Lindor's homer lifts Tribe past Astros in finale

Lindor's homer lifts Tribe past Astros in finale

CLEVELAND -- Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is one of the game's most talented young players, and he reminded the Astros of that Thursday. Lindor's two-run, go-ahead homer in the seventh powered the Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Astros in the series finale at Progressive Field.

"It was fun to see," Lindor said. "As soon as I hit it, I knew it was going to go out, especially with how the ball was carrying today. It was special, because I was capable of helping my team win today."

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Statcast of the Day: Lindor bests Devenski

Statcast of the Day: Lindor bests Devenski

CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor could not hide his smile when told how far his home run soared on Thursday night. The Indians shortstop keeps insisting that he is not a power hitter, but he sent a pitch from Astros reliever Chris Devenski over the seats in center field and into the Progressive Field bullpens.

"I'm not supposed to be hitting the ball that far," Lindor said after the Indians' 4-3 victory over Houston.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Almonte halts Astros' O with highlight catch

Almonte halts Astros' O with highlight catch

CLEVELAND -- Abraham Almonte pumped his fist hard and let out a shout after crashing hard into the right-field wall on Thursday night. It was hard to blame the Indians outfielder, given that potential game-saving catches do not always arrive in the first inning.

Almonte's highlight-reel running robbery during the 4-3 win against Houston bailed ace Corey Kluber out of a jam, halting what had the makings of a big inning for Houston. With two outs and the bases loaded, Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel sent a line drive to deep right, where Almonte made the catch on a dead sprint before slamming into the wall.

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Anthony Castrovince

Patience is approach for Lindor, Correa

Free agency is five years away, and top shortstops in no hurry to sign

Patience is approach for Lindor, Correa

CLEVELAND -- They were born near each other, made their debuts within a week of each other, finished 1-2 in the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year Award race, play the same position, took the field next to each other for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and had this fun little moment on the basepaths Wednesday.

Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor are very different ballplayers, but they've formed a legitimate friendship out of shared circumstances. So it should probably not be a surprise that they are handling a major business decision the exact same way.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trouble with the curve: Allen's pitch unhittable

Trouble with the curve: Allen's pitch unhittable

CLEVELAND -- There was little Brian McCann could do with the pitch. The curveball that left the fingers of Indians closer Cody Allen broke inside and the Astros catcher did what he could to fight it off. The baseball shot off McCann's bat, struck his right leg and he wound up on his back in the dirt in pain.

McCann took his time in getting to his feet, and returned to the box after a chat with a member of Houston's medical staff. One pitch later, Allen went back to his knuckle-curve, which has been the source of frustration for plenty of hitters in his overpowering April. This one dropped under McCann's bat high in the zone for a game-ending strikeout in Wednesday's 7-6 win for Cleveland.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Carrasco looks to extend roll in opener vs. M's

Carrasco looks to extend roll in opener vs. M's

Carlos Carrasco has been on a roll for the Indians over the first month, and he'll look to stay on course against a Mariners club that has struggled on the road when the two teams open a three-game series on Friday at Progressive Field.

Carrasco threw eight scoreless innings of three-hit ball against the White Sox in a 7-0 victory in his last outing and is 2-1 with a 1.65 ERA in his first four starts for the defending American League champs.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Browns' Draft picks to throw first pitch

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Browns' Draft picks to throw first pitch

The Cleveland Browns used their two first-round picks in Thursday's NFL Draft to select Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M and Jabrill Peppers out of the University of Michigan. For a franchise that hasn't sniffed championship glory in a long time -- especially compared to the Cavaliers and Indians with whom they share a metropolis of fans -- the addition of two first-round talents offers hope for the future.

To celebrate their new roles in Cleveland sports, the Indians will have them both throw out the first pitch Friday prior to their game against the Mariners.

