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Offense still wheezing

By Sheldon Published: April 30, 2009

Despite scoring nine runs Tuesday and five on Wednesday, the Indians' attack continues to struggle.
Want proof? In the final two games of the series against the Red Sox, the Tribe was 1-for-22 with runners in scoring position. Cleveland scored only three runs that were not the product of home runs or defensive blunders by Boston. ¶

Home runs by Ben Francisco, Kelly Shoppach and Mark DeRosa (who hit two) accounted for seven runs. Three errors by the Red Sox gave the Tribe four more of the 14 total.

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Aeros 9, Senators 3

By sstorm Published: April 30, 2009

KEY STATS: Aeros right-hander Jeanmar Gomez won his Double-A debut, holding the Senators to a run on two hits in five innings, walking one and striking out five. . . . With the sweep, the Aeros wrapped up a 7-1 homestand and increased their franchise-best start to 16-4. . . . The Senators (2-16) lost their 12th consecutive game and shortstop Jemel Spearman had a particularly tough day, going 0-for-5 with five strikeouts.

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4-30-09 Morning RoundUp

By jcfortun Published: April 30, 2009

The Indians were up five zip in the fifth inning, yet they lost 6-5 in 10.

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Balky shoulder puts Hafner on DL

By Sheldon Published: April 29, 2009

Travis Hafner's surgically repaired right shoulder has again become an issue for the Indians.

Wednesday afternoon, Hafner was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will visit Birmingham, Ala., orthopedist James Andrews, probably on Monday. 

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Hafner heads to DL

By jcfortun Published: April 29, 2009

The Indians just announced in a press release that designated hitter Travis Hafner is headed to the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder soreness.  Left-handed pitcher Rich Rundles was recalled from Columbus to take his place on the roster.

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04-29-09 Morning RoundUp

By jcfortun Published: April 29, 2009

It was one of those games the Indians had no business winning, but they found a way with Boston shining the light.

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Aeros hand Harrisburg 10th straight loss

By sstorm Published: April 28, 2009

AKRON AEROS 3, HARRISBURG SENATORS 2

KEY STATS: Akron starter Hector Rondon set a new Aeros season-high nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings as Akron improved to 13-4...Harrisburg dropped its 10th consecutive game to fall to 2-14.

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Searching for No. 2

By Sheldon Published: April 28, 2009

This is not the first time manager Eric Wedge has searched for an effective hitter to bat second in the Indians' lineup.

In fact, it has been an issue for the past few seasons. So it's no surprise that the problem has arisen again, though when Mark DeRosa was aquired over the winter, Wedge thought that General Manager Mark Shapiro had resolved the problem.

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4-28-09 Morning RoundUp

By jcfortun Published: April 28, 2009

The Red Sox extended their winning streak to 11 games last night. The Indians struggle hard enough to get just one.

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Wedge keeps the heat on

By Sheldon Published: April 27, 2009

There's no indication that Indians batsmen have overcome their collective problems at the plate.

Consequently, manager Eric Wedge is trying to keep the pressure on to help the hitters make amends for their ineffective approach at the plate. 

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4-27-09 Morning RoundUp

By jcfortun Published: April 27, 2009

Leave it to Aaron Laffey to stop the Tribe's bleeding again.

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Sipp saves game for buddy Laffey

By Sheldon Published: April 26, 2009

Tony Sipp was hero for a day on Sunday.

He trotted in from the Indians' bullpen with bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning, the Tribe holding a two-run lead.

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Curve 7, Aeros 6 (10 innings)

By jcfortun Published: April 26, 2009

Key stats:  The Curve committed five errors, with three of them coming in the first inning. It allowed the Aeros to jump out to a quick 4-0 lead. The Aeros committed three costly errors as well, including one in the eighth inning that allowed two runs to score. 

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4-26-09 Morning RoundUp

By jcfortun Published: April 26, 2009

What positives could be taken from Saturday night's 7-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field?

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Chulk making impression?

