Lunchtime Links: Balk-off edition

Here are today’s links from paths less taken and some more, uh, taken.

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INDIANS

Whoa! Did you see that game? If not, fix that, because the Indians continue to hold some surprises for us, starting with this week’s stunning sweep of the Tigers. On a balk with the bases loaded, no less. For those of you interested in statistical phenomena, check out Joe Reedy’s compendium of interesting numbers from yesterday’s affair.

Baseball Professor: Ten pitchers you should drop for Trevor Bauer. Some high profile names on this list.

WFNY: The sweep that came after the… balk-off?. Game wrap, WFNY style.

Burning River Baseball: Series Preview: Indians at Orioles. Looking at the pitching match ups (we think) for all three games.

Let’s Go Tribe: In which the author experiences a walk-off balk while in a meeting. I’d sympathize, but my job allows me to work from the ballpark (evil laugh).

 

BROWNS

Yes, it’s just practice. Yes, it’s likely just GM-speak, but Ray Farmer saying that Hoyer is ahead of Manziel by a substantial margin made news yesterday. As does anything containing the word "Manziel". Still, Brian Hoyer girds his loins for battle. Or something.

Between Manziel, an Indians sweep, and the Cavs getting the top draft pick, it’s hard to believe that the sun isn’t shining on Cleveland’s sports teams these days.

Dawg Pound Daily: Preview of Cleveland Browns Offensive Position Battles. Quick look at battles that really will heat up two months from now.

Orange and Brown Report: Rookie Mini-Camp thread. Wherein the most popular forums for Browns fans follow every tweet and photo available from rookie mini-camp.

Official Site: Brian Hoyer embraces anything and everything. If Johnny Manziel isn’t unflappable now, he will be after watching Hoyer in action.

IMGUR via Reddit: Joe Thomas’ incredible mustache. ‘Tis mighty.

 

CAVALIERS

The Cavaliers are the talk of the NBA. Speaking of talking, Sam Amico does a bit of it, and you can read what he thinks of the Cavs situation via our chat transcript from yesterday. There are so many speculative articles on who the Cavs will take that we’re ignoring them for now, even the ones that claim to know what direction the Cavs are "leaning".

ABJ: NBA lottery jackpot changes everything. Suddenly, the Cavaliers have all sorts of options.

Pro Basketball Talk: Cavaliers GM was getting trade calls before he even got off television. David Griffin suddenly on everyone’s speed dial.

Black Sports Online: Barkley says Heat fans aren’t real, wants Bron to go back to Cleveland. Listen to this "Barkley" fellow, LeBron. He makes sense, he does.

Yahoo! Sports: Bucks GM – Three top freshman potential all-stars. David Griffin has a tough choice to make.

 

REDS

The Reds made some roster moves yesterday, but more than that, they bounced back nicely against the Nats to win the series thanks to a pep talk from Bryan Price. Like the Indians, they hope they’ve turned a corner.

Enquirer: Reds need to gain ground. Upcoming series might allow them to do just that.

Redleg Nation: This week on the farm. Minor leagues happenings.

MLB.com: Reds, Cardinals set to renew division rivalry. Maybe the Reds can emulate the Tribe’s surprising sweep.

 

BENGALS

Despite the media’s best efforts, there’s no quarterback competition in Cincinnati like there is in Cleveland. The Bengals just calmly go about their business. What there is, though, is an interesting situation at running back. Kevin Goheen caught up with standout rookie Giovanni Bernard to talk about what’s next.

Pro Football Talk: Bengals picking up pace on offense. The NFL’s offensive mantra: faster, faster, faster.

Cincy Jungle: Mike Pollak expected to be Bengals starting center when practice opens. He’ll be excused if he looks over his shoulder a couple of times at Russell Bodine.

Official Site: Offense hopes to break fast. The Chip Kelly influence settles over the league.

 

BUCKEYES

Things are (for once) a little slow when it comes to Buckeyes news. Such that even a TTUN screw-up gets attention. But Buckeyes fans are year-round, so here are some links:

College Football Talk: Buckeye LB one of two dozen popped for underage imbibing. Urban won’t like this. No, sir.

Plain Dealer: Could OSU’s defensive line include three future first-round picks. Answer: Yes.

Eleven Warriors: Under guidance of Chris Ash, OSU’s secondary in full bloom. Coach hopes that competition raises the bar.