Shake it like a bowl of soup, make your body loop-de-loop
When I was in Los Angeles last week, I caught up with my buddy Brian, who is a displaced Clevelander living in Southern California and awaiting inevitable natural disaster. He told me there is a 95 percent chance that LA will have a major earthquake sometime in the next 20 years, and he’s hopeful that said quake will at least lower property values, so that he can get a good deal on a house.
Well, here we are a week later, and, sure enough, LA just had an earthquake this afternoon. I immediately called Brian, and he was a tad disappointed to inform me that this one only registered as a 5.6 on the Richter scale — strong enough to provide 10 seconds of shakiness but not strong enough to cause major damage and drive down the housing prices.
My condolences go out to all those on the Left Coast who were hoping to score big in the real estate market as a result of today’s quake. If it’s any consolation whatsoever, you survived. So you’ve got that going for you, which is nice.
All joking aside, actual condolences go out to Travis Hafner and his family. Hafner’s father, Terry, passed away over the weekend after a battle with cancer. The funeral will take place Wednesday in North Dakota. Hafner left the Indians on Friday to be with his dad and will return to Cleveland later this week.
On the opposide side of the spectrum, congrats go out to trainer Lonnie Soloff, whose wife, Alyssa, gave birth to the couple’s second son, Alexander Michael, on Tuesday
Here are tonight’s lineups…
INDIANS (46-58): CF Grady Sizemore, DH David Dellucci, LF Ben Francisco, SS Jhonny Peralta, RF Shin-Soo Choo, C Kelly Shoppach, 3B Andy Marte, 1B Ryan Garko, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. RHP Matt Ginter (1-1, 2.45).
TIGERS (53-52): CF Curtis Granderson, 2B Placido Polanco, 3B Carlos Guillen, RF Magglio Ordonez, 1B Miguel Cabrera, LF Matt Joyce, DH Gary Sheffield, SS Edgar Renteria, C Brandon Inge. RHP Armando Galarraga (8-4, 3.27).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY….
- IF Jamey Carroll (left hamstring strain) did some more agility drills today and said he felt better than yesterday. He was able to field grounders and take batting practice, but he still remains out of the lineup and is day to day with the injury he suffered Friday night.
- The Indians’ 11 shutouts this season tie the Red Sox for the most in the Majors.
- Ed Mujica has not allowed a run in his last 10 appearances — a span of 12 innings.
- Kelly Shoppach has hit safely in six straight games, batting .381 (8-for-21) with two homers and eight RBIs.
- Paul Byrd is now 10-2 in his career against the Tigers. According to Elias, only one other active pitcher has a better career wining percentage against Detroit, and that’s Roy Halladay, who is 11-2 in his career against the Tigers.
- 3B Wes Hodges had a big night for Double-A Akron on Monday, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs in an 8-7 win over Erie. For the season, Hodges is batting .301 with 12 homers and 79 RBIs in 103 ames. He leads the organization’s hitters in RBIs.
- First-round pick Lonnie Chisenhall is batting .260 with eight doubles, two triples, two homers and 19 RBIs in 35 games at Mahoning Valley. He hit his second homer last night.
- Anthony Reyes makes his debut at Triple-A Buffalo tonight, getting the start at Durham.
- Casey Blake, 4-for-10 since Saturday’s trade, got tossed from the Dodgers’ game against the Giants last night after arguing about a checked swing that was called a strike. “He’s making a strong impression,” Eric Wedge joked. “Good for him.”