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Tanner Bibee strikes out career-high 12, Guardians blank Mariners 8-0 in battle of division leaders

2024-06-20 09:18 Last Updated At:09:20

CLEVELAND (AP) — Tanner Bibee struck out a career-high 12 in six innings, Josh Naylor homered twice and had four RBIs, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Seattle Mariners 8-0 in a battle of American League division leaders on Wednesday night.

Bibee (5-2) struck out multiple batters in each of the first five innings, allowing three hits and one walk. The right-hander had 11 strikeouts in his previous start on June 12 at Cincinnati, his first double-digit game in the majors.

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Seattle Mariners' Dominic Canzone gestures from second base after a double against the Cleveland Guardians during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Tanner Bibee struck out a career-high 12 in six innings, Josh Naylor homered twice and had four RBIs, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Seattle Mariners 8-0 in a battle of American League division leaders on Wednesday night.

Cleveland Guardians manager Stephen Vogt, left, and others stand for a moment of silence in tribute to Willie Mays, who died Tuesday, before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Guardians, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians manager Stephen Vogt, left, and others stand for a moment of silence in tribute to Willie Mays, who died Tuesday, before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Guardians, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford, second from left, is held back by manager Scott Servais (9) and third base coach Manny Acta, second from right, after being ejected by home plate umpire Doug Eddings, right, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford, second from left, is held back by manager Scott Servais (9) and third base coach Manny Acta, second from right, after being ejected by home plate umpire Doug Eddings, right, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford, right, argues a called third strike call with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford, right, argues a called third strike call with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan gestures as he runs the bases on a home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan gestures as he runs the bases on a home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' Bryan Woo watches a throw to a Cleveland Guardians batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' Bryan Woo watches a throw to a Cleveland Guardians batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Tanner Bibee watches a throw to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Tanner Bibee watches a throw to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor gestures as he runs to home plate on a home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor gestures as he runs to home plate on a home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Steven Kwan hit a two-run homer and José Ramírez and Bo Naylor each had two hits for the Guardians, who are five games ahead of Minnesota in the Central and have won 22 of 31 games at Progressive Field this season.

Seattle, which leads the West, lost for the second time in 10 games and is 17-6 since May 26. Manager Scott Servais and shortstop J.P. Crawford were both ejected in the fifth by Doug Eddings, who had called Crawford out on strikes.

Bryan Woo (3-1) made his first start since June 6 at Oakland, giving up three runs in four innings. The right-hander underwent tests on his surgically-repaired elbow after missing his last scheduled outing, but they revealed no cause for concern.

Woo entered with a 1.07 ERA — the lowest in Mariners history through six starts — and just three walks in 33 2/3 innings, but promptly walked leadoff hitter Kwan and allowed him to score.

Kwan went 2 for 3 to raise his batting average to .397 and extend his on-base streak to 24 games. He is hitting a major league-best .510 since May 31, but is 16 plate appearances shy of qualifying for the league leaders.

Scott Barlow, Hunter Gaddis and Emmanuel Clase worked the final three innings for Cleveland, wrapping up the three-hitter for the team's eighth shutout of the year.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: 2B Jorge Polanco (right hamstring strain), who has been on the injured list since May 27, is continuing his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma following two games with Single-A Everett. He went 1 for 3 in his Rainiers debut against Las Vegas.

Guardians: RHP Nick Sandlin (low back inflammation) was placed on the 15-day IL after experiencing discomfort over the past week. Sandlin is 5-0 with a 3.49 ERA in 33 appearances, but allowed three runs without recording an out Sunday in Toronto.

UP NEXT

Mariners RHP Luis Castillo (6-7, 3.32 ERA) takes on Guardians LHP Logan Allen (7-3, 5.30 ERA) in the three-game series finale. Castillo has worked at least five innings in all 15 of his starts this season, including an April 2 loss to Cleveland at T-Mobile Park.

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Seattle Mariners' Dominic Canzone gestures from second base after a double against the Cleveland Guardians during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' Dominic Canzone gestures from second base after a double against the Cleveland Guardians during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians manager Stephen Vogt, left, and others stand for a moment of silence in tribute to Willie Mays, who died Tuesday, before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Guardians, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians manager Stephen Vogt, left, and others stand for a moment of silence in tribute to Willie Mays, who died Tuesday, before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Guardians, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford, second from left, is held back by manager Scott Servais (9) and third base coach Manny Acta, second from right, after being ejected by home plate umpire Doug Eddings, right, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford, second from left, is held back by manager Scott Servais (9) and third base coach Manny Acta, second from right, after being ejected by home plate umpire Doug Eddings, right, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford, right, argues a called third strike call with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford, right, argues a called third strike call with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan gestures as he runs the bases on a home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan gestures as he runs the bases on a home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' Bryan Woo watches a throw to a Cleveland Guardians batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Seattle Mariners' Bryan Woo watches a throw to a Cleveland Guardians batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Tanner Bibee watches a throw to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Tanner Bibee watches a throw to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor gestures as he runs to home plate on a home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Cleveland Guardians' Josh Naylor gestures as he runs to home plate on a home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

A court has convicted Alsu Kurmasheva, a Russian-American journalist for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, of spreading false information about the Russian army and sentenced her to 6½ years in prison after a secret trial, court records and officials said Monday.

The conviction in Kazan, the capital of Russia's central region of Tatarstan, came on Friday, the same day a court in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg convicted Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentenced him to 16 years in prison in a case that the U.S. called politically motivated.

Kurmasheva, a 47-year-old editor for RFE/RL’s Tatar-Bashkir language service, was convicted of “spreading false information” about the military, according to the website of the Supreme Court of Tatarstan. Court spokesperson Natalya Loseva confirmed Kurmasheva's conviction and revealed the sentence to The Associated Press by phone in the case classified as secret.

