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Cleveland Indians' lefty-heavy lineup delivers, Tribe beats Seattle Mariners 8-6

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 31, 2015

The Indians brought plenty of offense in an 8-6 win over the Seattle Mariners Tuesday.

Against Felix Hernandez, the Tribe scored four runs in the first inning and three in the second.

Brandon Moss went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a home run to right field that hit the roof of the second awning behind the bleachers. It was his fourth home run of the spring.

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Cleveland Indians' Nick Swisher to DH Wednesday, make spring debut; Will travel with team to Houston

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 31, 2015

Per Indians manager Terry Francona, Indians outfielder Nick Swisher will serve as Wednesday's designated hitter against the San Francisco Giants.

It will be Swisher's spring debut as he rehabs from two knee surgeries.

Francona also said Tuesday that Swisher will travel with the team to Houston for the season-opening series and then travel back to Arizona to continue his rehab in the warm weather.

Once he's ready, he'll do some rehab work at either Double-A Akron or Triple-A Columbus, depending on their schedules at the time.

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Cleveland Indians top Chicago White Sox 4-1 behind Trevor Bauer's strong outing: video

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 30, 2015

The Indians topped the White Sox 4-1 Monday, the same score by which the White Sox beat the Tribe yesterday.

Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer had the best outing of his spring, allowing one earned run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched to go along with seven strikeouts and a walk.

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Indians down to three contenders for final roster spot; Tribe to honor Al Rosen; roster moves

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 30, 2015

Twenty-four of the 25 roster spots on the Indians' Opening Day roster, barring an injury in the next week, are known. There are now three candidates for the 25th spot.

Indians manager Terry Francona named relief pitcher Austin Adams, first baseman Jesus Aguilar and and utility-man Michael Martinez as the three contenders.

It's difficult to trust spring training numbers, especially for pitchers. As it stands, Adams hasn't been very productive. He has a 5.87 ERA in 7 2/3 innings pitched, though he does have nine strikeouts. He'd be the eighth member of the bullpen.


Aguilar has hit well and owns a .342 batting average with a home run, three doubles and five RBI in 20 games. He offers another option at first base behind Carlos Santana.

Martinez has also played well this spring, hitting .286 with a home run, three doubles and six RBI in 21 games. Martinez's value rests with his versatility, as he's played second base, third base, shortstop and in the outfield with the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates.  

For Adams, being told he's in the mix just puts him on even more of a high-alert state.

"It builds a little more anxiety now going into the last week of the season," Adams said. "You don't know where you're going to start the year at so you want to perform at the best of your ability and see what he says in a few days."

Francona said Monday the team doesn't have a day set for when the decision will be made.

Roster Moves

Outfielder Tyler Holt was optioned to Triple-A Columbus Monday morning. He was hitting .262 this spring.

Left-handed relief pitcher Scott Downs was released Monday. A non-roster spring invitee on a Minor League contract, Downs was told last week he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster and was welcome to stay with the team while also looking for a deal with another club.

First baseman and outfielder Jerry Sands, who had a 480-foot home run this spring, was told Monday he wouldn't be making the Major League Opening Day roster.

No. 7

The Indians formally announced Monday that a No. 7 patch will be worn by all players on the right sleeve of their jerseys to honor the late Al Rosen, who passed away March 13 at the age of 91.

"It is our honor and privilege to remember and pay tribute to Al all year long," said Indians Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio in a statement.

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Cleveland Indians players, coaches, others read Mean Tweets about themselves: See the video

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 30, 2015

The Indians put out a video of players, coaches, executives and broadcasters reading negative Tweets about themselves, following the format made popular by Jimmy Kimmel.

Players appearing in the video: Lonnie Chisenhall, David Murphy, Yan Gomes, Scott Atchison, Cody Allen, Jason Kipnis, Brandon Moss, Carlos Santana, Nick Swisher, TJ House, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Aviles, Josh Tomlin and Michael Brantley.

Also appearing: general manager Chris Antonetti, manager Terry Francona, radio voices Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus, TV broadcasters Rick Manning and Matt Underwood and of course, Bob Uecker.

You can view the full video here.

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Chicago White Sox top Cleveland Indians 4-1 Sunday

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 29, 2015

TJ House took the mound Sunday against the Chicago White Sox hours after finding out he had a place in Cleveland secured. Primarily working on locating his breaking ball, House allowed four earned runs on six hits in six innings pitched.

He’ll have one more start this spring before the regular season.

House said he entered this start thinking a lot of what the Indians might do for the regular season would be dictated on how he did. Getting the good news beforehand allowed him to relax.

