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Indians news and notes: Tribe loses a rain-soaked (and error-soaked) game

No, it wasn't worth the wait to see the end of last night's game.

Last night's game was delayed two hours, and didn't finish until after 1 AM Eastern
Last night's game was delayed two hours, and didn't finish until after 1 AM Eastern
Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Last Night's This Morning's Game: Minnesota 5, Cleveland 4 (11 innings)

Agonizing game turns out terribly in extra innings. - Let's Go Tribe

Twins walk off vs. Indians in 11th on error |

Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland Indians, 5-4, with walk-off win in 11 innings |

Errors got the game into extra innings, so appropriately enough an error ended the game. And (IMO) Terry Francona made a managerial error when he sent Trevor Bauer out to start the seventh inning. Bauer had been in and out of trouble all night, and although he had just reached 100 pitches, almost all of those pitches had come in high-stress situations.

Tribe News

Cleveland Indians "sacrifice" chicken, ask Jobu to forgive Yan Gomes - Let's Go Tribe

Jobu answer was apparently "no", for both Yan Gomes' bat and his glove failed him last night. But nevertheless, it was a great ceremony.

Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin' bigger crowds and outfield situation -- Terry Pluto |

I think it's a given that the Indians will acquire a reliever before the July 31 trade deadline. Pluto wonders whether they might nab an outfielder as well (who hits right-handed).

Myles Jaye among top prospect performers |

Francisco Mejia now has a 35-game hitting streak, as he went 3-for-5 last night for Lynchburg.

MLB News

Padres win in 10th on walk-off balk vs. Giants |

A walk-off balk? Hey, that must have been a first! Oh wait...

Astros Add Yulieski Gurriel to Suddenly Crowded Infield | FanGraphs Baseball

The Houston Astros signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel to a 5-year contract worth $47.5M. If you're wondering how the Astros can do this under the International signing bonus cap, players older than 23 years old don't apply to the cap. Which basically covers Cuban defectors (Japanese free agents are covered under a separate agreement with the NPB).

Gurriel is 32 years old, and should join the club some time in August. He'll likely play mostly at third base, taking away playing time from LGFT Luis Valbuena. It's not often that you can sign a free agent of this caliber in the middle of the season; in effect the Astros have acquired a major player at the trading deadline without trading a single player.