Three things I know to be true:
- Elvis Andrus owns the deed to Progressive Field and graciously rents the facility to the Cleveland Indians.
Tonight, Elvis went 3 for 4 as he's collected a hit now in 28 of 29 games and has an inexplicably cartoony career batting average of like .450 in Cleveland.
- Ohioan Derek Holland pitches pretty well in his home state against the Indians.
Holland had a career 1.16 ERA in 23 1/3 innings at Progressive Field coming into tonight's game. Well, add another six innings of work to that and just one run as Holland had his best start of May. Despite his much publicized struggles in May, Holland has now pitched at least six innings in three consecutive starts while allowing two or fewer runs in each.
- Nomar Mazara is good.
Player of the Game: Because I'm pretty sure Mazara is going to get like 500 Player of the Game mentions over the five years, I've gotta go with Ian Desmond for setting the tone with a two-run home run in the top of the 1st to give Holland a little cushion. Desmond also doubled in the game and you have to wonder when he'll start sneaking into the AL MVP conversation as he's now 7th in the AL in WAR.
Up Next: The Rangers and Indians play the second game of this series on Tuesday night with Colby Lewis making the start for Texas against 2014 Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber of Cleveland. First pitch is once again scheduled for 5:10 pm CT.