By Sheldon Published: April 25, 2009

Vinnie Chulk pitched two strong innings Friday night, throwing 94 mile-per-hour fastballs. 

So far Chulk has been almost an afterthought in the bullpen -- he pitched once in six days -- and was called up from Columbus as the eighth reliever when the bullpen was struggling mightily. 

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Aeros beat Curve 4-3

By jcfortun Published: April 25, 2009

KEY STATS: Aeros starter Chuck Lofgren saw his no-hit bid end after six innings. No, he didn’t give up a hit. He was pulled because his pitch count began to get too high.

Lofgren, who threw 85 pitches, struck out seven, walked one and hit one batter with a pitch. The walk and hit batter came back-to-back in the first inning. Lofgren retired the next 16 batters he faced.

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4-25-09 Morning RoundUp

By jcfortun Published: April 25, 2009

Oh those Cleveland Indians. The cure for what ails you.

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Aeros split double header with Curve

By sstorm Published: April 25, 2009

AKRON AEROS 3, ALTOONA CURVE 2 - Game One

ALTOONA 8, AEROS 5 - Game Two

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Miller probably headed for risky surgery

By Sheldon Published: April 24, 2009

The conservative approach to Adam Miller's finger issues hasn't worked, so the next step probably is surgery.

Injuries have created nothing but grief for the promising Indians right-hander for more than a year. For the past two months, he has tried to learn a new grip on the ball to avoid putting pressure on his middle finger, which has two damaged pulleys (bindings that hold the ligament to the bone).

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Pedro won't be in Cleveland

By jcfortun Published: April 24, 2009

Far from groundbreaking information on the Indians front, but the Pedro Martinez sweepstakes is starting to heat up, according to fox sports' Ken Rosenthal.

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4-24-09 Morning RoundUp

By jcfortun Published: April 24, 2009

 

Thursday's game against the Royals was one the Indians had no business winning, but somehow, they still did. 

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Aeros winning streak reaches six

By sstorm Published: April 23, 2009

AKRON AEROS 9, ALTOONA CURVE 5

KEY STATS: With the victory, the Aeros (11-2) increased their winning streak to an Eastern-League best six games...Altoona (3-10) committed a season-high four errors, including back-to-back miscues in the fourth inning. In their first 13 games, the Curve have racked up 22 errors, including a trio of errors in a game three times already.

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Reyes pitches out of crucial jam

By Sheldon Published: April 23, 2009

Manager Eric Wedge likes to say it starts with starting pitching.

The manager of the Indians isn't being redundant. What he means is winning probably isn't going to happen if the starting pitcher lets a game get out of hand.

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Indians win rubber match with Royals

By jcfortun Published: April 23, 2009

 

It didn't look promising for seven innings, but, perhaps, the Indians were just biding their time.

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4-23-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 23, 2009

The starting pitching seems to be turning a corner, but where were the bats Wednesday?

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Curve comes to Akron for four games

By sstorm Published: April 22, 2009

On the mound, right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon improved to 3-0 with a 1.10 ERA with his Game-One win Wednesday morning. He now has 13 strikeouts and just three walks in 16 1/3 innings of work.

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Good news surprises Sipp

By Sheldon Published: April 22, 2009

Tony Sipp figured he was in big trouble Tuesday night. 

Columbus manager Torey Lovullo phoned Sipp at his digs long after the game was over, asking him to drive back to the ballpark.

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Baseball book coming to big screen

By jcfortun Published: April 22, 2009

Didn't know this, but one of my favorite books is set to become a full length motion picture. 

Director Steven Soderbergh and actor Brad Pitt, along with Columbia Pictures, will bring "Moneyball" to the big screen. 

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4-22-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 22, 2009

Wasn't the bullpen supposed to be a strength this season?

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Searching for answers

By Sheldon Published: April 21, 2009

Rafael Perez is lugging around a 16.71 ERA and has made just one praiseworthy appearance in seven outings.

Jensen Lewis has pitched six times and given up four home runs and four walks in 6j innings; two of the longballs were lethal to the Indians' chances of sweeping the New York Yankees last weekend, a series that ended in a 2-2 split.

