Grady Sizemore pulled with left knee contusion

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Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore was lifted from Saturday’s game in the fifth inning with a left knee contusion, reports MLB.com’s Jeff Seidel.  He suffered the injury on a slide into second base at the end of the fourth and was replaced by Trevor Crowe.

Crowe is 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI since being called up from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.  He may be asked to play the next several games in center.

Sizemore could probably use some rest, no matter how severe his injury proves to be.  He’s batting a disappointing .211 in 128 at-bats this year with a .271 on-base percentage and zero home runs.  The Indians are 17-20 this season, seven games back of the Tigers in the American League Central standings.

It’s pouring in Washington before the All-Star Game

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Some heavy weather moved through Washington D.C. late this afternoon, flooding dugouts at Nationals Park and sending waterfalls over the ledges of the upper decks. All a few hours before the All-Star Game.

The good news, though, is that the rains are moving out and it’s expected to be dry at game time. More good news, modern fields drain frighteningly fast, so the conditions will probably be A-OK for the game to go off on time. Indeed, a similar thing happened in Cincinnati before the 2015 All-Star Game — it was a dang monsoon — and you wouldn’t even know it by game time.

In the even things continue to be soggy and they have to postpone the game, it’ll be played tomorrow night. All signs at present, however, point to the Midsummer Classic going off as planned.

Here are some images from Washington’s monsoon:

And this, a hop, skip and a jump away from the ballpark: