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Hafner sidelined, but not for long

By Sheldon Published: April 30, 2011

CLEVELAND: Head trainer Lonnie Soloff this afternoon revealed that the results of an MRI showed a strained tendon in the bottom of Travis Hafner's right foot.

""Travis will wear a walking boot when he's away from the field until Monday,'' Soloff said. ""At that time, he will be re-examined to determine his availability to start a game.''

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White will make debut; Hafner out

By Sheldon Published: April 28, 2011

CLEVELAND: As expected, the Indians will call up touted right-hander Alex White to start against the Tigers Saturday at Progressive Field.

White has made four starts in Columbus, where he is 1-0 with a 1.90 earned-run average. He has given 19 hits and five walks, striking out 28 in 23 2/3 innings.

""He'a throwing the ball very well down there,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. ""We have good reports on him. We tell guys when they go down (during spring training) that when we need a guy, make sure it's you.''

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Herrmann recalled, Carrasco goes on DL

By Sheldon Published: April 28, 2011

CLEVELAND: The Indians recalled right-hander Frank Herrmann from Columbus, giving them eight relievers for two days, before a pitcher is summoned to take Carlos Carrasco's start on Saturday against the Tigers.

Carrasco was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a sore right elbow. He will be eligible to be activated May 10.

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Carrasco unable to throw bullpen today

By Sheldon Published: April 27, 2011

CLEVELAND: Basically, it was better luck next time for Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco, who was removed after three innings against the Twins on Sunday because of tightness in his right elbow, was scheduled to throw a bullpen today. It never happened.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 27, 2011

Here's how the Indians minor league teams fared Tuesday:

Triple-A Columbus (14-5) - The Clippers ran out to a 6-0 lead after the first three innings, then held on to beat host Gwinnett 7-5 at Coolray Field...LHP DAVID HUFF (2-0, 3.00 ERA) earned the win with a seven-inning outing in which he held the Braves to four runs on five hits...2B JASON KIPNIS went 2-for-5 with a triple...OF CHAD HUFFMAN continued his hot stretch, going 3-for-4 with two RBI...3B LONNIE CHISENHALL went 4-for-5 with two runs scored...RHP ZACH PUTNAM (1-0, 0.73 ERA), provided two scoreless innings with three strikeouts to record his third save of the season.

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Acta cautiously optimistic about Carrasco

By Sheldon Published: April 26, 2011

CLEVELAND: Carlos Carrasco passed his MRI test today, but he has one more exam to take before he can be cleared to pitch again.

""I'm very relieved,'' manager Manny Acta said in regard to the test results. ""By the way he's been throwing the ball and how big a part of our future he is, this is great news.''

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Indians Down on the farm

By sstorm Published: April 26, 2011

Here's how the Indians minor league teams fared Monday:

Triple-A Columbus (13-5) - The host Clippers are 7-0 against Indianapolis this season after a double header sweep by scores of 6-1 and 6-5 over he Indians...In the first game, RHP ALEX WHITE (1-0, 1.90 ERA) picked up his first win of the season by striking out eight batters in just 5 2/3 innings while limiting the Indians a run on five hits...INF TRAVIS BUCK's two-run single rallied the Clippers to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first...INF LUIS VALBUENA also contributed two RBI and OF JORDAN BROWN had two hits and a RBI...OF CHAD HUFFMAN hit his fifth home run in four games and had two hits...In Game 2, RHP JENSEN LEWIS (2-0, 0.00 ERA) picked up his second win after pitching a scoreless inning of relief...But the nightcap victory wasn’t easy as the Clippers had to rally from a five-run deficit...Brown smacked a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to pull the Clippers to wirthin a run...The following inning, Valbuena and OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA each added clutch RBI singles...RHP JOSH JUDY (2-1, 3.24 ERA) tossed a hitless seventh inning to notch his second save of the season.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 25, 2011

Here's how the Indians minor league teams fared Sunday:

Triple-A Columbus (11-5) - The Clippers won their third consecutive game via a 6-4 victory over Indianapolis at Huntington Park, using a five-run fourth inning to take control of the game...RHP JENSEN LEWIS (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief...Starter and RHP COREY KLUBER limited the Indians to two runs on hits but issued six walks in 3 1/3 innings. After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning, OF TRAVIS BUCK’s solo home run to put the host on the board. The big fourth inning rally was sparked by a two-run triple by INF JORDAN BROWN and back-to-back homers by C PAUL PHILLIPS and INF LUIS VALBUENA...RHP JOSH JUDY (2-1, 3.68 ERA) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season.

