Thursday news and notes: Crockett to pitch close to home

Dr. Smooth, after an effective swing. - Jason Miller

Balk-off, a hero cat, Dr. Smooth's swing and a rookie's first road trip takes him close to home.

Recaps

Balk-off: Cleveland Indians sweep Detroit Tigers with wacky 11-10 win | cleveland.com - PD recap

Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians - May 21, 2014 | MLB.com CLE RecapIndians.com recap (Bastian)

Indians vs. Tigers recap (Wednesday): Indians sweep Tigers on walk-off balk in 13th inning - Let's Go Tribe
The Tribe emerged victorious after a balk in the thirteenth inning with the bases loaded gifts the Indians a 11-10 win over Detroit.

More Tribe News

Cleveland Indians wake up some (distant) echoes from last September's run to postseason -- Bud Shaw (slideshow) | cleveland.com - In sweeping Detroit, the Indians not only erased the bad vibes from getting swept by Oakland last weekend, they revived the positive vibes that helped carry them to the postseason last year.

Brantley trusts swing to be 'same hitter' with power | indians.com: NewsMichael Brantley has learned that a swing is not always in need of fixing when a hitter encounters an offensive slump. That realization has helped the Indians left fielder focus on maintaining consistent mechanics and has led to steady results.

Kyle Crockett excited about road-trip to Baltimore with Cleveland Indians, and Poquoson faithful are excited he'll be pitching close to home - Daily Press - Every athlete is from somewhere.

Cleveland builds around 'Moneyball' logic - "I get asked a lot — 'Do you want guys walking?' That's really not the idea," says Indians manager Terry Francona, who oversaw Red Sox championship teams that were famous for turning games into marathons with their plate patience. "We feel that if you swing at good pitches, you're going to be a better hitter, and, more often than not, the deeper you get into counts, you're going to get a good pitch to hit."

Around the Horn

Manny Machado is thrilled to be playing once again. | SportsonEarth.com : John Perrotto Article - After a serious knee injury ended his 2013 early, Manny Machado had hoped to make it back in time for the start of 2014. That didn't quite happen, but after missing all of April, Machado is back at third base for the Orioles, excited to be playing, even if he's off to a slow start.

Police seek warrant for Detroit Tigers' Evan Reed in sex-assault case | Detroit Free Press | freep.com - The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing a warrant request accusing a Detroit Tigers pitcher of sexual assault.

Alex Guerrero could miss five weeks after having part of his ear bitten off by Miguel Olivo | HardballTalk - Danny Knobler of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero could miss five weeks following yesterday's dugout altercation in which Triple-A teammate Miguel Olivo bit off part of his ear.

Matt Harvey wants to pitch in August, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson isn’t going to let him | HardballTalkMets right-hander Matt Harvey spoke to Tom Verducci of the Sports Illustrated about his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery and said he wanted to return to the majors in August to make 5-7 starts down the stretch, but general manager Sandy Alderson quickly made it clear that the team isn't going to let that happen.

'Hero cat' Tara and 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo throw out first pitch before Bakersfield Blaze game - ESPN - A cat that became famous for saving a central California boy from a dog attack threw the first pitch Tuesday night at a Bakersfield Blaze baseball game.

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