The wearing of the red: Cleveland Indians say fire-engine red uniforms, circa 1975, are 'sweet'

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The Indians are Rays wore throwback uniforms Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

ST. PETERSBURG - It was the wearing of the red Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

The Indians, in a throwback game against the Rays, wore their fire-engine red uniforms, circa 1975. When massive first baseman Boog Powell wore the all-red uniform in 1975, he was told he looked like the world's biggest Bloody Mary. Powell, himself, said he looked like a giant blood clot.

The SportsTime Ohio broadcasting team of Rick Manning, Matt Underwood and Andre Knott wore the jerseys as well. Manning played for the Indians from 1975 through 1983 and loved the uniform.

The Indians, circa 2017, liked the look as well.

"Sweet," said outfielder Brandon Guyer when asked about wearing the all-red uniforms. "I like that it's all one color. Hopefully, there's a win in them."

Said Danny Salazar, "I love the jersey. It's one of my favorites. I'm not so sure about the red pants."

Corey Kluber felt the same as his rotation mate, Salazar.

"They're cool," said Kluber. "Something different. I know Tony Amato (equipment manager) isn't a fan. He says they don't represent a great era of Indians baseball. But it's only for a night."

Catcher Yan Gomes shared Salazar's sentiments.

"It's the first time I've ever worn red pants," he said.

It was at least the second time the Indians wore the all-red uniforms in a throwback game.

"These are cool," said Carlos Santana. "We wore them against Kansas City a few years ago.''

Former MLB umpire Richie Garcia was at Tropicana Field for the Indians-Rays series.

"I grew up with Boog Powell," said Garcia. "I was working the plate when he came to bat wearing that uniform. I started laughing. He said what are you laughing at? I said, "You in that uniform.'''

Testing, testing: Lonnie Chisenhall was scheduled to run the bases on Saturday with Class AA Akron. If his strained right calf responded well, manager Terry Francona said there was a chance Chisenhall could DH for Akron on Sunday.

Francona added that Chisenhall has volunteered to move around the outfield and play first and third base during his rehab assignment. With the addition of Jay Bruce, he knows his at-bats in right field could be limited.

"Lonnie wants to move around a little bit in his rehab," said manager Terry Francona. "He'll play some center. He'll play some left. Depending on the at-bats, we might have him play some first and third, too.

"I think it's pretty cool that Lonny offered to do that. It can really make him more valuable as we go forward."

Support needed: Left fielder Michael Brantley, who went on the disabled list Wednesday with a sprained right ankle, had a specialist check the ankle on Friday.

"That was more to see how they can brace the ankle or tape it differently when he comes back so he can get a little more support on it," said Francona.

Brantley's right ankle has put him on the disabled list twice this season.

Home away from home: Following Carlos Carrasco's second flirtation with a no-hitter in just over three years at Tropicana Field on Friday night, Elias Sports Bureau pointed out that Tribe pitchers have taken a no-hitter into the sixth inning four times at The Trop from 2015 through 2017.

That's one more time than they've done it at Progressive Field, despite a discrepancy of 219 home games compared to eight at Tropicana Field.

"I think this is a good place to pitch," said Tribe pitching coach Mickey Callaway. "I don't know if the visuals are good or what. Maybe the mound feels closer to home plate."

Shut the door: The Indians lead the American League with two shutouts, including Friday night's combined three-hitter by Carrasco and Tyler Olson. Eight of the 10 shutouts have come on the road, the most by the Indians since 1976 when they finished the year with nine.

The Indians rank second in the league with a 3.70 ERA. They have allowed the fewest runs (442) in the league, which has helped offset their seventh place ranking in runs scored. As Chris Antonetti, president of baseball operations, says every year when putting together the Tribe, "We have to find a way to score more runs or prevent runs from scoring."

Finally: The Indians are 15-6 when Edwin Encarnacion homers and 29-9 when he drives in a run.

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