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How about a break for Carlos?

By Sheldon Published: April 24, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS: A Twin Cities reporter asked manager Manny Acta why he didn't give Carlos Santana more time off, for two reasons: He has a demanding job as catcher and he's been in a slump.

"Cal Ripken played more than 2,000 game in a row,'' Acta said. "Carlos has had a couple of games off (actually, one) already. And how many games have we played so far? He'll get his days off.''

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 23, 2011

Here's how the Indians minor league teams fared Friday:

Triple-A Columbus (10-5) - The host Clippers' game against Louisville was postponed due to inclement weather. A makeup date has yet to be announced.

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Acta: Weather no excuse for Santana's slump

By Sheldon Published: April 23, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS: Manager Manny Acta rejects the idea that playing in chilly weather has contributed to Carlos Santana's slump even though as a native of Dominican Republic, he is unaccustomed to the spring cold and rain encountered in the northern states.

""He played in Akron two years ago, and Akron is cold early in the season,'' the manager said. ""I think everybody minds the weather, but both teams have to play in it. It has been rough, though.''

Anaheim is the only venue where it's been reasonably warm (low 60s), and Santana was 0-for-10 in the Tribe's three-game series with the Angels.

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Indians, Twins rained out

By Sheldon Published: April 22, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS: The Indians and Twins were rained out tonight, and the game has yet to be rescheduled.

Fausto Carmona, who was scheduled to start, will pitch this afternoon, instead. He will face Brian Duensing, tonight's scheduled pitcher. Carlos Carrasco's start has been move back one to day Sunday. He will face former Tribe starter Carl Pavano.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 22, 2011

Here's how the Indians four minor league teams fared Thursday:

Triple-A Columbus (10-5) - OF CHAD HUFFMAN went 4-for-5 with three home runs and 10 RBI to lead the host Clippers to a 19-3 rout of Louisville. Huffman set a new franchise RBI record and became the first Clipper to homer three times since Indians 1B MATT LAPORTA acomplished the feat on June 9, 2010...RHP ZACH MCALLISTER (3-0, 4.76 ERA) picked up his third win of the season in limiting the Bats to two earned runs on seven hits over six innings.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 21, 2011

Here's how the Indians four minor league teams fared Wednesday:

Triple-A Columbus (9-5) - The host Clippers rallied past Louisville 4-3 at Huntington Park, scoring a run in each of the last four innings to record the victory...C LUKE CARLIN went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI...RF CHAD HUFFMAN put Columbus on the board in the sixth inning with a solo home run that sparked the Clippers offense to life...RHP ALEX WHITE limited the Indians to two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings, but earned a no-decision...RHP JOSH JUDY allowed a run in the ninth for the blown save, but lucked into the win when LF JERAD HEAD hit a RBI-single that scored 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL for the win.

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Kearns' DUI trial continued until May

By Sheldon Published: April 20, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo.: The DUI case against Austin Kearns has been continued until May 3 after a pretrial conference and show-cause hearing in Jessamine (Ky.) District Court on Tuesday.

Kearns was arrested near his off-season home near Lexington on Feb. 12 for suspicion of drunk driving.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 20, 2011

Here's how the Tribe's four minor league teams fared Tuesday:

Triple-A Columbus (8-5) - The host Clippers were doubled up by Loiusville 4-2...Columbus was held to just four hits on the night, with its two runs coming on 1B WES HODGES RBI ground out that scored SS LUIS VALBUENA in the third inning and C PAUL PHILLIPS RBI fielder's choice that scored LF JERAD HEAD in the fourth inning...LHP SCOTT BARNES, just called up from Double-A Akron, allowed all of the Bats' runs, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks in five innings...RHP's JENSEN LEWIS, FRANK HERRMANN and CARLTON SMITH combined to give the Clippers four innings of scoreless relief.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 19, 2011

Here's how the Indians minor league teams fared Monday:

Triple-A Columbus (8-4) - The host Clippers were defeated 13-5 by Toledo...RHP COREY KLUBER (0-2, 7.45 ERA) took the loss in dishing up six runs on six hits and three walks in just 4 2/3 innings. While the Mud Hens recorded 16 hits and had seven players with multi-hit games, the limited Clippers offense came from INF WES HODGES and OF CHAD HUFFMAN, each contributing two-run doubles.

