We are nearing the final run for Spring Training and holy smokes am I excited for opening day. If only I could bottle these positive vibes up and break them out during a tough losing streak in the dog days of summer when I am absolutely taking baseball for granted.
Indians 3, Mariners 1
Jose Ramirez has had a strong Spring Training, hitting .395, and stayed hot by belting two home runs in the Indians win on Sunday. JRam hit both the homers from the right-side and also drew a walk.
TJ House also had a good day, throwing four innings of scoreless baseball.
Carlos Carrasco is expected to get tomorrow's start against the White Sox.
Brantley went 1-for-3 with a home run in his first Spring Training game for the Tribe. From Jordan Bastian:
During Michael Brantley's ongoing comeback from November surgery on his right shoulder, Indians hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo has kept a close eye on the left fielder's swing, especially when it comes to the follow through after contact. From Day 1 in the batting cage to Saturday's Cactus League debut, Van Burkleo has seen a strong, stable swing.
Van Burkleo thought Brantley's swings in Saturday's 10-5 win over the Cubs looked great.
"He's had no pain, which is key," Van Burkleo said. "The first pitch he sees, he hits 405 feet. Two at- bats later, he hits a homer off a 97-mph fastball. You've got to be pretty encouraged with that."
Indians manager Terry Francona noted that Brantley felt some "normal first-game soreness" on Sunday, but was scheduled to return to the field for Monday's home game against the White Sox.
Pluto offers plenty of positive thoughts on Ramirez and discusses Marlon Byrd's first action for the Tribe.
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