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Damon to join Tribe in Chicago

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 30, 2012

Johnny Damon will not go to Columbus to polish his swing against Triple-A  pitchers. He will do that in Chicago against White Sox pitching..

Space must be made on both the 40-man and 25-man rosters for Damon, but the club announced that he will join the Tribe for its three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field, which begins Tuesday night.

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Choo expected to return Tuesday night

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 29, 2012

   CLEVELAND: Shin-Soo Choo missed his fifth game in a row this afternoon with a slight hamstring strain, but manager Manny Acta had positive news about his right fielder.

  ""He's OK,'' Acta said. ""We'll see how he comes back after the activities he did with Lonnie today. I anticipate that he'll be ready for the next series in Chicago.''

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Home run drought continues

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 28, 2012

Indians rally in ninth to beat Angels 3-2

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 27, 2012

Asdrubal Cabrera singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, and the Indians beat the struggling Los Angeles Angels 3-2 tonight.

Albert Pujols went 1 for 4 as Los Angeles lost its fifth in a row. He is homerless in 20 games since signing a $240 million, 10-year contract to join the Angels — his longest drought to start a season.

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Rafael Perez goes on DL; Hagadone recalled

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 27, 2012

Tribe minor-league pitcher suspended 50 games

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 26, 2012

Indians minor-league pitcher Harold Guerrero has been given a 50-game suspension by Major League Baseball after testing positive for metabolites of Stanazolol, a performance enhancing substance.

Guerrero, 21, is on the Mahoning Valley roster, a short season team in the New York-Penn League.

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Indians fall to Royals, 4-2

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 26, 2012

Luis Mendoza pitched into the sixth inning, and Kansas City’s bullpen made a lead stand up, helping the Royals beat the Indians 4-2 today at Progressive Field.

Jeff Francoeur had a go-ahead single in a three-run fifth for Kansas City, which snapped a 12-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory Wednesday night. The Royals won consecutive games for the second time this season.

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Sizemore begins baseball drills

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 25, 2012

   CLEVELAND: Grady Sizemore has progressed to the point to where he is playing catch, and soon he will begin to swing a bat.

   ""Grady started to play catch and he began land-based running for the first time today,'' head trainer Lonnie Soloff said this afternoon.

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Tribe achieves milestone; Masterson compiles weird stat

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 22, 2012

   OAKLAND, Calif.: Despite losing the finale, the Indians finished the nine-game trip with a 7-2 record and won their first three road series of the year for the first time since 1988.

   That year, the Tribe won two of three against the Rangers, swept the Orioles in a three-gamer and took two of three from the Twins. 

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Kipnis gets key hit in Tribe win

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 22, 2012

Tribe beats A's for sixth win on trip

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 21, 2012

Tribe rallies in ninth to beat Mariners

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 20, 2012

Lowe falters as Tribe loses 4-1

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 19, 2012

Injury update: Sizemore almost ready for baseball activities

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 19, 2012

   SEATLE: Grady Sizemore recently was in Miami for a recheck from Dr. Barth Green, who cleared him to begin baseball activities next week .

  Sizemore is on the 60-day disabled list after undergoing back surgery in spring training. Currently, he is doing light jogging.

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House honored by Tribe

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 18, 2012

Gomez suspended five games, Hannahan, C. Perez fined

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 18, 2012

   SEATTLE:  Jeanmar Gomez was suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball today for hitting Mike Moustakas of the Royals last weekend in Kansas City.

   Gomez plans to appeal the suspension, which means he can make his scheduled start against the Athletics on Saturday.

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Cabrera leaves Indians after death of grandfather

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 17, 2012

   SEATTLE:  Asdrubal Cabrera has left the team and been placed on the bereavement list because of the death of his grandfather in Venezuela.

   He was pretty shaken up about it yesterday,'' manager Manny Acta said today. ""It was his grandpa, a very important person in his life.''

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Draft order set in baseball

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 17, 2012

 Major League Baseball set the draft order for the 2012 draft that will be held June 4-6.

The Indians will pick 15th in the first round.

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It's official: Johnny Damon signs with Indians

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 17, 2012

The Indians have officially signed outfielder Johnny Damon.

The 38-year-old reached agreement with the Indians last week on a one-year, $1.2 million pending a physical. Damon, who needs 277 hits to reach 3,000 for his career, is at the Indians complex in Goodyear, Ariz., preparing to join the Indians. Damon can earn another $1.4 million in performance bonuses.

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Chris Perez: You hit us, we hit you

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 15, 2012

   KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Closer Chris Perez is tired of seeing his Indians teammates hit by pitches, whether intentionally or not.

   Not long after the Tribe beat the Royals 11-9 in extra innings Saturday night, Perez Tweeted this message: ""Huge win tonight; time for a sweep to tell the Royals it's not ""Our Time,'' it's Tribe Time. P.S. You hit us, we hit you. Period.'' 

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Benches clear as Gomez retaliates for Choo being hit

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 14, 2012

   KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Less than one year ago, Jonathan Sanchez, pitching for the Giants, struck Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch and broke his left thumb.

   Sanchez was traded to the Royals over the winter. In the third inning of tonight's contest, he hit Choo again, this time above the right knee and Choo walked toward the mound as benches cleared. When order was restored, the Indians rallied for five runs to take a 5-0 lead in the middle of the third.

