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It’s true that it’s only mid-April, still so early in the year that Joe Mauer entered Tuesday hitting .412 and Jose Ramirez .160. There are a lot of unexpected early-season numbers that won’t last, because they simply can’t. We go through this every year. Baseball takes some time to balance out.

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It’s true that it’s only mid-April, still so early in the year that Joe Mauer entered Tuesday hitting .412 and Jose Ramirez .160. There are a lot of unexpected early-season numbers that won’t last, because they simply can’t. We go through this every year. Baseball takes some time to balance out.

That doesn’t mean they don’t hold some interest, however — at least in the sense that digging deeper under the hood of a hot start or a cold one can tell you a little bit about why things look that way right now. At the very least, it’s interesting enough to see some names you might not have thought about carrying some massive numbers.

There are five in particular that stood out to us. Which ones will last? 

1. Josh Hader, 61 percent strikeout rate
On Saturday in New York, Hader faced six Mets hitters. The first five — Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes — all struck out. (The sixth, Jay Bruce, flied out to center.) That seems to have been something of a coming-out party for the second-year Milwaukee lefty, but it shouldn’t have been. He’s established himself as one of the most high-upside relievers in the game, as he’s whiffed 25 of the 41 batters he’s seen so far.

If that sounds like hyperbole, it shouldn’t be. Since 2008, over 1,200 pitchers have thrown at least 50 innings. Hader has struck out 40.5 percent of the batters he’s faced, and that puts him third on that list, behind only Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman. Looking just at the rate of contact inside the zone — i.e., pure dominance — he’s first.

Hader throws something like Chris Sale‘s fastball, from a similar low lefty release point, and Andrew Miller‘s slider. That’ll play. It has played.

2. Adam Ottavino, 64.7 percent strikeout rate
Ottavino has struck out 22 of t Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey he 34 hitters he’s faced, but he’s getting there in a different way. Ottavino had previously been a very good reliever for Colorado, of course, but after 2015 Tommy John surgery interrupted his career, he struggled to throw strikes in ’17 (5.06 ERA, 6.6 walks per nine) and didn’t even make the Rockies’ Wild Card Game roster.

Now Ottavino is throwing strikes. He’s throwing sliders, more of them than almost anyone in baseball, and they look like this:

Video: SD@COL: Ottavino strikes out Pirela, side in the 9th

Not only that, Ottavino is throwing them in counts that no hitter would expect to see a slider in. For all the money the Rockies spent on relievers Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw, and Jake McGee last offseason, it’s their longest-tenured pitcher who has been by far their best.

3. Brandon Nimmo, .590 xwOBA, second best in baseball
Nimmo has only had 27 plate appearances in the Mets’ crowded outfield picture, but the entire point here is to highlight interesting small sample numbers and what they might mean. He’s not going to keep hitting .333/.481/.714, of course, nor is he going to keep leading the National League in Expected wOBA, as he’s doing now.

But we knew Nimmo had showed an elite line-drive rate, a potentially elite batting eye and above-average speed. So far, he’s got four barrels, the best possible combination of exit velocity and launch angle, and 15.4 percent of his plate appearances have ended in a barrel — a top-five rate in MLB.

4. Rick Porcello, .190 Expected wOBA, best in baseball
Porcello may have won the 2016 American League Cy Young Award, but he’s never really been considered as a true “ace,” at least the same way as current teammate Sale and former teammates Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander have been. In his first three starts of 2018, he’s doing his best to change that viewpoint.

Video: NYY@BOS: Porcello flirts with n Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap o-no in stellar outing

To date, there have been 123 pitchers to face at least 50 hitters, and Porcell’s Expected wOBA — a number that includes strikeouts, walks and expected outcomes based on quality of contact — o Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap f .190 is the lowest of anyone. That’s in part because he’s collected 17 strikeouts against just a single walk and no homers; it’s also because his ground-ball rate of 52 percent is well up from last year’s 40 percent.

5. Cleveland is baseball’s most unfortunate hitting team
You don’t need advanced stats to know that the Indians are off to a poor hitting start, since t Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap hey’re hitting a meager .208/.284/.355 to start 2018. It’s the weakest line in the game. Is that due to poor luck or poor performance?

The answer, as you’d expect, is a little of both, Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap  but Indians are not this bad. They actually have the second-best hard-hit rate of any team in the game, and one of the 10 lowest strikeout rates in baseball. They’re making enough contact and they’re making hard contact. They’re just not finding success — as the worst-in-baseball .234 Batting Average on Balls in Play would indicate.

The unfortunate outcomes are to such an extent that the 81-point difference between the Indians’ Expected wOBA (.347, which is actually above average) and their actual wOBA of .266 is the highest in baseball by quite a bit. On an individual basis, there have been 255 hitters with 30 times up, and Francisco Lindor (expected .438 wOBA, actual .296 wOBA) and Yonder Alonso (expected .442, actual .276) are both among the six biggest underperformers. It’ll get better, Cleveland fans. It has to.

Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast.


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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A few hours before Carlos Carrasco took the mound at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Wednesday, the pitcher emerged from Cleveland’s clubhouse holding a box filled with Indians hats and shirts. He proceeded to walk down the left-field line, passing them out to kids in the stands.

