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5-21-09 Morning RoundUp

By jcfortun Published: May 21, 2009

I had to double check what channel I was on last night. The Cavaliers choked late and the Indians came back to win. That can't be right can it?

Kerry Wood rebounded to save a 6-5 win as the Indians finally won again.

Sheldon Ocker game story.

MLB.com game story.

Paul Hoynes game story.

Kansas City Star game story.

(NOW) DAILY TRADE RUMORS

It looks as if Mark DeRosa may be the first player shipped out via trade this season. SI's John Heyman is citing league sources as saying DeRosa is officially on the trading block, with the Indians looking for immediate pitching help.

DeRosa has been attached to the Mets as a player could fill the first base void as Carlos Delgado is out for two months following hip surgery.

In another column, Heyman suggests Victor Martinez could fill the void even better than DeRosa, but quotes an NL scout as saying "They'd have to be drunk to trade [Martinez]."

Oddly, Ken Rosenthal connects DeRosa to the Rockies who are looking to dump third baseman Garrett Atkins. Oh yes the now annual, "Garrett Atkins to Cleveland rumor."

Rosenthal himself writes the move makes little sense for the Indians and that the Mets or Brewers, who just lost second baseman Rickie Weeks for the season, could be possible destinations for DeRosa.

LOSING FAITH IN FAUSTO CARMONA

Here is a reason why the Indians may not trade Cliff Lee. Fausto Carmona simply isn't ready to be a top-of-the rotation starter, writes Paul Hoynes. 

Tonight would be a good time for Fausto Carmona to pitch well and long. Inside the Indians organization, people felt Carmona should have been able to get through the sixth inning of his last start with a 9-0 lead May 14 against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

Instead he registered one out in the sixth as the Rays scored six runs in the inning. The Indians won the game, 11-7, but it shot the bullpen for the last three games of the series. The Indians lost all three games and there are a lot of fingers still pointing at Carmona.

There was a feeling that Carmona should have been able to get through the seventh or eighth inning. The fact that he didn't shows he is a long way from being a legitimate No.2 starter. And he's even farther from being a potential replacement for No. 1 starter Cliff Lee if he should be traded sometime during or after this season.

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