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Indians embark on six-game road trip, choose Carrasco to battle Oakland first

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Now then, mostly every game is a good game in pieces to my feeling.
Now then, mostly every game is a good game in pieces to my feeling.
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Cleveland Indians @ Oakland Athletics

August 22, 2016, 10:05 PM ET, the Multi-Purpose Oakland Alameda Coliseum

Radio: WTAM



Gertrude Stein once said, "The trouble with Oakland is that when you get there, there isn't any there there." Oakland being the city to which she was referring, the city of her birth, and also the city in which the Cleveland Indians play baseball tonight. Cleveland, a city that the people of other cities often deride just as well and call it the Mistake on the Lake due to the socio-economic downturn of decades past and the fire of the river and the luck of the sports teams just recently turned and it was all very strange.

As I was saying the Indians do not play at their home tonight but rather in another team's home. So then this would be the site of the playing and the site upon which nine innings would unfold. Some believed they would unfold casually, a picnic napkin on the park green on a fall afternoon while other believed they would forcefully dewrinkle, steamed by the intensity of the sweat of the players, those players from the city of Oakland and the city of Cleveland playing the game of baseball, but it is not certain to any if anyone is to himself to judge the manner in which the game unfolds and how his feelings of the unfolding coils within himself in his mind inside him.

There will be much description of the feelings of the fans and the actions of the players throughout the course of the baseball game contested between the teams. There will be very much written of the velocity with which Carlos Carrasco throws the baseball, how he uses the ball to keep the hitters from Oakland off of the bases, and how the opposing pitcher Andrew Triggs does much the same thing by different means, for no two pitchers are the same though the pitches may share names they are all very much different and it is in the seeking of this difference that they find their sameness.

There are a great many men then that will come to the fourth base called home and attempt to hit the ball that the Carrasco and the Triggs throw in order to reach the base and hopeful circumnavigate the infield, for a hitter may run miles and have it count for nothing should he not reach each base in order and touch home, for home is always the place to which one wants to return and that was all there was then of discussing and this is a little description of something that happens tonight it is very interesting.

A lineup is a lineup is a lineup

Carlos Santana - 1B Coco Crisp - DH
Jason Kipnis - 2B Jake Smolinski - CF
Francisco Lindor - SS Stephen Vogt - C
Mike Napoli - DH Khris Davis - LF
Jose Ramirez - 3B Yonder Alonso - 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Ryon Healy - 3B
Tyler Naquin - CF Brett Eibner - RF
Abraham Almonte - LF Max Muncy - 2B
Roberto Perez - C Chad Pinder - SS
Carlos Carrasco - RHP Andrew Triggs - RHP