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Blue Jays 5, Indians 1: Thursday's One Last Thing on the Indians' April by the numbers

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 30, 2015

TJ House was solid for three innings and then feel apart in the Indians' 5-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night.

House continued his poor start to the season. The offense did, too, leaving six runners stranded on base (five in scoring position) in the first three innings alone.

Thursday night's One Last Thing: The Indians' frustrating, rough, poor, inconsistent April by the numbers.

Just looking at the team numbers tonight. Here's where the Indians stand.

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Cleveland Indians, TJ House fall to Toronto Blue Jays 5-1

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 30, 2015

Indians starting pitcher TJ House's outing started out well, but he couldn’t keep the Toronto Blue Jays’ offense down for long in a 5-1 loss at Progressive Field Thursday night.

House didn’t allow a hit through three innings, retiring nine of the first 11 batters on ground-ball outs. Only two four-pitch walks kept him from three straight 1-2-3 innings.

It appeared to be a positive sign for House, who due to the schedule in the first month of the season and then Trevor Bauer getting food poisoning last Saturday, hadn’t had many opportunities to throw on a normal, every-fifth-day schedule. Indians manager Terry Francona said before the game he hoped this would be the start of House settling down.

In the top of the fourth inning, though, things came unglued. Jose Bautista opened with a walk and Edwin Encarnacion and Danny Valencia each followed with a single to right field to make it 1-0. Russell Martin doubled to right field to score one and Kevin Pillar doubled to left to score two, putting the Blue Jays up 4-0. Later, Jonathan Diaz’s sacrifice bunt capped the scoring.

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Indians 7, Royals 5: Wednesday's One Last Thing on Jason Kipnis' and Michael Bourn's positive nights

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 30, 2015

The Cleveland Indians snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night.

Wednesday’s One Last Thing: The Indians are finally getting some positive signs from Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn.

Indians manager Terry Francona this past Sunday moved Michael Bourn down to the No. 9 spot in the lineup for the first time in his career. That pushed Jason Kipnis up to the leadoff spot.

Four days later, both are starting to swing the bat better.

Kipnis hit a three-run home run Wednesday, which was his first home run since July 31 of last season, a stretch that spans 67 games and 265 at-bats. Kipnis was dealing with an oblique injury last season that sapped his ability to really drive the ball—especially to the opposite field—and then got off to a slow start this season while not showing much power.

“It was a nice feeling—something I haven’t felt in a while,” Kipnis said. “There’s going to be pressure on myself to do well no matter what. But, just to finally have it happen, to finally see it, is always refreshing.”

Bourn went 2-for-4, including an RBI-double down the right-field line in the sixth inning that put the Indians ahead for good. Tuesday, Bourn went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.

“Bourny’s never going to hit .180. But I do think he’s taking some better swings,” Francona said. “Regardless of where he hit in the order, I think he’ll heat up. Sometimes until they do, you got him sitting there in the leadoff spot, it’s a little more glaring, especially when we’re not scoring runs.”

Carlos Santana has been getting on base (three more walks Wednesday night), Michael Brantley has been hitting well (.333 entering Wednesday) and Brandon Moss has four home runs in the past two weeks. Offensively, the Indians haven't done much more than that. Kipnis and Bourn, two veteran players in the middle of long-term contracts, are two needed pieces to a struggling offense that are starting to join that group.

The Indians have had an April to forget. If Kipnis and Bourn can continue to make progress, Bourn will likely by moved back to leadoff, Kipnis will slide down to second and the Indians can have the top of the order they envisioned at the outset of this season.

Francona's move seems to be producing the right results for now.

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Cleveland Indians end four-game losing streak, beat Kansas City Royals 7-5

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 29, 2015

It was only last Sunday that Indians manager Terry Francona put Michael Bourn in the No. 9 spot in the lineup for the first time in his career.

On Wednesday, Bourn came through with the hit that put the Indians up for good in a 7-5 win against the Kansas City Royals.

The win ended a four-game losing streak and avoided a sweep at the hands of the Royals.

After the lead changed hands a few times, the Indians (7-13) entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 4-3. Lonnie Chisenhall and Roberto Perez each doubled to open the inning off of Royals starter Yordano Ventura, tying the score at 4-4. Bourn, still hitting ninth, roped a double of his own down the right-field line to give the Indians a 5-4 advantage.

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Indians call up relief pitcher Ryan Webb, designate for assignment OF Jerry Sands

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 29, 2015

The Indians on Wednesday purchased the contract of relief pitcher Ryan Webb from Triple-A Columbus and designated outfielder Jerry Sands for assignment.

Webb, 29, signed with the Indians after he was out-righted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and opted for free agency. He had been acquired by Baltimore four days earlier.

Webb had a 1-1 record and an ERA of 1.13 in five games for Triple-A Columbus. He has a career 3.38 ERA in the majors between stints with Baltimore, Miami and San Diego.

Sands was hitting .348 in 23 at-bats with the Indians. He would have almost surely been designated for assignment once outfielder Nick Swisher is able to come off the disabled list.

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Royals 11, Indians 5: Tuesday's One Last Thing on frustrations boiling over

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 28, 2015

The Indians' bullpen allowed a six-run seventh inning in an 11-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals Tuesday night.

It's the Indians' fourth straight loss and it drops their record to 6-13. That's exactly how the 1987 Indians (the last time Cleveland was picked to win the World Series by Sports Illustrated) started their season.

Tonight's One Last Thing: The Indians' frustrations are beginning to boil, and they're growing sick of how things are going this season.

This is obviously not the start to the 2015 season the Indians wanted. The offense has sputtered, and when it's been good, the bullpen has faltered or the starting pitching took a night off. Since blowing out the Detroit Tigers 13-1 Friday night, the Indians are 0-4. It's four losses to the two frontrunners in the AL Central.

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Cleveland Indians’ bullpen falters, can’t hold lead in 11-5 loss to Kansas City Royals

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 28, 2015

The Indians’ offense showed some signs of life Tuesday night, but the bullpen couldn’t make it count in an 11-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

The Indians (6-13) entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 3-2 and heading toward another low-scoring loss. Right fielder Brandon Moss, who the inning before had made a poor throw that allowed a run to score, responded with a three-run home run to right field off of Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan to give the Indians a 5-3 lead.

Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a single, Michael Bourn walked and Jason Kipnis was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. The Indians couldn’t add to that lead, though, as Jose Ramirez grounded out to end the inning. As it turns out, those extra runs were needed.

Scott Atchison took over for Trevor Bauer (six innings pitched, seven hits, three earned runs, two walks, two strikeouts) in the seventh. Off of Atchison, the Royals answered with a double, a single, a groundout and a double by Alcides Escobar to quickly tie the score 5-5.

