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Josh Naylor's 3 RBIs sends Guardians to 6-2 win, sweep of A's and continues best start since 1999

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Josh Naylor's 3 RBIs sends Guardians to 6-2 win, sweep of A's and continues best start since 1999
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Josh Naylor's 3 RBIs sends Guardians to 6-2 win, sweep of A's and continues best start since 1999

2024-04-22 05:37 Last Updated At:05:41

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Naylor delivered a clutch, three-run double in the seventh inning as the Guardians continued their best start in 25 years with a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

With the Guardians up 3-2, Naylor, who celebrated a two-run homer on Saturday by bashing the top of his helmet with his bat before rounding the bases, fell behind 0-2 in the count before doubling with the bases loaded off left-hander T.J. McFarland.

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Cleveland Guardians' Bo Naylor, left, celebrates after hitting a double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Naylor delivered a clutch, three-run double in the seventh inning as the Guardians continued their best start in 25 years with a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase, right, and Bo Naylor (23) celebrate after their win over the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase, right, and Bo Naylor (23) celebrate after their win over the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor runs out a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor runs out a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Ramón Laureano catches a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Lawrence Butler during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Ramón Laureano catches a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Lawrence Butler during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Andrés Giménez hits an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Andrés Giménez hits an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Oakland Athletics' Brent Rooker celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Oakland Athletics' Brent Rooker celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Gabriel Arias runs out an RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Gabriel Arias runs out an RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Brayan Rocchio, top, covers as Oakland Athletics' Zack Gelof, bottom, steals second base during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Brayan Rocchio, top, covers as Oakland Athletics' Zack Gelof, bottom, steals second base during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Will Brennan celebrates after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Ross Stripling during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Will Brennan celebrates after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Ross Stripling during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Will Brennan hits a solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Ross Stripling during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Will Brennan hits a solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Ross Stripling during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor celebrates after hitting a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor celebrates after hitting a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor starts to run out a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor starts to run out a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Naylor is batting .406 (13 of 32) with 14 RBIs in nine home games.

“He’s something else right now,” said Guardians first-year manager Stephen Vogt.

The surprising Guardians have won four straight, seven of eight and improved the AL’s best record to 16-6. This is the club’s best start since Cleveland had the same mark through 22 games in 1999.

Naylor has been a rowdy ringleader, with his passion impacting Cleveland's entire roster.

“It just gives energy to the other guys, right?” Vogt said. “When he gets going you can’t help but smile and laugh and you get fired up with him. That's what he brings on top of being a great player and great teammate.

"He shows his personality and gets everybody fired up.”

Vogt joked that he's no longer watching when Naylor comes up big.

“I've started to look away after that stuff happens, just so I don’t see it,” he cracked.

Cleveland starter Tanner Bibee (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander gave up a two-out RBI single in the sixth before Vogt dipped into his bullpen, which came in with a 2.19 ERA.

Tim Herrin, Nick Sandlin, Cade Smith and closer Emmanuel Clase held the A's scoreless over the final 3 1/3 innings.

Will Brennan homered for the Guardians, who finished off the A’s while All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez got a day off.

Oakland has lost seven straight games in Cleveland and the A's have gone 3-17 against the Guardians in the past three years.

The way the Guardians are playing right now, there's little margin for error. A's manager Mark Kotsay bemoaned chances his team missed.

“That's what really good teams do,” he said. “They capitalize on mistakes. From a hitting standpoint, you make mistakes and they end up taking advantage of it. They put the ball in play. They don’t strike out a ton. And that’s where we really battled today with getting ahead of guys and just not being able to finish.”

Brennan's homer in the second came off Ross Stripling (0-5), who is 0-10 over the last two seasons with Oakland and San Francisco. He's the first A's pitcher to lose his first five starts since Mike Morris dropped six straight in 1979.

Stripling was solid, allowing three runs and five hits in five innings.

“He just couldn’t finish,” Kotsay said. “We played good defense overall. They found holes. He still gave us an opportunity to be in the game, be competitive. Back-to-back days at 3-2 in the seventh and we let it get away from us.”

Brent Rooker homered for the A's.

Brennan, who hit a pinch-hit homer in Boston earlier this week, connected with one out in the second — just the 13th homer allowed by Oakland's staff this season. The A's gave up a team record 213 homers in 2023.

Athletics: Oakland has nine players on the injured list. The A's have had at least eight players on the IL since June 16, 2023.