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Anthony Castrovince

Brantley's resurgence impressive by numbers

Brantley's resurgence impressive by numbers

CLEVELAND -- The RBI double in the first bounced out of the glove of Josh Reddick, who just about 24 hours earlier had made one of the great homer-robbing catches of this young season. The two-run single in the fifth was the product of a scorched-earth grounder aided by a drawn-in infield. So the latest triumph in Michael Brantley's comeback campaign -- 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the Indians' 7-6 win over the Astros on Wednesday night at Progressive Field -- had a little luck attached, as Brantley himself would acknowledge.

"You gotta get those breaks," he said.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe bullpen toughs out nail-biter

Miller escapes jam; Allen notches four-out save

Tribe bullpen toughs out nail-biter

CLEVELAND -- When the bullpen phone rang on Wednesday night, Indians closer Cody Allen was ready. It did not matter that the ninth inning had not arrived. As Cleveland showed the world in October, its relievers are not only overpowering, but also adaptable.

In a 7-6 victory at Progressive Field, the Indians gave the Astros a glimpse of the formula that worked so well in the Tribe's run to the World Series. Allen worked a four-out save and relief ace Andrew Miller pitched out of a critical jam in the seventh. If Cleveland and Houston meet their goal of reaching the postseason this year, expect more of the same from Indians manager Terry Francona.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Santana, Brantley key Tribe's offense in win

Santana, Brantley key Tribe's offense in win

CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley does not look like he's missed a beat. In a 7-6 victory over the Astros at Progressive Field on Wednesday night, the Indians left fielder continued his impressive comeback with a pair of hits and three RBIs to pace the Tribe's offense.

"Getting him back in name is one thing," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But getting him back as the player he was is pretty impressive on his part. I think the more repetition he gets, you're starting to see him get some timing. That's good."

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Lindor messed with Correa at second

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Lindor messed with Correa at second

Nearly seven years ago, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade decided to join forces in Miami after a friendship born during their time with the U.S. National Team. This year's World Baseball Classic has helped develop similarly strong bonds for baseball.

During Wednesday night's game between the Indians and Astros, shortstops Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa had a little fun at second base after a fourth-inning double by Correa.

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Jackson 'feeling like myself again' after HR

Long ball vs. Astros was outfielder's first since 2015

Jackson 'feeling like myself again' after HR

CLEVELAND -- Austin Jackson's trot around the bases at Progressive Field on Tuesday night carried a little extra meaning for the veteran outfielder. The blast did not help the Indians to a win in the end, but it was another sign that Jackson is feeling more like himself on the field again.

The home run was the first in 572 days for Jackson, who signed a Minor League contract with Cleveland over the offseason with the hope of competing for an Opening Day roster spot. Coming off left knee surgery that ended his season in June with the White Sox, Jackson not only broke camp with the Tribe, but he has thrived in the first month.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tito's faith in Guyer not swayed by struggles

Specialist against lefty pitching finds hits hard to come by

Tito's faith in Guyer not swayed by struggles

CLEVELAND -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch headed out to the mound with two outs in the ninth inning on Tuesday night. Even with Brandon Guyer due up for the Indians, Hinch was not considering removing left-hander Dallas Keuchel from the game. The manager just wanted to quickly go over the situation.

Keuchel was rolling -- as has been the case all month -- but Guyer's specialty is serving as a weapon against lefty pitching, and he represented the tying run. In a 4-2 loss for Cleveland, Keuchel put the finishing touch on a complete game by inducing a game-ending groundout off Guyer's bat, continuing the outfielder's April-long struggles.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians scrape, but Astros push aside rallies

Indians scrape, but Astros push aside rallies

CLEVELAND -- In a matchup of two of the American League's top clubs, Dallas Keuchel was once again on top of his game. The Houston lefty continued his strong start to the season, stifling the Indians in a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

Behind a complete-game six-hitter, Keuchel improved to 4-0 on the young season for the AL West-leading Astros, ending the night with a 1.22 ERA. The left-hander struck out five and sidestepped the potential harm of the three walks he issued. Keuchel has now thrown 11 complete games in his career.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Reddick pulls back homer, stunning Kipnis

