This one had a little of everything, and a lot of pain. Dan Otero, who has been fantastic out of the bullpen, gave up a three-run triple in the sixth inning. The Indians had several golden opportunities late in the game to pull ahead or win outright, but couldn't get that final big hit. Francisco Lindor was called out for runner's interference in the ninth to short-circuit a rally. And finally, Abraham Almonte made a poor play on a ball that allowed the Yankees' go-ahead run to score in the 11th.
I understand both why Lindor thought Gregorius was going to field the ball (instead of Headley) and why the umpire made the call. Headley was going to make a play on the ball, and had the better angle. He may have even thrown out Carlos Santana at first base. When the ball came off Santana's bat, I thought it was a very fortuitous hit, for it served as a swinging bunt, and the Indians would have at least runners on second and third with one out. But it turned out to be the most unlucky of possibilities, for Lindor didn't anticipate the third baseman cutting the ball off.
With both Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar potentially pitching on Tuesday, Terry Francona pushed both of them back to the end of the rotation. Carrasco will be pitching on his normal rest (four days), and will be starting consecutive team games, a feat that's really on possible in today's game by pitching on either side of the All-Star break.
As the title says, read on to find out the hurdles the Indians jumped to get Morimondo into Canada last Sunday.
Since trading Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher to Atlanta, the Indians are 84-56. Coincidence?
He's supposed to out 3-6 weeks (how he can come back from meniscus surgery in three weeks is beyond my understanding of the human body), but the Red Sox did compensate by trading for Brad Ziegler from Arizona, who was one of the potential trade targets for the Indians.
Today's Futures Game (7 PM, MLB Network) will feature three Tribe prospects (Clint Frazier, Yandy Diaz, Francisco Mejia)
Last week the Twins cut ties with Oswaldo Arcia, dealing him to the Rays after designating him for assignment. I still think Arcia can be a very good corner outfielder, and perhaps a change of scenery will do him good.