When veteran slugger Jason Giambi went 0-for-4 Friday night in the Indians 8-1 loss to the Red Sox, it extended his hitless streak to 24 at-bats – the third longest slump of his 19-year career.
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Nick Swisher rejoined the Indians before Friday's game at Fenway Park after three days away from the team following his stay on the paternity list for the birth of his daughter Tuesday. Swisher worked out Thursday morning at Progressive Field before joining his teammates in Boston for the final three games of the series.
Swisher, who signed a $56 million dollar deal with the Indians in the off season, is batting .274 with 12 doubles, one triple and six homers and 16 RBI and has scored 24 run in 40 games. The daughter is the first child of he and his wife JoAnna.To read more or comment...
Thursday afternoon the Indians made a roster move in swaping minor league left-handed pitchers before the start of their four-game series in Boston.
The Tribe designated David Huff for assignment and recalled Scott Barnes from Triple-A Columbus.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Forget the Ubaldo Jimenez-Justin Verlander matchup that fizzled early.
Besides, Verlander never has been an Indian killer. If Tribe fans are looking for a villain, Miguel Cabrera is their man. He doubled home one run and ensured the 11-7 Tigers win with a two-run homer in the eighth, but that was hardly the entire story tonight.
This was a home run that shouldn’t have happened. Michael Bourn retreated almost to the center field fence to make the catch – a glove save and a beauty – when the ball struck his glove and bounced up and over the wall to turn a two-run advantage into a four-run lead.
It was Cabrera’s third home run of the season against the Tribe and his 13th overall, his lucky 13th.
Maybe it wouldn’t have mattered, but the Indians had trailed by seven runs in the middle of the fifth inning and seemed to have the Tigers reeling. That took awhile, as the teams stopped play twice while it rained, the delays lasting a total of one-hour, 50 minutes.
Fans who thought they’d seen the last of the bad Jimenez were in for a rude awakening. Out of the blue, the ineffective Ubaldo showed himself with a vengeance, giving up multiple runs in the very first inning.
The first three batters of the game all got hits, including Cabrera, who doubled home a run with runners on first and second. Jimenez slowed the pace of the Tiger assault temporarily, allowing only sacrifice fly for the rest of the inning, but there were more innings to come.
Plummeting to his most discouraging worst, Jimenez gave up four runs in the third inning, in a rally that began with consecutive one-out walks. After that, Prince Fielder doubled home a run, Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly and Jhonny Peralta and Brayan Pena swatted RBI doubles.
Jimenez struggled through the next inning – giving up a single and hitting a batter – but did not allow another run. He gave way to a reliever after that, having given up six runs, seven hits and three walks, using 96 pitches in only four innings.
The outing was all the more disappointing because Jimenez had shown clear signs that he was turning around his career. In his previous four starts, he was 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA
One awful outing doesn’t mean that Jimenez is destined to labor in vain the rest of the season, but there was little to be encouraged about in in his latest performance.
If Jimenez had been only a little more adept at retiring Tiger hitters, Verlander’s sub-par outing might have cost him.
One of two things usually happens when Verlander faces the Tribe: He pitches well and loses or does not get credit for the decision, or he pitches poorly and loses. Wednesday night, he encountered a third option.
Verlander gave up five runs and 10 hits in five innings, despite striking out nine, and he was fortunate that a couple of hard hit drives to the outfield were caught.
He got to the fifth inning with 9-2 lead and gave up an RBI single to Michael Brantley and a two-run homer to Carlos Santana, then it started to rain. Verlander struck out Jason Giambi for the first out, but he needed two more to get credit for the win.
After a 62 minute delay, Verlander came back out (most pitchers would not have been given that chance following that much inactivity) and retired the side in the fifth. As long as the Indians didn’t tie the score, Verlander would be the Tigers’ pitcher of record.
David Huff put Verlander’s win in jeopardy by giving up three runs in the Detroit fifth, thus giving the rain clouds a chance to reach Progressive Field.
After Verlander left, Drew Smyly pitched the sixth and gave up a leadoff home run to Yan Gomes and a two-out RBI single to Brantley, his third hit and RBI of the game, to trim the Tigers’ advantage to a mere two runs.
It stayed that way until Cabrera’s remarkable home run.
How will Terry Francona react to his return to Fenway Park as manager of an opposing team?
Frandcona was forced out of his managerial job with the Red Sox after the club's September collapse that cost it a spot in the playoffs.To read more or comment...
Chris Perez figured enough is enough. After blowing a save and a tie against the Mariners, he recieved so many nasty tweets, he shut down his Twitter account.
Though he has not spoken about his actions, Perez explained in a written statement that he wanted his focus to be on the team and on positive events.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: The Indians this year have faced R.A. Dickey, David Price, Phillip Humber, Mark Buehrle, Bartolo Colon, Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander and Hernandez, who have an aggregate 0-7 record and 12.32 ERA against the Tribe.
