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Archive for the day “April 21, 2009”

On the Road for 8

Well I guess technically we’ve been on the road since Saturday, but a stop over in Indy helps break up this 12 day stretch away from Victory Field.  The bus pulled out this morning at 8:30 and we passed this beauty at 9:50:

TOL 001.jpgThe great state of Ohio.  I love trips back to the O-H, even Toledo.  Where there are way too many Michigan fans for my liking.  I have STO in my room so I’ll be studying for the Browns upcoming draft.  On to the now…Baseball America voted Fifth Third Field the number one park in the International League.  Here is the view from my hotel room:

TOL 002.jpgIt is tough to argue.  The rain has been on and off for most of the morning and early afternoon.  Right now the sun is peaking through and the great news is the tarp has been removed.  It is a cool and damp 48 degrees.  The teams may battle rain showers tonight, but expect to get the game in.

Right now I need a nap.  One of my must eats is taking its toll on me.  Hey if it’s good enough for Klinger, it’s good enough for me. 

4:45 UPDATE: 

Plenty of roster moves for the Tribe this afternoon.  OF Jason Delaney has been sent to Double-A Altoona where he needs to get at-bats.  Delaney was sitting on the Indians DL.  Reliever Corey Hamman has been activated off the DL and gives the Indians a lefty out of the ‘pen.  As expected Luis Cruz has joined the team.  Frank Kremblas tells me Cruz will play everywhere.  Don’t expect the Tribe to field the same line-up day in and day out.  Cruz will see time at short, second, left and right field. 

The big news is an injury to Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit.  He has been placed on the DL and Robinzon Diaz has been called up.  It wasn’t tough to figure things out when everybody, but Diaz was getting dressed for pre-game work.  Diaz is heading to the airport. 

Here is tonight’s lineup:


Andrew McCutchen CF

Brian Bixler SS

Jeff Salazar LF

Garrett Jones RF

Neil Walker 3B

Steve Pearce 1B

Shelby Ford 2B

Erik Kratz C

Luis Cruz DH


Mud Hens:

Danny Worth 2B

Ryan Raburn DH

Wilkin Ramirez LF

Mike Hessman 3B

Brent Clevlen RF

Ryan Roberson 1B

Brent Dlugach SS

Clete Thomas CF

Dusty Ryan C


Some game notes:  Garrett Jones has an 8 game hit streak.  The bullpen has given up two earned runs over its last 20.2 innings of work.  The Indians 3-7 record is the third worst in the IL.  Toledo will have fireballer Joel Zumaya will throw an inning tonight and an inning tomorrow.  He is on the Tigers DL with a sore right shoulder.  He pitched on Saturday and twice hit 101 on the radar gun. 




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