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08/24/08 8:25 PM ET
Sizemore not worrying about 30/30 club
Tribe center fielder already has career mark for steals in season
By Shawn Shroyer / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- If Grady Sizemore doesn't join the 30/30 club Sunday, he may not do so for a while. Homerless in the Indians' first two games at hitter-haven Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Sizemore's odds of hitting his 30th home run of the season won't be as good at Cleveland's next stop on its six-game road trip. But the thought of becoming the 32nd Major Leaguer to hit at least 30 home runs and steal at least 30 bases in a season couldn't be farther from Sizemore's mind. "I know where I'm at, so I just take every day and worry about helping the team," Sizemore said. "I don't really focus on personal accomplishments." Not that you could tell, but Sizemore is coming off a game in which he set a new personal best. Saturday night, he stole three bases on Texas starter Brandon McCarthy and increased his season total to 34. It was his second career three-stolen base game and it surpassed his previous career-high season total of 33, which he set last season. Manager Eric Wedge remembers when Sizemore swiped his 33 bases a year ago, but this time around he's noticed a difference in him. "He would force it from time to time last year," Wedge said. "I haven't seen that this year." Sizemore is also three RBIs away from setting a new season high from the leadoff spot. He drove in 81 runs in his first full Major League season in 2005. He is on pace to drive in more than 100 runs, which would make him the second Major Leaguer to do so from the top of the order. However, home runs and RBIs alike may be hard to come by for Sizemore in the short term after Sunday. Cleveland's next stop is in pitcher-friendly Comerica Park in Detroit. In five games there this season, Sizemore has just one extra-base hit, a double, out of seven hits and three RBIs. Of course, Cleveland fans likely won't be too disappointed if the wait for home run No. 30 is prolonged until the Indians return home. But, regardless of the statistic, Sizemore doesn't concern himself with it unless it helps result in a "W" for the Indians. "I don't think about it," Sizemore said. "I'm more focused on finishing strong as a team." For Sizemore to have any other attitude would seem unnatural to Wedge. "He doesn't get caught up in that sort of thing," Wedge said. "He's a great player, but he's a great teammate, too. He does things for the right reasons. He focuses on what he's supposed to focus on."
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.