Here's to winning baseball! Today's news and notes features Trevor Bauer's strong start, the Yan Gomes plan, pregame standoffs, and more.
Indians 5, Reds 2
The Indians now own a six game winning streak, thanks to another great start from Trevor Bauer and some timely mistakes from the Cincinnati Reds. LGT's Andrew Kinsman's recap notes that Bauer started slowly, throwing 23 pitches in the first inning, but quickly settled in to throw a five hit gem. Bauer explained in very simple terms how he get straightened out and got his groove back. With the win, the Tribe moves to 20-23 on the year.
It's great having Yan Gomes back! LGT's Jason Lukehart details the transaction and what Gomes provides for the Tribe, while Chuck Crow notes how Gomes will be eased back into action, including not catching back-to-back days right away.
"More important than anything is how he feels," Francona said. "If he needs two straight days, we'll give it to him. We'll make sure he is good to go for the rest of the year and his career."
Michael Brantley gets some love in Spencer Bingol's look at 2014's breakout stars. Brantley's 154 wRC+ this year is plenty impressive and way better than other breakout guys like Josh Harrison and Devin Mesoraco.
Jhoulys Chacin, a depth option for the Indians, pitched a great game for Triple-A Columbus Sunday, throwing eight shutout innings. Also in Columbus, super prospect Francisco Lindor is dealing with soreness and has missed some time, but thankfully there are no reports of any major issues.
Around the League
Josh Hamilton is expected to join the Texas Rangers on Monday and will start in left. The Rangers already have scored the most runs in baseball in May and Hamilton (potentially) makes them even deeper.
Smiles in the Bronx, as Derek Jeter returned to Yankee Stadium for Bernie Williams Day. The Yankees retired Williams' number and honored the former outfielder with a cool sleeve patch.
Pregame standoffs are now a thing, and the Tigers and Astros join the fun. Just wait until Jason Kipnis gets involved.