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Tribe News and Notes: July 1, 2012

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June 17, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Esmil Rogers (32) stands on the mound in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
June 17, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Esmil Rogers (32) stands on the mound in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Orioles close to closing deal for Jim Thome - baltimoresun.com

Obviously it's actually happened, or else the scoreboard operator jumped the gun. LGFT Thome was essentially a pinch-hitter in Philadelphia, and with Interleague over and Ryan Howard getting closer to returning, the Phillies were looking to trade him to an AL club. I think the Orioles are in a similar spot as the Indians were last year - still in contention, but fading very fast. As long as the trade's actually gone through, I would expect Thome to be the lineup this afternoon. The Orioles will made their trip to Cleveland later this month, from July 20-23.

The DiaTribe: Going Batty on A Lazy Sunday

Paul talks about the decisions that await Chris Antonetti over the next four weeks, particularly on the offensive side. I think the tinkering will need to start on the bench, with Shelley Duncan and Aaron Cunningham needing to turn into (1) a right-handed bat who can at least fake-play left field, and (2) a reserve outfielder who isn't totally useless at the plate. At this point I don't think (2) has to be a right-handed hitter if the Indians can get a Carlos Quentin.

Five Questions With ... Esmil Roger, Cleveland Indians right-handed pitcher | cleveland.com

Paul Hoynes interviews Esmil Rogers, who was rescued acquired from the Rockies on June 12th. So far the change of scenery has been a big difference, as he's not only had an excellent ERA, but an infinite SO/BB ratio (13 SO, 0 BB).