Settling the Scores: Sunday’s results

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As mentioned yesterday, Craig is on vacation so I’ll be your substitute daytime blogger. It’s gonna be great, you guys.

The Indians won again on Sunday, 9-3 over the Tigers, to bring their winning streak to nine games. They’re now 44-30. Only the Orioles (45) and Rangers (49) have won more games in the American League.

Sunday’s win featured four fifth-inning home runs, all against Justin Verlander. Juan Uribe started it with a solo homer, breaking a 2-2 tie. Tyler Naquin immediately followed up with a solo homer of his own. Later in the inning, with a runner on first base and two outs, Mike Napoli lined a two-run homer to left field. After Jose Ramirez singled, Lonnie Chisenhall belted the fourth homer of the inning to right field, pushing the Indians’ lead to 8-2.

On the pitching side of things, Josh Tomlin gave up three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in eight innings. He now owns a 3.32 ERA.

A lot of the preseason focus was on the Royals. That’s in part due to winning the World Series and in part due to some projection systems foreboding failure. The Tigers made a lot of offseason noise, signing Justin Upton and trading for Francisco Rodriguez. The Indians were mostly forgotten about.

As Tomlin illustrated Sunday, the pitching has been a big part of the Indians’ success. Among those on the active roster, Corey Kluber has been their worst starter. Corey Kluber, the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner. With a 3.59 ERA. As a unit, the Indians’ 3.63 rotation ERA isn’t even that much better than their expected ERA’s like FIP (3.78) and xFIP (3.79). There might not be much in the regression department, which is a scary thought for the Royals (five games behind), White Sox (seven), and Tigers (seven).

Click here to see the box scores.

Twins 7, Yankees 1
Indians 9, Tigers 3
Orioles 12, Rays 5
White Sox 5, Blue Jays 2
Reds 3, Padres 0
Marlins 6, Cubs 1
Braves 5, Mets 2
Nationals 3, Brewers 2
Royals 6, Astros 1
Rangers 6, Red Sox 2
Angels 7, Athletics 6
Giants 8, Phillies 7
Cardinals 11, Mariners 6
Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 7
Pirates 4, Dodgers 3

New bill to build Athletics stadium on Las Vegas Strip caps Nevada’s cost at $380 million

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — A bill introduced in the Nevada Legislature would give the Oakland Athletics up to $380 million for a potential 30,000 seat, $1.5 billion retractable roof stadium on the Las Vegas Strip.

The bulk of the public funding would come from $180 million in transferable tax credits from the state and $120 million in county bonds, which can vary based on interest rate returns. Clark County also would contribute $25 million in credit toward infrastructure costs.

The A’s have been looking for a home to replace Oakland Coliseum, where the team has played since arriving from Kansas City for the 1968 season. The team had sought to build a stadium in Fremont, San Jose and finally the Oakland waterfront, all ideas that never materialized.

The plan in the Nevada Legislature won’t directly raise taxes. It can move forward with a simply majority vote in the Senate and Assembly. Lawmakers have a little more than a week to consider the proposal before they adjourn June 5, though it could be voted on if a special session is called.

The Athletics have agreed to use land on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, where the Tropicana Las Vegas casino resort sits. Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao has said he is disappointed the team didn’t negotiate with Oakland as a “true partner.”

Las Vegas would be the fourth home for a franchise that started as the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901-54. It would become the smallest TV market in Major League Baseball and the smallest market to be home to three major professional sports franchises.

The team and Las Vegas are hoping to draw from the nearly 40 million tourists who visit the city annually to help fill the stadium. The 30,000-seat capacity would make it the smallest MLB stadium.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said a vote on the Oakland Athletics’ prospective move to Las Vegas could take place when owners meet June 13-15 in New York.

The plan faces an uncertain path in the Nevada Legislature. Democratic leaders said financing bills, including for the A’s, may not go through if Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo vetoes the five budget bills, which he has threatened to do as many of his priorities have stalled or faded in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

Under the bill, the Clark County Board of Commissioners would create a homelessness prevention and assistance fund along the stadium’s area in coordination with MLB and the Nevada Resort Association. There, they would manage funds for services, including emergency rental and utility assistance, job training, rehabilitation and counseling services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The lease agreement with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority would be up for renewal after 30 years.

Nevada’s legislative leadership is reviewing the proposal, Democratic state Assembly Speaker Steve Yeager said in a statement.

“No commitment will be made until we have both evaluated the official proposal and received input from interested parties, including impacted community members,” Yeager said.