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“The Indians, 3½ games behind the division-leading Tigers at the time, actually were further out of first place than they are now. But even though their current deficit is a mere 2½ games, it probably doesn’t make sense for them to make a big play for Cubs right-hander Matt Garza.
The team’s farm system ranked only 20th in the most recent Baseball America rankings. And Garza, unlike Jimenez two years ago, would be strictly a rental. The Indians could not even make him a qualifying offer to gain draft-pick compensation; potential free agents who are traded in the middle of a season are exempt from such offers.” [Rosenthal/Fox Sports]
Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure is keeping a blog as he walks from New York to the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton– “I feel fantastic. I fell about a mile short of our target today because a storm blew in. But, I covered almost 25 miles and made it to Irving, N.Y. I made really good time especially considering I didn’t get started until around 10:35 this morning. I’ll be in more of my groove tomorrow as I’ll start at 6:45 a.m. and walk three of four hours and then take a little longer break.
The Bills have been super. What a great sendoff they did for us this morning. They’ve just been so supportive of Joey and me.
Jim Kelly called me to say he was sorry he couldn’t be with us at the stadium but wanted to wish me luck. He then talked with Joey for a few minutes and Joey was just on Cloud Nine! We then walked into the stadium. This was the first time that he had ever stepped foot in a pro stadium.” [DeLamielleure/NFL.com]
The Sax Man playeth– “After a chorus of yes votes by Cleveland City Council this week, the Sax Man — Maurice Reedus, Jr. — can blow his own horn on the streets of Cleveland.
Council passed the Street Performers Ordinance, also known as the “Sax Man Legislation,” making it clear that citations by police of street performers are not appropriate.” [McIntyre/Cleveland.com]
Cleveland starters aren’t going deep enough into games. Now with math! “Eight different pitchers have started for the Indians so far this season (actually, Danny Salazar became the 9th this afternoon). Tribe starters are averaging 5.71 innings per start*, which ranks 11th out of 15 among American League teams. The American League average is 5.88 innings per start. The Tigers are 1st, with 6.24, while the Twins are last, with 5.43.” [Lukehart/Let’s Go Tribe]
Getting to know Danny Salazar– “Born January 11, 1990 in Santo Domingo, DR, Salazar isn’t a huge guy at 6-0, 190, but he has plenty of arm strength, clocked as high as 100 MPH and working regularly in the mid-90s. He’s always had good velocity, but he came back stronger after surgery. He has a very good changeup, but the real key has been improvement of his breaking ball. This was poor early in his career (reflected in his weak strikeout rates in A-ball), but he’s made great strides with it over the last year. It is variously described as a slider or power curve, but it is effective when he’s on, and he’s usually been on in ’13.” [Sickels/SB Nation]