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Gomez wins spot in Indians rotation

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 31, 2012

   GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Sustaining a minor injury pitching in an exhbiition game Friday didn't hurt Jeanmar Gomez's chances of earning a spot as an Indians starter.

  This afternoon, General Manager Chris Antonetti announced that Gomez had won the competition with Kevin Slowey for the final job in the rotation.

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Gomez "day to day'' with hip strain

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 30, 2012

  GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Jeanmar Gomez, one of two starters competing for the final spot in the rotation, left today's game with two outs in the fourth with a leg injury.

   Gomez made a dive into first base to complete a double play and injured his hip, head trainer Lonnie Soloff said.

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Roster begins to come into focus

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 30, 2012

   GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians made several decisions this morning, whittling the roster to 34 and officially giving several players jobs.

  General Manager Chris Antonetti announced that Jason Donald is on the team as a utility infielder/outfielder and that Dan Wheeler will fill one of two vacant bullpen positions.

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Hot rumor: Tribe trading for Abreu

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 30, 2012

GOODYEAR, ARIZ.: Various internet reports say the Tribe is on the verge of acquiring 38-year-old Bobby Abreu from the Angels.

Abreu had his worst overall season in 2011 and is not in the Angels' plans. He batted .253 with eight homers and 60 RBI in 502 at-bats.

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New hopeful enters Indians bullpen derby

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 29, 2012

GOODYEAR: It's out with new and in with the newer for the Indians.

This morning, they jettisoned Henricus VanderHurk, whom they claimed on waivers from the Blue Jays March 21. Also this morning, the Tribe acquired right-hander Jairo Asencio from the Braves for cash.

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Tribe offense needs boost

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 28, 2012

MESA, Ariz.: The Indians' offense has lagged all spring.

Statistically, it ranks near the bottom of the American League in hits, runs, home runs and batting average. Spring training games don't count, but we've seen this during the regular season of 2011.

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Wind turbine installed on top of Progressive Field

By Ron Ledgard Published: March 28, 2012

From the Associated Press

It might not help them win or hit any home runs, but the Indians have added some power.
The club began installation of an innovative wind turbine today on top of Progressive Field.

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It's official: Hannahan will open at third; LaPorta to minors

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 27, 2012

GLENDALE, Ariz.: The Indians sent Lonnie Chisenhall, Matt LaPorta and Chad Huffman back to the  minor-league camp today, ensuring that Jack Hannahan will open the season at third.

"We still saw a lot of positives with Lonnie this spring,'' General Manager Chris Antonetti said. "He made great strides defensively. Offensively, he needs to get more consistent. Fundamentally, he has a very good swing, but he needs to manage the strike zone better.''

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Is Tribe interested in Vlad?

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 26, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: A report by ESPN Deportes says that veteran outfielder Vladimir Guerrero worked out for the Indians at their facility in the Dominican Republc.

An anonymous source was cited saying the Tribe was interested in signing the 37-year-old, but the club's director of operations in the Dominican, Ramon Pena, refused to confirm or deny that he worked out.

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Tribe offense mostly a no-show

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 25, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians' attack has lagged for most of the spring, and it was no different Sunday in a 6-2 loss to the Cubs at Goodyear Ballpark.

The Tribe ranks 12th among American League teams in runs (96) and in batting average (.250).

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Lowe proclaims himself ready for season

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 24, 2012

GLENDALE, Ariz.: Derek Lowe delivered six strong innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and no walks, as the Indians lost to the Dodgers 5-4 this afternoon.

"I'm ready,'' Lowe said. "This is the first time all spring that it felt like an actual game. I knew that I was going to be out there long enough to really be pitching. And they had their whole regular team out there.''

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Indians' Tomlin imperfect but back on track

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 24, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: After struggling in his past two starts, Josh Tomlin redeemed himself Friday tonight, as the Indians lost to the Angels 4-1 at Goodyear Ballpark.

Tomlin pitched five innings and gave up two runs, six hits and one walk, striking out three.

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Tribe makes minor personnel moves

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 23, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Kelvin De La Cruz is on the move again.

Having been traded from the Indians to the Rangers and back again within a month, the one-time pitching prospect was designated for assignment earlier in the week, and today he was claimed on waivers by the Tigers. 

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Tribe claims pitcher from Blue Jays

By System Administrator Published: March 22, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians claimed right-hander Rick VandenHurk off waivers from Toronto and will bring him to major-league camp in the next few days.

VandenHurk,  26, has pitched in parts of five big-league seasons with the Marlins and Orioles. Last year for Baltimore, he appeared in four games (twice as a starter) and gave up eight earned runs, 12 hits and eight w,alks  in nine innings. Opposing batters hit .324 against him.

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Brantley leaves game with strained hamstring; Lowe goes five in ""B'' game

By Sheldon Published: March 19, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Michael Brantley left Monday's game with s strained hamstring after running out a ground ball in the first inning of a game against the Dodgers.

