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Indians news and notes: Tribe falls to Royals but remain in first place

Morning news & notes for Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

"I walk a lonely road.  The only one that I have ever known".
"I walk a lonely road. The only one that I have ever known".
Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Between my crazy work schedule and going to see the Tribe twice this past weekend, it feels like it's been forever since I've actually put up a news article.  Maybe it's the sudden shift in my schedule that has me starting work at 5am, but it seems like the days have been dragging since last Tuesday when the Cleveland Indians held a 2.5 game lead over the next best team in the AL Central.  But here we are, a week later, and the Indians are still holding onto their division lead.  By this time next week, hopefully it's larger than two games.  But until then, on with the news!

Indians 1, Royals 2

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Boy, KC sure knows how to ruin a good time, don't they?  Having not watched the majority of the game (I was, instead, watching Sony's E3 Press Conference in which they doomed beloved 90s mascot Crash Bandicoot to a fate worse than hell: being a part of the Skylanders' series), when I saw the box score, my initial thought was "so which Royal blooped their way to victory this time?".  Turns out, it was something called a Whit Merrifield, whom I'm told is an actual person who is paid actual money to pretend to play actual baseball for the Kansas City Royals.  Merrifield hit a triple and a home run (his first of his major league career), both of which contributed to the only runs for Kansas City.  I don't know who you are, Merrifield, but you've earned my scorn.

Indians news

  • Indians believe Gomes will break out at plate | MLB
    Unless you've been under a rock for the past few months (and if you have, that's fine; who am I to tell you how to live your life?), you know that Tribe catcher Yan Gomes is having tremendous difficulty at the plate.  Monday night's contest didn't help matters as Gomes hit into not one, but two double plays.  But regardless, Tito and the rest of the team firmly believe that he is going to break out any day now.  For Gomes' sake, I really hope that he gets hot very soon.
  • Mejia among top prospect performers Monday | MLB
    Down in Lake County, Indians' prospect Francisco Mejia extended his hitting streak to 20 games and hit his fifth homer in seven games.  Could a promotion be in order for Frankie 2.0?

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