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Indians news and notes: Carlos Santana may continue to lead off for the Cleveland Indians

If the Cavs and Indians win again today, Cleveland will have gone 5-0 against Detroit this weekend.

It was very difficult to hit Corey Kluber yesterday.
It was very difficult to hit Corey Kluber yesterday.
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Yesterday's Game: Indians 10, Tigers 1

Cleveland Indians come to life in a 10-1 blowout of the Tigers - Let's Go Tribe

Cleveland Indians end drought for Corey Kluber with 10-1 victory over Detroit Tigers | cleveland.com

Corey Kluber, Yan Gomes lead Indians to win | indians.com

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.

Tribe News

Indians hope move gets Carlos Santana going | MLB.com

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.

Francisco Lindor goes head over heels to make a play for Cleveland Indians | cleveland.com

If you didn't see this play live, here it is (the second one):

Indians Look to Follow Mets’ Lead - The New York Times

An interview with Tribe GM Mike Chernoff.

MLB News

How Defensive Metrics Might’ve Saved Jake Arrieta’s No-Hitter | FanGraphs Baseball

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.

Mariners Felix Hernandez sets strikeout record | MLB.com

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.

Statcast: Puig nabs Story | MLB.com

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)