Major League Bastian

June was a month in which Shin-Soo Choo started swinging like the star of seasons past, Justin Masterson began looking like a No. 1 starter again, Ubaldo Jimenez began turning in his best outings as a member of the Tribe and Asdrubal Cabrera continued his emergence as one of the game’s elite shortstops.

Unfortunately, it was also a month in which a lot of other things went wrong.

The pitching suffered — throughout the rotation and especially in middle relief — and the offense went through drastic spurts of feast or famine. Cleveland lost its hold on first, regained it again and then slipped back into second place in the American League Central.

With 19 of the team’s 27 June games coming on the road, and Interleague Play mixed in, Cleveland knew it was going to be a tough month. Jeanmar Gomez was sent back to the Minors, Travis Hafner…

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