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Cleveland Indians News and Notes: August 17, 2014

Wild Card possibilities, stalling tactics, and Klubot's maintenance schedule are topics covered in this week's Sunday News.

Chris Dickerson takes a very circuitous route to this ball, but does end up catching it.
Chris Dickerson takes a very circuitous route to this ball, but does end up catching it.
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Last night's game

Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians - August 16, 2014 | CLE Recap

Carlos Carrasco terrific as Cleveland Indians cruise past Baltimore Orioles: DMan's Report, Game 122, Saturday |

Saturday Recap: Indians use long ball, Carlos Carrasco to sink Ubaldo, Orioles - Let's Go Tribe

The Indians are in a similar spot right now to where they were a year ago: still in the race, though with several teams ahead of them in the Wild Card race. On August 17, 2013, the Indians were 6 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, and 4 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card spot. As we start play today, the Indians are 5 games behind the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central and 4.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the second wild card. It looks very much like the Angels (or A's, if the Angels catch them) have an iron grip on the first Wild Card spot.

So there's still a chance, though a small one, that the Indians can once again sneak into the playoffs. To do that, they'll need to have a string of pitching performances like they had a year ago. In the past 8 days (6 games), the Indians have allowed just 5 runs, and they've won 5 out of those 6 games. They'll need continue that trend, with Carlos Carrasco hopefully continuing to pitch like he did last night.

Indians News

Baltimore Orioles stalling tactics irk Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians |

In Friday night's game, Buck Showalter tried to upset Corey Kluber's timing in the eighth inning. He utilized the new challenge system to question whether Adam Jones attempted to bunt at a pitch. The whole process took 10-15 minutes, and Kluber was forced to throw some warmup pitches to stay loose. When we talk about speeding up the game, things like that should be a major part of it. Pitching coaches stalling for time in the guise of discussing strategy, and endless trips to the mound by the catcher are things that MLB should look at eliminating.

Kluber to rest an extra day before final grind | News

Kluber will be pushed back a day because of Monday's off day. His last outing (in which he threw 116 pitches) probably had something to with that, and given that him being pushed back a day will not take a potential start away from him, it's the smart thing to do.

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For now the Indians have a 6-man rotation with the swap of Danny Salazar for Tyler Holt. Eventually a starter will be optioned down in favor of a reliever, and we'll be back to the status quo (3 bench players, 8 relievers).

AL Central News

Royals muster little offense in 4-1 loss to Twins - Royals Review

With the Royals finally losing....

Tigers 4, Mariners 2: David Price outduels Felix Hernandez in home debut for Tigers - Bless You Boys

...and the Tigers winning, once again Kansas City leads the AL Central will just a half-game. If the season would end today, the Royals would win the division, and the Tigers would travel LA to face the Angels in the Wild Card game.

Avisail Garcia returns to White Sox amid flurry of roster moves - South Side Sox

Initially thought to be out of the season because of a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Avisail Garcia was activated from the DL yesterday.

Glen Perkins Selects "The Girl from Ipanema" as New Entrance Music - Twinkie Town

"I really enjoy bossa nova music. It's soothing, and helps me chuck heaters."