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Brantley, Lewis officially on the team

By Sheldon Published: March 31, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Michael Brantley and Jensen Lewis were summoned to manager Manny Acta's office this morning and told that they had made the team.

""I obviously had a good spring, and they liked what they saw,'' said Brantley, who is batting .333 in 45 at-bats. ""I officially made the team, so this is a great day.''

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Masterson throws strikes in loss to LA

By Sheldon Published: March 30, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: As per manager Manny Acta's orders, Justin Masterson threw strikes, but the Indians lost 11-2 to the Dodgers Monday night at Goodyear Ballpark.

Masterson was mostly effective in his 5 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out six. His undoing was allowing a two-run homer to Andre Ethier in the fourth inning.

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Branyan to start season on DL

By Sheldon Published: March 28, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz.: Russell Branyan's herniated disc will keep him from opening the season on the active roster.

He will be placed the 15-day disabled list as of March 27, which he an be activated on April 11. That doesn't mean he will be ready at that time.

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Branyan says no-go

By Sheldon Published: March 27, 2010

Not long after Russell Branyan took ground balls at first base this morning, he walked to the clubhouse and was asked by two reporters if he would play in games next week.

Branyan said no and walked away. If Branyan doesn't get 30 or more at-bats against live pitching the final week of training camp, he will not open the season at first base. He has been sidelined the entire spring with a herniated disc.

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Adam Miller remains in the shadows, unable to pitch

By Sheldon Published: March 26, 2010

Not long ago, Adam Miller was the brightest prospect in the Indians' farm system, a pitcher who could throw a fastball 100 miles per hour, touted as the next staff ace or possibly a star closer.

Then he hurt his right middle finger. How bad could a finger injury be? The finger became an issue in 2008, and Miller is nowhere near being able to pitch today. Multiple surgeries fixed one problem but created another: scar tissue that prevents his finger from being flexible enough to manipulate a ball.

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Decision on Branyan will come this week

By Sheldon Published: March 23, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz: Russell Branyan said this morning that a decision on his availability for the season opener will be made in three or four days.

Branyan has yet to play in a game because of a herniated disc that cost him the last month of the 2009 season. He passed a physical before signing with the Indians late in February, but back pain has kept him off the field.

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Pitching staff is shaping up

By Sheldon Published: March 23, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians reduced their spring roster by eight this morning, leaving 38 players in major-league camp.

More important, manager Manny Acta said on Monday that after the next cut, he would begin piecing together the uncertain areas of the team: rotation, bullpen, utility players.

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Indians try to control mess in the Dominican

By Sheldon Published: March 22, 2010

MESA, Ariz.: John Mirabelli, the Indians' assistant general manager for scouting, has the thankless job of rooting out Dominican Republic teenagers bent on scamming the Tribe.

Last week three kids (all were 19 or under) failed drug tests and were banned from the Dominican Republic Summer League for 50 days. The suspension was academic, because the Indians cancelled the contracts of all three players.

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Wood sidelined at least six weeks

By Sheldon Published: March 20, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff told the media this morning that closer Kerry Wood will miss six to eight weeks with a strained muscle in his back.

Wood, who last pitched on March 10, has had problems with the latissimus dorsi muscle before. But in past years, the soreness in the large muscle in his back, below the shoulder, would invariably subside before the start of the season.

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Seven prospects reassigned to minor-league camp

By Sheldon Published: March 19, 2010

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.: Today is the day the Indians' phenoms return to work on the minor-league back lots.

Seven of the Tribe's most promising farmhands, who had no chance of making the team in spring training, were reassigned. Catcher Carlos Santana, the top prospect in the organization, right-handers Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Rondon plus injured outfielder Jordan Brown were optioned to Columbus to continue their Triple-A careers.

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Cabrera says it's time to play

By Sheldon Published: March 18, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Asdrubal Cabrera's strained groin has improved to the point where he thinks he's ready to get back on the field.

""I've been taking ground balls, and today I'm going to run the bases,'' he said this morning. ""I've also taken batting practice. Tomorrow, I'm going to play in a game.''

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Carmona sharp in win over Reds

By Sheldon Published: March 18, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Fausto Carmona pitched four strong innings, overshadowing a 12-hit explosion by the Indians' attack, as the Reds fell 8-2 at Goodyear Ballpark Wednesday night.

After allowing a run in the first inning on a double and single, Carmona retired eight of the next 10 batters. Only two runners reached over this span, both on walks, but Carmona threw two double-play balls to wipe them off the bases. In seven spring innings, Carmona has given up three hits and one run.

