Trevor Bauer and Jason Kipnis aren’t too happy with an Indians beat reporter

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On Saturday, Paul Hoynes — who covers the Indians for — wrote a column that basically called the Indians dead in the water despite owning what is now a seven-game lead atop the AL Central. The club is now considering using a three-man rotation in the postseason, a plan that Hoynes doesn’t back.

Hoynes wrote:

Write it down. On Sept. 17, the Indians were eliminated from serious postseason advancement before they even got there.

They have 14 regular season games left and they’ll eventually clinch their first AL Central title in nine years. But that’s where it ends, because no team can withstand the losses the Indians have suffered over the last nine days.

On the injured Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar, Hoynes said, “The Indians have no one of equal caliber to replace them.”

Hoynes’ column didn’t sit well with some of the Indians’ players. Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday:

Bauer joined him, tweeting:

Hoynes responded to the criticism:

The Indians’ players are allowed to feel ticked off by Hoynes’ pronunciation that the team can’t survive in the postseason without Carrasco and Salazar. In fact, it might be helpful for them to use the criticism as motivation to finish the regular season on a strong note and bring that momentum into the playoffs. When all is said and done, that column Hoynes wrote could have been the catalyst for an Indians championship. Who knows?

That being said, Kipnis and Bauer — especially Bauer — went over the line in telling Hoynes he’s “not welcome” in the clubhouse to do his job. If, to earn the trust and respect of ballplayers, reporters could only write positive columns, then the entire industry would be a sham.

A healthy journalism industry is one where writers aren’t essentially blackmailed into positive coverage. In other words, “Write glowingly about us, otherwise we will shun you publicly and make it difficult or impossible for you to properly do your job.” A lot of tech journalism, for example, is terrible because writers are too close to key figures in the industry and are afraid to tell the truth lest their contacts and perks be cut off.

Hoynes should be applauded for doing what seems to be an increasing number of beat reporters won’t do, which is to be critical of the team he covers. His obligation, first and foremost, is to present information and viewpoints worthy of consideration by his readers. Hoynes certainly fulfilled his obligation with Saturday’s column.

Aaron Judge hits 18th homer of season, Yankees beat Mariners 10-2

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SEATTLE (AP) Aaron Judge homered for the third time in two games, Anthony Volpe and Greg Allen also went deep and the New York Yankees stretched their winning streak to four with a 10-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Judge hit a towering fly ball on the first pitch of the seventh inning from reliever Darren McCaughan that carried just enough to clear the fence in left-center field, even if it would not have been a homer at Yankee Stadium.

It was the 18th of the season for Judge, who hit a pair of homers in the series opener on Monday night.

While Judge hitting another homer will get the headlines, it was Volpe’s long ball that broke open the game. With two outs in the third inning, Seattle starter Logan Gilbert caught too much of the plate with a 1-2 slider and Volpe drove the pitch 413 feet for a three-run shot and a 6-0 lead. It was Volpe’s eighth homer of the season and snapped a 2-for-22 slide for the rookie.

Allen, filling in for injured center fielder Harrison Bader, hit his first of the season leading off the fourth inning. Isiah Kiner-Falefa also had a key two-run single in the first inning as the Yankees took advantage of an error to give starter Nestor Cortes a 3-0 advantage before he took the mound.

Kiner-Falefa had another two-run single in the ninth. New York has scored at least 10 runs in three straight games for the first time since Sept. 15-17, 2020.

Cortes (5-2) mostly cruised through five innings, allowing two runs and five hits with six strikeouts. Ty France and Teoscar Hernández had RBI doubles in the fifth inning. Judge nearly stole another hit from Hernández after robbing him of a homer on Monday, but his diving attempt at Hernández’s liner fell for a double.

Gilbert (3-3) lasted just four innings for the second time this season. The five earned runs allowed were a season-high and the four strikeouts matched a season-low.


Seattle catcher Tom Murphy and manager Scott Servais were both ejected by plate umpire Brian Walsh in the sixth inning. Murphy was ejected after yelling toward first base umpire C.B. Bucknor following a check-swing that was called a strike. Servais argued the decision to eject Murphy and was quickly tossed by Walsh. It was the second ejection this season for Servais.


Yankees: Bader (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day IL after leaving Monday’s game in the third inning injuring his right hamstring running out an infield single. OF Franchy Cordero was recalled.

Mariners: McCaughan was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to add a long reliever to the bullpen. RHP Juan Then was optioned to Tacoma. It was Seattle’s first roster move in 24 days.


Yankees: RHP Clarke Schmidt (2-5, 5.58) took the loss despite allowing only one earned run over five innings in his last start against Baltimore. Schmidt has gone at least five inning in five of his last seven starts.

Mariners: RHP George Kirby (5-4, 3.43) was knocked around for seven earned runs and four home runs allowed in his last start against Pittsburgh. Both matched career highs.

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