A mini soap opera episode might be brewing between the division rival Indians and the Detroit Tigers following the Tribe’s Labor Day Massacre Monday at Progressive Field.
A day after the visiting Tigers opened the four-game series by crushing the host 12-1 - and chasing Tribe ace Corey Kluber after 2 2/3 innings - a scoring change benefiting the home team was made that shaved three runs off Kluber’s original season worst five-run outing.
But what makes the change by official scorer Chad Broski such a big deal is that not only did it make a third-inning hit become an error on Indians right fielder Mike Aviles, it took away a hit away from Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera. Thus, the move is likely to elicit an appeal by Detroit that would send the matter to Joe Torre - Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations.
For now, Kluber’s ERA dropped from 2.72 to 2.58 and Cabrera’s batting average dipped to .304. But in the meantime, Aviles passed testing for a possible concussion after making an ill-advised dive for a ball in the first inning Monday. But he didn’t escape harm all together.To read more or comment...
Here are today’s starting lineups and pre-game notes for the host Indians and Tigers at Progressive Field Tuesday.
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August Fagerstrom's final thoughts following the Indians' 12-1 loss to Detroit in the first game of a four-game home series:
-Corey Kluber didn’t have his best stuff on the mound Monday. He didn’t have his best stuff in the clubhouse after the game, either. Despite a nearly three-hour cooling off period, Kluber was visibly agitated after the game. After a tense, brief one-minute interview in which he answered no question with more than 15 words, Kluber sarcastically told the media, “Good stuff today, guys.”
-Mike Aviles had a rough showing in the field and was removed after the third inning. It wasn’t necessarily because of his performance, though. The right fielder slammed his head on the ground while diving for a ball in the first inning and was experiencing concussion-like symptoms. He passed all initial tests and will be re-evaluated Tuesday. When asked if his dizziness played a part in Aviles’ second misplay, Indians manager Terry Francona said, “I sure don’t think it helped.”To read more or comment...
Twenty-six final thoughts as the Indians won their fourth consecutive series and five of the past six as they push for a playoff berth.
1. Carlos Carrasco is a new man. If the 27-year-old Indians right-hander didn’t know it already, he got affirmation from catcher Yan Gomes Thursday. And it seemed to mean a lot to Carrasco, whose first four starts this season were so disastrous that manager Terry Francona demoted him to the bullpen.
2. Carrasco’s nickname is “Cookie,” for the obvious reason that he loves the sweet treats. “Today Gomes told me, ‘Now you’re Cookie, you like to have fun and everything. But when you’re in the game you have a different mindset. You’re way different,’” Carrasco said.
3. Since he returned to the starting rotation on Aug. 10, Carrasco is 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in four starts. He’s struck out 15 in his last two outings, including seven White Sox. He’s notched three consecutive quality starts. He won his first game against the White Sox Thursday after going 0-4 with a 6.81 ERA in his previous seven outings (six starts).To read more or comment...