Major League Bastian

Final:

Indians 7, Orioles 2

FIRST: Following Cleveland’s convincing win over Baltimore on Thursday night, Indians manager Manny Acta had this to say about righty Zach McAllister:

“He sneaks up on people.”

Acta was referring, specifically, to McAllister’s fastball. But it was a fitting description for the pitcher as well.

Cleveland acquired McAllister in a less-than-heralded trade: a one-for-one swap that sent Austin Kearns to the Yankees in 2010. In the two seasons since, he has lurked within a laundry list of prospects and non-prospects clumped together as possible rotation options.

In Spring Training, the race for the fifth spot was all about Jeanmar Gomez, David Huff and Kevin Slowey. And, oh yeah, by the way, McAllister is in the mix, too.

Well, guess what? McAllister is sneaking up on us.

Gomez earned the fifth spot and flamed out with a 7.92 ERA over his past six outings, earning him…

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