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Twitter is either bringing us all together in ways one thought unimaginable or completely ruining what little fabric remains in our society.
Six of one/half a dozen of the other, right?
Well, for those of you in tune with the tweets who enjoyed the Twitter element to MLB.com’s Gameday pitch-by-pitch application during the All-Star Game, it appears it will now be a regular component to Gameday for all games. And tonight, you can follow the Indians-Angels game online while tweeting to your heart’s content and enjoying the musings from such luminaries as Angels.com writer Lyle Spencer, Tribe PR director Bart Swain and, to a much lesser degree, yours truly.
Twitter has made an already ridiculous Trade Deadline season all the more ridiculous, as some reporters with quick trigger fingers have used it to share every inane and unfounded observation and rumor they can come up with. And today, a Twitter account was used to post a completely bogus report about Cliff Lee going to the Red Sox.
So, when you stack it against those examples, maybe Matt LaPorta’s long-ago Fruity Pebbles tweet wasn’t so bad, after all.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Cliff Lee’s gut tells him he’ll still be with the Indians at week’s end. Some others I’ve talked to in the front office have the same gut feeling about Lee and Victor Martinez, but that’s not to say that the trade talk about both of those guys isn’t very real. Obviously, something could happen in the coming days. For now, here’s what Lee has to say about his situation.
- Don’t forget you can follow trade news and rumors from around the league at MLB.com’s Trade Talk blog.
- I never imagined a scenario in which Andy Marte would again be with the Indians this year (or any year, for that matter). It’s a credit to him that he’s back and in the starting lineup tonight.
- Marte also found this day difficult to imagine back in March. “My mind was going crazy at that time,” he said. “I thought I was done. But I’ve got a family to take care of. The only thing I know how to do is play baseball. That’s why I didn’t stop.”
- Marte might see some time at third on days Jhonny Peralta is off, but, for all intents and purposes, he’s a first baseman on this club.
- Grady Sizemore is still out of the lineup after getting sick on the team’s flight from Seattle on Sunday night. He’s lost about seven pounds, as he had trouble keeping even fluids down. But he was feeling better today and is expected to be eligible off the bench tonight. Eric Wedge said he’s hopeful Sizemore will be ready to return to the lineup for Wednesday’s series finale.
- With Sizemore out, Hafner getting one of his routine off days, Ryan Garko traded, the Indians basically had no bench last night. “We’re loaded tonight,” Wedge said, “compared to last night.”
- Here’s one for the “Datz Awesome” sign-holders: The Indians are 3-1 in games in which Jeff Datz takes over for a departed Wedge this season.
- Peralta is 13-for-27 with two homers and 11 RBIs over his last six games. He’s tied for second in the AL in second-half RBIs, with 12.
- The Indians are hitting .342 as a team with 8.8 runs per game over this five-game winning streak. The starting pitching staff has a 3.12 ERA.
- The Tribe has four wins when trailing after eight innings.
- According to an Associated Press report, leaders of Maine’s Penobscot Indian Nation are trying to drum up some love and attention for Louis Sockalexis, the first known American Indian to play professional baseball. He played, as you well know, for the Cleveland Spiders. Read more about this here.
- The Indians have been in sell mode all month. But they have a sale on Friday – the day of the Trade Deadline, fittingly enough – that might be of particular interest to you. It’s a one-day sale from 6 a.m. to midnight featuring special discounted offers covering “the full array of Indians baseball product offerings.” What’s more, there will be no online fees for the purchase of Indians tickets and hosted events. Visit this site for the complete details.