“When they reward you with that, ‘OK you’re there,’ you get a breath and say every five days I get that opportunity,” House said. “Your preparation is a little easier, your anticipation for the next start is a little bit nicer because you know you’re going to have it. There’s not that, ‘What if?’ question.”

The Indians' lone run came on a throwing error in the first inning, as Jason Kipnis scored from second on a Carlos Santana grounder.

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Cleveland Indians announce TJ House, Zach McAllister make starting rotation

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 29, 2015
McAllister

The Tribe answered many of the more pressing questions surrounding the final week of Spring Training Sunday morning, as Indians manager Terry Francona announced that TJ House and Zach McAllister will make the Opening Day rotation and Anthony Swarzak will make the bullpen as the projected seventh relief pitcher. 

Josh Tomlin was optioned down to Triple-A, signaling the end of the competition for the final two spots in the rotation. House, McAllister, Tomlin and Danny Salazar represented the leading contenders this spring. Salazar was optioned to Triple-A earlier this week and outside contenders Bruce Chen and Shaun Marcum were told they wouldn’t be making the Major League club to open the season.

House went 4-1 with a 2.53 ERA after the All-Star break last year and represented the best left-handed option to add to an otherwise all-right-handed rotation. When Gavin Floyd re-injured his elbow, that all but secured House's spot.

McAllister entered the spring for the most part assured of at least some role in Cleveland, as he is out of options. But a strong showing in Arizona—2-1, 3.32 ERA, 24 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched—and his maintaining a 97-mph fastball warranted a spot in the rotation.

“Zach came in and kind of just blew the doors off,” Francona said Sunday.

Due to the spaced-out schedule in April and the expectancy of some inclement weather, Francona said the Indians will use McAllister as a starter who could also see work out of the bullpen early in the year.

“We want to use him as a weapon as much as we can,” Francona said. “If that’s going to the bullpen a little bit, we may do that. It’s not that he’s going to have to earn every start, that’s not how we feel.”

Swarzak was one of the most-used relief pitchers the last three seasons with the Minnesota Twins, throwing 237 1/3 innings out of the bullpen, the second-most in baseball over that span. That feat is one of the reasons he’s being slotted as the seventh member of the bullpen, as it has shown the Tribe he can handle multi-inning appearances.

“The last two years I believe he threw 190-plus innings out of the bullpen, and that’s phenomenal,” Francona said.

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Cleveland Indians option SP Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 27, 2015
Salazar

The Cleveland Indians on Friday optioned right-handed starting pitcher Danny Salazar down to Triple-A Columbus.

Salazar struggled this spring, going 1-2 with an 8.18 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 11 innings. His velocity was said to be OK, but consistency was an issue.

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Cleveland Indians SS Jose Ramirez's teammates have some fun with his car

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 26, 2015

Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez essentially earned the official starting nod when top prospect Francisco Lindor was reassigned to Minor League camp.

Ramirez has a spot, for now, on the diamond. But today, his car beat him there.

Courtesy of MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, Ramirez's car made its way to shortstop.

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Cleveland Indians reassign SS Francisco Lindor to Minor League camp; A look at his situation in 2015

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 26, 2015
Lindor

It was mostly a forgone conclusion, but the Indians on Thursday reassigned shortstop and top prospect Francisco Lindor to Minor League camp.

Lindor, who this spring hit .297 with two home runs, three doubles, a triple and five RBI in 16 games, will open the season in Triple-A Columbus. Jose Ramirez will serve as the Tribe’s starting shortstop.

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Prediction Machine simulates season 50,000 times, sees Cleveland Indians in the AL playoffs

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 25, 2015

The Indians have garnered plenty of attention this spring as one of the title contenders in the American League Central. Now it's the machines' turn, and the numbers agree, though there's a different name atop the division lead.

In February, ESPN's David Schoenfield ranked the Tribe as the fourth best team in baseball and the best in the American League.

Las Vegas has the Indians at 84.5 wins, tied with Detroit for the AL Central lead. Kenny White, Chief Operating Officer of Don Best Sports and one of the top voices in Vegas, told the Beacon Journal he sees the Tribe at 87.5 wins and Michael Brantley as one of the top hitters in all of baseball.

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Cleveland Indians featured on Sports Illustrated cover; Tribe picked to win World Series

By Dan Kadar Published: March 24, 2015

Time to find out if the curse is real. Sports Illustrated is featuring the Cleveland Indians on the cover of its baseball preview issue. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber and outfielder Michael Brantley are on the cover with the headline "Wait Till This Year." 

The magazine is also touting the Indians as their pick to win the World Series.

 

This week's cover (3/4): MLB Preview: Why the @Indians will win their first series since 1948 http://t.co/cpi8mINpRg pic.twitter.com/smFjLPOnrw

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Cleveland Indians trim Major League spring training roster to 48 players

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 20, 2015

The Cleveland Indians on Friday trimmed its Major League spring training roster down to 48 players.

