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News and Notes: Frank Robinson honored

Robinson was honored with a statue, and also had his #20 retired.

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Yesterday’s Game: Kansas 5, Cleveland 2

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Another play that went against the Indians by a matter of inches (Kipnis’ potential grand slam), and another game in which the bullpen couldn’t come through*. Danny Salazar had another slow start, but to give him credit, he did minimize the damage in the first inning. But all those pitches thrown in the first inning meant that he was nearing 100 pitches in the sixth inning, and he couldn’t get through the frame.

*Although Francisco Lindor should have caught that line drive.

Tribe News

Indians unveil statue of Frank Robinson |

Frank Robinson joins the booth |
The unveiling ceremony was fantastic, with fellow legend Hank Aaron on hand to speak, and the entire Indians team in attendance. Robinson’s #20 was also retired, the first time the Indians have retired a number of a Tribe player or manager since 1998 (Bob Lemon). Robinson was the first African-American to manage a MLB team, making his managerial debut with the Indians in 1975.

Cleveland Indians thinking about moving starter Danny Salazar to the bullpen |
With Corey Kluber returning on Thursday, which could mean that Salazar would be skipped in the rotation. However, nothing has been finalized yet.

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