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Indians manager Terry Francona holds team meeting after Monday’s loss

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 28, 2015

Indians manager Terry Francona held a team meeting after Monday’s 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

That loss dropped the Indians to 6-12 this season, seven games out of first place in the American League Central.

It isn’t Francona’s style to scream and throw chairs and blow off steam. He felt the time had come to simply remind the team that getting back to .500 will take time. It isn’t going to come together in one day.

“[I am] not the biggest team meeting person,” Francona said. “And I told these guys, a lot of the time a manager comes in and screams and he feels better. Not sure what it does for the players. I wanted to remind them of what we believe in, all the things we talk about from day 1 of spring training.

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Royals 6, Indians 2: Monday's One Last Thing on Corey Kluber, the month of April and frustration

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 27, 2015

After losing a three-game series against Detroit, the Indians dropped the first game of a three-game set against the Royals 6-2 on Monday night.

The Indians gave ace Corey Kluber two runs, four hits and committed three errors. Kluber will end the month of April winless.

Tonight's One Last Thing: Corey Kluber might have new expectations but he had roughly the same April as he did last season.

Here are Kluber's April numbers from last season compared to those this year:

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Cleveland Indians offense sputters, defense falters in 6-2 loss to Kansas City Royals

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 27, 2015

The Indians’ offense once again struggled to support ace Corey Kluber and the defense once again compounded the offensive struggles in a 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field Monday night.

The Indians managed four hits and committed three errors. Twice, Royals starter Jason Vargas walked back-to-back batters with one out but got out of the inning without allowing any runs. The first time, Carlos Santana grounded out and Ryan Raburn flew out. The second time it didn’t even get that far, as Santana grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The lone bright spot offensively was Mike Aviles’ fifth-inning two-run home run to left field that tied the score 2-2.

The Royals quickly took back the lead in the top of the sixth inning on Alex Gordon’s double to left field and tacked on three more runs in the seventh inning.
Jason Kipnis, Jose Ramirez and Aviles all committed errors Monday night. The latter two each allowed a run to score.

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Tigers 8, Indians 6; Tonight's One Last Thing on trying—and needing—to beat the Detroit Tigers

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 26, 2015

The Tigers again jumped on the Indians in the first inning and took Sunday's game and the series, 8-6.

The Indians are now 1-5 against the Tigers this season and 1-6 against left-handed pitchers.

Tonight's One Last Thing: Eventually, the Indians are going to have to go through the Tigers to win the Central. But for now, they say they aren't intimidated.

The Indians can make the postseason without beating Detroit every night. But sooner or later, that wall is going to have to be broken down for the Indians to really compete for the Central division.

The Indians are 1-5 this season against them. They went 8-11 last year, and it included a three-game sweep in September that put a severe cut into the Indians' playoff hopes. And in 2013, the Tigers dominated, winning 15 of 19 games.

The advantage is clear and it's a pretty common occurrence over the past two-plus seasons. The Tigers are one of the AL's best teams and have been, but they seem to save their best for the Indians.

Indians outfielder David Murphy said it always seems like the Tigers score a couple runs in the first inning, and it makes it that much tougher to come back. They’re somehow always leading.

But he also said the Indians aren't intimated by the Tigers. There isn't anything like a mental block going on. The Indians don't see the Tigers as anything but a good baseball team and the next opponent.

"No," he said when asked if the Tigers were intimidating. "They obviously have as good of a heart of a lineup as any team in baseball. They obviously seem to play well against us. If they were intimidating, I don’t think you would see the result that we saw on Friday night (13-1 Indians win). It’s just more of, I think they do a good job of getting an early lead."

At times it's difficult to not think "here we go again." Namely, it's if the Tigers score 2-3 runs in the first inning or any time Miguel Cabrera is up to bat—he's hitting .652 with three home runs and nine RBI in six games against the Indians this season, which is ridiculous. On Saturday, the Indians walked him four times, three times intentionally. He took one swing, and it was nearly a home run. On Sunday, he did hit a home run.

The Indians punched back Friday night, though. They got a little unlucky Saturday, when Trevor Bauer got food poisoning and TJ House had to make a start on short rest and 40-minutes notice. And on Sunday, they fought back again but fell short.

There's no mental block or intimidation right now. It isn't a little brother trying to beat his big brother. But the black-and-white numbers and the win-loss records aren't in the Indians' favor. Eventually, if the Indians want to reach the heights they surely have the potential to, they'll have to go through the Tigers. And the sooner the better.

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Cleveland Indians can't match Detroit Tigers' offense, fall 8-6

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 26, 2015

The Cleveland Indians' bats couldn't keep up with the Detroit Tigers' offense in an 8-6 loss Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

The Tigers (12-7) jumped on Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (2-2) for five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings pitched. Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera continued his destruction of Indians pitching and went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.

The Indians (6-11) scored four runs in the final three innings but fell short in the ninth. Tigers closer Joakim Soria, with two outs and Jason Kipnis on second base, got Michael Brantley to ground out to end the game.

The Indians lost for the second time against Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein and are now 1-6 against left-handed starters this season.

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Cleveland Indians CF Michael Bourn hitting ninth in the lineup Sunday

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 26, 2015

Indians centerfielder Michael Bourn has been moved to the No. 9 spot in the lineup for the first time in his career for Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

Bourn is hitting .180 this season and hasn't made much solid contact in the last couple games. It's the first time he hasn't hit leadoff since June 28, 2011, when he hit second in the order with the Houston Astros.

Jason Kipnis will hit leadoff Sunday.

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Cleveland Indians fall to Detroit Tigers 4-1; House makes surprise start after Bauer illness

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 25, 2015

The Indians’ offense again struggled Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Trevor Bauer was originally scheduled to start but was scratched due to an illness just before the game. TJ House started in his place and was roughed up early. He threw three innings, allowed three earned runs, walked four batters and struck out three.

Tigers (12-6) DH Victor Martinez drove in two runs in the first and another run in the third, each on bloop singles.

The Indians’ (6-10) offense couldn’t do much outside of Michael Brantley, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a stolen base. He has seven hits in two games this series.

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Trevor Bauer scratched from Saturday start against Tigers with illness; TJ House to take the mound

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 25, 2015

Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Detroit Tigers Saturday with an illness, per the team.

Bauer started his warmup routine but was too ill to throw. Left-handed pitcher TJ House will start in his place.

There has been no word yet on how it'll affect the rotation going forward. House was scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals.

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Indians 13, Tigers 1: Tonight's One Last Thing on Brandon Moss and the offense coming around

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 24, 2015

The Indians pounded the Detroit Tigers Friday night 13-1. It was a needed win over the Tigers and it was a needed night from the offense.

Danny Salazar was also terrific, allowing one run over seven innings and striking out a career-high 11 batters.

The defense was much improved, as well, with four nice plays, including one by Michael Bourn in the first inning that probably saved three runs. Indians manager Terry Francona said it was probably the play of the game. On Friday night, the Indians had plenty of positive plays and plenty of hits.

