Indians 6, Orioles 2
FIRST: Let’s take a moment to celebrate an achievement by Aaron Cunningham. Lord knows the man could use a little positive publicity these days, given his prolonged offensive woes as Cleveland’s fifth outfielder.
In the third inning on Sunday, Cunningham hacked at a first-pitch, 90-mph fastball from Baltimore lefty Brian Matusz and launched a leadoff home run for the Indians. Read that sentence again if you’d like, but it’s fact.
After Cunningham circled the bases, his Indians teammates were not waiting for him when he arrived at the dugout. It was an old-fashioned silent treatment, an age-old tradition in baseball for players ending long home run droughts.
“I kind of expected that,” Cunningham said with a grin. “It’s been a while.”
It had been since Sept. 25 of last season, to be exact.
So what did Cunningham do?
“I just kind of ran back [into the tunnel] and…
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