Fan returns Donald's first home run ball
Autographed ball from Choo gets souvenir back
CLEVELAND -- The fan who caught Jason Donald's first career home run Tuesday night didn't want Donald's autograph. For Donald to get the ball back, the Indians turned to their most attractive trading chip.You could call it a pinch-hit appearance for Shin-Soo Choo, who autographed a ball for the fan in exchange for Donald's home run ball. "I'll do it any time," Choo said. Donald, who will keep the souvenir of his solo shot off Jake Peavy for life, took no offense to the fan's demands. "Not at all," he said with a smile. "I understand. Choo's the man. I'd want his autograph, too."
Tribe prepares using 'positive at-bats' channel
CLEVELAND -- On a daily basis, all position players in the Majors have ample video at their disposal of their opposing starter's last outing.But Tribe hitters can flip up one channel on the in-house monitor in the Progressive Field clubhouse and watch something else: The last time that pitcher got shellacked. It's called the "positive at-bats" channel, and it's must-see TV for Tribe hitters who want to get a feel for what made other guys successful against that day's opposition. Manager Manny Acta and hitting coach Jon Nunnally jointly decided to have the channel available to hitters on a daily basis this season. "It's positive reinforcement," Nunnally said. "It reminds them that they can get the pitch they want to get and have success."
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Luis Valbuena's squeeze bunt to score Austin Kearns in the eighth inning on Tuesday night was the first successful squeeze play by the Indians since May 17, 2003, against the A's, when Omar Vizquel squeezed in Matt Lawton. ... Mitch Talbot leads all big league rookies in wins, with six. He is tied for second in the American League in wins with Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox. Only the Rays' David Price (seven) has more. ... Catcher Carlos Santana belted his 10th homer of the season in Triple-A Columbus' 5-3 loss to Charlotte on Tuesday. Santana leads the International League in on-base percentage (.447) and walks (35), is third in slugging percentage (.573) and OPS (1.020), tied for third in homers and fourth in RBIs (40).
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.