"I gotta say, that is a fantastic idea, Feldman!"
Well, it’s one of those days. Let’s just go straight to the lineups. Victor Martinez is still out with that finger injury…
INDIANS (22-26): CF Grady Sizemore, 3B Casey Blake, DH Travis Hafner, RF Ben Francisco, 1B Michael Aubrey, SS Jhonny Peralta, LF David Dellucci, C Kelly Shoppach, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP Cliff Lee on the mound, and according to SI.com, we should all bear Witness to him (a la LeBron) — and that’s just silly. But we can at least watch and hope, for the Indians’ sake, that Sunday’s rough outing was a fluke.
RANGERS (25-25): 2B Ian Kinsler, SS Michael Young, CF Josh Hamilton, DH Milton Bradley, LF David Murphy, C Gerald Laird, RF Marlon Byrd, 1B Chris Shelton, 3B German Duncan. RHP Scott Feldman on the mound. Wasn’t he the Bizarro version of Kramer?
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- When Carmona came out of the game with his hip injury in the third inning last night, it ended the Indians’ streak of 32 straight games in which their starters lasted at least five innings.
- The Tribe gave up nine doubles to the Rangers last night. The last time that happened to the Indians was April 14, 1993, at Boston.
- Aaron Laffey’s 1.60 ERA since April 17 is the lowest in the AL in that span. He is 15 innings shy of qualifying for the AL ERA lead. Now that Carmona’s hurt, he’ll get a chance to do so.
- The Indians are 9-for-56 with RISP during the seven-game losing streak.
- The Tribe is batting .205 this month. Talk about dis-May (insert rimshot here).
OK, one last thing…
Perhaps you’ve seen those touching features ESPN runs every so often called “My Wish,” in which a Make-A-Wish kid gets to live out a sports fantasy. Well, the Indians are the subject of one today.
Alonso Faragoso, 7, lives in Las Vegas, but he played on a Little League team called the Indians, so they instantly became his favorite team. Apparently, when he plays baseball video games, he’s always the Tribe, as is his sister, so … the Indians always win. Today he got to suit up in full uniform at his own locker in the clubhouse, play catch on the field, take batting practice, and he’ll also throw out the ceremonial first pitch and do the PA announcements in the third inning.
We’ll have a story about Alonso in Game Face Magazine in the near future, and ESPN’s feature is supposedly going to run in late June.
UPDATE (6:57 p.m. ET): G.I. Joe’s Sgt. Slaughter just threw out the ceremonial second pitch. I’m not making this up. I wish I were.
UPDATED UPDATE (8:50): OK, now I’m glad Sgt. Slaughter is here. Ketchup was on his way to, most likely, a win in the Hot Dog Race when Slaughter clothes-lined him, knocking Ketchup to the ground. As a mustard fan, I relished this moment (pun intended). And… I have no idea why I’m writing about this. Probably because I don’t see it ending up in the game story.