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Thome goes yard: “The fans weren’t going to sit down until he gave them what they wanted. Then, to the delight of 35,370 fans basking in the euphoria at Progressive Field, Jim Thome stepped out of the dugout. He removed his cap and soaked it all in.
The Indians didn’t acquire the slugger as part of a strategic ploy to sell tickets or elicit an aura of nostalgia from his 12-year stint during the Tribe’s most recent era of postseason successes. Of course, the organization knew those things would follow along with the arrival of the future Hall of Famer.
Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-out, three-run homer in the eighth inning propelled the Indians to their 32nd comeback victory of the season in an 8-7 win over the Royals on Saturday.
But the difference-making swing by the All-Star shortstop wasn’t the hack that prompted the most raucous cheer of the night. That belonged to Thome, a five-time All-Star celebrating his 41st birthday and still relishing his homecoming a mere 48 hours after returning to the club that drafted him 22 years ago.” [MLB.com / Zach Meisel]
Big hit by Chiz to set up Asdrubal: “With two outs in the eighth, pinch hitter Lonnie Chisenhall singled to left, then Fukudome walked, setting the stage for Cabrera who hit the ball deep into the right field seats.
The home run was his 21st of the season and gave the Indians a 8-7 lead. Chris Perez worked the bottom of the ninth, despite Ezequiel Carrera misplaying a ball in center field, and the Indians had their victory.
The win keeps the Tribe six and a half games behind the Tigers, who continue to stay hot. The Indians have to find a way to win every day, hoping to cut the deficit in the standings to four or four and a half games before Detroit arrives in Progressive Field on Labor Day.” [Did The Tribe Win Last Night]
On Steinbach and Browns injury situation: ”When it comes to the Browns, we’re seeing a trend that isn’t very welcoming to fans. Sure, we haven’t lost any critical players such as Joe Haden, Joe Thomas, Colt McCoy, or Peyton Hillis, but the long list of “small” injuries have prevented a lot of players from practicing or even seeing action in the preseason. The latest situation involves the left guard position. As we pointed out Friday night, reports surfaced that Eric Steinbach’s season could be in jeopardy due to a back injury.
Steinbach’s injury is really just another part of a domino effect that has taken place at the guard position since the lockout ended. First, the team decided not to re-sign veteran offensive lineman Floyd Womack, instead giving Shawn Lauvao the starting right guard role. Even if giving Lauvao the starting role was the right move, Womack still could have been retained as a backup guard and tackle.
Instead, the Browns opted to re-sign offensive guard Billy Yates. At the time, it seemed like a good move given the fact that Yates played well a year ago. Unfortunately, Yates mysteriously “retired” a few days into camp. I wonder if there is any chance that Yates would come back if he were told he would start at left guard? I doubt it.” [Dawgs By Nature / Chris Pokorny]
On Mike Brewster and his Buckeye recruiting class: “Like Pryor, Brewster made his first career start in the fourth game of his freshman year and never looked back. He has steadily improved each season, and despite the whipping boy role it sometimes has played, so has the offensive line. Before the week is over, Brewster will be named a captain.
After this year ends, he almost certainly will emulate Nick Mangold and become a first-round draft pick and a starting center in the NFL. He will be looking to repeat as a first-team All-Big Ten selection and as an All-American. This season, he will face perhaps his toughest challenge yet: breaking in a new quarterback. Opponents know that Ohio State will lean heavily on their running game.
Other teams will try to stack the box and dare Joe Bauserman or Braxton Miller to beat them. The entire offensive line has to protect the QB, but as the leader of the group, Brewster has extra responsibility. ” [Eleven Warriors / Sarah Hardy]