Take me to the hotel; Baggage gone, oh well
We are back to normal — or, at least, as normal as things get around here — after a hellish travel day Monday. A 7 a.m. thunder and lightning storm in Kansas City led to a missed connection in Cleveland, which led to the discovery of no other available flights to Baltimore, which led to an unexpected afternoon flight to D.C., which led to my presence on a MARC train that pulled up to Camden Yards just as the National Anthem was being sung before the Indians-Orioles game.
The things I’ll do to watch Andy Marte play baseball.
My thanks to Baltimore associate reporter Amanda Comak for bailing me out pregame yesterday. Here are tonight’s lineups, with Michael Aubrey getting a start over Ryan Garko.
INDIANS (69-73): CF Grady Sizemore, LF David Dellucci, RF Shin-Soo Choo, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH Travis Hafner, C Kelly Shoppach, 1B Michael Aubrey, 3B Andy Marte, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP Jeremy Sowers (2-8, 5.97).
ORIOLES (64-78): 2B Brian Roberts, CF Adam Jones, RF Nick Markakis, 3B Aubrey Huff, 1B Ramon Hernandez, DH Kevin Millar, LF Luke Scott, C Guillermo Quiroz, SS Juan Castro. RHP Radhames Liz (5-4, 7.91).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- I received an e-mail informing me Travis Hafner was activated off the DL today. Scoop!
- In case you missed it, Jeremy Guthrie, who was originally slated to start against the Tribe tonight, is being skipped because of the flu. Guthrie’s last scheduled start was also skipped because of a dead arm. So he’s having a rough month.
- Juan Rincon and Brendan Donnelly were obviously goats in last night’s 14-3 debacle. But Eric Wedge still considers both veteran relievers, who will be free agents, options for next season. “I’ll forget about last night,” Wedge said. “That was a bad night for both of them. I want to see how they finish off the season. They’re very different, but there’s a lot to like about both of them.”
- Anthony Reyes played catch today and will throw a bullpen session tomorrow. Thus far, he is on track to make his next turn in the rotation after getting skipped this week.
- The Indians now have 34 active players, including 18 pitchers.
- The Tribe hasn’t homered in the last five games, which is a new season-high drought.
- If you’ve read the Indians.com site the last few days, you know there’s a brewing fantasy football feud between ex-commissioner Hafner and new commish Jamey Carroll. Hafner was miffed when he Carroll ruled that he didn’t pick up Kurt Warner off waivers at the appropriate time and didn’t let him play Warner in Week 1. Carroll also had T-shirts made up for all the league’s members, depicting a Chief Wahoo logo on a white football helmet. “It was a nice effort,” Hafner said, though Pronk hinted that Carroll only had the shirts made to cover up his poor job as commish. I think this is all in good fun, but who knows?
- And you know it’s September in a long and rough season when the previous item is noteworthy.