Carrasco and the rest of the Indians and Twins players understood that this unique series — two games on an island still in recovery from Hurricane Maria — was bigger than the box scores. This was an opportunity to give back, which the teams did both on and off the field. And on Wednesday, the clubs put on a show that lasted deep into the night, a 2-1 victory for Minnesota that ended in the 16th inning.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A few hours before Carlos Carrasco took the mound at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Wednesday, the pitcher emerged from Cleveland’s clubhouse holding a box filled with Indians hats and shirts. He proceeded to walk down the left-field line, passing them out to kids in the stands.

Carrasco and the rest of the Indians and Twins players understood that this unique series — two games on an island still in recovery from Hurricane Maria — was bigger than the box scores.  Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap This was an opportunity to give back, which the teams did both on and off the field. And on Wednesday, the clubs put on a show that lasted deep into the night, a 2-1 victory for Minnesota that ended in the 16th inning.

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“This was really important for Puerto Rico and the fans,” Carrasco said. “Everyone knows what happened on Sept. 20. I’m glad I got to play here with my teammates. I got to pitch here. It was incredible to play here. It was unbelievable.”

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Over the past three days, this has been a celebration for Puerto Rico, which is where Cleveland players Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez were born, as well as Minnesota’s Jose  Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey Berrios and Eddie Rosario. In Tuesday’s 6-1 victory, Lindor launched the decisive home run that rattled Estadio Hiram Bithorn. On Wednesday night, Berrios equaled the seven shutout innings spun by Carrasco, who worked with Perez behind the plate.

Rosario scored the series’ final run, crossing home after a Ryan LaMarre single in the 16th.

Earlier in the day, Perez spent time with his mother, Lilliam Martinez, whose house in Mayaguez was destroyed when Hurricane Maria overtook the island in September. During Monday’s off-day, Lindor went back to his former grammar school in Gurabo. Eighteen families with children attending Escuela Villa Marina —  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap where Lindor once tossed baseballs against the classroom’s cement walls — were displaced due to the violent storm.

Many of the fans in the ballpark lived through the hurricane and were issued a harsh reminder early Wednesday, when another island-wide power outage struck the U.S. territory. Power was restored to the stadium, where the crowd filled the air with singing and a steady rhythm of drumbeats and maracas throughout the longest MLB game in ballpark history.

“This is a moment that I won’t ever forget,” said Perez, who was emotional after saying goodbye to his mom and brother after the game. “I’m going to live with this the rest of my life.”

Video: CLE@MIN: Perez discusses baseball in Puerto Rico

Like many of the players on the trip, Carrasco did his part for the island, too.

After the hurricane last year, Carrasco’s foundation sent food, water, funds and supplies to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery efforts. On Monday, the pitcher received a letter of gratitude from Puerto Rico Gov. Ricky Rossello and a gift from San Juan’s vice mayor, Rafael Jaume. Ca Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey rrasco has also led initiatives to assist children in Cleveland, the Dominican Republic and his native Venezuela.

Carrasco has long looked up to Hall-of-Famer Roberto Clemente, who was known as much for his skills on the field with the Pirates as his charitable work off it. A large portrait of Clemente is painted on an outer wall of Hiram Bithorn Stadium, greeting all who arrive at the ballpark’s front gates.

Video: CLE@MIN: MLB dedicates marker to Clemente in PR

“I give thanks to Roberto Clemente, because he opened the door for everyone,” Carrasco said. “We can give back the same way he did. I want to keep doing that.”

As a team, Cleveland’s players donated a full playoff share from last season to assist in efforts around Lindor’s former stomping grounds, as well as in the region where Perez grew up. The Indians would have loved nothing more than to walk away with wins in both contests, but this series was about more than the final score.

“They treated us really well and I think they saw pretty good baseball,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of the fans. “All in all, I think it was pretty successful for Major League Baseball.”

Video: CLE@MIN: Encarnacion breaks tie with homer in 14th

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Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey rading home runs: Following 13 consecutive shutout innings from both sides, Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion broke the deadlock with a one-out homer in the 14th. His solo blast off Trevor Hildenberger caromed off the pole down the left-field line to put Cleveland ahead, 1-0. Miguel Sano responded with a first-pitch, no-doubt blast into the left-field seats against Matt Belisle in the bottom of the inning to pull the game into a 1-1 tie.

“We had [the lead] for one pitch. It didn’t last long,” Francona said. “And then it comes down to, when you get to that point, who makes a mistake. And we did. We had some chances. We didn’t execute bunts. And it caught up with us.”

Video: CLE@MIN: Sano answers with game-tying homer in 14th

Tribe can’t capitalize: Yan Gomes led off the 15th inning with a double into the right-field corner and was soon joined on the bases by Brandon Guyer, who was hit in the head by a pitch from Alan Busenitz. That created an opportunity for Cleveland, but Lindor followed with a strikeout and Jason Kipnis grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to bring an abrupt halt to the inning.

