Its not fun to go through it," first-year manager Robin Ventura said. "It gets frustrating, but the way guys are grinding you cant fault them for anything. Its just the way it goes." Clevelands Josh Tomlin allowed five hits in 7-1 3 innings -- most of the final three in a steady downpour. He struck out a career-high eight, allowed two walks and maintained his control despite slick, slippery conditions on the mound. Joe Smith (2-1) gave up a game-tying single after a lengthy rain delay, but got two outs and was credited with the win after Duncans single. Sipp worked the ninth for his first save, getting Tyler Flowers to ground to second with one on for the final out a few pitches after Chicagos catcher hit a long fly ball that nearly left the ballpark." "Get ahead (in the count), right?," Smith said, poking fun at Sipp, who got his first save since July 23, 2010. "It doesnt matter if it goes 500 feet as long as it goes foul." Clevelands Travis Hafner homered and tripled in the opener. He struck out twice in the second game but was hit by a pitch for the 79th time in his career, tying him with Nap Lajoie for the team record. Cabrera opened the eighth with a bloop single off Thornton, and Carlos Santana followed with a flair to almost the exact spot in shallow right-centre. After Hafner popped out, Duncan pulled Thorntons pitch down the line to make it 3-2 and give the few hundred fans who stuck around after a lengthy rain delay something to cheer. The White Sox tied it 2-all in the eighth, moments after a 1-hour, 25-minute rain delay, on Alex Rios RBI single. With the sky darkening and radar showing heavy rain approaching, the Indians scored twice in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead and put Tomlin in position for the win. Tomlin retired the White Sox in order in the sixth and seventh before running into trouble in the eighth as the rain intensified. With one out, he walked Alejandro De Aza and gave up a single to Gordon Beckham before Acta decided to pull his right-hander and bring in reliever Dan Wheeler. But as Wheeler neared the mound, crew chief Larry Vanover ordered the groundscrew to cover the infield at 9:09 p.m. The rain delay lasted 85 minutes, and when play resumed, Acta put in side-armer Smith, who wasnt supposed to pitch to face Rios, who promptly hit an RBI single to tie it 2-2. The Indians, though, pulled this one out in the late innings as they did so many times last season. "I think we have more confidence that a year ago," said Smith. "We had young guys who gained a lot of experience and were building off that and hopefully we can keep it going." In the opener, McAllister allowed two earned runs and six hits in a career-high six innings. He walked one, set a personal best with six strikeouts and planned to celebrate his victory by hanging around before heading back to Columbus. "Yeah," he said with a smile. "Ill stay for the second game." Meanwhile, Humber has gone from perfect to perfectly flawed. Humber (2-1) couldnt get out of the third inning as the Indians tagged him eight runs and nine hits in 2 1-3 innings. He hasnt been sharp since pitching the 21st perfect game in major league history last month. Since then, Humber has allowed 20 runs in 13 1-3 innings and gone 0-2 with a no-decision. "Im frustrated," said Humber,. "Im doing my best, its just the last two or three times out there, its been rough. Im definitely hoping for better results. Im doing the best I can to make that happen, but right now its kind of a grind." NOTES: Cleveland moved six games over .500 for the first time this year. ... Per the new collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed to carry 26 players on their roster for unique doubleheaders. ... The day-night twinbill drew just 19,679 total fans. Despite being in first place, the Indians have the lowest average attendance in the majors. ... Tomlin has given up only 47 walks in 273 career innings. ... Hafners triple in the opener for Cleveland was his first since 2007, prompting a few good-natured jokes about his blazing speed. "Id say I could beat 75 to 80 per cent of the guys on the team in a race, if it came down to it," he quipped. ... LHP Eric Stults made his debut for the White Sox in the second game and allowed two runs in six innings. DeSean Jackson Jersey . The native of Newmarket, Ont., appeared in 31 games with the Senators last season, posting a 16-8-3 record with a 2. Brian Orakpo Jersey . The utility increased generation by 38 percent as Chinas economy rebounded from the slowest growth in seven years to expand 11.1 percent in the first six months. Gains from higher output were offset by a surge in Huanengs coal costs while state-set power tariffs remained unchanged since November. Chris Long Jersey . American Katie Futcher was a shot behind at Itanhanga Golf Club, and Norways Suzann Pettersen matched Brittany Lang and Candie Kung at 68. Paula Creamer and Christina Kim shot 69. Phatlum and Icher each had eight birdies and a bogey. Darren Sproles Jersey . A hot one is theyre trading down. One day, theyre using the No. 4 pick on Texas A &M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. DeMarcus Ware Youth Jersey . Then came two drives off the outfield wall, providing the Baltimore Orioles with an exclamation point on a successful homestand and a wave of momentum heading into Yankee Stadium. DOHA, Qatar -- U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur reached her first semifinal of the year, defeating Monica Niculescu 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 Friday at the Qatar Open. In another quarterfinal, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka swept aside Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-0, 6-4 for her 15th straight win. Azarenka next plays Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, who beat American Christina McHale 6-1, 6-1. After losing in the first round of her home Australian Open, Stosur has won three straight matches in Doha. Her latest victory came against a Romanian opponent who uses lots of spin and hits a two-handed backhand and forehand. "Its a really good feeling," Stosur said. "I guess its still only February, so to bounce back relatively quickly is always pleasing. Yeah, its definitely nice to be on the winning side than not." Stosur jumped to 5-0 en route to winning the first set. But Niculescu responded in the second, breaking Stosur twice to go up 4-1 to even the match. Stosur regained the momentum in the third, leading 3-0 only to see Niculescu take advantage of errors to make it 3-3. But with Stosur serving at love-30 in the seventh game, Niculescu failled to capitalize. Christian Ponder Jersey. She missed an easy volley to let Stosur back in the game, and Stosur then hit a forehand in the corner to go up 4-3. She ran off the final two games. Stosur will face fifth-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, who ended the strong run of Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. "For sure, I got off to a really good start and wasnt, you know, under too much pressure at all," Stosur said. "Then early in that second set, I feel like I missed some of those opportunities. I think its one of those matches where, when you are in control, you have to keep going and keep going and keep going." Azarenka said she played a "perfect set" to go up 6-0, but the second set was much more competitive. The two players traded breaks throughout until 4-4. The Belarusian then ran off the last two games, winning a love service game to close out the match. "Second set, I had opportunities in every single game. I just couldnt really convert them," Azarenka said. "But, you know, its important the way I finished the second set. It was the same way I started the match." ' ' '