By Craig Gifford
For seven innings Friday night, the Indians could get plenty of hits. The problem was scoring runs off Minnesota starter Carl Pavano. Once Pavano exited in the bottom of the eighth, the floodgates opened just enough for the Tribe to come away with a 3-2 victory in the first game of three-game set with the Twins at Progressive Field.
The victory kept the Indians within three games of the Central Division’s first-place Tigers, who also won Friday.
By Craig Gifford
The Major League Baseball trade deadline came and went last month without the Indians acquiring a middle-of-the-order bat that is sorely needed if they hope to run down the Detroit Tigers and win the American League Central Division crown. Never fear, however, next week the Tribe will get that bat in its lineup without giving anything up.
It was announced Tuesday night that Shin-Soo Choo, currently on a minor league rehab assignment with the Lake County Captains, is expected to be available by sometime next week. That is welcome news. Ever since Choo injured his thumb on a hit by pitch on June 24, the Indians have scrambled to replace the right fielder’s production in the line up and the outfield.
By Tim Palumbo
O Say Can You C
To start this list I would like to make a tribute to Orlando Cabrera who has recently become a U.S. citizen. Many of us are born into this great country with the privilege of being an American citizen with no merit needed. Orlando achieved his citizenship through many years of residency, but we all know he couldn’t have made that happen without his excellence on and off the field. He is now is a proud citizen of the greatest country on Earth. Congrats O.C. – it’s been an honor to have you on the Cleveland Indians.
#5 – Travis Hafner Resurgence
Travis Hafner has answered the critics and reassured his fan base that his raw hitting abilities are not a result of performance enhancing drugs. We can close the book on the debate, and leave it with its proven and logical answer; that his slumping and limited plate appearances in the past few years were the result of the many injuries. With Pronk’s big bat back in the lineup, and the Indians fighting for command of first place in the AL Central, it feels like ’07 in ’11.