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'Tryouts' under fire for next five weeks

Kelly Shoppach ... he's stepped up

The schedule tells us that, as of this weekend, there are approximately five weeks of "tryouts" remaining for the 2008 Cleveland Indians. In reality, there are only 13 games which will really be a good test for the young players who are bidding for jobs next season. The other 22 games are against teams that are, just like the Indians, out of contention for a post-season berth this year.

It's tough to get a true read on a player when your team is going against one that is pretty much playing out the string. But when you face a team that is in the heat of the race and needs to win every game, you get a much better idea just how the player can handle pressure. The tryouts for the Indians have actually been going on ever since general manager Mark Shapiro traded CC Sabathia prior to...

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