The Indians managed to salvage the road trip, going 5-5 and getting back in the game at .500. It's a slow news day, probably because all these writers were off doing things with their families, or something. Anyway, here's what happened this weekend in baseball:
Yesterday's game: Indians 3, Red Sox 2
The Tribe managed a split with Boston after losing the first two games of the series, thanks to some great bullpen work and late heroics by Nick Swisher (!).
Indians news & notes
Trevor Bauer taught his dad everything he knows about baseball | Fangraphs - Some really great stuff from Fangraphs here, as Trevor Bauer recounts how he became a student of baseball science. He learned everything he knows about math and engineering from his father Warren, and followed in his footsteps studying engineering at UCLA. In return, he has become his father's teacher in regard to baseball.
Naquin proving he can hit | CBS Sports - The Tribe's 23 year old OF prospect Tyler Naquin is putting up a healthy .327/.379/.451 with four homers and 14 stolen bases after a lackluster 2013 season.
Less movement, more hits for Santana | Cleveland.com - After ditching and returning to the leg kick, Carlos Santana still manages to do better when he's got fewer moving parts in his swing. Since returning from the concussion, Tito says his swing has been "quieter," which is good, though he's reluctant to ask him to make any major changes.
Indians weighing next steps for McAllister | Indians.com - Indians staff is reviewing tapes from Zach McAllister's AAA starts, and they seem non-committal about his role when he is ready to return. T.J. House has done a decent job in his absence, and McAllister isn't exactly lighting it up in his rehab starts.
Francona remembers growing up at the ballpark | Cleveland.com - Terry Francona recalls going to the ballpark with his father Tito, shagging fly balls and playing catch with the bat boys while his father prepared for the game. Some nice stuff in here too about Terry allowing the team to bring their daughters to the ballpark.
Two second-generation Indians make top 10 | CBS Sports - Nick Swisher and Michael Brantley crack CBS Sports' arbitrary list of top 10 MLB players whose fathers played.
Tidbits from around MLB
MLB releases more tracking data and names its product | Fangraphs - They're calling it Statcast, a revolutionary system for tracking player movements using motion tracking technology. Everything from the pitcher's speed to the speed of a fielder when tracking down a fly ball, to that fielder's route efficiency can be measured. This is huge, and has the potential to revolutionize the way we evaluate the sport in general, particularly defense. I hate the phrase "mind-blowing," so I'll just agree with the top commenter at Fangraphs has to say.
Ambidextrous pitcher ready for his shot at the majors | Sports On Earth - Yankees switch pitching prospect Pat Venditte has toiled away in AA for four years, and now he's one step away from being a matchup nightmare for major league managers.
Posey leaves game after taking foul tip to mask | CBS Sports - Buster Posey took a nasty shot to the mask and left after the half inning ended. His heading for "further evaluation," but concussions are always a big concern.