--RHP Jeanmar Gomez will start Saturday night at Oakland. Following the game, Gomez will drop his appeal and start serving his five-game suspension. Gomez was suspended for five games for intentionally hitting Kansas City 3B Mike Moustaskas on April 14.
--3B Jack Hannahan continues to be the Indians' best clutch hitter. Hannahan's two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning Friday night was one of the big hits in their 4-3 win over the A's. For the season overall, Hannahan, with runners in scoring position, is hitting .600 (6-10) with a home run and 11 RBI. With two outs and runners in scoring position, Hannahan is 5-for-6 with six RBI. "He's a very confident hitter right now," said manager Manny Acta.
--RHP Ubaldo Jimenez's ongoing battle to keep his pitch count down hampered him again Friday, but not enough to prevent him from picking up the win in the Indians' 4-3 victory over Oakland. Jimenez, having thrown 107 pitches, was removed after the sixth inning. Jimenez walked five batters, bringing his season total to 11 walks in 18 innings, but he only gave up two runs in the six innings to get the win, improving his record to 2-0. "The last two innings he got into a better groove," said manager Manny Acta.
--LHP Tony Sipp, a dependable member of the bullpen the last two seasons, has gotten off to a terrible start. On Friday night, Sipp relieved RHP Ubaldo Jimenez to start the seventh inning, with the Indians leading 4-2. Sipp gave up a triple and a walk to the first two batters he faced. In 1/3 of an inning, he gave up a run on one hit and one walk, raising his ERA to 14.73. The Indians are currently carrying 13 pitchers, and will likely send one to Class AAA Columbus when SS Asdrubal Cabrera comes off the Bereavement List and rejoins the Indians on Tuesday. Sipp would seem to be a candidate for that demotion.
--DH Travis Hafner drew three walks and the Indians as a team drew nine walks in their 4-3 win at Oakland Friday night. The nine walks increases the Indians' American League-leading total to 66 in just 12 games.
BY THE NUMBERS
9 -- Walks drawn by the Indians Friday night, raising their American League-leading total to 66.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We continue to have a lot of good at-bats, and when you have that much traffic on the bases, you're going to score some runs." -- Manager Manny Acta, after the Indians, who lead the league in drawing walks, walked nine times in a 4-3 win over Oakland.
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