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Indians News: Tribe starts series with White Sox; Fallout from Justin Masterson Trade

Justin Masterson struggling with Cardinals, plus Bartolo Colon clears waivers, may be dealt.

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New uniform, same results
New uniform, same results
Dilip Vishwanat

Indians-related news is rather sparse after a day off, so News and Notes today focuses on the news from around MLB.

Today's game

Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox - August 26, 2014 | Preview - Previewing today's game with Chicago

Fallout from the Justin Masterson trade:

Jim Ingraham: Cleveland Indians are better off without Justin Masterson - Indians unlikely to regret this trade.

Bernie: Masterson isn't right : Sports - His alarming drop in velocity raises a question: Did the Cardinals acquire damaged goods from Cleveland?

Justin Masterson may get bumped from Cardinals’ rotation | HardballTalk - So far at least a change of scenery hasn't done Justin Masterson any good.

Down on the Farm

Cleveland Indians prospect Jesus Aguilar hits walk-off jack in 10th for Triple-A Columbus Clippers | News | The Official Site of Minor League BaseballJesus Aguilar collected five hits, including a three-run walk-off homer that gave Triple-A Columbus an 11-9 win over Indianapolis. He doubled twice and plated four to bring the Clippers' magic number to 1.

Top prospects ready to take the next step - The final six weeks of the Major League Baseball season are generally the most interesting time of the year for many teams as playoff contenders are trying to find a player who can give them that final push to the postseason.

To a Lesser Extent...

Gimenez Dealt to Indians, Tells the Truth | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthChris Gimenez was dealt to Cleveland over the weekend and was thankful.

Injury Roll

Shin-Soo Choo needs elbow surgery, is out for season - CBSSports.comRangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo needs surgery to remove a bone spur and will miss the rest of the season.

Rangers likely to shut down Yu Darvish for the season | HardballTalk - If he's done, Darvish will finish his third MLB season with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts, leading the league in strikeout rate for the second year in a row at 11.3 per nine innings.

On the Move?

Bartolo Colon and Scott Feldman clear revocable waivers; eligible to be traded to any team | HardballTalk - According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon and Astros right-hander Scott Feldman have cleared revocable waivers. Both are now eligible to be traded to any team.

Around the Horn

Is a good framer also a good blocker (and vice versa)? | FOX Sports - Recently, we've spent a lot of time thinking about a catcher's ability to frame or receive the pitch in order to get more strike calls. However, that isn't the only job of a backstop -- blocking pitches in the dirt is a far more visible skill to most. Does being good at one affect your ability to be good at the other?

The Dramatic Changes in Baseball’s Post-Deadline Landscape | FanGraphs Baseball - Fangraphs looks at the evolving playoff odds.

Athletics calling up Drew Pomeranz to start Wednesday | HardballTalk - The change lines up Sonny Gray, Jon Lester, Scott Kazmir and Jeff Samardzija to start in a big four-game series against the Angels later this week.