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On location: Indians 5, Pirates 1

CLEVELAND — One hour to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (35-34) vs. Cleveland Indians (37-31)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: Progressive Field, Cleveland

TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 76 degrees, pretty nice night

Here is the official live box score, and here are the lineups …

Pirates:

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

Indians:

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Michael Brantley, 2B
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
  7. Austin Kearns, LF
  8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  9. Lou Marson, C

I am here in Cleveland and will be posting up here occasionally, as time allows. I also have a column to write tonight on deadline, so it might not be much.

Feel free to use this as a discussion forum, as always.

To hold you over, here is a video I shot this afternoon that tells you a little bit about why Joel Hanrahan is one of baseball’s best closers. You will hear on there that Hanrahan really hates running, but you will see that he more than makes up for it.

And below is a pic of the Indians’ BP a bit ago …

And below is a shot from East 4th Street just now, as I walked right through all these really neat restaurants to get to the Starbucks on the other side.

It’s a pretty neat place, all-around. Not what most think.

UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: First pitch from Carlos Carrasco to Tabata, 76 degrees.

7:17: Strange play by Paul Maholm there. Not sure why he didn’t throw to second. Had all day to get Sizemore in a force.

7:20: And it comes back to haunt him, as Sizemore scores the game’s first run on a sac fly. It’s early, but Maholm already looks a little out of sorts.

7:23: A hit batsman, walk, single and just one run? I’m sure Maholm will take it.

7:25: Entire sections of the outfield upper decks are unoccupied, as you can see in my pic up there. Kind of surprised by that. Saw more Pittsburghers on the streets than last night, but it’s no invasion. (And really, people, does anyone own any Pirates jersey other than Clemente jerseys, with all due respect?)

7:26: Here comes the Legend, perhaps on the verge of seeing more time at first base. (More on that in my column tomorrow morning.)

7:41: Starting to see better action on Maholm’s sinker now. Think he’ll be OK.

7:42: Nice little pick by Harrison there at third. I’ve yet to see the defensively deficient version of Harrison. That’s to the credit of the development staff, I’m sure.

7:44: Sizemore doubles off Overbay’s glove for an RBI and a 2-0 Cleveland lead. Would have been an above-average play by Overbay.

7:50: Man, this team can be tough to watch on offense.

8:07: See my post at 7:50 for the latest. Carrasco has a no-hitter through four.

8:14: Have I mentioned that Carrasco has a NO-HITTER?

8:21: Can’t remember the last time my little hex failed. Oh, well, Carrasco has a NO-HITTER through five now. And the Pirates look just lost at the plate.

8:32: McKenry’s single ends the no-hitter, a line drive that leaping second baseman Orlando Cabrera was able to bring down. To the official scorer’s credit, he made the call of a single quickly and emphatically. And it was the right call.

8:37: The Mets just appealed the ruling on McKenry’s single, I am told.

9:35: Another game, another offensive dud. In tomorrow’s column, I’ll be calling on the front office to step up and do its part.

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