"I must be out, or I'd pick up the phone. Where could I be?"

For some reason that I don’t quite understand, it’s become commonplace for us reporters to ask ballplayers how many text messages and calls they’ve received the day after a big game or event.

So, in case you’re wondering, Cliff Lee has received a bunch of calls and text messages. Not sure how many, exactly. Perhaps that makes me a bad reporter. But I can tell you that CC Sabathia texted him and Casey Blake did not. Clearly, then, Blake is a bad person.

Frankly, I’m not interested in the whole text message count thing. Wouldn’t you rather know if a guy got a late-night text from a psycho ex-girlfriend? Much more interesting.

Anyway, I’m a little late with the lineups. Lot going on here today. But here they are, regardless…

INDIANS (66-70): CF Grady Sizemore, RF Franklin Gutierrez, LF Ben Francisco, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH Victor Martinez, 1B Ryan Garko, C Kelly Shoppach, 3B Andy Marte, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. RHP Fausto Carmona (7-5, 4.50).

WHITE SOX (77-60): SS Orlando Cabrera, C A.J. Pierzynski, RF Jermaine Dye, DH Jim Thome, 1B Paul Konerko, LF Nick Swisher, 2B Alexei Ramirez, 3B Joe Crede, CF Jerry Owens. LHP John Danks (10-7, 3.30).

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…

  • Martinez threw to all the bases for the third time since his activation today. He handled it well, and Wedge said to expect Vic to get his first start behind the plate sometime this weekend in Kansas City.
  • Adam Miller (right finger surgery) threw a 25-pitch bullpen at Progressive Field today, using all his pitches. He’ll throw a 20-35 pitch simulated session on FRiday, either at Akron or Lake County. He’s expected to take part in the Arizona Instructional League and, if all goes well, will probably play in Winter Ball, too.
  • The Indians 33 seasons without a 20-game winner was the largest gap in Major League history. The Phillies went 32 years from 1918 to 1949.
  • Lee is just the seventh pitcher since 1920 to win 20 of his first 22 decisions. He joins Roger Clemens (2001), Ron Guidry (1978), Gaylord Perry (1966), Whitey Ford (1961), Preacher Roe (1951) and Lefty Grove (1931).
  • Oh, and don’t forget that Lee has four more starts.
  • More on Lee… The man of the hour will be signing autographs tomorrow (Wednesday) from 4-6 p.m. ET at AJ Rocco’s on 812 Huron Road. The cost of the signing ($20 per item) will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Cliff’s son, Jaxon, is a leukemia survivor.
  • A scoring change from last night’s game… Credit Grady Sizemore with a base hit in the third inning. He went to second on an error by the pitcher, Clayton Richard. The run is still unearned.

~AC

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