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Electric Tribe

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


It took a bit of extra-innings heroics, but the Indians won yet another ballgame on Monday night and now boast the American League's best record at 12-4.

They're getting contributions from all around. Travis Hafner looks like a new man, sporting a .353/.414/.647 batting line and four home runs through 51 at-bats. Asdrubal Cabrera leads the club with 14 RBI, Justin Masterson is delivering ace-like performances every time out, and closer Chris Perez has allowed only two hits in seven appearances. He has five saves.

Then there's Grady Sizemore.

The 28-year-old was activated from the disabled list on Sunday and slugged a home run in his second plate appearance of the season. It was his first big fly since August of 2009 and he went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored in an encore performance Monday night against the Royals. If Sizemore hits like he's capable of hitting and his knees stay cooperative, perhaps the Tribe can turn this early season spurt into something real.

They've won four straight games and 12 of their last 14. Now let's hit the news...

* White Sox starter Jake Peavy was lifted from a rehab start on Monday at Double-A Birmingham due to discomfort in his throwing shoulder. He was expected to throw around 90 pitches, but the outing was halted after the right-hander had allowed three earned runs in less than an inning of work. He made only 15 throws. There's no telling when Peavy might be ready to return to the major leagues and he is no longer worth stashing in fantasy leagues that don't allow a DL spot.

* Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez has been on the disabled list since the start of the regular season due to digestive issues and it's not looking any better here in mid-April. The 28-year-old has been sent to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and the M's are hoping that a new round of doctors will be able to provide Guti with a few more answers about his condition. His rehab has been put on hold and he has already lost 15 pounds, so it's going to be a while before we see him back in the major leagues. Ryan Langerhans and Michael Saunders will continue to benefit from the extra playing time.

* The Giants made a mildly surprising move at the start of the regular season, naming Brandon Belt their Opening Day first baseman and shifting Aubrey Huff to the outfield. They might already be prepared to abandon that plan. Belt has displayed a healthy amount of plate discipline with eight walks in 16 games, but he's batting only .196 with a .275 slugging percentage and outfielder Cody Ross is just about ready to return from his calf strain. The 23-year-old Belt could be sent back to Triple-A Fresno for a bit more marinating while Huff recaptures starting first base duties.

National League Quick Hits: Reds right-hander Mike Leake was arrested Monday at a downtown Cincinnati Macy's after attempting to leave the store with nearly $60 in merchandise … Carlos Zambrano struck out 10 batters over eight dominant innings Monday against the Padres … Brewers starter Shaun Marcum has a 1.90 ERA through four starts this season … Jason Bay will return to the Mets on Thursday … Jerry Sands had a double and a sacrifice fly Monday in his major league debut with the Dodgers … Reds setup man Aroldis Chapman was back to throwing 100 MPH heat on Monday in a perfect inning against the Pirates … Jason Heyward has begun batting in the No. 2 hole for the Braves with a little more regularity … Dioner Navarro is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment this week … Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is batting just .193/.258/.228 on the season and was given Monday off to clear his head … Barry Zito will be sidelined for around a month with a mid-foot sprain … Kevin Correia earned a complete game victory Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Reds … Dodgers outfielder Jay Gibbons is still having vision problems … Ryan Howard already has 15 RBI … Chase Utley ran Monday and took infield practice … Despite the early season success, the Rockies may begin scaling back Huston Street's workload … Ronny Paulino has one hit in four rehab games at Single-A Port St. Lucie … Dodgers starter Ted Lilly fired seven shutout innings Monday against the Braves … The Dodgers designated outfielder Xavier Paul for assignment … Brandon Phillips remains day-to-day with a groin injury … Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf is likely out until mid-May due to a shoulder strain … Domonic Brown played his first extended spring training game Monday … J.C. Romero is headed for the disabled list with a calf injury.

American League Quick Hits: Tigers catcher Victor Martinez was pulled from Monday's game with a strained right groin … Evan Longoria is scheduled to begin taking dry swings Tuesday and is still on track to return before the end of April … Tommy Hunter will throw his first bullpen session in three weeks on Tuesday afternoon … Angels reliever Scott Downs is day-to-day with the flu … Rays lefty David Price threw eight shutout innings and fanned nine batters Monday against the White Sox … Jason Donald's rehab assignment has been put on hold as he recovers from a mild groin strain … Dr. James Andrews has advised Pedro Feliciano to rehab his ailing shoulder rather than undergo a surgical procedure … Carl Crawford was bumped to seventh in the Boston batting order Monday … Eric Hurley suffered a head contusion Monday when he was struck by a comebacker … Tigers starter Max Scherzer moved to 3-0 on Monday with a win over the Mariners … Johnny Damon is day-to-day with a bruised left middle finger … Drew Butera put on a surprising offensive displayed Monday, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBI in the Twins' defeat of the Orioles … Tigers setup man Joel Zumaya remains out indefinitely but was found to have no nerve damage in his surgically-repaired elbow on Monday … Joel Pineiro and Scott Kazmir are just about ready to begin minor league rehab assignments … Twins infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka remains on track to return from his fractured fibula by the end of May … The A's placed Dallas Braden on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff left shoulder … Justin Morneau was held out of Monday's lineup due to the flu … Brian Matusz threw off flat ground Monday from 90 feet … Adam Jones hit his third home run of the season Monday against the Twins.


Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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