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September call-ups: Gavin Floyd, Chris Johnson and Shawn Armstrong added in first batch

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In Tuesday's news & notes, Danny Salazar posts another gem, while Gavin Floyd, Chris Johnson and Shawn Armstrong are added to the active roster.

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Indians 4, Blue Jays 2

Indians hang on to beat Blue Jays 4-2, push their winning streak to six games | Let's Go Tribe (USSChoo)
Danny Salazar outduels David Price in Toronto | MLB.com
Danny Salazar shines, Cleveland Indians work over David Price and Toronto, 4-2 | cleveland.com
This team is certainly adept at finding different ways to lose win. A sixth successive victory has brought the Tribe to within four games of a wild-card spot. Exciting times!

Indians news & notes

No surprises at all here, although Tito has indicated that there may be some further roster additions over the next week or so. Gavin Floyd has been pretty dreadful over his three rehab starts, so I'm not really sure why Tito and Antonetti are in such a rush to see him back in MLB, even though it will just be in a relieving role.

Mark Shapiro to become Blue Jays president | MLB.com
Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan 'not seeking external replacement' for Mark Shapiro | cleveland.com
It doesn't sound like the departure of Shapiro is going to cause too much upheaval, in the short-term at least.

Tidbits from around MLB

Royals trade for Jonny Gomes (Braves) | MLB Trade Rumors
Giants acquire Alejandro De Aza from Red Sox | MLB Trade Rumors
Cubs pick up Austin Jackson from Mariners | MLB Trade Rumors
Dodgers to acquire Justin Ruggiano from Mariners | MLB Trade Rumors
Last night marked the end of the August waiver trade period, which resulted in a flurry of relatively minor trades. (Although teams can still make trades in September/October, any players acquired from here on out are ineligible for the postseason.)

Should rules change in MLB with September callups?
Once rosters expand, so does the length of the games, as managers inevitably will exploit expanded rosters to mix and match relievers. To counter this, AJ Cassavell makes with the eminently sensible suggestion that only 22 players should be allowed to suit up on any given day. Is it likely to happen? No.

On the nature of writing and fandom | FanGraphs Baseball
In this interesting piece, Dave Cameron reflects on how much his passion for the Mariners has waned since he started writing about the MLB full-time.