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Indians to face Bannister instead

By jcfortun Published: April 21, 2009

It looks like Royals pitcher Brian Bannister will affect this series after all.

The Royals recalled Bannister from Triple A Omaha today, according to the Kansas City Star. Bannister will start Wednesday's game instead of Horacio Ramirez. Ramirez will remain in the bullpen though.

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Royals have dangerous pitching

By jcfortun Published: April 21, 2009

In the morning roundup I touched on how good Kansas City Ace Zack Greinke has been this season, but Gil Meche and Kyle Davies shouldn't be over looked as well.  

Kansas City Star writer Sam Mellinger examines the MGD factor in his Royals blog. No its not some college drinking game. MGD stands for Meche, Greinke, Davies and compares the the pitchers numbers with the top three of previous play off teams. They are judged by ERA and ERA+.

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Rosenthal adds a few Tribe tidbits

By jcfortun Published: April 21, 2009

Fox sports columnist Ken Rosenthal had a few tribe tidbits in his column today....

-- Rosenthal talked to Victor Martinez and CC Sabathia about the first time they faced each other.  The two have played together since Class A. 

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4-21-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 21, 2009

The Indians may have had a few problems to start the season as their starting pitching and relief pitching has struggled. Those problems don't come anywhere close to the Washington Nationals though.

Yes, the Nationals are 2-10, but it was their grammar issues that brought them into the light Friday. Ladies and Gentleman I give you... the NATINALS!

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Shapiro shares thoughts on Tribe start with local media

By sstorm Published: April 20, 2009

Indians general manager Mark Shapiro and his staff aren't ready to push the panic button just yet, despite the Tribe starting the season 4-9 and sitting in last place in the America League Central Division. However, he expressed real concern during a teleconference Monday afternoon during the team's off day while touching on a handful of hot topics.

* First, Shapiro shared his thoughts on Sunday's controversial pinch-hit home run by Yankees catcher Jorge Posada.

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Pavano passes major test

By Sheldon Published: April 20, 2009

It would be difficult to devise a test more demanding for Carl Pavano.

As a Yankee for four years through 2008, he was the object of derision and insults, emanating from the fans, some of his teammates and his manager, Joe Torre, who ripped the pitcher in his recent book.

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Wood halfway to team record

By jcfortun Published: April 20, 2009

Just found this tidbit on Jayson Stark's blog. I know it is a few days old, but I think it is still interesting enough...

Per Jayson Stark:

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4-20-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 20, 2009

It may or may not have been Jeffrey Maier out in the right field stands Sunday at the series finale between the Indians and Yankees, but the results were still the same.

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Wedge busier in wake of epic rout

By Sheldon Published: April 19, 2009

How did Eric Wedge's life change after the Indians beat the Yankees 22-4 Saturday?

"I got a lot more e-mails and texts from my friends and family,'' the manager said Sunday. ""This morning was as lot crazier. I don't know how many interviews people wanted me to do; I had to turn a few of them down.''

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Columbus - a new ballpark full of amenities and a club full of talent

By sstorm Published: April 19, 2009

I spent a day in Columbus over the weekend at the Clippers stunning new home - Huntington Park - and wanted to share some of the thoughts of manager Torey Lovullo regarding his team's new digs and various prospects as well as C-Town's new affiliation with the Indians.

Baseball folks might remember that Lovullo is a former Clippers player (1991-92) and the Aeros manager who guided the team to the 2005 Eastern League Championship. This season marks his eighth as a skipper in the Tribe's minor leagues.

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4-19-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 19, 2009

The House that Ruth Built is long gone. How about Homer happy field? The Indians belted six home runs, including Asdrubal Cabrera's first career grand slam, to destroy the Yankees 22-4 Saturday.

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Pavano expects jeers from Yankee fans

By Sheldon Published: April 18, 2009

 Carl Pavano became Public Enemy No. 1 during the four years he spent with the Yankees, even though he was one of them. So he wasn't surprised when a chorus of boos descended from the grandstand when his name was announced during the team introductions for the Yankees' home opener on Thursday. 

