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4-18-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 18, 2009

Solo home runs and errors and bad calls! Oh My!

There were a lot of different things Friday's 6-5 loss to the Yankees could be pinned on.

While the media acknowledged the five solo home runs the Yankees hit, the Indians main three beat writers each focused on something a little bit different.

For Sheldon Ocker, it was the senseless ball that reliever Vinnie Chulk rifled past Ryan Garko after fielding a Mark Texiera one-hopper. The error allowed Johnny Damon to score from first.

Anthony Castrovince had a fairly simple take on the game: If your starting pitchers can't go more than five innings, its very hard to win.

Paul Hoynes let Mark DeRosa vent his frustrations about the final strike of the game. DeRosa watched as a Mariano Rivera cutter sailed high and outside. DeRosa started pedaling to first for a walk. Home Plate Umpire Phil Cuzzi rung him up instead.

As for the five home runs by the Yankees, and one by DeRosa, Pete Abraham is already wondering if the New Yankee Stadium is a launching pad.

The Rest...

Johnny Peralta was held out of yesterday's game after being nicked up Thursday on a play at the plate. He twisted his elbow when he made contact with Jorge Posada's shin pad. 

-- Ryan Garko has kind of been one of the odd men out this season as Victor Martinez has played a lot more first base and Trevor Crowe has emerged in the outfield. Yet, Garko just cares about winning games, he says.

-- Don't expect many cheers for Carl Pavano on Sunday. Yankee fans absolutely despise the former Yankee who is scheduled to start in the series finale.

In New York Pavano carries the nickname "the American Idle" for his incredible amount of time on the disabled list during a span of four years. During that time he earned nearly $40 million dollars.

As one of my good friends, who lives in New York, jokingly put it: "If Pavano wins Sunday, the city may riot."

Whats happenin' in Akron?

Carlos Santana hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and starter Josh Tomlin allowed one run through six innings as the visiting Aeros beat the Baysox 3-1. Vinnie Pestano picked up the save.

Columbus Clippings

The Clippers will have their home opener this afternoon in the brand new Huntington Park, located in the arena district of Columbus.

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