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4-21-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 21, 2009

The Indians may have had a few problems to start the season as their starting pitching and relief pitching has struggled. Those problems don't come anywhere close to the Washington Nationals though.

Yes, the Nationals are 2-10, but it was their grammar issues that brought them into the light Friday. Ladies and Gentleman I give you... the NATINALS!

No word yet when the special edition Indin jersey's are set to be released.

Monday was an off day for the Tribe and general manager Mark Shapiro used the time to address the media on the team's first 13 games and 4-9 record.

One of the topics Shapiro covered was Sunday's home run/fan interference debate. Shapiro says the umpires got it right.

Stephanie Storm has the rest of interview in the previous post.

So, get to scrollin' down!... but don't forget to finish this post as well.

Anthony Castrovince had some interesting numbers from the season thus far in his blog:

65 2/3 - innings pitched by the starters, an average of less than 5 1/3 per game
44 1/3 - innings pitched by the relievers, an average of more than 3 1/3 per game
6.50 - relief ERA
1 - save situations for Kerry Wood

Not exactly a recipe for success, but Carl Pavano's strong pitching performance Sunday was a positive sign, Castrovince says.

The Indians also got a little bit of a boost by the way the schedule falls this week. Tonight not only begins a three-game series against the Royals, it is also the start of a nine-game home stand.

The Indians were also able to avoid red-hot Royals starter Zack Greinke in the series. Greinke is yet to allow a run this season and has a streak of 34 consecutive innings do such.

Greinke, along with Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler, were named AL Co-Player of the Week for their efforts.

The Indians made him throw over 100 pitches in five innings of work on April 13, but Greinke still struck out nine and allowed six hits. He followed that performance with a complete game at Texas, seven hits and 10 strikeouts. I think we all know how hard it is to pitch at Texas.

The pitching rotations fall like this for the series:

Cleveland: Aaron Laffey (0-0)
Kansas City: Sidney Ponson (0-1)

Cleveland: Cliff Lee (1-2)
Kansas City: Horacio Ramirez (0-1)

Cleveland: Anthony Reyes (1-0)
Kansas City: Gil Meche (1-0)

Just to give everyone the heads up, weather is supposed to be really nice this weekend and tickets are fairly inexpensive  for the first month of the season. Boston Tickets for next Tuesday in the lower deck are $18 a peice. 

So if you were contemplating going to a game now is the time to do it. 

Columbus Clippings

Stephanie Storm profiled Clippers Mr. Everything Chris Gimenez Monday.

Two familiar names popped up in the Columbus Dispatch game story:

The Clippers rallied from a 5-4 deficit with two runs in the eighth inning. Josh Barfield and David Dellucci, who was beginning an injury rehabilitation assignment for the Cleveland Indians, each delivered an RBI single.

The Clippers still lost 7-6 to the Louisville Bats.

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