We'll combine news and transactions in one place today.First, the Indians made a roster move yesterday that was expected:
The @indians option LHP Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) May 16, 2013
The second half of the move, although it's not official yet, will be to activate Vinnie Pestano from the Disabled List. Vinnie threw an inning in Lake County on Wednesday, so it appears that everything checked out afterwards. Hagadone has struggled with command of late, and he'll go back to Columbus for a time to work on that. That still leaves eight pitchers in the bullpen, which seems to be Terry Francona's preference, with David Huff as the second left-hander. If you would have told me before the season that at any point David Huff would be in Cleveland while both Nick Hagadone and Scott Barnes would be in Columbus (and healthy), I wouldn't have believed you. But here we are.
Here's the latest 25-man/40-man roster, assuming that Pestano is activated tonight:
Last night's games of note
What was expected to be a pitcher's duel turned out to be anything but. Justin Verlander was rocked again, leaving in the third inning this time, and the Rangers cruised to a 10-4. That means that the Indians are back in a first-place tie.
The big news in this game is that Jeff Keppinger walked. Why is this news? Well, not only was it a bases-loaded walk, it was his first walk of the season (141 Plate Appearances). Keppinger had I believe already set a White Sox record for plate appearances without a walk to start a season, and he was gunning for the major-league record before the streak ended.
So here's what the AL Central standings look like this morning:
This is the tightest division, first to last, in baseball, and the division has done surprisingly well against the other divisions. For instance, the AL Central collectively has a 28-15 record against the AL West.
From Tuesday evening through this morning, there's been outages through the network. Many of you have been unable access this site with any regularity over the past two days. I appreciate the patience you've shown during all this. The good news is that the worst seems to be over, and that things will be back to 100% by the end of the weekend.