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Indians' Hernandez gets visa, three-week suspension

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Indians' Hernandez gets visa, three-week suspension

Per Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Roberto Hernandez -- formerly known as Fausto Carmona -- has received his visa and will get to Cleveland this evening. A three-week suspension will begin today, meaning Hernandez could make his 2012 debut as soon as Aug. 11.

The three-week suspension really isn't too harsh, given there's little chance Hernandez was in pitching shape anyway. He'll be able to make starts in the minors to build up his strength while on the suspension.

Hernandez was arrested in January for using a false identity in the Dominican Republic. The soon-to-be 32-year-old posted a 5.25 ERA in 188 23 innings for Cleveland last season, thanks in large part to allowing a career-high 22 home runs in 32 starts.

Regardless, perhaps Camona can provide a fresh boost to a lagging Indians rotation. Heading into Saturday, the rotations of only three teams had higher ERAs: Colorado, Minnesota and Kansas City. On the season, four Cleveland starts have an ERA above 5: Derek Lowe, Josh Tomlin, Jeanmar Gomez and Ubaldo Jimenez.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)

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