Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Indians honor Vizquel

CLEVELAND — Omar Vizquel hasn't played for the Indians in a decade, but the passion Cleveland fans feel for him is still strong.

The 11-time Gold Glove shortstop was inducted into the Indians' Hall of Fame before Saturday night's game against Detroit in front of a sellout crowd. Vizquel, who thrilled fans with his dazzling defense for the Indians from 1994-2004, was a cornerstone of the teams that won five straight AL Central titles and appeared in the World Series twice.

Currently the first base and infield coach for the Tigers, Vizquel remains wildly popular with Indians fans, who gave him a standing ovation when he walked on the field.

"The fans here have always been great to me," he said. "I loved playing for them. Whenever I come back and walk around the city, people come up to me. Cleveland will always be a special place for me."

GWYNN SERVICE: About 200 people attended a private memorial service for Tony Gwynn at San Diego State, where he played and was the coach when he died. Gwynn, who played for the Padres during his 20-year Hall of Fame career, died Monday of cancer. He was 54. Among the attendees were Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Cal Ripken, Dave Winfield and Ozzie Smith. The speakers included Gwynn's Padres teammates Trevor Hoffman and John Kruk. A public tribute is Thursday night at Petco Park.

ANGELS: OF/DH Raul Ibanez was released after batting .157 in 57 games.

CARDINALS: 2B Kolten Wong is headed to the 15-day disabled list with an injury to his left shoulder.

MARLINS: SS Adeiny Hechavarria was scratched from the starting lineup with elbow soreness and is considered day to day.

PIRATES: LF Starling Marte left the team for a couple of days to attend to a personal matter in his native Dominican Republic.

ROYALS: OF Nori Aoki went on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

YANKEES: RHP Michael Pineda, on the 60-day DL with a strained back muscle, was shut down for at least a week when doctors found inflammation in his right shoulder.

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