Roster Updates & News: The Indians made their final September Call-Ups today as they return a slew of pitchers to the Major Leagues. Vinnie Pestano, Josh Tomlin, C.C. Lee and Carlos Carrasco are now all eligible pitchers on the Indians roster. Cleveland also activated Ryan Raburn from the disabled list, giving them 36 players on the active roster. Corey Kluber is expected to be activated Friday
News came out that Chris Perez has pleaded no contest to the charges of a misdemeanor for marijuana possession and was simply fined $250 and placed on probation for a year. He will receive no jail time so this event should not effect his career again.
Player of the Game
Ubaldo Jimenez was superb tonight as he will have to be for the rest of the year if the Indians want to compete in the post season. Tonight, he threw six shut out innings and allowed just four hits, all singles. While he didn't repeat his no walk performance of last time out, he only walked two and struck out four. He earned his tenth win of the season for his efforts along with his tenth Player of the Game award.
The early returns on Jason Kubel have been good with the Indians new outfielder reaching base in five of his first eight plate appearances. Tonight he hit a double in his first at bat, but was stranded on base and was intentionally walked in his next two at bats. Twice he has been pinch run for in his first two starts and each time, the pinch runner, Matt Carson, scored.
The Indians took advantage of a few walks and a couple Asdrubal Cabrera sacrifice flies to take the lead in the fourth and expand it in the sixth, but it was a Yan Gomes one out double in that inning that really gave the Indians what they needed. The double scored both Michael Brantley, who had doubled as well, and pinch-runner Matt Carson from first base to give the Indians a 4-0 lead.
Ubaldo Jimenez gave the Indians exactly the type of start that a team wants after it's starter goes only one inning the day before, an uneventful one. He was able to throw the first six innings without allowing a run after the Indians used eight pitchers yesterday. The Indians only needed three relievers today and because of the plethora of relief help available, no pitchers were forced to throw two days in a row.
There has still been no significant news about Justin Masterson as the Indians are playing this one extremely close to the chest. All they have said to this point is that he will miss at least two starts and that Corey Kluber will be returning from the DL to take his place in the rotation. With rosters expanded, there is no reason to place Masterson on the DL no matter how long he will be out, but if it has anything to do with his oblique, he could miss the rest of the season anyway.
Chris Perez decided to make things more interesting in the ninth, since he wasn't brought into a save situation. He allowed singles to the first two hitters, then a three run home run to Nate McLouth to bring the game to within a single run. While it still wasn't a save situation, Perez used the added pressure to strike out the next two batters in route to one-two-three ninth inning (or something like that).
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 - Baltimore Orioles 3