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Indians News and Notes: On bad calls, low attendance and coming home

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Morning News and Notes, September 3, 2016

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Bad calls may, as they say, even out, but their impact seldom does. Baseball is a game that turns on one pitch, one play: a game of inches, they say. The Indians got a break yesterday from a bad call that probably turned the game - in the first inning. Chances are good that the Indians would have won anyway, given the way that Carrasco pitched, but you never know. Ask the Marlins, who could have found themselves 2.0 games back in the NL Wild Card race instead of 3.0, about whether that call was important.  Ask the Royals about Don Denkinger or the Tigers about Jim Joyce. For that matter, ask me about Dana Demuth's 2007 ALCS failure to give TAFKA Fausto Carmona obvious low strikes that  every other umpire called a strike all season long, leading Carmona to melt down.  Bad calls are part of the game, of course, and MLB's replay system attempts to minimize them, but they can't be eliminated. Nor should they be celebrated, even if they give your team the victory.

Cleveland 6 - Miami 2

Indians sprint out to early lead, defeat Marlins 6-2 - Let's Go Tribe - A favorable call set up a 3-run first inning

Carlos Carrasco, Indians cruise past Marlins | MLB.com -- Carrasco spun 7 1/3 scoreless frames, in which he allowed six hits and walked just one in the 10th double-digit strikeout performance of his career, and his third of the year.

Early offense, checked swing, Carlos Carrasco pave the way for Cleveland Indians' 6-2 win against Miami Marlins | cleveland.com - The Checked Swing Seen 'Round Northeast Ohio provided the Indians with their first opportunity to strike.

Other Indians News

Will threats increase Cleveland Indians dismal attendance? Hey, Hoynsie | cleveland.com - The Indians' attendance stinks. It has for the last several years, but threatening to move the club probably isn't the best way to get more people to come to Progressive Field.

Indians weigh starter options for Monday | MLB.com - "Monday, we need a starter," Francona said. "I think we're still going to wait and see how we get there. It's going to be more likely than not almost like a bullpen game. I think we can do that because it's September. So regardless of who starts, I don't think you're going to see them go very deep."

Coco Crisp comfortable back in Cleveland | MLB.com - "It's nice to be back here."

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