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Most scripts get stale when their repeated, but this one seems to be gaining steam.
The Indians used two runs in the ninth inning to tie the game and a Carlos Santana home run in the tenth inning for another last at bat, 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. The walkoff home run by Santana is the second in the last three games for the Indians and catapults their winning streak to seven games.
The late inning heroics would not have been possible without a fine pitching performance by Corey Kluber. He outpitched the White Sox Jose Quintana, and with a little different sixth inning, the Indians would not have needed any late-inning drama.
If he’s as tough on left-handed hitters as he is on spelling bee contestants, the Indians have a good one.
The Cleveland Indians announced this afternoon that they acquired left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (zep-CHIN-skee) from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league infielder Juan Herrera.
Age and wisdom often run together. For Jason Giambi, pinch-hit home runs are part of the package too.
Giambi has two pinch-hits this season for the Tribe, both are home runs, earning his second in walkoff fashion Monday night, giving the Indians a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The pinch-hit home run by Giambi extended the Indians win streak to five games and wiped away an evening of stranded base runners and missed opportunities. Before late-inning miscues and squandered opportunities were a story, the game was a matchup of two, rebounding pitchers, Zach McAllister and John Danks.
As the trade deadline approaches, the Cleveland Indians brass was on the airwaves and in front of the media this weekend to discuss the state of the team and potential talks.
The message: Don’t spend a lot of time hitting refresh on your computer on Wednesday in hopes of a trade.
General Manager Chris Antonetti and Team President Mark Shapiro each discussed the high price of available trade commodities, the abundance of buyers and the lack of sellers in the trade market. You can’t trade for a starting pitcher if there aren’t many out there. Worse yet, why trade for one that isn’t good. With Matt Garza going for a pretty penny from the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers and four teams pursuing Jake Peavy, settling for the likes of Bud Norris leaves something to be desired for a rotation that seems to be overachieving this season. The same is true for a power hitter for the middle of the order. If Alex Rios was such a potent bat, the Chicago White Sox probably wouldn’t be having a yard sale with their roster.
The greatest example of how baseball is a marathon and not a sprint may come in the form of Mark Reynolds.
Remember in April when Reynolds seemed to be taking Cleveland by storm in April? Reynolds hit .301, with eight home runs and 22 RBIs and was a guy that left everyone searching to give him a nickname. Our site felt he was like a hurricane. Fans wondered aloud if the Indians could possibly give him an extension at the All-Star break so that he didn’t hit the free agent market. We wondered if he could possibly hit the scoreboard. I once tweeted that he was appointment TV. You shouldn’t leave your seat or the television if Reynolds is coming to the plate.
My how times have changed. Now, it’s Reynolds who might need a seat himself.
The Indians may be finding the second starter for the top of their rotation. They aren’t doing much for his confidence while he asserts himself.
Scott Kazmir pitched six, strong innings, allowing just two hits and no earned runs, but the Indians lacked fundamentals and defense this evening, en route to a 3-2 loss in Minnesota. The Indians struck out 11 times, offensively, and only mustered four hits in their lack of support for Kazmir and the bullpen.
Francisco Lindor was all smiles Tuesday afternoon as he met with the media in Akron prior to his Double-A debut. He rarely isn’t smiling, but the boisterous 19-year old top prospect of the Cleveland Indians was actually upset just minutes before learning about his promotion to the Aeros on Friday night.
His High-A team, the Carolina Mudcats lost Friday evening in walkoff fashion. After showering in the clubhouse, Mudcats’ manager Dave Wallace asked to speak with him.
“I was kinda mad because we lost,” Lindor said. “When I walked in the clubhouse I was mad because we lost on a walkoff. I was showered and Wally asked me to come talk to him. He started asking me about my plans for the Futures Game and I told him and he told me, ‘we’ll see you in spring training,’ and I thought, ‘Oh my God.’”
Is Asdrubal Cabrera quietly on the trading block? Is that a good idea?
Cabrera was in trade discussion much of the off season while the Indians worked to try and rebuild their team from a disappointing 2012 squad into a contender in 2013. He was strongly mentioned in trade talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals. Neither team could agree upon the fair value of young pitching to send to Cleveland in return for the two-time All-Star.
According to Dennis Manoloff of Cleveland.com the Indians will promote top-prospect Francisco Lindor from High-A Carolina to Double-A Akron after he returns from the Sirius XM Future’s Games in New York.
Lindor is hitting .306 in 83 games at Carolina. He’ll make his debut in Akron either Monday or Tuesday according to Manoloff’s report. His debut will depend upon his travel from the Future’s Games to Akron to play the Erie SeaWolves either evening. The Aeros wrap up their three game series with Erie with an afternoon game on Wednesday.
“Anytime I am on the field, I feel like I can compete,” Lindor told DTTWLN’s Robert McLamb last week. “I believe in myself. I trust myself. I am going to compete everyday.”
If anything has been learned or proven in the first three games with the Detroit Tigers this weekend, it’s that the Cleveland Indians need another starting pitcher, and maybe more than one.
The Tigers, the American League Central Division’s alpha dog since 2008, have demonstrated how the Tribe needs a starting pitcher in the short term and the long term if they wish to seriously challenge for the top spot in 2013 and beyond. Despite Sunday’s 9-6 victory, Detroit has had better starting pitching for most of the weekend. Rick Porcello, Detroit’s weakest starter, carved up the Tribe, allowing just five hits over seven innings. The same was true on Saturday when Anibal Sanchez walked off the disabled list and scattered three hits and one run in five innings.
The Cleveland Indians today announced second baseman Jason Kipnis and right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson have been selected to the American League All-Star Team. The game will be played on Tuesday, July 16th in New York’s Citi Field.
Big crowd, big excitement, big letdown.
Baseball isn’t a game to be judged on one game, but instead upon a full season, but with the Indians first non-Opening Day sell out in two years, the Indians picked a bad time to lay an egg. Ace Justin Masterson was battered early and often and Tigers starter Rick Porcello carved up the Indians, allowing just five hits over seven innings en route to a 7-0 Indians loss.