What do these pitchers have in common? All of won a Cy Young Award, thrown a no-hitter or both.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: A walkup of 6,700 was only part of the story of Friday night’s flash crowd that numbered 34,282. Over the course of the entire day, the Tribe sold more than 12,000 tickets to the series opener against the Mariners that featured two promotions: Dollar Dog Night and postgame fireworks.
The 2012 and 2013 editions of the Tribe posted identical 23-17 records after 40 games.To read more or comment...
PHILADELPHIA: Mark Reynolds took a big swing in the third inning of the Tribe's 10-4 win over the Phillies and grabbed his left arm.
After manager Terry Francona and head trainer Lonnie Chisenhall checked him out, Reynolds stepped in the box and hit a two-run double.
“”I kind of hyperextended my arm right where the bicep and the elbow come together,’’ Reynolds explained.
He needed the delay to for the pain to wear off.
“”I had to get the feeling back in my arm,’’ he said. “”It’s hard to hit when you have a numb arm.’’
Reynolds remained in the game until Francona needed to use his spot in the batting order for a relief pitcher. He said he will have no problem playing Friday night, after today’s off day.
The Indians have played 14 games in the past 13 days. After their day off Thursday, they will begin a stretch of 20 games without a break.
“”There will be an optional workout tomorrow, and if they show up, they’re going to be optioned out,’’ Francona said. “”They need to get away from the ballpark for a day.’’
PHILADELPHIA: With Lonnie Chisenhall back in Columbus work on his offense, who will play third?
“”Mark Reynolds certainly will play third the majority of the time,’’ manager Francona said today. “”And Mike Aviles can do that too.’’
Francona will be careful not to overuse Reynolds at a position he has played only one-third of the season.
“”If he played (there) every day, it would be one thing,’’ the manager said, “”But I don’t want to run him into the ground. I do think he likes it, though.’’
Undoubtedly, Reynolds, who leads the team in home runs and RBI, will be in the lineup almost every day, but he won’t always be at third.
At the outset of the season, Reynolds was expected to be the Tribe’s DH most of the time, but he has spent only one more game in that spot than Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher (11 apiece). Now that Reynolds is the club’s No. 1 third baseman, Francona will employ his other options a little more.
Following the Indians' double-header with the New York Yankees on Monday, in which the Tribe won the first game 1-0 and lost the second game 7-0, manager Terry Francona met with reporters. Here's a transcript of his press conference.To read more or comment...
Video: Indians SP Justin Masterson discusses his complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win over the Yankees
Indians SP Justin Masterson threw a complete-game shutout against the New York Yankees in the first game of a double-header on Monday.
Masterson allowed only four hits, three walks and struck out nine.To read more or comment...
Through nine innings: Yankees 7, Indians 0 (F)
The Indians didn't put up much of a fight after the Yankees' 6-run seventh inning and fell 7-0 in the second game.
That means the Tribe offense didn't score a run for 17 full innings on Monday after Jason Kipnis' home run in the first inning of the first game.
Through the seventh-inning stretch: Yankees 7, Indians 0
The Yankees got to Trevor Bauer and the Indians in the seventh inning. Corban Joseph doubled to left-center and Austin Romine brought him home with another double to left field to give the Yankees an insurance run and a 2- 0 lead. Bauer exited the game in favor of lefty Nick Hagadone, who struggled to get anyone out.To read more or comment...
Prior to the Indians' double-header with the New York Yankees on Monday, the club has optioned third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall down to Triple-A Columbus, selected David Huff and re-called Trevor Bauer.
Teams are allowed a 26th man for double headers, hence Bauer and Huff being added and only Chisenhall being sent down.To read more or comment...
DETROIT: Lonnie Chisenhall can’t seem to get his batting average above .230, but manager Terry Francona thinks it’s only a matter of time.
“”He just needs to get in a position to let his bat speed work for him,’’ the manager said today. “”The fact that he’s batting eighth takes some of the pressure off. I think he’s a couple of games away from being nice and respectable.’’
Maybe Chisenhall is putting pressure on himself. After waiting a couple of years to win the regular third base job, he finally has it ane might feel the stress of trying to keep it.
“”I hope not,’’ Francona said. “”It’s a lot easier to play when you’re relaxed and confident, but I know you have to get to that point. It’s kind of a chicken and egg thing.’’
As if Chisenhall needed anything else to go wrong, his throwing error in the fourth inning led to an unearned run for the Tigers, who lead 3-2.
Brett Myers, Vinnie Pestano and Lou Marson, all on the disabled list, threw bullpens or played catch Saturday.
“”Everybody came through it fine,’’ Francona said. “”Vinnie might throw a bullpen between games (of a doubleheader) tomorrow.’’