Tonight's One Last Thing: A look at the Indians' offensive night and the breaking out of Brandon Moss

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Cleveland Indians pound Detroit Tigers 13-1; Moss hits two HR, Salazar strikes out career-high 11

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 24, 2015

The Indians looked a lot like the Detroit Tigers did two weeks ago in Cleveland. There, the Tigers’ offense steamrolled Indians’ pitching in a three-game sweep.

On Friday night in Detroit, the Indians had their best offensive night of the season and returned the favor in an 13-1 thrashing.

The Indians (6-9) jumped on Tigers (11-6) starting pitcher Shane Greene—who entered the game with the American League’s lowest ERA at 0.39—early. After consecutive light ground-outs back to the pitcher from Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis that didn’t inspire a lot of confidence, Michael Brantley singled, Carlos Santana walked and Brandon Moss drove both in with a two-out, two-RBI double to left-center field.

That lead was extended to 3-0 in the top of the second inning when Lonnie Chisenhall doubled to left field, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and then home on a sacrifice fly from Jose Ramirez.

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Indians OF Nick Swisher to begin rehab at Triple-A; Zach Walters off DL, optioned to Triple-A

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 24, 2015

Cleveland Indians outfielder Nick Swisher will begin his rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A Columbus.

Swisher had surgeries on both knees last season. The Indians said during spring training that once Swisher can play back-to-back nine-inning games in the outfield, that would be a good sign that he's ready or close to being ready to return from the disabled list.

Swisher traveled with the team to Houston for Opening Day and then returned to Arizona to continue his rehab in the warmer weather.

When he returns from the disabled list, it's likely that he'll see more time in the outfield than at first base, where Carlos Santana is entrenched. Swisher, Brandon Moss, David Murphy and Ryan Raburn, depending on the day, will be at either right field or in the designated hitter spot.

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Cleveland Indians can’t get offense going, lose to Chicago White Sox 6-0

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 22, 2015

The Cleveland Indians were stifled by Chicago White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija and lost 6-0 on Wednesday.

Samardzija threw six scoreless innings, allowed six hits and struck out three.

Indians starter Corey Kluber (0-2) was on his way to another solid outing until the bottom of the seventh inning. Already leading 3-0, Melky Cabrera singled home a run and Jose Abreu—who hit a home run earlier in the game—doubled home two more to make it 6-0.

The Indians (5-9) are off Thursday and will then travel to Detroit for a three-game series with the Tigers.

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Indians 6, White Sox 2: Tonight's One Last Thing on Terry Francona, Cody Allen and the bullpen

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 22, 2015

The Indians topped the White Sox 6-2 Tuesday night. Carlos Carrasco threw five innings and the bullpen closed out the final four innings. The ninth inning went to Cody Allen, who last night blew a three-run lead.

Tonight’s One Last Thing: Indians manager Terry Francona again wanted to make sure a relief pitcher the Indians need to rely on this season didn't stay in a rut too long.

Allen had a pretty brutal ninth inning Monday night. After a strikeout, he allowed seven consecutive base runners in a 4-3 loss to the White Sox. But Francona made sure to trot him right back out and get him into the action again tonight. He pitched a perfect 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts.

Francona did something similar earlier this season with left-handed relief pitcher Nick Hagadone. After Hagadone gave up a walk and a hit without recording an out in Houston, Francona went back to him the next day, which happened to be the combined no-hitter bid started by Trevor Bauer. He gave up a solo home run to Jed Lowrie and was frustrated with himself that he didn't convert the no-hitter. So Francona went back to him again the next day against Detroit.

Francona said then that Hagadone is a guy the Indians are going to rely on. During Bauer’s no-hit bid, Francona had the Indians’ long-term goals in view and wanted to make sure Hagadone had his head right before worrying about the no-no. Either Hagadone was going to turn it around and get the bad taste out of his mouth or Francona was going to show him that the team was invested in him.

Allen has had two poor outings so far but they are following two great seasons. It’s a pretty safe bet Francona wasn’t as worried about Allen in the long term as those on Twitter calling for his head Monday night. But just like Hagadone, Francona went right back to Allen the next game.

No time to lick your wounds here.

“We wanted to get Cody right back in,” Francona said.

This is one of the ways Francona manages his bullpen over the course of an entire season. And nobody uses their bullpen more than him.

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Cleveland Indians, Carlos Carrasco beat Chicago White Sox 6-2

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 21, 2015

The Indians and Carlos Carrasco responded from last night’s ninth-inning let-down with a 6-2 win against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night.

Carrasco (2-1), who took the mound for the first time since getting hit in the face by a line drive last week, threw five innings, allowed one earned run on four hits and struck out eight.

Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski, Zach McAllister, Nick Hagadone, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen all appeared in the game to close out the final four innings.

Jason Kipnis (1-for-4), Michael Brantley (2-for-4), Carlos Santana (1-for-3, home run) and David Murphy (1-for-2, home run) all drove in one run. Ryan Raburn came away with the biggest hit of the night as a pinch hitter with a two-out, two-RBI single to left field that extended the Indians' lead to 4-1 in the top of the sixth inning.

The Indians beat up White Sox starter Hector Noesi (5 2/3 innings pitched, four earned runs) and then roughed up top prospect Carlos Rodon (2 1/3 innings pitched, two earned runs) in his MLB debut.

The Indians and White Sox are now each 5-8 this season.

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White Sox 4, Indians 3: Tonight's One Last Thing on Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and wasted efforts

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 21, 2015

The Indians failed to take advantage of another great outing from a starting pitcher and fell to the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Indians closer Cody Allen blew a three-run lead in the ninth.

Tonight’s One Last Thing: The Indians won’t be able to catch Detroit and Kansas City if they keep wasting strong performances from their starters.

And early on, that’s meant Corey Kluber, and now Trevor Bauer.

Kluber has thrown 6 1/3 innings, 7 1/3 innings and 8 innings in his three starts, allowing two runs in all three. Those are all quality starts. In two, he had no-hit bids into at least the fifth inning.

In two of those starts, the Indians scored two and zero runs. In the third, they scored six but the bullpen allowed seven (a 9-6 loss to the Tigers).

Bauer’s run support has been adequate. But like one of Kluber’s starts, the bullpen couldn’t convert tonight. Bauer allowed six base runners in seven innings. Allen allowed seven base runners in a row.

Just between Kluber and Bauer, the Indians have lost four games in the first 12 after strong outings. Considering TJ House has struggled and Zach McAllister seems better suited in the bullpen, the Indians will need to capitalize on the front end of their rotation. Danny Salazar could turn out to be a strong option as well.

There are plenty of things you can say about a baseball team and go, “Well they need this to happen” or “They can’t continue to do this.” Getting these outings from Kluber and Bauer and not being able to turn them into wins might be at the front of that list right now.

