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