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The minutia flows fast and furious tonight, so let’s get to it.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- The Indians won’t announce who is starting tomorrow night’s game until after tonight’s game, but a roster move will be made, as David Huff is getting Thursday’s start. My guess is that tomorrow’s start goes to Zach Jackson, as tonight would normally be his turn in the Columbus rotation but the Clippers are instead going with a bullpen day (John Meloan got the start). Jackson is 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA.
- Eric Wedge said he expects Travis Hafner to be back after playing three straight days for Columbus later this week. Hafner took batting practice here today and will do so again tomorrow before returning to Columbus on Thursday and playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday. At that point, it might be time to promote Pronk, whose rehab assignment expires a week from Wednesday.
- When Hafner comes back, it might be time for the Indians to make a decision on Grady Sizemore, whose left elbow condition, as mentioned in a previous post, is looking more and more like a DL situation. Here’s the story on Grady.
- Matt LaPorta will get more consistent time at first base when he return to Columbus. Wedge wants LaPorta to be an option there the next time he gets called up.
- Trevor Crowe is here because the Indians are going to need options at center field, with Sizemore hurting.
- LaPorta didn’t make much of an impact up here this month, but he also got the Ryan Garko treatment in that he started sporadically. All in all, I’d say LaPorta didn’t give away too many at-bats, and I’d certainly like to see him in a more extended look. But Wedge, managing with a definite sense of urgency, didn’t opt to give him one at this juncture.
- All right, about last night… According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Indians’ 10-run comeback marked the third time in the last 25 years that the Indians won a game after trailing by at least 10 runs. They also rallied from 10 down to beat the Twins in 1984 and came back from a 12-run disadvantage to beat the Mariners on Aug. 5, 2001. Over that span, all other Major League teams have combined for just five comeback victories of that type, so what the Indians have accomplished is pretty remarkable. “It’s a great example of why you always play it out to the final out,” Wedge said. “You just never know. Those fans who stuck around saw a tremendous comeback under extreme circumstances.”
- The Indians have won 14 straight home games against the Rays. According to Elias, that’s the longest home winning streak for the Indians against one opponent since they won 15 straight against Detroit from 1994 to 1997. The team record is 27 straight against St. Louis from 1952-54.
- If you’re attending Sunday’s game against the Yankees, come a little earlier than usual. The game time has been moved up from 1:05 p.m. ET to 12:40 p.m. because it will be broadcast on TBS.
- RHP Jeanmar Gomez is the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week after his perfect game at Trenton on Thursday. Gomez entered his start against Reading tonight with a 4-0 record and a 0.31 ERA.
- I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that yesterday was the 28th anniversary of the Rangers’ Bill Stein setting an American League record for pinch hits, with seven. Why is this important? Because Bill Stein is the father of Jason Stein, the Indians’ iTrac vision trainer who is better known in these parts as the “Master of Self-Promotion.” Anyway, if you think about it, seven consecutive pinch hits is pretty special stuff.