SOUND SMART
The 16-inning game was the longest regular-season Major League contest held outside the continental United States and Canada in baseball history. The previous record for Hiram Bithorn Stadium was a 14-inning game between the Expos and Angels on June 5, 2003.

UP NEXT
Following an off-day, the Indians will open a four-game series with the Orioles with a 7:05 p.m. ET tilt on Friday at Camden Yards. Righty Trevor Bauer, who is 0-3 with a 7.63 ERA in his career in Baltimore, will start for Cleveland. He will be opposed by Orioles righty Dylan Bundy.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — One of the goals of Major League Baseball for the Puerto Rico Series between the Indians and Twins this week was to continue to assist in the relief efforts after Hurricane Maria. A considerable step was taken on that front on Tuesday afternoon.

Prior to the opener of the two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was joined by former Major Leaguer Bernie Williams, members of the Indians and Twins’ front office and a group of Puerto Rico-born players to announce the donation of $350,000 to Habitat for Humanity, as part of a total of $1 million to hurricane recovery efforts. Two vehicles were gifted, along with supplies, to continue to aid mobile response teams for the island’s ongoing recovery.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — One of the goals of Major League Baseball for the Puerto Rico Series between the Indians and Twins this week was to continue to assist in the relief efforts after Hurricane Maria. A considerable step was taken on that front on Tuesday afternoon.

Prior to the opener of the two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was joined by former Major Leaguer Bernie Williams, members of the Indians and Twins’ front office and a group of Puerto Rico-born players to announce the donation of $350,000 to Habitat for Humanity, as part of a total of $1 million to hurricane recovery efforts. Two vehicles were gifted, along with supplies, to continue to aid mobile response teams for the island’s ongoing recovery.

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“Puerto Rico is strong. We continue to rise up and make Puerto Rico a better place,” Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said. “I know Puerto Rico is, so far, a little bit better than how it was. And I encourage everybody to come out here and continue to visit the island. Puerto Rico is going to bounce back. It’s bounced back already.”

Lindor (Gurabo, P.R.) was joined outside the stadium by Indians catcher Roberto Perez (Mayaguez, P.R.), along with Jose Berrios (Bayamon, P.R.) and Eddie Rosario (Guayama, P.R.) of the Twins. During Monday’s off-day, Lindor visited his old grammar school, Rosario made an appearance at his former high school and Berrios took the time to visit a local hospital. Perez is in the midst of helping have a new home built for his mother, whose house was destroyed when Hurricane Maria overtook the island in September.

Video: Rosario runs a clinic for his former high school

Williams — a five-time All-Star and four-time World Series champion — still has family in Puerto Rico. He visited the United States territory a couple of weeks after the hurricane knocked out power to more than 3 million people on the island and was devastated by what h Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap e saw during his tr Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ip back home.

“My heart was broken to see the island in that shape,” Williams said. “So, I am especially proud to be a part of this effort from Major League Baseball. Not only Major League Baseball, but the individual players that have been chipping in.”

Video: Lindor hosts clinic at his old grammar school

The donation to Habitat for Hum Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey anity included a Ford F-150 XL and Ford Transit Connect XLT. The vehicles will be used to travel the island to help the rebuilding efforts, especially for families who do not have the means to do it themselves. Tjada McKenna, the chief operating officer of Habitat for Humanity International, noted that the organization has helped more than 230,000 families in more than 50 countries over the past two decades.

“Recovery from these damaging hurricanes will be measured in years,” McKenna said. “Maria may have caused massive damage to properties. It may have blown away roofs and windows. It may have destroyed trees and cluttered roads. It certainly smashed the power grid. But it did not sap the human strength of Puerto Rico. We’re encouraged and in awe of Puerto Ricans as they have helped and shaped their own recovery.”

Beyond MLB contributions, Manfred lauded the efforts of individual teams and players over the past seven months in the wake of the hurricane.

“What’s really more remarkable than sort of the central response here,” Manfred said, “is the fact that 15 of our clubs undertook some kind of effort in additi Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap on to what Major League Baseball was doing. Some clubs made multi-million-dollar donations. Other clubs air-lifted supplies in here — cargo planes of supplies. And, really, I think it’s a demonstration of the commitment of this sport to this island.”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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SAN JOSE, Puerto Rico — While the Puerto Rico series between the Twins and the Indians is the main event on the island, Major League Baseball has been active in the local community, including hosting a charity event at the Boys & Girls Club in Rio Piedras, San Jose on Tuesday.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred took part in a special ceremony at the grand reopening of the Boys & Girls Club, which was fully renovated after Hurricane Maria. Manfred was joined by former Major Leaguer and Puerto Rico native Carlos Delgado and Boys & Girls Clubs of America president and CEO Jim Clark.

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SAN JOSE, Puerto Rico — While the Puerto Rico series between the Twins and the Indians is the main event on the island, Major League Baseball has been active in the local community, including hosting a charity event at the Boys & Girls Club in Rio Piedras, San Jose on Tuesday.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred took part in a special ceremony at the grand reopening of the Boys & Girls Club, which was fully renovated after Hurricane Maria. Manfred was joined by former Major Leaguer and Puerto Rico native Carlos Delgado and Boys & Girls Clubs of America president and CEO Jim Clark.

