"Canceled? Do I still get credit for the pick-up? I was here!"

Between a cancelled morning flight home, a four-hour wait at Detroit Metro Airport, a 30-minute hover over the city of Cleveland because of rain and an odorous neighbor seated next to me on the plane, I’d say today’s travel went pretty well.

Here are the lineups for tonight’s triumphant return of Craig Breslow…

INDIANS (29-35): 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 Josh Barfield. LHP C.C. Sabathia (3-8, 4.81 ERA).

TWINS (31-33): CF Carlos Gomez, 2B Alexi Casilla, C Joe Mauer, 1B Justin Morneau, RF Michael Cuddyer, DH Mike Redmond, LF Delmon Young, SS Brendan Harris, 3B Matt Macri. RHP Scott Baker (2-0, 4.03).

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…

  • Doesn’t look like Travis Hafner will go out on a rehab assignment for at least another week. He’s still building up strength in that injured right shoulder.
  • Fausto Carmona, on the DL with a left hip strain, will throw his first bullpen session Thursday.
  • Cliff Lee earned his 10th win in the Indians’ 64th game last night. That makes him the earliest Tribe pitcher to 10 wins since Charles Nagy did it in 61 games in 1996 — the year he started the All-Star Game for the AL. Lee was the fastest Tribe left-hander to reach 10 wins since Greg Swindell did it in the team’s 49th game in 1988, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Sabathia, for the record, won No. 10 in the Tribe’s 71st game last year, en route to the Cy Young.
  • Two members of Class A Kinston have been selected for the Carolina League All-Star team. RHP Luis Perdomo (3-1 with 13 saves and a 1.05 ERA in 25 games) and RHP Steven Wright (2-3 with a 2.24 ERA in 13 starts) will represent the K-Tribe.
  • Here’s your daily reminder about the American Red Cross blood drive taking place on Gateway Plaza from noon to 8 p.m. ET Wednesday.
  • The Twins haven’t had a starting pitcher record a victory since May 29.
  • But look out for Casilla. He’s batting .324 (12-for-37) with four doubles in 11 games against the Indians and .889 (8-for-9) with two doubles lifetime against Sabathia.

~AC

UPDATE: How about the D-Train heading to A ball? Seems about right.

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If I may…. at the time Breslow was designated for assignment, I posted this in the comments of this very blog, “I am disappointed with this choice, I personally think one of Eric Wedge’s weakest points is his management and use of the bullpen. The same three or four guys, (Raffey R, Raffey L, Lewis and Joe Bo) were used non-stop last year, and this year it has been the same but replace Joe Bo with Masa….Guess who has the best ERA out of the pen? Craig Breslow believe it or not (also about a strike out an inning), so I personally hope someone picks him up, because he deserves better than that, and Eric Wedge needs to stop using the same guys every single day, and then wondering why …the guys he uses everyday, run out of steam come September/ October. I am not saying Breslow was the best pitcher in the bullpen, but if you barely give a guy a chance, and he still puts up the best numbers, how can you just give up on him?” And what has he done since he left? Throw 5.2 innings, giving up 0 runs, on 3 hits, and 5 strike outs, to lower his ERA to 1.93. Now I am not saying we should get rid of any of these guys, but that looks a tad bit better to me than Bentancourt’s 7.00, or Borowski, Mujica, Elarton, Perez, Kobayashi, or Bauer, Mastny, Lewis, or Julio. Oh wait, that is the rest of the bullpen from the whole season. Go figure, but I am sure Shapiro and Wedge did their homework on that one. (Again, I am not saying Breslow will be the next Joba, and I am sure he will falter at some point, but explain to me again why you cut the guy in your bullpen with the best ERA).

Agreed the bullpen management has been atrocious. I guess guys not performing can make any manager look bad, but I can think of at least 3 games off the top of my head where Wedge made bullpen moves that made me cringe, which then produced subsequently cringeworthy results.

3 things I never want to see again: 1.) the Indians’ closer pitching the top of the inning in an extra innings game, just because he’s the closer, and we all know the closer is the best pitcher on the team. How many games has this strategy lost them over the past 2 years? This year, I’m thinking of the the game Lee threw a shutout for 9 innings, they send Betancourt out in the 10th, when they had Perez and Kobayashi available. It was obvious at the time that Betancourt had been struggling, while both Perez and Kobayashi were pitching well.

2.) Betancourt replacing Perez because Perez lets one guy on, and a right hander is due up. I have no data to back this up, but I’d estimate that Betancourt has added at least 1.5 to Perez’s ERA by allowing his inherited runners, who usually reached on infield/bloop hits, to score.

3.) Jorge Julio pitching in the 3rd inning. This one is a pretty safe bet to not happen again, since Julio’s not currently with the team. But you never know. I’m thinking of the game in Texas when Carmona got hurt. Perez used to be a starter, regularly goes 2-3 innings, was the current best pitcher in the bullpen, and if I remember right, hadn’t thrown in a couple days. Instead Julio’s in, throwing balls a foot off of or right down the middle of the plate, for what seems like 2 hours

D-Train to Class A – love it. Hope he makes it up to AA Erie and I can send some people from home to go “booo” him.

the Indians’ closer pitching the top of the inning in an extra innings game, just because he’s the closer, and we all know the closer is the best pitcher on the team. How many games has this strategy lost them over the past 2 years? This year, I’m thinking of the the game Lee threw a shutout for 9 innings, they send Betancourt out in the 10th, when they had Perez and Kobayashi available. It was obvious at the time that Betancourt had been struggling, while both Perez and Kobayashi were pitching well.

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Betancourt replacing Perez because Perez lets one guy on, and a right hander is due up. I have no data to back this up, but I’d estimate that Betancourt has added at least 1.5 to Perez’s ERA by allowing his inherited runners, who usually reached on infield/bloop hits, to score.

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That travel cannot be summarized as a nice journey can it? I mean the hovering, flight cancellation and delay can be understood because it was for safety, but the stinking seat neighbor is torture. Kudos! For that experience but you still get time to make things happen, how would I react? – Jordan

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