"I'm sorry, but the card says Moops"

It’s always an odd sight to see a lineup card without Grady Sizemore’s name on it. It looks like a Moops-like mistake. But the Indians are Grady-less again tonight. Sizemore and Wedge both agreed that the sprained right ankle is better, but the wet field conditions simply made it too risky to send him out there. The hope is that he’ll be back Tuesday.

David Dellucci is again in the leadoff spot and Franklin Gutierrez is in center. I didn’t realize this, but Dellucci batted primarily in the No. 1 spot with the Rangers in 2005 — the year he hit a career-high 29 homers.

In roster news, Aaron Laffey was called up and Bellevue native Brad Snyder was sent back down, as expected. Brad, we hardly knew ye.

In not-so-important news, my Mom read my post from earlier today and offered to buy me some bananas. Thanks, Mom.

Here are the lineups for the series finale…

INDIANS: LF Dellucci, 2B Jamey Carroll (A-Cab just getting a day off), DH Travis Hafner, C Victor Martinez, SS Jhonny Peralta, 1B Ryan Garko, 3B Casey Blake, CF Gutierrez, RF Jason Michaels. LHP Laffey gets his first start of ’08. 

YANKEES: CF Melky Cabrera, SS Derek Jeter, RF Bobby Abreu, DH Alex Rodriguez, 1B Jason Giambi, LF Hideki Matsui, 3B Morgan Ensberg, 2B Robinson Cano, C Jose Molina. RHP Mike Mussina.


  • If you think a Sizemore injury is rare, look at Yankees C Jorge Posada. He went on the DL on Sunday for the first time in his 14-year career, which is amazing, especially for a catcher. “When you talk about his season,” Wedge said, “you’re not just talking about six months, but six and a half or seven months, because of the success they’ve had. It’s a great testament to him taking care of his body, his toughness and what he’s been able to do from a consistency and performance standpoint.”
  • Speaking of toughness, tonight’s ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Willard, Ohio, native Sean Swarner, a two-time terminal cancer survivor and the first cancer survivor to summit Mt. Everest. We’ll have a story about Swarner up on the site later tonight. 
  • Casey Blake leads the Tribe with 18 RBIs. He is tied for 10th in the AL. He’s batting .407 with RISP.
  • Jensen Lewis will visit Kenston Intermediate School in Chagrin Falls on Tuesday. Sixth grader Samuel Weitzman won the classroom visit through the Plain Dealer’s NIE Tribe Curriculum Guide contest. 



I just wanted to say I really appreciate this new blog. It is nice to get news that would not normally be posted on the site much sooner than it is known, and to just get constant updates on the team. If you need an assistant, I would gladly apply. I love the Indians, I love Seinfeld, and I love Pearl Jam, but I can work on my love for the Boss if that is the final qualifier.

David Dellucci is the bane of my existence!

Thanks for another way to abuse the high-speed connection here at work! I think your blog title is a good one – no need to be overly clever.

I definitely enjoy the blog Anthony.

Garko is killing the Indians right now. Wouldn’t it be a good time to play Blake at 1B and give Marte a few hacks? He couldn’t do anyworse than 0 – 22.

Too bad Laffey hit some bad luck in the 6th with some weak hits. That was some good pitching.

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