It's nice to see the Indians bats come alive all of the sudden, and well the pitching held up well enough to get the Indians its second consecutive win. Just ignore Fausto Carmona's sixth inning implosion and you'll feel much better about it.
This one belonged to the offense as Asdrubal Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Shin-Soo Choo, the second, third and fourth hitters in the lineup, went a combined 12-for-15 with eight runs and nine RBI. Cabrera went 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBI. He reached base five straight times and fell a homer short of the cycle.
Martinez and Choo went 4-for-5 as well. Martinez drove in four runs and Choo three. The Indians finished the game with 18 hits.
Whether in good times or bad throughout their history, the Rays have always saved some of their worst baseball for the Cleveland Indians.
Nearly 70 percent of the time the teams have met, the Indians have come out on top. That was true even last year, as the humiliating sweep at Jacobs Field heading into the All-Star break served as the low point of the Rays' season.
Johnny Peralta moved to third base.
Asdrubal Cabrera to short.
Luis Valbuena at second.
Mark DeRosa at first.
It's about time Peralta moves to third, writes Dennis Manoloff.
It is a move you can expect to see more of in the future as it makes the club much better defensively. Peralta has always fielded the balls he gets to well, but he lacks the lateral quickness and mobility to play short stop.
This was Wedge's reasoning Thursday. Per Paul Hoynes.....
"It allows us to be a little quicker up the middle," said Wedge. "With Fausto throwing that power sinker, the ball is going to go a lot up the middle rather than to the corners. You have to do a lot to turn that thing around."
Manoloff also wants to see DeRosa return to second base where he played with the Cubs last year.