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Wondering about the Indians batting order (in a good way)

Morning news and notes for Monday, June 19, 2017

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Here’s to a great week!

Indians 5, Twins 2

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A fantastic way to wrap up a heck of a series . . . the Tribe got seven solid innings from Trevor Bauer and Edwin Encarnacion homered twice in the win Sunday in Minneapolis. With the win, the Indians improved to 36-31 on the year and hold a two-game lead in the AL Central.

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Where should the Indians bat Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley |

Hmmmmmm. What say you? From Paul Hoynes:

Terry Francona has an interesting situation on his hands.

With Michael Brantley scheduled to join the Indians on Monday after spending three days on the paternity list after his wife gave birth on Thursday, and Jose Ramirez hitting everything in sight, would he consider moving Brantley to the fifth spot and leaving Ramirez in the No.3 spot?

Brantley has started 53 games this season, all in the No. 3 spot. Ramirez made his fourth start in the No. 3 spot on Sunday. Three of those starts have come this weekend in Brantley’s absence. Ramirez has spent the rest of his time hitting fifth or sixth.

“I really like Brantley in the three hole,” said Francona. “As well as Ramirez is hitting, now that Edwin (Encarnacion) has heated up, it makes him really (valuable) in the No.5 spot. He protects Edwin in a number of ways because he’s a switch-hitter.

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Patience is definitely being rewarded right now.

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Cannon for days.

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One is a lonely number.

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