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Indians news and notes: Rally Mantis released in KC, Guyer eats crickets in Cleveland

Morning news and notes for Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

I'm pretty sure that Brandon Guyer ate the rally mantis.
I'm pretty sure that Brandon Guyer ate the rally mantis.
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The magic from Sunday did not translate into Labor Day as the Tribe dropped game 1 of a four game set to the Houston Astros in pretty disappointing fashion. But, despite that, the Indians find themselves 4.5 games in front of the second place Detroit Tigers, whose magic number is down to 22. The Indians aren't going to win out, so a loss here and there isn't the end of the world. And with Kluber on the mound tonight, anything is possible. And now, onto the news!

Astros 6, Indians 2

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It was a pretty poor game all around for the Cleveland Indians. Jason Kipnis made 2 errors, Mike Clevinger couldn't get out of the second inning, and the bullpen gave up 5 runs to put the game very much out of reach. On a positive note, Mike Napoli hit his 30th home run of the season, which matches a single season career best for him. I would hope that this would quell some of the incessant clamoring around the internet for a power bat, but I know it won't.

Indians news

  • Questions remain about fifth rotation spot | MLB
    The quartet of Kluber, Carrasco, Bauer, and Salazar is probably one of the best groups of starting pitchers in baseball. However, pitcher #5 is still a quagmire for the Tribe, and they'll need to figure out a solution for the remainder of the season in order to propel them into October baseball.
  • i.e. making sure that Crisp's option for 2017 doesn't vest.
  • Cleveland Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer consumes crickets, collagen, and left-handed pitching |
    Hey man, whatever you have to do to keep mashing lefties, I'm all for it.
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