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No last-minute deal for Tribe, but game isn't over

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 31, 2013

 CLEVELAND: Aside from obtaining matchup lefty Marc Rzepczynski, the Indians did not make a deal before today's trading deadline.

  “”Some people’s asking prices were just unreasonable,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”And if I think that, what do you think Chris was thinking?’’

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Pestano to minors to make room for Rzepczynski

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 30, 2013

   CLEVELAND:  After tonight's 7-4 win over the White Sox when most of the media had left the clubhouse, there were reports of Vinnie Pestano being hugged and saying his goodbyes to teammates. 

   That mean he either had been traded or was being sent to Triple-A to make room for the club's newest acquisition, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski.

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Tribe acquires lefty reliever from Cardinals

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 30, 2013

   CLEVELAND: The Indians have confirmed they acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the Cardinals late this afternoon.

   The 27-year-old has had a fitful year, posting a 7.84 ERA in 11 appearances (10 1/3 innings). He was optioned to Triple-A Memphis this morning.

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Report: Tribe to acquiring lefty reliever from Cardinals

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 30, 2013

   CLEVELAND: According to a twitter report out of St. Louis, the Cardinals have a deal in place to send left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the Indians.

   Rzepczynski has spent a fitful season, moving from Triple-A Memphis to St. Louis and back. He was optioned to Memphis this morning.

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After Tigers acquire reliever, how should Tribe respond?

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 29, 2013

 CLEVELAND: Now that the Tigers have acquired closer Jose Veras from the Astros, what will the Indians do to counter the move? Or is that the wrong question?

“”I think Chris has a real good grasp of who we are and where we’re going,’’ manager Terry Francona said of GM Chris Antonetti. “”I don’t think that (Tigers acquisition) will have anything to do with what we want to do and how we want to get there.’’

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Aviles makes a point; Tribe leads majors in shutouts

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 28, 2013

 CLEVELAND: Getting a three-game sweep is noteworthy, but Mike Aviles had a different take on today's win over the Rangers.

“”It’s not so much the sweep,’’ Aviles said. “”We played a clean game. We need to do that when the pitching is giving us a chance to win.’’

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Vetern lefty Scott Kazmir tosses 8-inning gem &Tribe offense explodes for 10 runs on 13 hits

By Stephanie Storm Published: July 24, 2013

SEATTLE: Channeling his inner Al Davis, Indians managerTerry Francona had only one wish for his beleaguered team entering Wednesday’s game at Safeco Field: Just win, baby.

Didn’t matter to the veteran skipper how his stumbling club did it. Just that somehow, the Tribe escaped from Safeco Field with a “W” in hand in the series finale. That way, they could enjoy the long plane ride home to Northeast Ohio and a much-needed off-day Thursday before opening a seven-game homestand Friday at Progressive Field.

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Indians enjoy 10-1 bust out victory over Mariners in final game of road trip

By Stephanie Storm Published: July 24, 2013

SEATTLE: Channeling his inner Al Davis, Indians manager Terry Francona had only one wish for his beleaguered team entering Wednesday’s game at Safeco Field: Just win, baby.

 

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Shaky defense and a rusty McAllister doom Indians in 4-3 loss to Mariners

By Stephanie Storm Published: July 24, 2013

SEATTLE: It’s never a good combination to employ a skittish defense behind a rusty pitcher making his first start in a month and half following a disabled list stint.

But that was the reality that quickly emerged for the struggling Indians Tuesday, in the second game of a three-game series at Safeco Field. And it was one that resulted in an ugly 4-3 defeat that all but gift-wrapped the Mariners season-high eighth consecutive win.

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A trio of errors, bad inning from McAllister spell doom Indians in 4-3 loss to Mariners

By Stephanie Storm Published: July 24, 2013

SEATTLE: It’s never a good combination to employ a skittish defense behind a rusty pitcher making his first start in a month and half following a disabled list stint.

But that was the reality facing the struggling Indians Tuesday in Seattle in the second game of this three-game series at Safeco Field, one that resulted in an ugly 4-3 defeat that all but gift-wrapped the Mariners season-high eighth consecutive win.

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Nick Swisher's homer not enough as Indians fall 2-1 at Seattle Monday

By Stephanie Storm Published: July 23, 2013

SEATTLE: The host Mariners pushed their season-high winning streak to seven games while the Indians continued to stumble out of the gate in the second half, as Seattle took the first game of this series at picturesque Safeco Field 2-1 on Monday.

