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Indians suffer sixth consecutive loss; fall 7-1 to Angels

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 30, 2014

In an effort to give the Indians a fighting chance on the final day of the team’s disappointing six-game road trip, the club turned to its best starting pitcher of the to date this season in Zach McAllister.

Starting on two days short rest Wednesday in the place of struggling Carlos Carrasco (who’d been banished to the bullpen), even McAllister’s unselfish shot at halting the team’s mounting losing streak wasn’t enough to drag the Indians out of their all-around slump.

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Injured Kipnis said ab feels a "little better"; disabled list stint hasn't been ruled out yet

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 30, 2014

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said he felt a little better Wednesday, a day after straining his right abdomen on a swing in the fourth inning of a 6-4 loss to the host Angels.

But a decision on whether he’ll eventually need to go on the dreaded disabled list hasn’t been made and likely won’t be for another day or so. 

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Indians All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis could miss time with ab injury

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 30, 2014

If Jason Kipnis’ ability to joke about his low batting average was any indication after the Indians 6-4 loss to the host Angels late Tuesday night, perhaps the Indians won’t have to play without their spark plug of a second baseman very long.

Either that, or Kipnis has been around the Tribe (11-16) long enough to know that when it rains, it pours and sometimes the best one can do is to laugh in order to keep from crying.

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Indians fall 6-4 to Angels as Kipnis suffers abdominal strain

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 30, 2014

For the second consecutive night Joe Smith found himself with an opportunity to thumb his nose at his former team.

After the Indians former setup man recorded his first save as the new Los Angeles Angels closer in the series opener Monday, he made it 2-for-2 on Tuesday. Smith made the host’s two-run advantage in the ninth stand, securing a 6-4 victory that sent his former teammates to their fifth consecutive defeat.

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Angels 6, Indians 3: Stephanie Storm's final thoughts

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 29, 2014

Stephanie Storm’s 10 final thoughts following the Indians 6-3 loss to the host Angels Monday.

1) In losing their fourth consecutive game following a three-game sweep by the San Francisco Giants, about the only positive for the Indians on the night was the way Carlos Santana swung the bat.

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Indians lose fourth in a row, fall to Angels 6-3

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 29, 2014

He was the one guy the Indians had hoped to avoid over the next three days.

So wasn’t it just the struggling Tribe’s luck — or lack of luck — that they’d end up facing former teammate Joe Smith on Monday in the first game of a three-game series at Angels Stadium?

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Indians' Carlos Carrasco headed to bullpen, Zach McAllister to start on short rest

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 29, 2014

After Monday’s 6-3 loss to the host Los Angeles Angels sent the free-falling Indians to their fourth consecutive loss, manager Terry Francona confirmed that right-hander Carlos Carrasco had been moved to the bullpen.

“That was can fortify our bullpen and get (Carrasco) on a roll,” Francona said.

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Indians drop fourth consecutive game, lose 6-3 to Angels

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 29, 2014

He was the one guy the Indians had hoped to avoid over the next three days.

So wasn’t it just the struggling Tribe’s luck – or lack of luck - that they’d end up facing former teammate Joe Smith right from the start Monday in the first game of a three-game series at Angels Stadium?

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Giants 4, Indians 1 - Stephanie Storm's final thoughts

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 28, 2014

Stephanie Storm’s 10 final thoughts about the Indians 4-1 loss to the Giants Sunday that led to a three-game Interleague Series sweep and marked the team’s seventh loss over the last 11 games.

1) Let’s start out with the one of the few positives of the day, because it’s the nice thing to do and quite honestly, the negatives are numerous. So, let’s start with Danny Salazar, who for the first time this year resembled the exciting pitcher he was last season as rookie.

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Breaking: Indians fall 4-1 to Giants on walk-off home run

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 27, 2014

Giants fans have an appropriate take on the popular British saying “Keep Calm & Carry On” these days, a nod to three players populating the lineup owning the first name Brandon.

Referring to first baseman Brandon Belt, shortstop Brandon Crawford and second baseman Brandon Hicks, Bay Area fanatics put an appropriate twist on the saying - “Keep Calm and Brand-on!”

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Indians at Giants - Sunday's pregame lineups and notes

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 27, 2014

Here are Sunday’s lineups as the Indians look to avoid a sweep by the Giants at AT&T Park in the third and final game of their Interleague series.

 

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Giants 5, Indians 3 - Stephanie Storm's final thoughts

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 27, 2014

Stephanie Storm’s 9 Final Thoughts from the Indians 5-3 loss to the host Giants Saturday at AT&T Park.

1) The Indians saw their hard-earned 3-0 lead dissipate in the blink of a four-run fifth inning Saturday afternoon, the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park had the feel of a tomb after the game. Yet, it was understandable after having worked so hard to jump on Giants starter Tim Lincecum from the start, piece together three unanswered runs over the first five innings and chase the two-time Cy Young award winner from the game after just 4 2/3 innings, the feisty Tribe had nothing to show for it but another loss.

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Breaking: Indians lose to Giants 5-3 Saturday updated with quotes

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 26, 2014

Zach McAllister started Saturday’s game in the same kind of cruise control mode he’d been in during his first three starts of the season – a dominating stretch in which he’d allowed just three earned runs over 19 2/3 innings and racking up 13 strikeouts compared to three walks.

But unlike his previous trio of appearances, McAllister ran into a traffic jam of Giants runners in the fifth inning Saturday that resulted in a four-run rally and eventual 5-3 loss as the Indians dropped their second consecutive Interleague game at AT&T Park.

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Final at AT&T Park Saturday - Giants 5, Indians 3

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 26, 2014

The Indians jumped out early against the Giants for three unanswered runs and chased starter Tim Lincecum from the game after just 4 2/3 innings.

But after cruising through the first four innings, Indians starter Zach McAllister was done in by a four-run fifth inning, allowing the Giants to steal a 5-3 victory Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.  

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Indians at Giants - Saturday's pre-game lineups

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 26, 2014

Here are today’s lineups for the 4:05 pm (ET) Game Two of three-game series at picturesque AT&T Park in San Francisco.

 

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Giants 5, Indians 1 - Stephanie Storm's final thoughts

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 26, 2014

Stephanie Storm’s 10 final thoughts from the Indians 5-1 loss to the host San Francisco Giants.

1) Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (0-3, 6.95 ERA) looked like two different pitchers Friday night in the Bay Area when he struggled early before settling in. Problem is, Carrasco allowed too much damage before finding his groove in allowing four runs over the first four innings – including a towering home run to Michael Morse in the fourth.

