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Indians news and notes: Max Kepler ruins everything in decimation of Cleveland Indians

Morning news & notes for Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

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After a day in which the Cleveland Indians absolutely dominated the competition, the Twins had to roll into town and ruin everyone's fun by smacking the absolute snot out of the ball for nine innings en route to a 12-5 victory over the Tribe.  I had already written yesterday off in terms of my productivity thanks to all of the trade deadline shenanigans, so I was hoping that the Tribe would make it worth it by defeating their AL Central rival.  Unfortunately, Kepler & Co. had other ideas.  Fortunately, in the words of Gimli son of Gloin: "That still only counts as one!".  Hopefully the Tribe can bounce back tonight and even the series.  And now, onto the news!

Indians 5, Twins 12

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Last night's game was terrible in more ways than one.  After the Tribe responded with three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-2 lead, it looked as if it would be another solid night for the team.  Unfortunately, that facade was soon shattered in the third inning when Danny Salazar exited the game without recording an out and the Twins erupted for five runs.  Napoli hit his club leading 25th home run in the eighth frame, but by then, Max Kepler had already unleashed his fury upon Progressive Field thrice over.  Oh, and Andrew Miller made his Cleveland debut...and promptly gave up a 2 run home run to Joe Mauer.  OH, and Danny Salazar's arm may be on the verge of exploding (someone hold me).

Indians news

  • Salazar to undergo precautionary MRI on elbow | MLB
    Ha...haha...hahaha.  And I will undergo a precautionary bout of mass alcohol consumption.  You know, for peace of mind.
  • Indians fans sound off on Jonathan Lucroy, create entertaining hashtag called #IHopeLucroy |
    #IHopeLucroy drives 60 miles to the nearest Chik-fil-A in order to satiate an incredible urge for delicious chicken only to realize upon arrival that it's Sunday.
  • Andrew Miller's role with Cleveland Indians?  "I'll be a bullpen pitcher." |
    I mean, I hear we may need some help at the catcher position if he's not too set on this whole pitching thing...
  • In first game after nixed trade, Mejia extends streak to 43 | MLB
    Recently acquired catching prospect Francisco Mejia continues to sizzle at the plate and is now the owner of the 8th-longest hit streak of all time in Minor League history.  Good pick up by the Tribe, I'd say.
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    And second, if teams are still looking for a bullpen arm, they may consider former tennis star John McEnroe: