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Friday's Indians minor league results

By sstorm Published: April 30, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Friday:

Triple-A Columbus (14-9) - Host Columbus lost 9-2 to Charlotte...RHP Hector Rondon (0-3, 9.13 ERA) continued to struggle, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings...1B Wes Hodges went 2-for-3 with an RBI...C Carlos Santana went 0-for-2.

Double-A Aeros (8-13) - The host Aeros fell 8-7 in 10 innings to Binghamton...LHP Ryan Edell saw his ERA balloon to 8.27 after allowing seven runs on nine hits and two walks in just three and 1/3 innings...2B Cord Phelps, the Eastern League batting leader, continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored...DH Jared Goedert also continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

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Tribe Friday lineup

By sstorm Published: April 30, 2010

Tonight's game: CLEVELAND (9-12) hosts MINNESOTA (14-8) at 7:05 p.m. at Progressive Field.

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Fausto Carmona (3-0, 2.96 ERA) vs. Twins RHP Kevin Slowey (2-2, 3.42 ERA)

Lineups:
CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.291)
CF Grady Sizemore (.192)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.338)
LF Austin Kearns (.383)
DH Travis Hafner (.190)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.190)
1B Matt LaPorta (.211)
2B Luis Valbuena (.196)
C Mike Redmond (.231)

MINNESOTA
CF Denard Span (.221)
2B Orlando Hudson (.281)
C Joe Mauer (.342
1B Justin Morneau (.352)
RF Michael Cuddyer (.303)
DH Jason Kubel (.206)
LF Delmon Young (.233)
SS J.J. Hardy (.218)
3B Brendan Harris (.195)

NOTES:
* AMBRIZ UP, SMITH DOWN - The Indians activated RHP Hector Ambriz from the 15-day disabled list today and optioned RHP Joe Smith to Triple-A Columbus to make room on the roster. Ambriz, 25, was selected in the Rule V Draft from the Arizona Diamondbacks in December and will be making his Major League debut. Smith struggled in nine ppearances with the Indians, going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. In seven innings, he allowed six runs on seven hits and walked more batters (six) than he struck out (five).

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And the good news is...

By Sheldon Published: April 30, 2010

CLEVELAND: The goods news for the Indians is that right-hander Joe Smith's demotion to Triple-A was not prompted by an inability to retire left-handed batters with his sidearm motion.

Lefties were only 1-for-78 against him, even though his overall earned-run average was a disappointing 7.71 in nine appearances, encompassing seven innings.

""We told him to go down and get that sinker going, so he can get more ground balls,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon.

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Ambriz activated, Smith demoted

By sstorm Published: April 30, 2010

The Indians activated right-handed picther Hector Ambriz from the 15-day disabled list today while optioning right-hander Joe Smith to Triple-A Columbus to make room on the roster.

The Tribe selected Ambriz, 25, from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the December Rule V Draft. But he developed a case of right elbow tendonitis during spring training and went on the disabled list March 31 (retroactive to March 27th).

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Thursday's around the Tribe's minor leagues

By sstorm Published: April 29, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Thursday:

Triple-A Columbus (14-8) - Host Columbus outslugged Charlotte 9-7...DH Jordan Brown made his season debut by going 1-for-4 with a run scored after missing the first 21 games while recovering from a knee injury (torn meniscus) suffered in spring training...RHP Carlos Carrasco lasted just four innings, giving up four runs - including a home run - on eight hits and two walks...1B Wes Hodges went 2-for-4 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored...LF Chris Gimenez had just one hit on the night, but it was a big one - via a three-run home run.

Double-A Aeros (8-12) - The Aeros, who have won just two of their last 10 games, and just three of 14, enjoyed a much-needed day off...Akron, sitting in unfamiliar territory in last place in the Western Division, gets back to action when its kicks off a seven-game homestand beginning with three games against Binghamton beginning Friday at Canal Park....2B Cord Phelps leads the Eastern League with a .375 batting average...UTY Jared Goedert is tied for sixth with a .340 average...3B Lonnie Chisenhall is tied for ninth at .333.

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Tribe farm results for Wednesday

By sstorm Published: April 28, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Wednesday:

Triple-A Columbus (13-8) - Host Columbus topped Charlotte 4-2...LF Chris Gimenez went 2-for-2 with a double, two-run home run and two runs scored to lead the Clippers offense...RHP Josh Tomlin limited the Knights to one run while scattering four hits and striking out five...Catch the Clippers host Charlotte for Game Three of this four-game series Thursday at 6:35 p.m. on SportsTime Ohio's live broadcast.

Double-A Aeros (8-12) - First-place Altoona pounded out 10 runs on 15 hits in a 10-2 morning victory over the Aeros, knocking Akron starter and RHP Zach Putnam out of the game after just 3 1/3 innings. Putnam (2-1, 6.04 ERA) gave up seven runs on nine hits and two walks in suffering his first loss of the season....The Curve broke the game open in the fourth inning, sending nine men to the plate in the lengthy six-run inning...After Putnam exited with two outs remaining in the fourth, reliever RHP Eric Stiller struggled to quiet host Altoona, allowing two more runs on two hits in just 1 2/3 of an inning...The Aeros, sitting in unfamiliar territory in last place in the Western Division, got on the board first via 3B Jared Goedert's RBI-single that scored CF Tim Fedroff. Goedert led the Aeros with a 3-for-4 effort...The team's only other run came on a SS Carlos Rivero ground out in the fourth inning.

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Tribe lineup for Wednesday

By sstorm Published: April 28, 2010

Tonight's game: CLEVELAND (9-11) at LOS ANGELES (11-11) at 7:05 p.m. at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Jake Westbrook (0-2, 5.82 ERA) vs. Angels RHP Ervin Santana (1-2, 4.72 ERA)

Lineups: CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.301)
CF Grady Sizemore (.191)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.329)
LF Austin Kearns (.386)
DH Travis Hafner (.197)
1B Russell Branyan (.294)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.200)
2B Luis Valbuena (.170)
C Lou Marson (.135)

LOS ANGELES
SS Erick Aybar (.256)
RF Bobby Abreu (.291)
CF Torii Hunter (.286)
DH Hideki Matsui (.284)
1B Kendry Morales (.300)
LF Juan Rivera (.253)
2B Howard Kendrick (.311)
3B Brandon Wood (.197)
C Ryan Budde (.000)

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Stephanie Storm's baseball mailbag

By sstorm Published: April 28, 2010


This week’s Akron Aeros/Cleveland Indians questions from Stephanie Storm’s mailbag:

Q) Ms. Storm, Is Carlos Santana headed for the bigs anytime soon? Seems like the Tribe isn't getting much out of the catcher position so far. Wondered what the prognosis was for Santana. His minors stats are impressive! I hope you'll become a follower.
- Rick

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More of the same from lefties Lewis and Sowers

By sstorm Published: April 28, 2010

Scanning the Columbus Clippers roster moves today brings more of the same news for Tribe farmhands Scott Lewis and Jeremy Sowers.

Lewis was placed on disabled list (retroactive to 4/26) Wednesday with elbow soreness. In his place, Sowers was transferred to the Clippers roster in a paper move from short-season Mahoning Valley.

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Aeros help faciliate glove drive

By sstorm Published: April 28, 2010

I thought this was a cool thing the Aeros are doing by teaming up with Keybank to help distribute used gloves to local youth:

KeyBank is collecting new and used baseball gloves that will be distributed to area youth through local YMCA branches. Those who donate a glove will get two $5 ticket vouchers to any Aeros home game. The voucher must be presented at any Canal Park Box Office Window to receive the special discounted ticket offer.

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Tuesday's minor league review

By sstorm Published: April 27, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Tuesday:

Triple-A Columbus (12-8) - Host Columbus exploded for 19 hits in a 12-7 win over Charlotte...RHP Yohan Pino (3-0, 3.47 ERA) did his part in cruising to his third win of the season in limiting the Knights to three earned runs while scattering six hits and striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings...But it was the offense that led the way as the Clippers scored all 12 of their runs over the three innings, including putting up five runs in both the first and second innings...2B Jason Donald was a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI...C Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a pair of walks...1B Wes Hodges added a 3-for-5 effort that included two RBI...3B Brian Buscher went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.

Double-A Aeros (8-11) - The Aeros dropped a close one to host Altoona, losing 5-4....The game marked the 2010 debut of LHP Eric Berger, who began the season at extended spring training. But the rusty Berger didn't last long, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks in just 2 2/3 innings...After Berger, RHP Paolo Espino (1-0, 4.87 ERA) promptly quieted the Curve bats, tossing five innings of scoreless relief in which he scattered four hits while striking out six...DH Jared Goedert went 2-for-4 with two RBI...RF John Drennen was also 2-for-4, including a double, home run, RBI and run scored...C Wyatt Toregas went 2-for-3 with a home run.

High Class-A Kinston (7-11) - Host Kinston dropped a 4-2 loss to Lynchburg...RHPAlex White (1-2, 3.86 ERA), the Indians No. 1 pick (15th overall) in 2009 draft, allowed four runs on seven hits and a pair of walks, but struck out seven in five innings in the loss...C Doug Pickens went 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI.

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Tuesday's Tribe Lineup

By sstorm Published: April 27, 2010

Tonight's game: CLEVELAND (8-11) at LOS ANGELES (11-10) at 10:05 p.m. at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Mitch Talbot (2-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. Angels LHP Joe Saunders (1-3, 5.82 ERA)

Lineups: CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.269)
CF Grady Sizemore (.203)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.324)
LF Austin Kearns (.368)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.175)
2B Mark Grudzielanek (.200)
1B Andy Marte (.188)
DH Matt LaPorta (.192)
C Lou Marson (.088)

LOS ANGELES
SS Erick Aybar (.260)
RF Bobby Abreu (.293)
CF Torii Hunter (.284)
DH Hideki Matsui .291)
1B Kendry Morales (.312)
LF Juan Rivera (.254)
2B Howard Kendrick (.300)
C Mike Napoli (.171)
3B Brandon Wood (.158)

NOTE:
* Due to a conflict with tonight's Cavs playoff game, Tuesday's game will be broadcast on WMMS 100.7 FM.

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Monday's look around the Indians minor leagues

By sstorm Published: April 26, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Monday:

Triple-A Columbus (11-8) - The host Clippers lost their second consecutive game to Toledo, this one a 10-1 defeat...Columbus' lone run came in the bottom of the fourth inning on 3B Brian Bixler's ground out. Bixler went 2-for-4 on the evening...DH Shelley Duncan also went 2-for-4 with with a pair of doubles...LF Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with a double...RHP Jeanmar Gomez allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and five walks in just 4 1/3 innings of work.

Double-A Aeros (8-10) - The Aeros and host Altoona were postponed due to rain and have decided not to reschedule the game until Aug. 4 as part of a double header that begins at 5:30 p.m...In the meantime, the Aeros and Curve will attempt to kick off the now shortened two-game series at Blair County Ballpark Tuesday at 6:30 p.m...LHP Eric Berger is expected to make his season debut against Altoona's Tim Alderson (1-0, 5.52 ERA). Berger began the season at extended spring training. He swaps roster spots with RHP Connor Graham, who was placed on the disabled list with a finger injury.

High Class-A Kinston (7-10) - Kinston had the day off. The K-Tribe resumes play Tuesday with a three-game set against visiting Lynchburg...2B Jason Kipnis is tied for eighth in the Carolina League with a .333 batting average.

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Monday's Tribe lineup

By sstorm Published: April 26, 2010

Tonight's game: CLEVELAND (8-10) at LOS ANGELES (10-10) at 10:05 p.m. at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Pitching matchup: Indians LHP David Huff (1-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. Angels RHP Jared Weaver (2-0, 2.77 ERA)

Lineups:
CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.280)
CF Grady Sizemore (.220)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.313)
DH Travis Hafner (.214)
1B Russell Branyan (.333)
LF Austin Kearns (.324)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.154)
2B Luis Valbuena (.178)
C Mike Redmond (.250)

LOS ANGELES
SS Erick Aybar (.246)
RF Bobby Abreu (.282)
CF Torii Hunter (.271)
DH Hideki Matsui .293)
1B Kendry Morales (.329)
LF Juan Rivera (.239)
2B Howard Kendrick (.288)
C Mike Napoli (.156)
3B Brandon Wood (.113)

NOTES:
* Indians closer Kerry Wood tested his balky back Sunday by throwing a bullpen session. Although he told reporters afterward that he "felt good", there still is no targeted date for him to return to the Indians lineup. Further, it now seems that Wood will likely make a rehab stint in the minors before rejoining his big league teammates.

* With the remaining leg to go on this three-city, nine-game road trip, the Indians own a 2-4 mark.

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Sunday's Indians minor league results

By sstorm Published: April 25, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Sunday:

Triple-A Columbus (11-7) - The Clippers lost 3-2 to visiting Toledo...RHP Hector Rondon limited the Mud Hens to two earned on a two-run homer while striking out six...1B Wes Hodges went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Double-A Aeros (8-10) - Akron's offense came to life with a 16-hit attack, topping host Bowie 9-3...RHP Connor Graham held the Baysox to three runs (two earned) while scattering five hits...LF Nick Weglarz went 2-for-3 with three RBI...SS Josh Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI...CF John Drennen went 4-for-6 with three runs scored...3B Lonnie Chisenhall added to the hit parade with a 3-for-6 effort with a double and a run scored that raised his average to .358.

High Class-A Kinston (7-10) - Host Kinston obliterated Myrtle Beach 15-2 via a 15-hit attack that featured six home runs...3B Adam Davis led by way with a 3-for-5 performance that included two of the homers...2B Karexen Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI...C Doug Pickens went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI...LF Roman was just 1-for-1 but the hit was a home runs and he patiently worked three walks.

Low Class-A Lake County (13-3) - Lake County split a double header at host Bowling Green, winning the first game 1-0 and dropping the second 3-0...Lake County's win in Game One came on an unearned run in the seventh inning. In the nightcap, 2B Casey Frawley went 2-for-3 with a double and LF Bo Greenwell continued his red-hot hitting with a double in three at-bats.

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Sunday's Tribe lineup

By sstorm Published: April 25, 2010

Today's game: CLEVELAND (8-9) at OAKLAND (11-8) at 4:07 p.m. at Oakland Coliseum

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Justin Masterson (0-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. A's LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 5.40 ERA)

Lineups:
CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.282)
CF Grady Sizemore (.200)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.300)
LF Austin Kerns (.367)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.143)
1B Russell Branyan (.333)
DH Matt LaPorta (.208)
2B Luis Valbuena (.190)
C Lou Marson (.097)

OAKLAND:
SS Cliff Pennington (.220)
1B Daric Barton (.298)
RF Ryan Sweeney (.309)
DH Eric Chavez (.216)
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff (.232)
CF Gabe Gross (.269)
C Jake Fox (.161)
LF Eric Patterson (.154)
2B Adam Rosales (.244)


NOTES:
* Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson does not have a win yet, but his 3.00 ERA and 20 strikeouts compared to seven walks indicate it is simply a matter of time as long as he continues to pitch well. Still, the youngster is looking to rebound from his last start - labeled "erratic" by manager Manny Acta - in which Masterson allowed five runs in just four innings, laboring to throw 96 pitches in that span.
"Sometimes, I was locked in," Masterson, 24, told MLB.com. "Other times, not so much."

* Due to a conflict with the Cavs playoff games, today's Indians games and Tuesday's (April 27th) will be broadcast on WMMS 100.7 FM.

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Saturday's look around the Indians minor leagues

By sstorm Published: April 24, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Saturday:

Triple-A Columbus (11-6) - The Clippers defeated host Toledo 7-1 , led by a strong pitching performance by RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 2.59 ERA). Carrasco scattered six hits over seven innings and limited the Mud Hens to one run...3B Brian Bixler went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored...C Carlos Santana had just one hit, but it was his team-leading fifth home run...CF Jose Constanza leads the league with a .429 batting average.

Double-A Aeros (7-10) - Akron halted a five-game losing streak with a 8-6 win over host Bowie, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally for the win...LHP and starter Scott Barnes struck out seven Bowie batters but dished up six runs on six hits and four walks in just three innings...LF Nick Weglarz went 2-for-5 with three RBI, including two via a two-run homer in the first inning.

High Class-A Kinston (6-10) - Host Kinston topped Myrtle Beach 7-4 led by 2B Jason Kipnis' 3-for-4 performance that included a double, home run and two RBI...RHP Kelvin De La Cruz (1-2, 3.92 ERA) earned the win in limiting the Pelicans to three runs on four hits while striking out three batters.[ep

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Saturday's Indians lineup

By sstorm Published: April 24, 2010

Today's game: CLEVELAND (7-9) at Oakland (11-7) at 4:07 p.m. at Oakland Coliseum

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Fausto Carmona (2-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. A's LHP Brett Anderson (1-1, 2.65 ERA)

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Friday's spin around the Tribe's minor leagues

By sstorm Published: April 24, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Friday:

Triple-A Columbus (10-6) - The Clippers took advantage of five walks, a passed ball and an error to score five late runs and defeat the Toledo Mud Hens 6-2 at Fifth Third Field. LHP Scott Lewis allowed only two unearned runs in five innings while RHP Josh Tomlin tossed three perfect innings of relief to earn the win.
Just as important as the win was the fact that the Indians top prospect - C Carlos Santana - played for the first time since being taken out of Sunday's game after fouling a ball off his knee. He was 0-for-2 with three walks.
"It was a foul tip on the left knee," Santana told the Columbus Dispatch Sunday. "It hurt. But I think I'll be ready in a couple of days. (Last) Sunday, I got foul-tipped on the right ankle. Today, it's the left knee. It sure hurts, but it is part of the game."

Double-A Aeros (6-10) - Akron suffered yet another loss, this one a 12-9 defeat by host Bowie despite posting a six-run fourth inning...RHP Zach Putnam gave up six runs (five earned) off eight hits and three walks in just four innings...1B Beau Mills sparked the big fourth inning with a three-run double and 3B Lonnie Chisenhall went 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI.¶

High Class-A Kinston (5-10) - Myrtle Beach rallied from a four run deficit to defeat host Kinston 6-5 Friday at Grainger Stadium...A trio of K-Tribe players registered multiple hits in 1B Nate Recknagel (2-for-4 with two runs scored and a double), C Richard Martinez (2-for-4 with a double and RBI) and LF Lucas Montero (2-for-5 with a home run)...RHP Joseph Mahalic limited Myrtle Beach to just one run on five hits through 5 2/3 innings.

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Friday's Indians lineup

By sstorm Published: April 23, 2010

Today's game: CLEVELAND (7-8) at Oakland (10-7) at 10:05 p.m. at Oakland Coliseum

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Jake Westbrook (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. A's RHP Justin Duchcherer (1-0, 2.41 ERA)

Lineups: CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.297)
CF Grady Sizemore (.196)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.288)
DH Travis Hafner (.235)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.140)
1B Russell Branyan (.286)
LF Matt LaPorta (.214)
1B Luis Valbuena (.205)
C Lou Mason (.103)

OAKLAND:
CF Rajai Davis (.214)
1B Daric Barton (.306)
RF Ryan Sweeney (.288)
C Kurt Suzuki (.222)
DH Eric Chavez (244.)
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff (.215)
LF Gabe Gross (.278)
2B Adam Rosales (.242)
SS Cliff Pennington (.226)

NOTES:
* Indians starting pitcher Jake Westbrook has not picked up a win in his first three starts, despite pitching well in his last outing against the Chicago White Sox.

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Thursday's around the Indians minor leagues

By sstorm Published: April 22, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Thursday:

Triple-A Columbus (9-6) - Columbus lost 6-4 to host Toledo, allowing the Mud Hens to move into a first-place tie in the division with the Clippers...DH Shelly Duncan went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI and 1B Wes Hodges added three hits and an RBI...RHP and starter Yohan Pino allowed four runs on six hits over six innings while striking out seven, but reliever Jess Todd allowed two go-ahead runs in the eighth inning.

Double-A Aeros (6-9) - Akron suffered a 7-2 loss to host Bowie as LHP and starter Ryan Edell allowed seven runs (six earned) in just three innings...DH Matt McBride was the only Aeros batter to reach multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a home run, run scored and RBI.

High Class-A Kinston (5-9) - Kinston split a double header with host Wilmington, winning game one 7-4 and falling in game two 4-3. In the first game, Greenville native and Indians No. 1 pick in last year's draft - Alex White - got the start for Kinston, but ran into trouble early when the first four batters he faced reached base safely. White (1-1, 2.70 ERA) lasted just four innings, allowing four earned runs while walking three and striking out one.

Low Class-A Lake County (12-3) - After starting the season 11-1, the host Captains lost their second game in three days, falling 5-0 to Great Lakes. The shutout marked the first of the year for Lake County...The Loons offense came in a five-run spurt in the third inning against Captains RHP Clayton Cook, who despite the loss, combined with two relievers to strike out 12 Loons batters...3B Jeremie Tice and 1B Ben Carlson were the only Lake County batters to garner hits.

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Acta: Nothing frustrating about baseball

By Sheldon Published: April 22, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS: Baseball is not a frustrating enterprise to Manny Acta.

Some fans might doubt Acta's sincerity, citing the fact that he hasn't been the Indians' manager long enough to know where his frustration level really is. But keep in mind that for 2 1/2 years Acta was manager of the Washington Nationals, a team with little talent and not much more hope.

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Inidans lineup for Thursday

By sstorm Published: April 22, 2010

Today's game: CLEVELAND (6-8) at Minnesota (11-4) at 1:10 p.m. at Target Field

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Mitch Talbot (1-1, 3.21 ERA) vs. Twins RHP Scott Baker (2-1, 3.38 ERA)


CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.288)
CF Grady Sizemore (.191)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.313)
DH Travis Hafner (.234)
LF Matt LaPorta (.200)
1B Russell Branyan (.333)
3B Andy Marte (.125)
Luis Valbuena (.171)
C Lou Mason (.080)

MINNESOTA:
CF Denard Span (.259)
2B Orlando Hudson (.259)
LF Jason Kubel (.196)
1B Justin Morneau (.333)
RF Michael Cuddyer (.344)
DH Jim Thome (.227)
3B Brendan Harris (.227)
C Drew Butera (.000)
SS Alexi Casilla (.000)

NOTES:
* Matt LaPorta is getting his first exposure in the outfield today, after playing 11games at first base. LaPorta has played outfield before, but did not take any reps there during spring training after veteran free agent Russell Branyan went on the disabled list with a herniated disc. But with Branyan back, LaPorta will have to share first base duties, playing in the outfield when Branyan's at first.

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Santana hurt in Wednesday's game, helped off field

By sstorm Published: April 21, 2010

A collective shock wave made its way through the Indians organization Wednesday when top prospect and catcher Carlos Santana was injured in Wednesday's game at Indianapolis.

Here's a portion of Milb.com's story:

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Wednesday's look around the Indians minor leagues

By sstorm Published: April 21, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Wednesday:

Triple-A Columbus (9-5) - The Clippers topped host Indianapolis 6-1, with DH Shelley Duncan and SS Jason Donald each blasting a two-run home run to lead the offensive attack...C and top Tribe prospect Carlos Santana was helped off the field in the third inning after fouling a ball of his left knee and is listed as day-to-day.

Double-A Aeros (6-8) - Akron lost 9-6 to visiting Altoona, as the Curve completed a three-game series sweep of the reigning Eastern League Champions...RHP Paolo Espino allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings...CF Tim Fedroff went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored...DH Cord Phelps was 3-for-4 with three runs scored to raise his batting average to .422 on the season.

High Class-A Kinston (4-8) - The K-Tribe's game against host Wilmington was postponed due to rain. The teams are scheduled to make up the game as part of a double header that begins at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Low Class-A Lake County (12-2) - The host Captains rebounded from Tuesday's rare loss to post a 6-5 victory over Great Lakes...SS Kyle Smith went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored...DH Roberto Perez was 2-for-4 with a double.

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Wednesday's Indians lineup

By sstorm Published: April 21, 2010

Tonight's game: CLEVELAND (6-7) at Minnesota (10-4) at 8:10 p.m. at Target Field

Pitching matchup: Indians LHP David Huff (1-1, 1.80 ERA) vs. Twins LHP Francisco Liriano (1-0, 2.08 ERA)

Lineups:
CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.291)
CF Grady Sizemore (.209)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.318)
LF Austin Kearns (.333)
DH Travis Hafner (.233)
2B Mark Grudzielanek (.200)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.122)
1B Matt LaPorta (.216)
C Mike Redmond (.167)

MINNESOTA:
CF Denard Span (.250)
2B Orlando Hudson (.278)
C Joe Mauer (.347)
1B Justin Morneau (.340)
RF Michael Cuddyer (.333)
DH Jason Kubel (.205)
LF Delmon Young (.256)
SS J.J. Hardy (.236)
3B Brendan Harris (.211)

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All-star voting begins

By Sheldon Published: April 21, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS: For Indians fans, aside from Shin-Soo Choo, the pickings might be slim, but voting began this week for the July 13 All-Star Game in Anaheim.

Fans won't be able to vote for their favorite Tribe players at Progressive Field until the team plays its next home game April 30, but they can log onto Indians.com and cast up to 25 ballots. Each ballot filled out at the ballpark will include a sweepstakes entry form that makes the voter eligible to win a new set of tires as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to Angels Stadium to see the All-Star Game and throw out the first ceremonial pitch.

Also beginning April 30, fans can vote at all Indians Team Shops. Voting ends June 12.

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Tuesday's swing through the Indians minor leagues

By sstorm Published: April 20, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Tuesday:

Triple-A Columbus (8-5) - Clippers starter and RHP Hector Rondon lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits - including three home runs - as Columbus lost host Indianapolis 9-4....DH Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored...CF Trevor Crowe was the only Clippers batter to get multiple hits, going 2-for-4...2B Anderson Hernandez hit a home run.

Double-A Aeros (6-7) - The struggling Aeros managed just two hits in a 2-0 defeat by visiting Altoona, 3B Lonnie Chisenhall breaking up Altoona's no-hit bid with a double with one out in the sixth inning...The only other batter to get a hit was 2B Cord Phelps...LHP and starter Connor Graham lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing just one earned run but issuing five walks...Aeros pitching has walked 18 batters over the last two games.

High Class-A Kinston (4-8) - The K-Tribe shutout host Wilmington 4-0, led by a 2-for-4 performance by 2B Jason Kipnis. The Indians second pick in last year's draft went 2-for-5 with a run scored...LHP Nick Hagadone (part of the Victor Martinez trade to Boston) did not allow a run and struck out seven batters in 4 2/3 innings, but did not figure into the decision as LHP T.J. McFarland picked up the win.

Low Class-A Lake County (11-2) - The Captains lost just their second game of the season via a 7-5 defeat by visiting Great Lakes...3B Jeremie Tice led Lake County's offensive attack, going 2-for-3 with an RBI...LF Bo Greenwell was 1-for-4 with two runs scored...DH Chun-Hsiu Chen was also 1-for-4, adding two RBI.

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Branyan call-up, Brantley demotion all part of the plan

By Sheldon Published: April 20, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS: Manny Acta said it was all part of the plan.

Activating Russell Branyan from the disabled list on Tuesday and making room for him on the roster by optioning Michael Brantley to Columbus were set in stone at least several days earlier.

""That was the plan all along,'' the Indians manager said, when asked if it was ever a choice between Brantley and the Tribe's other prized rookie, Matt LaPorta.

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Tuesday's Tribe lineup

By sstorm Published: April 20, 2010

Tonight's game: CLEVELAND (6-6) at MINNESOTA TWINS (9-4) at 8:10 p.m. at Target Field

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Justin Masterson (0-1, 2.45 ERA) vs. Twins RHP Kevin Slowey (1-1, 3.48 ERA)

Lineups:
CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.275)
CF Grady Sizemore (.231)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.350)
DH Travis Hafner (.231)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.135)
1B Russell Branyan (.000)
LF Austin Kearns (.333)
2B Luis Valbuena (.188)
C Lou Marson (.091)

MINNESOTA:
CF Denard Span (.245)
2B Orlando Hudson (.269)
C Joe Mauer (.378)
1B Justin Morneau (.319)
RF Michael Cuddyer (.340)
DH Jason Kubel (.225)
LF Delmon Young (.257)
SS J.J. Hardy (.250)
3B Brendan Harris (.227)

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Monday's look around the Indians minor leagues

By sstorm Published: April 19, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Monday:

Triple-A Columbus (8-4) - RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 3.12 ERA) gave up just two earned runs and struck out seven in five innings, but still took the loss in an 8-2 defeat by host Louisville. C Carlos Santana had a rare 0-for-4 night night while RF Trevor Crowe went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Double-A Aeros (6-6) - The Aeros lost 10-3 to visiting Altoona, with Akron pitching handing out 10 walks in the game, including bases-loaded RBI walks in the fifth and sixth innings. LHP Scott Barnes (0-2, 6.57 ERA) allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in four innings. CF Tim Fedroff, DH Nick Weglarz and 2B Cord Phelps each had two hits a piece.

High Class-A Kinston (3-8)- Although the K-Tribe dropped their fourth consecutive game, LHP Kelvin De La Cruz tossed six hitless innings but had to give way to the bullpen on a pitch count. He finished with a walk and four strikeouts in a 4-1 loss to host Wilmington.

Low Class-A Lake County (11-1) - The Captains doubled up visiting Fort Wayne 12-6, led by LF Bo Greenwell's five RBI. Greenwell, an Indians' sixth-round pick in the 2007 Draft, went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a triple and a home run. He leads all low-A batters in hits (22), RBI (20), slugging percentage (.468) and is second in on-base percentage (.537) and fifth in slugging percentage (.787).

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Brantley sent down, Branyan to rejoin Tribe

By sstorm Published: April 19, 2010

The Indians optioned struggling outfielder Michael Brantley to Triple-A Columbus Monday after the rookie hit .156 (5-for-32) with a double, three RBI and four runs scored in nine games to start the season.

The Indians would have likely stuck with Brantley if it weren't for them needing a roster spot to activate veteran first baseman Russell Branyan from the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game in Minnesota.

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Sunday's look around the minor leagues

By sstorm Published: April 19, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Sunday:

Triple-A Columbus (8-3) - The Clippers swept a double header at Louisville, topping the host Bats by scores of 6-4 and 3-0. C Carlos Santana, who caught Game One and DH'd Game Two, went a combined 3-for7 with two doubles and five RBI to raise his batting average to .424. Lefty Scott Lewis (2-0, 3.00 ERA) won the first game and Frank Hermann (1-0, 1.50 ERA) won the second.

Double-A Aeros (6-5) - The Aeros put a halt to a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over visiting Bowie. LF Jared Goedert drove in all four runs on a two-run home run in the second inning followed by a two-run single in the third. RHP Zach Putnam (2-0, 1.20 ERA) picked up his seocnd win of the season in shuting out the Baysox in six strong innings. 1B Russell Branyan went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout in his second major league rehab game with the Aeros.

High Class-A Kinston (3-7) - The K-Tribe lost 7-6 after host Winston-Salem rallied with a pair of runs the ninth inning via a two-run home run off RHP Steve Smith (0-1, 4.91 ERA). 2B Jason Kipnis, the Indians second selection in last year's draft, went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a triple and two RBI.

Low Class-A Lake County (10-1) - With two outs in the ninth inning, DH Jeremie Tice singled home LF Bo Greenwell as the Lake County Captains defeated the visiting Fort Wayne TinCaps 7-6. LHP Francisco Jimenez (4-0, 1.54 ERA) earned his fourth win of the young season by holding the TinCaps to two runs on five hits over the final five innings of the contest.

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Coaching staff comes to the rescue

By Sheldon Published: April 18, 2010

CLEVELAND: Coaches are the last to get credit and the first to get fired.
Their value is underappreciated within the baseball industry and among the sporting public. Moreover, it is considered bad form for a coach to become a self promoter. Too many people thing that coaches do only two things: hit fungoes to infielders and outfielders and throw batting practice.
But twice on Saturday, Indians players credited coaches with giving them an edge.
Shin-Soo Choo mentioned that hitting coach Jon Nunnally gave him a tip that would help him even the odds against tough left-handed reliever Matt Thornton of the White Sox.
""But I can't tell you what it was,'' Choo said after producing the game-winning double off Thornton Saturday night.
In the same game, Chris Perez earned his third save of the season after suffering meltdowns in his previous two save opportunities.
He, too, got help from the coaching staff.
""After my Texas outing, I spent 30 minutes with all the pitching coaches,'' said Perez, referring to pitching coach Tim Belcher, bullpen coach Scott Radinsky and coaching assistant Ruben Niebla. ""They figured out -- I think actually it was Ruben -- that I was tweaking my shoulder, and that made me have a hard time hitting the right side of the plate to right-handers.''
Perez was twisting his shoulder so far to the right, he was throwing himself slightly off balance. The result: He couldn't hit the outside corner against right-handed batters.



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Sunday's Tribe lineup

By sstorm Published: April 18, 2010

Today's game: CLEVELAND (5-6) hosts CHICAGO WHITE SOX (4-8) at 1:05 p.m. at Progressive Field

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Fausto Carmona (0-1, 3.21 ERA) vs. White Sox RHP Gavin Floyd (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

Lineups:
CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.250)
CF Grady Sizemore (.243)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.324)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.121)
1B Matt LaPorta (.242
2B Luis Valbuena (.207)
DH Mark Grudzielanek (.091)
C Mark Redmond (.143)
LF Michael Brantley (.172)

CHICAGO:
LF Juan Pierre (.186)
2B Gordon Beckham (.261)
RF Mark Kotsay (.136)
1B Paul Konerko (.216)
C A.J. Pierzynski (.189)
CF Alex Rios (.261)
DH Mark Teahen (.222)
3B Omar Vizquel (.077)
SS Alexei Ramirez (.179)

NOTES: * Over the last 10 games, the Indians starting rotation has a 2.84 ERA, having allowed just 21 earned runs over the last 66.2 innings. On the season, the Tribe starters' 3.31 ERA ranks fourth best in the American League.

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Saturday's look around the Indians minor leagues

By sstorm Published: April 17, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Saturday:

Triple-A Columbus (6-3) - The Clippers topped host Louisville 3-1 with single runs in the first, sixth and ninth. RHP Yohan Pino (2-0, 1.50 ERA) limited the Bats to just four hits and a walk while striking out six in seven strong innings to earn the win. One of Columbus four hits was by C Carlos Santana, who drove in a run with a single and walked to raise his batting average to .414.

Double-A Aeros (5-5) - The Aeros dropped their fourth consecutive game 3-2 and their third straight at Canal Park to Bowie on a chilly and windy afternoon. RHP Ryan Edell allowed just two runs on three hits over six innings, but earned a no decision...Second baseman Cord Phelps hit his second home run of the season and is now batting .385.

High Class-A Kinston (3-7) - The K-Tribe lost 7-3 to host Winston-Salem despite a mini-two-run rally in the top of the ninth inning. CF Donnie Webb went 3-for-4 with a run scored and 3B Kyle Bellows went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. LHP T.J. House (0-2) suffered his second loss in giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks in five innings.

Low Class-A Lake County (9-1) - The Captains lost their first game of the season, falling 6-2 to visiting Fort Wayne. RHP Clayton Cook and LHP Matt Packer each allowed three runs a piece in defeat. Taiwanese C Chun-Hsiu Chen hit a home run, drove in a run and scored a run. LF Bo Greenwell continued to swing a hot bat, hitting a double and scoring a run to raise his batting average to .410.

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Lineups for Saturday's Tribe game

By sstorm Published: April 17, 2010

Today's game: CLEVELAND (4-6) hosts CHICAGO WHITE SOX (4-7) at 4:10 p.m. at Progressive Field

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Jake Westbrook (0-1, 7.45 ERA) vs. White Sox RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 8.45 ERA)

Lineups: CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.250)
CF Grady Sizemore (.212)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.333)
DH Travis Hafner (.229)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.133)
3B Luis Valbuena (.185)
1B Andy Marte (.167)
C Lou Marson (.105)
LF Michael Brantley (.192)

CHICAGO:
LF Juan Pierre (.205)
2B Gordon Beckham (.256)
RF Carlos Quentin (.225)
1B Paul Konerko (.235)
LF Andruw Jones (.304)
C A.J. Pierzynski (.206)
LF Alex Rios (.233)
3B Mark Teahen (.240)
SS Alexei Ramirez (.167)

NOTES:
* In addition to the expected return of veteran first baseman Russell Branyan next week, Tribe closer Kerry Wood is also close to coming of the disabled list.
Branyan's last hurdle to prove he's recovered from a lower back injury is to play in back-to-back games at first base at Double-A Akron. Wood (right back muscle strain) is scheduled to throw his third bullpen session of the week today. Manager Manny Acta said Friday Wood's next step is to throw a simulated game early next week.

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Friday's look around the minors

By sstorm Published: April 17, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Friday:

Triple-A Columbus (5-3) - The Clippers game at Louisville was postponded due to rain. They are scheduled to play at 2:05 p.m. Saturday and will make up Friday's game as part of a double header on Sunday.

Double-A Aeros (5-4) - The Aeros lost their third consecutive game in extra innings, dropping a 4-2 decision to visiting Bowie in 10 innings. Indians first baseman Russell Branyan went 1-for-4 with a single in the sixth inning in his first rehab assignment at Akron. Branyan has a scheduled day off for Saturday's 1:35 p.m. game. The veteran's final hurdle is to be able to try to play in back-to-back games before rejoining his teammates in Cleveland.

High Class-A Kinston (3-5) - The K-Tribe lost their third consecutive game and first ever at Winston-Salem's new BB&T Ballpark, committing four errors that each led to an unearned run in a 4-2 defeat by the Dash. RHP Alex White (1-1), the Tribe's first pick in (15th overall) in last year's draft, had another solid start in limiting Winston-Salem to no earned runs on five hits while striking out five batters through 4 1/3 innings.

Low Class-A Lake County (9-0) - The Captains pushed their season-opening winning streak to nine games with a 6-3 win over host Lansing - a game in which all but one starter in the lineup joined the 14-hit attack. SS Kyle Smith led the way with a 3-for-5 effort that included a double and two runs scored. Four other Lake County batters had multiple hits.

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Acta juggles lineup to face Buehrle

By Sheldon Published: April 16, 2010

CLEVELAND: Manager Manny Acta didn't like the outcome the first time the Indians faced Mark Buehrle on Opening Day in Chicago.

Buehrle threw seven shutout innings, allowing only three hits, and the White Sox blanked the Tribe 6-0. This time around Acta is juggling his lineup. The biggest change is installing Jhonny Peralta in the cleanup spot instead of Travis Hafner. It's not that Hafner hasn't been hitting, but he bats from the left side, and Buehrle is left-handed. Peralta is a right-handed batter.

""Jhonny has a track record, and he has the experience to handle it,'' Acta said. ""He's done it before.''

In addition, right-handed hitting Austin Kearns is in left-field rather than lefty Michael Brantley, who happens to be in a .192 skid.

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Friday Tribe Lineups

By sstorm Published: April 16, 2010

Tonight's game: CLEVELAND (3-6) hosts CHICAGO (4-6) at 7:05 p.m. at Progressive Field

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Mitch Talbot (0-1, 7.20 ERA) vs. White Sox LHP Mark Buehrle (2-0, 2.40 ERA)

Lineups:
CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.225)
CF Grady Sizemore (.241)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.323)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.148)
DH Travis Hafner (.250)
1B Matt LaPorta (.241)
LF Austin Kearns (.286)
2B Luis Valbuena (.174)
C Lou Marson (.063)

CHICAGO:
LF Juan Pierre (.194)
2B Gordon Beckham (.256)
RF Carlos Quentin (.250)
1B Paul Konerko (.194)
DH Mark Kotsay (.158)
CF Alex Rios (.250)
C A.J. Pierzynski (.226)
SS Alexei Ramirez (.152)
3B Mark Teahen (.227)

NOTES:
* Buehrle beat the Tribe on Opening Day in Chicago, pitching seven scoreless innings while making what could be the defensive play of the year.

* Today marks the 70th anniversary of Bob Feller's Opening Day No-hitter.

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Thursday's around the Indians minor leagues

By sstorm Published: April 16, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Thursday:

Triple-A Columbus (5-3) - Columbus' four-game winning streak and its first home stand of the season came to a close with a 6-3 loss to Toledo. Mudhens RHP Armando Galarraga (1-1), who has spent the previous three seasons in the big leagues, limited Columbus to three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings to earn the win. RF Chris Gimenez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, but a two-run deficit was a as close as the Clippers could get.

Double-A Aeros (5-3) - The Aeros lost their second consecutive game when their home opener was spoiled by visiting Bowie, as the division foe knocked around Akron pitching for nine runs on 16 hits. RHP Connor Graham (0-1) took the loss in absorbing five runs in 5 1/3 innings while RH and reliever Neil Wagner was responsible for giving up four runs in just 1/3 of an inning...The Aeros lone offense came via a two-out solo home run by Nick Weglarz, who now leads the squad with three homers and seven RBI.

High Class-A Kinston (3-4)- The K-Tribe had the day off. Friday, RHP Alex White (1-0) is slated to pitch as Kinston plays host Winston-Salem in a three-game weekend series. White is the Indians first-round pick (15th overall) in last year's draft.

Low Class-A Lake County (8-0) - LF Bo Greenwell (an Indians' sixth-round pick in the 2007 Draft) was the hero for the second consecutive game, collecting another three hits - including a home run and five RBI - in a 7-3 win over host Lansing. In just his second pro start, RHP Joe Gardner (1-0) picked up the win after allowing just one earned run and striking out seven in five innings.

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Branyan in the house but not for long

By Sheldon Published: April 15, 2010

CLEVELAND: Russell Branyan visited the Indians' clubhouse this morning to set up his locker, but he won't be using it to dress for games for awhile.

Branyan's rehabilitation assignment has been shifted from Columbus to Akron. Nothing sinister in the move. The club has no secret agenda. It's just that the Clippers are going on the road, and the Aeros will be playing at Canal Park through April 21.

In four Triple-A games, Branyan batted .286 (4-for-14) with two doubles. He has not played in a game for the Tribe all season because of a herniated disc.

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Notes for Thursday's Tribe game

By sstorm Published: April 15, 2010

TRIBE NOTES:
* Ryan Garko, former Indians first baseman, will play first base today in his first game against the team that drafted him in the third round (78th overall) of the 2003 draft as a catcher out of Stanford. (Garko pinch-hit in Monday's opener).
After being traded to San Francisco last year, Garko bounced around. Upon completing the 2009 season with the Giants, Garko signed with Seattle in the off season and spent spring training with the Mariners before being released and becoming a late-spring acquisition with the Rangers.
"It feels good to be back, but it was tough walking down the tunnel from the parking lot," Garko said on the Indians pre-game radio show. "This was my home for a long time and I had a lot of fun playing here. It was more emotional than I thought it would be."

* With Triple-A Columbus headed on the road, Indians veteran first baseman Russell Branyan is in Cleveland today and will head to Double-A Akron to complete his rehab assignment before rejoining the Tribe - possibly next week.
"He's very close," Indians manager Manny Acta said on his pregame radio show. "He's here (in Cleveland) to get some treatment. Tomorrow he's going to Akron (to continue his rehab assignment). He hasn't had a set back, knock on wood, and we like the way his rehab is going."

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Thursday's lineups

By sstorm Published: April 15, 2010

Today's game: CLEVELAND (2-6) hosts TEXAS (5-3) at 12:05 p.m. at Progressive Field

Pitching matchup: Indians LHP David Huff (0-1, 1.50 ERA) vs. Rangers LHP Matt Harrison (0-0, 1.50 ERA)

Lineups:
CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.222)
CF Grady Sizemore (.280)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.296)
LF Austin Kearns (.300)
DH Travis Hafner (.241)
1B Matt LaPorta (.269)
2B Mark Grudzielanek (.143)
3B Andy Marte (.000)
C Mike Redmond (.182)

TEXAS:
SS Elvis Andrus (.346)
3B Michael Young (.156)
LF Josh Hamilton (.308)
DH Vladimir Guerrero (.424)
RF Nelson Cruz (.414)
LF David Murphy (143)
1B Ryan Garko (.000)
C Matt Treanor (.444)
2B Andres Blanco (.000)

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Wednesday's minor league wrap up

By sstorm Published: April 14, 2010

A look at how the Indians Minor League affiliates fared Wednesday:

Triple-A Columbus (5-2) - Columbus remained in first place in the International League West by topping visiting Toledo 3-2 while winning its fourth consecutive game...RHP Hector Rondon (0-0, 8.00 ERA) allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings. Although he struck out five batters, he also walked five and gave up a home run...C Carlos Santana continued to hit, leading the Clippers offense with two hits (2-for-3 with a run scored). He is batting .423 in seven games...Playing DH on a Major League rehab assignment, Russell Branyan went 1-for-4 with a double.

Double-A Aeros (5-2) - The Aeros wrapped up their seven-game season-opening road trip with a 4-3 loss to Trenton, losing just once in each series against hosts Binghamton and Trenton...However, the Aeros dropped out of a first place tie in the Eastern League Western Division and into second place...LHP Scott Barnes (0-1, 3.24 ERA) tossed five hitless innings, but the Thunder rallied for four runs in the seventh inning against reliever Bryan Price (0-1, 9.00 ERA)...3B Jared Goedert (2-for-5) and C Alex Castillo (2-for-4 with two doubles) led the way on offense for the .

High Class-A Kinston (3-4)- The K-Tribe was held to just two hits in a 1-0 loss to visiting Wilmington, as Kinston remained mired in last place in the Carolina League Southern Division ...LHP Nick Hagadone (0-1, 0.00 ERA) took the tough-luck loss despite holding the Blue Rocks to a run on five hits. Hagadone, the young centerpiece in the trade that sent catcher Victor Martinez to Boston, struck out six batters and walked only one...LF Donnie Webb and SS Ron Rivas were the only two Kinston batters to get hits in the game.

Low Class-A Lake County (7-0) - Lake County topped host Lansing 7-3, remaining the only unbeaten team in the 16-team Midwest League. The Captains pounded out 15 hits in the process...RHP Joseph Gardner (1-0, 2.00 ERA) struck out seven batters and allowed just two runs (one earned) over five innings to claim the win. RF Gregory Folgia led the way in going 3-for-4, while LF Bo Greenwell went 3-for-5 with two RBI to add to his team-leading .440 batting average.

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Pitching matchup might favor Tribe

By Sheldon Published: April 14, 2010

CLEVELAND: In addition to the news that the tightness in Grady Sizemore's back had disappeared, the Indians were hoping to get a break from the Rangers' pitching staff.

Scheduled starter C.J. Wilson was scratched from tonight's assignment with a case of food poisoning. Wilson became ill on Tuesday, but his start was postponed until Thursday as a precaution.

In his place was Colby Lewis, who spent the last two years pitching in Japan. Mind you, he was a success in Asia, boasting a two-year record of 26-17 and an earned-run average of 2.82. Nevertheless, the level of competition is superior in the big leagues. In 2009, Lewis led the Japanese Central League with 186 strikeouts and was second in ERA with a 2.96 figure. Opposing batters hit only .;236 against him.

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Wednesday's Indians pre-game

By sstorm Published: April 14, 2010

Tonight's game: CLEVELAND (2-5) hosts TEXAS (4-3) at 7:05 p.m. at Progressive Field

Pitching matchup: Indians RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Rangers RHP Colby Lewis (1-0, 1.29 ERA)

Lineups: CLEVELAND
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.258)
CF Grady Sizemore (.273)
RF Shin-Soo Choo (.250)
DH Travis Hafner (.269)
3B Jhonny Peralta (.174)
1B Matt LaPorta (.273)
2B Luis Valbuena (.200)
C Lou Marson (.077)
LF Michael Brantley (.174)

TEXAS:
CF Julio Borbon (.040)
3B Michael Young (.185)
LF Josh Hamilton (.227)
DH Vladimir Guerrero (.464)
RF Nelson Cruz (.458)
1B Chris Davis (.167)
C Matt Treanor (.500)
2B Joaquin Arias (.476)
SS Elvis Andrus (.273)

NOTES: * Tribe centerfielder Grady Sizemore returns to the lineup after missing two games with mid-back soreness. "He's ready to go, he feels good," Manager Manny Acta said.

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Home opener scoreboard

By jim Published: April 12, 2010

Scroll below for the latest opening day posts

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Tribe loses 4-2 in home opener

By sstorm Published: April 12, 2010

After blowing the save in Sunday's game on a wild pitch, Indians closer Chris Perez struggled again in the ninth inning in Monday's home opener. Taking the mound in the ninth inning with a 2-2 tie game, Perez showed little control from the start.

Facing the bottom three in the Rangers order, Perez allowed a double to leadoff man Joaquin Arias, saw Taylor Teagarden reach on a sacrifice and then walked Elvis Andrus to load the bases.

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Santana already making headlines in Columbus

By sstorm Published: April 12, 2010

Indians top prospect, catcher Carlos Santana, is living up to the hype so far in his Triple-A debut, being named the season's first International League Batter of the Week Monday.

Santana is batting .438 through his first four games and leads the International League in several catagories: home runs (four), RBI (eight), extra-base hits (six), slugging percentage (1.313), and total bases (21).

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Van Benschoten could face Aeros

By sstorm Published: April 12, 2010

When the Aeros (3-1) begin their three-game series against host Trenton (4-0) tonight, chances are the they could face former KSU standout pitcher John Van Benschoten.

Before the game, the Thunder (a New York Yankees affiliate) placed right-hander Christian Garcia on the disabled list and added Van Benschoten from the Gulf Coast League to the active roster.

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Wild pitches and a little support from Holmgren

By sstorm Published: April 12, 2010

The fifth inning was a tough one for the Indians veteran catcher Mike Redmond, who took a wild pitch by starter Fausto Carmona somewhere near the midsection.

Play stopped briefly as Redmond attempted to shake off the pain. Not long afterwards, Redmond absorbed another blow when he was hit by a foul ball.

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Home opening ceremonies and some thoughts on Choo

By sstorm Published: April 12, 2010

Bunches and bunches of balloons. A flag cut out in the shape of the United States. Bob Feller throwing out a first pitch to catcher Sandy Alomar

The Indians grand pre-game lineup presentations were rather over the top for a home opener that wasn't a season opener, much more suited for a playoff game than a team that has started the season 2-4 and will be lucky to finish with a .500 record.