Outfielder Carlos Moncrief was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Infielder Erik Gonzales was optioned to Double-A Akron. Outfielder James Ramsey and left-handed pitcher Nick Maronde were reassigned to minor league camp.

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SportsTime Ohio adds Andre Knott to broadcast team, Jensen Lewis as full-time analyst

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 19, 2015

SportsTime Ohio on Thursday announced a couple of changes to its 2015 broadcast team.

Andre Knott will be joining the team as its reporter. The Beacon Journal's George Thomas has the full story on Knott here. Knott has been a regular on WTAM and with Browns coverage for quite some time in the area. He also co-hosts The A to Z Podcast with Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson.

Former Indians pitcher Jensen Lewis, who last year was used for select home games as a co-host for Indians Live pre- and post-game shows, will be much more visible as an every-day analyst for all Indians Live broadcasts.

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All-Star Game balloting going to online only; AL East injuries piling up; Cliff Lee to DL: MLB notes

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 19, 2015
Ballots

If you love voting for your favorite players to be in the All-Star Game every summer, you better be at least a little tech savvy.

Major League Baseball announced that it is going to an online-only balloting system, doing away with the paper ballots available at stadiums (and the hanging chads that come with them).

Bob Bowman, MLB's president for business and media, said in a memo obtained by Bloomberg News that online voting accounted for more than 80 percent of last season’s ballots and that 16 million paper ballots went unused.

Baseball is simply following suit with the other major sports leagues in the U.S. This is just the next thing to enter the online world. Even if nostalgia, for a lot of people, is taking a hit.

AL East injuries

The American League East hasn’t had a great 48 hours in terms of injuries to some of its top players.

New York Yankees centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has an oblique injury that could keep him out of the Opening Day lineup.

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, too, has seen his Opening Day status put into doubt. Wieters has been recovering from Tommy John Surgery and is now being held out of the lineup with elbow tendinitis. He’ll sit for a few days and will likely return as a designated hitter, but how his arm is holding up behind home plate later this month will determine when he starts the regular season.

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb won’t be ready for Opening Day, as he has tendinitis in his right forearm. Per reports, Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman is hopeful Cobb can return in mid-to-late April. Cobb was likely slated to start Opening Day.

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Cleveland Indians OF Nick Swisher progress update; Gavin Floyd undergoes surgery; roster moves

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 18, 2015
Swish

Cleveland Indians outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher is making progress in his rehab from surgeries on both knees.

Swisher was able to run the bases for the first time this week. Indians manager Terry Francona said it wasn't the last step, but it was a big step for Swisher.

Francona recently raved about the progress of outfielder Brandon Moss and how he was able to decelerate and run the bases. That same kind of ability to decelerate, stop and then go again is what he's looking for with Swisher.

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Cleveland Indians great, former AL MVP Al Rosen passes away at 91

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 14, 2015
Rosen

Former Cleveland Indians great Al Rosen passed away Friday night, per a release from the team. 

He was 91 years old. 

Rosen played all 10 years of his MLB career with the Indians from (1947-1956). He won the American League MVP, the last Indians player to do so, in 1953, hitting .336 with 43 home runs and 145 RBI. He narrowly missed the triple crown. 

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Cleveland Indians announce new two-story bar in right field to be named 'The Corner'

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 12, 2015

The Cleveland Indians on Thursday announced that the new two-story bar in the Right Field District area of Progressive Field will be named "The Corner."

The name is a result of fans voting online for the past couple of weeks. "The Corner" name pays homage to Indians radio great Tom Hamilton and his signature opening line, "We're under way at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario."

It's a two-story, indoor-outdoor bar with 40 beers on tap and a fire pit on the rooftop deck. It also includes elements salvaged by Rustbelt Reclamation of the old Columbus Road Bridge in Cleveland's Flats.

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White Sox' Chris Sale won't start Opening Day; PHI SP Cliff Lee's season, career could be over

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 12, 2015
Sale

Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale has started the last two Opening Days, but that streak could be coming to an end, according to multiple media reports.

According to general manager Rick Hahn, Sale fractured a bone in his right foot on Feb. 27 while unloading items off of a truck to his spring training residence. Executive vice president Kenny Williams, per reports, said Wednesday that the team is taking it slow with their ace.

Due to their schedule, the White Sox would need only four starters in their first five games. Per Doug Padilla of ESPN.com, Sale's debut date could be April 12.

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Goodyear Police Department has a little fun with Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 11, 2015

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs yesterday against the Chicago Cubs.

So today, the Goodyear Police Department made an appearance in the Indians' clubhouse today to poke a little fun—and return the baseballs.

