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For my money (or, in this case, my press pass), it doesn’t get much better than Camden Yards. It’s a great ballpark, and my opinion is certainly biased by the fact that this is the only place I ever (and probably will ever) caught a home run ball.
It was 2002, and Gary Matthews Jr. went deep off Roger Clemens. The ball sailed onto the right-field home run porch that borders Eutaw Street and bounced off a couple hands before I swiped it in mid-air.
I still have that ball. And come to think of it, it’s a miracle it wasn’t confiscated as part of the Mitchell investigation.
Here are tonight’s lineups…
INDIANS (70-73): CF Grady Sizemore, 3B Jamey Carroll, LF Ben Francisco, SS Jhonny Peralta, 1B Victor Martinez, C Kelly Shoppach, DH Ryan Garko, RF Franklin Gutierrez, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP Scott Lewis (Major League debut).
ORIOLES (64-79): 2B Brian Roberts, RF Jay Payton, 3B Aubrey Huff, C Ramon Hernandez, CF Adam Jones, 1B Oscar Salazar, DH Luke Scott, LF Lou Montanez, SS Alex Cintron. LHP Chris Waters (2-2, 5.40).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Travis Hafner is basically going to be playing every other day, at this point. Victor Martinez is scheduled to catch Thursday, so that would mark his first batch of back-to-back duty in the field since his activation off the DL. He played back to back Sunday and Monday, but one of those games was at DH.
- It’s well-established that Josh Barfield won’t be seeing much action up here this month, and we could probably spend an entire blog posting debating the merits of that dispersal of playing time (and we probably will, in fact). But in case you’re curious, the Indians have asked Barfield to play winter ball this offseason, and he hasn’t decided yet. “That’s something for him to decide,” Eric Wedge said. “It’s good to get at-bats and reps at second, and Josh has an opportunity to get better.”
- Wedge also wouldn’t mind seeing Barfield get some time at third base at some point, because, if you haven’t noticed, the Indians are going to have a gaping hole there. “The more versatile young players are, the better their opportunities,” Wedge said.
- Regarding Andy Marte, he’s batting .272 over his last 25 games, but he hasn’t hit any home runs and he’s driven in just seven runs in that span. This from a guy who was once considered a prime power-hitting prospect. In talking about Marte at the plate, Wedge couldn’t sound much less impressed. “He’s struggled to put it together offensively,” Wedge said. “He’s shown signs with at-bats here and there, but he’s struggled with consistency.”
- The Indians are giving the O’s a double-dose of the SLL (skinny little lefty) treatment in starting Sowers and Lewis back-to-back. Hey, it worked for Sowers last night. If Lewis wins tonight, he’d be the first Tribe pitcher to win his Major League debut since Fausto Carmona in 2006.
- The increasingly heated presidential campaign has led to some entertaining back-and-forth between Tribe players. I won’t reveal certain players’ political affiliations, but it was interesting to see one member of the club immersed in Jerome R. Corsi’s new book, “The Obama Nation,” this afternoon, while his teammates were glued to the Brewers-Reds game.