Double-A Akron (6-6) - The Aeros halted a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over host Bowie...LHP KELVIN DE LA CRUZ (1-2, 1.80 ERA) earned his first win of the season, striking out nine batters and limiting the Baysox to two runs on six hits in five innings...LHP NICK HAGADONE worked 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings...DH MATT MCBRIDE went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run...OF JOHN DRENNEN and SS JUAN DIAZ each went hit 2-for-4 with a RBI...Closer and RHP CORY BURNS (0-0, 1.69 ERA) earned his fifth save in as many opportunities, yielding a solo home run before notching the save.

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Buck takes hit to make room for Gomez

By Sheldon Published: April 19, 2011

KANSAS CITY, No.: Travis Buck was optioned to Columbus this morning to make room on the roster for Jeanmar Gomez, who will start tonight against the Royals in place of the injured Mitch Talbot.

Buck, playing part time in the outfield, batted. 241 with three doubles, four runs and two RBI in 29 at-bats.

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Talbot to be sidelined at least four weeks

By Sheldon Published: April 18, 2011

KANSAS CITY: Mitch Talbot won't pitch for four weeks, and when he is ready to throw in a game, it will be on a rehabilation assignment in the minors.

""His treatment involves not throwing a baseball for seven days, at which point he is expected to begin an expedited throwing program,'' head trainer Lonnie Soloff said tonight. ""We are expecting Mitch to begin game activity in four weeks.''

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 18, 2011

Here's how the Indians four minor league teams fared Sunday:

Triple-A Columbus (8-3) - The host Clippers won their fourth of their last five games, topping Toledo 6-2 at Huntington Park...OF JERAD HEAD hit two home runs on the afternoon, his two-run home run shot in the sixth inning giving Columbus a 3-2 lead that was never relinquished. Head hit his second homer of the game in the eighth inning, another two-run shot to give him four RBI...C LUKE CARLIN also added to the home run parade with a solo homer in the seventh inning, going 3-for-4 with two RBI...LHP DAVID HUFF held the Mud Hens to just one hit and struck out five in five solid innings...But it was RHP ZACH PUTNAM who picked up the win with two hitless innings of work.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 18, 2011

Here's how the Indians four minor league teams fared Saturday:

Triple-A Columbus (7-3) - The visiting Clippers cruised to a 10-4 victory over Toledo...CF EZEQUIEL CARRERA went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored...1B JORDAN BROWN also had three RBI...RHP ZACH MCCALLISTER improved to 2-0 with the win, holding the Mud Hens to three runs on four hits over six innings.

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Sizemore in, Talbot out

By Sheldon Published: April 17, 2011

CLEVELAND: Grady Sizemore was activated from the disabled list this morning and will play center field and lead off this afternoon against the Orioles.

But no outfielder lost his job to make roster room for Sizemore, who has been out almost a year after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee. Instead, Mitch Talbot was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.

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Will Grady be activated on Monday?

By Sheldon Published: April 16, 2011

CLEVELAND: Grady Sizemore is done with his rehab assignment at Akron and Columbus, so what else does he have to do before he comes off the disabled list?

""He's going to be here for two days,'' manager Manny Acta said today. ""We're going to have to gauge how he is physically, but he'll be activated soon.''

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 16, 2011

Here’s how the Indians four minor league clubs fared Friday:

Triple-A Columbus Clippers (6-3) – The visiting Clippers lost to Toledo 5-4...2B JASON KIPNIS went 3-for-5 with a RBI...CF EZEQUIEL CARRERA went 2-for-4 with a run scored...SS CORD PHELPS drove in two RBI...RHP ALEX WHITE limited the Mud Hens to just two runs and struck out seven batters over six innings, but earned a no-decision when RHP PAOLO ESPINO gave up three runs in just 2/3 inning in relief for the blown save and loss.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 15, 2011

Here’s how the Indians four minor league clubs fared Thursday:

Triple-A Columbus Clippers (6-2) – The visiting Clippers swept a double header from host Toledo by scores of 1-0 and 7-3...In the first game, RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ (2-0, 1.42 ERA) pitched a complete-game shutout over seven innings, scattering eight hits while striking out seven...Indians OF GRADY SIZEMORE made his first appearance with Columbus, his solo home run in the third inning being the game's only run...In Game Two, RHP CARLTON SMITH picked up the win in relief, allowing just one hit over two innings...RHP and starter JOE MARTINEZ (0-0, 4.26 ERA), allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out three in just three innings...RHP ZACH PUTNAM (0-0, 1.69 ERA) picked up his second save by holding the Mud Hens to one hit over the final last two innings...OF CHAD HUFFMAN went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and RBI...DH JORDAN BROWN walked in each of his four plate appearances and scored two runs.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 14, 2011

