Happy Friday, LGTers. In a season that is largely lost, any day you can wake up and bask in an Indians win over the Yankees is a good one. Here's what's going on around baseball:
Yesterday's game: Indians 3, Yankees 2
Somehow, some way, Josh Tomlin won a game in Yankee Stadium. Now that the existence of miracles has been confirmed, what else do you really need to know?
- LGT recap (Jason Lukehart, submitting his entry in the headline of the year contest)
- Cleveland.com recap (Zack Meisel)
- Indians.com recap (Jordan Bastian and Grace Raynor)
Indians news & notes
Indians' Shapiro a strong candidate to replace Blue Jays' Beeston | Fox Sports - Whoa. Ken Rosenthal has the scoop on what could be a big shakeup for the Indians' front office. Blue Jays president/CEO Paul Beeston is set to retire at the end of this year, and Rosenthal's sources say Toronto has contacted Mark Shapiro about replacing him. Shapiro has been with the team in some capacity since 1992, but the Jays position is a coveted one. This may be the last we see of a man who's meant as much to the Tribe as any one person for the past two decades.
Shapiro declines comment on report linking him to Jays' front office opening | Cleveland.com - As we all know, sometimes silence speaks louder than words. Shapiro declined comment after this most recent report, but is on record in January as saying "nothing lasts forever" when he was initially linked with the potential job opening.
Rubik's Klube: Cory Kluber's fascinating reinvention by reversion | Grantland - I saw this mentioned in an LGT comments section, but haven't seen it pop up in an N&N. Anyway, ICYMI, this is a great piece about how Kluber started using his four-seamer again this year to get back on track, after having given it up two years ago.
Tidbits from around MLB
- The Dodgers acquired Chase Utley from the Phillies, and Fangraphs explores what version of Utley might be showing up in LA
- FanGraphs also has a neat discusion about the perils of a Three True Outcomes player
- CBS Sports' Dayn Perry thinks Padres GM AJ Preller's experiment in boldness has mostly been a failure
- Mike Trout is obsessed with the weather