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“A first-place team can’t afford to be waiting for Jack Hannahan, of all people, to hit a game-tying home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth. When Hannahan did just that Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field, it looked, momentarily, like the latest magic moment for a Tribe team that has been full of them in the first half. Reality, though, followed soon thereafter, when closer Chris Perez coughed up a run in the top of the 10th and Shin-Soo Choo grounded out with the tying run at second in the bottom half to put the finishing touch on a 3-2 loss to the Twins.
Magic only takes you so far in the Majors. At some point, you have to have something a little more solid to back it up. The Indians are a first-place team now clinging tenuously to that title, as the Tigers are bearing down on them and the White Sox, for all their faults, are not far behind. There are only so many rabbits this injury riddled Indians lineup can pull out of the hat. It’s going to take more substance to stick.” [CastroTurf]
“While the Canadian Football League might not be Pryor’s top destination, the Roughriders said he would be looked at strictly as a quarterback. The NFL projects Pryor as a wide receiver or tight end, so if he wanted to stay in his current position, Canada might be the way to go, eh? James told Roughriders general manager Brendan Taman that Pryor would need until next week to decide what route he wished to take. The NFL is still in a lockout and while the players and owners are meeting and things seem to be moving in a positive direction, the chances of anything being resolved within the next couple weeks is slim. Pryor is going to end up playing professional football somewhere. But it’s going to be up to him to decide whether he wants to wait for the NFL, which could possibly take another year, or get his professional career started immediately elsewhere.” [Dr. Saturday]
Indians grab hometown product OF Brian Ruiz- “Ruiz is a hometown pick as he goes to high school in Cleveland. He is from the Dominican, and played this season using a wooden bat given to him by now-fellow Tribehand Alex Lavisky. As of May 20th, he was hitting .588, and had driven in 21 runs in only ten games. He wears #24 in honor of Willie Mays.” [Indians Prospect Insider]
“I realize SF is a position of need for this Cavs team picking first overall, and maybe Williams does too. Maybe he remembers seeing Jamario Moon make that opening day start for the Cavs at said position, I know I do. As much as anybody I wish there was a SF out there to be had at #1, but there isn’t. Pretending that Williams could turn into that maybe/hopefully/one day is a mistake. Similarly, this “drafting a package of two players” line of thinking is a mistake as well. I’m hearing people say it’s not about who you pick #1, it’s about what two players you end up with at #1 and #4. I don’t understand this exactly, but it goes something like this from what I’ve heard: Would you rather have Derrick Williams and Brandon Knight or Kyrie Irving and a lesser player?” [Brendan/Stepien Rules]