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Tribe claims infielder from Mets

By Sheldon Published: March 17, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians this afternoon made a waiver claim from the Mets, bringing infielder Anderson Hernandez to camp.

Apparently, Hernandez, 27, has a more favorable upside than infielder Brian Bixler, who was designated for assignment to make room for Hernandez on the 40-man roster.

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Tribe acquires pitcher for Lofgren

By Sheldon Published: March 16, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians agreed on a minor-league deal to allow the Brewers to send Chuck Lofgren to the minors.

In exchange for waiving its right to be offered Lofgren back, the Tribe hs acquired right-hander Omar Aguilar, 25, who spent last season at Double-A Huntsville and Class A Brevard County.

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Minor deal in the works?

By Sheldon Published: March 15, 2010

During the winter meetings, the Brewers took left-hander Chuck Lofgren from the Indians in the Rule 5 draft for $50,000.

According to the rules, Milwaukee must keep Lofgren on its 25-man roster for the entire season or offer him back to the Tribe for half of what it paid.

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Cabrera diagnosed with strained groin

By Sheldon Published: March 13, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Asdrubal Cabrera gave an update on his injury at 11:45 this morning, as he walked into the locker room.

""It's my left groin,'' he said, referring to a strain he sustained diving back into third base on a pickoff attempt Friday. ""I think it will be only three or four days.''

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No word on Cabrera's condition

By Sheldon Published: March 13, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: As of 10 a.m. this morning (Arizona time), there was still no news on the condition of Asdrubal Cabrera, who hurt his left leg diving back into a base on a pickoff attempt Friday.

A Tribe official said the issue could only be addressed by manager Manny Acta, because it was a ""day-to-day'' injury. That would seem to indicate the injury is not serious, but Cabrera was not scheduled to play today against the Rangers. Carlos Rivero was in the lineup intead.

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Branyan missing no longer

By Sheldon Published: March 12, 2010

Where was Russell Branyan? This morning, he was sitting in front of his locker after his workout regimen.

Nobody had seen much of Branyan the past few days. He has not played in a game yet, and his presence has been scarce on the practice fields.

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Vizquel denies giving Cleveland bad rap

By Sheldon Published: March 11, 2010

The Indians were never in the picture when Omar Vizquel sought employment over the winter.

The White Sox and Vizquel's agent, Adam Katz, quickly came to a meeting of the minds and after one season with the Rangers.

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Indians payroll drops about $20 million

By Sheldon Published: March 10, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians wrapped up signing season, announcing this morning that every player on the 40-man roster was no under contract.

The final active roster won't be chosen for a few more weeks, so we won't know how much the club will pay for its 25-man roster, the one the fans care about. However, it's becoming clear that the Tribe's obligation to those 25 players will be much less than last year's Opening Day total of $81 million.

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Seattle Indians

By Sheldon Published: March 9, 2010

PEORIA, Ariz.: Walk into the Mariners' clubhouse and there is a noticeable abundance of -- former Indians.

In alphabetical order: catcher Josh Bard, outfielder Milton Bradley, first baseman Ryan Garko, outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, reliever Mike Koplove and last but certainly not least, starting pitcher and former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee.

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Weathering the weather

By Sheldon Published: March 8, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz.: Maybe this will cheer the winter-weary citizens of Northeast Ohio.

As the game between the Indians and Diamondbacks began this afternoon, the temperature in Akron was 48 degrees and sunny. In Cleveland, it was 50 with sun. Tucson's temperature was 50 and overcast. Real overcast.

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Westbrook victim of rainout

By Sheldon Published: March 7, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The rain streaming up from Mexico today looked like it would last until about four in the afternoon.

Apparently, Indians officials thought so too and cancelled the exhibition game against the Rangers. When a spring training game is scratched, there is always someone among the media who yells out, ""When is the day-night doubleheader?''

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Bad news for Brown, Grilli

By Sheldon Published: March 6, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The news wasn't good for outfielder Jordan Brown and reliever Jason Grilli, both of whom sustained injuries during workouts Friday.

Brown tore the medial meniscus cartilage in his right knee and will miss four to eight weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic early next week.

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Morning edition: Fast start

By Ron Published: March 6, 2010

The Indians started with a bang on Friday and went on to win 9-2 over the Reds, here is the story in the notebook.

And injuries strike before the game started, here is a look at that story.

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Brown, Grilli injured before exhibition opener

By Sheldon Published: March 5, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Jordan Brown was in the lineup as the left fielder for today's exhibition season opener against the Reds but was scratched about two hours before game time with right knee soreness.

The injury is not believed to be serious, but he was removed from the lineup as a precautionary measure. Austin Kearns took the place of Brown, who has only an outside chance of making the roster.

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Morning edition: Game time

By Ron Published: March 5, 2010

The first phase of spring training is over with the first game happening today against the Cincinnati Reds. The game is at 3 p.m. today and is on SportsTime Ohio and the radio network.

Here is the story on young left-hander Tony Sipp and notebook from Sheldon.

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SI report calls Tribe GM Shapiro "overrated"

By sstorm Published: March 4, 2010

One of the benefits (if you choose to see it that way) of the Internet is that seemingly anyone can have an opinion on everyone - even people they don't know.

However, whenever Sports Illustrated's name is attached to something, being a former intern, I tend to sit up and listen.

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Feller no-hitter remembered in photo

By Sheldon Published: March 4, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: -- Bob Feller arrived at the Indians' camp today and spent an hour or two signing photos made from a painting of him throwing an Opening Day no-hitter against the White Sox in 1940.

It was the only Opening Day no-hitter in history, and since this year is the 70th anniversary of the event, Feller will accompany the Tribe to this season's Opening Day game, which happens to be in Chicago.

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STO adds Galeti to sports mix

By sstorm Published: March 4, 2010

SportsTime Ohio is adding a live, late-night live call-in show in April hosted by local sportscaster Chuck Galeti.

"Chuck’s Last Call" will debut following the Indians/White Sox game on April 7th, a show that features Galeti taking calls and emails to discuss the latest in Ohio sports.

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Morning edition: Lonnie on fast track

By Ron Published: March 4, 2010

Lonnie Chisenhall will likely start the season right here in Akron but he is pushing Wes Hodges at third base and both of their development will impact Jhonny Peralta's time with the Indians. Here is the story.

The notebook is about Fausto Carmona.

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Aaron Boone visits Tribe camp

By Sheldon Published: March 3, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: It's not unusual to have former players visit training camp. Today, Aaron Boone showed up all the way from north Scottsdale, on the other side of town.

Boone was with the Indians in 2005 and 2006 and was one of General Manager Mark Shapiro's favorite players, as much for his personality and character as his ability. Boone played for current Tribe manager Manny Acta in Washington in 2008 before finishing his career last year in Houston, where his season was interrupted for open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve.

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Morning edition: A foot

By Ron Published: March 3, 2010

It would shocking if it turns out to be true but the reports from the winter leagues and so far this spring is that the big adjustment that the Indians are going to do with Fausto Carmona is moving him from one side of the pitching rubber to the other. That seems incredibly simple. Here is the story. Sheldon also gets into the fact that another area Carmona will have to work on his dealing with errors and bad pitches. He has to get a little tougher.

Here is the daily notebook about the intrasquad game.

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Fans almost shut out of Tribe intrasquad game

By Sheldon Published: March 2, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Sometimes you have to feel for the fans.

It doesn't seem unreasonable that Indians partisans should be permitted to watch their team play an intrasquad game at Goodyear Ballpark.

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Bill James on the Indians

By sstorm Published: March 2, 2010

Bill James is at it again, using complex mathmatical equations to tell us baseball fans how good or bad our teams are.

James' latest project - the Young Talent Inventory - ranks the quality of young talent on each of major league baseball's 30 teams. His results won't tell Tribe fans something they don't already know, as the rebuilding Indians ranked near the bottom at 26th.

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Morning edition: 1-2 punch

By Ron Published: March 2, 2010

"Nasty" Tom Mastny back in fold

By sstorm Published: March 1, 2010

OK, so this doesn't leave a lot to cheer about, but at least it adds much-needed pitching depth:

The Indians signed a familar face Monday afternoon in right-handed pitcher Tom Mastny. He was signed to a minor league free-agent deal and is expected to report to Early Spring Training minor league camp Tuesday.

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How fast can he go?

By Sheldon Published: March 1, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: If baseball ever decides to hold a fungo-hitting race, Manny Acta might be the favorite.

Acta is part of a minority of managers who enjoys taking part in workouts by throwing batting practice and hitting ground balls to the infielders.

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Morning edition: Balance at the plate

By Ron Published: March 1, 2010

Jhonny Peralta will be the lone power-hitting right-handed bat in the Indians lineup. He thinks he is up to the task. Here is the story.

Mark Grudzielanek is in a battle with Luis Rodriguez, Jason Donald and Brian Bixler for the backup infielder role. The 39 year old expects to win the job due to his experience. Here is the story.

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