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Franmil Reyes likely to begin rehab assignment this week

Morning news and notes for Monday, June 21, 2021

Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

Here’s to more good than bad this week!

Cleveland 2, Pittsburgh 1

CTC Recap | Box Score

Sam Hentges threw five scoreless innings and a Josh Naylor RBI single (off a lefty!) brought home Eddie Rosario for the go-ahead run. With the win, Cleveland improved to 39-30 on the season. Not too shabby!

Cleveland baseball news

Harold Ramirez ‘brings energy,’ 3 HRs in 24 hrs |

That’s six homers now and a .492 slugging percentage for Harold Ramirez on the season.

Controlling the spin |

From Paul Hoynes:

Umpires will officially start checking pitchers for foreign substances on Monday. The Indians will be in Chicago opening a two-game series against the Cubs.

Indians pitching coach Carl Willis says he’s already noticed a drop in the spin rates among pitchers since MLB announced last week that any pitcher caught doctoring the ball would be ejected, suspended for 10 games and his team would not be allowed to replace him on the roster for the term of the suspension.

“We’re already seeing that (a decrease in spin rate),” said Willis. “I’m not speaking about just in our organization, but in baseball overall,” said Willis, on a Zoom call with reporters Sunday morning. “Guys know it’s coming into play on Monday. Those that use stuff are trying to acclimate to not not using it and we’ve see spin rates drop.”

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