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Morning news and notes for Friday, August 2, 2019

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Happy Friday, everyone!

Indians 1, Astros 7

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The highly anticipated return of Danny Salazar ended in one of the worst ways possible (another potential injury), and the bullpen eventually caved in to a dominant Houston lineup. On the bright side, Tribe newcomers Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes hit the ball pretty dang hard.

Tribe news

Excitement accompanies Puig, Reyes to Tribe | MLB

Many folks have been on the “Puig to Cleveland” bandwagon for years, and now he’s finally here. Add in slugger Franmil Reyes to the mix and you’ve got quite the hefty lineup for the stretch run.

Danny Salazar says he pitched with groin injury in first start back for Cleveland Indians | Cleveland.com

Danny Salazar never touched 90 mph in his first start in almost two years. That’s the bad news. He also has another injury potentially, which is more bad news. But the good news (?) is that he still bobbed and weaved through 4.0 innings and limited the top offense in baseball to just two runs. And, if there is an injury, at least it isn’t an arm one.

Yasiel Puig on joining Cleveland Indians: “We’re going to fight and do the best we can’ to win a championship | Cleveland.com

I love this man. #PuigYourFriend

Indians’ Francona misses game after eye surgery | ESPN

While the operation was unexpected, it shouldn’t keep Tito from returning to his managerial duties on Friday. Get well soon, Tito.

Trevor Bauer on fresh start with Cincinnati Reds: ‘You grow from failure’ | Cleveland.com

LGFT (wow, that’s strange) Trevor Bauer is hoping that he’ll continue to learn and grow from his time in Cleveland, especially this past week. He’ll make his first start for the Reds this coming Saturday against the Braves.

Around the league

  • A lot of people got banned from the Pirates and the Reds after this week’s brawl, including Puig.
  • Cody Bellinger will be replacing Joc Pederson at first base, which is a strange choice.
  • In case you forgot, Clayton Kershaw is still pretty good: