4/9/12 Lineup vs. CWS & News and Notes

Here is the Indians’ lineup for tonight’s game against the White Sox with Josh Tomlin making his first start on the bump of the 2012 season for the Tribe.

Some news and notes for tonight’s titanic struggle:

THEY SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY: Indians catcher Carlos Santana celebrated his 26th birthday yesterday by posting his second career multi-homer game, both 2-homer efforts, the other coming on Sept. 13, 2011 against Texas at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington…both home runs were go-ahead shots from the left side of the plate, as 29 of his 35 career homers have been hit as a left-handed batter…according to STATS INC., Santana became the fifth player in Cleveland franchise history to homer twice on his birthday, the first since Albert Belle on Aug. 25, 1995 vs. Detroit:

Here is a list of the five guys that have hit two home runs on their birthdays in Indians history (since 1901):

  • Earl Averill (May 21, 1934, vs. New York-AL, 2 HR’s)
  • Ray Boone (July 27, 1951, at Boston, 2 HR’s)
  • Joe Azcue (Aug. 18, 1963, at Boston, 2 HR’s)
  • Albert Belle (Aug. 25, 1995, vs. Detroit, 2 HR’s)
  • Carlos Santana (April 8, 2012, vs. Toronto, 2 HR’s)

According to STATS, Santana also became the 46th player in baseball history to hit multiple home runs on his own birth date, including 3 players who needed a doubleheader to accomplish the feat…multi-homer birthdays have become all the rage over the last decade or so, as there have been 6 instances since 2009 and 15 since 2000.

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO DOWN IN THE CITY: The Indians are scheduled to play their first night game of the year tonight after 3 straight afternoon contests…Cleveland went 59-51 under the lights in 2011, which included a 33-20 mark here at Progressive Field.

ON THE DOWN LOWE: Derek Lowe earned the victory in his Cleveland Indians debut, as the right-hander has now recorded win with 5 different major league teams: Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Cleveland…yesterday was also his first win as a member of the American League since May 4, 2004 with Boston…Lowe held Toronto to a pair of unearned runs over 7.0 innings, recording 15 of his 21 outs on the ground…according to the Elias Sports Bureau Sunday marked the 30th time in Lowe’s career to record at least 15 outs by way of groundballs, most among active pitchers…according to Elias, it was Lowe’s first such game since May 23, 2009 vs. TOR…he also improved to 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA (6 ER/23.1 IP) in 4 career starts at Progressive Field.


Interested to see how Gomez starts the season. Any Idea on how the Jimenez suspension will be handled? Will they just push him back a day or skip a start for him.

24hourtribe – great question. With today’s weather cancellation, Ubaldo is scheduled to make his next start on Sunday in Kansas City against the Royals. MLB rules stipulate that today does not count towards the 5-game suspension because we did not play. As for Jeanmar, we’re all looking forward to watching him pitch – he was successful in his brief stints at the major league level over the past 2 seasons and built upon that this spring with a 1.37 ERA (3 ER/19.2 IP) in 6 Cactus League appearances. Has shown a great deal of poise for a 24-year-old.

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