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Game Thread: September 5, 2006

Cleveland at Toronto, 7:07 PM (STO)

Starting Pitchers:

Cleveland: Jeremy Sowers (6-3, 3.42 ERA)
Toronto: Roy Halladay (16-5, 3.29 ERA)

The Indians face a Scary Monster on the mound without their own in the lineup. Halladay is quietly putting together a Cy Young-worthy season; he and Johan Santana are the two serious contenders for the award. Travis Hafner is the lynchpin to the Indians' offense, and although it's nice seeing what the kids can do, a 3-4 of Victor Martinez and Ryan Garko doesn't look that scary to opposing pitchers.

This may be Jeremy Sowers' last start of the season. It's been a very good debut for Jeremy, and the Indians have the luxury of shutting him down before he gets 30 innings past last season's totals.

With the minor-league regular season ending, the Indians have called up six players from the minors, five of which have been with the Indians before.

Recalled RHP Fausto Carmona, RHP Jeremy Guthrie, OF Franklin Gutierrez, LHP Rafael Perez, and RHP Brian Slocum from Buffalo (AAA)

Purchased the Contract of LHP Juan Lara from Buffalo (AAA)

I don't really understand the point of adding Lara to the roster. His minor-league track record has been very mediocre; only this season has he had any success in the high minors.

Slocum, Guthrie, and Carmona give the team three options to take Sowers' spot down the stretch. Guthrie makes the most sense to me; he's out of options after this season.  

Reinstated RHP Matt Miller from the Disabled List

Miller is back after having elbow surgery in late April, and should get a couple appearances in before September ends.