After a desperate, week-long failed attempt to even out my unsightly farmer's tan, I'm back to bring you some bite-sized MLB nuggets. Here's what's going on around baseball:
Masahiro Tanaka experienced a Bauer Outage firsthand, as the young right held the Jacaksses to just two earned runs over seven strong innings. Michael Brantley and Nick Swisher went yard to put the Tribe on top.
Indians news & notes
McAllister or Salazar: who replaces Masterson? | Cleveland.com - Withe the big news yesterday of Justin Masterson (finally) being DL'd, the question now is who replaces him in the rotation. Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar are the two obvious candidates to get the call when the Tribe next needs a fifth starter this Saturday. Both pitchers have spent a major chunk of the season battling the suck in AAA.
Kipnis wasn't deked by The Captain | Indians.com - No, Derek Jeter's magical powers weren't responsible for Jason Kipnis being doubled up in Monday's game. Kip was going for the straight steal, so had his head down and was running full speed.
Is Lindor the next Castro? | It's Pronounced "Lajaway" - IPL looks at Prospect Similarity scores for some of the Tribe's top prospects. Francisco Lindor compares favorably to Cubs star SS Starlin Castro.
Aguilar to compete in AAA Home Run Derby| MiLB.com - Jesus Aguilar will be the only ranked prospect to compete in AAA Home Run Derby. The Tribe's #16 ranked prospect has slugged 12 homers in 71 games. The winner of the Derby gets an awesome, WWF-style belt.
News from around MLB
The All-Star game should be about talent, not popularity | Sports On Earth - Dirk Hayhurst decries the marketing over talent approach to the All-Star game, as best evidenced by the vote for the final spot.
The game that Ruth built | - Sports On Earth - Longform piece on the man who changed the game of baseball completely, and whose legacy lives on.
Samardzija trade has weird uniform implications | Uni Watch - Jeff Samardzija was voted onto the NL All-Star team by players, but was traded to Oakland this past weekend. That makes for an awkward situation wherein he'll be introduced with the NL team and wear a generic NL jersey.
How did Kershaw get bombed? | FanGraphs - Clayton Kershaw has been good this year. Like, insanely good. So how is it possible that a terrible Diamondbacks team exploded for what accounts for 39% of all the runs he's given up this year in just one start?