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Morning News and Notes for Saturday, August 18, 2018

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
Indians set to retire Jim Thome’s number
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Cleveland 2 - Baltimore 1

Recaps: MLB | clevelaand.com

Jose Ramirez hit a first-inning two-run homer and Carlos Carrasco and the bullpen made it hold up.

Other Indians News

I first knew that Jim Thome was special when I saw him play in Columbus. In 1993, the Indians AAA team was in Charlotte and they only came to town for a couple series every year. Thome turned on a pitch and hit it out of the park to straight away right field. In those days at the old Clippers ballpark, there was a group picnic area behind the right field fence - that was the park he hit it out of - it went 475 feet if it went an inch.

Cleveland Indians expected to officially retire Hall of Famer Jim Thome's No. 25 on Saturday | cleveland.com - Thome's number has been unofficially retired since Aug. 2, 2014 when Jason Giambi surprised Thome and gave up No. 25 and presented it to Thome after he signed a one-day contract so he could retire as a Cleveland Indian.

Jim Thome in Cleveland for celebration of his career, Hall of Fame honor - “Incredible, surreal,” Thome said Aug. 17 while speaking to reporters at Progressive Field before the Indians hosted the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game series.

Trevor Bauer out 4-6 weeks with injury - If everything goes according to plan with no setbacks, Francona said that Bauer could be cleared to throw from a standing position in about 10 days and mound work might follow 10 days after that

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer 'furious' about injury; team puts return at 4-6 weeks | cleveland.com - "I'm just pissed off," he said. "I'm in a constant state of being pissed off right now. So, the more I sit back and think about how good my season's going, the more pissed off I get, because now I'm not pitching. And that's what I should be doing."

Covering the Bases: Game 121 – Major League Bastian - Francona noted in Cincy that the team is mapping out days for Andrew Miller to focus on his mechanics with pitching coach Carl Willis outside of the competitive game setting. So, that was went on in Chicago. And, presumably, there will be other days like that in the games ahead.

Jose Ramirez’s MVP-type year: Indians 3B leading AL in homers & steals - SBNation.com - The live ball era began in 1920, giving us nearly 99 seasons of baseball history since to work with. Yet only one person in that time has led his league in both home runs and steals — Chuck Klein, an outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies who hit 38 home runs and swiped 20 bags in 1932.

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