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Could Lonnie Chisenhall etch out a spot for himself in the Tribe’s record book?
It’s a possibility, but there’s still a lot of baseball left to play.
Chisenhall entered Wednesday hitting .344, three points shy of league leader Jose Altuve of Houston – but was five plate appearances shy of the number he needed to qualify for the AL batting race.
The last Tribe player to win the batting title? Try Bobby Avila in 1954.
Chisenhall is not on the All-Star game ballot, so hurry up and write him in. Voting ends tonight.
• Somehow, the Indians finished their west-coast road trip 4-4. That seems like a miracle considering the team lost back-to-back one-hit efforts to the Mariners and Dodgers.
The trip could’ve been a lot worse, but the Tribe salvaged it with a series win over the Dodgers Friday.
Heck, even David Murphy got a hit. The right fielder was in a 1-for-44 slump entering Tuesday, but managed to leave LA with four hits in the last two games.
Murphy admitted to Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes that this has been the “worst short-term slump of his career.”
• Ohio State entered Wednesday with the 31st ranked recruiting class for 2015 (Rivals.com). Urban Meyer got a huge boost with the announcement two elite recruits would take their talents to Columbus next fall.