A much needed victory, fifth starter questions, Mother's Day stories, and more . . .
Indians 8, Twins 2
The Tribe gets a big win heading into an off day. USSChoo details all the good stuff in his recap, including just how fantastic Danny Salazar was. He retired 21 straight batters after giving up a lead off home run to Brian Dozier, added 11 strikeouts and no free passes. Exceptional!
Salazar now sports a 13.1 K/9, which is pretty much unheard for a starting pitcher.
No hurry on fifth starter decision: It's possible the Tribe could go without a fifth starter until Saturday, and Terry Francona plans on taking his time making the decision.
In his Tribe debut on Saturday, Bruce Chen surrendered six runs on 10 hits in four innings. He could be an option for Saturday's opening. The Indians could also use him in relief for the next few days, Francona said.
Francona also hinted that Shaun Marcum could factor into the equation. Marcum tossed eight shutout innings for Triple-A Columbus on Friday. He yielded only four hits and did not walk a batter.
"There are a few ways this could go," Francona said.
Francona shares story about his late mother: Zach Meisel of cleveland.com catches a classic Tito story involving his mom, lots of practice, some tears, ice cream, and a few laughs.
Honorary bat girl throw out first pitch: Diagnosed with breast cancer in October, Alecia Dennis won the 2015 Honorary Bat Girl Contest and threw out the first pitch Sunday. A 26 year old mother, it was an emotional moment for her, but stayed composed enough to throw a great pitch.
Chemo started on Mondays -- the same day she takes classes at Capital University, where she's working on her MBA. All the while, she and her husband of nearly three years -- Colin -- raise their 1 1/2-year-old son, Colton.
"This is hands down the best Mother's Day," Alecia said. "I don't think I'll be able to top this Mother's Day."
A great first pitch from our Honorary Bat Girl, Alecia Dennis, who's battling breast cancer! https://t.co/fegZtP1E3y— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 10, 2015
Around the League
Two aces achieve strikeout marks: The Mariners Felix Hernandez and the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw both reached impressive strikeout marks Sunday. Bill Baer of Hardball Talk notes that Hernandez reached 2,000 strikeouts for his career, while Kershaw moved to 1,500 (with his strikeout of LGFT Drew Stubbs). Impressive numbers, but watch out, as Danny Salazar is sitting at 222 career strikeouts!
Coors Field cleanup is rather remarkable: Just take a look . . .