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“I think this is great,” Delgado said. “Boys & Girls Club gives kids a great opportunity, especially in a place like this in an inner-city community. It gives the kids a chance to go on to better things. We’re so happy to have this in Puerto Rico with all the buzz surrounding the Puerto Rico series. I’ve been a friend to Boys & Girls for a while, and I have worked with them on the island and in New York when I was on the Mets. At the end of the day, the people who benefit are the kids.”

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Major League Baseball has had a long history with the Boys & Girls Club, as it’s been an official partner since 1997. The renovated  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap club in Rio Piedras now has a full basketball court and several activity rooms for the children to use.

“We’re always happy to give back, and ce Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap rtainly with the Boys & Girls Club, which has been our official charity for 22 years,” said Tom Brasuell, vice president of community affairs for MLB. “We give back in times of disaster. We were here a few years ago when there was a little calamity, and we did charity work after the hurricane during the World Series. We’re always supporting Boys & Girls Club, but when times are bad, we’re always happy to reach out even further.”

MLB has also always had strong relationship with Puerto Rico, as several former stars have come from the island, such as Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Ivan Rodriguez, Roberto Alomar, Bernie Williams, Carlos Beltran and Delgado. MLB also awards the Roberto Clemente Award ann Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ually to a player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.”

“It’s an honor to have Carlos Delgado here as a former Roberto Clemente Award winner,” Brasuell said. “He’s been tremendous in the community when he was player and since then. He’s been involved with charities wh Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey erever he’s played and here in Puerto Rico.”

Video: Eddie Rosario returns home to Guayama, Puerto Rico

MLB has been hosting several charity events since Monday, including Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario going back to his former high school in Guayama and Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor visiting his school in Gurabo. Twins right-hander Jose Berrios also visited a local hospital on Monday.

“We’re showcasing the best players in the world over the next two days,” Brasuell said. “But many past and present players are here on the island where there’s a huge passion for baseball. It’s important to give back to this region, which has supported baseball for so many years.”

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.


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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Mike Napoli sustained a serious right knee injury while playing for Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, creating questions about where the first baseman’s career will go from here. Indians manager Terry Francona believes Napoli will make an impact no matter what comes next f Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap or the slugger.

Francona  Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey exchanged text messages with Napoli prior to the Indians’ game against the Twins on Wednesday in San Juan.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Mike Napoli sustained a serious right knee injury while playing for Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, creating questions about where the first baseman’s career will go from here. Indians manager Terry Francona believes Napoli will make an impact no matter what comes next for the slugger.

Francona exchanged text messages with Napoli prior to the Indians’ game against the Twins on Wednesday in San Juan.

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“I told him, ‘Things happen for a reason,'” Francona said. “Who knows? Maybe this now starts him on a second journey in his career. I’m not speaking for him — t Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey hat’s not fair. But that’s what I hope.”

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Francona did not have any further details on the specifics of the injury yet, other than to call it a “significant” setback. Napoli underwent an MRI exam, and the team is in the process of gathering more information on the injury. Cleveland’s manager said Napoli was running after a foul popup down the right-field line against Pawtucket at Huntington Park when his right knee buckled.

Over 12 Major League seasons, Napoli has played Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  in three World Series — including in 2016 with the Indians — and won one championship (2013 Red Sox). The catcher turned first baseman belted 267 home runs across his tours with the Angels, Rangers, Indians and Red Sox.

The Indians brought the 36-year-old Napoli to Spring Training this year as a non-roster invitee, giving him a chance to audition for a Major League job elsewhere. When an opportunity did not arise, Napoli accepted Cleveland’s offer to open the season with Triple-A Columbus. In eight games, Napoli went 3-for-24 with one home run for the Clippers.

“He was an impact player,” Francona said. “My guess is he’ll impact the game doing something else now.”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

With top pitching prospect Triston McKenzie sidelined to begin the season, Shane Bieber and Sam Hentges are taking center stage in the Cleveland Indians’ farm system. They combined to throw 13 scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts, as each hurler recorded his second win in three starts at his respective level.

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With top pitching prospect Triston McKenzie sidelined to begin the season, Shane Bieber and Sam Hentges are taking center stage in the Cleveland Indians’ farm system. They combined to throw 13 scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts, as each hurler recorded his second win in three starts at his respective level.

Bieber, Cleveland’s No. 8 prospect, fired seven scoreless frames, allowing four hits and striking out six to lead Double-A Akron past Altoona, 2-0. The 22-year-old right-hander extended his season-opening scoreless-innings streak to 20 with the performance, during which he’s allowed just 10 hits and zero walks while striking out 23 batters.

That Bieber, the Indians’ fourth-round pick in the 2016 Draft, is yet to issue a walk should not be surprising — he issued just 12 free passes (two intentional) in 173 1/3 innings last season to lead all Minor League hurlers both in walk rate (1.5 percent) and walks-per-nine innings (0.5 BB/9).

Hentges (No. 17) also dazzled in his start for Class A Advanced Lynchburg, posting six blank frames to help the Hillcats defeat Frederick, 4-1. The 21-year-old lefty scattered six hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts in arguably his best outing since returning from Tommy John surgery last June. He’s quickly emerged as Lynchburg’s ace in McKenzie’s absence, posting a 0.56 ERA with 19 strikeouts and three walks in 16 innings (three starts) to begin the season.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday

• It took him 10 games, but No. 2 overall prospect Ronald Acuna (Braves’ No. 1) is finally on the board with his first home run. The 20-year-old phenom connected on a two-run shot to left field in the fifth inning, before finishing 2-for-4 with two runs and a walk in Triple-A Gwinnett’s win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The RBIs also were firsts for Acuna, who’s hitting .175 overall wi Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey th two extra-base hits after his second multi-hit game.

Acuna’s first 2018 homer

No. 13 overall prospect Bo Bichette (Blue Jays’ No. 2) extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single in Double-A New Hampshire’s loss to Binghamton. Bichette also scored and run and stole his fourth base. The 20-year-old shortstop is hitting .341 through 10 games and ranks among the top three in the Eastern League in both runs scored (10) and hits (15).

No. 14 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies’ No. 1) broke out of a 1-for-26 slump by going 3-for-4 in Double-A Hartford’s loss to Portland in game one of a doubleheader. One of the 21-year-old shortstop’s hits was a double, and he also plated a run in the three-hit performance, his second this season.

No. 29 overall prospect Juan Soto (Nationals’ No. 2) collected a pair of hits in both ends of Class A Hagerstown’s doubleheader to improve his season slash line to a robust .415/.537/.902. The 19-year-old outfielder went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in the opener and then reached base four times in the nightcap in a 2-for-2, two-walk performance. Altogether, Soto has produced 10 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs in 12 games, with nearly twice as many walks (13) as strikeouts (seven).

No. 60 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (A’s No. 2) furthered his reputation as one of baseball’s top left-handed pitching prospects by spinning five no-hit frames with nine strikeouts for Class A Advanced Stockton. He allowed just two hitters to reach base — one via a walk and the other on his own error — and threw 50 of his 76 pitches for strikes. The 20-year-old southpaw has been dominant to begin the season, posting a 1.23 ERA with 25 strikeouts and .120 opponents’ average over 14 2/3 innings (three starts) in the hitter-friendly California League.

No. 81 overall prospect Nick Gordon (Twins’ No. 4) has at least one hit and one RBI in three straight games after connecting on his first home run, a solo shot, in Double-A Chattanooga’s win over Jacksonville. The 22-year-old middle infielder is off to a strong start in 2018, hitting .350/.381/.550 through 10 games in his second tour of the Southern League.

Angels No. 10 prospect Michael Hermosillo set a career high with six RBIs behind a trio of run-producing extra-base hits in Triple-A Salt Lake’s rout of Sacramento. The 23-year-old outfielder accrued his RBIs in the first six innings, too, as he plated two runs with a triple in the second inning, connected on a three-run homer in the fourth and then added a solo shot two frames later to finish 3-for-5. Hermosillo also scored two runs and recorded an outfield assist in center field.

Hermosillo’s second homer

Blue Jays’ No. 9 prospect T.J. Zeuch tossed six scoreless innings en route to his second win in three starts for Class A Advanced Dunedin. He scattered five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts while generating an additional seven outs on the ground. The 6-foot-7 right-hander has completed at least six innings in each of his three starts for Dunedin, posting a 2.89 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 18 2/3 frames overall.

Brewers No. 5 prospect Luis Ortiz set a career high with 10 strikeouts for Double-A Biloxi after entering the game as a reliever in the fourth inning. The 22-year-old righty would work the remaining 6 1/3 frames, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks as the Shuckers fell 4-3 to Mobile in 10 innings. At the plate for Biloxi, Corey Ray (No. 7) stayed hot with his fourth straight multi-hit performance as he finished 2-for-5 with two steals. He’s hit a double in four straight games and has an extra-base hit in nine of his past 10 contests.

Dodgers No. 16 prospect Caleb Ferguson took a no-decision for Double-A Tulsa despite posting five scoreless frames of two-hit ball. He tallied nine strikeouts against just one walk while throwing 53 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The 21-year-old righty sports a 0.87 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings through three starts for the Drillers.

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Giants No. 8 prospect Shaun Anderson led the way with six scoreless innings as Double-A Richmond blanked Bowie, 1-0. Facing three batters over the minimum in the outing, Anderson, whom San Francisco acquired from Boston at last year’s Trade Deadline, yielded four hits and one walk while pairing four strikeouts with nine ground-ball outs. He threw 86 pitches, 52 for strikes.

Orioles No. 17 prospect Zac Lowther allowed three hits over five innings in his second straight scoreless start for Class A Delmarva. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk, throwing 58 of his 84 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 21-year-old lefty has been dominant early in his first full season, posting a 0.36 WHIP with 20 strikeouts across 11 scoreless frames (both wins).

Reds No. 5 prospect Tony Santillan has gone 16 innings without allowing an earned run as he pitched Cl Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap ass A Advanced Daytona past Tampa, 8-2. The 21-year-old righty gave up three hits in six innings, struck out five and hit a batter. He’s limited opposing hitters to a .145 average across his first three starts, posting 18 strikeouts against four walks in 16 innings.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Inside the main concourse of Hiram Bithorn Stadium is a colorful mural stretching across a long wall. Fans who walk through the main entrance are greeted by paintings of Ivan Rodriguez, Benito Santiago, Yadier Molina and other great catchers who hail from Puerto Rico.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Inside the main concourse of Hiram Bithorn Stadium is a colorful mural stretching across a long wall. Fans who walk through the main entrance are greeted by paintings of Ivan Rodriguez, Benito Santiago, Yadier Molina and other great catchers who hail from Puerto Rico.

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Indians catcher Roberto Perez dreams of one day having his name included when people think of “Catcher Land.” When he arrived at the ballpark ahead of this week’s series against the Twins, Perez strolled along the wall, looking at the famous Puerto Rican catchers who have come before him. The mural includes former Cleveland catcher Sandy Alomar Jr., who is currently the team’s first-base coach.

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“I looked up to those guys when I was a little kid,” Perez said ahead of Tuesday’s game. “Walking into the stadium and seeing all of those legends, it’s something special. I’m so grateful to be here and be part of this event and to be able to play in front of Puerto Rico. It’s something that I won’t ever forget. I’m not going to take it for granted.”

Perez has gotten to know Molina — the Cardinals’ long-time catcher — and has worked out with him over recent offseasons. In Cleveland, Alomar doubles as the Tribe’s catching instructor, so he has also had the chance to take Perez under his wing and help him develop into one of baseball’s top defensive backstops.

For Wednesday’s game, Perez will be behind the plate to catch Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. The catcher’s family will be in the stands, along with a host of friends. His mother, whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in September, will be making the trip from Mayaguez on the island’s western coast to watch her son play in his homeland for the first time with his Major League team.

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“I just can’t wait,” Perez said.

Other catchers featured on the wall include Javy Lopez, Custom Angels Jersey  Jorge Posada and Ellie Rodriguez. The list is impressive to the point that Bengie Molina and Jose Molina are not included. While Rodriguez may be one of the lesser known of Puerto Rico’s line of Major League catchers — at least among general baseball fans — he played in important role. He broke in with the Yankees in 1968 and went on to become a two-time All-Star in the Major Leagues.

Alomar is proud to have his name on a list that began with Rodriguez.

“Everything started with Ellie Rodriguez a long time ago,” Alomar said. “Ellie Rodriguez was the main guy along with Orlando Mercado and Ju Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey nior Ortiz back then, but then it really started becoming a big part of Puerto Rico when Benito Santiago made it to the big leagues. He inspired a lot of players to play catcher. After Benito came in, then Pudge Rodriguez, Javy Lopez and some other guys.

“I’m very proud to be part of that corps and Yadi Molnia is a Puerto Rican captain and he’s taking catching to a different level. I always had pride to be part of a Puerto Rican catching corps that made it to All-Star Games and own Gold Gloves and all of that.”

Does Alomar believe Perez has the potential to put his name alongside those Puerto Rican-born greats Custom Angels Baseball Jersey ?

“Roberto could be one of those guys,” Alomar said. “He has a tremendous ability to catch and he has great hands. He’s one of those guys who is a prospect to win a Gold Glove if he caught every day.”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale  and Facebook.


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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — When the Indians arrived in Puerto Rico, Sandy Alomar Jr.’s  Custom Angels Baseball Jersey first priority was to plan a trip to the southern section of the island to visit his parents. He had not been home to Salinas since Hurricane Maria to see the damage inflicted on their home.

Alomar made the hour-plus commute south of San Juan during Monday’s off-day and was able to spend time with his parents, sister and niece. The Indians’ first-base coach — and 20-year veteran of the Major Leagues — noted that his mother cooked chicken, rice and beans for dinner.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — When the Indians arrived in Puerto Rico, Sandy Alomar Jr.’s first priority was to plan a trip to the southern section of the island to visit his p Custom Angels Jersey arents. He had not been home to Salinas since Hurricane Maria to see the damage inflicted on their home.

Alomar made the hour-plus commute south of San Juan during Monday’s off-day and was able to spend time with his parents, sister and niece. The Indians’ first-base coach — and 20-year veteran of the Major Leagues — noted that his mother cooked chicken, rice and beans for dinner.

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“Like old times,” Alomar said with a smile on Tuesday.

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Like millions of people around Puerto Rico, the Alomars lost power for a considerable amount of time in the wake of the hurricane. There was also damage, but not to the extent of other homes in the region. Alomar delayed his trip home as to avoid giving his family “one more person to deal with” in the aftermath of the chaos, but he noted that his parents were more fortunate than others in the region.

“I had the chance to see some of the devastation they we Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey nt through,” Alomar said. “They’re doing great. We were not affected as much in our homes as other people w Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap ere. Our home was prepared for high winds and stuff like that. We were fortunate to have that, but some of the people in our town lost a lot of things. A lot of roofs. There was no power, no traffic lights. It was a little chaotic at times, so it’s very hard to organize people when you don’t have power or communication.”

