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Carlos Santana and Derek Lowe were the big story this afternoon in the Indians 4-3 win here at Progressive Field. Carlos celebrated his 26th birthday with a pair of home runs off right-hander Joel Carreno, who made his major league debut today. According to ESPN, he became the first Indians player to hit 2 home runs on his birthday since Albert Belle connected for a pair on August 25, 1995 vs. Detroit (Indians minor league infield coordinator Travis Fryman also went deep in that game). MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian also dug deep for a few other Santana birthday nuggets in his story HERE. “[birthday] Hats for bats,” as a certain fictional someone might say.
Derek made his Indians debut after holding Toronto to a pair of unearned runs over 7.0 innings of work. He has now recorded wins with 5 different major league organizations: – Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Cleveland – although today was his first victory as a member of the American League since Sept. 7, 2004 at Oakland (7-1 Boston win). Today was Derek’s first start/appearance at Progressive Field since May 4, 2004 as a member of the Red Sox, as he improved to 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 15 career appearances at this venue. That includes a record of 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 4 starts. In 171 career games as the home starter, Derek’s teams have an overall record of 103-68. His performance lowered the rotation’s ERA to 1.23 and opponents average to .110 (8-for-73) through 3 games. Welcome to Cleveland.