Game 16: Battle at The K

Peering out of the visitors’ dugout at Kauffman Stadium and across the field to the other side, Indians manager Manny Acta sees a lot of similarities between his club and the Royals.

This goes beyond the one game that separates them for the top spot in the American League Central standings.

 “I dont care how early it is,” Acta said. “I’m excited for my ballclub and I’m happy for the Royals. I’m very happy for both towns, both franchises and the young players that we have. This is good for baseball. This is the way it should be.

“We are kind of in the same situation. We started a couple years ago. They have a lot of talented players, and a lot more coming.”

Entering Monday’s four-game series, the surging Tribe boasted an 11-4 record — the team’s best start since 2002. The red-hot Royals were 10-5. For a pair of clubs predicted to finish fourth and fifth in the division — and, hey, they still might — it has been a refreshing change of pace.

The last time the Indians and Royals were in first and second place (in any order) at the same time after playing at least 15 games was May 31, 1999. Admittedly getting a little ahead of ourselves here, but the last time they finished first and second in the division was 1995.

“I’m excited,” Acta said. ” That’s what baseball is all about. I know that last year at the end, we were fighting for fourth place. Now, three weeks into this season, we’re playing a series for first place.

“It’s early, yes. But I don’t care. I’m happy. I’m excited about my club and I’m happy for them.”

Here are today’s lineups…

Indians (11-4) at Royals (10-5)
at Kauffman Stadium, 8:10 p.m. ET

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

Pitching: RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 5.03)

KANSAS CITY
1. Mike Aviles. 2B
2. Melky Cabrera, CF
3. Alex Gordon, LF
4. Billy Butler, DH
5. Kila Ka’aihue, 1B
6. Jeff Francoeur, RF
7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
8. Matt Treanor, C
9. Alcides Escobar, SS

Pitching: RHP Kyle Davies (1-1, 9.00)

–JB

4 Comments

So the man that became a Columbus sensation out of nowhere was traded to the Blue Jays for “cash considerations.” Awesome. Good luck Yohan. And Shelley Duncan is the 2007 version of Trot Nixon, huh? Interesting. When do we get to the point that we can’t move/demote this guy simply b/c of his role within the roster? So now we have two bench outfielders whose primary position is LF? Fantastic. I know it’s a personal preference but I liked Buck for a myriad of reasons. I don’t like Chad Durbin. I don’t like Joe Smith. And my conspiracy theory for why they kept Marson on the roster has everything to do with LaPorta’s development or lack thereof.

Despite all that negativity and second-guessing, this has been the best April of baseball watching in so many years that I am too elated to nitpick on a huge level. In ManAct I trust!

i do, there is a set area, if you hit it past one marker, its a sinlge, next is double, then triple, then homer. It is a really great way to work on hitting. Don’t be scared, its awesome

Review by Patrick Myers for Rating: Normally, I don’t buy music from men. I have no idea why it is some brain process that I have yet to get out of my head. However, I felt tmepted to buy Ryan Cabrera’s album. Several reasons for this, actually. One being that one of my close friends raved about it when she bought it, and played it over and over (I never got the chance to hear it, as it was on an mp3 player, and I have yet to ask her to let me listen in on a song yet; I don’t like sharing ear buds, as I’m just weird that way). I also saw several advertisements through stores, and, naturally, I got interested. So I forked over the money and bought it.One of the best decisions I have ever made! He has a soft voice, and most of his songs reflect that one being Walking On Water and others just give him a slightly harder edge, such as Hit Me With Your Light. It’s very hard to escape the short breaths he takes in between lines, but that’s almost noexistant. It doesn’t take away from the overall sound of the songs, which are quite well written and sound pretty nice as well. A few, like Photo, Fall Baby Fall, and It’s You, are a nice listen for a few times, but the ones with excellent replay value (Hit Me With Your Light, Last Night, and Walking on Water) shall be played until the battery dies. No problems, though! This is what plug in cd players are for. Overall, very good, and a pleasant surprise! I’m currently deliberating over purchasing his first album; however, I’m very happy with what I’ve got right now. Nice ecletic mix in there an absolute joy to listen to!

Love the pics!! Erin you do such an incredible job and have some of the best ideas ever!!! I am truly amezad each time I see your work and can not believe how big Tucker is getting

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