DETROIT: Justin Verlander might be one of baseball's best pitchers, but to the Indians, he just another guy.
Verlander never has had much luck against the Tribe, having compiled a caerer record of 14-13 with a 4.55 ERA.To read more or comment...
Following Thursday's victory over the visiting Oakland A's, the Indians activated outfielider Michael Bourn, who had been on the disabled list since April 15 after suffering a lacerated right index finger against the Chicago White Sox. Bourn rehabbed at Triple-A Columbus for two days (May 7-8).
With the Tribe, Bourne is batting .333 (14-for-45) with seven runs scored, four doubles, a triple, two home runs and two RBI in 10 games with a .975OPS.To read more or comment...
Tribe Closer Chris Perez
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Several videos with manager Terry Francona and starter Zach McAllister after Indians' 1-0 victory on Tuesday night.
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Manager Terry Francona doesn’t expect Vinnie Pestano to languish on the disabled list for long.
“”He’ll probably only spend another week (on the DL) then be good to go,’’ Francona said. “”He got a (MI) scan and it was clear.’’
Pestano went on the DL with inflammation in his right elbow and can be activated May 16.
“”He did a really good job of communicating with us,’’ Francona said. “”He was honest and being a good teammate. I wanted to stay on him to be honest.’’
Mark Reynolds admitted after Monday night’s game that being hit by A’s starter Jarrod Parker in the first inning was a motivating factor in hitting a titanic (460 feet) home run in the fifth.
“”There’s no bad blood between me and Parker,’’ Reynolds said today. “”I honestly think he was trying to overthrow a fastball, and it got away from him. Stuff happens.’’
Plate umpire Angel Hernandez warned both benches when Reynolds was hit, prompting Francona to speak to the umpire.
“”I just wanted to ask, if it hit Reynolds, why the umpire didn’t throw the pitcher out,’’ the manager said. “”He said he didn’t think it was on purpose, but he wanted to keep everything in order.’’
Michael Bourn was unable to begin his rehab assignment Monday night, because Columbus was rained out.
The Clippers played a doubleheader tonight, and Bounn played the first game in center field nd went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. He sat out the second game.
He is expected to be the designated hitter tonight, after which it will be decided if he is ready to be activated. Bourn is on the disabled list with a cut in his right index finger that required five stitches to close.
Ezequiel Carrera has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Columbus. Clippers first baseman Mike McDade has been claimed on waivers by the White Sox.
CLEVELAND: It took a utility player to snap the Indians' two-year drought for American League Player of the Week awards.
Ryan Raburn is the first Tribe player to be so honored since April 11, 2011, when Asdrubal Cabrera won it.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Michael Bourn will begin what is expected to be a brief rehab assignment in Columbus Monday night against Charlotte .
It is anticipated that Bourn will play two or three games at Triple-A and be activated from the disabled list. He has been on the DL since April 15 with a laceration of the right index finger that required five stitches to close.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Vinnie Pestano probably won't pitch for at least a couple of days and maybe longer because of tendinitis in the back of his right elbow.
“”Vinnie’s elbow is a little creaky,’’ manager Terry Francona said today. “”I tried to stay away from him (Friday night). That’s why the order (of the relievers) was a little different than normal.’’
""Vinnie threw a bullpen this morning and was pretty good,’’ the manager said.
That does not settle the issue, however.
“”I’ll see how it responds after throwing from 120 feet and throwing off the mound,’’ Pestano said. “”This is something I’ve been battling for a couple of years. But I’ve always been able to maintain it in good order.’’
Transcript of Manager Terry Francona's press conference after the Indians' 6-0 win over the Phillies
Here's a transcript of Manager Terry Francona's press conference following the Indians' 6-0 win over the Phillies on Wednesday night.
On seeing a different Bauer - Tonight, he walked the leadoff hitter in I think four innings, and I believe all those walks were against left handers. Saying that, when he got into some traffic out there, he made unbelievable pitches. He threw his fastball, he threw his off-speed, he attacked hitters when he had to with really good stuff.To read more or comment...
Video: Indians Manager Terry Francona, Trevor Bauer talk about the Tribe's 6-0 win over the Phillies
Manager Terry Francona and starting pitcher Trevor Bauer talked about Bauer's outing and Ryan Raburn's hitting streak after the Tribe's 6-0 win over the Phillies Wednesday night.
Bauer gave up no runs and only one hit over five innings but was a bit wild, walking six and striking out five.
Raburn went 4-5 with a double, two RBI and a terrific catch in right field. He's now in the midst of a 12-14 streak with four home runs and nine RBI.
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Through nine innings: Indians 6, Phillies 0
The Indians bullpen held up. Bryan Shaw, Rich Hill, Joe Smith and Cody Allen combined to throw four shutout innings.To read more or comment...
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