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Tribe Gives Royals the Bird in Extras

By Garrett Monaghan

Teams playing in Cleveland these days might want to beware of the local wildlife. After a plague of midges infested Jacobs Field during the 2007 ALDS, helping the Indians score a critical run off of Joba Chamberlain of the Yankees; the Indians won in unusual fashion again on Thursday, when Shin-Soo Choo's single in the tenth deflected off a seagull and past Royals center fielder CoCo Crisp. Mark DeRosa scored from second on the play, allowing the Indians to take two out of three from the Royals and escape last place in the AL Central.

"You never know what the heck is going to happen." Crisp said in reference to the bizarre play.

"I didn't see it, but I'll take it." was Choo's response.

The seagull was unavailable for comment.

The Indians got a steady start from Jeremy Sowers, who gave up two runs on six hits over five innings. Sowers walked one and struck out two. Kyle Farnsworth took the fowl loss for the Royals. The Royals took the lead in the eighth on a Miguel Olivo home run off Greg Aquino, but Kerry Wood and Matt Herges finished the game off with two solid innings. Mark DeRosa paced the Indians at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two walks.

The Indians have a tough schedule coming up, with twelve straight interleague games against the NL Central, starting with the Cardinals this weekend. The Tribe will need to improve on their American League worst 5.23 ERA if they want to survive the next twelve games, as the Cardinals, Brewers, and Reds are all potentially potent offensive teams. Starting pitching has been a particular sore spot for the Indians this year, as their starters have posted a 5.62 ERA on the season.

The outlook for the Indians still doesn't look too good. With Fausto Carmona banished to the minors and Carl Pavano getting shelled worse than a German bunker on the Somme, the Tribe's rotation is wreck. As the All-Star break and the trading deadline come closer in the next month and a half, look for the Indians to dump some high-priced contracts and try to stock up on young talent.