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Lindor Leads Indians To 6-1 Victory In Emotional Homecoming

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It is not every day that a kid from Puerto Rico gets to play in his hometown, but for Indians Shortstop Francisco Lindor he got that chance tonight. From the moment he stepped into the batters box the ballpark was rocking.

Fans all across the stadium on their feet to watch their hero take the first at-bat in the Puerto Rican series. Lindor flied out in his first at bat to start the game but based on the crowds reaction you would have thought he hit the ball 400 feet out of the park.

He received a standing ovation from the home crowd as he jogged back to the dugout. The scene was set to be a special night

The Tribe took the first game of this two game series in a 6-1 victory over the Twins. Corey Kluber got his second win for the Tribe after another dominating performance going 6 2/3 innings and allowing one run in that span. Kluber also allowed just five hits, struck-out six and lowered his ERA to 1.52.

The Indians offense had many contributions tonight both from Jose Ramirez and Micheal Brantley who each recorded three hits in the victory and had back to back home runs in the sixth inning. Yonder Alonso also added a solo home run in the eighth to secure the 6-1 victory.

The big story came in the fifth when the home town kid stepped up to the plate. With Bradley Zimmer on second after his two out double, Lindor was able to work the count full on Twins right hander Jake Odorizzi before launching a home run over the right field wall. It was a special moment from all accounts.

The stadium was rocking and as Lindor crossed home plated and headed back to the dugout you could see he had the biggest smile on his face. As he was waving his arms in the air heading back to the dugout you could feel the emotions raining down from the fans. After all that these people endured over the past year, the emotional toll that home-run brought is a moment that will live on forever.

 

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The series proceeds tomorrow at 7:00 ET when Carlos Carrasco takes the hill for the Tribe and Jose Berrios starts for the Twins. Berrios also grew up in Puerto Rico so expect another emotional and exciting game.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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