Here’s how the Indians four minor league clubs fared Wednesday:

Triple-A Columbus Clippers (4-2) – The Clippers were off...Notes: Columbus is batting .275 as a team, the second highest team batting average in the International League…INF CORD PHELPS is batting .440 (11-for-25) with two home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored through six games. He also is tied for the league leader in total bases with 20 and is third in on-base percentage at .517…RHP JENSEN LEWIS has two saves...Lewis, along with RHP JOE MARTINEZ and RHP CARLTON SMITH have combined to pitch 7 1/3 scoreless innings while combining to strike out nine...OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is batting .348 (8-for-23) with a league-leading eight runs scored...3B LONNIE CHISENHALL is batting .292 with five doubles, a home run and seven RBI.

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Herrmann draws short straw

By Sheldon Published: April 14, 2011

A reliever had to be lopped off the roster to make room for Joe Smith, who comes off the disabled list Friday after his recovery from a strained abdominal muscle.

The unlucky guy is Frank Herrmann. The reason: He has options remaining. Other candidates either didn't have options (Justin Germano) or are veterans deemed too valuable despite recent performances (Chad Durbin).

Herrmann's record is not without blemishes either. In four appearances, he has five up four runs in 4 1/3 innings. The difference is that he is young and still learning. His lessons will come at Columbus for the time being.

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Smith returning for weekend, Sizemore soon after

By Sheldon Published: April 13, 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif.: Joe Smith should rejoin the Indians' bullpen crew for Friday night's game against the Orioles at Progressive Field.

""Smith is getting closer,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. ""I anticipate that he will be activated by this weekend.''

Smith suffered a strained ab in spring training and has been on a rehab assignment at Akron, where he pitched on consecutive nights, the final test in his recovery.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 13, 2011

Here’s how the Indians four minor league clubs fared Tuesday:

Triple-A Columbus Clippers (4-2) – The Clippers were swept in a double header by host Louisville by scores of 4-2 and 5-4...in the first game, RHP COREY KLUBER made his first start of the season and gave up three runs (two earned) in five innings...5.0 innings. INF's JORDAN BROWN and LUIS VALBUENA each hit solo home runs. In the second game, DH CORD PHELPS continued his hot start by going 3-for-4 with a run scored...LHP DAVID HUFF had a chance to pick up his second win, but gave up three runs to send the game into extra innings with the score tied 4-4 after seven innings...After the Clippers offense were unable to score in the top of the eighth inning, RHP JOSH JUDY took the loss after dishing up a home run as the Bats clinched the nightcap in walk-off fashion.

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Haren stops Tribe streak at eight

By Sheldon Published: April 13, 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif.: Fausto Carmona and Dan Haren locked up in a classic pitcher's battle as the Indians tried to extend their winning streak to nine games Tuesday night.

This is the kind of game the Tribe has been winning lately, but not this time, not with Haren throwing the first one-hitter of his career, the 17th in the history of the franchise.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 12, 2011

Here's how the Indians four minor league clubs fared Monday:

Triple-A Columbus Clippers (4-0) - The Clippers game at Louisville was postponed due to rain. The teams are slated to play a double header Tuesday beginning at 6 pm at Louisville Slugger Field as Columbus looks to start the season 5-0 for just the second time in team history (the 1979 squad beagn 10-0)...On Sunday, INF CORD PHELPS powered the Clippers with two home runs and four RBI and OF BUBBA BELL recorded Columbus' first four-hit performance of the young season as defending Triple-A Champions defeated Indianapolis 7-5...OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA extended his on-base streak to 20 games Sunday (.424 on-base percentage), after ending the 2010 regular season on a 16-game streak.

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Current Tribe Numbers to Savor

By sstorm Published: April 12, 2011

Sure, it's early in the season and there's a loooong way to go. But Tribe fans deserves to savor the team's current winning streak. So crunch these beautiful numbers:

* The Indians last started a season with an 8-2 or better mark in 2002 when they beagn the season on a red-hot 11-1 run.

