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Indians free agent acquisition Edwin Encarnacion tops 100 RBI—again

Morning News and Notes: September 27, 2017

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The offense was good last night, but the pitching was not. The Indians entered last night’s game with a 1.97 ERA in their past 31 games. That number rose (both of them, actually, since we're now talking 32 games). Edwin Encarnacion entered the game with 99 runs batted in. That one rose too.

Edwin now has 103 RBI (and 38 home runs). It's the fifth time in EE's career that he has entered triple digits. But his strong offensive showing was not enough to overcome the 8 runs that Indians pitchers gave up.

Most of those runs were given up by Josh Tomlin and Bryan Shaw. Tomlin was bad. Shaw was worse. If we lose any playoff games, they’ll look a lot like last night’s game, since Terry Francona insists on these being his two favorite pitchers.

Bartolo Colon started for the Twins. But he did not last long. The Twins said he left with an "illness" in what will probably be his final MLB start.

Elsewhere in Cleveland

• Trevor Bauer lost a drone.

• Lonnie Chisenhall seems likely to play tonight. W confirmed.

Around the Majors

• Joey Gallo mashes a lot of homers but not much else

• JD Martinez needs to be promoted to the level above the major leagues

• Chris Sale was rocked

• Bruce Maxwell was biographed