Ryan Raburn is terrible and I hate him. Also, some other stuff happened in baseball:
Last night's game: Royals 2, Indians 1
Did I mention that Ryan Raburn sucks? Corey Kluber is really good. Unfortunately, everyone else sucked almost as bad as Raburn, and the Indians lost their third 14-inning game of the season.
Indians News & Notes
Will Masterson's return be with Tribe or another team? | Cleveland.com - Indians management told Justin Masterson to treat his rehab start today "like a playoff game." When he returns from the DL, there's a chance it could be with another team. The big righty is in his walk year, and despite underperforming, could be attractive to contenders who can't affor David Price.
Cabrera looking to return before end of Royals series | Indians.com - Terry Francona says Asdrubal Cabrera's aching back is doing better, and he's aiming for a possible Sunday return against KC.
Francona's trade deadline thoughts | Cleveland.com - Tito would never want Chris Antonetti's job. He says he isn't confident judging what the team needs which, to me, is a bit worrying.
Frazier and Rodriguez lead Lake County surge | Did The Tribe Win Last Night? - Withe the worst record in the league during the first half, the Lake County Captains had a lot of work to do in the second half to get a playoff spot. Top Tribe prospect Clint Frazier has helped put the Captains in a position to make a run.
Reliving yesteryear: Indians "deep tracks" | Waiting for Next Year - WFNY challenges Tribe fans with some obscure trivia. A fun read with lots to learn.
An honest letter to Nick Swisher | Wahoo's On First - It's an open letter to Nick Swisher, but not about what you'd think. WOF calls on Swish to lead by example and give up the chewing tobacco.
Trade deadline news & other tidbits from around MLB
AL Central trade deadline needs | CBS Sports - A team-by team breakdown of what each team in the Central should try to do at the deadline.
Free Giancarlo Stanton | Fox Sports - Ken Rosenthal is convinced the Marlins will never sign Giancarlo Stanton to a long term deal, so he urges them to trade him to a contender. Can't wait to see him playing for the Red Sox.
Soria and the value of a post-season relief ace | Fangraphs - Sure, the Tigers may have overpaid for Joakim Soria and yes, he probably won't have much effect on the regular season. It's the playoffs where his value will be felt.
Phillies working hard to trade Howard | CBS Sports - The only first basemen who has hit worse than Ryan Howard this year is Nick Swisher.
An idiot in exile | Sports On Earth - Two years removed from the game, Johnny Damon still wants nothing more than to be a part of baseball. A long-form piece on everyone's favorite/least favorite man-child.
What I learned from Greg Maddux | Sports On Earth - Dirk Hayhurst with an ode to his idol.