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Terry Francona leaves game early due to illness

Morning news and notes for Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

MLB: Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

While I was at the gym last night, I sent a message to the other writers in our Slack chat and said that there must be some crazy stuff going on in the game if the score was 12-9 (at the time). Apparently I missed the best game of the season, which means that I need to be working out during the remainder of this season’s games. Hopefully I’m in a non-round shape by the end of the season.

Rangers 9, Indians 15

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In a game in which Carlos Carrasco gave up 8 earned runs and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning, the Indians managed a late game comeback highlighted by three multi-run innings and another shutdown performance by the bullpen. Oh, and the Rangers struck out 17 times.

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Francona OK after illness forces early exit | MLB

There should be more information before tonight’s game, but Tito is luckily okay after leaving the game prematurely due to an illness. This isn’t the first time that Francona has left a game early this month, so hopefully whatever is ailing him passes soon. Someone on Reddit said hat Tito accidentally swallowed his tobacco, but I won’t trust the medical diagnosis of Redditors. I will, however, take into consideration the medical treatment plan provided by Twitter:

Napoli brings party back to Progressive | MLB

While the Indians certainly don’t miss his current .192/.272/.418 slash line (OPS+ of 76), Mike Napoli brought something special to Cleveland and had a major role on the team that came one game away from a championship. Keep on partying, Nap.

Cleveland Indians still searching for an identity, which usually comes with winning: Zack Meisel’s musings | MLB

Zack Meisel’s most recent, Michael Jackson-themed piece reiterates what a lot of Tribe fans are currently feeling: this is a damn good team that continues to falter right when it looks like they’re going to get on a role. Hopefully the summer months bring some better and more exciting baseball to Cleveland (and I mean the city; please play better at home).

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