Luplow went 1-for-4 with a walk-off home run in the Indians' 3-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. He also struck out three times. At the plate in the bottom of the ninth, Luplow was at risk of recording a golden sombrero. However, he instead delivered a game-winning blast and a nasty bat flip to boot. Wednesday marked back-to-back walk-off home runs for the Indians, as Jose Ramirez dealt the same blow on Tuesday.
Luplow went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Sunday in the Indians' 7-4 win over the Tigers. With a southpaw (Matthew Boyd) on the bump for Detroit, Luplow entered the starting nine in right field while the lefty-hitting Tyler Naquin received a breather. Though Luplow was able to capitalize on the platoon advantage Sunday, performances like this have been few and far between for him in 2020. He'll take a .190/.325/.317 slash line into the final week of the regular season.
Luplow will start in left field and will bat sixth Sunday against the Tigers. With a southpaw (Tarik Skubal) on the mound for the opposition, Luplow will crack the lineup while the left-handed Tyler Naquin retreats to the bench. Luplow has filled the same short-side platoon role for the Indians this season that he did in 2019, but he hasn't had nearly as much success. Through 36 plate appearances, Luplow has managed a lowly .065/.194/.161 slash line.
Luplow (back) will bat sixth and play right field in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Pirates. Luplow had been dealing with back soreness throughout camp, but his presence in Wednesday's lineup seems to bode well for his readiness for Opening Day. There's a good chance he'll be in the lineup for Friday's season opener against the Royals, as he's expected to start when lefties like Friday's starter Danny Duffy are on the mound.
Luplow (back) is expected to play four or five innings in the field during Monday's exhibition game, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. Luplow has been limited during camp while dealing with back soreness, but manager Terry Francona confirmed that he'll be able to work on fielding in a live game situation Monday. The 26-year-old's injury doesn't appear to be too serious, and the team could attempt to ramp up his workload over the coming days ahead of Friday's season opener. Luplow should occupy the short side of a platoon in left field when he's ready to play.
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