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One Up, One Down

The Indians have sent the struggling Asdrubal Cabrera down to Buffalo and Josh Barfield has been called up to replace him. Cabrera has not performed as well as we all had hoped and has been struggling through the season offensively. On the defensive side he’s been solid, turning an unassisted triple play and submitting highlight reel plays on a consistent basis. Unfortunately for Cabrera, the Tribe needs some help on offense and in the bullpen. Hopefully this will be a step in the right direction, and not a repeat of Barfield’s struggles last year.
Barfield will be in the lineup tonight when the Tribe takes on the Tigers in Detroit. Cliff Lee will be going up against Dontrelle Willis who is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA. The Indians really need to get a strong outing from Lee who has struggled of late. They can ill afford to drop any further under .500 as we near the half way point for the season. The White Sox are surging and putting a lot of distance between themselves and the rest of the AL Central. If the Indians can string together some wins they may be able to overtake a slumping Minnesota team and then work on chipping away at Chicago's lead.