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LaPorta demoted to Columbus in surprise move

By Sheldon Published: August 30, 2011

CLEVELAND: Manager Manny Acta said it's wrong to read too much into sending Matt LaPorta to Columbus to make room on the roster for tonight's starter, Jeanmar Gomez.

“”The move is not being made because of Matt’s numbers,’’ Acta said.

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Brantley to have surgery; Choo sidelined at least a few more days

By Sheldon Published: August 28, 2011

 

CLEVELAND:  The Indians lost another everyday for the season Sunday, when Michael Brantley was placed on the 60-day disabled list this afternoon.

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Tomlin, Brantley added to crowded DL

By Sheldon Published: August 26, 2011

CLEVELAND: Just what the Indians needed, more players on the disabled list.

This afternoon, starter Josh Tomlin and outfielder Michael Brantley were added to the 15-day disabled list, and nobody was willing to risk a guess at when they might come back.

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Thome returning to Cleveland

By Sheldon Published: August 25, 2011

After putting in a waiver claim for Jim Thome earlier in the week, the Indians worked out a deal with the Twins to bring the prospective Hall of Fame slugger back to Cleveland.

Thome was dealt  to the Tribe for a player to be named on or before Oct. 15.

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Choo late scratch, Duncan takes lineup spot

By Sheldon Published: August 24, 2011

  CLEVELAND: A few minutes before today's game was set to start, the Indians announced that Shin-Soo Choo had been pulled from the lineup because of soreness in his right trunk.

  Taking his place in the lineup was Shelley Duncan, who was installed as the left-fielder. That created a domino effect with Ezequiel Carrera moving from left to center and Kosuke Fukudome moving from center to right.

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Brantley shut down, earthquake shakes press box

By Sheldon Published: August 23, 2011

CLEVELAND: Michael Brantley's sore wrist has been an issue for most of the month, when he has been in and out of the lineup.

“”He couldn’t have come to the plate in the ninth last night,’’ manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. “”I know the fans probably would haved killed me, but I would have had to pinch hit (Luis) Valbuena there. Brantley could stay in the game as long as he didn’t have to hit.’’

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Hafner out at least 15 days, might need surgery

By Sheldon Published: August 23, 2011

  CLEVELAND: There's a reasonable chance that Travis Hafner will miss more than 15 days with a foot injury,  and he will be finished for the season if he neeeds surgery.

  ""Travis has a strained tendon on the plantar (bottom) aspect of his right foot,'' head trainer Lonnie Soloff said this morning. ""He is currently wearing a walking boot. We're in the process of seeking other medical opinions on the best course of treatment. He will be out at least 15 days, and it could be longer.''

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: August 23, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (80-50) - The host Clippers suffered another blowout loss to Buffalo in a 10-2 loss in the second game of a four-game series at Huntington Park. Through the first two games of the series, the Bisons have outscored the Clippers 25-5... RHP COREY KLUBER (7-9, 5.80 ERA) took the loss after dishing  up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits, including three home runs in five innings despite striking out seven batters and issuing just one walk...Columbus got off to such a slow start, it was already trailing  7-0 through four  innings...The Clippers scored their only two runs on INF JARED GOEDERT's solo home run in the fifth and INF CORD PHELPS’ RBI single in the eighth. Goedert went 2-for-4 with a double, home run, RBI and run scored...Columbus also struggled defensively with three errors leading to two unearned runs.

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Hafner on DL, Judy called up

By Sheldon Published: August 22, 2011

CLEVELAND: Indians officials aren't sure when Travis Hafner can come off the disabled list, but even if  it's only the minimum 15 days, it might be too late.

“”All I can say for now is that he’ll be on the DL for 15 days, and we’ll go from there,’’ manager Manny Acta said. “”Fifteen days at this point is a lot for us.’’