Goodyear police stopped by the clubhouse. Seems I'm responsible for 3 broken windows outside the stadium yesterday pic.twitter.com/6KPMhkfs2j

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Cleveland Indians, SP Corey Kluber reach one-year contract agreement

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 11, 2015
Kluber

The Cleveland Indians and starting pitcher Corey Kluber reached a one-year contract agreement Wednesday, per an announcement from the team.

Kluber was the last unsigned pre-arbitration player on the 40-man roster.

Last year, Kluber became the fourth pitcher in team history to win the Cy Young Award, posting an 18-10 record, 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 235 2/3 innings pitched. He finished the year top-3 in the American League in all of those categories. Kluber reportedly made $514,000 last season and received a $10,000 bonus for the winning the Cy Young.

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Cleveland Indians agree to one-year deals with 11 players; SP Corey Kluber not among them

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 10, 2015

The Cleveland Indians on Tuesday announced that they have reached one-year contract agreements with 11 pre-arbitration eligible players.

The list is headlined by pitchers T.J. House, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer, Zach McAllister and C.C. Lee. Catcher Roberto Perez, outfielder Tyler Holt and first baseman Jesus Aguilar are also included.

This leaves No. 1 pitcher in the rotation and reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber as the lone remaining unsigned player on the Indians' 40-man roster.

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Cleveland Indians SP Gavin Floyd re-injures throwing elbow, is out for 'foreseeable future'

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 10, 2015
Floyd CLE

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Gavin Floyd has re-injured his right elbow, the same one that's ended his last two seasons, according to the team. 

Per the release, Floyd suffered a re-injury of the elbow stress fracture from last year and is out "for the foreseeable future." No timetable has been set. 

Floyd, 32, was signed in the offseason and slated to be the Tribe's No. 4 starter in the rotation. He had Tommy John surgery on that elbow in 2013 and then suffered the initial stress fracture in 2014. 

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Cleveland Indians SP Gavin Floyd scheduled for MRI; SP Josh Tomlin has shoulder discomfort; RF Brandon Moss hits home run in debut

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 10, 2015

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Gavin Floyd was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday after he was scratched from his spring training debut a day earlier.

 

The Associated Press reported that the MRI was on Floyd's throwing elbow. Indians manager Terry Francona said that Floyd simply had been "feeling some things" and that the troublesome area was vague. Francona added it had even been in a few different spots.

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Cleveland Indians announce one-year contracts with 11 pre-arbitration eligible players

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 8, 2015

The Cleveland Indians on Sunday announced that 11 pre-arbitration eligible players have reached contract agreements for the 2015 season. 

Those players include pitchers Cody Allen, Kyle Crockett, Nick Hagadone, Cody Anderson, Shawn Armstrong and Ryan Merritt, shortstop Jose Ramirez, third baseman Giovanny Urshela, outfielder Carlos Moncrief, infielder Zach Walters and catcher Tony Wolters. 

There are 12 remaining pre-arbitration eligible players on the 40-man roster. 

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Cleveland Indians notes, stats through 5 ST games; MLB news on Lee, Darvish; Royals add Young

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 8, 2015

Spring training, just like the regular season, is more of a marathon than a sprint. Or, it's at least a 5K. 

That's true of the on-going battle for the fifth spot in the rotation. All of the potential candidates have appeared in a game at least once, with T.J. House getting his second go-around today against the Texas Rangers. So far, not much has changed as far as the fifth spot's outlook. 

Numbers really don't mean much at this point, and that won't start for another week or two. But, so far, here they are:

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Cleveland Indians announce Great Lakes Brewing Co., Dynomite Burgers coming to Progressive Field

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 4, 2015

The Cleveland Indians on Wednesday announced that Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Dynomite Burgers will be added to the slate of in-stadium food and beverage options offered for the 2015 season. 

Those two will join Melt, Barrio and Sweet Moses as new food and drink options at Progressive Field. All five will be placed in the re-designed Right Field District, which is currently under construction and expected to be completed by Opening Day. And all five represent Cleveland-based companies. 

Great Lakes Brewing Co. will offer its pretzel and sausage dishes along with several of its award-winning lagers and ales, which will be on tap at the park. And Dynomite will have burgers and milkshakes, made with Cleveland's Pierre's Ice Cream Co. 

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Indians Home Opener sells out in 11 minutes; Tuesday's lineup vs. Reds, first spring training game

By Ryan Lewis Published: March 3, 2015
ProgressiveField

The Indians on Tuesday announced that the team's Home Opening game against the Detroit Tigers on April 10 has sold out. 

And it only took 11 minutes to do so. 

It's the 23rd consecutive home opener sellout and 22nd at Progressive Field. 

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