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Indians activate Andrew Miller

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The Cleveland Indians have activated reliever Andrew Miller from the 10-day disabled list.

Miller has missed four weeks with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. When he went down he was posting a 1.65 ERA and 79/17 K/BB ratio in 54.2 innings. His absence has not exactly been a big problem, of course — have you heard that the Indians have won 21 consecutive straight games? — but having him back will no doubt be a good thing.

The Indians will lose again eventually. It’d be kinda funny if they did so because the most dominant reliever in baseball over the past couple of seasons had a meltdown or something. Not saying Miller would find it funny, but I bet his teammates would roast him pretty good for it.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.