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Cleveland Indians lack timely hitting, lose to Toronto

One team got timely hitting and made the necessary adjustments. The other team did not.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday's convergence of events leading to Indians defeat included failure to hit with runners in scoring position and the return of INNING OF FAIL, this time courtesy of pitcher TJ House.

Toronto 5 - Cleveland 1

Game Recap: Indians lose 5-1 to Blue Jays - Let's Go Tribe - Through three innings, it looked for all the world that Toronto's Daniel Norris was the pitcher that would implode soon. But everything changed in the fourth inning.

Offense goes quiet in loss to Blue Jays | indians.com - The Blue Jays (11-12) broke through for five runs in the fourth inning against lefty TJ House, who did not record an out in the inning and picked up his fourth loss in as many starts this year.

T.J. House struggles as Cleveland Indians end April with 5-1 loss to Blue Jays | cleveland.com - Indians starter T.J. House gave up five runs in the fourth inning as they fell at home to Toronto on Thursday night at Progressive Field, 5-1.

Francona not making rash decision on House | indians.com - "They made an adjustment," House said, "and I definitely didn't make one fast enough to keep them off-balance a little bit. They did what they did. I just reacted a little too slow."

After another poor outing by TJ House, is it time for the Cleveland Indians to turn elsewhere? | cleveland.com - With another off-day on the horizon, the Indians could go without a No. 5 starter until May 9. After that, another off-day allows the Indians to push back that fifth starter again until May 16.

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Could addition of Francisco Lindor help Indians? - "In an ideal setting, the team's playing great and the player's playing great, and there's an opportunity that naturally presents itself, but as we've seen so far in the first few weeks, do we live in an ideal world."

Cleveland Indians catching coordinator pays visit to Lake County Captains - "I see a very young man with a lot of upside and a lot of tools,’’ Tucker said about Mejia. "He’s got arm strength, leadership qualities and a lot of things that are hard to find in a 19-year-old kid.’’

Indians' Nick Swisher to play at least two more games at Triple-A : - Nick Swisher (knees) will take a day off from his rehab assignment Thursday, Indians manager Terry Francona said, per MLB.com. He will then play Friday and Saturday with Triple-A Columbus before returning to Cleveland on Sunday to discuss the next steps in his rehab.

Danny Garrison goes one-on-one with Columbus Clippers' Michael Roth - "But I also learned that [predicting your own call-up] is never something you want to do. We call that ‘playing GM.’ You don’t ever want to play the GM, because then what you think, isn’t probably what they’re thinking."

Slugger Park Byung-ho being watched by MLB scouts - When the Heroes opened their three-game series at home against the Lotte Giants on Tuesday, scouts from the Texas Rangers, the Washington Nationals, the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians were in the stands.

Around the Horn

Yordano Ventura drops appeal of 7-game suspension - KCTV5 - Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has dropped his appeal of his seven-game suspension and began serving it on Thursday. How convenient.

An Effect of Shifting, or an Effect of April | FanGraphs Baseball - Just like a team can score more runs than you’d expect by bunching their hits together, the entirety of MLB has done just that so far this year.

Altuve's walk-off in 10th downs Mariners | MLB.com - Houston has won 7 straight, and lead the AL West at 15-7.

5 franchise-changing trades still impacting the game | MLB.com - "Franchise-changing trades are about as rare as a 100-win season, and it takes a few years before we can properly evaluate them. With that in mind, here are my top five franchise-changing trades that are currently impacting clubs in 2015."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's role in 'Airplane' was originally written for Pete Rose | MLB.com - David Zucker: "That was another lucky break that we got, because Kareem himself was not the first choice for that role. We actually wrote it for Pete Rose."