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Cleveland Indians news and notes: Francisco Lindor continues to dazzle in the field

Morning news & notes for Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Francisco Lindor.  Part athlete.  Part wizard.  All Lindorable.
Francisco Lindor. Part athlete. Part wizard. All Lindorable.
Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

For a fleeting moment, it looked like the Cleveland Indians would get to 3 games above .500 last night. Sadly, the Minnesota Twins and the umpire crew had other ideas. But, on a more positive note, Michael Brantley is back and will (hopefully) begin his quest for another All-Star caliber season...starting tonight!

Indians 3, Twins 4

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One infuriating inning and a small village of base runners left on base spelled defeat for the Tribe as the Indians dropped the series opener to the Twins by a score of 4-3.  Oswaldo Arcia took Zach McAllister deep to end the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending all 12 fans in attendance home happy (I know, I know, glass houses and all that.  To be fair, the Twins played for 16 innings the night before, so many fans were probably recovering from that).

Indians news

  • Francisco Lindor's default defensive setting is 'wow' | MLB
    Francisco Lindor is good at defense, and water is wet.  These are things that we already know, but are glad to be reminded of periodically.  In Monday night's loss, Lindor proved on multiple occasions why he is the best shortstop in baseball (yeah, I said it).
  • It's Trevor Bauer's turn to step up and fill hole in Clevelland Indians' rotation |
    Tito was clear on Monday night when he asserted that Trevor Bauer will be transitioning back from the bullpen and into the rotation during the absence of Carlos Carrasco.  In the 11.1 innings that Bauer has thrown out of the bullpen this season, he has allowed 6 runs on 13 hits and 5 walks.  He's struck out 14 batters, which is good, but the free passes still seem to be an issue.  Hopefully Bauer's command returns with him to the rotation.
  • Around The League

    • Apparently, Don Mattingly is one of about 4 people who enjoy being involved with the Miami Marlins.
    • Why did reigning Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta fail with the Orioles yet succeed with the Cubs?  Synergy (or lack thereof).
    • It looks like The Millville Meteor has a new job because he just isn't busy enough.