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Family issue forces Duncan to leave team

By Sheldon Published: August 20, 2011

DETROIT: A pressing family matter caused Shelley Duncan to leave the team three hours before tonight's game.
The club placed Duncan on the emergency family medical list. Duncan must remain on the list at least three days but no more than seven. Manager Manny Acta said he did not know when Duncan would rejoin the club.
Ezequiel Carrera was called up from Columbus to fill Duncan's roster spot. Carrera had been optioned to Triple-A on Friday, and normally would be required to stay in the minors at least 10 days. But because he is replacing a player who had to leave for medical reasons, Carrera is permitted to return to the big leagues early.

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Kipnis injury triggers roster shuffle

By Sheldon Published: August 19, 2011

  DETROIT:  Jason Kipnis went on the disabled list today with a strained right hamstring, and two players were summoned from Columbus.

Ezequiel Carrera has been optioned back to Triple-A and Shelley Duncan recalled. That takes care of the outfield portion of the moves. To take Kipnis' place in the middle of the infield, Luis Valbuena has been called up for the third time this season.

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Kipnis scratched; Sox starter struck by batted ball

By Sheldon Published: August 18, 2011

  CHICAGO:  Jason Kipnis was expecteing to start tonight after missing four games with soreness in his right side. Instead, he was scratched from the lineup with a tight right hamstring.

Chicago starter Philip Humber was struck above the right eye by a line drive off the bat of Kosuke Fukudome in the second inning and was replaced by Zach Stewart. The White Sox announced that Humber was taken out of the game for precautionary reasons and was alert and responsive. He is to undergo a medical evaluation Friday.

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Kearns released; Fox adds Tribe-White Sox game

By Sheldon Published: August 18, 2011

 CHICAGO:  The Indians released Austin Kearns today after he cleared waivers.

Kearns was designated for assignment last Thursday to make room on the roster for David Huff. In 150 at-bats, Kearns batted .200 and struggled at the plate coming off the bench. For most of his career, he has been an everyday player.

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Kipnis expected to play Thursday night

By Sheldon Published: August 17, 2011

  CHICAGO: The soreness in Jason Kipnis’ right side has lessened to the point where he is expected to return to the lineup Thursday night, after missing three games.

 ""He’ll play tomorrow,’’ manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. “”But we have to manage his playing time. For at least the first week, he won’t be playing every day.

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White Sox outlast Tribe to win in 14

By Sheldon Published: August 17, 2011

 

CHICAGO: How close was it? Anyone who didn’t know the score would have guessed the Indians were crushed by the White Sox Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

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With three signees Monday night, Tribe inks 17 of 19 selections in 2011 draft

By sstorm Published: August 16, 2011

With Monday night’s signings of SS FRANCISCO LINDOR (1st round), RHP DILLON HOWARD (2nd round) and RHP SHAWN ARMSTRONG (18th round), the Tribe signed 29 picks from this summer's draft, including 17 of their top 19 selections.

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Tribe signs No. 1 pick Francisco Lindor moments before deadline

By sstorm Published: August 16, 2011

Down to the wire.

Just like they did last year in signing No. 1 pick and LHP Drew Pomeranz (fifth overall) just in time before the clock struck midnight, the Indians agreed to terms right before the deadline again this season with No. 1 pick SS Francisco Lindor (eighth overall) for a reported $2.9 million.

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Howard, Armstrong added to fold before deadline

By sstorm Published: August 15, 2011

Eith 45 minutes to spare before Monday's midnight deadline, the Indians signed RHP DILLON HOWARD, the team's second-round pick (67thoverall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. MLB.com reported Howard signed for $1.85 million. 

 The 19-year old went 9-1 with a 0.31ERA in 12 starts for Searcy High School in Searcy, Ark., striking out 115 batters in 58 innings.  

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Tribe waits until last minute to make move

By Sheldon Published: August 14, 2011

   CLEVELAND: It was an open secret that David Huff was being recalled to start today against the Twins.

  But how he would find a place on the roster was another matter. Would Jason Donald or Shelley Duncan be sent back to Columbus? It turned out to be Duncan, but the Tribe refused to make the move until the club was certain this afternoon's game would start. That meant Huff didn't have to added to the roster until the start of the game was assured.   

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Two more Tribe picks sign before Monday's deadline

By sstorm Published: August 13, 2011

Saturday, the Indians agreed to terms with their two more June draft picks  in seventh-rounder (218th overall) C ERIC HAASE and 13th-round selection (398th overall) INF ZACH MACPHEE.

With the pair in the fold, the Tribe has now signed 26 of 50 selections, including 13 of their top 16 picks. The signing deadline is midnight Monday.

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Choo off DL, Kearns designated for assignment

By Sheldon Published: August 12, 2011

   There will be no more rehab games for Shin-Soo Choo. Instead of reporting to Columbus or Akron as the final step in his recovery from a broken thumb, he was activated today and probably will play tonight against the Twins.

   To make room for him on the roster, the Tribe designated Austin Kearns for assignment.  Kearns has struggled being strictly a part-time player. In 150 at-bats, he is hitting only .200 with one home run.  If he clears waivers, he likely will be asked to accept an outright assignment to Triple-A, but he will have the choice to accept the assignment or become a free agent.

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Masterson to start Friday; Brantley's wrist injury flares up

By Sheldon Published: August 10, 2011

    Because Justin Masterson threw fewer than 40 pitches and his outing was cut short by rain Tuesday night, he will come back early and start Friday night against the Twins.

 “”He only threw 37 pitches so he’s good to go,’’ manager Manny Acta said this afternoon.

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Tribe bullpen outlasts Tigers to win in 14 innings

By Sheldon Published: August 10, 2011

 

CLEVELAND:  So starting pitching sets the tone, right? Not necessarily.

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Local draft pick Brian Ruiz signs with Tribe

By sstorm Published: August 9, 2011

The Indians signed OF BRIAN RUIZ, the organization's 41st-round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Cleveland's Lincoln-West High School.

Ruiz was the Player of the Year in the Senate Athletic League for the second consecutive season, batting .600 with 22 RBI while using a wooden bat all season.  The right-handed hitting centerfielder led the Wolverines to the Division I district semifinals, the farthest a Cleveland public school has advanced in 24 years. He was a member of the Senate All-Star team for three years.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: August 9, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (74-42) - LHP DAVID HUFF (9-3, 3.87 ERA) was solid in his return to Columbus and the Clippers offense recorded 15 hits to win their ninth consecutive game with an 11-3 victory over host Louisville at Slugger Field...In his first action with the Clippers since July 14th, Huff limited the Bats to three runs on six hits, walked two and struck out three in 6 2/3 innings...The Clippers offense struck first with four runs in the second inning, another four runs in the fourth, then added three more in the sixth...INF CORD PHELPS led the way in going 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk...OF CHAD HUFFMAN and INF BEAU MILLS each went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored...OF TIM FEDROFF and INF LUIS VALBUENA added two RBI apiece...OF JERAD HEAD was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for the week of July 31-Aug. 6. Over that span Head hit .393 (11-for-28) with seven runs scored, three doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI in six games for the Clippers, while posting a .393 on-base percentage, a 1.036 slugging percentage and 1.429 OPS.  He homered in four consecutive games from July 30 thru Aug. 2 while driving in 11 runs and then homered in six of seven games from July 30 thru Aug. 6. Head has a hit in each of his last eight games, batting .389 with four doubles, six homers and 14 RBI. In the season he's batting .290 with 62 runs scored, 24 doubles, a career-best 21 home runs and 63 RBI in 97 games.  He currently ranks second among International League leaders in slugging percentage (.535), third in home runs (21), sixth in OPS (.882) and eighth in runs scored (62).

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: August 8, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (73-42) - The Clippers completed a perfect 8-0 home stand after defeating Syracuse 6-4 at Huntington Park...But  Columbus had to fight its way back to earn Sunday's win, as Syracuse owned a 3-1 lead after three innings...C PAUL PHILLIPS hit a RBI single in the fourth and OF CHAD HUFFMAN blasted a two-run home run in the fifth inning to hand the Clippers a 4-3 lead...Syracuse responded with a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but Huffman answered once again with a two-run double that gave the host the lead for good...RHP JOSH JUDY tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his 17th save on the season...RHP MITCH TALBOT (1-1) picked up the victory, but was also charged with a blown save...Starter and RHP ZACH McALLISTER allowed three runs on six hits and struck out six batters in six innings...Huffman led the Clippers offense in going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, four RBI and a run scored...Phillips and INF LUIS VALBUENA each had two hits and INF CORD PHELPS added a solo homer.

