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Wednesday news and notes: Bryan Shaw saves, Josh Tomlin wins

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Our best reliever was put into the game at the most important time. And no, this wasn't the first time this year that happened.

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  • Clayton Kershaw pitched for the first time since Opening Day (Australian edition) yesterday. The 2-time Cy Young winner went 7 scoreless innings before being lifted for Chris Perez's Dog.
  • The Pirates made their AAA star Gregory Polanco a 7-year contract offer for $25 million. "The deal also included three option years and could have paid Polanco between $50 million and $60 million if all three options were picked up." Polanco did not accept the offer and remains in AAA. Whether these things are related is up to you to decide, but it would be no surprise that the Pirates would like to hold down his service time.

    We may have these discussions about Lindor next year.
  • Troy Tulowitzki continues to do absurd things in 2014: In addition to having a higher WAR than the entire Indians lineup (it isn't close), he is now hitting .421/.522/.794 on the season. If that's not gaudy enough for you, he's hitting .609 at home (that's not his OBP, SLG or OPS). "He's now 18 for 21 with men on base at Coors Field this season. Yes, 18 for 21!!"
  • It took a little longer for his season to start, but Gavin Floyd pitched yesterday like the guy I wanted the Indians to sign this offseason, allowing 1 run over 7 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 2 in the no-decision.
Depending on which cutoff date you prefer...

"Indians rotation in May: 1.34 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 4.63 K:BB, 9.1 K/9, 33.2 IP, 5 starts."

"Indians starting pitchers over the last four days: 28.2 innings, 2 runs allowed"

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