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Tigers 12, Indians 1: August Fagerstrom's final thoughts on Corey Kluber struggles, fielding issues

By August Fagerstrom Published: September 2, 2014

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.”

-Kluber's shortest outing allowed the Indians to make use of recent callups Zach McAllister, Austin Adams and Bryan Price out of the bullpen. McAllister was making his first career relief appearance. "I thought he was really good," Francona said of McAllister. "That was real encouraging. You could tell he was really trying to keep his fastball down, off of that he was throwing some real good offspeed pitches. I thought his delivery was good – there was nothing to not like about it. It was real obvious the time he spent working that he was real diligent about it, because he looked good.”

-Miguel Cabrera is dealing with an aggravated ankle injury that forced him out of Detroit’s game on Saturday and caused him to miss Sunday’s game. It didn’t appear to bother him too much on Monday, as he hit two home runs. “He doesn’t look like he’s running real good, but I’m not sure it matters when you’re jogging,” Francona quipped. “His bat’s not broken.”

-After last night’s rain delay, the Indians didn’t get in to Cleveland until after 3am and most didn’t get to sleep until 5am. A sleepy Francona opened his pregame press conference by comparing himself to a flower. “I feel like one of those fresh daisies on the side of the road that just got run over by a truck.”

 

August Fagerstrom can be reached at afagerstrom@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @AugustF_ABJ.

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