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4-13-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 13, 2009

The Cleveland Indians played their best baseball game yet in this early, early season. The result?

It's first win.

It's amazing how that works.

Trevor Crowe pick up his first major league hit, a two-run double in the fifth.

Travis Hafner hit a home run in his third consecutive game.

Anthony Reyes, unlike the other starters, made it to the sixth inning.

Jensen Lewis shut the door in the seventh.

And Kerry Wood slammed it shut in the ninth as he struck out the side.

Sheldon Ocker writes that Jensen Lewis was the unsung hero on this day.

These Indians won't be joining the 1914 Naps, who was the last club in franchise history to start 0-6, then eventually went 0-8 as well, according to Paul Hoynes.

The unlikely hero of the game was outfielder Trevor Crowe, according to Anthony Castrovince.

After striking out with two outs and the bases loaded in the third inning, Crowe broke his bat over his knee. When presented with the same situation the fifth, Crowe responded with a two-run double.

The Blue Jays blamed the loss on the 10 free passes it handed the Tribe on Sunday.

The Toronto Sun called the Hafner homer "power versus power" as he turned around a 96 mile an hour fastball from Brandon League.

The rest...

Indian's prospect Matt LaPorta strained his ribcage, but it doesn't seem like he will miss any time for the Triple A, Clippers.

Rafael Perez's early season woes are due to his lack of command on his slider, something he struggled with at the beginning of last season too. Anthony Castrovince has that story.

Blue Jays Ace Roy Halladay knows what Cliff Lee is going through. The two share the common bond of being the only two Cy Young winners to drop their first two games the following season during the last 10 years. Castrovince wrote that one too.


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