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Breaking: Indians lose to Giants 5-1 updated with quotes

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 26, 2014

Carlos Carrasco’s struggles as an Indians starter surfaced again Friday night in San Francisco, as the embattled right-handed pitcher gave up four early runs before settling in on the mound at AT&T Park.

Problem is, the four runs were plenty enough to jump start the Giants to victory, who went on to win 5-1 in a chilly first game of the weekend’s three-game series.

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Breaking: Indians lose 5-1 to Giants at AT&T Park Friday

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 26, 2014

Carlos Carrasco’s struggles as an Indians starter surfaced again Friday night in San Francisco, as the embattled right-handed pitcher gave up four early runs before settling in on the mound at AT&T Park.

Problem is, the four runs were plenty enough to jump start the Giants to victory, who went on to win 5-1 in a chilly first game of the weekend’s three-game series.

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Indians analysis: Danny Salazar's season not going according to plan

By August Fagerstrom Published: April 25, 2014

Editor's note: Correspondent August Fagerstrom wrote this article for FanGraphs.com. The embedded player links will take you to their FanGraphs player pages. There are a number of advanced statistics used as well.

Last season, Danny Salazar was among a wave of hard-throwing young pitchers that made electrifying debuts down the stretch, falling upon the national eye during the postseason.

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MLB passes new transfer rule to the delight of utility man Elliot Johnson

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 25, 2014

Somewhere in a posh San Francisco hotel, Indians utility man Elliot Johnson woke up this morning to the news that Major League Baseball's Playing Rules Committee passed a new rule that provided “a clearer interpretation” of how umpires should determine their call when a player catches a ball for an out, but then accidentally drops it on the transfer from his glove to throwing hand.

The new rule takes effect immediately, beginning with today’s MLB games.

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Indians 5, Royals 1 — Ryan Lewis' final thoughts

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 24, 2014

Ten final thoughts for a 5-1 Indians win that, thanks to Corey Kluber, took only 2:15. 

1. This was the Kluber was the Indians were waiting for all year. He was just about perfect Thursday—he pounded the strike zone, he induced a ton of ground balls. Had it not been for an error on Nick Swisher on a very easy play, it would have been a complete-game shutout. This was exactly what a Kluber outing is supposed to look like. 

2. It was the first complete game of his career. After the game he couldn't even tell reporters when his last one was at any level. He's the first Indians pitcher to throw a complete game with at least 11 strikeouts and no walks or earned runs since Len Barker's perfect game in 1981. 

3. Basically, you could argue that no Indians pitcher since May of 1981 has had an outing as efficient as Kluber's. Some have been better, but not more efficient. 

4. Thursday is why Kluber is a SABR darling, among that crowd. He attacks the strike zone, doesn't walk anyone and gets ground balls. 

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Breaking: Kluber dominant in Indians' 5-1 win over Royals

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 24, 2014

 

Corey Kluber was dominant and the Indians’ bats put together the biggest inning offensively of the season in a 5-1 win over the Royals.

Kluber (2-2) threw a complete game (first in his career) and struck out a career-high 11 batters. He allowed only four hits. The Royals’ lone run was scored due to an error by Nick Swisher.

The Indians couldn’t do much off of Royals starter Bruce Chen (1-2) until the fifth inning. Carlos Santana opened the inning with a double, snapping an 0-for-16 slump. Michael Brantley then singled him home to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.

Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes then walked and singled to load the bases for David Murphy, who poked a two-RBI single down the left-field line. Asdrubral Cabrera then brought two more runs home with a double, also down the left-field line, to give the Tribe a 5-0 advantage. 

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Indians vs Royals — Pregame lineups and notes

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 24, 2014

Royals (10-10)
1. Aoki RF
2. Hosmer 1B
3. Butler DH
4. Gordon LF
5. Infante 2B
6. Moustakas 3B
7. Escobar SS
8. Dyson CF
9. Hayes C
SP: LHP Bruce Chen (1-1, 6.60 ERA)

Indians (10-11)
1. Cabrera SS
2. Swisher 1B
3. Kipnis 2B
4. Santana 3B
5. Brantley LF
6. Raburn DH
7. Gomes C
8. Murphy RF
9. Aviles LF
SP: RHP Corey Kluber (1-2, 5.40 ERA)

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Indians 5, Royals 3 — Ryan Lewis' final thoughts

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 23, 2014

Ten final thoughts for the Indians' 5-3 win over the Royals Wednesday night. 

1. Right now, the Indians have the best bullpen in baseball. The best. Tribe relievers have stranded a Major League-leading 91.4 percent (32 of 35) inherited runners this season. And John Axford has been lights-out, converting eight of nine save chances.

2. Francona said the reason behind Axford's success that he's been "really sticking" his fastball wherever he wants, which sets up his curveball.  

3. Marc Rzepczynski and Cody Allen have both been rock solid. Then there's Bryan Shaw, who got a big out tonight in the seventh inning with two runners on base. Allen, by the way, has an ERA of 0.00. Rzepczynski's is below 1.00. There are night games to be played on the West Coast, but as of this tying Axford is leading the American League in saves. 

4. Axford and David Murphy were the two big additions to the team and we're viewed by many fans as "home runs." They're off to a pretty good start together considering they weren't very expensive compared to the rest of the free agent class—Axford has been about as good as any closer in baseball and Murphy is second on the team in RBI while not playing every day. 

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Breaking: Indians top Royals 5-3

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 23, 2014

 

The Indians topped the Royals 5-3 Tuesday night. 

The Tribe grabbed a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh on Jason Kipnis’ double to the gap in right-center, which scored Nick Swisher from first.

Lonnie Chisenhall, pinch hitting, added an insurance run with a bloop single down the left-field line to score David Murphy and make it a 5-3 game.

Justin Masterson threw 6 1/3 innings, allowed three runs, two earned and struck out six.

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Indians vs Royals — pregame lineups and notes

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 23, 2014

Royals (10-9)
1. Aoki RF
2. Infante 2B
3. Hosmer 1B
4. Butler DH
5. Gordon LF
6. Perez C
7. Moustakas 3B
8. Escobar SS
9. Dyson SS
SP: LHP Jason Vargas (2-0, 1.24 ERA)

Indians (9-11)
1. Bourn CF
2. Swisher 1B
3. Kipnis 2B
4. Santana DH
5. Raburn RF
6. Brantley LF
7. Cabrera SS
8. Gomes C
9. Aviles 3B
SP: Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.98 ERA)

Notes: With Vargas being a lefty, Lonnie Chisenhall is getting the day off and Carlos Santana is DH'ing tonight. 