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Walks finally ""kill'' Tribe

By Sheldon Published: April 12, 2010

CLEVELAND: Indians pitchers have been walking batters at a consistently high rate from Day 1 of the season, but it didn't cost them much until Sunday.

That's when they (mostly the bullpen) walked he house, allowing Detroit to erase a 7-1 deficit and score three in the ninth to win 9-8, the final run scoring on a wild pitch. The nine new walks put the Tribe average at 6.8 per nine innings.

""I think they know they're walking a tightrope, and that this cannot continue to happen,'' manager Manny Acta said. ""You can't walk six guys a game and not have it come back on you.''

Some fans might wonder why Acta didn't leave right-hander Joe Smith in the game to start the eighth inning after he got the last batter of the seventh with mostly right-handed batters coming up for the Tigers.

Asked if he thought about leaving Smith in, the manager said, ""No, because we had a four-run lead and Rafffie (Rafael Perez) is in the mix to be the eighth-inning guy. But he couldn't make a pitch; he kept leaving pitches out over the plate.''

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Lineups for today's game

By sstorm Published: April 12, 2010

Cleveland Indians

SS Asdrubal Cabrera
CF Michael Brantley
RF Shin Soo Choo
DH Travis Hafner
3B Jhonny Peralta
1B Matt LaPorta
2B Luis Valbuena
LF Austin Kearns
C Mike Redmond

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Sizemore scratched with back pain

By Sheldon Published: April 11, 2010

DETROIT: Less than 10 minutes before today's first pitch, center fielder Grady Sizemore was removed from the lineup with what was described as mid-back tighness. That caused manager Manny Acta to shuffle his lineup as follows: Michael Brantley moved from ninth in the order to second and took over Sizemore's spot in center. Austin Kearns took Brantley's place in left and batted eighth, and Lou Marson moved down one spot to ninth in the order.

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Keeping it on a professional level

By Sheldon Published: April 11, 2010

DETROIT: Indians fans shouldn't expect manager Manny Acta to put an show by baiting umpires.

It's unlikely that you'll see him rip up a rule book on the field in defiance of an umpire's ruling, as former Orioles manager Earl Weaver did more than 30 years ago at old Municipal Stadium.

""I'm not a guy who thinks that arguing with umpires wins games,'' Acta said. ""Of course, it's very important to stand up to your players. But behind them doesn't mean yelling and screaming for every guy who is out at first base by a step.''

Whereas he Tribe offense has sputtered and the rotation has been a little erratic, the bullpen has held up its end of the bargain, posting a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings, heading into today's game.

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Acta hoping Talbot overcomes the jitters

By Sheldon Published: April 10, 2010

DETROIT: Mitch Talbot made his first start of the season, first start as an Indian and only the second start of his big-league career this afternoon.

Manager Manny Acta figured that the right-hander would be geared up for the occasion, maybe overly geared up.

""I know he's going to have some butterflies,'' Acta said. ""I just hope there won't be too many butterflies. I know he's excited, but I'm hoping all that will only last a couple of innings and he can settle himself down.''

Speaking of debuts, Lake County right-hander Joe Gardner made his professional debut Friday night and struck out 11 batters in four innings. Even so, he wasn't quite perfect, giving up one run, three hits and two walks.

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Indians around the minors

By sstorm Published: April 9, 2010

Indians No. 1 prospect Carlos Santana was a smashing success in his Triple-A debut, leading the Columbus Clippers to a 17-4 victory over visiting Indianapolis while celebrating his 24th birthday.

In addition to Santana homering twice and collecting four RBI, the Tribe's No. 8 prospect (rankings according to Baseball America) Carlos Carrasco racked up eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings en route to the victory.

At Double-A, the Aeros raced out to a 7-2 lead with a five-run fifth inning that featured a two-run home run by right fielder Matt McBride. But the season opener in Binghamton, N.Y., was suspended before the bottom of the inning could be completed to make it an official game.

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When the time comes, pitchers might be swinging

By Sheldon Published: April 8, 2010

CHICAGO: Under former Tribe manager Eric Wedge, pitchers being forced to hit in National League ballparks during interleague play raised alarms. His main concern was making certain they didn't get hurt.

New manager Manny Acta comes fresh from the Washington Nationals, a National League team where pitchers hit all the time. Not that he's going to tranform any of Cleveland's starters into a lethal pinch hitters. But unlike Wedge, he won't instruct his pitchers not to swing (in non-bunting situations).

""Pitchers hitting can help you or hurt you,'' he said. ""At the end of the month, we'll have our pitchers hit and bunt on the field during batting practice. There are enough interleague games that you don't just want guys to stand there and take three pitches, but you also don't want guys to get hurt.''

Taking BP in early May isn't going to erase the disadvantage American League pitchers have as hitters. Not only do NL pitchers hit every day in batting practice, they began taking swings in spring training.

Discussing pitchers hitting led into the topic of designated hitters. Acta was asked which game he preferred: American League or National League, and he offered a ""no comment.''

""There are two leagues, one is older than the other, and they have two different ways of playing he game,'' he said. ""You deal with it. I don't think it's (the DH) is going away.''

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STO will televise 12 minor-league games

By Sheldon Published: April 7, 2010

CHICAGO: SportsTime Ohio will televise a schedule of 12 minor-league games involving the Columbus Clippers and Toledo Mudhens, rivals in the International League.

The Clippers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Indians, and the Mudhens are the Tigers' Triple-A farm team. Five games will be aired live and seven on a delay basis. The first game to be a live broadcast of the April 13 game between Columbus and Louisville at 6:30 p.m.

The finale will be aired Sept. 7 at noon between Toledo and Columbus, played the previous night.

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No butterflies for Acta on Opening Day

By Sheldon Published: April 5, 2010

CHICAGO: Manny Acta wasn't going to get caught up in much Opening Day hype.
Asked if he had butterflies before his first managerial season opener with the Indians today, he said, ""Not butterflies, just excitement. The start of a season never gets old.''

Tribe fans are expecting Acta to turn around a trend that plagued former manager Eric Wedge: slow starts.
""We're no different from the other 29 teams,'' Acta said before taking on the White Sox. ""Every one of us wants to have a good start. We had a plan, but it also depends on what the White Sox, Twins and Tigers do. I think they all planned to have a good start, too.''

Before coming to Cleveland, Acta's only managerial experience was with Washington, a National League club.

""The only adjustment for me is how long to stay with the starter,'' he said. ""Here, you don't have to pinch hit for him. But basically, baseball is baseball.''

Acta said that Luis Valbuena, who was hit in the hand in the final exhibition game in Arizona, is much improved.

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Grudzielanek makes smashing return

By Sheldon Published: April 3, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Mark Grudzielanek made a smashing comeback from a slight hamstring injurie in the Indians' 10-4 win over the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark Friday night.

In addition, minor-league starter Yohan Pino, who will begin the season at Columbus, worked 42/3 innings and gave up three runs, three hits and two walks, striking out six.

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Tribe makes things official

By Sheldon Published: April 2, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Right-hander Jamey Wright, who came to camp with a minor-league contract, was placed on the 40-man roster today, signifying that he has made the team officially.

In addition, right-hander Saul Rivera, catcher Chris Gimenez and infielders Niuman Romero, Brian Buscher and Luis Rodriguez were reassignexd to the minor-league camp but not assigned to specific teams.

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