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Indians need new pitching coach

By Sheldon Published: September 29, 2011

After two years as the Tribe's pitching coach, Tim Belcher is resigning to spend more time at home (near Columbus) with his family.

However, Belcher is not leaving the organization. He will return to being a special assistant in baseball operations, which includes some scouting and advisory duties.

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Acta ejected, but why

By Sheldon Published: September 28, 2011

DETROIT:  Manager Manny Acta was ejected in the first inning by plate umpire Larry Vanover, but the reason was unclear.

Asdrubal Cabrera was called out on a checked swing strike and apparently that set off Acta, precipitating his ouster, but that is far from clear.

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Tolman steps down for health reasons; Alomar elevated

By Sheldon Published: September 28, 2011

DETROIT:  Tim Tolman is stepping down as manager Manny Acta's bench coach for health reasons.

“”It’s not totally related to me health, but I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two years ago,’’ Tolman said today. “”It has caused some slowness of movement that makes it harder for me to do some of the things I need to do.’’

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Choo done for the season; Tomlin still in the game

By Sheldon Published: September 16, 2011

   MINNEAPOLIS: Shin-Soo Choo was sent back to Cleveland after reinjuring his left oblique and won't play again this season.

 ""It's the same injury, but he's done for the season,'' manager Manny Acta said.

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Indians announce 2012 schedule

By Ron Published: September 14, 2011

If the Indians contend for the Central Division championship next year, the schedule down the stretch will be in their favor.

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Fukudome new Tribe leadoff hitter

By Sheldon Published: September 10, 2011

   CHICAGO: Kosuke Fukudome's appearance in the leadoff spot Friday night wasn't a one-day experiment. Manager Manny Acta said today that Fukudome probably will remain at the top of the order for the rest of the season, displacing Grady Sizemore.

""The reason is that since Grady is not going to play on an everyday basis, I feel it's better to have stability in the leadoff spot with a guy who is going to play every day,'' Acta said. ""Grady probably will play three times a week until the end of the season.''

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LaPorta recalled

By Sheldon Published: September 9, 2011

CHICAGO: The Indians recalled Matt LaPorta from Columbus today after he had been sent to Triple-A to make room for Jeanmar Gomez on the roster.
Jerad Head has been outrighted to Columbus after clearing waivers.

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Crowe activated; Head designated for assignment

By Sheldon Published: September 7, 2011

CLEVELAND:  After missing almost the entire season following shoulder surgery March 30, Trevor Crowe was placed on the 40-man roster and activated for today's game against the Tigers.

Crowe, who will play left field and bat ninth, began a rehab assignmnt at the Tribe's complex in Arizona then progressed to Columbus. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Tribe designated for assignment Jerad Head, who made his major-league debut this month and was 2-for-23 with one double in eight games.

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Carrasco will miss all of 2012 to recover from elbow surgery

By Sheldon Published: September 6, 2011

  CLEVELAND: Carlos Carrasco not only will miss the rest of this season, he probably won't return until 2013 after he undergoes elbow reconstruction surgery.

“”Conservative management of the injury failed,’’ head trainer Lonnie Soloff said today. “”So after several medical opinions, Carlos will undergo a UCL reconstruction. Dr. David Aitchek will perform the operation in New York on Wednesday. Recovery time for the surgery is 12-18 months, and we are hopeful that Carlos can begin game activity in 12 months.’’

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Kipnis activated; Carrasco done for season

By Sheldon Published: September 6, 2011

CLEVELAND: The Indians activated Jason Kipnis (strained hamstring) from the disabled list this afternoon and called up middle infielder Luis Valbuena from Columbus.
Kipnis probably will get most of the at-bats at second base, sending Cord Phelps to the bench.
Carlos Carrasco,out with an elbow injury, has been placed on the 60-day DL.

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Sizemore returns but won't play every day

By Sheldon Published: September 5, 2011

   CLEVELAND: How much can Grady Sizemore impact the Tribe's ability to stay in the race?

  Sizemore  returned to the lineup today after being on the disabled list since July 18 with a bone bruies in his right knee and a sports hernia that required surgery. He is healthy enough to play, but he won't play every day.

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Hannahan could be sidelined with calf strain

By sstorm Published: September 4, 2011

Jack Hannahan, the Indians starter at third base Sunday, left the game in the third inning after injuring his left calf. He was replaced by rookie Lonnie Chisenhall.

“I felt it on the single coming out of the box,” said Hannahan, who doubled and singled in his two at-bats.

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Tribe loses to K.C., Detroit comes from behind to top ChiSox

By sstorm Published: September 3, 2011

KANSAS CITY: The Detroit Tigers found a way to come back from an 8-1 deficit for a walk-off victory over Chicago with two home runs in the ninth just as the Indians game against the Royals was headed into its second rain delay of the evening.

Yep, it was that kind of dreary, play-from-behind kind of day for the Tribe, whose 5-1 loss dropped them to 6 ½ games behind American League Central Division-leading Detroit with 3 ½ weeks to go in the regular season.

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No rest for the weary down the stretch for the Indians still standing

By sstorm Published: September 3, 2011

KANSAS CITY - When you play for a team that has seen one major player after another go down with an injury, it seems like the only way to be granted an off is to join the M*A*S*H list.

That's what it took for Tribe shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to earn a seat on the bench Saturday in Kansas City, nursing a left knee contusion after fouling a ball of the inside of the knee in Friday's 5-4 win.

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Tribe solves Chen and homers twice to lift Indians to 5-4 victory over Royals

By sstorm Published: September 3, 2011

KANSAS CITY: This was not the Bruce Chen the Indians have become accustomed to facing.

No, this must have been some kind of imposter, not the guy whose 5-2 lifetime against the Tribe.

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Acta says decision has not yet been made on surgery for RHP Carlos Carrasco

By sstorm Published: September 2, 2011

KANSAS CITY: Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been seeking medical opinions about his ailing right arm, but Indians manager Manny Acta said a decision to undergo surgery hasn’t been made yet.

This, despite a report surfacing Friday from Venezuelan newspaper Líder en Deportes, that quoted Indians minor leaguer Hector Rondon. In the article, Rondon said fellow right-hander Carrasco was likely headed for the same “Tommy John” elbow ligament replacement surgery that he had last year and is currently recovering from.

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Columbus shuttle drops off three pitchers in Cleveland

By Sheldon Published: September 1, 2011


 CLEVELAND: Nick Hagadone and Corey Kluber arrived today, and Josh Judy will join the Indians in Kansas City on Friday, all three to help bolster a bullpen that was thoroughly tested in Wednesday night's 16-inning game against the Athletics.

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Tribe beats A's on Hannahan single in 16th

By Sheldon Published: September 1, 2011


CLEVELAND: Like the good teammate he is, Jack Hannahan gave his lodge brothers in the Indians’ lineup a chance to win the game Wednesday night.

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