Headin' out for the mountains, knowin' we was traveling further
Greetings from beautiful Coors Field, home of the Sandlot Brewery, where the beer Blue Moon was invented. I just learned this useless piece of trivia and am immediately passing it on to you. Other things to know about Coors Field — the purple row of seats in the upper deck represents the city of Denver’s one-mile elevation point. Either that, or they ran out of green paint. Also, during the construction of this facility, workers discovered dinosaur fossils. Take that, Carl Everett.
Anyway, the Indians resume Interleague Play here tonight, and this is an important stretch for the Tribe. They are in the midst of playing some relatively weak opponents from the NL West, and how they fare will go a long way toward determining what this club does at the trading deadline (if anything).
With that being said, here are the lineups for tonight’s series opener in the “rematch” of the 2007 World Series that never was…
INDIANS (33-37): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, LF Ben Francisco, 1B Ryan Garko, RF Shin-Soo Choo, SS Jhonny Peralta, 3B Casey Blake, C Kelly Shoppach. RHP Paul Byrd on the mound and likely praising the inventor of the humidor.
ROCKIES (28-42): CF Willy Tavaras, 2B Jeff Baker, LF Matt Holliday, 1B Todd Helton, 3B Garrett Atkins, RF Brad Hawpe, C Chris Iannetta, SS Omar Quintanilla. RHP Greg Reynolds.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- The Indians signed 3B Morgan Ensberg to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo today. Ensberg, 32, was designated for assignment by the Yankees on June 2 after batting .203 with a homer and four RBIs in 28 games. Ensberg is better known for his days with the Astros, for whom he hit .283 with 36 homers and 101 RBIs in 2005.
- Remember LHP Tony Sipp? He had Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery last summer and has been in extended Spring Training camp. Farm director Ross Atkins said Sipp will be leaving Winter Haven any day now and report to a club, though the Indians had not yet determined where, exactly. Kinston is a possibility.
- Also down on the farm, by now you might have seen that 1B Michael Aubrey is hurt again. He was placed on the Buffalo disabled list over the weekend.
- Sizemore has homered in four of his last five games and has nine homers in 16 games. He has already tied an Indians club record with five leadoff homers this year. That record was set by Kenny Lofton in 1999.
- The Indians are first in the Majors in runs scored in the month of June, with 95. The Rangers have 94, entering today.
- This is the Tribe’s first appearance in Denver since 2003, when they were swept by the Rockies. This is the Indians’ third appearance here overall.
- Carroll has four multi-hit games in his last six games played.