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Indians place Andrew Miller on the disabled list for the third time this year


The Indians placed reliever Andrew Miller on the 10-day disabled list with an external impingement in his left shoulder. Which, I’m no doctor, but that sort of sounds like someone is just holding on to his shoulder or maybe put a chip clip on it or something. Seems like it could fixed pretty easily — far more easily than an internal impingement — but again, I must stress my lack of medical expertise here and will defer to actual physicians.

That aside, it’s the third trip to the DL this season for Miller who is not having that great a season even when he’s been healthy. Then again, if you’re on the DL three times it’s possible that you never actually were completely healthy anyway, right? An interesting philosophical question.

The Tribe called up Tyler Olson to to take Miller’s place.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.