""It's his right hamstring,'' manager Manny Acta said. "It's very mild. We took him out as a precaution. The day off (today) should help him.''

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Tomlin rocked in loss to Royals

By Sheldon Published: March 18, 2012

SURPRISE, Ariz.: Josh Tomlin gave up six runs and 10 hits in four innings, raising his earned-run average to 10.50, as the Tribe lost to the Royals 6-4 this afternoon.

Unlike his attitude when Ubaldo Jinenez wes roughed up Saturday, manger Manny Acta said was not concerned.

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FIve more players sent to minor-league camp

By Sheldon Published: March 18, 2012

SURPRISE, Ariz.: The Indians began training camp with 62 players, but that number has diminished to 49 after five more players were dispatched to the minor-league camp this morning.

Outrfielder Ezequiel Carrera, infielder Juan Diaz and right-hander Corey Kluber were optioned to Columbus, while right-hander Hector Ambriz and catcher Michel Hernandez were sent to the minor-league camp to be reassigned later.  None of these players were candidates to make the 25-man roster.

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Acta: Time for Jimenez to get it together

By Sheldon Published: March 17, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Ubaldo Jimenez gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings, as the Indians lost to the Reds 9-2 Saturday at Goodyear Ballpark.

The poor outing raised Jimenez's spring earned-run average to 9.31 in 9 2/3 innings and prompted manager Manny Acta to say this about the Tribe's No. 2 starter:  ""Ubaldo had very little command of his pitches today. He threw 80-some pitches to get through 3 2/3 innings. He has three more outings to go . Those next three will tell us if we have something to worry about or what. It's time for him to get it in gear.''

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Chris Perez looks forward to next bullpen session

By Sheldon Published: March 16, 2012

TEMPE, Ariz.: Chris Perez  threw his first bullpen session since sustaining a strained oblique more than three weeks ago and reported no ill effects.

""It felt good,'' he said. ""I'm not 100 percent yet; I didn't expect to be. I was kind of rusty. It felt like the first bullpen of spring training. I'll throw another bullpen on Sunday, throw simulated games and then work myself into (exhibition) games.''

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Four sent to minor-league camp; opener sold out

By Sheldon Published: March 15, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians recduced their spring training roster by four this morning, optioning left-hander Scott Barnes and outfielders Thomas Neal and Nick Weglarz to Columbus and right-hander Danny Salazar to the Carolina Mudcats (formerly Kinston).

Barnes was especially impressive, appearing in three games and allowing no runs, five hits and one walk in seven innings. He struck out six.

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Lowe breaks string of bad pitching performances

By Sheldon Published: March 14, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.: For the most part, Indians starting pitchers have been prime underachievers this spring. Not so today, when Derek Lowe delivered four strong innings, as the Tribe and Giants tied 2-2 in 10 innings.

Using only 42 pitches, Lowe gave up one run, two hits and a walk, the Giants scoring in the first inning without benefit of a hit.

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Report: Hernandez's salary cut

By Sheldon Published: March 14, 2012

SCOTTSDALE: General Manager Chris Antonetti said he ""couldn't elaborate'' on a report by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.com that the Tribe has restructured the contract of Roberto Hernandez (the former Fausto Carmona) and eliminated one of the two options seasons.

Hernandez has been stuck in the Dominican Republic after Dominican and U.S. officials learned his father had purchased the identity of another person when Hernandez was a teenager. The new identity made Hernandez three years younger.

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Kotchman, Pie ready to return? Perez will face hitters

By Sheldon Published: March 12, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Casey Kotchman and Felix Pie apparently will not miss much time after sustaining injuries on Sunday.

Kotchman showed up at camp with a sore lower back  Sunday morning and was scratched form the lineup.

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Defense collapses as Tribe loses two

By Sheldon Published: March 11, 2012

SURPRISE, Ariz.: When the toll was finally counted up, Indians defenders committed seven errors and let in eight unearned runs this afternoon,  as the Tribe dropped a 17-2 decision to the Angels in Tempe and a 6-1 decision to the Rangers here.

Shortstop Cristian Guzman botched a ground ball in the first inning against the Rangers; Tony Sipp made two throwing errrors in the fourth inning, and another reliever, Corey Kluber, made an error in the fifth. But the four errors led to only two unearned runs.

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Three players sent to minor league camp; Kotchman scratched from lineup

By Sheldon Published: March 11, 2012

SURPRISE, Ariz.:  The first cuts of spring came this morning, as the Indians sent right-handers Austin Adams, Tyler Sturdevant and catcher Chun Chen back to the minor-league camp for assignment.

All three have been sidelined the past few days with minor injuries. Both pitchers are suffering with soreness in their right shoulders, and Chen has  sprainbed ankle.

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Choo homer fails to prevent fifth loss

By Sheldon Published: March 10, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Shin-Soo Choo hit his second home run of the spring, and manager Manny Acta found aspects of the game to praise, but the Indians lost 5-2 to the Padres this afternoon, fixing their exhibition season record at 2-5-1.

