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« on: May 06, 2019, 10:50:13 am »

A tradition like no other"Even though the Indians won Corey Kluber’s Opening Day starts in 2017 and 2018 , it wasn’t because of a rousing offensive performance. They scored a combined five runs in those two wins and only won because Kluber dominated the weak White Sox and Royals lineups. Kluber did the same today, holding the Twins to just two runs, but the offense couldn’t even put up a little bit of their bargain. Instead of two runs like they put up against Chris Sale on Opening Day 2017, the new-look Tribe lineup put up just two hits against potential breakout pitcher Jose Berrios. One, a fourth-inning double from Leonys Martin, and a single from Brad Miller in the eighth after after the Twins already scored a pair of runs and looked like they sealed game away. Miller’s hit barely made it over the glove of the Twins infield, but it was hit 97.5 miles per hour, which is an encouraging sign for Miller, and likely one of the reasons the Indians took a flyer on him with time winding down in spring training. Unfortunately Darin Erstad Jersey , he and everyone else forgot how to make contact. Miller had a pair of strikeouts, just a fraction of the 13 whiffs by Indians batters today. Tyler Naquin was by far the worst offender, having struck out in each of his three at-bats and looking competent on not a single pitch. His first at-bat? Strikeout on three pitches. His second at-bat? Strikeout on three pitchers. He managed to take it to a full count in his final at-bat of the game, but swung on a pitch that couldn’t have been any further from the plate.Not to belabor the point too much, but Berrios was so deep in his head, and he dominated the rest of the lineup as well. The offense looked very reminiscent of early-2018 when they were doing nothing but popping up or striking out. Today they struck out 13 times and flied out 10 times — 23 of their allotted 27 outs.No one got hurt, though, and there are still 161 more games to go. And Francisco Lindor will be back eventually. We can all cling to those truths while we wait for Jose Ramirez and everyone else to warm up literally and figuratively. On the mound, Kluber showed signs that he might be more on par with his performance last year than the pure strikeout machine of year’s past. He held Twins batters hitless through five innings , but relied mostly on weak hits over swings and misses, of which he only had 13. His four-seamer also averaged 92.2 miles per hour and peaked at 92.7, right in line with his approach on the mound last season. Still, it’s hard to argue with carrying a perfect game into the fifth inning and no-hitter into a sixth, especially against a lineup that’s supposed to shock people like the Twins. In other important news, the Indians sported their new block lettering navy away jerseys today and they looked great, even if they were a little on the Red Sox-y side. I may never get over the giant guitar on the sleeve, though a few runs here and there will help numb the cringe. TIME TO BURN ALL YOUR ZACK GRANITE JERSEYS!"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Twinkie Town Farm ReportSatire, Irreverence Shohei Ohtani Jersey , & Other HumorGame RecapsNewsTwins trade Zack Granite to Rangers for minor league pitcher Xavier MooreNew,23commentsTIME TO BURN ALL YOUR ZACK GRANITE JERSEYS!ESTShareTweetShareShareTwins trade Zack Granite to Rangers for minor league pitcher Xavier MooreI WILL REMEMBER YOU!!!!!!Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsZack Granite — that feisty, fast little outfielder the Twins called up sometimes when Byron Buxton injured himself — is no longer a Twin. News broke Sunday that the organization traded Granite to the Rangers in exchange for minor league pitcher Xavier Moore.Was this a good move for the Twins? Probably. Although Granite was named the Twins’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2016, he hasn’t really panned out as a top prospect. He’s only seen action in 40 major league games, all in 2017, over which he hit .237/.321/.611. Last year in Triple-A Granite hit .211/.282/.245 over 60 games. He was a likable guy, but yeah. The Twins designated him for assignment last week to make roster space for Marwin Gonzalez. Writing was kinda on the wall.Granite will probably mostly be remembered for the time he completely failed to touch first base in the 2017 Wild Card game versus the New York YankeesGood times, am I right?To my knowledge, the guy the Twins got from the Rangers in return — Xavier Moore — has never completely run over first base and failed to touch it in a playoff game. He pitched at two different levels last year (Rookie Ball and Low-A) Brandon Phillips Jersey , posting a 5.30 ERA over 18.2 innings. Kid is only 20 years old, so maybe the front office is just hoping on polishing a turd here. I mean, hey, it could happen.In any case, I honestly wish Zack Granite the best of luck going forward. Pour out a quart of Ballentine for the kid.UPDATE[2:54 pm CT]:I’m never blogging again.