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An unexpected day in Cleveland

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Things you would expect to see in Cleveland: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the house where they filmed “A Christmas Story,” LeBron James haters. Things you wouldn't expect to see in Cleveland: a first-place baseball team, Kevin Costner, Felix Hernandez being knocked around like Eric Bedard. Yet all those unexpected things were available for viewing yesterday. Read on.


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• What in the name of the Cuyahoga River is going on here? Not only are the Cleveland Indians in first place in the American League Central, they are 7-0 this season against former Cy Young Award winners. Felix Hernandez became victim No. 7 yesterday when he was battered early in a 6-0 M's loss. Remember when the M's were all excited after having taken two of three from the Yankees? Well, they'll have to win today in an early afternoon getaway game against the Indians just to have a chance to feel good heading into Anaheim tonight. Think about this. Before the Cleveland series, the M's were in second place in the American League West. If they lose today, they could head into a two-game series with the Angels closer to last place in the division than to second. At least they have their ace going today. And by ace, I mean Hisashi Iwakuma, of course.

• By the way, I added visual proof Costner was at the game in the form of the Cleveland Plain Dealer picture above. I love the girl on the phone in the right of the photo. Do you think she is telling someone she is sitting in front of Kevin Costner? Do you think the person on the other end of the phone just explained to her who the heck Kevin Costner is? I understand Costner is in Cleveland making a movie. Time for a new agent, maybe? 

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• WSU: Christian Caple spent yesterday trying to find out more about a recent arrest but was stymied. It was Sunday after all. But he does have this story recapping the bad week for the football team.

• Gonzaga: BYU's baseball team is playing better headed into the WCC tournament and one guy is being given credit.

• Mariners: It was one of those games, according to everyone around the Mariners yesterday. Hernandez said tweaking his back the other day had nothing to do with his poor outing and we have to take him at his word, but one has to wonder. As for the rest of the Mariners, no excuses. They didn't really show up. Cleveland, as it has done recently, did, and it won, 6-0. … The Indians added some speed this offseason – the M's didn't – and it shows. … Jesus Montero was back in the lineup Sunday, a day after a learning experience at home plate.

• Sounders: Seattle is on a decent winning streak and a big part of that is an offense that is finally rounding into shape.

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• One thing you don't expect to see around the Grippi household: Dust bunnies. Or you won't expect to see them around this evening. We have an afternoon of house cleaning planned. Oh joy. It's fun family get-togethers like these that lead to 72 percent of all broken marriages in this country, according to experts. Of course, making up phony statistics about house cleaning and marital problems may cause even more discord, but who knows? Until later …


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