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Sunday News and Notes: Indians walk tightrope last night, don't fall off

In other news, Carlos Santana will be re-joining the club this afternoon, and Dallas Keuchel twirls another gem.

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Last Night's Game

Cleveland Indians ride a Jerry Sands home run to victory over Seattle Mariners - Let's Go Tribe

Sands, Marcum deliver as Tribe holds off Mariners |

Shaun Marcum, bullpen lead Cleveland Indians to 4-3 win over Seattle Mariners |

There were so many point in this game in which the outcome could have quickly changed, starting with the bases-loaded situation in the seventh inning. A double play not turned led to that situation, but NIck Hagadone defused it by striking out Kyle Seager on three pitches (ending the at-bat on a beautiful breaking ball). Terry Francona heavily leaned on the bullpen, as starter Shaun Marcum pitched on 5.1 innings. Four relievers were used, and closer Cody Allen had to get four outs.

Brantley not letting soreness take him off field |

The back problems that sidelined Michael Brantley early this season haven't gone away, which makes his performance look even better. He'll probably have to deal with a sore back the rest of the season.

Cleveland Indians fans should enjoy Jason Kipnis: Paul Hoynes rant of the week |

Earlier this week, Grady Sizemore was Designated for Assignment for the Phillies, and very probably has played his last major-league game. Hoynes mentions this to make the point that greatness in baseball can be ephemeral, so enjoy what you're seeing from Jason Kipnis.

MLB News

Strasburg placed on 15-day DL |

A sore back is the cause of this Disabled List trip.

Dallas spins dominant case for All-Star status |

The Dallas referred to in the title is Dallas Keuchel, who was dominant once again, shutting out the White Sox while striking out 11.

McCutchen gives his batting gloves to adorable fans |

Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference.

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Carlos Santana will be back with the team this afternoon, so a roster move presumably has already been made. I would assume that Jerry Sands will be the player sent out (in spite of his two-run homer), which means that he would have to be designated for assignment/outrighted. That means there's a non-zero chance that some other club will claim him on waivers or that he'll reject the outright assignment.

I just want emphasize that Jason Kipnis' WAR is 3.2, which almost one-third of the total team WAR (11.0).