Illawarra Hawks have compounded a miserable week for the New Zealand Breakers by securing a hard-fought 95-91 NBL victory in Auckland on Friday.The Breakers looked lethargic for much of the match, sorely missing star guard Corey Webster who was suspended by the club after he was arrested on a minor assault charge earlier in the week.The Breakers season-long struggles with ball security continued and the turnovers came with alarming regularity, particularly in the first half when they coughed up 11 to the Hawks four.Illawarras ball speed kept the Breakers defence scrambling and the Kiwis battled to disrupt the Hawks pace on offence as the Australians opened out to a 29-24 lead at the first break.The Hawks dominated the second quarter 26-16 to take a 55-40 lead into halftime.Rob Loe kickstarted the second half for the Breakers with a three-pointer, but Rotnei Clarke continued to dominate the offensive boards for Illawarra.He also picked up 12 points in the third quarter, including three from long range, as Illawarra matched the Breakers 23-23 to take a 78-63 lead into the final spell.The Breakers finally found some energy in an often fiery last quarter, reducing the Hawks lead to 82-73 as Tim Coenraad earned an unsportsmanlike conduct warning and fouled out with five minutes remaining.Marvelle Harris stepped up for the Hawks, adding a couple of crucial three-pointers as part his 17-point haul for the game, but the Breakers continued to push hard and closed the gap to 92-87 with 25 seconds remaining.The Hawks proved clinical in controlling the closing seconds to take the win, with Clarke (22) and Harris making key contributions.For the Breakers, guard David Stockton led the way with a game-high 24, backed up by Loes 21 and centre Akil Mitchells 12-point, 11-rebound double double. 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DETROIT -- Its not the quality of his pitches that stand out about Michael Fulmer, although the pitches are impressive.Its the calm, professional way the rookie right-hander goes about his work.That work will be on display Wednesday night when he pitches for the Detroit Tigers against the Cleveland Indians.Fulmer will need 6 1/3 innings to reach 162, which would qualify him for the American League ERA title.Fulmer currently has the lowest ERA in the league (2.95, although he technically was off the list for one day) and, if he can keep his runs allowed down Wednesday, he could become the first rookie to win the ERA title since the Tigers Mark Fidrych in 1976 (2.34).Fulmer, acquired from the New York Mets in a trade deadline deal last year, has a fastball in the mid-90s, a slider that can dazzle and a changeup that kind of came out of nowhere early this year and has made him an effective pitcher.What sets Fulmer apart is how he keeps his emotions in check, the stoic way he goes about his starts and never lets any adversity ruffle him.So, Michael, who gets the credit for that?A lot of people, Fulmer said. My parents, for raising me and keeping me humble. My high school coach, Ron Moore, who had me all four years of high school. He was teaching our team how to play the game the right way.Moore coached Fulmer at Deer Creek high school in Edmond, Okla. He has since moved on to Durant (Okla.) High School but still maintains contact with his former star.High school is a prime time to mold the team, Fulmer said, young kids, whether youre going to go on to play college or pro ball or not. You learn just by talking to him, getting insights into the game.I was raised properly. I went to church every Sunday. I was raised to say yes, sir and no, sir.Fulmer (11-7, 2.95 ERA) is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts against Cleveland, which will return to its regular lineup after manaager Terry Francona rested most of his starters Tuesday night, a day after they clinched the AL Central Division.ddddddddddddDetroit drubbed Cleveland 12-0 behind a four-hit shutout by Justin Verlander (7 2/3 innings) and Kyle Ryan (1 1/3).Francona has shuffled his rotation to get ready for the postseason after winning the division for the first time since 2007 and the eighth time overall.Veteran Zach McAllister will replace Trevor Bauer against Fulmer, with Bauer shifted to Saturday. Lefty Ryan Merritt pitches Thursday, with Josh Tomlin/Adam Plutko splitting the Friday/Sunday dates in some order.So theres some balls in the air, Francona said. One of those games will most likely be Plutko starting.That rotation means Cleveland is giving ace Cory Kluber as much time as possible to recover so he can start the Indians first postseason game. Kluber left Mondays start after four innings with a right quad strain. He will miss 7-10 days but should be available when the divisional playoffs begin.Francona is putting his pitchers ahead of getting the best record in the league.If I had my choice, I think Id rather play at home, Francona said. I think anybody would. But not at the expense of burning out your entire rotation or your bullpen, because having your guys ready to play is the most important thing.McAllister (3-2, 3.58 ERA) is making just his second start of the season and its possible Francona is looking to see whether he would be a viable starter in the playoffs. He is 0-0 with a 7.50 ERA in eight relief appearances against Detroit this season but is 1/3 with a 5.25 ERA in 22 career games (10 starts).Its a big start for Fulmer because a win definitely would strengthen his Rookie of the Year bid and the ERA title would enhance it even more. ' ' '