Game 9: Tribe at M’s lineups

When Orlando Cabrera arrived at Spring Training, fresh off signing a one-year contract with the Indians, he made it clear from the start that he saw great potential in Cleveland’s young roster.

A little more than one week into this season, the Indians are off to a strong start, providing one of baseball’s early surprises. Cabrera, who has been to the postseason in six of the past seven years, has been impressed with his new ballclub, but the veteran infielder is quick to point out that the season is still young.

“It’s still early,” Cabrera said. “It’s too early to judge anybody in a good way or a bad way. But we’ve battled. We’ve got great hitters. They get up there and they try to do their job. We execute plays and our pitchers are throwing strikes, which is important. We’re playing defense behind them.

“Let’s see where that kind of game is going to take us. We can never anticipate what is going to happen in the future, but if we keep playing the way we’re playing right now, we can do a great job.”

The Tribe carried a six-game winning streak into Sunday’s tilt against the Mariners and, for the first time since the end of the 2007 tour, when Cleveland was 96-66, the Indians were at least four games over .500. After suffering through back-to-back seasons of at least 90 losses, Cleveland’s players are loving the fast start.

“It’s fun, man,” Indians closer Chris Perez said. “Especially being over here at the end of ’09 and all year last year, we didn’t have many streaks like this. And it’s not like they’re giving us games.”

For more on this and other topics, check Indians.com later.

Here are today’s lineups.

Indians (6-2) at Mariners (2-6)
at Safeco Field, 4:10 p.m. ET

CLEVELAND
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, DH
5. Shelley Duncan, LF
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
9. Lou Marson, C

Pitching: RHP Josh Tomlin (1-0, 1.29)

SEATTLE
1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
2. Chone Figgins, 3B
3. Adam kennedy, 2B
4. Jack Cust, DH
5. Justin Smoak, 1B
6. Ryan Langerhans, CF
7. Luis Rodriguez, SS
8. Michael Saunders, CF
9. Chris Gimenez, C

Pitching: LHP Erik Bedard(0-1, 5.40)

–JB

1 Comment

The three run homer by Bobby Thomson to win the deciding ploayff game for the Giants against the Dodgers in 1951 has to be be one one the greatest of all time.Unfortunately, those type of ploayff games were considered as part of the regular season and wouldn’t count as post season.There is always a catch to every question and answer.But it is still talked about in baseball annals as being one of the most dramatic homers ever hit.My second choice which is now my first is Kirk Gibson’s two run pinch hit home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning during the 1988 World Series off of the Eck to win game one is high on the list of WPA events.

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