Tramps like us…
Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski is a better blogger than I’ll ever be. His blog even has the subhead, “Eleven. Exactly. One louder,” which completely kills the idea I had to possibly name this blog, “These Go to 11.” (If you don’t get the reference, just… don’t worry about it.)
Anyway, my boss passed along this fantastic Posnanski blog entry, comparing Pete Rose to Bruce Springsteen (in a favorable way), that I’m going to pass along to you. Use it well.
As far as the Indians are concerned, I wrote a story last night about Andy Marte’s lack of April playing time. Clearly, someone on the Indians’ coaching staff read the clips today and was reminded that Marte is on the team, because he’s in tonight’s lineup (for my next magic trick, I’m going to write a feature on Craig Breslow — yes, he’s still here — and watch as he miraculously turns up in the rotation). Casey Blake moves to 1B and the slumping Ryan Garko gets a mental health day. Oh, and Grady returns.
INDIANS: CF Grady Sizemore, LF David Dellucci, DH Travis Hafner, C Victor Martinez, SS Jhonny Peralta, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, 1B Blake, RF Franklin Gutierrez, 3B Andy Marte. Fausto Carmona on the mound.
MARINERS: CF Ichiro Suzuki, 2B Jose Lopez, LF Raul Ibanez, 3B Adrian Beltre, DH Jose Vidro, 1B Richie Sexson, RF Brad Wilkerson, C Kenji Johjima, SS Yuniesky Betancourt. RHP Carlos Silva.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY:
- Adam Miller tossed four scoreless innings for Buffalo last night. He gave up just four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in a 5-2 win over Scranton. Miller has now made two starts for the Bisons after a late start to the season because of that Spring Training blister. He hasn’t allowed a run in nine innings.
- Ben Francisco went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in that Bisons win.
- According to Elias, LHP Aaron Laffey became the first pitcher to have a no-hitter through five innings and go on to lose the game since Jon Lieber did it while pitching for the Cubs against the Cardinals on Sept. 20, 1999.
- The Indians are batting .211 in losses and .286 in wins.
- Of Victor Martinez’s 27 hits, only four have gone for extra bases. All doubles.