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Edwin Encarnacion honored in his return to Toronto

Morning news and notes for Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

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The Cleveland Indians returned to Toronto yesterday for the first time since the 2016 ALCS. Things did not go as planned.

Indians 2, Blue Jays 4

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Trevor Bauer lasted 6.0 innings during his start yesterday evening, but it took him over 100 pitches to get there and he gave up four earned runs in the process. All things considered, he could have been worse, but he could have been much better. But hey, at least Edwin got two hits in his return to Toronto.

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Bauer: Results not reflecting quality of pitches | MLB

This script is becoming familiar: Bauer starts a game for the Cleveland Indians, he has either a short outing or gives up a substantial amount of runs, and he says in the post game conference that he pitched well but lolbaseball. I’m a Trevor Bauer supporter, but many fans (including frequent flyers on this site) are wondering when “stuff” stops mattering and the focus shifts to actual, tangible results.

Edwin gets hero’s welcome in Toronto return | MLB

In a rare moment of class by the Toronto fans, Edwin Encarnacion was greeted to roars and cheers as he stepped to the plate in the Rogers Centre for the first time since the 2016 ALCS when he did so as a member of the Blue Jays. Hopefully they continue to cheer tonight when he mashes five home runs.

Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber still on the mend |

The headline I hoped that I would never see indicates that Cleveland’s ace and their staff left fielder are both still recovering after their respective injuries. Brantley could be back as early as this week, but Kluber may be out a little longer. Please come back soon, gentlemen.

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