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Sunday News and Notes: Four one-run losses on road trip for Tribe

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April ends with the Indians a game below .500.

There were several good things the Indians did in last night's game (including this tag by Roberto Perez), but there weren't enough of them.
There were several good things the Indians did in last night's game (including this tag by Roberto Perez), but there weren't enough of them.
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Last night's game: Phillies 4, Indians 3

Cleveland Indians fall to Phillies by a score of 4-3.. .again - Let's Go Tribe

Freddy Galvis has three RBIs in Phillies' win |

Cleveland Indians hit by 1-run blues again; fall to Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3 |

Did the Indians play particularly bad last night? No. The go-ahead run scored off the Indians bullpen, but Tommy Hunter made good pitches on both the leadoff single and the RBI single. On both plays the catch could have been made, but that's assuming an exceptional play. In both the eighth and ninth innings the Tribe's third out was made on well-hit balls (Uribe drove the ball to the warning track, Kipnis hit a screaming liner that the right field leaped to grab). It's that this one-run loss has come at the heels of other poor one-run losses on this road trip that tars it with the same brush. Ultimately, though, it's shown in the standings the same way.

Tribe News

One-run games putting Cleveland Indians through early-season stress test |

The Indians ended April with a thud, going below .500 with the loss last night. Also, Francona seriously thought of playing Carlos Santana in right field on Friday night, but desisted when Napoli came down with stiff neck. Thank goodness for stiff necks.

Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin' about Tyler Naquin's rise, Lonnie Chisenhall's slide and decisions looming: Terry Pluto (photos, video) |

So far Tyler Naquin has been everything the Indians could have hoped for. We'll see what happens once pitchers start throwing him more pitches up in the zone, but in his first major-league month he's been very good at the plate. Early returns on his defense are dragging his overall value down.

Juan Uribe drops in to wish bride luck before her wedding, remains gift to all mankind |

Can't really improve on the headline, so I won't try.

MLB News

Why April is the most misleading month for MLB stats. | Sports on Earth

April tends to be the least predictive (as in the rate stats tend not to be indicative of the season stats) of all the months in the baseball season. Which does make some sense, especially for pitchers.

Sunday Notes: Fredi’s Leash, Headley, Happ, Miller, more | FanGraphs Baseball

With the Braves mired in an April to forget, you wonder whether Fredi Gonzalez will be the fall guy for what is poised to be the worst team in the majors no matter who is managing it. Speaking of managers feeling the heat, Joe Girardi seems like one of them, both with his comments about the shift last week and other responses recently.

Check out Zac Curtis' shocked face when he learned he was getting called up to the Majors |

Curtis was pitching for Arizona's High-A affiliate when he got told he was going to the majors. Understandably, he was rather surprised.