Box score (vs Royals)
Box score (vs Rangers)
The Indians played a pair of games yesterday, losing to the Rangers in San Antonio, and tying the Royals in Arizona. The game against the Royals had no projected Opening Day starters (although Gonzalez, Urshela, and Diaz could make the roster). Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw both pitched, and Shaw gave up a run in his inning of work.
Mike Clevinger started the game against the Rangers, and couldn't finish his second inning of work. He gave up three runs, all in that second inning, and walked four batters. Ryan Merritt pitched three innings, giving up one run. Chris Colabello had two hits for the Indians.
Naquin was scratched from one of the games today with sore knees - yes, both knees were sore. Meanwhile Michael Brantley played in another minor-league game.
I'll just leave this quote here:
"He's helpful, because he's still at that age to where I can relate to him as a player. He's fresh off the field. I wish Grady wasn't even here. I wish he was still playing. But, being able to have him is awesome -- absolutely awesome."
How Yandy Diaz and Leandro Linares left Cuba and joined the Indians. The whole piece is definitely worth your time.
The US will play Japan Tuesday night after defeating the Dominican Republic in an outstanding game. Adam Jones made a spectacular catch to rob Orioles teammate Manny Machado, then Robinson Cano immediately went deep to make the score 4-3 US in the seventh. Andrew McCutcheon would put the game away in the eighth with a two-run double.
Oh yeah, Giancarlo Stanton is ready for the regular season (117 mph(!))
X-rays came back negative, but Martinez might miss the beginning of the season.
According to these ratings, the Indians have the deepest roster in the majors, with 7 rated 85 (out of 99) or better. Championship?