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I have allergies. They are terrible. It was raining today so I thought they would be better but no. They were worse! I am not allergic to mold so I do not know what happened. My head feels like it is going to explode and I sneeze like every ten minutes.

Trevor Crowe has really blue eyes. They’re nice.
Bright spot in my day. Grady stole a base! Yay! He also had two hits and two runs scored. Andy  Marte, Trevor Crowe, and Kelly Shoppach all homered today. Apparently Shoppach’s and Crowe’s home runs were super long. The announcers went on forever about Crowe’s home run. It was hilarious.
However the best news of the day was the announcement of the winner of the fifth spot in the rotation winner. It was… ANTHONY REYES! Wait hold on a second. Was he even competing? I am joking… well sort of. Scott Lewis won the last starter job but he will pitching fourth in the rotation and Anthony will be pitching fifth. This will give Reyes some extra days off to rest his elbow more and keep him healthy. Congratulations to Scott Lewis. He has pitched a great spring so far and he definitely deserves it. The Indians made me look a fool however. I assumed they would give the job to Aaron Laffey even though Scott Lewis has had a better spring. Oh well, I was fortunately in this case wrong.
The guy in the Indians uniform is Rocky Colavito.
My speech on the Indians will be given Monday. I still have to finish editing it all the way and when I am done I will post the final version here for everyone to learn a bit about the Indians illustrious history. I learned a lot from preparing this speech and I have a book recommendation for anyone who is interested: The Curse of Rocky Colavito by Terry Pluto. I think Aaron especially would enjoy this book. He may have already read it for all I know. It was very interesting and I learned so much from it.

Indians this Week

Sorry if this is boring but I thought I would post the article I wrote for MLB Center this week. I have already mentioned some things in the article but it is a good general overview of Tribe happenings in the past week.

The WBC was bittersweet for me tonight. I want Mark DeRosa in camp but I want the US to do well too. They were playing with Japan for awhile but they just let it get away from them. It was a good run for the US though. They faced a lot of difficulties and still managed to have strong showing on an international stage. Good job guys!

The Indians made their second cut this week. They cut
fifteen players trimming their roster from 59 to 44. They sent down one
prospect for the fifth rotation spot and three prospects for the last bullpen
spot. Some notable cuts include Tony Sipp, LHP, David Huff, LHP, Carlos
Santana, C, and Wes Hodges, 3B. Tony Sipp is still recovering from Tommy John
Surgery so the Indians are being careful with him. He has made a good
impression so far in camp. David Huff was somewhat of a surprise to be cut but
recently suffered some soreness in his arm, which slowed his progress. He was
competing for the fifth rotation spot but is no longer being considered to get
the spot out of Spring Training. Carlos Santana has lived up to expectations
offensively and has highly impressed the Indians. However Eric Wedge thinks he
needs a little more practice handling a pitching staff. Santana has been called
the Indians’ top minor league prospect. Wes Hodges was very successful
offensively but needs a little more work defensively at third.

Sunday’s Cactus League game Cliff Lee started against the Rockies at Hi Corbett
Field in Tucson, Arizona. Lee looked commanding giving up two runs and striking
out three. He said after the game that he feels ready for the season. He added
that from now on in Spring Training starts he will be pitching as if he is
pitching a regular season game. So Lee should start to look like he should look
in the regular season in the last couple of weeks of the spring.

Carmona is reportedly fine after taking a line drive to his arm in an
intrasquad game at Goodyear Park in Arizona. He threw a bullpen session
Saturday and felt fine. He is scheduled to start Tuesday’s game against the
White Sox at Goodyear.

Reyes has had a very strong spring so far. He threw five scoreless innings on
Saturday. As long as he stays healthy he should be a lock for the fourth
rotation spot.

Pavano has allowed twelve runs so far on fifteen hits. He has not had a very
impressive spring so far according to the numbers but he says he feels better
than he has in years and feels he is making progress. As long as he continues
to feel good he will be in the rotation.

fifth rotation spot will probably come down to Scott Lewis and Aaron Laffey
although Jeremy Sowers is another possibility. Zach Jackson was formerly
competing for the spot but now he seems to be more likely to get the last spot
in the bullpen if anything. Scott Lewis has made a strong showing this spring
and has thoroughly impressed Eric Wedge. Wedge says that Lewis is definitely
high on the list for the fifth spot. Aaron Laffey came into to Spring Training
as the favorite for the job. However he has a rough spring so far with an ERA
of 6.92. But Wedge does not place too much stock in Spring Training statistics;
he is more concerned with seeing progress from his players. Wedge also stresses
that there is a lot of time still left in this year’s extended Spring Training.

Team USA’s nine to four loss to Japan Sunday night, Mark DeRosa will be heading
back to Goodyear. Wedge cannot wait until he returns so he can get him some
more typical Spring Training work to ensure that he is prepared for the regular
season. DeRosa’s return should also help him become more acclimated to the
team. Shin Soo Choo, the Indians only player left in the Classic, will be
playing in the final game tomorrow night for South Korea against Japan. The
winner will be the new World Baseball Classic Champion. Choo has been out of
camp since February 24. He has had two hits in the Classic in only twelve at
bats. There is some concern that he has not been getting the work he needs to
prepare him for the season.