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Hello, Cleveland!

CLEVELAND – That headline up there is intended to be read like the dude from “Spinal Tap.”

You can find it right here.

You’re welcome.

I’m here at Progressive Field, and I’ll be here all weekend. The clubhouse won’t open for another few minutes, but here are a couple pics I took from a high downtown perch this afternoon …

This is the site of the coming convention center, right by Public Square. In the background, you can find the totally invalid Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the Lake by the Mistake.

And this is Public Square, right in the shadow of Cleveland’s tallest building, the Key Tower. Very nice. If you haven’t been to Cleveland and go by general impressions, you probably are underestimating it the same way people underestimate Pittsburgh. Well worth your two hours and change in the car.

I’ll have some stuff when I get back up from the clubhouse.

UPDATE 3:58 p.m.: Here are lineups …


  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Xavier Paul, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Garrett Jones, DH
  6. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  7. Josh Harrison, 3B
  8. Mike McKenry, C
  9. Ronny Cedeno, SS


  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Michael Brantley, 2B
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  4. Travis Hafner, DH
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  6. Carlos Santana, C
  7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  8. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
  9. Jack Hannahan, 3B

3:59: ESPN’s Jim Bowden backs McCutchen on the weird scoring decision.

Me, I’m still trying to wrap my head around Michael Bourn being charged with an error while diving yesterday. You should know, by the way, that the Pirates have appealed this.

5:21: OK, sorry for the delay. Many conversations down there.

Topic A, by a wide margin, is the McCutchen scoring decision. These guys are really angry about that. I kind of like that. Not something I’ve seen a lot in years past. I’ll have much more on this with my column for tomorrow.

5:40: Couple quick pics …

The Indians take BP on a really nice day here.

Pedro Ciriaco get his hair cut, one of several players to do so in this little room under Progressive Field. Daniel Moskos just got done, and Josh Harrison waits his turn.

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