Masterson has yet to factor in a decision this season. 

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Royals 8, Indians 2 — Ryan Lewis' final thoughts

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 22, 2014

Eight final thoughts for the roughly 8,000 fans that watched the Indians lose to the Royals 8-2. 

1. Danny Salazar is not the Danny Salazar of old (last year). His ERA is now 7.85. He's 0-3. He was hit hard again Tuesday night. As soon as KC got through the order the first time, it was all systems go. But after the game, he revealed something that might be a reason for some of his struggles. 

2. Salazar thinks he might be tipping his pitches, namely his change up (he had one crushed for a three-run home run by Mike Moustakas). He believes that sometimes when he throws his change up he tends to open up his glove a little more than normal, thus tipping off the batter. 

3. If so, maybe it explains a little. But that's not the whole story. Not when you're almost giving up a run an inning six months after being one of the most electric pitchers in baseball. 

4. Between Salazar and Carrasco, the Indians are waiting on two tons of potential. The question is how long can you afford to wait and still contend this year? The AL Central looks solid. The Indians are only 9-11 so it's nowhere near close time to worry. But there might be a decision-making timeline drawing nearer each week. 

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Breaking: Royals beat Salazar, Indians 8-2

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 22, 2014

Danny Salazar was hit hard again, and the Royals (10-9) downed the Indians (9-11) 8-2. 

Salazar lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowed five runs, four earned, and struck out six. His season ERA is now 7.85. 

Royals starter James Shields shut down the Tribe. Michael Bourn had an RBI single and Yan Gomes drove in another run with a double. Other than that, the Indians' bats were quiet. 

The game was played in front of 8,848 fans, the second smallest attendance in Progressive Field history. 

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Indians vs Royals — Pregame lineups and notes

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 22, 2014

Royals (9-9)
1. Aoki RF
2. Infante 2B
3. Hosmer 1B
4. Butler DH
5. Gordon LF
6. Perez C
7. Moustakas 3B
8. Escobar SS
9. Dyson CF
SP: RHP James Shields (1-2, 2.00 ERA)

Indians (9-10)
1. Bourn CF
2. Swisher 1B
3. Kipnis 2B
4. Santana 3B
5. Brantley LF
6. Cabrera SS
7. Murphy RF
8. Gomes C
9. Chisenhall DH
SP: RHP Danny Salazar (0-2, 7.71 ERA)

Notes: Salazar has struggled so far this season and isn't getting an favors having to face Shields, one of the best pitchers in the division. Two things to look for: his velocity, which according to Fangraphs.com is down to 93.6 mph from 95.9 last year; and manager Terry Francona said he's looking for Salazar to attack hitters today. 

Santana is back in the lineup and at third base after getting the day off yesterday. Chisenhall is back to the No. 9 spot in the lineup. After his two errors yesterday, Chisenhall was out on the field early today taking grounders. 

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Indians 4, Royals 3 — Ryan Lewis' final thoughts

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 21, 2014

Ten final thoughts for the nine Indians players and one squirrel that were on the field for the Tribe's 4-3 win over the Royals.

1. That squirrel ran onto the field to a loud cheer from the crowd and caused a short delay. Nick Swisher tried to scoop him up with his glove. He said, in Nick Swisher fashion, “I was just inviting him over. I was like,  ‘Hey, come on over here, sit in my glove, see what’s happening, maybe chill on my shoulder like a little parrot.’ Tell you what, that squirrel was eating, bro, that squirrel could eat, dude. That was a big squirrel."

2. It ran into right field and rested for a bit while play continued. Then it ran to short left field. Then back again, and then it made a return to another loud cheer. Four grounds crew members then herded it into the home bullpen. Some fans booed. The squirrel actually then climbed halfway up the bullpen wall. 

3. Said John Axford, “I didn’t get to see him. I guess he just took off. Hopefully he’ll be back tomorrow so I get to say hi.”

4. So the squirrel is the celebrity. But the Indians played very well tonight. So here's how. 

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Breaking: Indians beat Royals 4-3

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 21, 2014

The Indians (9-10) beat the Royals (9-9) 4-3 at Progressive Field Monday night. 

Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis each hit two-run home runs. Nick Swisher also hit two doubles. 

Zach McAllister got the win, throwing six innings and allowing three runs, two earned, while striking out two. 

Marc Rzepczynski, Cody Allen and John Axford all threw scoreless innings. For Axford, it's his seventh save this season. 

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Indians vs Royals — Pregame lineups and notes

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 21, 2014

Royals (9-8)
1. Aoki RF
2. Infante 2B
3. Hosmer 1B
4. Butler DH
5. Gordon LF
6. Perez C
7. Moustakas 3B
8. Escobar SS
9. Dyson CF
SP: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 4.34 ERA)

Indians (8-10)
1. Bourn CF
2. Swisher 1B
3. Kipnis 2B
4. Chisenhall 3B
5. Brantley LF
6. Cabrera SS
7. Giambi DH
8. Murphy RF
9. Gomes C
SP: RHP Zach McAllister

Notes: Carlos Santana is getting the day off. Manager Terry Francona said Santana has started to reach for some pitches, so he thought it'd be good if he could get a day of hitting work in without worrying about game situations. 

Chisenhall is hitting cleanup because he's hitting so well and because it allows the lineup is stay in-tact outside of him replacing Santana. 

Giambi also gets a start in his first game back since returing from the DL with a fractured rib. 

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Indians DH Jason Giambi activated from 15-day DL; RP Blake Wood optioned down to Triple-A

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 21, 2014

The Indians on Monday activated designated hitter Jason Giambi from the 15-day disabled list and optioned reliever Blake Wood down to Triple-A Columbus, the team announced. 

Giambi has been on the disabled list since March 30 with a fractured rib. 

The Indians were using an eight-man bullpen, leaving Wood and C.C. Lee as the only real contenders to be optioned down when Giambi returned. Lee had an extra option over Wood but has also been much more reliable. Wood went 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA in seven outings. 

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Indians, Verizon partner to offer 4G service at Progressive Field

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 21, 2014

The Indians have made it easier to be connected at the ballpark. 

The Indians on Monday announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless that will offer fans improved 4G wireless service at Progressive Field with a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and Wi-Fi network. 

The DAS is an in-building network solution that boosts Verizon's high-speed 4G LTE network strength, enhances the ability to make calls or send text messages and ensures that thousands of fans can be on their smartphones at the same time. 

“This implementation will significantly enhance fans’ digital experience at the ballpark by making social media and their favorite apps more easily accessible, as well as completing common functions like making a call or sending an email or text,” said Neil Weiss, the Indians Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer, in a press release. 

