CHICAGO -- No matter the outcome Thursday or any other day this season, the Indians have already accomplished something in 2010 that they never sniffed in 2009.
A .500 record.
Wednesday's win over the White Sox put the Tribe at 1-1 in this young season. And while that's not exactly cause for celebration, it's been a long, long time since the Tribe attained such a level of prosperity. It came at the tail end of the 2008 season, when an Indians team that had an abysmal first half made a furious finish and ended up 81-81.
Last season, the Indians started off 0-5 and never got on track. The closest they came to .500 was when they were within four wins of it three times, all in April. That team finished 65-97.
Infielder Anderson Hernandez and catcher Wyatt Toregas, who were both removed from the 40-man roster last week, cleared waivers. Hernandez was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus, while Toregas was sent to Double-A Akron. Why Akron for Toregas? So he can play. Carlos Santana is the starter behind the dish in Columbus. ... The two hits allowed by Tribe pitchers in Wednesday's win were the fewest allowed by a Tribe pitching staff in a single game since a two-hitter against the White Sox on Aug. 7, 2007. ... The Indians announced that their home opener Monday against the Rangers has sold out. It is the 17th straight year that the opener has sold out. ... Tim Mullender, 26, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was the big winner of an Indians FanCave experience by beating out his competition in the Wii Home Run Derby Finals at the Ironwood Bar in Westlake. He'll receive a ceremonial first pitch at the Tribe's home opener, a FanCave Suite for the opener and a visit with WMMS morning show personalities. The FanCave is available for rent with a food and beverage package for 12 people for $3,000 and includes sports-themed furniture, a pool/ping pong table and arcade games.