Trevor Bauer gave up yet another home run (along with his first walk of ST), but was otherwise extremely effective with a final line of 6.1IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 7SO. Scrabble, Swarzak, Hagadone and Atchison then mopped up in encouraging fashion.
Bradley Zimmer got his first start in CF - and promptly 2-run homered in his 2nd AB. Brett Hayes (who has hit well throughout ST) immediately followed up with a home run of his own, his third so far this year, and Jerry Sands then added another HR late on.
Indians news & notes
Will Tito go with an 8th reliever (Austin Adams) or opt for either Jesus Aguilar or Michael Martinez? Or does he have another idea in mind: "Francona said they could also add a player off the waiver wire."
Downs never had a realistic shot of making the 25-man, unless one of the three main lefties (Scrabble, Hagadone or Crockett) were injured.
Hoynsie estimates the 2015 payroll at roughly $86MM, up $3MM from last year.
If you haven't already seen this video of Tribe players, coaches and broadcasters responding to tweets, then it's well worth a look.
This insightful article on the Indians' hitting platoon strategy was actually published last week, but the fact that it wasn't behind the usual BP paywall may have caused it to be overlooked.
Tidbits from around MLB
Lots of pretty diagrams - the fielding charts are truly outstanding.
The Cubs' future hasn't quite arrived just yet. Scott Boras is not amused.
Perhaps Perez can start a new career in PR?