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Miller suffers minor setback

By Sheldon Published: February 28, 2009

Adam Miller missed his scheduled appearance Friday because of pain in his surgically repaired finger.

``He had a  little soreness in his finger,'' manager Eric Wedge said Saturday. ""I don't think it's anything to worry about. We just didn't want to push it.''

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Westbrook on schedule

By Sheldon Published: February 27, 2009

Most players with long-term disabling injuries don't hang around the ballpark once they finish their rehabilitation workouts.

Jake Westbrook was the exception Wednesday, when the Indians began their exhibition season at their new ballpark.

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Groin injury sidelines Sizemore

By Sheldon Published: February 27, 2009

Grady Sizemore will not play for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

The Indians' center fielder announced Friday that a groin injury suffered about a week ago will keep him out of the tournament and off the field for an undetermined length of time.

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Home runs the norm in Arizona?

By Sheldon Published: February 26, 2009

GOODYEAR, ARIZ.: It is nothing that hasn't been previously noted, but it has been 16 years since the Indians trained in Arizona.

Consequently, it is time to review.

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Tickets on sale Saturday

By Ron Published: February 26, 2009

Single-game tickets for the 2009 Indians season go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Tickets will be available online at, at all team shops and TicketMaster locations and can be charged by phone at 216-241-5555 and toll free at 866-48TRIBE.

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Tribe opens exhibition season at new ballpark

By Sheldon Published: February 25, 2009

GOODYEAR, Ariz. Kerry Wood is down, but according to manager Eric Wedge, he is far from out.

The Indians' new closer has been sidelined for a few days with back pain, but he is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Friday.

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Cactus League opens today

By jcfortun Published: February 25, 2009

The Cleveland Indians will play its first spring training game of the season today as they meet the San Francisco Giants 3:05 ET today at Goodyear Park.

Left-hander Jeremy Sowers is set to pitch first as he opens the preseason as a contender for the fifth starter position.

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Pulling a Dellucci

By jcfortun Published: February 24, 2009

Cleveland Indians outfielder Dave Dellucci is about a week behind his teammates this spring training. The reason?

Dellucci slammed his thumb in the gate of his truck while packing for Arizona. What could you really expect from Dellucci?

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Nine players ink one-year deals

By sstorm Published: February 23, 2009

The indians are always good about coming to terms with their unsigned players, and got a head start Sunday when they inked nine to one-year deals. That leaves 14 remaining players to get signed by next month's deadline.

The Indians agreed to one-year Major League contracts with the following players on the club’s 40-man roster: infielder Josh Barfield, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, pitchers Aaron Laffey, Jon Meloan, Adam Miller, Anthony Reyes, Tony Sipp and Jeremy Sowers and catcher Wyatt Toregas.

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Tribe adds to catching depth

By sstorm Published: February 21, 2009

This move came out of left field today - check out the Indians latest acquisition from this press release sent out Saturday:

CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today signed amateur catcher Martin Červenka to a non-drafted free agent minor league contract. Červenka, 16, is a right-handed hitting catcher from Prague, Czech Republic and was signed by Peter Gahan, the club’s Australia and Europe scouting supervisor.

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Indians trade for reliever, Marte DFA'd

By jcfortun Published: February 19, 2009

I interrupt the Cavs trade deadline watch to announce that Andy Marte is no longer part of the Indians.

He was designated for assignment to make room for reliever Juan Salas who was acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Steroids. When does it end?

By jcfortun Published: February 18, 2009

Will it ever stop, yo I don't know
Turn off the lights and I'll glow
To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle
-- Vanilla Ice, Ice, Ice baby; Circa 1990

Yes, Ice. It stopped very quickly. Your career that is. I am not sure if it was the blatant rip off of Queen's "Under Pressure" or the rumors of rap mogul and purported gangster Suge Knight dangling you off a balcony by your ankles, but your career lasted about as long as MC Hammer's Poofy pants.

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AROD answers questions, Pronk denies use

By jcfortun Published: February 17, 2009

Muscle Milk! HGH!

Although A-Rod could currently share comparisons to the guys in the now classic Youtube video "My new hair cut," (I would share a link if it wasn't so vulgar) he did not discuss his new hair cut. How many women he will be with. Nor did he mention Jagerbombs.

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Barfield, Garko begin experiments

By jcfortun Published: February 17, 2009

Starting in left field...
No. 25...
Ryan Garko!?

Akron Beacon Journal reporter Marla Ridenour left this interesting little nugget hidden at the bottom of her story entitled, Wedge shows respect for history.

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Morning briefing

By Ron Published: February 17, 2009

Marla Ridenour talks with the Indians catching duo.

She also talks a little history with manager Eric Wedge.

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Breaking down the bullpen

By jcfortun Published: February 16, 2009’s Anthony Castrovince has a breakdown of how the bullpen is formulating so far for the Indians.

These six guys are already locks:

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Graffanino joins Tribe in Arizona

By jcfortun Published: February 15, 2009

The Indians have signed infielder Tony Graffanino to a minor league contract with a invite to major league camp the club announced today in a press release.

And here is the press release for your viewing pleasure:

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Tribe notes from the new Prospectus book

By jcfortun Published: February 12, 2009

Today I was pleased to find this year’s edition of the Baseball Prospectus placed up against my door. As always, the prospectus is chock-full of interesting tidbits, statistics and predictions for the upcoming season.

