Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Factory Lines: Brian Hoyer, Braxton Miller, Corey Kluber, Danny Almonte & More

Brian Hoyer will start when the Cleveland Browns play the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.

ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi believes coach Mike Pettine is making a big mistake by not giving the rookie the start, in what’s supposed to be a quarterback competition.

“By denying Manziel his one obligatory start, Mike Pettine has opened himself to unnecessary criticism externally and perhaps some eyebrow-raising inside the locker room.

How can the coach truly call it an open competition if Brian Hoyer receives two starts to Manziel’s none in the most critical tests of the preseason?”

Grossi has a valid point. Remember, it was just a few days ago when safety Donte Whitner told The MMQB that the locker room was split between the two quarterbacks.

• The Browns could name their starter as early as Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk.

• Ohio State released a practice video from Wednesday, and Braxton Miller is throwing! Fast forward to the 1:23 mark to see the Heisman Hopeful fire a nice ball. Thanks to The Ozone for the tip.

Buckeye Nation has spend the last few weeks worrying that Miller’s shoulder, which was operated on during the offseason, might not be ready to go this season. Judging by the video, Miller’s ready to go Heisman chasing.

• The Baltimore Orioles–first place in the AL East–come to Progressive Field tonight looking to extend their division lead. The Indians, who seem stuck at .500, have their best shot to win with Corey Kluber on the mound tonight.

Klubot (13-6, 2.46 ERA) has allowed one earned run in his last 31 1/3 innings. He won his third straight start and sixth in seven outings Saturday against the Yankees, throwing six innings of four-hit ball. He struck out 10 for the fourth time in seven starts.

• John Axford was dealt to Pittsburgh yesterday and the Tribe got a Class A prospect nothing in return. Actually, the Tribe gets some relief in the wallet, as the Bucs will pick up what’s left on Axford’s contract, about $1.3 million.

Axford, in true Ax-Man fashion, introduced himself to his new fans.

• The Little League World Series is dominating ESPN’s afternoon coverage, which always makes me think back to when Danny Almonte dominated for his Bronx team in 2001.

Almonte famously pitched the first perfect game in LLWS History since 1957, which created crazy media-hype around the young phenom. Eventually, it came out that Almonte was too old to be playing in the tournament.

This 30-for-3o short on Almonte is well worth the time.

• And the award for best pre-game prep goes to whomever is producing the the LLWS:

Have a great weekend!

 

Tags: Braxton Miller Brian Hoyer Cleveland Browns Cleveland Indians Corey Kluber Danny Almonte Johnny Manziel Little League World Series Mike Pettine Ohio State Buckeyes

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