Reddick pulls back homer, stunning Kipnis

CLEVELAND -- Making his first start of the year in center field, Astros outfielder Josh Reddick delivered a terrific catch in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Indians, stealing what would've been the first home run of the season from second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Starting in center with George Springer (hamstring discomfort) and Jake Marisnick (mild concussion) both out of the lineup, Reddick tracked down Kipnis' deep fly at the wall in right-center and caught the ball as it was sailing above the yellow line to rob him of a home run. The ball traveled 391 feet, according to Statcast™.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Common sense' key to Kipnis' rest regimen

'Common sense' key to Kipnis' rest regimen

CLEVELAND -- The Indians would not have activated Jason Kipnis from the disabled list if he was not ready. The challenge for manager Terry Francona now is to balance having his second baseman back and taking steps to avoid running him into the ground.

An example came in Chicago on Sunday, when Kipnis was out of the starting lineup after playing in consecutive games following time on the DL with a right shoulder issue. Francona plans on looking for spots early on to give Kipnis rest, as the second baseman builds up the physical endurance required for a long season.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Diaz working on pitch selection at Triple-A

After impressive turn in Majors, Indians see potential in infielder

Diaz working on pitch selection at Triple-A

CLEVELAND -- Yandy Diaz put one of his best offensive skills on display on Opening Day. Rangers ace Yu Darvish sent a fastball just below the strike zone, and the Indians rookie shot the pitch into the right-field corner for a double. It was Diaz's first Major League hit and a look into his potential.

That glimpse of Diaz's ability also served as a bit of foreshadowing for what was to come. During his 15-game stint with Cleveland, Diaz turned in an extremely unique offensive performance. He consistently hit the ball hard, but he frequently pounded pitches into the ground. In this age of exit velocity and launch angle, there was no hitter quite like Diaz out of the gates this season.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mejia extends streak to 13 games

Mejia extends streak to 13 games

Posting zeroes has become the norm for Class A Kane County's Jon Duplantier in the first month of the Minor League season. On Monday, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect fired five dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 1/3 to begin the season.

Duplantier, 22, allowed three hits and struck out eight batters en route to his first professional win. He generated six ground-ball outs and did not record a flyout in the outing, throwing 45 of his 69 pitches for strikes in his third start (and fourth appearance) for the Cougars.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe Minors RHP Delabar suspended for PEDs

Former MLB All-Star Steve Delabar and Mariners reliever Jonathan Aro were among three Minor Leaguers suspended Monday, the Commissioner's Office announced.

Delabar, a six-year Major League veteran who made the 2013 American League All-Star team as a member of the Blue Jays, received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Ostarine. Delabar is on the roster of the Columbus Clippers, the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. As a result of the suspension, Delabar would not be eligible for the postseason if he were to be promoted to the Majors.

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Phil Rogers

Indians taking shape as contenders in AL

Tribe is healthy and beginning after slow start to 2017 season

Indians taking shape as contenders in AL

CHICAGO -- Yes, these are the Indians the way they were drawn up. While the 10-8 record doesn't blow you away, it projects to 90 wins over 162 games, and it's only been in the last week that the reigning American League champions have hit their stride.

When the Indians headed home to Cleveland on Sunday night, after a 6-2 loss to the White Sox that could be written off as a throw-away day, they were in a lot better shape than they were the last time they left Chicago. That was after Game 5 of the World Series.

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Tribe defense shows little glove in loss

Three costly errors and a defensive miscue lead to 3 White Sox runs

Tribe defense shows little glove in loss

CHICAGO -- Still down on his left knee, Carlos Santana opened his empty glove and stared for a moment in disbelief. The Indians first baseman then looked at his right shoe and back again at his glove. Not only was there no baseball, but the one Santana thought he had corralled was bouncing into center field.

That summed up how things went for Cleveland in a 6-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday afternoon. After strong pitching and stellar defense helped the Tribe win the first two games of the series, the Indians made three errors and helped Chicago to a win in the finale.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomes' arm drawing rave reviews from Tribe

Gomes' arm drawing rave reviews from Tribe

CHICAGO -- Indians manager Terry Francona's eyes widened at the mention of the play on Sunday morning. One night earlier, catcher Yan Gomes threw out Tyler Saladino from his knees. The quickness and strength displayed in only a few seconds blew Francona away.

