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, four pitchers combined on the team’s AL-leading 13th shutout and the Indians continued to roll through August with an 8-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.The Indians lead Minnesota by 12 games in the AL Central, but they aren’t biding their time with the postseason still several weeks away. Cleveland is a season-high 19 games over .500 (71-52), has won seven of eight and is 13-4 this month.“They’re a well put-together club with a lot of weapons,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, who has appeared in all but two of Cleveland’s 123 games, was given a rare day off. The offense didn’t miss its leadoff hitter, who is among the AL leaders in several offensive categories.“It’s a fun day,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I mean, you set out to win, but when you do it maybe in a different way, it helps. Not just for the win, but it helps your roster, it helps everybody feel like they’re doing something.”Cabrera, batting right-handed against reliever Sean Gilmartin, hit a 1-1 pitch into the bleachers in left-center for the Indians’ ninth grand slam this season, moving them into a tie with Boston and Cincinnati for the major league lead.Greg Allen, moved to the top spot in the order Asdrubal Cabrera Jersey
, had two hits, scored twice and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Designated hitter Yandy Diaz, filling in for the injured Edwin Encarnacion, had an RBI double and drew a bases-loaded walk.“Just look at today, you give Lindor a day off and your center fielder who had been hitting ninth bats leadoff and gets on base three times,” Showalter said.Mike Clevinger (9-7) pitched six innings and is 4-0 in five career starts against Baltimore. The right-hander allowed seven hits and struck out seven.Andrew Miller, Dan Otero and Adam Cimber finished off the shutout. Baltimore has been blanked 11 times this season.Orioles starter Yefry Ramirez (1-5) allowed seven runs in three-plus innings. The rookie right-hander was removed after the first five hitters reached base in the fourth.Baltimore has the worst record in baseball (37-87) and is 16-47 on the road.Cleveland sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth. Michael Brantley’s RBI double and a bases-loaded walk to Diaz scored the first two runs.Erik Gonzalez and Allen singled to start the rally. Brantley followed wth a double for a 3-0 lead and Jose Ramirez was issued an intentional walk. Diaz walked on a 3-2 pitch that brought Gilmartin into the game.Cabrera hit his fourth career grand slam and first since May 27, 2016, with the Chicago White Sox against Kansas City.Clevinger’s fifth pickoff of the season helped him avoid first-inning trouble. Rookie Cedric Mullins started the game with a double and took third on Jonathan Villar’s one-out single. Clevinger then picked Villar off first and struck out Mark Trumbo.“It stops the momentum a lot,” Clevinger said. “Getting a pickoff not only puts the momentum in our favor, but then you’ve got two outs and a fly ball gets you out of the inning versus turning into a sac fly.”Clevinger allowed a baserunner in every inning. Baltimore’s best chance came with runners on first and third in the second, but Jace Peterson flied out and Caleb Joseph struck out.STILL THROWINGIndians pitcher Trevor Bauer, out four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his right leg, played catch from a standing position in the outfield before the game. He had previously played catch from his knees to keep his arm in shape after being hit by a line drive Aug. 11.Bauer is wearing a walking boot. He was struck by a liner off the bat of Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox.COMING BACKOrioles OF Adam Jones, who was placed on the bereavement list Friday, is expected to rejoin the team Monday in Toronto.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: Trumbo (right knee inflammation) left the game in the eighth inning and will be placed on the disabled list. The 32-year-old slugger has been plagued by pain all season and said, “It’s made me kind of a nothing on the bases because I’m not able to run well.”Indians: Encarnacion (right wrist contusion) is expected to take batting practice on the field Monday. He’s been on the disabled list since Aug. 12.UP NEXTRHPs Corey Kluber and Rick Porcello http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey
