Everything's bigger in Texas
Actually, let me restate that… EVERYTHING’S BIGGER IN TEXAS … especially the new, $1.1 billion football stadium they’re constructing for the Dallas Cowboys next door to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It almost looks like a spaceship. Although, the government has asked me not to spread the word that I know what a spaceship looks like, so disregard that comparison.
The threat of heat stroke is also bigger in Texas. It’s 93 degrees right now (though, according to weather.com, it “feels like” 95, and that makes a huge difference).
Victor Martinez is back in the Indians’ ever-evolving lineup for today’s opener of a four-game set at Rangers Ballpark, and the wrinkle is that he’s batting third for just the third time this season…
INDIANS (25-31): CF Grady Sizemore, LF Ben Francisco, C Victor Martinez, 1B Ryan Garko, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH David Dellucci, 3B Casey Blake, RF Shin-Soo Choo, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP Aaron Laffey (3-3, 1.59 ERA) on the mound.
RANGERS (29-29): 2B Ian Kinsler, SS Michael Young, RF Josh Hamilton, DH Milton Bradley, LF David Murphy, CF Marlon Byrd, 1B Chris Shelton, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3B Travis Metcalf. RHP Doug Mathis (1-1, 5.56).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Couple medical updates for you… Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said Travis Hafner, if all goes to plan, will pick up a bat this coming weekend. Pronk’s currently doing strengthening activities on his rotator cuff and shoulder blade.
- RHP Fausto Carmona, meanwhile, is scheduled to play catch for the first time Tuesday, throwing out to 60 feet. Carmona, as you know, has been on the DL since May 24 with a left hip strain.
- Eric Wedge has tried just about everything he can think of with the lineup this season. But one thing he won’t try, he said, is moving Sizemore down from the leadoff spot. “We tried it last year and I didn’t feel it worked,” Wedge said. “Grady’s one of the best at the top of the lineup. I think it’s [up to] other people to step up in other areas.”
- Akron LHP Randy Newsom has been named the Eastern League player of the week after going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and three saves in five innings of work last week. For the season, Newsom has a 3-0 record and 1.09 ERA, saving 16 of 18 opportunities.
- Newsom is one of three relievers in the Indians’ system who rank among their respective league leaders in saves. RHP Rich Bauer is second in the International League with 15 saves at Buffalo, and Kinston’s RHP Luis Perdomo has the most saves in the Eastern and Carolina Leagues, with 12.
- The Indians are 19-7 when they score four or more runs. Unfortuantely, they’ve scored three or less in 30 of their 56 games.
- The Tribe has lost three of its last four series.