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Because I am my own travel agent and I tend to book early flights that always seem to take me through Cleveland, regardless of where I’m coming from or where I’m headed, I’ve been up since 4:15 a.m. ET today. And I even gained an unnecessary hour on the day with the move to the Central time zone. So excuse me if I’m a little groggy with this blog entry and fall asleep on my keybkjfl;afjkdla;
(Good gag, huh?)
Where was I? Ah, yes, we’re in U.S. Cellular Field. Home of the most bizarre press box setup in baseball (it was moved from behind home plate to the upper deck in right a couple years ago) and one of the most dysfunctional organizations in MLB (you’ve got to love Ozzie Guillen warning Orlando Cabrera to be more careful with what he says to the media).
The Indians have a chance to do to the White Sox what the White Sox did to the Indians in ’05. Then again, with the way the Sox are playing, calling each other out and generally choking, it appears the Euclid High School baseball team could roll into here right now and take care of business.
Should be an interesting weekend. Here are tonight’s lineups. If you need me, I’ll be trying to squeeze in last night’s episode of “The Office” between innings…
INDIANS (79-80): CF Grady Sizemore, DH Ben Francisco, LF Shin-Soo Choo, 3B Jhonny Peralta, 1B Ryan Garko, C Kelly Shoppach, RF Franklin Gutierrez, 2B Josh Barfield, SS Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP Scott Lewis (3-0, 1.42).
WHITE SOX (86-72): SS Orlando Cabrera, CF Brian Anderson, RF Jermaine Dye, DH Jim Thome, 1B Paul Konerko, 2B Alexei Ramirez, C A.J. Pierzynski, LF NIck Swisher, 3B Juan Uribe. LHP John Danks (11-8, 3.20).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- If I were a betting man (and I’m really not), I’d say Cliff Lee’s season is over. His stiff neck is still bothering him. You never know until you know, of course. And we’ll know tomorrow for sure. Bryan Bullington would start Sunday in Lee’s absense.
- The front page of today’s Chicago Tribune sports section has the headshots of tonight’s starting pitchers. When Scott Lewis took a look at it earlier, he remarked, “Man, did I get ugly.” He made sure to make this comment within earshot of Jensen Lewis, whose picture was mistakenly used in place of Scott’s.
- If Peralta boots three balls tonight, what will people e-mail me about this offseason? Because currently the over/under on the “When are the Indians going to move Peralta to third?” count is about 1,942.
- After a late arrival from Boston last night, the Indians did not take BP today. “We had four tough games in Boston, and we got in late,” Eric Wedge said.
- The Indians are 0-6 in Chicago this season and have lost seven straight here, dating back to last September.
- The Tribe has guaranteed that it will finish the season with back-to-back winning months (18-10 in August, 14-10 in September thus far).