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Cleveland Indians Sunday News and Notes: Doubleheader Day

Yesterday was a washout, meaning that we'll be getting two games today

Terry Francona
Terry Francona
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Yesterday's Rainout

O's-Tribe rained out, will play two on Sunday |

Cleveland Indians-Orioles rained out Saturday; play doubleheader Sunday |

Yesterday evening's game was postponed before most fans left for the park, which was a wise move, as it rained all day in Baltimore. Because the Indians are in town only once, this game will be made later today as part of a day-night doubleheader, and avoids a separate makeup date later in the season.

Indians News

Indians' rainout opens chance for Murata |

Because today's doubleheader was scheduled (albeit only 24 hours ahead of time), both clubs will be able to call up a 26th player to their roster for the day. The Indians will use this spot on Toru Murata, who will start the night game of the doubleheader. If you don't know who Murata is, don't feel bad, as he's not much of a prospect. He's been in the organization since 2011, and has been shuttling back and forth between AA and AAA for the last four seasons. Today's start will very likely be a one-and-done chance for Murata, as not only will he go back to Columbus after the start, but he would also be one of the first players punted off the 40-man roster if the club needs to add a player. Still, this is a nice reward for a pitcher that has been doing yeoman's work in various (unflashy) roles in Akron and Columbus in recent years.

The reason why Murata is being called up is partly due to the future schedule (the Indians would need another starter by the end of the week if Bauer/Anderson started the games today), and also because the Orioles would represent a difficult challenge for Cody Anderson, who was scheduled to pitch this afternoon's game. And with two games today, a short outing by Anderson would have messed up the bullpen for Game 2 and beyond. Anderson will be pushed back to face Tampa Bay tomorrow, the team he dominated last Sunday.

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MLB News

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Latest 25-man/40-man Roster

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June 28 2015

It will actually be a 26-man roster today, as the Indians will call up Toru Murata for the second game of the doubleheader. The Indians had a 40-man spot available after designating Scott Atchison for assignment, so the only moves the Indians will likely have to make today will be adding Murata to the roster, then optioning him to Columbus after the game. Perhaps the Indians will have another AAA pitcher at Camden Yards in case Bauer leaves Game 1 early, but I don't think they'll need to add an additional pitcher, as they already have an eight-man bullpen, with everyone getting Saturday off.