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N&N: Daniel Johnson’s first homer a memorable one

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Morning news and notes for Monday, July 19, 2021

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s to more good than bad this week!

Cleveland 4, Oakland 2

CTC Recap | Box Score

Big victory and a surprising series win against a talented A’s team. With the win, Cleveland improved to 47-43 on the season.

Cleveland Baseball Team News

‘A blessing’: Johnson leads team to win | indians.com

From Justice delos Santos:

It’s one thing to hit your first home run. It’s another thing to do it in front of friends and family. And it’s another thing to do it in the place you grew up.

Daniel Johnson — born and raised in Vallejo, Calif., about 30 miles north of the Oakland Coliseum — hit the first home run of his career, a go-ahead blast, in Cleveland’s 4-2 win over the A’s in Sunday afternoon’s series finale. With family and friends in attendance to witness the milestone in the stadium where Johnson’s love of the game developed, the moment almost felt too surreal to be true.

“If you told me I would’ve had that game and been playing here 15 years ago, I would’ve told you that you were crazy,” Johnson said. “I never thought I would be here playing in the Coliseum where I grew up. It’s definitely a blessing to be here right now.”

When Franmil Reyes stops tapping his cleats, pitchers beware | cleveland.com

Reyes is thinking of his family when he taps his spikes. How can you not like this guy!?!

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