Like Indians players Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez — also born in Puerto Rico — Alomar said he has looked forward to the two-game series against the Twi Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey ns at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

“This is a fun thing,” Alomar said. “This is a different magnitude, especially after the World Baseball Classic. Our young guys have really brought a lot of joy and enthusiasm to the island.”

Video: Lindor hosts clinic at his old grammar school

Quotable
“Seeing the kids, the smiles on their faces, seeing them running around the same field I grew up running around, and seeing them all sweaty and all full of dirt, that’s how I was. The shoes they’re filling today, those are basically the shoes I was in back in the day. It was a lot of goosebumps.” — Lindor, on visiting his old grammar school in Gurabo, P.R., on Monday’s off-day

Worth noting

• During Monday’s off-day, Chris Antonetti, the Indians’ president of baseball operations, and general manager Mike Chernoff traveled to the Dominican Republic to visit the team’s academy in Boca Chica. They also had an opportunity to tour the new academy that is under construction in the same region.

“It was the first day of Spring Training down there,” Chernoff said. “It was great to just see the staff and get to see our players down there.”

Josh Tomlin, who is Cleveland’s fifth starter, will pitch out the bullpen for the next several games. Barring any unexpected developments, the right-hander would be in line to return to the rotation for a start against the Cubs on April 24 in Cleveland.

“He can handle it,” Indians manager Terry Fran Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey cona said. “It’ll give us an extra arm while we’re down here and not have everyone going eight or nine days [without pitching].”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Amidst all the noise within Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday night, Corey Kluber put his i Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey ntense focus on full display for the raucous crowd. The Indians’ ace ignored the tambourines and thundersticks and whistles and horns and chants, and delivered another strong performance.

In a 6-1 victory over the Twins in the opener of the 2018 Puerto Rico Series, Francisco Lindor delivered the signature moment with a towering two-run home run that electrified a crowd that hardly needed help. The Puerto Rico-born shortstop answered a curtain call and stole the spotlight, and that was probably the preference of the stoic Kluber, who never seeks attention as his list of accolades grows.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Amidst all the noise within Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday night, Corey Kluber put his intense focus on full display for the raucous crowd. The Indians’ ace ignored the tambourines and thundersticks and whistles and horns and chants, and delivered another strong performance.

In a 6-1 victory over the Twins in the opener of the 2018 Puerto Rico Series, Francisco Lindor delivered the signature moment with a towering two-run home run that electrified a crowd that hardly needed help. The Puerto Rico-born shortstop answered a curtain call and stole the spotlight, and that was probably the preference of the stoic Kluber, who never seeks attention as his list of accolades grows.

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“He was terrific,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He was Kluber-esque. You kind of come to expect it. He’s set a high bar for himself, but it’s fun to watch when he gets going.”

Video: CLE@MIN: Indians crush four home runs in Puerto Rico

Backed by a trio of home runs — Lindor’s shot in the fifth, accompanied by back-to-back blasts by Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley in the sixth — Kluber churned his way through Minnesota’s lineup. Over 6 2/3 innings, Kluber limited the Twins to one run on five hits and ended with six strikeouts and two walks. With that showing, the leader of Cleveland’s rotation continued his stellar start to the season, trimming his ERA to 1.52 through four starts.

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Francona was pleased to see the Tribe’s offense continue to add on runs as the night progressed, especially after rainouts and off-days led to a three-day break from games.

“When you see the way Klubes was pitching, when you get those add-on runs, it means a lot,” Francona said. “Brantley took some tremendous swings. That was good to see. It was good to see Josey hit one. We’re looking to get those guys hot and rolling and it looked like we started to and then we had the layoff.”

The Twins’ lone run off Kluber came in the seventh, when Brian Dozier brought Max Kepler home with a double to the wall in right-center. Tribe first baseman Yonder Alonso got that run back for Cleveland with a leadoff home run off Twins reliever Gabriel Moya to open the eighth inning.

“We got the win. That’s all that matters,” Lindor said. “And I wasn’t the only one that contributed to it. There was a lot of different players that contributed. Pretty much everybody in the lineup had something to do with it.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Lindor’s homecoming homer: During Monday’s off-day, Lindor visited his former grammar school in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. He heard chants of his name from the children who attend Escuela Villa Marina and view him as an inspiration. One day later, it was the Hiram Bithorn Stadium crowd that chanted, “Lindor! Lindor!” in the fifth. The shortstop then belted a 3-2 pitch from Twins starter Jake Odorizzi to right, where it carried just over the wall to put Cleveland ahead, 2-0. The crowd erupted and Lindor pumped his arms to urge them to become even louder.

Video: Extended Cut of Lindor’s big game in Puerto Rico

“I’m in Puerto Rico in front of my family,” Lindor said, “in front of my friends, in front of this beautiful Puerto Rican crowd and I’m just excited. I touched second base and looked in the dugout. Everybody’s hands are up, so I put my hands up. I looked around the stadium, everybody’s are up, so I keep putting my hands up and running. I was celebrating. It’s extremely emotional.”

