Prep for series against Royals
The Cleveland Indians ran out of juice in the final game against the Detroit Tigers, losing 9-5 after taking games one and two with a combined 13-4 score. For Detroit, it was a must win to stay alive in the Wild Card hunt. SP Trevor Bauer was a bit erratic and had six runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3rd innings in the loss while plunking Miguel Cabrera in the first inning, beaning Ian Kinsler in the third and hitting Victor Martinez in the third.
“There were balls down, up, in, out,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Bauer’s outing. “We never want to see somebody get hit in the head. You can see by Trevor’s reaction how he felt. And then the [timing] of it, certainly, you could tell there’s no intent. I also understand why they were aggravated. Guys were getting drilled pretty good. I get it.”
The Indians are still seven games up in the AL Central going into the series with the Kansas City Royals (77-73, 3rd AL Central) but need to keep the pressure on the division and cannot afford to give up many more games going into the playoffs.
Taking the mound for the tribe tomorrow night will be RHP Josh Tomlin (12-8, 4.75 ERA) while the defending champion Royals will send out veteran Edinson Volquez (10-11, 5.40 ERA).
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Division Leading Cleveland Indians!
Cleveland Indians Outfielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 152 days for a positive test result for the growth hormone secretagogue Ipamorelin.
Byrd accepted the ruling and said he would not look to challenge the decision.
“When I learned that I had tested positive for Ipamorelin, I retained the services of private counsel and an independent chemist to determine the origin of the Ipamorelin test result because I never knowingly ingested Ipamorelin. After an extensive investigation by my lawyers and an independent chemist, it was concluded that the most likely source of Ipamorelin was a tainted supplement.
“I alone am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore, I have decided for forgo my right to an appeal in this matter and accept the suspension. I apologize for any harm this has caused the Cleveland Indians, Indians’ fans, my teammates, and most importantly, my family.”
The Indians continue their four game home stand against the Kansas City Royals tonight. Last night, Mike Napoli put up a sacrifice fly ball himself to get Francisco Lindor across the plate in a walk off game ender, the teams’ second straight.
“It’s always fun,” Lindor said. “It’s always good to have moments like this, so we can continue to believe in ourselves. We can continue to push and we can continue to motivate each other, push each other and know that the game’s not over until the 27th out.”
Game two kicks off at 6:10 and will feature Edinson Volquez going up against the Roayls Danny Salazar. Tickets for all games are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians.