Indians Game Information, August 26
CLEVELAND INDIANS (55-71, 4th, -15.5G) vs. NEW YORK YANKEES (73-53)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (9-12, 5.59) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.96)
First Pitch: 1:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: STO Radio: WTAM/Indians Radio Network
A HERO’S WELCOME: Today, Senator JOHN GLENN, an Ohio native and former NASA astronaut, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first space flight…Glenn, also the first American to orbit the Earth, is scheduled to meet with members of the media at noon in the Indians dugout…as part of the festivities, astronaut Mike Forman will sign autographs in the Indians Kids Clubhouse prior to today’s game and NASA-themed interactive activities will be available in the Progressive Field Mezzanine area throughout the afternoon.
SAVE IT: Indians closer CHRIS PEREZ recorded his 33rd save in last night’s win, now 3rd-most in the A.L. and 4th in the majors behind JIM JOHNSON (39), FERNANDO RODNEY (39) and JOEL HANRAHAN (34)…Perez has also saved 60.0% of Cleveland’s 55 wins in 2012, which is the highest such percentage by any closer in the majors…a special nod to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian for the idea the led to this note.
THE COMFORTS OF CLEVELAND: Cleveland’s starting rotation has combined to post a 3.24 ERA (32 ER/89.0 IP) over the club’s last 15 games at Progressive Field since July 21, holding opponents to 3 earned runs-or-less in 13 of those 15 home games…staff has a 5-6 record in that 15-game span…Indians starters have a 3.85 ERA (160 ER/374.1 IP) in 61 home games overall this season, but a 6.39 ERA (252 ER/354.2 IP) in 65 road games.