Second baseman Jason Kipnis makes his Major League debut in a 3-0 loss by the Indians to the Chicago White Sox in Cleveland.
The former second round pick of the 2009 draft, Kipnis ascended to the Majors quickly and got the start at second base, batting eighth in the Indians lineup against Sox starter Gavin Floyd. Floyd would shut Cleveland down, allowing just four hits in seven and two-thirds innings. Kipnis grounded out to second in the third, flied out to right-center in the fifth, and was hit by a pitch in the eighth to reach base for the first time in his career.
Just over a week later, starting second baseman Orlando Cabrera will be traded to the San Francisco Giants for minor league outfielder Thomas Neal and Kipnis will take the position for his own, holding down the position through the rest of the decade.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1999 – Cleveland skipper Mike Hargrove submits an incorrect lineup card to the home plate umpire prior to the game with Alex Ramirez, who was hurt and unable to play, batting in the seventh spot and playing in right field. Designated hitter Manny Ramirez moved from DH to right field, forcing pitcher Charles Nagy to bat in the seventh spot in the game. The Indians will lose, 4-3, to David Wells and the Toronto Blue Jays.
2000 – Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel makes an error, ending his American League record stretch of errorless play at 95 games.