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Cleveland Indians shut out, wasting typically solid Corey Kluber outing

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The Tribe's struggles against LHP continue...

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Indians 0, Astros 2

A fine effort last night by Corey Kluber was squandered as the Tribe's now traditional struggles against LHP manifested themselves yet again. Jose Altuve "broke the game open" (well, opened the scoring at least) with a hit, steal and run in the 6th, and the Astros tacked on another as Kluber tired in the 8th - three singles were all the Astros needed to overcome the inept Tribe offense.

This subject may possibly have come up once or twice before, but what exactly is the point of Ryan Raburn...?

"If I were a team, I'd throw a lefty (against us), too." Tito after the game.

Indians news & notes

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Tidbits from around MLB

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Sometimes opening night isn't quite such a hot ticket...

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As someone used to say ad nauseum: "Pitching is expensive..."

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Jonah Keri's take on the big trade: "Neither side’s a loser, and on a day like today, that’s how it should be."

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Evidently part of the Braves/Padres deal was for the Braves to be responsible for all of RHB Quentin's $8MM contract when he is dumped. I guess they might not be forced to eat the entire contract, as he probably does at least have a little value, but I'd rather the Tribe went with Aguilar or Holt than either Raburn or Quentin .

A look at the prospects in the Craig Kimbrel trade | FanGraphs

Chris Mitchell puts Matt Wisler and Jordan Paroubeck under the microscope.