It wasn't all bad for Cleveland sports last night, as the Indians managed to avoid the Mariners' brooms. Here's more on that and everything else around baseball:
Yesterday's game: Indians 6, Mariners 0
The newest Tribesman gave us a taste of what we hope is the future: Giovanny Urshela recorded his first hit and first homer of his major league career. Shaun Marcum, meanwhile, threw seven shutout innings with five strikeouts.
- LGT recap (Matt R. Lyons)
- Cleveland.com recap (Paul Hoynes)
- Indians.com recap (August Fagerstrom and Alejandro Zuniga)
Indians news & notes
Indians glimpse Marcum of old in scoreless start | Indians.com - Shaun Marcum delivered big last night, and has been solid as of late from the #5 spot in the rotation. He's been back for a while, but it's the first time he's been *really* back since 2013.
Home field has not been an advantage for Indians | Did The Tribe Win Last Night? - Progressive Field has been no sanctuary for the Indians this year. Even after last night's win, they were 12-18 at home. The only teams with worse home records are the A's (just barely) and the Brewers. So what gives?
Could the Indians rob the Yankees again | Burning River Baseball - The Tribe has a history of getting great returns in trades with the Yankees - Jake Westbrook for David Justice, Zach McAllister for Austin Kearns - so could they do it again? New York is seeking right-handed pitching, and the Indians have a surplus of veteran arms that the Yankees might find useful. Perhaps even Shaun Marcum...
Perez gets advice from fellow switch-pitcher | Indians.com - Pat Venditte made his major league debut last week, becoming the first legitimately ambidextrous pitcher in the modern era. Recent Indians draftee Ryan Perez has been in contact with Venditte since his high school days, learning the secrets to being a rare commodity.
What if the Cavs played for the Indians? | Wahoo's On First - Total fluff, but hey, it's a fun time to be a Cleveland sports fan.
Tidbits from around MLB
- The Hardball Times writes about the cyborg with the mean curve ball; they're not talking about Corey Kluber, but instead the increasing effectiveness of robotic limbs and what it might mean for teh future of baseball.
- Fangraphs provides some tips on what to do when you read a silly trade rumor.
- Will Leitch posts another All-Star thought/fluff piece wherein he picks the most entertaining player from each team.
- An umpire "took out" Matt Kemp to help prevent a Braves/Padres brawl.