The Indians are also inviting fans to interact with their Twitter account (@Indians) during the game and check in on the "At The Ballpark" app, which this year will offer fans exclusive deals after "checking in." 

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Indians 6, Blue Jays 4 — Ryan Lewis' final thoughts

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 20, 2014

Eight final thoughts for the Indians' 6-4 win over the Blue Jays on Easter Sunday. 

1. A lot was made over the Indians giving $12 million over two years to David Murphy instead of $8 million for one year to Nelson Cruz. Murphy is now hitting .288 with two home runs and 15 RBI, and he came up with the huge hit today against a lefty. And, if not for Michael Brantley being so damn clutch, he'd be leading the team in RBI. 

2. He's doing OK for himself, considering he's in a platoon with Raburn, who DH'd Sunday. 

3. Brantley went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBI. All the guy does is produce. He leads the team with 16 RBI. After he and Murphy, Nick Swisher is in third with eight RBI. 

4. Swisher didn't have a bad day, going 1-for-3 with an RBI. But he also struck out twice, and Carlos Santana struck out three times. Swisher, the team's No. 2 hitter, is hitting below .200. Santana, the cleanup hitter, is below .150. Those things will change, but question is how quickly and to what extent. The Indians can't go too long with no production from the heart of the order, even with Murphy and Brantley playing so well. 

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Breaking: Indians beat Blue Jays 6-4

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 20, 2014

The Indians avoided the series sweep with a 6-4 win against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field Sunday afternoon. 

Closer John Axford loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning against Edwin Encarnacion before getting him to ground out to Jason Kipnis in a shift to end the game. 

Starter Carlos Carrasco threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs and striking out five. He was perfect through three innings before allowing three runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth. 

The Indians, down 4-2 in the sixth inning, came back when Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup walked the bases loaded and David Murphy emptied them with a three-RBI double down the left-field line to take a 5-4 lead. In the seventh inning, Nick Swisher extended that lead with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Lonnie Chisenhall. 

Michael Brantley finished the game 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBI. 

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Indians vs Blue Jays — Pregame lineups and notes, featuring Carlos Carrasco

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 20, 2014

Blue Jays (10-8)
1. Reyes SS
2. Cabrera LF
3. Bautista RF
4. Encarnacion 1B
5. Francisco 1B
6. Lawrie 3B
7. Rasmus CF
8. Thole C
9. Goins 2B
SP: RHP Brandon Morrow (1-1, 5.52 ERA)

Indians (7-10)
1. Bourn CF
2. Swisher 1B
3. Kipnis 2B
4. Santana C
5. Brantley LF
6. Cabrera SS
7. Murphy RF
8. Raburn DH
9. Chisenhall 3B
SP: RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 7.84)

Notes: The Indians try to hold off a series sweep for Easter. And it's a big day for Carrasco. 

The Indians have seemed intent to give him a chance to figure things out at the major league level, but if he continues to struggle and Bauer continues to pitch as well as he has at Triple-A Columbus, that leash might be getting shorter. Today is a big chance for him to show he's taking strides in the right direction. 

Yesterday Carrasco talked about the need to pitch deeper into games. So we'll see how long he can last today. 

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Blue Jays 5, Indians 0 — Ryan Lewis' final thoughts

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 19, 2014

Fourteen final thoughts as I write about baseball and watch hockey. As of this typing, the Blue Jackets are down 3-2 entering the third intermission. Twenty minutes to go. 

1. We talked to Nick Swisher before and after the game today. Both times, he essentially said that everything's fine, it's going to be fine, nobody's worried. He's not happy with the 7-10 start, but he's also not worried in the least. 

2. The Indians did start 5-10 last year, and they're 7-10 this year. 

3. Some positives of that number: Swisher, Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera all have batting averages below .250 right now. On most days, that's your No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 hitters. Only missing from the top six in the lineup is Michael Bourn, who is just returning from a hamstring injury, and Michael Brantley, who's played very well. 

4. Another positive is that the Indians have played uncharacteristically bad defense. Last season the Indians were 10th in the American League in fielding percentage (.983) and 11th in errors (98), which means they weren't very good, but not terrible, either. This year, they're about tied with Oakland as being the worst defensive fielding team in the AL thus far with a .974 fielding percentage and 16 errors, tied with the A's for the most. The Indians also have three passed balls, more than Oakland. 

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Breaking: Blue Jays beat Indians 5-0

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 19, 2014

Final: Blue Jays 5, Indians 0 

The Blue Jays and Buehrle silenced the Tribe in a 5-0 victory. Kluber finished the game after 6 2/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on nine hits. 

Buehrle threw seven innings of scoreless baseball. 

Through seven innings: Blue Jays 5, Indians 0 

The Blue Jays delivered a big blow to Kluber, and he's now been relieved in favor of Marc Rzepczynski. 

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Pregame blog: Indians vs Blue Jays lineups and notes

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 19, 2014

Toronto (9-8)
1. Reyes SS
2. Cabrera LF
3. Bautista RF
4. Encarnacion 1B
5. Navarro C
6. Rasmus CF
7. Lawrie 3B
8. Francisco DH
9. Goins 2B
SP: LHP Mark Buehrle (3-0, 0.86 ERA)

Indians (7-9)
1. Cabrera SS
2. Swisher 1B
3. Kipnis 2B
4. Santana DH
5. Raburn LF
6. Brantley CH
7. Gomes C
8. Murphy RF
9. Aviles 3B
SP: RHP Corey Kluber (1-1, 4.50 ERA)

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Blue Jays 3, Indians 2 — Ryan Lewis' final thoughts on tough loss

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 18, 2014

Here's nine final thoughts, in honor of baseball, for a game that was just so "baseball." And also a 3-2 loss for the Tribe. 

1. Justin Masterson upped his velocity a bit today, regularly hitting 92 on his fastball. It's still slower than his 93-mph average from last year, but it's faster than where he's been. He said a few weeks ago he was taking off a bit for better control/movement, but was hit hard twice and it looks like he's amping things up a bit again. 

2. Marc Rzepczynski and Cody Allen have been terrific this season, and in fact their numbers are still solid after tonight. But, sometimes, it's baseball and those things happen every now and then. Masterson said those guys will go out tomorrow and close the door, like always. 

