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Josh Tomlin shines early, bats rally late

Morning news and notes for Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Josh Tomlin was doing vintage Josh Tomlin things
Josh Tomlin was doing vintage Josh Tomlin things
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Yesterday's Game: Cleveland 3, Kansas 1

Indians hit back-to-back homers in 9th to win |

Ninth-inning comeback preserves a Josh Tomlin gem - Let's Go Tribe

Cleveland Indians rally for 3-1 victory over Royals on homers by Carlos Santana, Francisco Lindor |

The late runs were the exciting bits, but Josh Tomlin's strong outing made it possible. Baseball is a series of ebbs and flows, not a continual line of progression or regression, and yesterday Tomlin was able to command everything in his arsenal, allowing three base runners in his 7.1 innings of work. The offense he faced is by far the worst in the American League, but let's worry about that when he has to face someone more competent.

Tribe News

Royals, Indians honor Negro Leagues in finale |

The Indians will be wearing Cleveland Buckeyes uniforms in today's series finale.

Wait a minute, you're complaining about Cleveland Indians' Andrew Miller? Hey, Hoynsie |

I do have to commend the headline writer, for it made me click, wondering how creative someone must be to complain about Andrew Miller. It wasn't that creative.

Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin' Trevor Bauer, Mike Clevinger, Yandy Diaz -- Terry Pluto (photos) |

Pluto notes that the same players who feasted on left-handed pitchers a year ago have been dreadful against them in 2017 - notably Brandon Guyer and Carlos Santana. Even Jose Ramirez has a considerable split difference against LHP.

Around MLB

Based on this timetable, Noah Syndergaard won't be pitching for the Mets until after the All-Star Break

Jeff Sullivan looks at the homer-happy April in MLB (42% of runs in April came on homers, as opposed to the average of 35% for 1995-2015)

Baseball America's reviews of all the May 4th Star Wars promotions in the minors.