""I'm very happy about the way (Justin) Masterson threw,'' Acta said. ""He got through three innings with less than 50 pitches, and he mixed his pitches well. Scott Barnes alwo threw very well, and (Shin-Soo) Choo had quality at-bats all day.''

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Offense, pitching fails as Tribe routed by Brewers

By Sheldon Published: March 9, 2012

PHOENIX: Nothing went right today for the Indians, who suffered an embarrassing 12-2 loss to the Brewers.

Milwaukee pitchers did not give up a hit until the seventh, when Cristian Guzman lined a two-out single to center off Manny Parra. The Tribe remained scoreless until the ninth, when Nick Weglarz and Matt LaPorta walked and Andy LaRoche ripped a two-out double to left to enable Cleveland to avoid the shutout.

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Tribe signs final 12 players on 40-man roster

By Sheldon Published: March 9, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The remaining 12 unsigned players on the Indians' 40-man roster have agreed to terms.

The final dozen: Frank Herrmann, Zach McAllister, Scott Barnes, Russ Canzler, Ezequiel Carrera, Lonnie Chisenhall, Juan Diaz, Shelley Duncan, Nick Hagadone, Jason Kipnis, Lou Marson and Vinnie Pestano.

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Jimenez stumbles for second time

By Sheldon Published: March 8, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Ubaldo Jimenez failed to complete his assigned three innings this afternoon, as the Indians lost to the Angels 6-5 at Goodyear Ballpark.

Throwing 31 pitches (only 15 strikes)  in the first inning, Jimenez gave up two runs, two hits, two walks and heaved a wild pitch before retiring the side in order in the second, throwing eight pitches.

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Opening Day tickets scarce

By Sheldon Published: March 8, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Only single seats and standing room ticketes are left for the Indians' season opener agsinst the Blue Jays April 5 at Progressive Field.

Because only single seats are available, the club released standing room tickets priced at $10. Tickets for all 81 home games can be purchased by logging onto www.indians.com/tickets, visiting any  Tribe Team Shop, the Progressive Field box office, by phone at 216-420-4487 and at Ticketmaster outlets.

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Tribe flexes muscles, buries Diamondbacks

By Sheldon Published: March 7, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.:  Jason Kipnis, Shin-Soo Choo and Jack Hannahan unloaded on Diamondbacks pitchers, as the Indians breezed to a 10-2 win today at Salt River Fields.

""We came out swinging right off the bat,'' manager Manny Acta said, ""Kipnis and Choo set the tone.  We were making good contact and made something happen.''

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Masterson shelled as Tribe loses to Reds

By Sheldon Published: March 5, 2012

 

GOODYEAR: It was only his first outing of the spring, so neither Justin Masterson nor manager manager Manny Acta were concerned that the staff ace gave up six runs, five hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings, as the Tribe lost 12-7 to the Reds today.

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Tribe falls to Reds; Perez thinks he's ready to start throwing

By Sheldon Published: March 4, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Ubaldo Jimenez struggled through the first inning, giving up five runs, to sink the Indians, who lost 8-6 to the Reds today.

Jimenez was charged with only one earned run, because of an error at first by Russ Canzler, but he gave up five hits and a walk. However, there were mitigating circumstances, as two Reds hits never left the infield and one was blooped into right field to score two runs.

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Indians, Reds tie in exhibition season opener

By Sheldon Published: March 3, 2012

GOODYEAR: The Indians got off to a fast start, taking a 4-0 lead after three innings, but the Reds took advantage of  Frank Herrmann and the game eventually ended in a 6-6 tie in the exhibition opener for both teams at Goodyear Ballpark.

""I saw some good things today, especially early from our starting lineup,'' manager Manny Acta said. ""We did some good situational hitting, driving guys in from third.''

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Masterson Opening Day starter

By Sheldon Published: March 2, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: To the surprise of nobody, manager Manny Acta named Justin Masterson as the Tribe's Opening Day starter this morning.

Masterson was the workhorse of the rotation last in 2011, making 34 starts and appearing once in relief. He amassed 216 innings and compiled a 12-10 record with as 3.21 earned-run average.

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Sizemore undergoes surgery, out at least 8-12 weeks

By Sheldon Published: March 1, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Grady Sizemore's injury problems have worsened.

Dr. Barth Green of the University of Miami School of Medicine performed a micro discectomy in what was described by the team as ""minimally invasive.'' Sizemore is expected to miss at least eight to 12 weeks. He will return to the Tribe's spring training headquarters here to do his rehabilitation program.

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Canzler stars in intrasquad game

By Sheldon Published: March 1, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Russ Canzler came as advertised, as he hit a grand slam and a single, driving in five runs during today's five-inning intrasquad game that ended in a 5-5 tie.

The Indians acquired Canzler, 25, from Tampa Bay at the end of January for cash. He was touted as a hitter, and he made good on that promise today.

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