Coming off a three-game weekend sweep of the Houston Astros, the Mariners continued their success against the Indians in a game in which all three runs came via solo home runs.

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Indians lose 2-1 to host Mariners in first game of three-game series at Safeco Field

By Stephanie Storm Published: July 23, 2013

SEATTLE: The host Mariners pushed their season-high winning streak to seven games while the Indians continued to stumble out of the gate in the second half, as Seattle took the first game of this series at picturesque Safeco Field 2-1 Monday.

Coming off a three-game weekend sweep of the Houston Astros, the Mariners continued their success against the visiting Indians in a game in which all three runs came via solo home runs.

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Masterson's no-hit bid stopped after six

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 21, 2013

 MINNEAPOLIS: Justin Masterson had a no hitter going against the Twins after six innings, but Brian Dozier doubled to center field to lead off the seventh.

Breaking his bat on the pitch, Dozier hit a lazy looping fly to shallow center. Drew Stubbs, trying to save the no-hitter, made a headlong dive for the ball, but it got past him, and Dozier ended up on second.

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Kluber scheduled to make next start; Swisher not cleaning up

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 21, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS: Neither Corey Kluber nor manager Terry Francona expects Klubwe to miss his next start, deapite hip soreness that forced him out of Saturday night's game after five innings.

A contingency plan is in place just in case Kluber’s hip remains a problem.

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McAllister scheduled to start Tuesday

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 20, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS:  Manager Terry Francona made it official this afternoon: Zach McAllister will come off the disabled list to rejoin the rotation Tuesday night against the Mariners in Seattle.

""He's all set, good to go,'' Francona said, after McAllister threw a bullpen session. ""He's done a really good job of being patient. We impressed on him that if he did it right, he would be able to continue with his progress instead of fiddling around and having this be a problem.''

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Gomes teaming with Kazmir; Myers in limbo

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 19, 2013

 Scott Kazmir and Yan Gomes are becoming a team within a team. 


Francona has noted that in six starts with Carlos Santana behind the plate, Kazmir is 1-3 with a 7.39 ERA. In 10 starts with Gomes as his catcher, Kazmir is 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA.

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Indians manager Terry Francona appreciates how Tribe weathered 1st-half losing skid

By Stephanie Storm Published: July 13, 2013

Like all major league teams, the Indians experienced their share of ups and down during the unofficial first half of the season that is considered the stretch before the upcoming All-Star Break.

 

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Indians SS prospect Francisco Lindor to make Double-A debut in Akron next week

By Stephanie Storm Published: July 13, 2013

CLEVELAND: After weeks and nearly a month of denying that they would likely promote young shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor to Double-A Akron following the All-Star Break, the Indians have done just that.

 

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Rookie reliever Preston Guilmet impresses Tribe brass in brief big league debut

By Stephanie Storm Published: July 12, 2013

It was just a quick look, and didn’t come in the best of situations, but Preston Guilmet’s brief major league debut left a lasting impression on many, including Indians manager Terry Francona.

 

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Indians promote Chen-Chang Lee, sending Danny Salazar out

By Ron Ledgard Published: July 12, 2013

The Indians promoted right-hander Chen-Chang Lee from Triple-A Columbus and sent Danny Salazar back to Triple-A.

Here is the team's release:

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McAllister ready to go out on rehab assignment

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 10, 2013

  CLEVELAND: Zach McAllister (finger injury) will make his first rehab appearance at Akron on Saturday night then pitch some time next week at an undetermined site.


   “”He has a chance to go four innings in his first outing,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”He won’t throw any curveballs. But he can do that in his bullpens. In his second rehab game, he will throw curveballs.’’

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Salazar gets nod over Bauer to start Thursday

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 9, 2013

   CLEVELAND:  Danny Salazer is the surprise choice to make Thursday's start against the Blue Jays. 

   Conventional wisdom indicated that Trevor Bauer would be called up from Columbus, rather than Salazar, who has yet to pitch in the majors.

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McAllister looks good in sim game; Pestano taking break from setup duties

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 8, 2013

   CLEVELAND: Zach McAllister (sprained finger) threw a three-inning simulated game today and suffered no ill effects.