, tied for second in the AL win lead and one behind the Yankees’ Luis Severino, meet when the Indians open a four-game series in Boston on Monday. Kluber (15-6, 2.68) allowed one run in seven innings against Cincinnati in his last start. Porcello (15-5, 4.04) held Philadelphia to one run over seven innings in his last outing.Orioles RHP Andrew Cashner (4-10, 4.71 ERA) takes on Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada (6-9, 4.87 ERA) in the opener of a three-game series at Rogers Centre. The Orioles announced their non-roster invites to spring training on Friday afternoon, including some interesting prospects."The Orioles continued the routine run-up to spring training on Friday afternoon by announcing the 18 players who will be the non-roster invitees to O’s camp. Pitchers and catchers are due to report on February 12. It’s not long now.The list of players invited this year includes two of the organization’s top prospects, outfielder Yusniel Diaz and infielder (and possible future outfielder) Ryan Mountcastle. Pitchers Dean Kremer and Zach Pop, who along with Diaz were also in the Manny Machado trade, as well as outfielder Ryan McKenna, are also among the actual prospects getting invites.With a new general manager and a new manager on the team, the prospects getting invited to spring training might matter a bit more than it has in past years. Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde aren’t as familiar with these players as they would have been if they had been around when those players were drafted or acquired. The extra time in big league camp for the new decisionmakers to evaluate the near-MLB-ready prospects could be significant. Since there’s no illusion that the team might contend this year, they might even keep the prospects around for longer to see how they adjust as the MLB-caliber players start getting more of the playing time heading towards the season.Is Diaz just about ready for prime time? Can Mountcastle stick at third base? Will McKenna be able to carry over his 2018 success into strong performance in 2019 at higher levels? If the O’s can get a head start on answering those questions, they’ll have more of an idea of what kind of talent might be joining the team in the next couple of years.Last year, non-roster invitees Cedric Mullins and DJ Stewart both made it onto the roster during the season, though their performance in the minors and the trades making space come August and September had a lot to do with that, too.It’s interesting that actual pitching prospects are among the non-roster crowd. The last time the O’s had a non-retread pitcher among their non-roster invites was 2016 when Hunter Harvey Juan Lagares Jersey
, then a few months away from getting Tommy John surgery, was brought into camp. The whole future of the rebuild doesn’t hinge on whether Kremer and Pop pitch well this spring or even this season, but it’ll be more fun for O’s fans if they do.The entire 40-man roster is invited by default. Here are the rest of the players who will be joining them, at least unless there’s a surprise signing between now and then:PitchersLHP Sean GilmartinRHP Gregory InfanteRHP Dean KremerLHP Chris LeeRHP Josh LucasRHP Zach PopRHP Bo SchultzRHP Gabriel YnoaCatchersMartin CervenkaCarlos PerezAndrew SusacInfieldersChris BostickRyan MountcastleJace PetersonZach VincejOutfieldersYusniel DiazRyan McKennaMike YastrzemskiThe 2018 Orioles gave out minor league contracts with big league camp invites after camp was already under way to four players who ended up making the Opening Day roster: Pedro Alvarez, Craig Gentry, Colby Rasmus, and Danny Valencia. For a variety of reasons, we can hope things don’t repeat quite like that. A big difference is that the 2019 team doesn’t have to chase that illusion of one last season of trying to contend.Gilmartin, Peterson, and Ynoa were all outrighted off of the 40-man roster last November, during the transition period between Dan Duquette and Elias, and re-joined with minor league contracts during that same time. I will go out on a limb and guess Elias doesn’t care too much about those guys, but even these O’s will need some potentially quasi-competent options just to fill innings and get through a full season.With only Austin Wynns and Chance Sisco as catchers on the 40-man roster, the competition among the three non-roster catchers could factor into the Opening Day roster. The new brain trust might decide that they like one of these other choices more than Wynns for the MLB roster, and they might open up another space if the new crew decides that the best place for Sisco is Norfolk to polish his skills after a tough 2018 debut season.Opening Day is 62 days away and pitchers and catchers report in just 19 days. There will be baseball soon. It’s just that no one can promise that will be good baseball.