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BERLIN - Bastian Schweinsteiger scored one goal and set up another as Bayern Munich moved ever closer to the Bundesliga title with a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Cheap NFL Jerseys . Schweinsteiger crossed for Mario Mandzukic to score with a powerful header in the 44th minute, and secured Bayerns league record 17th win in succession with a perfectly placed free kick in the 52nd. "It was an important goal, so Im happy it went in," the Germany midfielder said. Stefan Kiessling headed Leverkusens consolation from Roberto Hilberts cross in injury time. Bayern extended its league record unbeaten run to 50 games and moved 23 points clear of Borussia Dortmund with nine games remaining. Dortmund was beaten 2-1 at home by Borussia Moenchengladbach, meaning Bayern can secure the title at Mainz next week if Dortmund and Schalke, 24 points behind in third, both fail to win. "I remember we were champions in Mainz a couple of times before. It was funny because they celebrated with us," Schweinsteiger said. "But its all the same when we do it." Bayern made a lacklustre start in its first game since Uli Hoeness stepped down as president after being convicted of tax evasion. He was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on Thursday. Son Heung-min should have scored for Leverkusen in the 11th, when he had only Manuel Neuer to beat after being played in by Kiessling, but the South Korean shot wide of the far post. "I wanted to place it in the corner," Son said. "We did everything we could." Neuer also made a good save to deny Simon Rolfes from distance in the 29th. Mandzukic beat Philipp Wollscheid to meet Schweinsteigers cross before the break, and Schweinsteiger shot over the wall and inside the top left corner to seal the result. "We werent at out limit," Bayern midfielder Thomas Mueller grumbled. "Its all the same (when Bayern clinch the title). We want to win again to keep our rhythm so were there again in the knockout rounds of the Champions League." Earlier, Mainz came from two goals down to win 4-2 at Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen drew 1-1 with Stuttgart, Wolfsburg could only draw 1-1 at bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig, and Hertha Berlin lost 3-0 at home to Hannover. Dortmund, which hosts Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League on Wednesday, was without influential midfielders Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus due to suspension and muscle problems, respectively, as 10-man Gladbach ended its nine-game run without a win. "We had a tough time and naturally were all relieved," said Gladbach coach Lucien Favre, who extended his contract on Wednesday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck the crossbar for Dortmund before Raffael scored at the other end in the 31st. Max Kruse made it 2-0 by drawing Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller first one way, then the other, before clipping the ball in. "When you go nine games without scoring then of course its a relief," said Kruse, who was dropped for Germanys recent game with Chile because of poor form. Havard Nordtveit was sent off for his second yellow card in the 69th, eight minutes before Dortmund substitute Milos Jojic pulled one back with a deflected shot. "It shouldnt happen to us at home," Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin said. "You could see after the sending-off that everyone believed in the equalizer but it wasnt to be." Hoffenheim led 2-0 minutes into the second half, but the defence crumbled, letting in three Mainz goals in an eight-minute span, and Shinji Okazakis second in injury time. "I cant explain why we gave the game away," Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol said. It had been briefly interrupted in the first half when Hoffenheims Andreas Beck crashed into a pitchside cameraman, knocking him and the TV camera over. Both needed treatment. The cameraman was carried away on a stretcher, while Beck carried on. With new coach Huub Stevens in charge, Stuttgart was hoping to end its nine-game winless streak. But Bremen equalized with 12 minutes to go. "A pity," Stevens said. Braunschweig was far happier in salvaging its draw with Wolfsburg. "This lets us continue on our journey of Bundesliga participation," Braunschweig coach Torsten Lieberknecht said. Cheap MLB Jerseys . The Norwegian star closed with a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory over Solheim Cup teammate Azahara Munoz. Pettersen finished at 9-under 279 and earned $300,000 for her 14th LPGA Tour title. Cheap NHL Jerseys .com) - The Toronto Maple Leafs try to push their season-opening win streak to three straight games on Saturday night as they play their home opener against the Ottawa Senators.GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Matt LaPortas inability to be the big bat the Cleveland Indians envisioned has them looking at a proven one - Vladimir Guerrero. LaPorta, the key player acquired in a 2008 trade for CC Sabathia, was sent to the minors with two others Tuesday as general manager Chris Antonetti confirmed the Indians scouted Guerrero at the teams academy in the Dominican Republic. "I wouldnt read too much into it," Antonetti cautioned. "Vlady continues to have an interest in playing. He asked that we work him out and we did." LaPorta and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall were optioned to Triple-A Columbus, while outfielder Chad Huffman was reassigned to minor league camp. Chisenhalls demotion means Jack Hannahan, considered more advanced in the field, has won the starting job at third in Clevelands lefty-oriented lineup. "Lonnie needs to play," manager Manny Acta said. "We know hes going to be the main guy here for years. Hannahan fits our team well with all of our ground-ball pitchers. "We do need to score some runs, too." A right-handed power bat would be welcome. Guerrero has been one of the best for 16 seasons. The former MVP and nine-time All-Star is a .318 hitter with 449 homers. He hit .290 with 13 homers in 145 games as a full-time designated hitter for Baltimore in 2011. "He hasnt played the outfield recently," Antonetti noted of the 37-year-old. Guerrero played 18 games in the outfield and was a DH for 129 games with Texas in 2010. With lefty Travis Hafner at DH, the Indians could platoon Guerrero there, but he probably needs to show he could play some outtfield to warrant a signing. Jerseys From China. "We continue to talk with teams," Antonetti said. "Talks have picked up in the last week, but that is normal with all teams." LaPorta was lacklustre all spring. He hit .167 with two RBIs in 14 games. The first baseman, outfielder Michael Brantley and pitchers Zach Jackson and Rob Bryson were obtained for 2007 Cy Young winner Sabathia in July 2008. Expected to be a run producer, LaPorta has struggled in parts of three years for Cleveland, batting just .238 in 269 games, with 30 homers and 115 RBIs. "Matt continues to demonstrate in spurts that he can be a quality middle-of-the-order player," Antonetti said. "Hopefully he can go down, play regularly and get that consistency we are seeking." Acta said LaPorta handled the demotion well. "The opportunity was there," Acta said. "If he hit the way we feel he can, he could grab a job. He never had a bad attitude. It just didnt work out." Chisenhall, the Indians top draft pick in 2008, batted .205 this spring. He hit .255 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in a 66-game call-up to Cleveland a year ago. "Theres still a lot of positives with Lonnie," Antonetti said. "Hes still only 23 with fewer than 300 Triple-A plate appearances. Hes made strides defensively. Offensively, he needs to gain consistency. Fundamentally, he has a very good swing. 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