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.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.