Indians news and notes (Tuesday): Grady Sizemore returns to Cleveland

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Crowd response to Grady Sizemore's return is tepid, but the crowd buzzed at LGFT Kaz Todano's eephus pitch. Plus - a rookie cashes in before he's called up.

Recaps

Indians vs. Red Sox recap (Monday): Justin Masterson returns to form - Let's Go Tribe - Justin Masterson, The Phoenix, rises from the ashes to slay the Red Sox. (LGT recap).

Cleveland Indians beat Boston, 3-2, behind seven scoreless innings by Justin Masterson | cleveland.com - The Indians won their fourth straight game Monday night behind some early offense and seven scoreless innings by Justin Masterson. PD recap.

Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians - June 2, 2014 | MLB.com CLE Recap - Indians.com recap (Bastian)

Tribe News

Michael Bourn's hot bat, the Cleveland Indians' blossoming rotation and a lack of trust in the 'pen: Zack Meisel's musings | cleveland.com - "The issue is that Francona only has four pitchers he trusts in close games: Shaw, Scott Atchison, Cody Allen and Marc Rzepczynski. John Axford has not pitched in a week. Carlos Carrasco only takes the hill to churn out innings during a lopsided affair."

John Axford wants another chance to close: Cleveland Indians notebook | cleveland.com - John Axford lost the Indians' closer's job on May 9, but is working hard toward regaining it.

Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore happy to be healthy, back in Cleveland | indians.com: News - It was a day that many people felt would never arrive. Grady Sizemore was back in the lineup and ready to roam the outfield in Cleveland.

Cleveland Indians rich with four first-day Draft picks | indians.com: News - Draft overview from Indians.com.

Royals claim Blake Wood off waivers from Indians | MLB.com: News - ICYMI - The Royals claimed reliever Blake Wood off outright waivers from the Indians on Tuesday and assigned him to Triple-A Omaha.

Ben Tate stirs up Twitter with Indians ticket offer | FOX Sports on MSN - New Browns running back invites 44 fans to join him at the ball park, where he will throw out the first pitch tonight.

Progressive Field's Reaction to Grady Sizemore's Return? 'Eh' - Extra Bases - Boston.com - Fan reaction to Grady Sizemore is tepid.

Around the Horn

The Oakland Way - NBC Sports | NBC Sports - Joe Posnanski on Oakland's success.

Astros guarantee Jon Singleton $10 million before debut - First things first for Houston Astros first base prospect Jon Singleton. He's scheduled to join the major league club for the first time on Tuesday -- but today, the powerful 22-year-old agreed to a contract

Jon Singleton's callup and fun new extensions - Beyond the Box Score - Jon Singleton signed a contract extension before making his major league debut, and it looks like the Astros may have gotten a steal.

Jon Singleton's contract seems linked to his promotion. | SportsonEarth.com : Jonathan Bernhardt Article - Jon Singleton's new deal with the Astros raises the question of what constitutes a good contract all across Major League Baseball, as more and more players bargain away years of arbitration and/or free agency for guaranteed money right now.

And Finally

SEE IT: Japanese pitcher throws insane eephus pitch  - NY Daily News - Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters pitcher LGFT Kazuhito Tadano gets the credit for this doozy of a delivery in a recent Nippon Professional Baseball game against the Hanshin Tigers, tossing the eephus pitch to end all eephus pitches.

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