When the music begins to play, you're automatically on your way

For the road trip to Toronto over the weekend, I grabbed a handful of new (or, at least, newish) CDs. My buddy Brian has a blog in which he offers up two-word movie reviews. Allow me to one-up him and provide three-word music reviews…

Mark Knopfler — Kill to Get Crimson: Color me impressed.

The Hold Steady — Stay Positive: I’m feeling ambivalent.

Counting Crows — Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings: One bad weekend.

Mudcrutch — Self-titled: Tom Petty’s finished.

The Black Keys — Attack and Release: Seek and purchase.

There. I just saved you the $4.99 cover charge for Rolling Stone. You can thank me later. In the meantime, here are tonight’s lineups…

INDIANS (52-64): CF Grady Sizemore, LF David Dellucci, RF Ben Francisco, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH Shin-Soo Choo, 1B Ryan Garko, C Sal Fasano, 3B Andy Marte, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. RHP Fausto Carmona (5-4, 4.46).

ORIOLES (56-60): 2B Brian Roberts, RF Nick Markakis, 3B Melvin Mora, DH Aubrey Huff, 1B Kevin Millar, LF Luke Scott, C Ramon Hernandez, CF Jay Payton, SS Alex Cintron. RHP Dennis Sarfate (4-2, 4.58).


  • These two teams haven’t faced each other in 461 days, their last meeting coming May 7, 2007, at Camden Yards. In the time between, the Indians have played the Reds 12 times and the Tigers 30 times.
  • Cliff Lee is the first Major League pitcher to begin a season 16-2 since Pedro Martinez did so with the Red Sox in 2002. Lee is the first Indians’ pitcher to win 16 of his first 18 decisions. Lee accounts for 30.8 percent of the Tribe’s wins this season, which is the largest percentage for a pitcher in baseball.
  • Jhonny Peralta now has four more extra-base hits than A-Rod (55 to 51).
  • Double-A Akron LHP Scott Lewis was named the Bank of America Pitcher of the Week after going 1-0 with a no-decision in two starts last week. He allowed just one run on five hits with two walks and 15 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings. Lewis has allowed just two earned runs over his last seven starts.
  • Here’s a leftover quote from Kelly Shoppach on his impressive bat-breaking incident Sunday in Toronto. He was asked if he can break a bat over his head. “I’ve seen it done, but that’s not something I need to learn. I’m just stubborn enough to try it.”
  • Shoppach, by the way, struck out nine times in 14 plate appearances in the Toronto series. I guess the surprise is that he only broke one bat. 
  • Paul Byrd will have a pair of signings for his recently released book, “Free Byrd,” at Indians Team Shops. The first will take place at South Park Team Shop on Friday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second will be at the Progressive Field Team Shop on Wed., Aug. 20, also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All appearances are subject to Byrd actually being a member of the Indians.
  • Uh, you can vote Slider into the Mascot Hall of Fame at www.mascothalloffame.com. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing. The other nominees are Otto the Orange (Syracuse), Rocky (Denver Nuggets), Billy the Marlin and the Stanford Tree. Vote wisely.



Those two fellas in The Black Keys, from Akron, sure can play. You’d be wise to check out their previous release Magic Potion as well if you haven’t already, or all of their previous releases if you’re feeling saucy.

just an fyi: ESPN just announced that Springsteen is playing the Super Bowl halftime show. Get excited and Go Tribe!

I’m all for Bruce at halftime. As long as he doesn’t do a medley.

And I’m all over the Black Keys. Rubber Factory is my personal favorite.

I missed Black Keys at Lollapalooza, but got there in time for Raconteurs and Cool Kids, and an unimpressive showing by Radiohead.

And Otto the Orange is a first-ballot lock. Slider? C’mon…

Rubber Factory is solid, I’m impressed with your taste. As for that new blog header, I just hope for your sake that you’re not the 2007 Eric Gagne of this year’s blog trading deadline.

Has anyone noticed that Sal Fasano has a three-game hit streak, and has 6 RBIs in 31 at-bats? He had just 19 RBIs after 234 ABs during the past three seasons leading up to playing with the Tribe this year.
Whether it’s Martinez, Shoppach or Fasano, how come Indians catchers hit better than their first basemen?

I like the Hold Steady, thought it was pretty good. You’re right about the Mark Knofler. This is even better than the Duet stuff with Emmilou Harris. One more to check out – Alejandro Escovado, Real Live Animal. You’ve probably already got his duet with Bruce on “Always a Friend” – the album is good.

You’ve got a great blog. One teensy-weensy correction. I think it’s “minutiae” not “minutia,” since you usually report more than one excruciating item per blog.

I did pick up the Escovado disc and wasn’t entirely blown away. But “Always a Friend” is a great tune.

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