   Five players were brought from Lake County to face McAllister, who also took pitchers fielding practice between the second and third innings. During the outing, McAllister threw fastballs, cutters and changeups but no curveballs, the pitch that aggravated the injury, forcing him onto the disabled list a month ago.

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Carrasco out of a job?

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 7, 2013

   CLEVELAND: Is Carlos Carrasco back in Columbus for the short term or long term?.


  After giving up six earned runs in 31/3 innings Saturday in the Tribe’s 9-4 loss to the Tigers, Carrasco was optioned to Triple-A and reliever Preston Guilmet was sumoned to Cleveland..

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Indians Kipnis and Masterson named American League All-Stars

By Stephanie Storm Published: July 6, 2013

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnisand right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson were named to the American League All-Star Team July 16th at the New York Mets Citi Field.

 

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Omar: Don't miss playing

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 6, 2013

   CLEVELAND: Omar Vizquel is the exception in that he admits he doesn't miss playing now that his career is over.

Of ourse, he didn't retire from the field until he was 45 years old. 

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Recollections from Omar

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 6, 2013

   CLEVELAND: Two stories from Omar Vizquel, who is in town as part of the Indians' alumni weekend series.

  Asked to pick his favorite story about Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez, Vizquel said it was difficult to pick one, but he told these:

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McAllister nearing rehab assignment

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 5, 2013

   CLEVELAND: Zach McAllister threw his third bullpen session today and had no problems with hiw sprained finger, which means he will enter the next phase of his recovery.

    “”He threw 30 pitches, sat down and threw 30 more,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”He threw fastballs, cutters and splits. Monday, he will throw a simulated game. We’ll bring in some guys from Lake County for that.’’

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Sleep doesn't come easily to Francona

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 4, 2013

  KANSAS CITY, Mo.:  With Wednesday night’s game ending about 1:15 a.m., there was a quick turnaround for today’s 1 p.m. series finale.

   That means that manager Terry Francona needed to fall asleep quickly once he got back to his hotel room.
   But that’s not what happened.
   “”I get too revved up during the season,’’ Francona said. “”When you know you need to sleep, you can’t. I was watching some political show and the remote was about four feet away. Too far. So I learned something about that guy (Edward) Snowden.’’
 

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Royals 6, Indians 5: Jason Kipnis' inside-the-park homer not enough in another long, strange game

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 4, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo.: It was not a good night for baseball.

Even the Kansas City Royals, who beat the Indians 6-5, had misgivings about the evening’s activities at Kauffman Stadium.

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Gardenhire makes veiled threat against Tribe

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 3, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Who knew that when Ryan Doumit of the Twins scored in the ninth innning of a 5-3 win over the Tribe on June 23, the play would end in controversy.

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire claims that catcher Yan Gomes was illegally blocking the plate, causing Doumit to sprain his ankle, and that retribution might be forthcoming.

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Rain refuses to go away

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 3, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo,: A relatively small patch of rain continues to hang over Kauffman Stadium, preventing the start of the Indians-Royals game.

   Rain began to fall bout 5:30 (CDT) and is continuing as the clock reads 6:34. For whatever reason, the bank of showers is refusing to move.

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Kipnis obvious choice as AL Player of Month

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 3, 2013

   KANSAS CITY:  Jason Kipnis was selected as American League Player of the Month of June after twice winning the league’s top weekly award.

 For the month, Kipnis batted .419 with 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 25 RBI and 17 runs. His 30 walks helped push his on-base percentage to .517 (tops in the league), and his .699 slugging percentage was second best in the AL.  

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Masterson in elite company

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 2, 2013

   KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Justin Masterson is the fifth major-league pitcher in the past 19 seasons to win at least 10 games and have three complete-game shutouts before the All-Star break.

   The other four: Greg Maddux in 1998 with the Braves, Dontrelle WIllis in 2005 with the Marlins, Chris Carpenter in 2005 with the Cardinals and Roy Halladay in 2010 with the Phillies.

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Myers suffers setback

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 2, 2013

  KANSAS CITY, Mo.: – Brett Meyers (right elbow inflammation) never made it to the mound Monday night at Lake County and apparently has suffered a setback.


“”He was warming up to come into the game and didn’t feel good,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”He was supposed to throw two innings (about 40 pitches). He was examined and the (MRI) scan came back good. But he will do no throwing for three to five days, then we’ll reevaluate him.’’

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