"That thing is lucky I'm not armed."
This is, I believe, my seventh or eighth attempt to do this entry for tonight’s game. My computer is being uncooperative, as computers tend to be.
I know I can’t really say bad things about a device that allows us to simultaneously keep up with the important things in life — bank statements, stock quotes and fantasy football scores — but I will say that back in the ’50s, when typewriters dictated the day, sportswriters didn’t have such distractions in their attempts to blog.
Before I throw this thing out the window, I’ll share tonight’s lineups with you…
INDIANS (57-67): CF Grady Sizemore, RF Franklin Gutierrez, LF Ben Francisco, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH David Dellucci, 1B Ryan Garko, C Kelly Shoppach, 3B Andy Marte, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP Zach Jackson (0-0, 5.40).
ROYALS (55-70): SS Mike Aviles, 2B Esteban German, LF David DeJesus, RF Jose Guillen, 1B Billy Butler, DH Miguel Olivo, 3B Alex Gordon, C John Buck, CF Mitch Maier. RHP Gil Meche (10-9, 4.13).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- On the rehab watch, Victor Martinez caught six innings of Buffalo’s 10-1 win over Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night and went 1-for-2 with a run scored, two RBIs and a walk. Martinez is off tonight, as Travis Hafner and Josh Barfield return to action after their night off.
- The Indians’ 20-14 record since July 10 is the fifth-best in the AL. The Tribe is 20-16 since trading CC Sabathia. So, obviously, they should have traded him a long time ago, right?
- Jensen Lewis has been the Indians’ closer for about five and a half minutes (or a week and a half, to be more precise), and he’s already just three saves shy of the team’s season-high of six, currently held by Masa Kobayashi and the long-gone Joe Borowski. Lewis’ three straight save conversions equal Borowski’s season-best stretch from May 24 to June 6.
- Matt LaPorta took batting practice with Team USA before today’s win over Japan and is expected to be in the lineup against Cuba in Friday’s semifinal action. LaPorta took a fastball to the noggin against China on Monday and suffered a mild concussion.
- Class A Kinston catcher Carlos Santana, acquired in the Casey Blake trade, took a foul tip to the neck area in the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s game but was expected to return to action tonight.
- Speaking of Kinston, infielder Niuman Romero went 4-for-5 on Tuesday to up his season average to .313. He has 21 doubles, six homers and 51 RBIs in 97 games.
- Lastly, resident Dave Matthews Band fan Jamey Carroll was saddened to hear about the passing of the band’s saxophonist, LeRoi Moore. The 46-year-old Moore died from complications related to an all-terain vehicle crash. “They’ve got somebody replacing him,” Carroll said, “but it’s going to be strange, because he was such an integral part of that band.”