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Tribe roster finalized- “Shown the door were infielders Luis Valbuena and Jayson Nix, catchers Luke Carlin and Paul Phillips and reliever Jess Todd. All will likely head to Triple-A Columbus, with the exception of Nix. He is out of options and can decline an outright assignment. Before Nix is designated for assignment, the Tribe will try to find him a big league job via trade.” [Major League Bastian]
“Asdrubal has been driving the ball and looking better on defense according to reports. Sizemore is back in the field and has not reported any setbacks, although obviously what level of play he will return to remains in doubt. But his status throughout camp has been a source of positive news. Our pitchers may or may not be any good, but they all appear to be healthy, from Carmona at the front of the pack to Huff and Gomez six and seven deep. And while that elbow tenderness in Choo early in camp was frightening, all of the reports since then have been positive.” [Let's Go Tribe]
“Speaking of Skyenga, he had by all accounts his worst performance of the season last night. He looked mostly uninterested on both offense and defense and until he buried a three-pointer late in the 4th, he was scoreless. For this game, he scored 3 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, had an assist, block and steal in 17 minutes. The good news for Skyenga is that after not passing anyone on Friday night, the 3 points moved him into 165th place passing a familiar name” [Stepien Rules]
Trying to talk about anything besides Tressel and suspensions- “All good Buckeyes know the importance of three things: a) Growing and grooming a quality Buckstache, b) Hating Michigan, and c) Churning out star linebackers. On the latter front (conspicuous lack of Spielmanian excellence notwithstanding), Jim Tressel’s tenure has been a virtual assembly line: Witness nine draft picks (departing starters Ross Homan and Brian Rolle will soon make eleven) three All-Americans and a Butkus Award at the position since 2001. And none of that number arrived in Columbus with more advance hype than Etienne Sabino in 2008.” [Dr. Saturday]
“A wild first pitch advanced both runners a base, and then Ramirez hit a laser off the wall for a two-run double. Just like that the game was tied. All the fretting and worrying about another no-hitter, this time against the Indians, was over. We had momentum. We also had a glimpse of the Ramirez experience – after tying the game with a double, young Manny was picked off second base.” [Still WFNY]