About last night
The Indians snapped their six-game losing streak with a 12-5 win over the White Sox last night, with Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley leading the charge (while Danny Salazar and the defense continued to leave something to be desired).
Other Tribe items
Terry Francona does not expect any one player to cover second base while Jason Kipnis spends the next few weeks on the DL. "We'll probably do some mixing and matching and go day-to-day. I don't know that we can make out a lineup a week ahead of time, nor do we need to." (That comment was made before Elliot Johnson went 0 for 4 and made two errors in the field.)
The Indians are giving away an Orel Hershiser bobblehead at this afternoon's game. Hershiser is a member of the Dodgers broadcast team, and cannot be in attendance, but he did have a lengthy discussion with the Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto. "The best year of my baseball life was 1988 (with the Dodgers), but the best three years that I had were in Cleveland. ...I know, we didn't win a World Series, but what great teams. That was so much fun!"
One night after hitting his first home run of the season, Clint Frazier went 3 for 4 with two walks and won the game for Lake County Friday night with a walk-off single in the 10th inning. The Captains will host Dayton again this afternoon at 1:00 ET, with Reds star Aroldis Chapman scheduled to start for the Dragons as part of his rehab. If you're in the area, you could do a lot worse with your Saturday afternoon.
Luck is Having Duane Kuiper as a Hero (NBC) - Joe Posnanski flew across the country to be in San Francisco for LGFT Duane Kuiper (Joe's boyhood hero) bobblehead night (last Friday vs. the Indians). The figure features Kuiper in a Cleveland uniform, and commemorates the lone home run of his career.
10 Lesson About the Baseball Economy (The Hardball Times) - Dave Cameron runs through some key elements of MLB's finances and salary structures. Among the interesting observations he makes: The contracts that work out worst aren't the ones where a great player is signed beyond his prime years, they're the ones where a team mistakes a good player for a great one.
#Yosted (Grantland) - Jonah Keri examines the Royals and asks, "Is manager Ned Yost making worse bullpen decisions than everyone else?" Keri concludes Yost is making bad decisions, but that he's far from alone in that.
This week's off-topic topic:
With the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 yesterday, summer movie season is upon us. Most of my favorite films are usually released near the end of the year, but I'm certainly not above seeing the big popcorn movies too, and I often enjoy them quite a bit.
Here are the movies I most excited to see this summer (May-August):
5) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11) - I liked the first one; plus, my friends and I have a fantasy movie league (drink!), and this is one of my two big releases this year, which shouldn't make a difference, but always makes me more excited about a release.
4) Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1) - I've never read any of these comics, and don't know anything more about the property than what the trailer shows, but it looks like it's not going to take itself too seriously, which can be a good thing for superhero movies (which can't all be The Dark Knight).
3) X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23) - There's a good chance the cast for this one is just too big, and it becomes a big mess, but if they pulk it off, it could be great. I hope there's lots of the younger versions of the characters, because Michael Fassbender as Magneto is excellent.
2) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2) - Spider-Man was my favorite superhero when I was a kid, and I like Andrew Garfield a lot. I'll be heading out to see this one sometime this weekend.
1) Godzilla (May 16) - I was surprised to discover that this is what I'm most looking forward too. I certainly wouldn't have predicted that a few months ago. I like that there isn't a big action hero in the cast, and I think the trailers have been really good.