Who Knew? Jason Giambi Plays For the Indians!

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Raise your hand if you knew Jason Giambi was still playing and who he was playing for before last night? He hit a game-winning two-run home run off Chicago White Sox closer Addison Reed for the Cleveland Indians in the bottom of the 9th inning and  it was the Indians 11th walk-off victory in 2013. Giambi is so old that one media report said he is 42-years old and the other report said he is 43-years old. It was an incredible finish to a game as the Tribe held onto the wild card lead along with the Tampa Bay Rays. It was shaping up to be a devastating loss for the Indians after Chris Perez served up the game-tying and go-ahead homers in the top of the inning. Giambi bailed Perez out in the bottom of the 9th and sent everybody home happy in Cleveland with a walk-off home run! 

 NEWS & NOTES

  •  Manny Machado (knee) went down with an ugly looking left knee injury Monday after his leg buckled on the Tropicana Field turf. Everyone was was expecting the worst news on Tuesday, but, Machado and the Orioles dodged what could have been a much more serious injury as he was diagnosed with a medial patellofemoral ligament tear. Machado won’t need surgery, but he’ll rest and rehab for 6-8 weeks before doing some running. He should be ready for the beginning of next season.
  • Michael Wacha came within one out of a no-hitter on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman's chopper glanced off of Wacha's glove and shortstop Pete Kozma was unable to make the play for the final out. Wacha has posted a 1.72 ERA through 31 1/3 innings. Before this performance, Wacha was probably looking at a bullpen role in the postseason. The Cardinals may want to revisit that decision.
  • Jason Vargas threw a four-hit shutout in the Angels 3-0 victory over the A's. He struck out five A's and issued just one walk. This was his best performance since throwing a three-hitter in early May against the Baltimore Orioles. He improved to 9-7 with a 4.01 ERA and will finish off the season on Sunday against the Rangers.
  • Andre Ethier (ankle) remained out of the Dodgers lineup on Tuesday. Ethier ran the bases and caught fly balls in the outfield before Tuesday's game, but its being reported that he was tentative during the workout.
  • Michael Bourn (wrist) left Tuesday's game against the White Sox with a right wrist sprain. He suffered the injury on a slide into second base in the fifth inning. It's being described as a mild sprain and he is considered day-to-day.
  • Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the Dodgers 2-1 victory on Tuesday night against the Giants. It was Kemp's first homer since returning from the disabled list last Monday.
  • Howie Kendrick hit a home run for the second straight game in a victory Tuesday against the A's. Kendrick is batting .302 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI.
  • Tyson Ross threw eight solid innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks. Ross struck out six D'Backs, walked three and surrendered just three hits. One of those three hits was a Paul Goldschmidt solo homer in the sixth inning that cost him the win. Ross will face the Giants on Sunday in the season finale.
  • Paul Konerko left Tuesday's game against the Indians after fouling a ball off his knee. Konerko immediately dropped to the ground in pain, but he was able to finish the at-bat, but was removed for defense in the bottom of the eighth inning.