6/29/2014 12:45 P.M. ET
Francona touts Gomes for All-Star consideration
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Indians manager Terry Francona feels that catcher Yan Gomes is deserving of being named to the American League All-Star team this season. Francona also knows that Gomes might have to wait a little longer for to receive that kind of honor.
"I definitely think he's very worthy.," Francona said on Sundauy. "I think a couple things are probably going against him. One, he hasn't been a catcher forever. And, he had a little bit of a slow start defensively. But I think Gomer, when you look at the catching in the league, always deserves to be in that [discussion]."
Entering Sunday's game in Seattle, Gomes was batting .267 with nine home runs, 19 extra-base hits, 28 RBIs and a .732 OPS through 69 games. Among AL catchers with at least 200 at-bats, Gomes ranked second in homers, third in slugging percentage (.421) and OPS and fourth in batting average.
Defensively, Gomes ranked second in the AL and Major Leagues with a caught-stealing rate of 32.7 percent (17-of-52). In Saturday's win over Seattle, Gomes made his 10th error of the season, but he had not been charged with an official miscue since May 7 (ending a 38-game errorless streak that followed nine in his first 27 games).
In the most recent AL All-Star voting results, Gomes was not among the top five catchers. Injured Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (1,852,770) led the voting, followed by Oakland's Derek Norris (1,486,850), New York's Brian McCann (1,344,076), Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki (812,865) and Boston's A.J. Pierzynski (810,050).
"The way it's set up, it's hard to criticize that," Francona said of Wieters leading the vote. "The way they've set it up, the fans get to vote. Then, the players get to vote. So, hopefully through that, you get pretty much everybody that's supposed to [be there]."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on July 15 on FOX.
Tomlin being modest about his one-hit gem
SEATTLE -- Josh Tomlin's phone was flooded with congratulatory messages when he got back to his locker at Safeco Field on Saturday night. When the Indians' pitcher woke up on Sunday morning, there was a second wave of notes waiting for him.
Tomlin estimated that he had over 100 messages to return after throwing his one-hitter against the Mariners in Saturday's 5-0 victory for Cleveland. The softspoken right-hander also said he was not sure why everyone was making such a big deal about his performance.
"It was just another game," Tomlin said on Sunday. "It wasn't anything historic. That's why I didn't understand why I was getting all the messages from my friends and people tweeting."
Tomlin did not realize that his outing had plenty of historic elements to it.
With his showing in Seattle, Tomlin became only the second Indians pitcher in team history to have at least 11 strikeouts, no walks and no more than one hit allowed in a shutout. Len Barker also accomplished the feat in his perfect game on May 15, 1981. In fact, that unique pitching line has only been achieved 21 times in the past 100 years.
There have only been 23 perfect games in baseball history.
"So, that's been done just as seldom as a perfect game?" Tomlin said. "We won. That's all that matters to me."
Sitting in the visitors' dugout at Safeco Field on Sunday, Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway rattled off the numbers from Tomlin's start: 111 pitches, 64 fastballs, 24 cutters, 19 curveballs and four changeups. Tomlin held lefties to a 1-for-25 showing, generated 18 swings-and-misses and had 17 at-bats end with him ahead in the count.
What stood out the most to Callaway?
"That he pitched exactly to the game plan," said the pitching coach. "He did everything we asked, as far as what we talked about in the advance meeting. He did a really good job with that."
Callaway was asked if he would request a copy of Tomlin's start be sent to each of Cleveland's Minor League pitchers. The Tribe's pitching coach let out a laugh.
"Yeah, 'Just do this,'" Callaway said. "Then I won't have to do anything ever again."
Tribe recalls House for start in finale
SEATTLE -- By manager Terry Francona's standards, the Indians returned to a typical bullpen configuration Sunday.
Prior to the finale of Cleveland's three-game series against the Mariners at Safeco Field, the club optioned left-hander Nick Hagadone back to Triple-A Columbus. The move allowed the Indians to officially recall lefty T.J. House from Triple-A in order to start against Seattle.
The transaction dropped Francona's relief corps to eight arms, which has been the norm this season for the Indians. Asked if he was upset about no longer having nine relievers in the bullpen, Francona cracked a smile.
"I know that we laugh about it a lot," Francona said, "but then I look at our guys' appearances. ... You're trying to complement each guy and also not overdo it. Having that extra arm, when possible, really helps."
Hagadone was called up from Triple-A on Wednesday in the wake of Cleveland's 14-inning loss to the D-backs on Tuesday. In six appearances for the Indians this season, the 28-year-old lefty had a 6.00 ERA with four strikeouts and two walks in three innings. Hagadone has a 5.60 ERA in 78 big league games in parts of four seasons with the Tribe.
"Hags was really good [about being sent down]," Francona said. "He understood that this wasn't about how he pitched. It was more than we had a chance for an extra guy for a while, and he was it. Now, go back to Triple-A and keep doing your job. I actually think Hags is starting to understand himself. I think he's making it a point and he's kind of tackling things head on, which is really good, because there's a lot to like."
House made his sixth start this season for the Indians in his third stint in the Majors. In his previous five starts this season, House has posted a 5.06 ERA, allowing 15 earned runs in 26 2/3 innings. His most recent outing came against Boston on June 14 when he lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs.
Quote to note
"He had his 'A' game on. He was on both corners. Curveball working. Changeup working. Cutter working. Fastball, spotting it up. Man, that's the best I've seen him since I've been here. That was an amazing performance. He was the MVP of the night."
-- Indians center fielder Michael Bourn, on Tomlin's one-hitter Saturday
• Tim Belcher, who is currently a special assistant to baseball operations for Cleveland, has been filling in for Indians radio man Tom Hamilton during this series in Seattle while Hamilton takes a scheduled break. Belcher worked as the Tribe's pitching coach in 2010-11, when Tomlin first broke into the Majors. Belcher was thrilled to be in the booth for the pitcher's performance on Saturday.
"I couldn't have been more proud of him if he'd been my own son," Belcher said. "To get back and have any measure of success in the first year after [Tommy John surgery] is an accomplishment. To have a game like that, shoot, he might pitch in the big leagues 10 more years and not have a chance at another one-hitter."
• Indians utility man Ryan Raburn made an impressive diving catch in right field in the second inning of Saturday's win to rob Seattle's Kyle Seager of an extra-base hit. On Sunday morning, Raburn was dealing with a stiff neck and a headache. Francona said Raburn would be monitored over the next few days.
"He wasn't feeling great going into the game," Francona said. "When he jarred himself there, he felt it pretty good. ... He's stiff. We'll see how he's doing. Staying away from him might not be the worst thing in the world."
• Between pure left-handed hitters and switch hitters, the Indians' first eight batters in Sunday's lineup hit from the left side against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. With the July 31 Trade Deadline nearly a month away, Francona was asked if he would like to have another right-handed hitter to plug in the heart of the order.
"No, we're OK," Francona said. "I've never got too involved in saying what we need. First of all, I like our team a lot. And, I think when I say something like that, it means that somebody out there needs to go. I don't really feel like that. I think, instead of asking for another hitter, let's try to get our guys going."