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Tribe News & Notes 4/11/14: Young Season Edition

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It's still too early in the season to draw any conclusions based on stats, but damned if we're not gonna try

Asdrubal Cabrera's early struggles seem to be fading
Asdrubal Cabrera's early struggles seem to be fading
Jonathan Daniel

Happy Friday, all. It was a weird, and ultimately disappointing night of Tribe baseball, but it's still early in the season. Here's what's going on around MLB:

White Sox 7, Indians 3 - Danny Salazar K's 10, craps the bed
Other Indians news

Indians early offensive K rates low | Fangraphs - In examining some macro trends in the early 2014 season, Fangraphs highlights the Indians (unsustainably) low offensive K rate. Fangraphs in general seems to be pretty high on the 2014 Indians offense.

Francona meets Torre re: the non-catch | Cleveland.com - Tito won't reveal the content of their conversation, but he seems confident the asinine rule will be changed.

Bauer, Skaggs showing positive signs | CBS Sports - Former Diamondbacks Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs are starting to come around for their new teams, and Kevin Towers is starting to kick himself.

Asdrubal trying to be "Cabby" again | Cleveland.com - Asdrubal Cabrera isn't happy about bouncing around the lineup, but he acknowledges his slow start leaves him in a poor position to complain. He's willing to do what he can to get his swagger back.

Around the league

Uptick in extensions may reduce roster turnover| Fox Sports - With teams locking up their young talent for longer at younger ages, Yankees fans may have to wait longer to see the game's best player in pinstripes.

Twins prospect Sano came from poverty on way to majors | Fox Sports - Growing up dirt poor in the Domican Republic, Miguel Sano turned to baseball as an escape. Now, he's a bona fide major leaguer with a pet Monkey.

Hamilton to miss 6-8 weeks | Twitter (Mike DiGiovanna) - A torn UCL in the left thumb will keep Angels LF Josh Hamilton out for a while.

Johnson out as A's closer | Twitter (Jane Lee) - Oakland's $10 million Proven Closer Jim Johnson has already been demoted from the closer role.

Sizemore starts in LF | NBC Sports - Grady Sizemore made his first career start in LF. Which is sort of news. I guess.