He should expect nothing less when he starts for the Tribe today.

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4-18-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 18, 2009

Solo home runs and errors and bad calls! Oh My!

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Relievers wanted: Call Tribe

By Sheldon Published: April 17, 2009

The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone, and the thigh bone's is connected to the hip bone...

Depending on whether all the parts of work together, life will be easier or a struggle. Eric Wedge is painfully aware of this fact, which is a key component of the Indians' 3-8 record. 

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4-17-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 17, 2009

The Indians really know how to crash a party.

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And it only cost $1.5 billion

By Sheldon Published: April 16, 2009

There is a time warp effect for fans sitting in the new Yankee Stadlium.

The shape and sight lines of the grandstand, the dimensions of the field, the location of the bullpens, the scoreboard filled with ads and the iconic slatted frieze that rings the facing of the upper deck are nearly identical to old Yankee Stadium, which sits forlon and forgotten across the street.

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4-16-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 16, 2009

 
Aaron Laffey may have pitched yesterday's game with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Reasonably so. the left-hander felt as if he belonged in the big league rotation from the get go.

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Wedge holds early team meeting

By Sheldon Published: April 15, 2009

Indians officials did not send an advisory to the Guinness Book of World Records, but when manager Eric Wedge addressed his troops after only eight games Tuesday night it might have established an American League mark, at the very least.

But there was no use waiting around, inasmuch as the Tribe had only one win.

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Aeros improve mark to 5-1 with Wednesday's win

By sstorm Published: April 15, 2009

AKRON AEROS 4, ALTOONA CURVE 1

KEY STATS: Aeros starter Hector Rondon continued to impress in his second start of the season, allowing just one run while striking out five over 5 2/3 frames as the Aeros improved to 5-1.

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4-15-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 15, 2009

If it's not one thing, it's another with these Indians. After getting a better performance from starter Carl Pavano, who allowed four runs in six innings, the bullpen couldn't come through.

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Nick Weglarz profile

By jim Published: April 15, 2009

One of the things we would like to do with this blog is ramp up the video of our minor league coverage. This is our first interview of the season and it features Aeros outfielder Nick Weglarz, who is rated the No.3 prospect within the Indians organization, according to Baseball America. Please let us know if you like the video(s). If you hate the video(s). Or let us know how we can make them better. -- Jonas Fortune

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Wanted: clutch hitters

By Sheldon Published: April 14, 2009

Raise the topic of excessive striking out, and Eric Wedge's blood pressure doesn't budge. But mention that the Indians have 21 strikeouts with runners in scoring positon, and the manager begins to bristle.

"We've been striking out entirely too much with runners in scoring position,'' he said Tuesday. ``I don't get too caught up in strikes generally, but if a guy is in scoring position, you have to put the ball in play.''

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Swisher the pitcher

By jcfortun Published: April 14, 2009

Nick Swisher pitched a scoreless inning for the Yanks last night. The way things are now, the Indians may want to take a look. I'm only kidding.... I hope.

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4-14-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 14, 2009

The Indians lost the series opener to the Royals last night 4-2 in the newly refurbished Kauffman Stadium.

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Aeros improve to 4-1 with win over Altoona Monday

By sstorm Published: April 14, 2009

AKRON AEROS 7, ALTOONA CURVE 6

KEY STATS: The teams waited through an hour and 25-minute delay to start the game, then played through a couple innings of rain before the wet weather stopped...With the loss, Altoona remains winless on the season, dropping to 0-5. The Aeros improve to 4-1.

"There for a while I didn't think we'd be able to get it in," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "That was a great job by our (grounds crew) getting everything ready to help us squeeze it in."

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Manny (probably) can't go home again

By Sheldon Published: April 13, 2009

It didn't take long for Manny Ramirez to realize he never had it so good playing for the Indians.

After signing an eight-year, $160 million contract with the Red Sox after the 2000 season, he communicated his desire to return to the Tribe to clubhouse personnel and some of his former Tribe teammates, particularly utility infielder Enrique Wilson.

