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Clevinger Throws First Career Complete Game Shut-Out in 4-0 Win Over Orioles

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Yesterday the Cleveland Indians completed game two of their four game weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles. After a game one loss in which the offense could only muster one run against Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy. The offense got back on track with four runs on nine hits securing a 4-0 win.

The scoring got started when on a Michael Brantley RBI groundout in the top of the first scoring Jason Kipnis. The game would remain 1-0 until the top of the fourth inning when Yan Gomes would make it 2-0 with a solo home run.

The home run party would continue as Jose Ramirez and Yonder Alonso would homer in the sixth to make it 4-0.

 

The real story was behind Tribe starter Mike Clevinger who delivered his best start of the season completing a two hit shut out. The shoutout marked the first time that Clevinger went all nine innings in his young MLB career. The 27 year-old previous career high was 7 1/3 innings that he reached earlier in the month against Kanas City.

Clevinger told Fox Sports Ohio reporter Andre Knott he struggled to find his pitches early but around the third or fourth inning he “just kinda found it” and did he ever. After surrendering a leadoff single to to Chance Sisco in the bottom of the fifth, Clevinger would go on to retire the next 14 Orioles hitters leading to his first career two hit, complete game shutout.

 

Clevinger lowered his ERA to 1.75 on way to his second win of the year and lowered the Indians starting rotation ERA to 2.60 and between the top (Kluber, Carrasco, Bauer, and Clevinger) they have a 2.15 ERA.

Clevinger is starting his first full year in the big leagues but the potential for him is through the roof. Everyone knows about how good Kluber and Carrasco are and how good Trevor Bauer has been since the all star break last season. The emergence of Clevinger is real, and it is now going on a a season and half of evidence including the four starts this season.

While the offense continues to struggle, the starting pitching has been extremely good. I expect the offense to get back on track and to help give the starters more breathing room as the season progresses. Also, appreciate what you are watching from the Indians top four starters because it is something special to watch and I look forward to watching Mike Clevinger continue developing into an all-star quality pitcher.

The third game of the series takes place Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 ET. Indians ace Corey Kluber is scheduled to start while Baltimore sends out Andrew Cashner to face him.

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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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