Friday, June 11


When the game is on the line, and your closer with a 9.58 ERA has just poured gasoline on and set fire to a hard-earned five-run comeback, you don't want just any hitter at the plate.

You want a gamer. A grinder.

You want a guy who makes contact and puts the ball in play.

You want a guy who has never once, not ever, not even in a rec league softball game, hit a ball to left field.

You want a guy who people who don't understand baseball don't like, yet whose one-year, $2 million deal is looking like a smarter move every day.

You want Rusty Branyan.

8-7 Tribe. Bring on the Natties and Strasburg; Forest City Fanatics is ready.

AP Photo/Tony Dejak

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