3. Carlos Santana entered the game in a 1-for-28 slump. He then started the game 0-for-2 to extended it to 1-for-30. The second at-bat ended with him popping straight up and slamming his bat on the ground. So of course, as baseball goes, he cranked a two-run HR in his next at-bat. He then struck out in another big situation in the seventh and walked in a bigger sitaution in the ninth. So it's a mixed bag. He also hesitated on a dribbler hit to him at third. Whatever's going on needs to be corrected if  he has plans of staying in the No. 4 spot. He's getting on base, but not much else. Perhaps tonight was the first step in the right direction. 

4. And, as baseball goes, Michael Brantley then came up short in the seventh and ninth innings with runners in scoring position. Brantley has been one of baseball's best hitters in those situations, so of course in one night he doesn't come through twice. 

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Breaking: Indians fall to Blue Jays 3-2

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 18, 2014

Final: Blue Jays 3, Indians 2

Lonnie Chisenhall led off the bottom of the ninth with a double. Bourn and Swisher then struck out before Kipnis and Santana walked to load the bases for Brantley with two outs. He grounded out to first base to end the game. 

Through eight innings: Blue Jays 3, Indians 2

The Indians' bullpen and defense gave the lead right back to Toronto. 

With a runner on first and one out, Marc Rzepczynski came on for Masterson (6 1/3, six hits, two ER, 9 Ks), and allowed singles to both hitters he faced, including the game-tying hit to Munenori Kawasaki. 

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Pregame blog: Indians vs Blue Jays lineups and notes

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 18, 2014

Toronto (8-8)
1. Cabrera LF
2. Kawasaki 2B
3. Bautista DH
4. Encarnacion 1B
5. Navarro C
6. Rasmus CF
7. Lawrie 3B
8. Sierra RF
9. Goins SS
SP: RHP Drew Hutchison (1-1, 3.68 ERA)

Indians (7-8)
1. Bourn CF
2. Swisher 1B
3. Kipnis 2B
4. Santana 3B
5. Brantley LF
6. Cabrera SS
7. Murphy RF
8. Gomes C
9. Chisenhall DH
SP: RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 5.87)

Notes: In the past two seasons, Masterson has gone 2-0 with a 1.30 ERA against the Blue Jays in four starts. It'll also be interesting to see where Masterson lands on the radar gun tonight. Last year he was averaging 93 mph with his fastball and hitting 96. This year, he said he's been taking a bit off, trading velocity for better location and on his sinker, better movement. It worked in his first outing against Oakland but he's been hit hard in his two starts since. That's something to watch tonight. 

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Tigers 7, Indians 5: Marla Ridenour's final thoughts on Danny Salazar struggles

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 17, 2014

Fourteen final thoughts for how many career major league starts Danny Salazar may have to his credit when he heads back to the minors.

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Indians' Jason Kipnis ejected in third inning vs. Tigers

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 17, 2014

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was ejected at the end of the third inning of the Tribe’s game against the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Park Thursday afternoon after striking out with the bases loaded.

It was the first career ejection for Kipnis, who was replaced by Mike Aviles.

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Pregame blog: Indians at Tigers lineup and notes

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 17, 2014

Wednesday's 3-2 Indians victory marked the first time the Tribe beat Detroit with four runs or fewer since Sept. 5, 2005, a 2-0 shutout at Comerica Park. In between, the Indians had lost 30 consecutive games to the Tigers when they scored fewer than four runs and fewer than six hits. The Indians produced five hits Wednesday.

The Indians recorded their first one-run victory of the season Wednesday. In the past three seasons, the Indians owned the best record in the major leagues at 55-31 (.640), besting Atlanta (.626) and Oakland (.598).

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Indians 3, Tigers 2: Marla Ridenour's final thoughts

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 17, 2014

Sixteen final thoughts after the Indians take the first of 19 games against the Tigers this season.

1. Zach McAllister earned the distinction of being the most impressive Indians starter in terms of putting back-to-back games together. In the first half of a home doubleheader against the Padres on April 8, McAllister gave up no runs on five hits in 7.2 innings and struck out seven in a 2-0 Tribe victory. On Wednesday, McAllister (2-0, 2.04) went six innings and gave up one run on four hits, striking out four and walking two against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

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Pregame blog: Indians at Tigers lineup and notes

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 16, 2014

Indians center fielder Michael Bourn will play his first game since straining his left hamstring March 16 in a split-squad spring training game against the Giants. Bourn was activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall will see his first action since April 8 against the San Diego Padres. Chisenhall missed three of the four games in Chicago against the White Sox. He spent Thursday through Saturday on paternity leave. He rejoined the team Sunday, but did not play.

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Cleveland Indians launch site honoring Progressive Field's history

By Dan Kadar Published: April 16, 2014
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To honor 20 years of Progressive/Jacobs Field, the Cleveland Indians launched a website this week celebrating their stadiumn.

The site, which is online at Indians.com/ProgressiveField, features an interactive timeline and a compilation of the stadium's firsts. Longtime announcer Tom Hamilton also lists his top 10 moments in the stadium's history.

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Michael Bourn activated, Nyjer Morgan optioned to Triple-A

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 15, 2014

The Indians activated center fielder Michael Bourn from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Triple-A Columbus Tuesday.

The Tribe's scheduled game against the Detroit Tigers was postponed due to cold weather.

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Indians/Tigers game postponed

By Beacon Journal staff report Published: April 15, 2014

Tonight's Cleveland Indians game against the Detroit Tigers has been postponed due to cold weather. First pitch in Detroit was scheduled for 7:08 p.m. No makeup game was scheduled.

The two teams are scheduled to play Wednesday at 7:08 p.m.

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White Sox 4, Indians 3: Marla Ridenour's final thoughts on John Axford

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 13, 2014

Fourteen final thoughts after a top-of-the-ninth rally turned into a buzz-killing loss at U.S. Cellular Field.

1. John Axford was sitting at his locker in a T-shirt and shorts, postponing his shower as he waited to talk. The new Indians closer had just blown his first save of the season in five chances and he he knew he needed to show accountability. If the measure of a man is what he does when he fails, not when he succeeds, Axford past his first test.

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Indians' game resumes after second delay

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 13, 2014

The Indians' game against the Chicago White Sox resumed after a second delay of 45 minutes Sunday, with starting pitcher Corey Kluber returning to the mound.

It stopped when a heavy downpour hit U.S. Cellular Field at 4:35 p.m. EDT and resumed at 5:20 EDT.

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Pregame blog: Indians at White Sox lineup, Chisenhall returns

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 13, 2014

Indians infielder Lonnie Chisenhall returned to the team after a three-day paternity leave and infielder Justin Sellers was optioned back to Triple-A Columbus.

Chisenhall and his wife Meredith welcomed their second son, Cannon, on Thursday.

