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News and Notes: Cleveland Indians take White Sox to the cleaners

James Shields v.2016 is a boon for opposing hitters, and last night was no exception.

Juan Uribe returned to the field yesterday, and joined his teammates in the hit parade.
Juan Uribe returned to the field yesterday, and joined his teammates in the hit parade.
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Yesterday's Game: Indians 13, White Sox 2

Tyler Naquin’s huge night helps Cleveland Indians crush Chicago White Sox - Let's Go Tribe

Cleveland Indians shatter James Shields, White Sox on way to 13-2 victory |

Naquin, Salazar lead Indians past White Sox |

The White Sox were debating whether to hold back James Shields after his last poor start, and I'm glad they didn't. Don Cooper has a very good track record of getting the most out of his pitching staff, but in this case I think the White Sox office brought someone in so out of sorts that even Cooper isn't going to fix, at least right away. Shields has lost some velocity on his fastball, and he's not hitting his spots, and when that happens, opposing teams will do what the Indians did last night. Mike Napoli had the hit the game an beautiful opposite-field homer to give the Indians a 4-0 lead. After that blast, Shields threw up his hands in frustration, and the rout was on.

Tyler Naquin, Juan Uribe among standouts as Cleveland Indians hammer Chicago White Sox: DMan's Report, Game 67 |

Naquin had his best game as a major-league, reaching base five times, and missing the cycle by a double. He's taken full advantage of the opportunity presented when Marlon Byrd was suspended, and has in his third stint with the Indians hit for more power than even the most optimistic of us could hope for.

Indians News

Indians' Santana brings back toe tap |

Putting something like a toe tap back in a swing is not something you can just do after a day's work with the hitting coach. It needs to become second nature, something you do without thinking about it.

Trevor Bauer-Chris Gimenez combination paying dividends for Cleveland Indians |

"I think Trevor understands how hard Gimenez is working to help him through these games," said Francona. "I think there's less shaking that we've seen in the past. That's a good thing."


MLB News

The Smoothest Part of Ian Desmond’s Outfield Transition | FanGraphs Baseball

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Simkus: Ichiro Suzuki, Minnie Minoso and 4,000 career 'professional' hits | Society for American Baseball Research

With Ichiro getting his 4,000th hit (including his hits in Japan), Simkus looks at the hit leader board if you take all professional hits into consideration.

Father's Day around the league |

Happy Father's Day!