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Tribe rolls in 8th to beat Twins: “The Tribe’s lineup went dark during Masterson’s time on the hill, but an eighth-inning rally helped the Indians pull off a 3-2 victory over the Twins in the opener of this three-game set. That had Masterson smiling in the wake of what marked the 14th win this year for Cleveland in its last at-bat at home.
“They’ve shown that they’ll score runs at some point in time,” Masterson said. “Hey, I’ll take it whenever they come. A ‘W’ is a ‘W’ for the team.”
And, right now, the Indians need as many as possible. The win over the rival Twins allowed the Indians (59-57) to hold their position within the American League Central standings. The first-place Tigers defeated the Orioles on Friday, leaving Cleveland’s deficit fixed at three games for the time being.
“We have to control our own destiny,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “That way we don’t have to be worrying about what the other clubs are doing. We have to take care of what’s in front of us.”
After being handcuffed for seven innings by Twins right-hander Carl Pavano, the Indians broke through for two critical runs in the eighth. Travis Hafner singled off of Pavano, ending the pitcher’s evening with one out in the frame. Carlos Santana and Matt LaPorta followed with run-scoring doubles off of lefty Glen Perkins to put the Tribe up for good, 3-2.” [Jordan Bastian / MLB.com]
Ohio State released statement after meeting with NCAA Committe On Infractions: ”Statement from Director of Athletics Gene Smith: “Consistent with vacating the 2011 Sugar Bowl, and in addition to our previously announced corrective and punitive actions, we also shared with the committee our decision to forfeit our share of the Big Ten’s payment for having played in that game ($338,811). Following this hearing, we will be working with the NCAA staff to move forward to wrap up our inquiry into any remaining issues.”
Despite the hearing lasting only three and a half hours, it looks like we can expect a verdict in late October or early November. Smith also acknowledged a second letter sent from the NCAA’s enforcement staff to the COI, so there may be more to this, but then again, there may not be.” [Eleven Warriors]
Breaking down the top-5 position battles; Usama Young v. Mike Adams for Safety spot: “After deciding not to re-sign safety Abram Elam, the team never pursued a safety in the draft. They also chose not to sign a “big-name” free agent safety, such as Eric Weddle, Quintin Mikell, Michael Huff, or Donte Whitner. They did sign Young, a guy who has been a role player the past several years with the New Orleans Saints.
It reminds me of a redux of when Elam came here. By that, I mean it is a situation where a safety with minimal starting experience has basically been brought to Cleveland to start. He is in a competition with veteran Mike Adams, and while Young has received positive reviews in training camp, if he looks lost in pass coverage during the preseason, I don’t think Dick Jauron will hesitate to go with Adams instead.” [Chris Pokorny / Dawgs By Nature]
On Dennis Rodman’s HOF speech (with video via Jose3030): “It was an at-times disjointed speech, but filled with emotion, a true appreciation of the accomplishment and love for the game. It was at once truly fitting of Rodman’s career and a stark contrast to Michael Jordan’s bitter pettiness-fueled tirade two years ago. Rodman in particular spoke of both Chuck Daly and his presenter, Phil Jackson, along with Jordan and Pippen. Rodman seemed truly overwhelmed by the moment, putting aside his excessive behavior (outside of two nose rings and a lip ring, and gave a speech worth remembering. It doesn’t change who Rodman has been, or who he will be, but it does cement the fact that Rodman belongs here, among players like Artis Gilmore and coaches like Tex Winter. The Worm is in the Hall, and he went in on his own terms as you could have guessed.” [Matt Moore / Eye On Basketball]
Jawad Williams expected to sign contract with French team Paris Levallois. [Stepien Rules]