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Indians Happy They Didn't Trade For Dotel Or Gagne?

Indians' GM Mark Shapiro didn't name names, but he apparently dodged bullets in not landing relievers Octavio Dotel or Eric Gagne. Dotel is already on Atlanta's disabled list. Gagne has been awful in the Boston bullpen since being acquired from Texas.

Kansas City wanted Franklin Gutierrez for Dotel. Texas wanted prospects for Gagne.

"When you examine July trades, in 90 percent of the cases, you're going to win or lose with the club you built in the off-season and the depth you have," Shapiro said.

Via Plain-Dealer

Lofton: Torre No Racist

Kenny Lofton doesn't feel he was treated fairly by Joe Torre, but the veteran outfielder doesn't believe it had to do with the color of his skin.

When Gary Sheffield accused Torre of treating black and white players differently, he cited Lofton and Tony Womack as two specific examples.

Lofton was quoted by an Associated Press reporter as saying, "All I can say is, Sheffield knows what he's talking about; that's all I'm going to say," but Lofton said yesterday his quote was misrepresented, saying the question he was asked related specifically to being called out by the manager in meetings.

"They're trying to say it's racism? That's a word I don't even bring up," said Lofton, who played for Torre in 2004. "I didn't say that, and that's something I won't say."

Via N.Y. Daily News

A-Rod Hits No. 501 As Yankees Cruise

Alex Rodriguez hit career home run No. 501 and rookie Phil Hughes dominated Cleveland for six innings as the New York Yankees began a challenging stretch of games with a 6-1 win over the Indians on Friday night.

Rodriguez, who became the youngest player to reach the 500-homer plateau last week, connected for his 37th homer in the second inning off Fausto Carmona.

The shot to straightaway center set the tone for the Yankees, who have been beating up on some of the AL's weaker teams lately.

Via Yahoo.com

Indians Wear No. 14 To Honor Larry Doby

Larry Doby waited years before he told his son certain baseball stories, the ones of hatred and horror, the ones he faced as the first black to play in the American League.

Doby was surrounded by prejudice everywhere: on the street, in the clubhouse, and especially on the field. "He got taunted, and there were bench jockeys who would ride him," Larry Doby Jr. said while standing next to Cleveland's dugout at Jacobs Field. "But he never held any grudges. He forgave. He didn't forget."

The Indians honored Doby on Friday night as each member of Cleveland's team wore the Hall of Famer's No. 14 to honor the 60th anniversary of him following Jackie Robinson over baseball's color barrier.

Via AP

Phillies Acquire Branyan From Cleveland For Cash

The Phillies acquired utilityman Russell Branyan from Cleveland for cash Thursday.

Branyan joins his sixth team since making his major league debut with the Indians in 1998. The 31-year-old, left-handed hitter began this season with San Diego, and hit .197 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 61 games.

Via AP

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