Also, some more on Bauer, courtesy of Fox Sports — Bauer’s 26 strikeouts are the most by an Indians pitcher in his first three starts of the season since Sam McDowell had 31 in 1970. Bauer is also the first Indians pitcher since at least 1914 with 26-plus strikeouts and eight or fewer hits allowed in his first three starts, and he’s only the seventh pitcher across baseball to do so.

Bauer has been nothing short of terrific in all three of his starts. In two, he’s been almost unhittable. The drawback is that he’s not afraid to go deep into counts with hitters or racking up a high pitch count. But as long as he’s accurate enough to not walk batters, he’s proving to be awfully hard to hit. Assuming Carlos Carrasco is OK, the Indians have quite the 1-2-3 in their rotation.

If they can take advantage of it.

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Cleveland Indians, Cody Allen blow three-run lead in ninth, lose to Chicago White Sox 4-3

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 20, 2015

The Indians again wasted a strong effort from a starting pitcher, as Cody Allen blew a three-run lead in the ninth in a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

After recording the first out of the ninth inning, Allen allowed seven consecutive batters to reach base. The first major blow was Alexei Ramirez's two-RBI double on a ball that looked catchable, but Mike Aviles—filling in for Michael Bourn—couldn't come up with it. The White Sox singled twice to load the bases and Melky Cabrera singled to deep left field to win the game.

Trevor Bauer struck out seven and allowed only four hits in seven scoreless innings. He now has a 0.95 ERA this season.

Offensively, the Indians continued their trend of solo home runs—Ryan Raburn and Brett Hayes each hit one off of White Sox starter John Danks. Michael Brantley also doubled home a run.

The Indians fall to 4-8 this season and are in last place in the American League Central.

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Cleveland Indians fall to Minnesota Twins 7-2, lose series

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 19, 2015

Indians starting pitcher TJ House was hit hard again, this time in a 7-2 loss on the road to the Twins on Sunday.

House allowed five earned runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also struck out two batters and walked two. His season ERA is up to 14.14.

Anthony Swarzak came on in relief for House and gave up a three-run home run to Torii Hunter, which extended the Twins’ lead to 7-1 (one of the runners reached base against House).

Michael Brantley drove in the Indians’ first run with a single after Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis hit two-out singles in the third inning. In the ninth inning, Carlos Santana hit his second home run of the season to right field.

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Indians 4, Twins 2: Today's One Last Thing on Roberto Perez and his free-of-expectations bat

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 18, 2015

The Indians beat the Twins 4-2 Saturday, largely behind Danny Salazar’s six-inning, 10-strikeout debut.

Today’s One Last Thing: Roberto Perez and his unexpected offense

It was only about three weeks ago that Indians manager Terry Francona was talking to Perez in the clubhouse in Arizona. When the subject of Opening Day came up, Perez got goosebumps. He was going to break camp with the big-league squad for the first time, which Francona called one of those cool moments a manager get to have with new players each spring.

Now he’s acting as one of the hotter Indians hitters.

When Yan Gomes went down with a sprained right knee, defensively, the Indians weren’t going to have a let-down. Gomes is a very good defensive catcher but Roberto Perez might be even better. He’s been ranked by Baseball Prospectus as one of the best pitch framers in the minor leagues the past two seasons. He has an equally strong arm—he gunned down Billy Hamilton trying to steal second base toward the end of spring. Not many guys have done that.

Offense is where Gomes separates himself from Perez.

Plus, Gomes was a talented right-handed hitter in a lefty-heavy lineup. So his absence in the batting order is pretty hard to replace (Dan Szymborski of ESPN and ZiPS had Gomes as the 12th-most indispensable player for a reason).

Perez is a rookie backup, defensive-minded catcher. So he’s in the position that any offense he provides is a nice boost. He has almost no expectations offensively. And it’s only been seven games, but he’s done well so far.

He’s hitting .316 this season (batting average is way too fickle a number to look at this early, but it at least shows he’s hitting well), he went 3-for-4 Saturday and has now hit two home runs in only seven games played. He hit his first home run in Houston filling in for a day and today added a second-deck solo shot to left-center field. Both pitches were jumped on and both were no-doubters.

For two months as Gomes rehabs, Perez will hold his own defensively. Pitchers have talked before about how much they love working with him. Francona said Perez was “made to catch.”

If he can do the same offensively, especially while the top of the lineup struggles to get going, Perez is suddenly one of the more valuable players on the roster, all things considered.

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Cleveland Indians beat Minnesota Twins 4-2 in Danny Salazar's 2015 debut

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 18, 2015

The Indians topped the Twins 4-2 on the road on Saturday behind a solid debut outing from Danny Salazar, who was called up from Triple-A Saturday morning.

Salazar struck out 10 batters over six innings and allowed two earned runs. Left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone pitched two scoreless innings and Cody Allen earned his third save of the season.

Offensively, Roberto Perez hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the third inning. Lonnie Chisenhall later scored Brandon Moss, who had doubled, on a sacrifice fly to left field. Jason Kipnis added an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning and the Indians' fourth run scored on a wild pitch.

The Indians improved to 4-6 this season with the win. Austin Adams was optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Salazar. TJ House will take the mound on Sunday to finish off the three-game set with the Twins.

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Twins beat Indians 3-2 in 11th inning on walk-off home run

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 17, 2015

The Indians lost to the Minnesota Twins 3-2 Friday night on Trevor Plouffe's walk-off home run in the 11th inning.

The home run came off of Bryan Shaw, who entered the game in the 10th inning. Shaw struck out Kennys Vargas with the bases loaded to end the 10th to extend the game.

It was another solid effort by Corey Kluber wasted by a lack of offense and some poor defense. Kluber threw eight innings, allowed two earned runs on three hits and struck out eight.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. Roberto Perez singled and then went first-to-third on a nicely executed hit-and-run with Jose Ramirez. Perez then scored on a wild pitch by Twins starter Mike Pelfrey.

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Cleveland Indians to promote SP Danny Salazar for Saturday start against Minnesota Twins

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 16, 2015
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The Cleveland Indians will be recalling right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar to make a spot start against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

Salazar, who was optioned to Triple-A Columbus this spring after he struggled with consistency, will travel with the team to Minnesota and be activated prior to Saturday’s game. His promotion will allow Carlos Carrasco to receive some extra rest after being hit in the face by a line drive Tuesday night. Carrasco is slated to start Monday in Chicago.

Salazar, 25, made one start in Triple-A, pitching six scoreless innings (seven strikeouts, no walks, four hits allowed). This spring, he went 1-2 with an 8.18 ERA as his velocity was up, which was a good sign, but he struggled with his control.

It’s unclear how long he will remain with the big-league club after Saturday. Salazar has a career 8-11 record and 3.89 ERA with 185 strikeouts in 162 innings pitched at the Major League level.

Corey Kluber will start on Friday against the Twins’ Mike Pelfrey. Salazar will face Phil Hughes. TJ House will start opposite Trevor May on Sunday.

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Indians 4, White Sox 2: Marla Ridenour's one last thing on Jackie Robinson Day

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 15, 2015
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Wednesday was Jackie Robinson Day in the major leagues, with every player wearing his retired number 42 on the 68th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

Indians manager Terry Francona chose his words carefully, but said he gets "mixed emotions" about the commemoration that first started in 2004.

"I think it's awesome that we do celebrate his accomplishments and his strength of character," Francona said. "I just want to make sure we don't get caught up in patting ourselves on the back for letting him in the game. That seems a little backwards."

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Indians avoid going 0-for-homestand, beat White Sox 4-2

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 15, 2015

Shaking off the mastery of opposing left-handers this season, the Indians claimed a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field.

The Indians snapped a four-game losing streak and avoided going 0 for the five-game homestand. Cody Allen struck out White Sox slugger Jose Abreu to end the game and earn his second save.

Of their previous five losses, four of the decisions had gone to left-handers. Saturday's setback, with Detroit Tigers reliever Ian Krol picking up the victory, was started by lefty David Price.

"It's early for a lot of things, but I think we knew coming in we were going to have to prove because we're pretty left-handed," Indians manager Terry Francona said before the game of his offensive attack. "To this point we haven't done a very good job of it. We're pretty early on, but I certainly hope it's a trend that gets better or you're going to start seeing every lefty that every team has, which we don't need to do. We need to do better in a lot of areas and I know we will. That's one of them."

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Indians' Carlos Carrasco on being hit by line drive: 'It was scary a little bit'

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 15, 2015

Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that Carlos Carrasco's next start will be pushed back a day after the right-hander was hit in the face by a line drive in the first inning Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox.

Carrasco said both of his jaws were sore from the blow. Carrasco managed to deflect the ball off the bat of Melky Cabrera with his glove, which likely saved Carrasco from serious injury.

He said he had not heard from Cabrera, but teammates who played against the White Sox said Cabrera passed along Cabrera's good wishes for his recovery.

"For everything that happened, it's miraculous," Francona said. "He's in a good place.

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White Sox 4, Indians 1: Michael Beaven’s one last thing on a tough night for Carlos Carrasco

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

CLEVELAND: Indians manager Terry Francona and players expressed concern over Carlos Carrasco after the right-handed starting pitcher took a line drive to the face Tuesday following a line drive hit by Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera hit the ball straight up the middle and ended Carrasco’s evening on the mound after just eight pitches to two batters in the first inning.

The White Sox ultimately topped the Indians 4-1 before a crowd of 10,642 at Progressive Field, but the health of Carrasco was the primary concern in the post-game locker room.

“Everybody knows how good a guy Cookie is,” Indians third baseman Mike Aviles said of Carrasco. “You don’t want to see that happen to anybody, let alone somebody that you actually like and actually is a good person. I know that might have sounded bad the way I said it. I don’t want it to happen to a person I don’t like either, but as soon as it happens it’s let me get that ball, let me call time and let’s get somebody out here so he can get taken care. It’s definitely a little scary. I’m not gonna lie. It’s not a good situation, and then you’re sitting there the whole time looking at him and worried is he OK.”

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Indians announce Carlos Carrasco has jaw contusion

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

The Indians announced in the seventh inning that Carlos Carrasco is being treated for a jaw contusion. They said at this time, there are no signs or symptoms of a concussion or head injury.

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Indians in-game update: White Sox defeats Tribe 4-1

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

CLEVELAND: Indians right-handed starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco left Tuesday night’s game with the Chicago White Sox in the first inning after just two batters.

Adam Eaton led off the game with a single and Melky Cabrera followed with single up the middle that hit Carrasco in the face. The ball appeared to deflect off Carrasco’s wrist or glove and then catch him in the face. Indians manager Terry Francona came to the mound with other players and medical staff.

Carrasco was laying face down on Progressive Field for a few minutes before he was able to stand up and walk to a cart that took him off the field. There was no blood on the field. He was rubbing the left side of his face as he left the field.

There has not been an update from the Indians on Carrasco's status.

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Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov set to throw out first pitch at Indians game

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at tonight's Indians baseball game with the Chicago White Sox.

The game is set to start at 7:10 p.m. at Progressive Field.

Mozgov is in a Cavaliers starting lineup that includes LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith and Kevin Love.

Indians manager Terry Francona and bench coach Brad Mills attended the Cavaliers victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Indians sign pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league contract

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

The Indians announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league contract.

Indians manager Terry Francona said the signing of Ryan Webb on Monday and Chacin on Tuesday to minor league contracts are moves to add depth to their pitching staff.

“Between Webb and Chacin, we’re trying to add some depth,” Francona said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen, but in the first week we have already had several things happen, and you don’t want to start dipping into maybe younger kids that aren’t ready.”

Francona is hoping a change of scenery can help Webb and Chacin be successful with the Tribe.

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Indians promote Brett Hayes, designate Shaun Marcum for assignment

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

The Indians purchased the contract of catcher Brett Hayes on Tuesday from the Class-AAA Columbus Clippers and designated right-handed pitcher Shaun Marcum for assignment.

Hayes, 31, will serve as the Tribe’s backup catcher to Roberto Perez while Yan Gomes is out with a knee injury.

“I am here just like all these other guys, to help this team win whenever your name is called,” Hayes said.

Hayes said he was able to get to know Indians pitchers during Spring Training. Hayes played in 175 games in the Major Leagues between 2009-2014 for the Marlins and the Royals.

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Indians: Brantley not in Tuesday lineup, Francona hopes all-star returns soon

By Michael Beaven Published: April 14, 2015

CLEVELAND: All-star outfielder Michael Brantley participated with the Indians in pre-game drills Tuesday, but was not in the lineup against the Chicago White Sox as he continues to work through back spasms that have bothered him.

Brantley took batting practice and Indians manager Terry Francona said he is hopeful he can return to the lineup soon.

“He did really well yesterday,” Francona said. “He came out and worked out. He is going to go out with us and go through the full day today, and I think he is really trending in a good way.”

Francona said he is unsure when he will return to the lineup, but he is optimistic he will return to a game soon.

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Tigers 8, Indians 5: Marla Ridenour's one last thing on Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 12, 2015

The scene at Progressive Field on Sunday was sad, ironic and didn't bode well for the rest of the season.

In a pre-game ceremony, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley received their 2014 Silver Slugger Awards. Gomes was on crutches, Brantley sidelined for the fourth game in five days with lower back stiffness.

Catcher Gomes will miss six to eight weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee suffered Saturday. Gomes is the Indians' quarterback on the field and one of their best clubhouse leaders. He's the one who teaches the young players to put team-first, if a clubhouse retort I saw to Trevor Bauer last year was any indication. He's a true professional and all business, at least during the time we're allowed an inside look. He seemed headed for the All-Star Game this year.

Left fielder Brantley has a back problem that has bothered him since spring training. Manager Terry Francona admitted that the Tribe's training staff would use Monday's off day to get more information from outside specialists about Brantley's issue. Brantley downplayed the problem before the Indians' home opener Friday, yet Francona said Saturday he regretted letting Brantley play.

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Cabrera powers Tigers past Indians, 8-5

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 12, 2015

Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 4 with two home runs and 4 RBI as the Detroit Tigers swept a three-game series with an 8-5 victory over the Indians Sunday at Progressive Field.

Cabrera also had a double, scored three runs and was intentionally walked once for the Tigers, who improved to 6-0. T.J. House (0-1, 40.50) lasted just 11/3 innings, his shortest career start for the Tribe.

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Indians' catcher Yan Gomes to miss 6-8 weeks with MCL sprain

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 12, 2015

Indians catcher Yan Gomes will miss six to eight weeks with a moderate sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the team announced.

Gomes was injured on a force play at the plate in the ninth inning of Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field.

The timetable for Gomes' return would put him back at the earliest around May 25, the start of a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers.  Eight weeks would mean about June 9, the beginning of a three-game home series against the Seattle Mariners.

Before facing the Tigers in the season finale Sunday, the Indians put Gomes on the 15-day disabled list. In his pre-game press conference, manager Terry Francona hinted  the Indians would be without Gomes for a lot longer than that.

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Tigers 9, Indians 6: Marla Ridenour's one last thing on Corey Kluber's adjustments

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 11, 2015

There may be those who think Indians' right-hander Corey Kluber's 2014 Cy Young season was a fluke.

But Kluber's ability to get back on track after a rocky first inning Saturday may have showed why he's reached the next level in his career and might be capable of staying there.

In the first inning, Kluber gave up a leadoff home run to Anthony Gose, who blasted an 0-1 pitch 400 feet over the center field wall. It was only the second time in 72 career starts that had happened to Kluber. Kansas City's Alex Gordon was the first, on Aug. 2, 2012. That came in Kluber's first major league start.

Against the Tigers, Kluber gave up two first-inning runs on four hits, the rest singles. Gose snapped a six-game homerless streak for Kluber.

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Back spasms sideline Michael Brantley again

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 11, 2015

Indians manager Terry Francona was second-guessing his decision to play All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley in Friday's home opener after Brantley experienced back spasms near the end of the game.

Brantley is not in the lineup for Saturday's 4:10 p.m. home game against the Detroit Tigers. He also missed Wednesday night's and Thursday afternoon's games in Houston with a lower back issue that surfaced in spring training.

"Just don't feel good ... he'll play. He wants to play so bad. I just think we need to let this thing settle down, whether that's today, today and tomorrow, we'll see. We've got a day off on Monday," Francona said. "Just want him to have a chance to go out and play and be himself. I think it's hard for him right now to do that.

"I probably got a little carried away yesterday. I was so excited when he came in and said he could play, I probably should have stepped back and said, 'No, you're not playing.' You kind of live and learn."

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Tigers at Indians: Lineups

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 11, 2015

Time: 4:10 p.m. at Progressive Field

TIGERS

Anthony Gose CF

Ian Kinsler 2B

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Tigers 8, Indians 4: Marla Ridenour's one last thing on Detroit's potent offense

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 10, 2015

The score was no indication of the way the Tigers steamrolled the Indians.

Detroit banged out 18 hits, although there were not many rocket shots. They reached right-hander Zach McAllister for 13, the most given up by an Indians starter since Justin Masterson's 13 allowed at Toronto on July 30, 2010.

The Tigers headed to the hotel with a 4-0 record, a .366 team batting average, .559 slugging percentage and .430 on-base percentage. They've outscored opponents 30-5. Their 18 hits was the most at Progressive Field since they totaled 20 in a 12-1 victory on Sept. 1, 2014.

MORE: Full coverage of the home opener and videos from interviews with players and coaches can be found on the Indians team page. The box score and future schedule is there too.

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Tigers at Indians: Lineup for home opener

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 10, 2015

Time: 4:05 p.m. at Progressive Field

TIGERS

Anthony Gose CF

Ian Kinsler 2B

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Indians promote Jerry Sands to add right-handed bat

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 10, 2015

Because the Indians won't need a fifth starter much early in the season, the Tribe purchased the contract of first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands from Triple-A Columbus.

Right-hander Austin Adams was optioned to Columbus and right-hander Josh Tomlin was transferred from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list.

"We'd kind of discussed at the end of spring training balancing having the extra reliever, having the extra position player," Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday before the home opener against the Detroit Tigers. "After the next couple days starts, we really don't need a fifth starter. So we'll have an extra arm in the bullpen and we're having a bunch of left-handers in the next couple weeks. So having an extra position player, especially a right-hand hitter, I think can help us."

In spring training with the Indians, Sands hit .304 with a double, two home runs and 7 RBI in 22 games.

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Indians' Michael Brantley returns to lineup after lower back stiffness

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 10, 2015

Indians' All-Star Michael Brantley will start in left field and bat third in Friday afternoon's home opener against the Detroit Tigers despite battling lower back stiffness that left his availability in question.

Brantley was a late scratch from Wednesday night's game in Houston and also was held out of Thursday's series finale.

Brantley enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, winning a Silver Slugger Award and finishing third in the American League MVP voting.

"I think it's pretty much like me and you, when your lower backs hurts and you tweak it, some days it grabs at you," Tribe manager Terry Francona said. "He was evaluated today and everything's good, which is really good. But we'll keep an eye on him. If he needs a day off, we can certainly do that.

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Indians 5, Astros 1; Tribe nearly pulls off combined no-hitter, loses it in the ninth inning

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 9, 2015

The Cleveland Indians received a third straight strong outing from its starting rotation and came two outs away from throwing a combined no-hitter in a 5-1 win against the Houston Astros Thursday.

Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer threw six innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters. He was a bit wild, though, walking five and throwing 111 pitches in the process, disqualifying him from the chance of going the distance.

Relief pitchers Kyle Crockett and Scott Atchison pitched the seventh and eighth innings, bringing the Indians three outs away from the 15th no-hitter in team history and the first combined no-hitter.

Nick Hagadone came on to pitch the ninth inning and he first got Astros first baseman Chris Carter to strikeout looking. But shortstop Jed Lowrie then got ahold of a Hagadone fastball and drove it out of the park for a solo home run to left field, ending the no-hit bid.

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Indians, Astros lineups, April 9; Michael Brantley out of the lineup again

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 9, 2015

The Indians and Astros are about to finish their three-game series Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is still out of the lineup with back stiffness. He will be evaluted when the team returns to Cleveland. He is considered day-to-day.

Indians (1-1)

Michael Bourn CF
Jose Ramirez SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Carlos Santana 1B
Brandon Moss RF
Yan Gomes DH
David Murphy LF
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Roberto Perez C
SP: RHP Trevor Bauer

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Indians 2, Astros 0: Ryan Lewis’ One Last Thing on Carlos Carrasco’s emotional last six months

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 9, 2015

The Indians earned their first win of the season Wednesday night by getting another great outing from a pitcher they recently signed to a long-term deal. This time it was Carlos Carrasco, and this time they got some offense to support it in a 2-0 win.

Carrasco threw 6 1/3 innings, struck out 10 and allowed only three hits. It’s his fourth double-digit strikeout performance in his last seven starts dating back to last year.

Tonight’s One Last Thing: Carrasco has had a lot on his mind the last six months.

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com wrote a story overnight that Carrasco, toward the end of last season, experienced heart palpitations. It led to an increased heart rate and required a seven-hour non-invasive surgery to try to correct it. It reached the point that Carrasco asked one of his agents to fly to Cleveland to comfort his wife during the surgery.

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Per the story, Carrasco went off his medication and experienced the heart palpitations again. He went back on his medicine and has been fine since.

Carrasco confirmed all of that after his start tonight to local reporters.

“It was a little bit scary,” he said. “But everything is fine now. So I can just take it easy and take my pill and that’s it. It’s something of the past. I feel great now.”

Carrasco takes two pills a day and says he’ll be fine.

But consider this: in October, his heart condition got so bad it required a seven-hour surgery where they tried to increase the blood flow. His heart rate, he said, reached 120 beats a minute.

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This was happening while his wife, Karelis, was pregnant. He had a baby girl on the way and soon would start looking into a long-term contract extension that would leave him and his family set for life. And then all of a sudden: heart surgery. Any one of those three things would make someone very anxious. He had all three in a short period of time.

That’s a lot to handle. But he looked good in the spring and terrific tonight. He’s obviously handled it well.

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It appears as though his heart condition is under control. He’ll make at least $22 million guaranteed over the next four years. His little girl, Emma Victoria, is healthy.

Sometime it’s not all about baseball. Thankfully for Carrasco, everything is going well on and off the field.

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Indians top Astros 2-0 behind Carlos Carrasco's strong outing

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 8, 2015

For the second consecutive game, a pitcher the Indians recently signed to a long-term deal turned in a terrific performance. This time, it was Carlos Carrasco. And this time, the Indians’ offense came through with a 2-0 win Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Carrasco picked up right here he left off last season, throwing 6 1/3 innings and allowing only three hits while striking out 10. It was Carrasco’s fourth double-digit strikeout game of his career. All four have come since Sept. 1 of last season, a span of seven starts.

That performance came two nights after Corey Kluber on Opening Day allowed two runs and struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings in a loss.

The difference Wednesday night was Carlos Santana’s solo home run in the fourth inning off of Scott Feldman that was the Indians’ first run of the season, ending a 12-inning drought.

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Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco had non-invasive heart procedure last year

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 8, 2015

Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who yesterday officially signed a four-year, $22 million deal with two club options, had a non-invasive heart procedure in October and had recuring problems this spring, per a report by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Carrasco did not give much detail for the report but had a seven-hour procedure on October 8 at the Cleveland Clinic related to his heart. This spring, he experienced heart palpitations once again. He was put back on medication and returned to normal levels.

The Indians, it seems, felt comfortable enough with his condition to extend him to a long-term deal.

"I think it's safe to say that we were comfortable that he was getting the right medical treatment and he'd be fine," Indians manager Terry Francona. "It's not like a sprained wrist, though. It's not something you mess around with. But I think everybody was comfortable knowing how it was taken care of and what he has to do. So it's not really an issue."

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Cleveland Indians LF Michael Brantley scratched from lineup with lower back stiffness

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 8, 2015

Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has been scratched from Wednesday night's game with lower back stiffness.

Brantley dealt with that issue some this spring.

Jose Ramirez moves up in the batting order to second. Jason Kipnis will hit third. Mike Aviles will take Brantley's place in left field and hit ninth.

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Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros lineups, April 8, 2015

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 8, 2015

Here are the lineups for the Indians and Astros for the second game of the season Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Indians

Michael Bourn CF
Jason Kipnis 2B
Michael Brantley LF
Carlos Santana 1B
Brandon Moss RF
Yan Gomes C
David Murphy DH
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Jose Ramirez SS

SP: RHP Carlos Carrasco

Astros

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Cleveland Indians, Carlos Carrasco officially agree to four-year contract

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 7, 2015

The Indians and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco formally agreed to a four-year deal on Tuesday that will keep him in Cleveland through at least the 2018 season.

The deal also includes club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Per figures obtained by MLB.com, Carrasco’s base contract is worth $22 million and has a max value, through incentives and the two club options, of a six-year, $48 million deal. The club options are valued at $9 million and $9.5 million, respectively.

“I’m really happy I’m going to be here for the next four years,” Carrasco, 28, said. “They told me they wanted to do something and I said OK. Just wanted to be secure and here. I like to play and I like Cleveland.”

Carrasco’s 2014 season started cold and ended hot. He struggled to open the year and was moved to the bullpen. After continued endorsements from bullpen coach Kevin Cash (now the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays) and pitching coach Mickey Callaway, the Indians inserted Carrasco back into the starting rotation, where he became one of the hottest pitchers in the game to end the 2015 season, posting a 5-3 record and 1.30 ERA over his final 10 starts.

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Cleveland Indians officially announce new deal for pitcher Carlos Carrasco

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 7, 2015

The Cleveland Indians have officially announced a new four-year deal for starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco. The deal runs through 2018 and includes club options for 2019/2020.

MLB.com reports that the deal is for $22 million with options for $9 and then $9.5 million. The max value is six years and $48 million.

Carrasco, 28, went 8-7 last season went with a 2.55 ERA.

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Astros 2, Indians 0: Ryan Lewis' One Last Thing from Opening Day on Corey Kluber

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 7, 2015

Game No. 1 for 2015 is in the books, and it was a great pitcher's duel. Corey Kluber was terrific and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but the Indians could never find any offense and fell in Houston, 2-0.

Tonight's One Last Thing: It was only one start, but Corey Kluber sure looks every bit dependable as the Indians say he is. 

The Indians announced a five-year deal with two club option years for Kluber on Sunday. The deal is for a reported $38.5 million and will keep Kluber in Cleveland through the 2019 season and possibly the 2021 season. Kluber turns 29 on Friday.

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Cleveland Indians fall to Houston Astros 2-0 in Opening Day pitcher’s duel

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 6, 2015

Indians ace Corey Kluber was terrific Monday night in Houston, but he was out-dueled by Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel in a 2-0 loss to open the 2015 season.

Kluber had a no-hitter going with two outs in the sixth inning when Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a bloop single to center field to break up the no-hit bid. Altuve then stole second base and scored on a single to left field by George Springer.

That lone run was enough for Keuchel, who threw seven innings, allowing three hits and three walks to go with four strikeouts. Tony Sipp and Luke Gregerson threw the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to close the game.

The Astros added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Jake Marisnick hit a sacrifice fly to right field off of relief pitcher Scott Aitchison deep enough to score Jed Lowrie from third, who had earlier walked with Kluber on the mound.

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Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros lineups for Opening Day

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 6, 2015

Opening Day is here. Get a hot dog and enjoy.

Here are the lineups for Game No. 1 between the Indians and Astros.

Indians

1. Michael Bourn CF
2. Jason Kipnis 2B
3. Michael Brantley LF
4. Carlos Santana 1B
5. Yan Gomes C
6. Brandon Moss RF
7. Ryan Raburn DH
8. Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
9. Jose Ramirez SS

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Indians, Carlos Carrasco reach agreement on multi-year contract, per reports; Kluber details emerge

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 5, 2015
Carracso

The Indians and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco have reached a deal on a four-year contract with two club option years, per reports.

The deal comes one day after the Indians reportedly agreed to terms with Corey Kluber on a five-year deal with two club option years.

Recent reports are placing the value of Carrasco's deal at a base of $22 million. Yahoo Sports was the first with that figure. Carrasco's deal with both options would exceed $40 million and could max out at roughly $50 million. The deal is being reported as a three-year extension on top of his one-year deal that will keep him with the team through the 2018 season.

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Cleveland Indians, Corey Kluber reach agreement on multi-year contract, per reports

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 4, 2015
Kluber

The Cleveland Indians have locked up last year's American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to a multi-year contract, according to media reports.

CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman was the first to report the deal. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, among others, also reported that the deal is done.

Per the reports, Kluber and the Indians have agreed to a five-year deal with two club option years. Financial details are not yet known.

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Brewers beat Indians 4-3 to close Cactus League play

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 4, 2015

The Brewers beat the visiting Indians 4-3 Saturday, ending spring training for both teams.

Trevor Bauer threw six innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and striking out eight.

Saturday is a bit of unique day, as an earlier start time was coupled with everyone trying to pack to leave for Houston after the game. Bauer said he somehow started his pre-game throwing routine late but while rushed, finished it early.

“Hopefully I can go the rest of my career without pitching on the last day of the spring,” he said. “It’s a weird, funky day. But it feels good [to be done with spring training].”

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Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall up offensively, down defensively in 6-3 loss to Milwaukee Brewers

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 3, 2015

Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall had a good day offensively but struggled defensively as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Indians 6-3 Friday.

Chisenhall committed two errors to give him five this spring but did go 2-for-3 with two RBI and a triple.

After his first error in the second inning, he came right back in the bottom half to plate two runs with a triple.

“We’d rather not see the error, but we’re to the point where you make an error, you’ve got to move on,” Francona said. “I think he knows that. The minute he didn’t catch that ball he knew he didn’t move his feet, said something to [infield coach Mike Sarbaugh] right away. He came back and had a couple good at-bats, which is good.”

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Time is running out for the Cleveland Indians and Corey Kluber to reach a deal on an extension

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 3, 2015
Kluber

Time is running out if the Indians and ace Corey Kluber are going to reach a contract extension before the regular season starts on Monday in Houston.

Kluber, under team control through the 2018 season, will be eligible for arbitration after 2015 and the next two years after that.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweeted that the team and Kluber are still in talks but the chances of reaching a deal are "less than great."

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Cleveland Indians RHP Josh Tomlin out 3-4 months, to undergo shoulder surgery

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 3, 2015
Tomlin

The Indians announced Friday that right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin will undergo arthroscopic debridement of the AC joint in his throwing shoulder April 8 at the Cleveland Clinic.

Tomlin had been experienced a recurrence of discomfort in his right shoulder after a March 30 start in minor league camp. His timetable to return is 12-16 weeks. He is expected to start the season on the disabled list.

“It flared up before that and stayed with me whole game," Tomlin said. "It was something that I thought I could battle through and it was limiting me a little bit. That’s never good. You don’t want to pitch at a level you can’t compete at.”

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Cleveland Indians top Cincinnati 4-3; Michael Brantley welcomes his cousin, Justin, to the mound

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 2, 2015

The Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Thursday. An otherwise normal spring training game, Indians manager Terry Francona made it special for Michael and Justin Brantley.

After Brantley’s last at-bat, which turned out to be a two-run home run to right field, Francona coaxed Michael to make the pitching change that brought Justin, his cousin, to the mound.

“That’s all Tito,” Brantley said. “He had to kind of force me out there a little bit. I was a little nervous doing it but he kind of talked me up, pumped me up a little bit so I had to do it. It’s a dream come true to be there with your cousin, a family member, a guy that works so hard, it gives me chills thinking about it.”

Said Francona, “Just thought he might get a kick out of it. … Thought it was something they’ll remember.”

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Cleveland Indians finalize 25-man active roster; Austin Adams named to MLB club as eighth RP

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 2, 2015
Adams

The Cleveland Indians on Thursday announced that relief pitcher Austin Adams has made the team.

This finalizes the active roster for Monday's Opening Day game with the Houston Astros. Adams will serve as the eighth arm out of the bullpen.

First baseman Jesus Aguilar is being optioned to Triple-A and infielder Michael Martinez has been informed that he won't make the team but will stay in camp. Those two were the other candidates for the last roster spot.

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Cleveland Indians fall to San Francisco Giants 5-2

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 1, 2015

Nick Swisher made his Cactus League debut and Corey Kluber made his final spring start in a 5-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants Wednesday.

Swisher went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI.

Kluber went 4 2/3 innings pitched, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five.

Indians manager Terry Francona has liked what he’s seen out of Kluber from his last bullpen session to Wednesday’s start.

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Cleveland Indians OF Nick Swisher goes 2-for-3 in Cactus League debut: video

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 1, 2015

Cleveland Indians outfielder Nick Swisher went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI in his Cactus League debut Wednesday.

Swisher, recovering from two knee surgeries, had been working out around camp and playing in minor league games.

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Cleveland Indians trending toward batting Jason Kipnis second in lineup

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 1, 2015
Kip

Earlier this spring Indians manager Terry Francona discussed the pros and cons of hitting second baseman Jason Kipnis second in the lineup.

That would make a first three of Michael Bourn, Kipnis and Michael Brantley, who are all left handed. So the Indians were wrestling with the question of whether it's better to have your best hitters in the 1-2-3 slots or move Kipnis down to sixth or seventh and bat Jose Ramirez, a switch-hitter, second to break up the all-left-handed start.

It hasn't been announced, but it appears Kipnis is too valuable to take out of the top of the order.

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