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Indians 12, White Sox 6: Marla Ridenour's final thoughts on Justin Masterson

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 12, 2014

Twelve final thoughts for the Indians’ season-high 12 runs, their most since Sept. 27 at Minnesota.

1. After Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco lasted just 3.2 and 4.2 innings, respectively, in the first two games of the series, Indians manager Terry Francona expected Justin Masterson to live up to his responsibility as the team’s ace and save an overworked bullpen. That was not to be the case. Masterson became the third starter of the series not to finish the fifth inning and the sixth in the Indians’ 12 games. It’s a disturbing statistic, to say the least, even though Francona doesn’t believe trends can be established in such a short span.

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Pregame blog: Indians at White Sox lineups; Carrasco to skip next start

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 12, 2014

Indians manager Terry Francona said Carlos Carrasco, holding the fifth spot in the rotation, will skip his next start as the Tribe takes advantage of Monday's off day.

Francona said Carrasco will be available in the bullpen during a three-game series that opens Tuesday in Detroit. His next scheduled start will be Saturday April 19 at home against Toronto.

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White Sox 9, Indians 6: Marla Ridenour's final thoughts on more problems for Carlos Carrasco

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 12, 2014

Seventeen final thoughts after another Tribe starter fails to make it through the fifth inning against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

1. Indians manager Terry Francona thought the turning point of the game came in the bottom of the fifth after the Tribe had rallied with three runs to tie the score in the top of the inning. That’s when he needed starter Carlos Carrasco and reliever Marc Rzepczynski to hold the White Sox scoreless. Instead they issued four walks, two by each pitcher, and the White Sox turned them, along with an RBI single by Conor Gillaspie, into two runs.

2. “That’s a big inning,” Francona said. “When you score and tie it up you’ve got to go back out and kind of take charge of the game and they just kept scoring every inning.” The White Sox scored at least one run every inning starting in the third.

3. Carrasco lasted just 4.2 innings and said he was tired in the fourth and fifth. No one was sure why, although he said he was battling to keep his arm higher, an off-season change in his delivery. Apparently that wore him out. “Carlos in the fifth slowed down his tempo,” Francona said. “You could tell he was fighting through some of his mechanics.”

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Pregame blog: Indians at White Sox lineup and notes

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 11, 2014

The Indians' Ryan Raburn, in the lineup at DH tonight, is batting .367 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 16 games against the White Sox since 2013.

Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has homered in four of the last seven games against the White Sox, including Thursday night.

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White Sox 7, Indians 3: Marla Ridenour's final thoughts on Danny Salazar's historic night

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 11, 2014

Fifteen final thoughts after Danny Salazar writes another chapter in what the Indians hope is a best-seller.

1. Before the game ended, I wondered what would distress manager Terry Francona more about starting pitcher Salazar – the fact that he’s given up three home runs in 9.1 innings this year, or that he lasted just 3.2 innings against the White Sox.

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Pregame blog: Indians at White Sox lineup and notes

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 10, 2014

8:10 p.m.  at U.S. Cellular Field

INDIANS

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Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall placed on paternity list, Justin Sellers called up

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 10, 2014

As the Indians begin a four-game series in Chicago tonight against the White Sox, infielder Lonnie Chisenhall remained in Cleveland with his wife Meredith for the birth of their second son, Cannon, on Thursday.

Infielder Justin Sellers was called up from Triple-A Columbus to replace Chisenhall, who is expected to join the Tribe Sunday, manager Terry Francona said.

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Indians 2-1, Padres 0-2: Stephanie Storm's final thoughts after the Indians split doubleheader

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 10, 2014

Stephanie Storm’s 12 final thoughts on the Indians doubleheader split with the San Diego Padres Wednesday at Progressive Field:

1) It’s impossible not to be encouraged by the pitching of a pair of the Tribe’s young right-handers Wednesday in Zach McAllister and Trevor Bauer. Probably more so Bauer, given his inconsistent track record in his first season with the Indians last year. McAllister tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out seven in the Indians 2-0 Game One victory.

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Michael Bourn anxious to join big league teammates, aims for Sunday to be activated from DL

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 9, 2014

Sidelined since the end of spring training with a left hamstring injury, Michael Bourn said he felt good recently while playing a couple games at Triple-A Columbus at the start of his rehab assignment. Now, his final test before being activated is to play in back-to-back rehab games at Akron Thursday and Friday.

Asked if he were anxious to return, Bourn admitted he was. At the same time, he said he understands why patience with the same hamstring that required surgery in the off season (albeit in a different area) is the smarter choice.

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Bauer pitches well in spot start, but Indians drop second game of doubleheader, 2-1 to Padres

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 9, 2014

Trevor Bauer followed the lead of teammate Zach McAllister and gave the Indians a strong start on the mound Tuesday, striking out a major league career-high eight batters over six innings.

Unlike McAllister, the young right-hander didn’t pick up the win, as the Indians followed up their 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres in the first game Wednesday with a 2-1 loss in the second in a doubleheader split at Progressive Field.

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Indians lineups for second game of Wednesday's doubleheader versus Padres

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 9, 2014

The Indians (4-3) host the San Diego Padres (2-6) today at Progressive Field for a traditional doubleheader beginning at 12:05 p.m. The Indians won the first game 2-0 thanks to 7 2/3 scoreless innings by starter Zach McAllister and a two-run home run by Jason Kipnis. Here are the lineups for the second game:

 

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McAllister pitches and Kipnis hits Indians to 2-0 victory over Padres in first game of doubleheader

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 9, 2014

From the very first pitch a little after noon Wednesday, Zach McAllister was in the zone against the San Diego Padres.

It was the first game of the Indians doubleheader at a sunny but still chilly Progressive Field, the start of a guaranteed long day with at least 18 innings in store. Add the fact that it was a getaway day no less, with the Tribe headed to Chicago afterwards to begin a series against the White Sox Thursday.

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Indians Pre-Game lineups and notes for Game One of DH against Padres

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 9, 2014

The Indians (3-3) host the San Diego Padres (2-5) today at Progressive Field for a traditional double header beginning at 12:05 p.m. Here are the lineups and a few pre-game notes before the first game.

 

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Indians 8, Padres 6: Ryan Lewis' Final Thoughts

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 8, 2014

Eight final thoughts for the eight runs it took for the Tribe to beat the Padres tonight. 

1. It's pretty surprising "this" is being said about "this" player, but in many respects Nyjer Morgan really has his head on straight. Yes, there's the Tony Plush business. But he also said tonight, in a moment when he could have played himself up following another great game, that he's just "holding down the fort" until Bourn returns. He gets it. He also said he feels comfortable because he knows what type of player he is, so he's a guy who understands his role on this team fully. 

