Cleveland Sports News – April 11

Apr 11, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Fans wait during a rain delay before a game between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees at Progressive Field. The game was postponed. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Indians

For the second consecutive night, Mother Nature decided to give Cleveland another break, washing away the game against the New York Yankees. No make up date has been announced, but May 13 is an off day for both teams, so look for a possible doubleheader that day. Tribe manager Terry Francona said that Justin Masterson will pitch his scheduled start tomorrow against the Chicago White Sox, with Zach McAllister going Saturday. Ubaldo Jiminez’s next start will be Tuesday. This could be a blessing in disguise, allowing the rotation to somewhat settle, as Scott Kazmir has started throwing bullpen sessions and will be off the disabled list soon.

Other positive Indians news comes from Carlos Santana. After catching a fastball on his thumb during the home opener Monday, Santana successfully caught a session and participated in batting practice today. With no problems, Santana urged Francona to let him play if the game was to be on, but Francona decided to let Santana rest for a few more days. Even with Santana leading the American League in batting average, it is still too early to risk making the injury worse.

Browns

The Cleveland Browns have traded linebacker Emmanuel Acho to the Philadelphia Eagles for backup running back Dion Lewis. Lewis was a fifth round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh. This deal makes sense for the Browns because of the decision to not re-sign Josh Cribbs. Lewis had returned kickoffs for the Eagles and will be in competition to take over the duties here. Acho spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He was a sixth round pick last year out of the University of Texas.

New owner Jimmy Haslem has finally had his minority ownership sold from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Haslem was unable to purchase the Browns while owning a part of another NFL team, per league rules. He purchased a 70 percent stake in the Browns last October for $1.05 billion.

Cavaliers

After the loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, the Cavaliers have a record of 24-and-54, giving them the fourth worst record in the league. With four games left, the Cavs currently have an 11.9 percent chance at landing the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery. The four remaining games are home against New York and Miami, and at Philadelphia and Charlotte.

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