Delmon Young’s error proves difference as Indians edge Twins 1-0

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One of baseball’s worst fielders broke the stalemate in this one.

Delmon Young allowed Carlos Santana’s basehit to left field to start the fourth inning get past him in left field, and Santana went on to score from third on a groundout as the Indians topped the Twins 1-0 on Tuesday night.

The play was ruled a double and an error, allowing Santana to reach third.  Francisco Liriano, in his first start back from the DL, got a groundout, a lineout to short and a flyout from there, making the run unearned.

And it turned out to be the only run of the game, as Carlos Carrasco pitched 8 1/3 innings for the Indians and combined with closer Chris Perez on a three-hit shutout.

The Twins gave up just four hits.  Liriano struck out seven over five innings in his return.  Chuck James and Phil Dumatrait finished up from there.

Young apologized to Liriano for the error after the inning, but it was partly an effort play and his effort just isn’t there on the defensive end.  Throw in that he’s hitting .225 with one homer in 152 at-bats and he’s been about as big of a liability as anyone in baseball.

The Phillies are considering making a play for Jake Arrieta

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Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are considering free agent starter Jake Arrieta.

That may seem kind of weird on the surface given that the Phillies, as Heyman notes, are considered to be at least a year from contention. Thing is, though, we really never know for sure when a team will definitely be in contention, do we? We’ve seen a handful of teams’ rebuilding efforts bear competitive fruit ahead of schedule in recent years, including the current World Series champion Houston Astros. They made the dang playoffs a year after losing 92 games, when everyone thought their true competitive window was several years away. Arrieta’s Cubs were much the same way, improving by 24 wins in 2015 to make the playoffs, in large part because of . . . acquiring Jake Arrieta.

Whether Arrieta, who is coming off of a 14-10, 3.53 ERA season, would be interested in the Phillies is unknown, but if I’m a Phillies fan, I’m happy that my club is being aggressive and is at least considering it.