Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wasn’t totally shocked when No. 9 hitter Jose Iglesias homered on Wednesday against Chris Sale, one of the best pitchers in the game.
Catcher Salvador Perez hammered a three-run homer to straightaway center field, breaking open a tight game, as the Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Indians at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday with a 9-4 victory.
The American League Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update was released on Tuesday, and for the third consecutive week, no Indians make the cut despite a two-game lead in their division entering Tuesday’s action.
Indians manager Terry Francona said Triple-A Columbus starter Cody Anderson — Cleveland’s No. 4 starter to open the season — will likely miss three to four weeks due to inflammation in his right elbow.
One year ago, Francisco Lindor got the call he had worked his entire life to receive. The Indians shortstop was promoted to the Major Leagues for the first time, and then he tripped over first base in Detroit on the first hit of his career.
The first time, it was planned. When Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez teamed up once again for a jaw-dropping putout of Kansas City’s Kendry Morales on Tuesday night, it was improvisation on the part of the Indians’ infielders.
Angels left-hander Hector Santiago (3-4, 5.64 ERA) will look to break out of a slump on Wednesday, as he takes the ball against Tyler Duffey (2-5, 5.33 ERA) in the series finale at home against the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins have reached a deal with Akil Baddoo, their Lottery Round B Draft pick, according to MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis. The 74th overall selection from Salem High School (Conyers, Ga.), Baddoo received a $750,000 deal. The slot value at that pick was $865,200. The Twins have not confirmed the deal.
Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos and manager Brad Ausmus have had some friendly back-and-forth regarding whether Castellanos will stay at third in the late innings of close games.
In his past four starts, the usually dominant Chris Sale has a 6.75 ERA, but even a shaky ace tends to be a good option.
Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy (4-5, 4.06 ERA) will look to atone for his previous start against the Indians when he squares off against Corey Kluber (6-6, 3.65) in the finale of a three-game set on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.