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Indians news and notes: Santana, Ramirez off to hot starts for the Tribe

Morning news & notes for Friday, April 8, 2016.

That's one.  Only 29 more and the internet will shut up.
That's one. Only 29 more and the internet will shut up.
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I'm not sure who was in charge of creating the 2016 MLB schedule, but I am of the opinion that they should be given a time out or a stern talking to.  It's early April, and you scheduled the Boston Red Sox to come and visit the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.  Even if the Tribe had made the trip to Fenway instead, getting all three games in as planned would have been a miracle.  Next year, maybe send us out west where it's nice and sunny?  Anyway, weather permitting, we'll actually see the Tribe play some baseball today!

Indians news

  • Baby it's cold outside and the Cleveland Indians' starting pitchers must adjust |
    No players on a team are as impacted by postponed games as the starting rotation.  For the Tribe starters, they're having to make adjustments in terms of how they're throwing as well as when and against which team.  Danny Salazar, for example, should have had his first start against the Red Sox; instead, he will open today's game against the Chicago White Sox.  Hooray for the domino effect!
  • Can Jose Ramirez become an everyday player  for the Cleveland Indians? |
    Our favorite helmetless hamster has had quite the start to the young season, going 2-for-5 against the Sox coupled with quite a dramatic game-winning catch.  Some people would argue that you should put minimal stock into two games, and they would be right.  But if the helmets and the hits keep flying, could Jose Ramirez find himself in the lineup every day?
  • How important is a fast start for Carlos Santana? |
    We've already touched on the importance of Naptana Santapoli, but a successful, consistent beginning to Lando's season could be the key to helping the Tribe get out of April with a decent record.
  • Akron RubberDucks win season opener at Bowie |
    Unlike their parent team, the Akron RubberDucks have started the season 1-0 with a 5-2 victory.  Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier, two of Cleveland's most highly regarded prospects, went 2-for-5 and 1-for-5 respectively with Zimmer driving in 2 of the team's 5 runs.
  • Around The League

    • Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler had a nasty collision on Thursday during the Cubs victory over the Diiamondbacks.  Schwarber suffered a left ankle sprain and had to be carted off the field.
    • If you haven't seen, John Oliver of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" has been having a little bit of fun at the expense of the Yankees and their expensive premium seats.  So far, we've seen Ninja Turtles, sharks, unicorns, and now dinosaurs and dragons.
      Lando hopes that we get some baseball in today.  LET'S GO TRIBE!!!