It was sweet while it lasted, but thanks to another Tribe loss to the Orioles and another Royals win over the White Sox, the Indians are back in 2nd place. Sure, that's a bit of a bummer, but not so bad all things considered. The Sox look like they're falling apart metaphorically and the Royals, despite winning, look like they're falling apart literally. And hey, it's not even June yet! There's lots of baseball left, and here's what's going on now:
Orioles 6, Indians 4
Mike Clevinger got off to a bad start, giving up three runs in the 1st inning. The Indians made a couple somewhat valiant but ultimately frustrating comeback attempts in the late innings, but to no avail. The result was a lost game, series, and 1st place position.
Other Indians news & notes
Carlos Carrasco's return to the Indians' rotation could be right around the corner | Cleveland.com - Cookie made a four-inning start for AA Akron on Saturday, and that may have been the only rehab start he needed. There's no definite return date set, but Tito says Carlos is "raring to go."
Ramirez thriving as Indians' "protection hitter" | Indians.com - He's not the kind of guy you'd imagine as a typical #5 hitter, but he's the right kind of pesky. He leads the Tribe in contact rate, coming in 9th overall in the American League.
Clevinger: "There's no part of me that doesn't think I belong" | Cleveland.com - Mike Clevinger has had a bit of a rough go in his three starts since coming up from AAA. But the rookie is nothing if not confident, saying that despite his loss Sunday, he finally feels like he's "pitching" instead of "throwing."
Bullpens: loved or hated | Burning River Baseball - Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen may have had some high-profile meltdowns at certain points this season, but the numbers bear out that they've been rocks at the back end of the bullpen. Don't let the number fool you, though - people will still find a way to hate.
News from around the league
- In case you missed it, the GD Royals won (again) via late-inning comeback (again) to take control of 1st place in the AL Central
- Despite the triumph, the Royals are expected to be without All-Star catcher Salvador Perez for 7-10 days
- Fangraphs' Sunday notes column includes tidbits on a lot of thing, including a funny exchange between Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer
- Jenny Finch won her pro debut as manager, becoming the first woman to do so in history
- The Marlins' Derek Dietrich was hit in the head by a foul ball hit into the dugout; he appears to have escaped serious injury