"Are you sure you don't have any metal on you? Bracelets? Rings? Anklets?"
You know you’re in Detroit when you have to pass through a metal detector upon entering the media gate at the ballpark.
Keep on rockin’, Motor City!
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- You might have noticed that there’s been little rhyme or reason to the matchups of starting pitcher to starting catcher. That’s by design, apparently. “I’m trying to give different guys the opportunity to catch different guys and pitchers the chance to throw to different guys,” Eric Wedge said. “Sometimes you get locked into something [a la the Kelly Shoppach-Cliff Lee combo], but you’d rather not be that way.”
- This will get even more complicated when Lou Marson presumably joins the club following Monday’s end to the Triple-A season. Wedge said if that’s the case, he’ll just pick his spots with his catchers.
- Jason Knapp, the 19-year-old right-hander who was a key acquisition in the Cliff Lee trade, won’t pitch again this year. Knapp, who was on the disabled list at the time of the trade, is still battling shoulder soreness. He had an MRI exam on the shoulder last week, but the Indians are mum on the extent of the injury because Knapp had not signed the form authorizing the club to discuss his medical condition.
- Nothing new on the Grady Sizemore situation, as obviously he’s in tonight’s lineup. If I had to guess (and it’s only a guess), I’d say the Indians make up their minds as to whether or not Sizemore will have elbow surgery before season’s end around the time Trevor Crowe gets activated off the DL. But we’ll see. “I see both sides [of the debate],” Sizemore said. “Every player wants to be out there and finish the season. But I understand the logic behind the conversation. They want to put me in a position to where I’m strong for next year.”
- Wedge said Sizemore’s recovery would not be as slow and deliberate as Travis Hafner’s recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery last year. The Indians anticipate that Sizemore can be at full health by the start of Spring Training if they time this right.
- Michael Brantley might have a little more leeway on the basepaths than the average September callup. After all, he did swipe 46 bags in Triple-A this year. “We’ve got the luxury of working off Spring Training and seeing his feel and his breaks,” Wedge said. “And we know what he was able to do in Triple-A. For a young player, he has very good feel.”
- Brantley’s newest prized possession is the ball he swatted for his first Major League hit last night. “It’s going right up on my wall,” he said proudly, “and I’m going to keep it for the rest of my life.”
- Andy Marte – he of the four homers in his last seven games – said two things have helped contribute to his strong season: a shorter stroke and better conditioning. “I feel more energy,” he said. And the increased playing time the last two weeks obviously helps, too.
- Carl Pavano is the Twins’ probable starter for Friday night’s series opener at Progressive Field.
- With Brantley and Carlos Carrasco making their debuts last night, the Indians have now used 50 players this season — 29 pitchers and 21 position players.
- Akron Aeros manager Mike Saurbaugh was named Manager of the Year by the Double-A Eastern League. No surprise there. The Aeros, with a league-best 83-53 record, have clinched their fifth consecutive postseason berth. This is Saurbaugh’s second season at the helm.
- The Aeros’ playoff schedule, by the way, begins Sept. 9, with divisional round games scheduled at 7:05 p.m. ET at Canal Park on Sept. 9, 10 and 13 (if necessary).
- Victor Martinez trade acquisition Nick Hagadone makes his Class A Kinston debut tonight. He was 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA in five starts for Lake County.
- John Meloan, who was traded by the Tribe and released by both the Rays and the Pirates, has latched on with the A’s, who plucked him off waivers and assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento.
- The Indians have homered in nine of their last 10 games.
- The bullpen ERA over the last 21 games is 3.78.
- Jhonny Peralta is the Tribe’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which is given annually to the MLB player who combines exceptional performance on the field with devoted work in the community. You can vote for the Clemente Award nominees at www.chevy.com/clemente.