Kurmasheva was ordered to serve the sentence in a medium-security penal colony, Loseva said.

“My daughters and I know Alsu has done nothing wrong. And the world knows it too. We need her home,” Kurmasheva's husband, Pavel Butorin, said in a post Monday on X.

He had said last year the charges stemmed from a book the Tatar-Bashkir service released in 2022 called “No to War” — “a collection of short stories of Russians who don’t want their country to be at war with Ukraine.” Butorin had said the book doesn’t contain any “false information.”

Asked about the case, RFE/RL President and CEO Stephen Capus denounced the trial and conviction of Kurmasheva as “a mockery of justice.”

“The only just outcome is for Alsu to be immediately released from prison by her Russian captors,” he said in a statement to the AP.

“It’s beyond time for this American citizen, our dear colleague, to be reunited with her loving family,” Capus said.

Kurmasheva, who holds U.S. and Russian citizenship and lives in Prague with her husband and two daughters, was taken into custody in October 2023 and charged with failing to register as a foreign agent while collecting information about the Russian military.

Later, she was also charged with spreading “false information” about the Russian military under legislation that effectively criminalized any public expression about the war in Ukraine that deviates from the Kremlin line. The legislation was adopted in March 2022, just days after the Kremlin sent troops into Ukraine, and has since been used to target Kremlin critics at home and abroad, implicating scores of people in criminal cases and sending dozens to prison.

Kurmasheva was initially stopped in June 2023 at Kazan International Airport after traveling to Russia the previous month to visit her ailing elderly mother. Officials confiscated her U.S. and Russian passports and fined her for failing to register her U.S. passport. She was waiting for her passports to be returned when she was arrested on new charges in October that year. RFE/RL has repeatedly called for her release.

RFE/RL was told by Russian authorities in 2017 to register as a foreign agent, but it has challenged Moscow’s use of foreign agent laws in the European Court of Human Rights. The organization has been fined millions of dollars by Russia.

In February, RFE/RL was outlawed in Russia as an undesirable organization. Its Tatar-Bashkir service is the only major international news provider reporting in those languages, in addition to Russian, to audiences in the multiethnic, Muslim-majority Volga-Urals region.

The swift and secretive trials of Kurmasheva and Gershkovich in Russia’s highly politicized legal system raised hopes for a possible prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington. Russia has previously signaled a possible exchange involving Gershkovich, but said a verdict in his case must come first.

Arrests of Americans are increasingly common in Russia, with nine U.S. citizens known to be detained there as tensions between the two countries have escalated over fighting in Ukraine.

Gershkovich, 32, was arrested March 29, 2023, while on a reporting trip to the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg. Authorities claimed, without offering any evidence, that he was gathering secret information for the U.S.

He has been behind bars since his arrest, time that will be counted as part of his sentence. Most of that was in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo Prison — a czarist-era lockup used during Josef Stalin’s purges, when executions were carried out in its basement. He was transferred to Yekaterinburg for the trial.

Gershkovich was the first U.S. journalist arrested on espionage charges since Nicholas Daniloff in 1986, at the height of the Cold War. Foreign journalists in Russia were shocked by Gershkovich’s arrest, even though the country has enacted increasingly repressive laws on freedom of speech after sending troops into Ukraine.

U.S. President Joe Biden said after his conviction that Gershkovich “was targeted by the Russian government because he is a journalist and an American.”

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield accused Moscow last week of treating “human beings as bargaining chips.” She singled out Gershkovich and ex-Marine Paul Whelan, 53, a corporate security director from Michigan, who is serving a 16-year sentence after being convicted on spying charges that he and the U.S. denied.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that when it comes to Gershkovich, Whelan and other Americans wrongfully detained in Russia and elsewhere, the U.S. is working on the cases “quite literally every day.”

Sam Greene of the Center for European Policy Analysis said the conviction and sentencing of Kurmasheva and Gershkovich on the same day “suggests — but does not prove — that the Kremlin is preparing a deal. More likely, they are preparing to offer up a negotiating table that Washington will find it difficult to ignore.”

In a series of posts on X, Greene stressed that “the availability of a negotiating table shouldn’t be confused with the availability of a deal,” and that Moscow has no interest in releasing its prisoners — but it is likely to "seek the highest possible price for its bargaining chips, and to seek additional concessions along the way just to keep the talks going.”

Washington “should obviously do what it can” to get Gershkovich, Kurmasheva, imprisoned opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza and other political prisoners out, he said, adding: “But if Moscow demands what it really wants — the abandonment of Ukraine — what then?”

FILE - Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Tatar-Bashkir service, attends a court hearing in Kazan, Russia on April 1, 2024. A Russian court has convicted Kurmasheva of spreading false information about the Russian army and sentenced her to 6½ years in prison after a secret trial, court records and officials said Monday July 22, 2024. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Tatar-Bashkir service, attends a court hearing in Kazan, Russia on April 1, 2024. A Russian court has convicted Kurmasheva of spreading false information about the Russian army and sentenced her to 6½ years in prison after a secret trial, court records and officials said Monday July 22, 2024. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Tatar-Bashkir service, attends a court hearing in Kazan, Russia on May 31, 2024. A Russian court has convicted Kurmasheva of spreading false information about the Russian army and sentenced her to 6½ years in prison after a secret trial, court records and officials said Monday July 22, 2024. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - Alsu Kurmasheva, an editor for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Tatar-Bashkir service, attends a court hearing in Kazan, Russia on May 31, 2024. A Russian court has convicted Kurmasheva of spreading false information about the Russian army and sentenced her to 6½ years in prison after a secret trial, court records and officials said Monday July 22, 2024. (AP Photo, File)

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