2. He first joked that he hopes his Plush persona stays on vacation. But then he later joked that he's around and made a hushing motion. So, buckle your seatbelts. 

3. From the top of the order to the bottom, this team can hit. David Murphy went 2-for-3 tonight with a home run and four RBI, and he did it from the No. 9 position in the lineup. Yan Gomes, from the No. 8 slot, went 2-for-3 with a double. Lonnie Chisenhall, hitting seventh, "only" went 1-for-4 and he also had two hard-hit outs. Murphy was awful this spring but said he felt something the other day in the cage and it's carried over to his last two games. 

4. This team continues to get to pitchers becaues it doesn't offer any kind of a break in the lineup. Jason Kipnis talked yesterday about how he loves that, and how other clubs around the league love the Indians' lineup for that. Having the .330-hitting, 45-home-run-bopper in the middle of the order is much sexier. But if the Indians' No. 8 and No. 9 hitters are hitting half this good for the season, the Tribe offense will be just fine even without a Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, etc. 

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Breaking: Indians beat Padres 8-6

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 8, 2014

Final: Indians 8, Padres 6

Vinnie Pestano's troubles continued. He gave up a monster home run in the ninth inning to Xavier Nady and then gave up a triple and a single, as the Padres made it 8-6 and brought the tying run to the plate. 

John Axford came on to record the final out. 

Through six innings: Indians 8, Padres 3

Jedd Gyorko drove in his third run of the game with a single to left field to score Will Venable, who doubled, to make it 6-3. 

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Tuesday's Pregame lineups — Indians and Padres

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 8, 2014

Padres (2-4)
1. Everth Cabrera SS
2. Seth Smith LF
3. Chase Headley 3B
4. Yonder Alonso 1B
5. Yasmani Grandal C
6. Will Venable RF
7. Jedd Gyorko 2B
8. Tommy Medica DH
9. Alexi Amarista CF

SP: Tyson Ross (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

Indians (3-3)
1. Nyjer Morgan CF
2. Nick Swisher 1B
3. Jason Kipnis 2B
4. Carlos Santana 3B
5. Michael Brantley LF
6. Asdrubal Cabrera SS
7. Lonnie Chisenhall DH
8. Yan Gomes C
9. David Murphy 

SP: Corey Kluber (0-1, 13.50 ERA) 

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Trevor Bauer to pitch second game of Wednesday's doubleheader

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 8, 2014

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer will come up from Columbus to start the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader, according to manager Terry Francona. 

He's already been seen in the Indians clubhouse. 

In four starts last season, Bauer went 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched. 

Since it's a doubleheader, the Indians and Padres can extend their active rosters to 26 players. And since the Indians play two games Wednesday and then play four consecutive days in Chicago, a spot start is needed. 

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Update: Indians-Padres Monday night game postponed; will be made up Wednesday

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 7, 2014

The Indians and Padres won't play baseball Monday night.

That game is beign postponed due to rain and will be made up Wednesday in a traditional doubleheader starting at 12:05 p.m. 

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Twins 10, Indians 7 — Ryan Lewis' Final Thoughts

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 6, 2014

Nine final thoughts for a lineup that's been producing from nine spots (See Nos. 7-8 below), and a 10-7 loss to the Twins. 

1. Pretty much everything Justin Masterson does this season will come with "$17 million" in the back of everyone's mind. In the season opening loss, it looked like that might be a bargain. Today, you'd think it'd be a massive mistake.

2. Manager Terry Francona said after the game that they don't give up on guys on April 6. He was more-so talking about the whole rotation,  but that's a good reminder that this is a long season. Masterson's next 30 starts will all likely fall in the middle of his first start and today. Said Francona, "Not saying we don't want to do better, but I think you can rush to judgment and miss out on some really good players." 

3. David Murphy went 4-for-5, which is good to sign. Fans don't tend to love him because he doesn't look like an American League right fielder. He looks like a left fielder in the National League hitting .270 slapping balls to the opposite field. He turned on several pitches today and tied the game 6-6 before the Twins got to Blake Wood. 

4. On the Gomes error, Francona said he was trying to rush, but it's easy to say that now. Either Kipnis or Aviles probably should have gotten over there, but Gomes also shouldn't have fired until that happened. Either way, a bad result. 

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Breaking: Indians, Masterson fall to Twins 10-7

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 6, 2014

The Indians twice came back to tie the score but couldn’t a third time, and the Twins beat the Tribe 10-7 Sunday.

The Twins (3-3) hit Justin Masterson hard to the tune of five earned runs, six total, in only 3 2/3 innings.

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Indians in-game blog: Tribe vs Twins — Twins 9, Indians 7 through six innings

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 6, 2014

Final: Twins 10, Indians 7

Through six innings: Twins 9, Indians 7

The Twins loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning and again took the lead on Chris Colabello's three-RBI double off of Blake Wood. 

Kipnis, Swisher and Brantley then hit back-to-back singles to make it 9-7. Gomes later came up to the plate with the bases loaded but grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. 

Through five innings: Indians 6, Twins 6

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Pregame lineups and notes (Bourn update) — Twins vs Indians

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 6, 2014

The Indians conclude their three-game series with the Twins today. Here are the lineups. 

Twins (2-3)
1. Dozier 2B
2. Mauer 1B
3. Willingham LF
4. Colabello DH
5. Plouffe 3B
6. Jason Kubel RF
7. Kurt Suzuki C
8. Aaron Hicks CF
9. Pedro Florimon SS

SP: RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 7.50 ERA)

Indians (3-2)
1. Morgan CF
2. Nick Swisher 1B
3. Jason Kipnis 2B
4. Carlos Santana 3B
5. Michael Brantley LF
6. Lonnie Chisenhall DH
7. Yan Gomes C
8. David Murphy RF
9. MIke Aviles SS

SP: RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 0.00)

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Twins 7, Indians 3 — Ryan Lewis' Final Thoughts from a frigid loss

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 5, 2014

Here are 10 final thoughts for the 10 fingers and toes many of you froze off today to root for the Indians, who lost 7-3 to the Twins. 

1. First thought: It was cold, even in the first row of the press box. People call baseball games "cold" when it's 55. It felt like below-freezing for parts of the day, and it was windy. For those who braved that, bravo. You earned your stripes. 

2. As for the game, it looked bleak—literally—two pitches in, after Brian Dozier took Carlos Carrasco deep for a solo shot. Truth be told, I was actually still in the media dining room finishing a quick dinner and watching on TV when it happened. Things went downhill and the Tribe was quickly down 3-0 and then 5-0 after three innings.

