The reports of Corey Kluber's demise were always greatly exaggerated, though yesterday Kluber made a rather emphatic statement about his effectiveness. He dominated a very potent Detroit lineup through 8 innings. And he made it look easy.
That of course was just one half of the good news from this game, the other half being the offensive performance. Yan Gomes, another player off to a slow start, had a great day, as did many others in the lineup. Some relevant numbers: 15 hits, 10 runs, 6 extra base hits, 2 walks, and 1 left on base.
Carlos Santana batting leadoff may not be just a temporary thing, even with Michael Brantley set to join the team on Monday. I think that Kipnis-Lindor-Brantley is a better top three than Santana-Kipnis-Lindor, but if it's a choice between Santana and Rajai Davis, I'd go with Santana. Also, the article mentions that Tommy Hunter is progressing nicely in his rehab stint, and although there's no official timetable for his return, I would assume it would be within the next week.
If you didn't see this play live, here it is (the second one):
An interview with Tribe GM Mike Chernoff.
Teams are now shifting in the outfield just like they have been in the infield, and those shifts may have helped preserve Arrieta's no-no this past week.
He passed Randy Johnson for the franchise record. It took Hernandez approximately 450 more innings than Johnson to get to 2,162 strikeouts, which tells you a lot about how dominant the Big Unit was during his time with the Mariners.
A breakdown of Yasiel Puig's amazing throw on Friday night.
For comparison, here's a similar throw from Bo Jackson from 1993 (warning: Hawk Harrelson)