I don't have a anything more to say about the game itself that wasn't in the recaps.
However, there were some events that happened during the game that deserves more covering:
When the plunking happened, I racked my (admittedly bad) memory, but couldn't come up with a reason why Allen would try to hit Longoria; I don't think there had been any incident between those two players that would cause retaliation. Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't think so either, so he drew the conclusion that someone put him up to it:
"I was actually cleaning my glasses at the time, so I didn't see it first-hand," Maddon said. "So then I heard about it, and it's pretty much a consensus opinion that he did it intentionally. However, I'll say one thing, unequivocally, I know it did not come from Tito [Terry Francona]. He would not do that."
OK. So what was the past incident between Tampa Bay and Cleveland that cause someone else to ask Allen to throw at Longoria? Keep in mind that this is an almost completely new roster, with only 9 players returning from last year's Opening Day roster. Again, I can't come up with one. Maybe someone took umbrage at Desmond Jennings running over Lou Marson, but (1) I thought it was a clean play, as Marson was blocking the plate and (2) why not then plunk Jennings?
Speaking of last night's home plate collision, Marson left not because of a concussion, but because his neck was sore. Maybe Marson will sit out the next few games, or maybe it will be a DL stint. The schedule will probably have some effect on that decision, as resting Marson for the next 4-5 days will mean that Carlos Santana will have caught all but four innings of the first 10 games of the season, with no off days. So I think that unless Marson is cleared to play within the next couple of days, we'll be seeing Yan Gomes in Cleveland.
Pluto makes the point that although Bauer's struggles were a big story last night, an even bigger story should be the bats. Tampa Bay will probably once again have the best pitching staff in the American League this season, but it's folly to proclaim that the opposing pitching is the sole reason why the Indians have gone scoreless the first two games of the series.
AL Central News
Jim looks at Jose Quintana's first start (in which he allowed 5 runs in 4 innings).
A visual view of how the Royals defense shifts against certain hitters.
Ever wonder what happened to Luke Hughes? This will answer all your questions.
Other MLB News
The Cubs and the city of Chicago have been going back and forth on the subject the future of Wrigley Field. Now it appears that the team will renovate Wrigley (rather than build a new stadium) with a couple of concessions from the city, neither of which involves any money being paid by the taxpayers. However, one of those concessions (a new video scoreboard in left field) has the owners of the rooftop seats across the street from Wrigley up in arms, as that would take away their revenue.
Today's Classic Clip
One of the movies mentioned by Jason in yesterday's Six Packk was Notorious, starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Grant, who plays a government agent, recruits Bergman to go with him to South America to help expose a Nazi organization by getting romantically involved with its leader (played by Claude Rains). Along the way Grant and Bergman fall in love, and this scene takes place after Grant has observed Bergman (in his mind) going beyond acting with Rains. In this scene Bergman tries to convince both men that she doesn't love the other.