Happy Sunday, everyone!
Indians 0, Athletics 1
In his second start of the spring, Trevor Bauer went four innings. The rest of the bullpen (including Ramirez and Olson) had uneventful innings, and the only real offense came on a wild pitch by Bauer in the fourth. But no one got hurt, so count it as a win.
Trevor Bauer’s Cookie-style changeup was on full display on Saturday, and it looks ready to go for the regular season. Bonus footage from camp:
Bauer's final line: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) March 2, 2019
See if you can discover the details we messed up from this strikeout of Matt Chapman in the bottom of the 1st. #TribeSpring | #RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/RLF8tVAFS0
Lindor may be back by Opening Day, Leonys Martin will be in center field on Opening Day, and there are still some roster spots in play for potential non-roster invitees. Oh, and Brad Hand is the closer (if that wasn’t already obvious).
Hanley Ramirez has hopes to make the club on Opening Day, and Jason Kipnis needs to get healthy since Francona has already said he wants him to be the starting second baseman this year. Hopefully they both come out swinging on Monday.
The newspaper article from Naquin’s walk-off, inside-the-park home run still hangs in my office to this day. Here’s to another memorable, magical season, Tyler.
While he wouldn’t have stayed into 2019, it would have been intriguing to see how Harper’s presence would have changed the Cleveland lineup in the ALDS.
Around the league
- Luke Farrell was hit by a line drive on Saturday and now has a broken jaw.
- Danny Farquhar returned to the mound after suffering from a brain hemorrhage last season.
- Miguel Cabrera hit his first home run since April 28, 2018.
- Alex Bregman also made a return to the diamond following a successful recovery from elbow surgery.
- Bryce Harper is a sleeper agent for the Nationals confirmed: