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4-16-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 16, 2009

Aaron Laffey may have pitched yesterday's game with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Reasonably so. the left-hander felt as if he belonged in the big league rotation from the get go.

He finally had a chance to prove it Wednesday and he didn't dissapoint.

Laffey limited the Royals to two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Indians won their second game of the season, 5-4 over the Royals.

Travis Hafner's second double of the game keyed a three-run seventh inning to secure the win.

Sheldon Ocker game story. game story.

Cleveland Plain Dealer game story.

The talk in Kansas City was that the bullpen let a chance to sweep the Indians slip away in the seventh inning, according to the Kansas City Star.

The rest...

Indians reliever Rafael Perez has struggled this season, allowing 10 runs in five innings. The Indians are saying it could be the cold weather, but aren't using it as an excuse, per the Plain Dealer:

"He hasn't pitched well in cold weather, but he's got to get past that," said manager Eric Wedge.

-- If anyone was confused by all the No. 42s', no worries. It was Jackie Robinson day. A fine gesture for someone who has given so much to society first and baseball second.

Mudcat Grant has an idea to make Jackie Robinson Day even better though:

The American League in Larry Doby's no. 14 jersey and the National League in Robinson's no. 42.

Whats Happenin' In Akron

Prospects Nick Weglarz and Beau Mills shaved their heads in an attempt to hit better.

Columbus Clippings

Left hander David Huff pitched five innings, limiting the Indians (Pirates Triple A) to one run. He struck out three and walked two in the 4-1 win. Jordan Brown supplied the offense with a home run, a double and two RBI, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Clippers second baseman Luis Valbuena will be learning shortstop and third base when Josh Barfield arrives in Columbus.

Up next

The Indians help open the New Yankee Stadium today at 1 p.m. as two Tribe Cy Young winners take the mound.

CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee are the scheduled pitchers.

Yogi Berra will throw out the first pitch.

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