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Still the right move

By Sheldon Published: September 12, 2009

Manager Eric Wedge had no second thoughts about sending Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley to the plate on shallow singles to left in the ninth and 11th innings of Friday night's 2-1 12-inning loss to the Royals.

Both runners were thrown out by David DeJesus, but Wedge (and probably most managers) would do it again, for one reason: If the runner scores, the Indians win.

""You're trying to win the ballgame right there,'' Wedge said Saturday. ""If you look at the norm, it's tough to do that (throw out the runner) once, let alone twice. The outfielder has to catch the ball, make the transfer, throw it and the catcher has to hang on to it. So there are many things that can go wrong.'' ¶
Managers might differ in their strategies, depending on whether there are two outs or one. ¶
""With two outs, it's a no-brainer,'' Wedge said. ""You just do it. If there's one out, and the runner isn't even close to third (when the outfielder picks up the hit), then maybe you don't. Otherwise, it's reidiculous not to send him, especially if there is a runner behind him who might score (on a subsequent at-bat).'' ¶
WEDGE'S TAKE -- Jamey Carroll's return is very much up in the air, even though Tribe officials like what he has added to the club the past two years. ¶
""In a perfect world, we'd like to have him back,'' the manager said. ""I feel strong about that, so do Mark (Shapiro) and Chris (Antonetti). But it's going to depend on the business side of things.'' ¶
SLOWDOWN OR THE NORM -- After a couple of weeks of torrid hitting, Andy Marte is batting .111 (4-for-36) since Aug. 30. ¶
""Andy was not missing pitches for awhile,'' Wedge said. ""But he has strayed from that a little bit. He needs to go back and do the things that were letting him square up the baseball.'' ¶
Even during his two-week skid, Marte has two home runs. ¶
DEBUT COMING -- After indicating that Matt LaPorta would not be used at first base this season, Wedge said on Saturday, ""He's working hard at first base. I think we're going to get him in there a couple of times before the year is over.'' ¶
LaPorta has been playing left field on a regular basis. Wedge's evaluation: ""He's been very impressive in the outfield.'' ¶
INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE LINEUP -- The Indians instructional team schedule begins Sept. 22 and ends Oct. 15 in Arizona. ¶
Tribe minor leaguers who have been asked to participate: ¶
Pitchers Austin Adams, Scott Barnes, Jose Campos, Joseph Colon, Kelvin De La Cruz, Santos Frias, Joseph Gardner, Connor Graham, Trey Haley, Enrique Pacheco, Matt Packer, Orlando Pereira, Alexander Perez, David Roberts, Gregorio Rosario, Danny Salazar, Nick Sarianedes, Bryce Stowell, Alex White. ¶
Catchers Greg Folgia, Chun Chen, Alex Monsalve, Moises Montero, Roberto Perez, Rolando Petit. ¶
Infielders Jesus Aguilar, Kyle Bellows, Jesus Brito, Wuali Bryan, Ben Carlson, Kevin Fontanez, Casey Frawley, Argenis Martinez, Matt McBride, Cord Phelps, Nate Recknagel, Ronald Rivas, Carlos Rivero, Josh Rodriguez, Karexon Sanchez, Jeremie Tice, Giovanny Urshela. ¶
Outfielders Bo Greenwell, Trent Baker, Delvi Cid, Tim Fedroff, Jordan Henry, Jason Kipnis, Diori Robles, Jason Smit, Donnie Webb. ¶
PLAYOFF UPDATE -- Mahoning Valley opens the best of three New York-Penn League finals Monday against either Staten Island or Lowell. During the regular season, Staten Island was 3-0 against the Scrappers. Mahoning Valley held a 2-1 edge over Lowell. ¶

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