Here’s to a great week!
Indians 3, Blue Jays 1
Mike Clevinger was excellent and Tyler Naquin went 3-3 (raising his average to .304). With the win, the Tribe is 6-3, which is the best start for the club since Terry Francona took over the club.
From Mandy Bell:
Because the rotation is so crucial to Cleveland’s success, fans held their breath as Mike Clevinger was pulled after just 75 pitches Sunday afternoon.
Clevinger struck out 10 through five innings in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays, recording his seventh career double-digit-strikeout game. But he did not return to the mound to start the sixth due to upper back tightness. Despite the scare, Clevinger said he will be able to make his next start.
“The hope is that it’s an overreaction on our part,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We’re going to get him worked up tomorrow, just because when a guy’s got a bunch of adrenaline going and when he wakes up tomorrow morning, we just don’t want to guess. … I think there’s some real positive signs. He tested out really well.”
The starters vote after every series on who should get the crown. Trevor Bauer won for the Toronto series. This, by the way, is infinitely better than the owners arbitration belt.
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There is day baseball every day this week. Good week.— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) April 8, 2019