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Talbot stifles Angels, as Tribe wins eighth in row

By Sheldon Published: April 12, 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif.: Tyler Chatwood appeared to grow up as a big-league pitcher in less than an hour Monday night at Angels Stadium. ¶

Called up from Triple-A earlier in the day to take the place of Dan Haren, Chatwood made his major-league debut starting against the Indians, who won their eighth consecutive game 4-0 over the Angels, behind another dominating pitching performance, this time by Mitch Talbot. ¶

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Tribe shortstop AL Player of the Week

By Sheldon Published: April 11, 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif.: Asdrubal Cabrera and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko have been named American League co-Players of the Week that ended Sunday.

In six games, Cabrera batted .360 with three home runs and eight RBI. He was second in the league with 19 total bases, tied for third with five runs scored and fourth with a .760 slugging percentage.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 11, 2011

Here's how the Indians affiliates fared Sunday:

Triple-A Columbus (4-0) – Clippers 2B CORD PHELPS and RF BUBBA BELL combined to go 6-for-9 with three runs, two home runs and six RBI (four by Phelps) to lead Columbus to a series sweep of Indianapolis with a 7-5 victory at Victory Field...RHP ZACH MCALLISTER earnd the win in limiting the Indains to four runs on seven hits in five innings and RHP ZACH PUTNAM notched his first save of the season.

Double-A Akron (2-2) - The Akron Aeros benefitted from five two-hit innings from RHP AUSTIN ADAMS to beat Binghamton 1-0 Sunday at Canal Park to earn a split in the four-game series. In his Double-A debut, Adams picked up the win in walking just one and striking out six...The Aeros lone run came on a B-Mets throwing error in the bottom of the fourth inning as C CHUN CHEN scored from second...INF JASON DONALD made his first rehab start for the Aeros, going 1-for-3...Closer and RHP CORY BURNS struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.

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Good omen for LaPorta?

By Sheldon Published: April 10, 2011

SEATTALE: Matt LaPorta hit three home runs in the first two games of the series with the Mariners. But there was a problem. All three were on the wrong side of the left field foul pole.

""That was always a good sign for me in college,'' he said this morning. ¶
All three came on different types of pitches.

""The first one Saturday was a fastball inside,'' he said. ""The second was a breaking pitch, and Friday night, it was something off speed. Maybe I can keep them fair today.''

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2011

Heres how the Indians minor league affiliates fared Saturday:

Triple-A Columbus (3-0) – The Clippers won their third consecutive game to open the season, topping host Indianapolis 8-7...CF EZEQUIEL CARRERA led the 11-hit parade with a 3-for-4 effort...2B JASON KIPNIS collected three RBI...RF JERAD HEAD went 2-for-5 with a home run...RHP ALEX WHITE, the Indians 2009 first-round pick (15th overall) limited Indianapolis to two runs on just three hits while striking out six over five innings in a no-decision.

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Masterson triggers Tribe's sixth win in row

By Sheldon Published: April 10, 2011

SEATTLE: Justin Masterson is 2-for-2. No, the Indians are not using him in the lineup, but he has made two starts and won both. Equally important, he stifled opposing hitters in both outings.

Saturday night at Safeco Field, the Tribe eked out a 2-1 win over the Mariners for its sixth win in a row, a feat made possible mostly by Masteron and the bullpen.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 9, 2011

Heres how the Indians minor league affiliates fared Friday:

Triple-A Columbus (2-0) - The Clippers topped Indianapolis 3-2...3B LONNIE CHISENHALL went 2-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI...CF EZEQUIEL CARRERA went 3-for-4 with a triple, RBI and run scored...RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ gave up just two runs in 5 2/3 innings, but RHP and reliever JOSH JUDY earned the win in an inning of work in which he struck out three batters.

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Tribe ruins Mariners' home opener

By Sheldon Published: April 9, 2011

SEATTLE: The Mariners didn't sell out Safeco Field for Friday night's home opener until Friday morning.

They came into the game against the Tribe with a 2-4 record, and when it was over they were 2-5, as the Indians delivered an early barrage of runs then coasted to a 12-3 win, their fifth in a row.

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Indians hammer Mariners

By Sheldon Published: April 9, 2011

SEATTLE: The Mariners didn't sell out Safeco Field for Friday night's home opener until Friday morning. ¶
They came into the game against the Tribe with a 2-4 record, and when it was over they were 2-5, as the Indians delivered an early barrage of runs then coasted to a 12-3 win, their fifth in a row.

