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Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis will be near impossible to replace

Morning news & notes for Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

World Series - Chicago Cubs v Cleveland Indians - Game One Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Indians did a thing

Giants 2, Indians 1

A boring game was played, and one of the teams won. The team that won did so because the other team did more stupid things than they did. This was not a game won by a team thanks to great plays. It sucked

LGT recap | recap

Indians news

Salazar returning to Indians’ rotation |

The details haven’t yet been hashed out - no word on who gets bumped out of the rotation, if anyone, or how Corey Kluber’s stiff neck issue could shuffle the rotation. But regardless, the Dzar is back. Yay... ?

Corey Kluber has been better than ever since DL stint | Fanrag Sports

The stoic one may not show emotion, but he hated his time on the DL. Fortunately, it may have had the welcome side effect of giving him the extra strength needed to help the Tribe make a serious playoff push. Let’s hope the stiff neck doesn’t derail that.

The true loss of missing Kip and Lon | Waiting for Next Year

We knew replacing Lonnie Chisenhall would be near impossible (nb: who would’ve imagined that sentence before 2017?), but even replacing Jason Kipnis’ meager production will be difficult. Just how difficult? Michael Bode invesitigates.

Ramirez named Heart and Hustle winner |

A representative from each team is picked as a “preliminary winner” and one ultimate winner is voted on at the end of the year.

Around the league

The big news of the day was the continuing flurry of pre-trade deadline trades:

There was also some distressing injury news for contenders: