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Why put trade in jeopardy?

By Sheldon Published: July 31, 2011

   CLEVELAND: Why did the Rockies risk voiding the trade of Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians by allowing him to start against the Padres  Saturday night?

Thirty minutes before he was scheduled to warm up, Jimenez was watching television in the clubhouse and saw a crawl come accross the screen detailing the trade.  He visited manager Jim Tracy, who told him the deal wasn't a certainty.

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Tribe close to trade for Jimenez?

By Sheldon Published: July 30, 2011

   CLEVELAND:  If Drew Pomeranz and Matt McBride were scratched from tonight's Aeros game because a trade is imminent, it would appear that the Indians are on the verge of acquiring a marquis player, probably Ubaldo Jimenez, the ace of the Rockies' staff.

  Several media sources have reported that the Tribe is one of four teams in hot pursuit of Jimenez, possibly the frontrunner.

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Pomeranz, White scratched at Akron

By jcfortun Published: July 30, 2011

Indians top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz was scheduled to make his fourth start At Double A Akron tonight and was replaced by Matt Langwell before the first pitch.

Alex White, another top pitching prospect for the Indians, was supposed to pitch an inning of relief (strained right middle finger). He is not pitching tonight either. White, I was told, was pushed back a few days.

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Choo might take BP in a week; rainout vs. White Sox rescheduled

By Sheldon Published: July 29, 2011

   CLEVELAND:  Shin-Soo Choo continued on the road to recovery from a broken thumb by taking bat to tee this afternoon.`

“”He took about 40 swings off a tee today and felt good,’’ manager Manny Acta said. “”We think he might be able to start taking batting practice in a week to 10 days.’’

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 29, 2011

Here's how the Tribe's minor league teams fared Thursday:

Triple-A Columbus (65-41) - The Clippers took a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning, but relievers LHP NICK HAGADONE and RHP ZACH PUTNAM could not close the game out and Columbus lost 6-5 to host Syracuse...Hagadone gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits in just 1 1/3 innings after replacing starter RHP ZACH McALLISTER, who did not receive a decision despite limiting the Chiefs to two runs  while scattering nine hits over six innings...Putnam entered the game with Columbus holding a 5-4 edge, but suffered his third blown save of the season after dishing up a two-run double to former Clipper and INF MICHAEL AUBREY, which put the Chiefs ahead for good...Offensively, Columbus had four players with two hits led by OF SHELLEY DUNCAN, who hit a three-run homerun that snapped a 0-for-23 skid...DH NICK JOHNSON added a two-run homer for the Clippers.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 28, 2011

Here's how the Tribe's minor league teams fared Wednesday:

Triple-A Columbus (65-40) - A day after RHP JUSTIN GERMANO pitched a perfect game for the Clippers, Columbus was held to one hit in  a 2-0 loss to host Syracuse at Alliance Bank Stadium...in fact, Chiefs’ RHP BRAD PEACOCK took a no-hitter into the eighth inning until DH BEAU MILLS smacked a double to break up the no-hit bid...Peacock exited the game, having struck out seven over seven innings... Despite a solid performance for Columbus, RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ(10-4, 2.34 ERA) took the tough-luck loss, allowing just two runs on six hits and no walks, striking out six batters over seven innings...Although the Clippers did not have a hit, the club managed to have a runner on base in each of the game's first five innings thanks to four walks and a fielding error, but could not capitalize as they left seven men on base in the game...The Chiefs scored both of their runs in the fourth, haning the Clippers their fourth shutout loss this season.

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It's official: Tribe acquires Fukudome

By Sheldon Published: July 28, 2011

   The Indians finalized a deal for Cubs right fielder Kosuke Fukudome today in exchange for two minor leaguers.

  Fukudome, a 34-year-old left-handed batter, is hitting .273 with a .374 on-base percentage.  He is in the final year of a $48 million contract, worth $13.5 million this season. Reportedly, the Cubs are paying all but $775,000 of the $4.7 million remaining on the deal.

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Tribe expected to announce trade for Fukudome

By Sheldon Published: July 28, 2011

   Later today, the Indians are expected to announce a trade for Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome for two minor leaguers.

 Fukudome, 34, is not the run producer that can bolster the middle of a lineup, but he has consistently been a hitter who gets on base. This year, he is batting .273 with 15 doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI in 293 at-bats.  He also has a .374 on-base percentqge for the season and a .369 career mark, averaging 24.5 doubles per year.

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White to be in bullpen when he's activated from the DL

By Sheldon Published: July 25, 2011

 

    CLEVELAND: Following the first simulated game for Alex White today, manager Manny Acta revealed that the rookie phenom will spend the rest of the season as a reliever when he comes off the disabled list.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 25, 2011

Here's how the Tribe's minor league teams fared Sunday:

Triple-A Coumbus (64-38) - The Clippers were held to just two hits in a 4-0 loss to Lehigh Valley as three Iron Pigs pitchers held the Clippers to two singles...RHP JOE MARTINEZ (6-4, 4.10 ERA) took the loss after giving up three runs on eight hits (including two solo home runs), while striking out six and walking none over six innings...OF TIM FEDROFF reached base safely four times on a single and three walks...INF NICK JOHNSON also singled and walked once...The game marked only the third time in 102 games this season the Clippers have been shutout.

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Choo believes he's on fast track

By Sheldon Published: July 24, 2011

CLEVELAND:  Shin-Soo Choo says he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken left thumb.

“”The doctor said I wouldn’t be able to do that (touch his thumb to his little finger) yet,’’ Choo said today. “So I’m three weeks ahead of schedule.’’

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Sizemore surgery will keep him out at least four to six weeks

By Sheldon Published: July 21, 2011

   Grady Sizemore's knees are not the problem, after all.  At least they are not THE problem.

 Turns out that the center fielder had a sports hernia and underwent surgery to repair it today in Philadelphia. The 20-minute procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers, and recovery time is expected to be four to six weeks.

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Tribe outfielders becoming endangered species

By Sheldon Published: July 20, 2011

      MINNEAPOLIS:  With Travis Buck having been hit in the head with a pitch and Michael Brantley still trying to shake off the effects of an intestinal problem, manager Manny Acta is quickly running out of outfielders.

   Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo already are on the disabled list, so Acta had to put utility infielder Luis Valbuena in left this afternoon. Buck was examined by a doctor here Tuesday night and has no symptoms of a concussion. Brantley seemed to be improving late Tuesday night but Acta said he was worse today.

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Worst fears for Sizemore allayed; Huff will fit somewhere in rotation

By Sheldon Published: July 19, 2011

   MINNEAPOLIS: Grady Sizemore had his MRI scan in Cleveland, and his injury is still being described as a right knee contusion.

""There's not much I can say,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. ""It doesn't appear that the injury is as serious as we might have feared.'''

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The old switcheroo: Huff stays, Gomez goes

By Sheldon Published: July 18, 2011

   MINNEAPOLIS: David Huff's seven scoreless innings against the Twins today forced manager Manny Acta and General Manager Chris Antonetti to change their minds about which starter to keep while Mitch Talbot is on the disabled list.

 The plan was to keep Jeanmar Gomez as Talbot's replacement and option Huff back to Columbus after making his spot start this afternoon. But Huff pitched so well and Gomez perfomed so poorly -- giving up five runs (three homers) in 5 1/3 innings against the Orioles Sunday -- that Gomez was sent back to Columbus.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 18, 2011

Here's how the Tribe's minor league teams fared Sunday:

Triple-A Columbus (61-34) - The host Clippers used clutch hitting to earn their third consecutive win via a 6-4 victory over Indianapolis at Huntington Park...Indianapolis got on the board first, leading 2-0 until DH SHELLY DUNCAN's two-run home run in the fouth inning tied the game 2-2...The Clippers later took the lead in the sixth inning via a two-run single by OF TIM FEDROFF...However, the Indians responded with two runs in the eighth inning to even the game again, this time at 4-4...In the bottom of the eighth inning with runners on the corners, OF JERAD HEAD's RBI single gave the Clippers a one-run lead...One batter later, Indians C MIGUEL PEREZ tossed an errant throw on a pick-off attempt of Head at first base and Columbus scored another run...RHP JOSH JUDY held Indianapolis scoreless in the ninth inning to record his 14th save...RHP ZACH PUTNAM (5-2, 3.88 ERA) picked up the victory after pitching one inning of relief... Offensively, INF CORD PHELPS was 2-4 with 2 runs scored, while INF JASON DONALD was 0-1 but scored 3 runs and was walked twice. The Clippers won the series 3-1 and are 11-4 against Indianapolis this season.

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Sizemore on DL, heads to Cleveland for tests

By Sheldon Published: July 18, 2011

   MINNEAPOLIS: The Indians put Grady Sizemore on the 15-day disabled list today with a contusion of the right knee, but until further tests are done in Cleveland, it isn't asssured that the center fielder doesn't have a more serious issue.

 So far, it is believed that the injury-- a bone bruise that is apt to linger for months -- is the same as the contusion that landed him on the DL from May 12 to May 27.  But according to Sizemore, who was in the clubhouse before leaving for Cleveland, it feels more like the injury that led to microfracture surgery on his left knee last year.

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Duncan takes hit to create roster spot

By Sheldon Published: July 17, 2011

BALTIMORE: Shelley Duncan was optiioned to Columbus for the second time this season to make room on the roster, this time for Jeanmar Gomez.
Gomez will start today's game against the Orioles.

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Huff likely starter Monday, but Acta not saying

By Sheldon Published: July 16, 2011

  BALTIMORE: Manager Manny Acta revealed today that Fausto Carmona would start the second game of Monday's day-night doubleheader against the Twins in Minnesota. But who will start the opener?

""I'll tell you guys tomorrow,'' Acta said.

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White throwing bullpens, simulated games next

By Sheldon Published: July 14, 2011

BALTIMORE:  Alex White threw a bullpen Wednesday for the first time since going on the disabled list May 21 with a finger injury.

White will throw another on Saturday then continue with bullpen sessions Tuesday and next Friday, when he is scheduled to throw all of his pitches.

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Talbot on DL; Carrera called up, Gomez next

By Sheldon Published: July 13, 2011

CLEVELAND: There was no indication that anything physcial was bothering Mitch Talbot when he started last Friday or in the succeeding few days, but today he was placed on the 15-day disabled liast with lower back strain.

Talbot's entry to the DL is retroactive to last Saturday, which means he can return to the rotation on July 24, but is that what the Indians want? Talbot has been struggling for several weeks as the weakest link among the starters (even weaker than Fausto Carmona, who is expected to come off the DL Monday against the Twins). For the season, Talbot is 2-6 with a 6.33 earned-run average in 11 starts. In his last outing, Talbot gave up eight runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings against Toronto.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 12, 2011

Here's how the Tribe's minor league teams fared Monday:

Tripe-A Columbus (58-33) - The Clippers began their All-Star break. They are scheduled to return to action Thursday against visiting Indianapolis for a four-game series at Huntington Park....Tonight Clippers manager MIKE SARBAUGH will manage the International League All-Stars, which includes 2B JASON KIPNIS and RHP ZACH MCALLISTER, against the Pacific Coast League's best in the  Triple-A All-Star Game at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City at 9 p.m. ET...INF LUIS VALBUENA and RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ were selected but will not participate. Valbuena was called up to join the parent-club Indians last week and Gomez is the lead candidate to replace struggling Indians starter MITCH TALBOT in the Tribe's starting rotation following the All-Star break. 

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Drew Pomeranz named Tribe's minor league player of the week

By sstorm Published: July 12, 2011

LHP DREW POMERANZ was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for the period of July 3-9.

In addition to the honor, the Indians’ first-round selection (fifth overall) in the 2010 draft has been promoted to Double-A Akron and is expected to join the Aeros after the Eastern League All-Star break on Thursday during a four-game trip to Harrisburg. 

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 11, 2011

Here's how the Tribe's minor league teams fared Sunday:

Triple-A Columbus (58-33) - The Clippers headed into the All-Star break as losers of three consecutive games after losing to Toledo 4-1, but also with bigger concerns...LHP SCOTT BARNES (7-4, 3.68 ERA), who allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, went down in a heap with a left knee injury after fielding a ball coming off the mound in the sixth inning...INF JASON DONALD was 2-for-3 with a double and a solo homer that tied the game 1-1 in the fourth inning, but he also left the game with a hamstring injury in the top of the sixth...The Mud Hens scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on for the win...Columbus had gone 12-3 against Toledo this season before hitting a three-game skid.

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Valbuena back with Tribe on merit

By sstorm Published: July 9, 2011

Luis Valbuena made his first plate appearance this season for the Tribe Saturday, starting at second base in place of veteran Orlando Cabrera, who had the day off.

Originally a shortstop, Valbuena has become a super utility man who has logged time at Triple-A
Columbus at second base, third base, shortstop, left field and designated hitter.

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Pomeranz, Kipnis among Baseball America's Top 50 mid-season prospect list

By sstorm Published: July 9, 2011

Two Indians minor leaguers were among Baseball America’s Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects. The magazine named LHP Drew Pomeranz the 14th best prospect. Second baseman Jason Kipnis came in at 31.

Pomeranz, the Indians No. 1 pick (fifth overall) in 2010 has been impressive in his professional debut. He is 3-2 with a 1.87 ERA and owns 95 strikeouts in 77 innings with high Class-A Kinston and is in line to be promoted to Double-A Akron following next week’s All-Star break.

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Will Talbot's struggles lead to more moves for Tribe?

By sstorm Published: July 9, 2011

Mitch Talbot is painfully aware of what could be right around the corner following Friday’s 11-7 loss ito Toronto in which the Indians right-hander dished up eight runs in just 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.

Asked if it weighs on his mind worrying about the consequences if he continues to struggle, Talbot was honest.

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Cabrera to start in MLB All-Star Game in Jeter's absence

By sstorm Published: July 8, 2011

Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera learned late Friday that he will start the July 12th All-Star Game in Arizona following with the news earlier in the day that New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter pulled himself from the game due to a nagging  injury.

Jeter, who is still two hits shy of his 3,000th hit after rain cancelled Friday's game against Tampa Bay, announced beforehand that instead of playing, he plans instead to rest his injured calf.

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Chisenhall has fracture, but injury not as bad as expected

By sstorm Published: July 8, 2011

When Lonnie Chisenhall, the Indians No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America, was hit in the face with a pitch in Thursday's game, the outcome did not appear to be good.

Yet, Chisenhall and the Indians were relieved to learn Friday afternoon that while the rookie third baseman does have a fracture in a nasal bone beneath his right cheek, the injury is not serious.

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Tribe signs fifth-round pick

By sstorm Published: July 7, 2011

The Indians signed fifth-round pick RHP WILL ROBERTS from the University of Virginia

A NCBWA Second-Team All-American and semi-finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year, Roberts just completed his Junior season, going 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) for the ACC Champion Cavaliers.

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Chisenhall latest Indian to be hit by pitch

By Sheldon Published: July 7, 2011

CLEVELAND: Lonnie Chisenhall's injury was officially decribed as a facial contusion after he was hit by a pitch in the second inning and had to leave the game against the Blue Jays.

The pitch from Carlos Villanueva bounced off Chisenhall's batting helmet and struck his cheek and nose.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 7, 2011

Here's how the Tribe's minor league teams fared Wednesday:

Triple-A Columbus (57-30) - The Clippers gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and lost 3-2 to host Louisville...Columbus held a 2-0 edge entering the final frame, but the Bats loaded the bases with nobody out and OF JEREMY HERMIDA tied the game with a 2-run double and INF TODD FRAZIER hit a game-winning sacrifice fly...RHP ZACH PUTNAM (4-2, 3.43 ERA) recorded his first blown save of the season after allowing all three runs, while giving up four hits and four walks...RHP JUSTIN GERMANO gave a strong performance in a spot-start, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning while allowing just two hits and striking out seven in six innings...INF JASON DONALD went 2-for-4 with a run scored...OF TIM FEDROFF and INF LUIS VALBUENA each went 1-for-3 with a RBI.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 6, 2011

Here's how the Indians minor league teams fared Tuesday:

Triple-A Columbus (57-29) - The Clippers went 1-of-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners on base in a 4-2 loss at host Louisville in the second game of a three-game series at Slugger Field...LHP SCOTT BARNES (7-3, 3.61 ERA), who had not allowed more than two earned runs in eight of his last nine starts, gave up four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss...The Bats scored three runs against  Barnes in the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead...Columbus staged a mini rally thanks to INF JARED GOEDERT’s RBI-double in the sixth, but could not push across another run the rest of the night...OF TIM FEDROFF went 2-for-4 with a double...C PAUL PHILLIPS also went 2-for-4...OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA stole two bases and went 2-for-4 at the plate.

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LaPorta to be activated today; Judy sent down

By Sheldon Published: July 5, 2011

CLEVELAND: Though no announcement was made tonight, the Indians will activate Matt LaPorta from the disabled list for Wednesday night's game against the Yankees.

LaPorta has been on the DL since June 18 with a high ankle sprain, but he passed his final test in his final workout today.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 5, 2011

Here's how the  Indians minor league teams fared Monday:

Triple-A Columbus (57-28) - The Clippers lost 5-4 in 13 innings to host Louisville at Louisville Slugger Field...Bats C DEVIN MESORACO tripled in the bottom of the 13th and later scored on an infield grounder as Louisville escaped with the win...RHP JOE MARTINEZ (6-3, 4.09 ERA) allowed the game-winning run and suffered the loss...Columbus had an early 2-0 lead until the Bats put up four runs in the bottom of the third...OF JERAD HEAD hit a two-run home run to tie the game 4-4  in the fifth inning - wherer the score remained tied until extra innings...INF CHAD HUFFMAN went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.. Starter and LHP DAVID HUFF (8-2, 3.84 ERA) gave up four runs on five hits over seven innings in the no-decision.

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Hafner settles into new spot in lineup

By Sheldon Published: July 4, 2011

CLEVELAND: Manager Manny Acta couldn't have been happier to have Travis Hafner back in the lineup after nine games without him in National League cities.

“”It was painful to have him out of the lineup for nine games, especially the way he was swinging the bat,’’ Acta said late this afternoon.

Hafner came off the disabled list June 17 and in his next five games batted .294 (5-for-17) with two home runs, one double and seven RBI. Then came the nine games against the Giants, Diamondbacks and Reds.

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Asdrubal Cabrera, Chris Perez Tribe All-Star representatives

By Sheldon Published: July 3, 2011

CINCINNATI: Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and closer Chris Perez will represent the Indians in the All-Star Game July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Cabrera has had a breakout season at the plate, hitting .294 and leading the team with 14 home runs and 49 RBI. He also is the club leader in doubles with 21 and runs scored with 53.

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Carmona on DL; Tribe goes with eight relievers for now

By Sheldon Published: July 3, 2011

CINCINNATI: Fausto Carmona went on the 15-day disabled list this morning with a strained right quad, sustained when he fell running to first on a sacrifice bunt in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Reds.

Since Carmona's turn to start doesn't come up until Thursday, the Indians will carry an extra reliever in the meantime. That was easily accomplished today, when closer Chris Perez returned from Florida, where he attended the funeral of his grandmother. Josh Judy was called up from Columbus to replace Perez for two days and will stay on the roster.

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Carmona leaves game with quad injury

By Sheldon Published: July 2, 2011

CINCINNATI: Fausto Carmona left the game with a strained right quad in the third inning after laying down a bunt to advance a runner.

Carmona tripped as he reached the bag and went sprawling , breaking his fall with his outstretched hands. After head trainer Lonnie Soloff checked him, Carmona left for a pinch runner.

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Buck hamstring injury probably not DL issue

By Sheldon Published: July 2, 2011

CINCINNATI: Travis Buck planned to spend virtually the entire game today getting treatment on his tight hamstring.

""The good thing is that I'm walking around fine,'' he said this afternoon. ""I'll do what (head trainer) Lonnie (Soloff) tells me to do. I don't want to push it. I've obviously used up my allotment of DL time.''

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 1, 2011

Here's how the Indians minor league teams fared Thursday:

Triple-A Columbus (55-26) - The Clippers won their hird consecutive game 6-2 against Toledo...LHP SCOTT BARNES (7-2, 3.40 ERA) gave up just one hit in his first seven innings and held the Mud Hens to two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out five in 7 1/3 innings...The Clippers held a 2-0 lead through six innings before getting some late-game insurance runs via a four-run seventh inning featuring a two-run double by 2B JASON KIPNIS... OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA also had two RBI while INF LUIS VALBUENA and C PAUL PHILLIPS each collected a pair of hits...OF JERAD HEAD hit his 11th homer of the season via a solo homer in the fourth.

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Perez to miss two games

By Sheldon Published: July 1, 2011

Closer Chris Perez has been placed on the bereavement list for two days to attend the funeral of his grandmother. The Tribe has called up Josh Judy as an extra reliever.

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