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Tribe signs two more draft picks

By sstorm Published: August 8, 2011

The Indians signed their 14th-round selection, RHP CODY ANDERSON and their 38th-round selection SS YHOXIAN MEDINA from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Anderson, 20, just completed his sophomore season at Feather River Community College (Ca.), going 6-1 with a 2.15 ERA. In 17 games (four starts) he struck out 42, walked 18 and held opponents to a .194 average against in 46 innings while being named a 1st-team Golden Valley Conference selection.

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Indians down the farm

By sstorm Published: August 5, 2011

Triple-A Columbus (70-42) - The host Clippers used three home runs to capture their fifth consecutive game in a 5-2 victory over Syracuse in Game One of their four-game set at Huntington Park...INF LUIS VALBUENA started the home run theme with a solo homer in the fourth inning to put the game’s first run on the board...Syracuse responded with two runs in the top of the fifth inning but their lead did not last long...In the bottom of the frame, INF CORD PHELPS smashed a two-run homer to put Columbus on top for good...1B BEAU MILLS also added a two-run homer in the seventh inning for extra insurance...RHP JOSH JUDY tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his 16th save of the year... RHP JOE MARTINEZ(7-5, 4.05 ERA) picked up the win after allowing only two earned runs on five hits and a walk, while fanning six batters in 6 2/3 innings. 

Double-A Akron (58-54) - The Aeros got off to a big lead with a huge sixth inning and never looked back as they went on to sweep the three-game set with host Trenton in a 7-4 win at Waterfront Park... After C CHUN CHEN got things started with a two-run homer in the fourt inning, the Aeros added four more runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles from 3B KYLE BELLOWS and OF JORDAN HENRY, a RBI double from DH NICK WEGLARZ  and a wild pitch thrown by Trenton’s LHP BRAD HALSEY...Trenton rallied back with four runs, but it wasn’t enough...RHP PAOLO ESPINO (5-0, 2.61 ERA) picked up the win after tossing five scoreless innings, scattering four hits, no walks and striking out six...RHP TYLER STURDEVANT closed out the game to record his first Double-A save of 2011...SS JUAN DIAZ went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three stolen bases. As a team, the Aeros stole a season-high five bases.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: August 4, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (69-42) - The Clippers enjoyed a scheduled day off...Columbus still owns the best record in the International League at 69-42, including the best home record (38-17)…The Clippers lead the I.L. in home runs (116), runs scored (568), RBI (521), walks (463) and on-base percentage (.348)…OF JERAD HEAD has homered in four consecutive games, batting .421 (8-for-19) with 11 RBI and five runs scored over that stretch. On the season he is  batting .287 with a club-best 19 home runs (fourth-best in the I.L.), 60 RBI (tied for 11th) and 22 doubles in 93 games…RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ (10-4, 2.40 ERA) ranks second in wins and ERA...RHP JOSH JUDY (5-2, 2.90 ERA) owns 15 saves (in 19 opportunities), which ranks fourth in the I.L.

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Brantley out with sore wrist

By Sheldon Published: August 3, 2011

 

   BOSTON: Why has Michael Brantley batted .138 over the past seven games. Maybe it's because he has a sore wrist.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: August 3, 2011

Here's how the Tribe's minor league team's fared Tuesday:

Triple-A Columbus (69-42) - The Clippers continued to use some late-game magic, winning on a walk-off hit for the third consiecutive game while defeating Norfolk 5-4 at Huntington Park...The previous two games, 1B BEAU MILLS and OF CHAD HUFFMAN had come up with game-winning RBI singles. This time, it was INF LUIS VALBUENA, who slugged a two-out, two-run home run to propel the Clippers to four-game sweep of the Tides...Valbuena finished the game 4-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored...INF CORD PHELPS went 3-for-5...OF JERAD HEAD homered for the fourth consecutive game and went 2-for-4 with  three RBI...RHP JOSH JUDY (5-2, 2.90 ERA) picked up the win despite allowing a run in the top of the ni9nth inning...Starter and RHP ZACH McALLISTER did not receive a decision in giving up three runs on nine hits while striking out five in six  innings.

