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Indians News and Notes: Carlos Santana unleashes his inner Ricky Henderson, hits leadoff homer

News and Notes, April 23, 2016

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Carlos Santana and Justin Verlander have a history.  In 2011, Santana hit a walk-off grand slam against the Tigers and celebrated profusely. The Tigers took it the wrong way, and Justin Verlander took it upon himself to put the young whippersnapper in his place by plunking him deliberately during their next meeting a few weeks later, an act for which, inexplicably, he did not get suspended because he pretended that the pitch just got away from him. Yesterday, Santana's leadoff homer against Verlander wrote another chapter in this ongoing story.

Cleveland 2, Detroit 1

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