INDIANS NOTEBOOK From Jacobs Field
Missing: Indians first baseman Jim Thome, who leads the American League in home runs with 42, missed Saturday's game to be with family in Illinois. Thome's uncle died Friday following leg amputation surgery. The Tribe slugger is expected back for today's game against the Angels. The next homer Thome hits will set a new Indians record for a left-handed hitter. Hal Trosky hit 42 in 1936.
Untouched: Indians reliever Danys Baez tossed 11/3 scoreless innings and has not allowed a run in his last eight appearances. In 23 innings, he has allowed just five runs (1.96 ERA).
Save: Indians closer Bob Wickman retired the final three Angels batters in the ninth inning for his 21st save, his first since Aug. 1.
Three-hitter: C.C. Sabathia, Baez and Wickman limited the Angels to a season-low three hits. On June 17, Sabathia threw a three-hitter at the Pittsburgh Pirates, but lost the game at PNC Park, 1-0.
Fined: Sabathia wore a FOX Sports ballcap while being interviewed by the network after the game. Watching in the clubhouse, teammates Chuck Finley and Kenny Lofton said the rookie "would be fined" by their kangaroo court for the fashion faux pas.
Dinger: Tim Salmon's second-inning homer off Sabathia was his 28th against the Indians, the most against an opposing team. Salmon has hit 26 homers against the Texas Rangers.
Sellout: Saturday's paid attendance of 42,610 was the Indians' 28th sellout of the season.
Tickets: Today's game is sold out. Looking ahead, there are 3,000 seats available for each of the games against the Boston Red Sox from Aug. 28-30.
On the mound: Bartolo Colon (10-8, 4.14 earned-run average) goes for his 11th win of the season today, opposing Anaheim's Jarrod Washington (10-6, 3.67) in the 1 p.m. game. After the game, the Tribe will fly to the West Coast for a seven-game trip to Oakland (Monday through Thursday) and Seattle (Friday through next Sunday). Chuck Finley and Steve Woodard are expected to start the first two games against the Athletics. Dave Burba may go Wednesday while Sabathia has Thursday's afternoon game.
Triple crown, sort of: The last time a team had three different players lead the league in batting average, home runs and RBIs happened 99 years ago. The 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates featured Ginger Beaumont (.357 batting average), Tommy Leach (six homers) and Honus Wagner (91 RBIs). Three Indians lead the American League in those categories: Roberto Alomar (.351 batting average), Thome (42 homers) and Juan Gonzalez (110 RBIs).
Fall assignment: Zach Sorenson, the shortstop who spent a few weeks with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers this summer while rehabbing an injury, is one of six minor league players the Indians have assigned to the Arizona Fall League. The others who will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions are left-handed pitchers Jason Stanford and Carl Sadler, catcher Josh Bard and outfielder Alex Requena. Another player will be added to the club managed by Willie Upshaw.
-- Tom Williams