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Huff sent to Columbus

By Sheldon Published: August 3, 2011

BOSTON: The Indians made room for Ubaldo Jimenez on the roster by optioning David Huff to Columbus.

Huff pitched well in three starts after Mitch Talbot went on the disabled list, compiling an 0.51 earned-run avej rage.

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Carrasco to drop appeal

By Sheldon Published: August 2, 2011

 BOSTON: Carlos Carrasco’s decision to appeal his six-game suspension for throwing at the head of Royals’ designated hitter Billy Butler was only a tactic to get him through his next start tonight against the Red Sox.

 “”I think he’s leaning toward dropping the appeal after he starts,’’ manager Manny Acta said Tuesday. “”I think we would lean toward him dropping it, too. We can adjust the rotation because of the day off (Monday).’’

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: August 2, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (68-42) - The Clippers won on a walk-off single to top Norfolk 8-7 for the second consecutive night at Huntington Park...Columbus lead 7-3 after six innings but saw that lead disappear after the Tides scored two runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings...Two days ago, INF BEAU MILLS hit a walk-off single after replacing OF CHAD HUFFMAN in the 13th inning in a 6-5 win over Norfolk. Last night, Huffman came in to pinch-hit for Mills in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases loaded and one out, Huffman came through with a single to right field, giving the Clippers another dramatic victory...Despite suffering a blown save and allowing a pair of runs, RHP CHEN LEE (3-0) picked up the win...Starter and RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ did not receive a decision after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over five innings...OF JERAD HEAD led the offense in going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double,  three RBI and two runs scored...INF NICK JOHNSON also homered and went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored...OF TIM FEDROFF, INF LUIS VALBUENA and INF JARED GOEDERTeach added two hits for Columbus, which had 14 hits in the game....RHP JUSTIN GERMANO was honored as the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for the week of July 24-30 after Germano tossed the first nine-inning perfect game in Clippers history July 26. He retired 27 consecutive batters, including striking out seven on 95 pitches (69 strikes) in the Clippers 3-0 victory over Syracuse. Germano was also named the International League Player of The Week for his performance.

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Carrasco to appeal 6-game suspension

By Sheldon Published: August 1, 2011

   BOSTON: Word came from the commissioner's office this afternoon that Carlos Carrasco was being suspended for six games and fined for throwing at Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler last Friday night, following a grand slam by Melky Cabrera.

""I'm a little surprised,'' ptiching coach Tim Belcher said. ""I guess they have to do something to set the precedent for Jerad Weaver. It was the same thing (with both pitchers) allegedly.''

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: August 1, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (67-42) - The Clippers took advnatage of the longball in rallying from a 5-1 deficit, but it was 1B BEAU MILLS' walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning that handed the host a 6-5 victory over Norfolk at Huntington Park...Columbus’ comeback began in the sixth inning after INF CORD PHELPS hit a solo home run to cut the Tides' lead to 5-2...INF JARED GOEDERT added another solo homer in the seventh and OF JERAD HEAD tied the game with his two-run home run in the eighth...With the scored knotted 5-5 in the 13th, DH SHELLY DUNCAN led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error...INF NICK JOHNSON and Goedert were intentionally walked to load the bases.  Mills entered the game as a pinch hitter for OF CHAD HUFFMAN and came through with the game-winning hit...LHP NICK HAGADONE (4-1, 3.71 ERA) picked up the win after tossing three scoreless innings of relief... RHP JUSTIN GERMANO made his first start since Tuesday's perfect game, allowing five runs on 11 hits in just 4 2/3 innings...But the Clippers bullpen combined to toss 8 1/3 innings without allowing a run and striking out 11.

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