Indians 3, White Sox 4
You all know what happened by now, but if you aren't depressed enough already then have at it:
When asked why Aviles was stiill playing CF in the 9th, Tito said: "I thought about it, but it's hard to take Aviles out of a game just the way our bench is situated. And I think Mikey does a good job in center.'' Scary.
Indians news & notes
Reinforcements may be on the way. Walters is going to the Clippers on Wednesday, where he will be joined by Swisher later this week (exact date TBD). A position player can rehab for 20 days before they need to be "permanently" assigned.
I doubt if much fazes Francisco Lindor, so I don't see why he'd be troubled by a .212 batting average so far this season: "I feel I'm not in a slump because I'm having good at-bats. I'm working counts and I'm putting the bat on the ball. When I'm in a slump, I'm striking out a lot. If I'm not having good at-bats, that's when I'm in a slump."
Tidbits from around MLB
One "proven" closer for sale, heavily abused. Former Tribe bullpen coach Kevin Cash obviously didn't like what he saw from Balfour, whose velocity has dropped from 93-94 MPH a few years ago to 89 MPH this season. After giving up three runs on three walks and a HR on Saturday, Balfour was DFA, with the Rays on the hook for his $7MM salary.
Apparently, No.2 is the "new" No.3 spot in the line-up. Scott Lindholm investigates one of the latest trends in line-up construction. Not that anything would ever stop Tito from batting Aviles second up (like last night), of course.
Verlander has a strained right triceps, and has been shut down for the time being.
The Reds manager (not the Columbus pitcher!) launched a foul-mouthed tirade against the media yesterday: "The final tally was 77 uses of the "F" word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine)."