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Morning news and notes for Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday's Game: Cleveland 4, Seattle 3

Four-run first leads Indians over Mariners | MLB.com

Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians rebound after rocky start to beat Seattle Mariners, 4-3 | cleveland.com

First-inning rally sets tone as Indians top Mariners 4-3 - Let's Go Tribe

If you want the Too Long; Didn't Read version: All 7 runs were scored in the first inning, and both starters recovered after that poor start. It was very cold. Andrew Miller overcame a poor strike zone. Cody Allen was very, very good.

Cody Allen now has these pitching rates:

H/9: 9.0 (.526 BABIP)

BB/9: 0.9

SO/9: 18.00

SO/BB: 20

Add all that up and you have an utterly dominating 10 innings of pitching.

Tribe News

Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin' Michael Brantley and some good news in April -- Terry Pluto (photos) | cleveland.com

Remember when we were concerned about Michael Brantley and Carlos Carrasco heading into the season? Pluto does touch on the outfield defense, which has been very poor, though last year's outfield D wasn't that much better. It would be nice to find a good defensive center fielder who can also hit, but for now the Indians are choosing to go with offense over defense.

Also, the Indians, with yesterday's win, have clinched a winning April. Last year's club had a losing record in April (their only sub-.500 month), though that sub-.500 record was 10-11, not exactly a disastrous start.

Cleveland Indians' Danny Salazar is finally becoming an ace. Sound familiar? (ESPN)

Salazar's defense has hurt his total numbers, though yesterday all three runs came via home run, something that the defense can't control. One of the other points of the article is that the release point on his pitches has been harder to differentiate, and that has helped his effectiveness quite a bit.

Cleveland Indians were World Series champions twice: PD 175th (vintage photos, video) | cleveland.com

Check out the photos at the top of the article.

Around MLB

Shelby Miller, who looked so good against the Indians, will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the 2017 season.

Adam Eaton is also out for the rest of the year, as he tore the ACL in his left knee in a collision on Friday.

Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle last night