"So, that's one tuck and one no-tuck. Got that?"
Traveling isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. For instance, my trip from Texas to Detroit yesterday involved a 6:45 a.m. flight to Cleveland, a two-hour layover at Hopkins, and then a flight to Motown in which we were all asked to sit in the last four rows, so as to balance the weight of the plane. That really makes you feel safe.
Last night I slept in my third hotel in as many days. This was only a problem because I could not, for the life of me, remember which room I was in when I returned from last night’s game. Actually, this isn’t such a rare occurrence. And I was somehow able to find my room by “feel,” as they say. Fortunately, my “feel” did not involve a trial and error period of inserting my key card into about eight different doors.
At least I have a key card. One member of our traveling beat writer crew is staying at the luxurious Hotel Milner, which is in sight of Comerica Park. The Milner was recently renovated — and by “recently,” I mean… in 1962. They don’t use key cards at the Milner. They use actual keys. If you are ever handed an actual key to your hotel room, you know you’re at a bad hotel.
And it gets hot in the Milner, as this writer (whose identity I’m protecting for no specific reason) found out. The writer called the front desk to inquire about the status of the hotel’s air conditioning. A little while later, while the writer was laying down for a nap, a maintenance guy waltzed right into his room with an AC wall unit in hand.
Hey, what do you want for $79 a night?
Here are today’s lineups. Wedge is giving Victor Martinez another day of rest with that sore left hamstring. Get used to that. “We’ll have to give him periodic days,” Wedge said. But Wedge said the injury is still not drastic enough to land Vic on the DL…
INDIANS (28-33): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, LF Ben Francisco, DH Ryan Garko, SS Jhonny Peralta, 1B Casey Blake, RF Franklin Gutierrez, C Kelly Shoppach, 3B Andy Marte. LHP Aaron Laffey (3-3, 3.02).
TIGERS (24-36): SS Edgar Renteria, 2B Placido Polanco, LF Marcus Thames, DH Magglio Ordonez, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 3B Carlos Guillen, CF Brent Clevlen, C Brandon Inge, RF Ryan Raburn. LHP Kenny Rogers (4-4, 5.54).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Last night’s win was the Tribe’s 1,000 all-time against the Tigers.
- According to Elias, Paul Byrd is the first pitcher in MLB history to reach his 100th win without having earned as many as 30 wins with any single team.
- Last night’s save was Joe Borowski’s 50th as an Indian.
- Victor Martinez ranks second in the AL in throwing out would-be basestealers with a 34.5 percentage (10-of-29).
- Since joining the Tigers in 2004, Carlos Guillen has hit .348 (77-for-221) wiht 15 doubles, two triples, eight homers and 31 RBIs in 57 games against the Indians, who, of course, nearly acquired him from the Mariners in a trade involving Omar Vizquel in ’04.
- LHP Dave Huff made his Buffalo debut last night and allowed a run on three hits wiht a walk and five strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision. The Bisons blew a two-run lead in the ninth. Keep your eye on Huff. If the Indians’ starters keep dropping (or if one of them, in particular, gets traded, he could be an option later this year, given the way he’s pitching).
- The Indians are holding an American Red Cross blood drive in the Gateway Plaza area on June 11 from noon to 8 p.m. ET. The drive is open to the public. If you go to www.givelife.org and enter the sponsor code “clevelandindians” you can schedule a donation time, though walk-ups are also welcome.