Maybe all that is as it should be. Seattle lost 101 games in 2010 and has posted five losing seasons in the past seven years to go with five last place finishes. That scenario should have a familiar ring to Northeast Ohio fans.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 8, 2011

Take a look at how the Indians minor league teams fared Thursday:

Triple-A Columbus - The 2010 International League and Triple-A Champion Clippers began their title defense with a 4-3 win over Indianapolis...LHP DAVID HUFF (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win with six shutout innings, allowing only three hits and striking out two...DH CORD PHELPS went 3-for-3 with two walks and two RBI, coming within a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.

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Tribe's minor league pitching rotations

By sstorm Published: April 8, 2011

Here are the starting rotations for the Tribe’s four minor league affiliates to begin the 2011 season:

Triple-A Columbus: LHP David Huff, RHP Jeanmar Gomez, RHP Alex White,
RHP Zach McAllister, RHP Corey Kluber

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Elias takes note of Carmona's turn around and Cabrera's squeeze bunt

By sstorm Published: April 8, 2011

Tribe ace Fausto Carmona’s two-hit, seven-inning shutout Thursday in the Indians 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox marked a huge difference from his first outing on Opening Day when he was shelled for 10 runs on 11 hits in three-plus innings against the Chicago White Sox.

It even tied a 100-year-old mark.

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Tribe sweeps Red Sox for first time in 10 years

By sstorm Published: April 7, 2011

I know what you're thinking. You sure you got that headline right?

Yes, it's correct.

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Come visit our new blog for all things Aeros

By sstorm Published: April 6, 2011

Hi Aeros fans!

With the team's Opening Day at Canal Park just 24 hours away, we thought it was the perfect time the Aeros had their own blog. The last couple of years, we here at the Beacon Journal have included our Aeros musings and postings along with Indians information in our Tribe Matters blog.

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The setup for the setup man

By Sheldon Published: April 6, 2011

CLEVELAND: Without making a pronouncement or an announcement, it appears that manager Manny Acta has chosen his setup man.

All spring, Acta insisted that he had not selected one pitcher to hold leads in the eighth inning, but most likely the job would be split between Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp. But once the season opened, Sipp became the manager's man. On Sunday and Tuesday, Sipp was summoned to preserve the lead in the eighth inning.

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The Aeros new-look Berger

By sstorm Published: April 5, 2011

The Aeros made quite a splash before the baseball season began when the team unveiled an outrageous line of concession stand food that includes the Nice 2 Meet You Burger - a colossal pound and a half buger stuffed with a half-pound hot dog and a 1/4 pound bacon, cheese and onions.

Tuesday, the media met he 2011 Aeros players - which also included another standout Berger - as in 6-foot-2, left-handed picther Eric Berger.

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Building endurance is Sizemore's goal

By Sheldon Published: April 5, 2011

CLEVELAND: When will Grady Sizemore be activated from the disabled list?

Not when he gets X-number of at-bats or when his swing looks like it's peaking.

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Aeros Opening day roster set

By sstorm Published: April 4, 2011

The Aeros 2011 Opening Day Roster includes two of the Indians Top 10 prospects according to Baseball America.

Ninth-ranked RHP Joe Gardner and 10th ranked LHP Nick Hagadone will begin the season with the Aeros. Gardner split last season between high Class-A Kinston and low Class-A Lake County, while leading the Indians organization in wins (13) and strikeouts (140), was third in innings pitched (147.1) and fourth in ERA (2.75). Hagadone, a key component of the Victor Martinez trade to Boston two years ago, owned a 2.39 ERA at Kinston before being called up to Akron to finish the season.

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Aeros exhibition game against Clippers rained out Monday

By sstorm Published: April 4, 2011

The Akron Aeros exhibition game against the Columbus Clippers scheduled for today at 6:05 p.m. at Canal Park has been rained out.

“Due to the wet field conditions, and for the safety of our players and fans, we made the decision to cancel this exhibition game. We look forward to opening the season on Thursday, April 7 at Canal Park against Binghamton,” Aeros Executive Vice President Jim Pfander said.

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Sizemore, Smith to play in Akron Monday night

By Sheldon Published: April 3, 2011

CLEVELAND: Grady Sizemore and Joe Smith returned to Progressive Field this morning and will play in an exhibiton game between Akron and Columbus at Canal Park Monday at 6 p.m.

Before the Indians broke camp in Arizona, Sizemore (microfracture knee surgery) already was playing in exhibition games, though he has not played in consecutive games and alternated between being the designated hitter and center fielder. Smith (strained ab) was throwing simulated games but when he throws one inning Monday night, it will be his first game action.

Smith didn't mind returning to chilly weather.

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