Related TopicsCarlos CarrascoIndiansMax KeplerTwins Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. CLEVELAND – The Indians made a game of it Tuesday night when it looked like it was going to be a Twins runaway, but in the end it wasn’t enough, as Minnesota for the second straight day beat the Tribe 10-6 at Progressive Field.Sitting at one point with a comfortable lead in the AL Central, the Tigers have closed in on the Indians now to just three games, and with plenty more baseball left it’s no longer a for sure that the Indians are going to be playing October baseball.“I’m worried about what we have in this clubhouse,” Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said about the shrinking lead. “I’ll let you guys worry about that. At the end of the day what is going to happen is going to happen, God has a plan.”The 15,835 were mostly quiet as the Twins pounded Indians starter Carlos Carrasco for four runs in the third and another four in the fourth as Minnesota built an 8-0 lead. Carrasco in his last three home starts has allowed 16 runs in 13.1 innings, and it could spell big trouble for the Indians who already have one starter on the DL with the team placing Danny Salazar on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.“When you do something wrong you are going to pay for it, that’s what happened,” Carrasco said after the loss. The issues for Carrasco started with the long ball, as Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit his 20th homer to get the Twins going in the 3rd, and then Max Kepler, who hit three homers Monday night, hit another two-run bomb to make it 4-0.Carrasco was chased in the 4th, as another Dozier ground out made it 5-0, and then Joe Mauer doubled to score a run to make it 6-0. Miguel Sano hit another double to make it 8-0. The stat line for Carrasco read 3.2 innings, eight runs on nine hits with two walks, a strikeout and two homers allowed.“On a night where we were trying to get him deep enough into the game where we don’t get our bullpen into a mess, just didn’t think we could stay with him any longer,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco.Kyle Gibson shut the Indians down for the first four innings, but finally the Tribe offense got going in the 5th with a huge inning to get back into the game.All six Tribe runs came with two outs, as Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer to make it 8-2, and then two batters later Francisco Lindor hit a single down the left field line to score Jason Kipnis to make it 8-3.Mike Napoli crushed a two-run homer 454-feet to get it to 8-5, and then Lonnie Chisenhall doubled to score another run to bring the Indians within two at 8-6 with plenty of baseball left.The bullpens would be in play the rest of the night, with the Twins pen holding the Indians in check, with the Indians pen doing the same – until the 9th.It was the final frame for the Twins where they sealed the game for good, as Eduardo Escobar put the game away with two outs and two strikes in the inning with a two-run blast off Austin Adams to make it 10-6. Wednesday the Indians will look to break the two-game losing streak at home, as they send Trevor Bauer (7-4, 3.64) out against Tyler Duffey (5-8, 6.12) at 7:10pm
LONDON, (Reuters) – Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara will be offered a one-year extension as president of the Marylebone Cricket Club in the “extraordinary circumstances” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCC said yesterday. Sangakkara became the first non-British president of the MCC, the custodian of cricket’s laws, when he took over in October last year.The disruption caused by the outbreak prompted the MCC committee to offer the 42-year-old to continue until Sept 30, 2021, a motion likely to be approved in its June 24 annual general meeting.“Whilst Presidents of MCC only normally serve for a twelve-month period, it is not unprecedented for longer terms to be introduced to respond to extraordinary circumstances,” MCC said in a statement, citing the stints of Lord Hawke (1914-18) and Stanley Christopherson (1939-45).
With the Ravens concluding their mandatory minicamp to conclude their offseason workout program, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:1. A year ago at this time, tight end Dennis Pitta and cornerback Tavon Young had already been lost for the season. The Ravens are dealing with some minor ailments, but the return of cornerback Jimmy Smith to practice this week further signaled the good health so far.2. Alex Lewis and John Brown being among those dealing with minor health concerns isn’t as encouraging. These two could be pivotal in determining whether this offense makes meaningful progress from last season, but they must stay on the field.3. Lamar Jackson was given the keys to run Thursday’s practice from the quarterback position as several veterans rested on both sides of the ball, and he responded with his most consistent passing performance to date. The rookie knows he has a long way to go, but his confidence is impressive.4. Some pundits have cherry-picked quotes complimenting Jackson while ignoring the parts about him being a work in progress, but anyone who’s watched this spring knows Joe Flacco has been head and shoulders above the other quarterbacks. Ignore any noise from those pushing a quarterback controversy this early in the game.5. It’s been evident that new quarterbacks coach James Urban has stressed mobility, pocket movement, and footwork timing with Flacco. The quarterback being healthy and another year removed from the knee injury is crucial, but these skills have been lacking since Gary Kubiak was in Baltimore.6. Linebackers coach Mike Macdonald labeled Tyus Bowser the most productive linebacker of the spring as he even recorded an interception return for a touchdown on a Flacco pass. Bowser making a Matt Judon-like leap from his first to second year would create some much-needed long-term stability at outside linebacker.7. Meanwhile, Terrell Suggs is again in great shape as he enters his 16th year and comes off his first double-digit sacks season since 2014. He’s entered that Ray Lewis and Ed Reed territory in that the Ravens won’t easily replace what he’s brought to the table for so many years.8. It’s difficult to evaluate line play in the spring, but Orlando Brown Jr. definitely showed growth from rookie camp until the end of spring workouts. This next month will be critical for him to keep himself in good shape to continue that momentum into the summer.9. Willie Snead is developing a good rapport with Flacco as they frequently connected over the middle. Flacco complimented the slot receiver for having “a knack for seeing the game the way the quarterback does.” You can see why Drew Brees liked him a couple years ago in New Orleans.10. I’ve been as critical as anyone about this Ravens offense, but I do believe it has more intrigue and potential than it’s enjoyed the last few years. The problem is there are so few sure things, meaning the floor remains very low.11. Hats off to John Harbaugh for offering this truth about spring workouts: “This isn’t football practice. This is just getting ready for football practice. … Nobody is going to make a play here that’s going to make the team.” We now return to our regularly-scheduled overreacting.12. Between Eric Weddle dropping a Wolverine reference about Smith and Wink Martindale joking that Suggs must have done his offseason training in Wakanda, this week’s quotes were a Marvel fan’s dream. You just hope Thanos stays away from the roster when training camp gets underway.