Guardians: RHP Gavin Williams (elbow) flew to Cleveland after pitching three innings in Arizona on Saturday. He'll be checked by the team's medical and training staffs before making the next step in his return. Williams got hurt while throwing a weighted ball in training camp and essentially had to restart his pitching program.

Athletics: Open a four-game series at Yankee Stadium with JP Sears (1-1, 4.35 ERA) facing LHP Carlos Rodón.

Guardians: Following an off day, start a three-game series against Boston with RHP Ben Lively (0-1, 3.60) pitching the opener against RHP Tanner Houck (3-1, 1.35), who blanked Cleveland on three hits last week at Fenway Park.

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Cleveland Guardians' Bo Naylor, left, celebrates after hitting a double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Bo Naylor, left, celebrates after hitting a double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase, right, and Bo Naylor (23) celebrate after their win over the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase, right, and Bo Naylor (23) celebrate after their win over the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor runs out a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor runs out a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Ramón Laureano catches a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Lawrence Butler during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Ramón Laureano catches a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Lawrence Butler during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Andrés Giménez hits an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Andrés Giménez hits an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Oakland Athletics' Brent Rooker celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Oakland Athletics' Brent Rooker celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Gabriel Arias runs out an RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Gabriel Arias runs out an RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Brayan Rocchio, top, covers as Oakland Athletics' Zack Gelof, bottom, steals second base during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Brayan Rocchio, top, covers as Oakland Athletics' Zack Gelof, bottom, steals second base during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Will Brennan celebrates after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Ross Stripling during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Will Brennan celebrates after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Ross Stripling during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Will Brennan hits a solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Ross Stripling during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Will Brennan hits a solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Ross Stripling during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor celebrates after hitting a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor celebrates after hitting a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor starts to run out a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor starts to run out a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

KALAMATA, Greece (AP) — Nine Egyptian men went on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations.

Outside the courthouse, a small group of protesters clashed with riot police as the proceedings got underway. There were no reports of serious injuries but two people were detained.

The defendants, most in their 20s, face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges over the sinking of the “Adriana” fishing trawler on June 14 last year off the southern coast of Greece.

International human rights groups argue that their right to a fair trial is being compromised as they face judgment before an investigation is concluded into claims that the Greek coast guard may have botched the rescue attempt.

More than 500 people are believed to have gone down with the fishing trawler, which had been traveling from Libya to Italy. Following the sinking, 104 people were rescued — mostly migrants from Syria, Pakistan and Egypt — and 82 bodies were recovered.

The protesters could be heard inside the packed courtroom as presiding judge Eftichia Kontaratou read out the names of the nine defendants.

Defense lawyer Spyros Pantazis asked the court to declare itself incompetent to try the case, arguing that the sinking occurred outside Greek territorial waters. “The court be turned into an international punisher,” Pantazis told the panel of three judges. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres last year described the shipwreck as “horrific."

The sinking renewed pressure on European governments to protect the lives of migrants and asylum seekers trying to reach the continent, as the number of people traveling illegally across the Mediterranean continues to rise every year.

Lawyers from Greek human rights groups are representing the nine Egyptians, who deny the smuggling charges.

“There’s a real risk that these nine survivors could be found ‘guilty’ on the basis of incomplete and questionable evidence, given that the official investigation into the role of the coast guard has not yet been completed,” said Judith Sunderland, an associate director for Europe and Central Asia at Human Rights Watch.

Authorities say the defendants were identified by other survivors and the indictments are based on their testimonies.

The European border protection agency Frontex says illegal border detections at EU frontiers increased for three consecutive years through 2023, reaching the highest level since the 2015-2016 migration crisis — driven largely by arrivals at the sea borders.

Police guard outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Police guard outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A protester bleeds after clashes with police outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

A protester bleeds after clashes with police outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Police clash with protesters outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Police clash with protesters outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Police clash with protesters outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Police clash with protesters outside a court house in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Nine Egyptian men go on trial in southern Greece on Tuesday, accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants and sent shockwaves through the European Union’s border protection and asylum operations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Two of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants arrive at a courthouse for the start of their trial in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

One of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants waves as he is led by police to a courthouse in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

One of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck that killed hundreds of migrants waves as he is led by police to a courthouse in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

One of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants waves as he is led by police to a courthouse in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

One of nine Egyptian men accused of causing a shipwreck last year that killed hundreds of migrants waves as he is led by police to a courthouse in Kalamata, southwestern Greece, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on multiple criminal charges. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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