3. It would take a lot of adult beverages to make ya feel better on a day like Saturday, trailing the whole game and freezing. From the sounds of a couple fans behind home plate, many of you decided to test that number. 

4. The Indians, and especially manager Terry Francona, seem to want to give Carrasco every opportunity to flourish. Francona before the game said he wanted Carrasco to take the opportunity he's been given and "run with it." 

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Indians Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi close to making minor league rehab outings

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 5, 2014

Indians outfielder Michael Bourn (hamstring) and designated hitter Jason Giambi (fractured ribs) are each progressing in their respective rehabs.

Bourn was scheduled to start with Triple-A Columbus Friday night, but precaution ruled with damp and wet conditions keeping the veteran from participating. Bourn, who started the season on the disabled list after injuring his left hamstring in spring training, was slated to play in one of Saturday’s games of a Clippers’ doubleheader.

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Breaking: Twins jump on Carrasco, beat Indians 7-3

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 5, 2014

The Twins jumped on Carlos Carrasco early, and the Indians never recovered in a 5-1 loss at Progressive Field on Saturday. 

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Pregame lineups and notes—Indians and Twins

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 5, 2014

Lineups for Saturday's game vs the Twins (1-3)

Twins
1. Dozier 2B
2. Mauer 1B
3. Willingham LF
4. Colabello DH
5. Plouffe 3B
6. Kubel RF
7. Pinto C
8. Hicks CF
9. Florimon SS

SP: RHP Kyle Gibson

Indians
1. Morgan CF
2. Swisher 1B
3. Kipnis 2B
4. Santana DH
5. Brantley LF
6. Cabrera SS
7. Murphy RF
8. Gomes C
9. Chisenhall 3B

SP: RHP Carlos Carrasco 

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Indians 7, Twins 2: Stephanie Storm's final thoughts on home-opening win

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 5, 2014

Aside from a two-plus hour rain delay, a long cold, damp day and a constant, bone-chilling wind, the Indians turned a long day at Progressive Field into a memorable home opener Friday.

Here’s some Final Thoughts (in chronological order) on a day that began with another long-term contract extension for a young player, featured a come-from-behind victory and ended with an early candidate for Quote of the Season by a charasmatic veteran.

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Indians in-game blog — Final: Indians 7, Twins 2

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 4, 2014

 

Final: Indians 7, Twins 2

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Pregame lineups and notes: Indians vs. Twins; First pitch set for 5:15 p.m.

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 4, 2014

UPDATE: Per a press box announcement, first pitch is now scheduled for 5:15 p.m. 

As of this typing (4:40), the tarp was just removed from the infield and the grounds crew is getting to work. 

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Indians take advantage of needed day off after flight delay

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 4, 2014

The Indians’ return from Oakland after Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader against the A’s was delayed two hours by mechanical issues with their aircraft. The Tribe ended up busing from the O.co Coliseum to San Francisco International Airport instead of flying out of Oakland as scheduled and didn’t depart until 4 a.m. EDT.

Fortunately, Thursday was an off day before today's home opener.

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Indians sign second baseman Jason Kipnis to a long-term contract extension

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 4, 2014

The Indians gave second baseman Jason Kipnis a belated birthday gift to remember Friday morning, annoucing his contract extension with the press release below. Check back a little later today for more reaction, as Kipnis and Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti have a morning press conference scheduled.

The Indians signed second baseman Jason Kipnis to a six-year contract extension thru the 2019 season with a club option for 2020.

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Indians sign Jason Kipnis to six-year contract extension

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 4, 2014

The Indians wrapped up another important part of their future Friday morning with the announcement of the signing of second baseman Jason Kipnis to a six-year, $52 million contract extension.

The deal runs through the 2019 season and includes a club option for 2020.

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Indians 1-6, A's 6-4: Marla Ridenour's final thoughts on doubleheader split, Michael Brantley

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 3, 2014

Twenty-four final thoughts after what seemed like 24 hours at O.co Coliseum for a day-night doubleheader.

1. Indians outfielder Michael Brantley found redemption in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s second game after a costly and rare error two innings earlier and his teammates were genuinely happy for him. With one out and the bases loaded, Brantley lashed a single into right field that got by Josh Reddick for an error, allowing Ryan Raburn and Jason Kipnis to score to give the Indians a 5-4 lead. (David Murphy’s sacrifice fly to center brought home an insurance run.)

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Pregame blog: Indians vs. A's: Lineup and notes for Game 3

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 2, 2014

Game: 9:05 p.m. EDT at O.co Coliseum

INDIANS

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Scott Kazmir leads Athletics past Indians 6-1 (with video)

By Josh Dubow, AP Sports Writer Published: April 2, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif.: Scott Kazmir shut out his former team into the eighth inning in his Oakland debut, and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 6-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.

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Pregame blog: Indians vs. A's: Lineup and notes

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 2, 2014

The Indians are flying in reliever C.C. Lee from Triple-A Columbus to be their 26th man for the double-header.

The A's will start right-hander Josh Lindblom in the 9:05 p.m. nightcap against Zach McAllister.

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Indians' game postponed, day-night doubleheader Wednesday

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 1, 2014

The Indians’ game against the A’s scheduled for 10:05 p.m. EDT Tuesday was postponed at 8:36 p.m. The two teams will play a day-night doubleheader Wednesday at 3:35 and 9:05 p.m. EDT.

It marked the first rainout at O.co Coliseum since May 5, 1998 vs. Detroit. This is the earliest the A’s ever had such a postponement; the previous was April 3, 1998 against the Yankees. It was the 19th game at the Coliseum called by rain, including playoffs.

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Pregame blog: Indians vs. A's: Lineup and notes

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 1, 2014

Indians manager Terry Francona said if tonight's game is rained out, the contingency plan is to play a double-header Wednesday at 3:35 p.m. EDT and 9 p.m. EDT.

Francona said centerfielder Michael Bourn (strained left hamstring) will work out with Triple-A Columbus Wednesday and play rehab games there on Thursday and Friday.

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Indians 2, A's 0: Game highlights

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 1, 2014

Here is MLB.com's highlights package of the Indians' 2-0 victory Monday night over the A's.

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Indians 2, A's 0: Marla Ridenour's final thoughts and more on Brantley play at the plate

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 1, 2014

Twenty final thoughts for the 20 runners both teams left on base.

& It was ironic that the new replay system and the new rules regarding home plate collisions were tested on the same play in the sixth inning.

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