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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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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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