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Indians still mum on Damon; game rescheduled

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 13, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo.: One national baseball writer tweeted the Johnny Damon took his physical two days ago, so why aren't the Indians anouncing the signing?

During an interview before this afternoon's game with the Royals, Manager Manny Acta refused to acknowledge that Damon is on his way.

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Johnny Damon says deal done with Indians

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 12, 2012

Johnny Damon told ESPN's Jim Bowden that he has signed with the Indians.

Here is ESPN's story.

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Update: Damon next Tribe target?

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 12, 2012

Several internet reports say the Indians are chasing outfielder Johnny Damon, but General  Manager Chris Antonetti isn't giving any hints.

Damon, 38, played at Tampa Bay last year and has been out of work since his release in October. He batted ,261 with 29 doubles, seven triples, 16 home runs, 79 runs and 73 RBI. 

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Report: Indians set to sign Johnny Damon

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 12, 2012

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported over night that  baseball sources have told him that the Indians will sign outfielder Johnny Damon. Here is his report.

Damon, 38, proved with the Tampa Bay Rays last season that he is still an effective hitter, batting .261 with a .743 OPS, 16 homers and 73 RBI.

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Indians fall to White Sox 10-6

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 11, 2012

A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to lead the  White Sox to a 10-6 win over the Indians this afternoon at a very cold and empty Progressive Field.

Pierzynski connected off reliever Rafael Perez in Chicago’s five-run, sixth inning that included a two-run shot by Alejandro De Aza off Dan Wheeler. De Aza opened the game with a single and scored during Chicago’s four-run first against Justin Masterson (0-1).

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Game postponed, rotation juggled

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 10, 2012

   CLEVELAND: Cold and wet weather forced cancellation of tonight's Indians-White Sox game, and no makeup date was announced. 

   As Acta said, ""It's unfortunate we have this gruelling weather. the temperature is going to be in the 20s with snow. It won't be baseball, it will be survival.''

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Indians game tonight vs. White Sox postponed

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 10, 2012

The Indians announced that the game tonight against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

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Carlos Santana signed by Indians; more on way?

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 10, 2012

Are the Indians on a signing binge?

The club will announce at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon that catcher Carlos Santana has been signed to a conttract extension that can keep him in Cleveland through the 2017 season, including a final option year.

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Indians sign Carlos Santana to five-year deal

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 10, 2012

The Indians announced this morning that they have an agreement with catcher Carlos Santana on a five-year contract with an option.

Santana hit 27 homers in his first full season in 2011.

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Extra innings put strain on supply of baseballs

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 9, 2012

CLEVELAND: The Indians were never in danger of running out of baseballs playing 16-and 12-inning marathons last week.

However, about 50 percent more balls were used in ther opener as usual.

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Q & A with Omar Vizquel

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 5, 2012

Here’s some of the questions and answers from Omar Vizquel’s pregame talk with reporters before the Indians/Blue Jays game:
 

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Omar Vizquel still suiting up in another return to Cleveland

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 5, 2012

Omar Vizquel always seems to revel in returning to the place he became an eveyday star at shortstop.

Although he's nearing 45 year old and a reserve for the Toronto BlueJays, Vizquel flashed that memorable grin often seen while making 11 consecutive Opening Day starts with the Indians from 1994-2004 while speaking with reporters and former teammate Carlos Baerga before Thursday's season opener at Progressive Field.

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Indians' Acta never tires of Opening Day magic

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 5, 2012

Major league baseball's Opening Day is a magic time, even to baseball lifers like Indians manager Manny Acta.

“It never gets old," he said. "t’s an exciting time. This is my 11th and I feel the same. But I think that after 15, 20 pitches, the butterflies and the nervousness will go away for everybody."

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Jimenez to appeal five-game suspension

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 2, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Major League Baseball this afternoon handed down a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine to Ubaldo Jimenez for hitting Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki with a pitch in Sunday's game at Scottsdale. 

"I'm disappointed but not surprised,'' manager Manny Acta said minutes before the team left for ther airport to fly to Zebulon, N.C., to play an exhibition game Tuesday with its Class A farm team in the Carolina League.

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No apology from Ubaldo; no confirmation on Cabrera contract

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 2, 2012

   GOODYEAR, Ariz. Ubaldo Jimenez is unapologetic for hitting Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Sunday and says he will have to live with public criticism that has come his way.

   Asked if he would like to apologize, Jimenez said, ""No, he called me a (bleep). I already said I didn't mean to hit him.''

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Cunningham, Lopez, Asencio complete roster

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 1, 2012

   SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.: The Indians finished off their roster this morning by adding two utility players and a seventh reliever.

   Aaron Cunningham beat out Ryan Spilborghs for the backup outfield position; Jose Lopez will be the second utility infielder, and Jaire Asencio won the final bullpen job, despite being on the team for only three days.

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Tribe loses 10th in row; Masterson shelled

By Sheldon Ocker Published: April 1, 2012

    GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Justin Masterson did not end spring training on a high note, giving up six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, as the Tribe fell to the Rangers 7-4 at Goodyear Ballpark tonight. 

    Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer in the third off Masterson, and Mitch Moreland drove in two runs with a homer in the fourth. The other big hit aggainst Cleveland's No. 1 starter was a two-run double in the second by David Murphy. 

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