My apologies to everyone for the super late news & notes. I went to see a late night showing of Batman v Superman, planning to update the article with yesterday's game score when I got back. The movie bored me into such a stupor that I completely forgot. So here's your, uh, afternoon news & notes...
Indians 5, Dodgers 5
The Tribe couldn't do enough to get over the hump against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, despite another solid showing from Francisco Lindor and a strong outing by Trevor Bauer.
Indians news & notes
Michael Brantley may not play in another big league spring training game | Cleveland.com - Terry Francona is encouraged by Dr. Smooth's progress. He's further along in his rehab than expected, but still not quite clicking, so it looks like it's all about minor league spring training from here on.
How Tyler Naquin added muscle, pop this off-season | Cleveland.com - Tyler Naquin is probably going to start the season as the Tribe's centrefielder, something that would have seemed improbable before Michael Brantley went and got injured. Naquin spent basically two months working out at the Tribe's facility in Goodyear, and it seems to be paying off in terms of power production - Tyler hit two homers in Wednesday's win.
The questions matter as much as the answers | Waiting for Next Year - Despite the fact that "no team hinges their World Series dreams on talk about Joba Chamberlain or Juan Uribe or Marlon Byrd," Craig Lyndall thinks there are fewer questions about this Indians team than there have been in recent years. Is that enough for us to legitimately wonder "what if?"
News from around MLB
- Fangraphs projects the best five outfields in baseball (spoiler alert: none of them are the Indians)
- FG also calls BS on the narrative that the Dodgers are wasting Clayton Kershaw's prime
- Mike Schmidt is the latest Hall of Famer/hypocrite to complain about bat flips
- A-Rod is already backtracking on his retirement plans
- Madison Bumgarner accused the Cubs of stealing signs, which for some reason is still a thing that people get mad about in baseball
- The Royals are getting some fancy World Series hats, and the Pirates are selling a new hot dog abomination