Now, if only my Baseball America Prospect Handbook would arrive, I could be content. Whats the hold up BA?

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Alomar story brings up plenty of questions

By jcfortun Published: February 12, 2009

The recent allegations that former Indians second baseman Roberto Alomar knowingly engaged in sexual intercourse despite having the AIDS virus is shocking. And, perhaps even more so, explosive.

For those of you who haven’t heard: Alomar’s ex-girlfriend filed a $15 million law suit alleging that Alomar repeatedly told her that he was disease-free as the two engaged in unprotected sex. All, while Alomar, allegedly, knew he had “Full-Blown AIDS.”

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Viola joining Tribe in spring training as instructor

By sstorm Published: February 11, 2009

According to the Indians, former Major League Pitcher and 1988 AL Cy Young winner Frank Viola will be in Major League camp as a Spring Training Instructor with the Tribe.

Viola, 48, compiled a Major League career record of 176-150 with a 3.73 ERA over 15 Major League seasons with the Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays (2836.1IP, 2827H, 1175ER, 1844K) from 1982-96.

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Barfield has inside track for utility role?

By jcfortun Published: February 9, 2009 beat writer Anthony Castrovince answered his mail bag today with a few interesting tidbits for the upcoming season:

Josh Barfield now has the inside track on the utility role, according to Castrovince.

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A-Rod and "Injector's Row"

By jcfortun Published: February 7, 2009

There has been a lot of reaction around baseball today as the news that New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez allegedly failed a drug test in 2003 hit the airwaves.

It should be known that Rodriguez failed a test in 2003, before Major League Baseball had its new steroid policy in place.

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A-Rod a Juicer, allegedly

By jcfortun Published: February 7, 2009

Maybe there is a bit more to why Joe Torre refers to New York Yankees shortstop Alex Rodriguez as A-fraud instead of his nickname A-Rod.

Sports Illustrated is reporting that Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003, His MVP season with the Texas Rangers.
During that season , A-Rod hit .298 with 47 homers and 118 RBI.

Four sources independently confirmed the report to Sports Illustrated. Rodriguez allegedly tested positive for two anabolic steroids.

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Shapiro shares thoughts before heading to Arizona

By sstorm Published: February 6, 2009

Before leaving for his team's new spring training site in Goodyear, Ariz., Indians general manager Mark Shapiro met with the local media Friday at Progressive Field to share his thoughts on a variety of topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Q) How has the nation's struggling economy affected the team?

A) Shapiro - The challenges are not just ours. The issues are not just or national, but international in scope. A lot of times in sports we operate in a vacuum and are somewhat limited in how we're impacted. But in this case, no one's free from being impacted...We feel like we've planned pretty well and are in a pretty good position right now. But if things are in the same position a year from now, it will be a very different story...We've looked at taking smaller measures across the board operationally on an expense level at every facet of our operation. You won't see any of those things I would hope, I hope our fans won't see any of things, but we've looked at controlling our costs any way we can...The backdrop of the financial climate will impact every one of our decisions.

Q) What have you heard about designated hitter Travis Hafner as he rehabs an off-season shoulder surgery?

A) Shapiro - He looks great, his head's in a good place and he's finishing up his rehabilitation stages. In the next month he'll move from rehabilitation to game preparation...As long as things go as expected, at some point over the next month he'll transition over to just baseball...It's our hope that somewhere at the beginning of the spring schedule he'll be able to play.

Q) Is there anything with catcher Victor Martinez's physical condition that needs to be addressed after surgery on his elbow last season?

A) Shapiro - No. He looks really good. He's 100 percent.

Q) What is your feeling on your starting pitching compared to year ago?

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Indians ink Chulk

By Sheldon Published: February 3, 2009

The Indians on Tuesday signed veteran right-hander Vinnie Chulk to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Chulk, 30, has spent all or parts of six seasons in the big leagues with San Francisco and Toronto, compiling a 7-14 record and 4.36 earned-run average in 244 relief outings.

After missing the first two weeks of the 2008 season with a shoulder injury, Chulk joined the Giants' bullpen, posting an 0-3 record and 4.83 ERA in 27 appearances. He was designated for assignment on June 24 and spent the rest of the season at Triple-A Fresno, where he compiled an 0-1 record with two saves and a 3.65 ERA in 22 games., including two starts.

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As ManRam's world turns

By jcfortun Published: February 3, 2009

there was some new news on the Manny Ramirez front today. The Dodgers offered Ramirez a one-year deal for $25 million.

Not surprisingly, ManRam quickly turned it down.

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Abreu now a bargain buy?

By jcfortun Published: February 3, 2009

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times recently conducted an interview with Houston Astros General Manager Ed Wade about free agent outfielder Bobby Abreu.

Abreu is one of the best available free agents on the market and someone that Wade knows all too well from their time together in Philadelphia.

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Reyes, Marte without options

By jcfortun Published: February 2, 2009

While doing a little websurfing this morning I came across this list of players who are without options this season. For any of these players to return to the minor leagues, they must clear waivers first.

The List was compiled by, then blatantly stolen by me to post for all your enjoyment.

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