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Cleveland Indians Sunday News and Notes: May 19, 2013

In this Extravaganza is talk about schedules, the rotation, Tony Wolters, and pet leopards.

Jason Miller

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Thanks to Detroit's loss in Texas last night, the Indians start today in sole possession of first place. And not only that, but every other team in the AL Central lost as well. Here's the standings:

AL Central Standings

Cleveland 24 17 .585 0 Won 3
Detroit 23 18 .560 1 Lost 1
Kansas City 20 19 .512 3 Lost 2
Chicago 19 22 .463 5 Lost 1
Minnesota 18 21 .461 5 Lost 4

(updated 5.19.2013 at 9:32 AM EDT)

This next stretch of the Indians' schedule is particularly nasty, as it involves road trips to places that have traditionally been very difficult for the Indians. Between now and the middle of June, the Indians make their annual visits to Boston, Cincinnati (part of a 4-game "home-and-home" series), New York, and Texas, along with five more games against the Tigers and home series against the Rays and Nationals. By the end of June, they'll just about be done playing the AL East (there's a home series against Toronto in July and a home series against Baltimore in September). So we'll have a really good idea about just how good this Indians club is by the official start of summer.

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This hot streak has been fueled by not only the offense getting on a roll, but the rotation as well. The team's top four starters (Masterson/McAllister/Jimenez/Kazmir) have all been outstanding since that second game of the Kansas City doubleheader, and Corey Kluber, the starter who began that great stretch of pitching, has been very good filling in for Brett Myers.

Speaking of Myers, he'll make one more start in the minors, and if the elbow feels good afterwards, will be activated probably during the Reds "home-and-home" series the week of the 27th. That would give Kluber at least one more start with the Indians.

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Tony Wolters has just appeared in a few minor-league games this season, but it's not because he's been hurt. Wolters has been learning a new position, the most difficult position to learn in baseball: catcher. After some time in Arizona and a recent one-day trip to Cleveland, he's going to re-join Carolina today as a regular catcher.

In the piece Bastian gives the background behind how the decision was made from both management and player's perspective:

During Spring Training, Indians manager Terry Francona mentioned to Cash that Wolters -- a semi-regular fill-in during the late innings of Cactus League games -- reminded him of Tigers catcher Alex Avila in terms of his body type, hands and demeanor. Francona waited before bringing it up in a meeting that included general manager Chris Antonetti and vice president of player development Ross Atkins.

"It took me a while to make the decision," Wolters said. "They put it in my hands, and I told them I'd do it, whatever makes it faster to what my end goal is. I was just glad that Terry saw that in me. We'll see how it goes, but I'm excited."

If this works out, the Indians will have themselves a very nice prospect. Wolters is still only 21 years old (in baseball age), and was before the transition one of the better hitting prospects in the system.

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This delightful screwball comedy stars Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. The "Baby" in the title is a leopard, and in this clip, Grant meets Baby for the first time.