5/17: Indians at Rays
Today’s 1:38 p.m. ET game at Tropicana Field will be broadcast on WKYC Channel 3 and WTAM. Haven’t spoken with the manager yet, so I don’t know if this is a standard day off for Grady Sizemore or something more newsworthy.
UPDATE: Wedge is giving Grady a two-day mental and physical break, coupling today’s break with tomorrow’s off day.
UPDATE No. 2: Well, this is an oddity. For those not tuning in at home, the Rays submitted a lineup card with two 3B on it — Zobrist and Longoria. Zobrist took the position in the first, Wedge pointed it out to the umpires between innings, and, after a 13-minute delay, the umps ruled that Sonnanstine must bat in Longoria’s place. Sonnanstine was actually 12-for-32 in his career at the plate, coming into the game.
UPDATE No. 3: The Indians were on the other side of this type of snafu once. On July 22, 1999, against Toronto, manager Mike Hargrove submitted a lineup with Manny Ramirez at DH and Alex Ramirez in right field. The wrong Ramirez went out to right in the first inning, and Blue Jays manager Jim Fregosi took notice. Because Manny had played the field, the Indians forfeited their DH spot, so Charles Nagy was forced to bat seventh. He went 0-for-2, and the Indians lost, 4-3.
INDIANS (14-24): SS Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B Jamey Carroll, C Victor Martinez, RF Shin-Soo Choo, 3B Jhonny Peralta, LF Ryan Garko, DH David Dellucci, 1B Mark DeRosa, CF Ben Francisco. LHP David Huff (debut).
RAYS (18-20): CF B.J. Upton, LF Carl Crawford,
DH Evan Longoria Andy Sonnanstine, 1B Carlos Pena, 3B Ben Zobrist, SS Jason Bartlett, RF Gabe Kapler, 2B Akinori Iwamura, C Michel Hernandez. RHP Sonnanstine (1-4, 7.27).