Kluber dodges damage The Twins had the makings of a rally in the fourth inning, when Puerto Rico-native Eddie Rosario led off with a single and Logan Morrison followed with a walk. Kluber regained control with a strikeout of Eduardo Escobar before inducing consecutive groundouts off the bats of Max Kepler and Robbie Grossman to escape unscathed.

Video: CLE@MIN: Kluber induces a groundout to strand a pair

SOUND SMART
According to STATS LLC, Lindor became the seventh  Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey Puerto Rico-born player to hit a regular-season home run in Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Jose Vidro leads the way with three, followed by two from Javy Lopez, and one apiece by Ramon Castro, Juan Gonzalez, Felipe Lopez and Bengie Molina.

HE SAID IT
“With Frankie and all of the pressure of playing at home and all that stuff, we’re rooting for him and he stepped up in a big way. It was a great swing for us. It was cool to see.” — Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis

“It’s almost like a postseason game, or Opening Day. The constant buzz. They’re ready to make noise. It was fun. It was a great atmosphere. It was electric. It really was.” —Brantley, on the  Custom Angels Baseball Jersey crowd

“You guys could have skipped it and just gone and talked to Lindor.” —Twins manager Paul Molitor, when reporters interviewed him after the game

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Alonso’s blast off Moya carried down the right-field line, hooking around the fair pole before landing in what looked like foul territory. First-base umpire Eric Cooper signaled immediately that it was a home run, but the Twins asked the umpires to have the shot examined via instant replay. After a brief review, the call stood and Cleveland took a 6-1 lead.

Video: CLE@MIN: Alonso homers to right field, call confirmed

UP NEXT
Puerto Rican native Roberto Perez will be behind the plate for the Indians on Wednesday, when the Tribe faces the Twins at 7:10 p.m. ET at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Righty Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.48 ERA) will start for Cleveland in the  Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale second game in the 2018 Puerto Rico Series. Right-hander Jose Berrios, a native of Bayamon, will take the mound for Minnesota.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The island’s heroes stood side by side in front of the pitcher’s mound and spirit of Puerto Rico was on display in front of a sold-out crowd at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday.

The thunderous applause confirmed it.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The island’s heroes stood side by side in front of the pitcher’s mound and spirit of Puerto Rico was on display in front of a sold-out crowd at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday.

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Before the first pitch was delivered in the Puerto Rico Series between the Twins and Indians, eight citizen responders who went above and beyond to help their communities in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria were escorted on the field by eight Puerto Rican baseball legends.

Together, Carlos Delgado, Roberto Alomar, Alex Rios, Javi Custom Angels Jersey er Vazquez, Juan Gonzalez, Jose Vidro, Carlos Baerga and Bernie Williams along with their eight heroic counterparts highlighted an emotional ceremony that touched on the heart of the island and its passion for sport and community.

“This is a celebration of  Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale Puerto Rico,” Carlos Beltran said. “There are people out there helping Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap  others in an incredible way that nobody knows about and they are making a difference. That’s what we are all trying to do, find a way to make a difference and it doesn’t matter how you do it and who you are. It gives me a lot of pride to know there are so many good people in Puerto Rico.”

Beltran, a Puerto Rico native who won the Roberto Clemente Award for his community service in 2013, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Williams later played the national anthem on his guitar and Pedrito Guzman played “La Borinquena,” the anthem of Puerto Rico, also on his guitar.

Video: CLE@MIN: Bernie Williams performs the U.S. anthem

Puerto Rican musician Pedro Capo is scheduled to perform “La Borinquena” before Game 2 of the series Wednesday. Recording artist Daddy Yankee is on tap to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

“There’s a lot of history and tradition in this stadium and it’s an honor to be part of something with such magnitude and represents our island,” Beltran said. “Puerto Rico deserves to be happy and this event brings joy.”

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The Puerto Rico Series marks the first regular-season games played in Puerto Rico since the Mets and the Marlins held a three-game series at the historic ballpark in June 2010. The Blue Jays and Rangers opened the regular season in ’01 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, and the Montreal Expos played a portion of their home schedule at the park in ’03 and ’04.

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Hiram Bithorn Stadium also played host to World Baseball Classic rounds in 2006, ’09, and ’13.

On Tuesday, the stadium provided a platform for a different type of Puerto Rican hero.

“I never thought the work we did would land us here,” said Javier Maldonado, a police officer in Utuado. “We suffered a lot, but we came together as a community. The hurricane was very powerful and it destroyed a lot of homes. I saw tragic things I never wanted to see, but people needed help and that’s what we did.”

Video: CLE@MIN: Indians’ lineup is introduced in Puerto Rico

Margarita Castillo, who prepared hot meals and provided water and other supplies to people in need immediately Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey  after the hurricane hit, was just as happy to meet her fellow citizens as she was to shake hands with the baseball legends.

“There are so many people that have helped us, the people that have worked hard and the people that have donated supplies,” Castillo said. “They are not here right now, but we represent them, too. We didn’t do it for recognition, but it’s really great to be on the field with our sports heroes because we are all a part of Puerto Rico.”

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.


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