"Santiago-esque. That was unbelievable, man," Francona said prior to Sunday's game against the White Sox. "That was his only way to throw it, because the [pitch] took him there and the guy had such a good jump. That's some serious arm strength. That was sick."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lindor homers to back Salazar in loss to Sox

Lindor homers to back Salazar in loss to Sox

CHICAGO -- The matchup of Derek Holland against the Cleveland Indians seems to be a favorable one for the White Sox southpaw.

Holland limited the defending American League champions to one run in six innings on Sunday during a 6-2 White Sox victory at Guaranteed Rate Field. Holland improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 against the Indians this season, raising his career mark to 7-1 against Cleveland with a 2.27 ERA. Holland struck out six and walked three.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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Tribe rides homers, Carrasco past White Sox

Tribe rides homers, Carrasco past White Sox

CHICAGO -- Carlos Carrasco followed the example set by Corey Kluber Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field by shutting out the White Sox over eight innings Saturday in a 7-0 Cleveland victory. Carrasco said the Tribe's rotation is beginning to have the kind of internal competition that helped the team so much last year.

"That's what we want to do," Carrasco said. "Every time Kluber throws and goes seven innings or eight innings, why not? I want to follow that. I think that's good. I did that today and I hope [Danny] Salazar does that tomorrow."

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Carrasco nearly matches Kluber's feat vs. Sox

Carrasco nearly matches Kluber's feat vs. Sox

CHICAGO -- Carlos Carrasco briefly pleaded his case in the visitors' dugout, but it was no use. After eight brilliant innings against the White Sox on Saturday night, the pitcher's night was done. Indians manager Terry Francona didn't give in to the pressure.

"We need him for the long haul," Francona said after Cleveland's 7-0 win at Guaranteed Rate Field. "My heart was saying yeah, but I just didn't think it made sense."

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Ramirez's versatility gives relief to ailing Tribe

Skilled defender slides back to third base after filling in for Kipnis at second

Ramirez's versatility gives relief to ailing Tribe

CHICAGO -- Part of Jose Ramirez's value is his ability to move around the diamond for the Indians. While Jason Kipnis was sidelined earlier this month, Ramirez filled in at second base. Last year, Ramirez played left field in Michael Brantley's absence before sliding to third base for the second half.

With Kipnis now off the disabled list, Ramirez handed over the keys to second and returned to the hot corner. Calling Ramirez a utility player does not accurately describe what he brings to the table for Cleveland, because he is in the lineup every day and has found a home as the team's fifth hitter.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber dominates White Sox in 3-hit shutout

Kluber dominates White Sox in 3-hit shutout

CHICAGO -- Cleveland's Corey Kluber and the White Sox Jose Quintana rank as the aces of their respective staffs. But their 2017 statistics, albeit from a three-start sample size, didn't exactly support that assessment entering Friday's series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Both pitched well Friday, but Kluber took it a step beyond during a 3-0 whitewash of the South Siders. Kluber allowed three hits in his complete-game, 110-pitch performance, striking out nine and walking two. Quintana lasted six innings and 106 pitches, fanning six and walking three while allowing five hits. Kluber faced 29 hitters, two over the minimum.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Resurfacing of Kluber's cutter key in victory

Resurfacing of Kluber's cutter key in victory

CHICAGO -- As Corey Kluber warmed up in the bullpen on Friday night, Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway noticed the pitcher's curveball did not have its usual bite. Catcher Yan Gomes noticed the same. On a brisk night on Chicago's south side, it was not the sharpest pregame throwing session for Cleveland's ace.

"I don't know if he'll like me saying this," Gomes said after Kluber's three-hit shutout against the White Sox in a 3-0 victory at Guaranteed Rate Field. "It wasn't one of those where you're coming in like, 'He's got it today.' He just turns it on when he steps on the mound."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.