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Tribe scores 2 in 7th to get Ubaldo the W: “Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer opened the scoring with a fourth-inning home run. On the first pitch of the inning, Hosmer socked a 93-mph fastball from Ubaldo Jimenez to the right-field seats.
That was Jimenez’s only mistake, however. The lanky right-hander punched out a season-high 10 batters, his first double-digit strikeout game since October and the 11th of his career. The 10 strikeouts were the most by an Indians pitcher since Justin Masterson struck out 12 on Sept. 30, 2009.
“He really got into a good groove and started throwing first-pitch strikes with every one of his pitches and he cruised after that,” said Indians manager Manny Acta. “You can tell he has swing-and-miss stuff with his 10 strikeouts.”
Since joining the Indians prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31, Jimenez has pitched with a split personality. In two home starts, he has allowed just one earned run in 15 innings. In four road outings, however, he has posted an 11.77 ERA.
“I was able to relax,” Jimenez said. “I was able to get good command of my fastball after the first two innings.”
Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez sealed the win for the Indians with a scoreless eighth and ninth frame, respectively.” [Zach Meisel / MLB.com]
On Jim Thome’s return to Cleveland: “41, 337 fans packed into Progressive Field to see Jim Thome, but they saw a great game as well. The Indians went in order in the first, so after the top of the second, fans started to cheer in preparation of Thome’s first at-bat in an Indians uniform in almost nine years. Thome had appeared in Cleveland many times since he left, but always to a chorus of boos.
But now that he was back in an Indians uniform, the fans gave him a standing ovation, one that felt nine years in the making. Thome swung at the first pitch and hit a dribbler to the pitcher, but that didn’t really matter; the fans continued to cheer him all the way into the dugout.” [Let's Go Tribe / Ryan]
Note on Monterio Hardesty: “So Far, So Good. It appears that RB Montario Hardesty came through the first game with no setbacks. Hardest carried the ball five times for 15 yards and had one run for five yards.
“It felt really good to be on the field and take some hits,” he said. “It felt great to be the first time out there and make some plays.
“I did not play a lot in the game, but I felt good while I was in there,” he said. “I just want to continue to improve and feel good and hopefully, get more action in the next game.” [OBR / Fred Greetham]
Previewing the OSU Season: ”The greatest rivalry in sports isn’t getting just a face lift but instead a full face transplant. For the first time since 1929, the annual showdown between the Buckeyes and That School Up North will feature head coaches in their first year at the helm.
On the good side, you have 38 year old Luke Fickell, a lifelong resident of Columbus, state wrestling champ at DeSales, four year starter for the Buckeyes at nose guard and a seasoned vet with 10 years of assistant coaching experience serving as a graduate assistant, special teams coordinator, linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator during his time under John Cooper and Jim Tressel.
He says all the right things including the proclamation this is him dream job, understands what it means to be a Buckeye, embraces The Game and possesses an outward intensity that creates a gravitational pull with his players. The kids realize their win output will go a long way toward determining whether or not Fickell is offered a contract and galvanized by TatGate’s casualties and media fallout, they have chosen to rally around their leader, hell bent on making sure it’s not one and done.
For Fickell, the pressure of having one shot to earn a multi-year contract to lead the program he’s loved forever has to be immense. Being the successor to Rich Rodriguez is one thing. Being the successor to Jim Tressel is quite another.” [Eleven Warriors / Chris Lauderback]
A few reasons why Zydrunas does deserves his number retired by the Cavaliers, eventually. [Crossover Chronicles]