David Murphy’s fingerprints were all over the Indians 12-2 blowout win over the Texas Rangers Friday at Progressive Field – in some really good ways and a few head-scratching ways as well.
Against his former team, the first-year Indians right fielder went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and threw a runner out at the plate on a perfect one-hop throw that ended a promising second inning for the Rangers without a run scoring.
But Murphy also was tagged out on an odd fielder’s choice play in the bottom of the inning on some ill-advised base running. In addition, Murphy was charged with an error when he fumbled a double off the bat of Robinson Chirinos in the corner, allowing him to take third.
The error led to Texas’ first run in the fifth inning, as Chirinos came around to score on Roughned Odor’s ground out. The Rangers added a late run in the ninth inning against Indians starter-turned-reliever Carlos Carrasco.To read more or comment...
Here are the lineups for Friday night’s game between the Indians and the Rangers at Progressive Field, the first game of the three-game weekend series.
RF Shin-Soo Choo
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Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians 6-5 loss Thursday, played four hours after the Indians made another trade just before Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline, sending shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals for infield prospect Zach Walters.
1) A majority of Indians fans acted as if they were about to jump off the 480 Bridge when the Indians followed the trade of Justin Masterson Wednesday with one that sent Cabrera to the Nationals for another prospect. I get the anger. It’s just directed at the wrong thing.
2) Fans shouldn’t be mad that the team got rid of the struggling Masterson or the slumping Cabrera. The pair was likely going to walk away after the season once they became free agents anyway because neither were performing well enough for the Indians to extend them qualifying offers to stay.
3) So rather than get nothing for either of them, including an extra draft compensation pick, the Indians added more depth in the minors with two prospects they sent to Triple-A Columbus in outfielder James Ramsey from the Cardinals in the Masterson trade) and infielder Walters from the Nationals. I have no problem with that line of thinking. None what so ever.To read more or comment...
In trading veteran Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals Thursday, the Indians have turned their shortstop over to youngster Jose Ramirez.
Well, temporarily at least.
While Ramirez is likely just keeping the position warm until the organization deems it time for the Francisco Lindor Era to begin, the last two months of the season provide the Indians front office the opportunity to get a good look at the Ramirez.
“We were able to make this trade because of our belief in Mike Aviles and Jose Ramirez," Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti said. "We feel very confident in both guys playing shortstop and maintaining a very high level of play at the position.”To read more or comment...
For the second time in as many days, the Indians traded a veteran player for a minor league prospect, Thursday’s moves coming an hour before Major League Baseball’s 4 p.m. (EST) trade deadline.
After underachieving starting pitcher Justin Masterson was shipped to St. Louis Wednesday for outfield prospect James Ramsey, Thursday slumping Tribe shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was shipped to the Washington Nationals for infield prospect Zach Walters.
With Masterson and Cabrera set to become free agents at the end of the season, both could have walked away without compensation. Thus, the Indians made the trades for two high-level prospects that they hope will impact the big league club soon.
Walters, 24, is primarily a shortstop, but has recently seen time at a handful of infield positions. The switch-hitter batted .300 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI and had a .965 OPS at Triple-A Syracuse before recently being called up by the Nationals, where he’s spent 40 games (32 this year).To read more or comment...