Happy Saturday, folks! Hopefully there is Cleveland baseball today. The weather forecast may have other plans.
Blue Jays 8, Indians 4
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. All in the same game. Mike Clevinger cruised through three innings and then melted down in the fourth. The Indians jumped on Marcus Stroman early and staked a 4-0 lead before the Blue Jays scored eight unanswered runs and won the first game of this series.
When healthy, Michael Brantley can be one of the best hitters in baseball. So far in 2018, while the results have been so-so, Dr. Smooth has looked solid on his recently injured ankle, which can only mean that he’ll be seeing more playing time if his health continues to hold up.
Bradley Zimmer is one of those rare players who has the speed to take a well-placed bunt and turn it into a hit. Teams will eventually adjust, but for now, if it helps Walugi get on base, have at it.
In a story that will hopefully begin to get more coverage, Francisco Mejia is suing Big League Advance for tactics they used to get him to sign away portions of his future big league earnings.
Around the league
- Derek Jeter won’t attend the games in New York when the Marlins are in town because it will be “awkward”. I can’t imagine it will be more awkward than running an entire franchise into the ground, but to each his own.
- Nolan Arenado and Luis Perdomo were each suspended for their brawl on Wednesday.
- Dinelson Lamet will have his season cut short with reconstructive elbow surgery.
- Josh Donaldson has hit the DL with right shoulder inflammation.
- Aaron Hicks made Yankee history with his inside-the-park home run.
- The Marlins actually did something good thanks to some silly defense from the Pirates.
- Set your DVRs:
Shohei Ohtani’s next scheduled start for the @Angels is on Sunday against the Royals; the game will be telecast nationally on FS1, locally on FOX Sports West & FOX Sports Kansas City. Pregame coverage starts at 1:30pmET. https://t.co/cTU2k1BlQw pic.twitter.com/YPXsf9HI8O— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) April 13, 2018