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Game No. 7: Indians @ Royals

By jcfortun Published: April 13, 2009

4-13-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 13, 2009

The Cleveland Indians played their best baseball game yet in this early, early season. The result?

It's first win.

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Lewis injury goes back to training camp

By Sheldon Published: April 12, 2009

 Scott Lewis' forearm injury is not considered serious, but it will keep him on the disabled list for two to four weeks in the estimation of Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff

After examining an MRI scan of Lewis' left arm, Soloff said Sunday, "It was very encouraging news. He has a mild left forearm strain. He felt it on the last pitch he threw on Opening Day. 

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Trevor Crowe gets second big league start

By sstorm Published: April 12, 2009

CLEVELAND - Indians rookie outfielder Trevor Crowe couldn't contain the grin that kept creasing his face as he took a few minutes before Sunday's game to share his thoughts of his time so far in the big leagues.

"I'm still extremely excited about being here every morning when I wake up," admitted Crowe, the Tribe's first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2005 draft out of the University of Arizona. "I'm finally at the point where it's all about winning."

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4-12-09 Morning roundup

By Ron Published: April 12, 2009

Indians seem to be stuck in Groundhog Day, the Movie. ... Bad pitching, untimely hitting, another loss. The 0-5 start is the worst since 1985.

Here is the breakdown:

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Aeros take series against Bowie with 12-2 win Saturday

By sstorm Published: April 11, 2009

AKRON AEROS 12, BOWIE BAYSOX 2

KEY STATS - With 10 more walks today, the Bowie pitching staff issued a combined 32 free passes in the four-game series, the Aeros scoring 13 times on all those gifts.

KEY MOMENT - The Aeros scored their first three runs in the second inning without the aid of hit, taking advantage of four walks...Akron's first hit didn't come until the fourth on John Drennen's double...The Aeros batted around and added four insurance runs in the eighth inning.

STORM'S STARS - The Aeros offense. Despite being a relatively young group of players, the team's batters proved very patient in the opening series, staying within themselves and their strike zones despite the wildness of Bowie's pitching staff.¶
"The organization, in general, preaches to try and stay within yourself," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "Early on as a group, their approach has been very good. They're not trying to do too much, just taking what the opponent gives them. Consider that early on today we had three runs with no hits."

UP NEXT - The Aeros are off today for the Easter holiday before returning to action Monday to begin a three-game series against visiting Altoona (Pittsburgh Pirates) at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park. A pair of left-handers in the Aeros Chuck Lofgren and Curve's Daniel Moskos are the scheduled pitchers.

NOTES - Aeros outfielder John Drennen notched his first hit in four games with a double in the fourth inning - the team's first hit of the day. He finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored - including a walk, double and a hit-by-pitch.
"One thing we're trying to get him to do is to just stay more middle of the field, left center because in the past he's gotten into a tendency to get into more of a pull mode. But he's a guy who we think can drive the ball to both gaps."

* Aeros center fielder Jose Constanza pulled up lame with a left hamstring tweak after singling in the seventh inning.
"It's just a slight hamstring strain," Sarbaugh said.

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Add Scott Lewis to Tribe DL

By Sheldon Published: April 11, 2009

It might be almost a relief to some Indians observers that Scott Lewis was placed in the disabled list Saturday with a strained left elbow.

That would explain his sudden vulnerabiltiy Friday, when after delivering three scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays, he gave up four runs (including two homers) in the next two.

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4-11-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 11, 2009

Only in Cleveland do home openers happen like this. After more than seven hours of a mixture of rain and baseball the Indians finally lost their fourth straight game of the season, this time to the Toronto Blue Jays 13-7.

The starting pitching was a little better in this one as Scott Lewis gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings, but that was hardly the bashing that either of the other three starting pitchers took in their games, Sheldon Ocker wrote:

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Tribe loses 13-7 in lengthy home opener

By sstorm Published: April 11, 2009

As far as openers go, this one was about as bad as it gets. And the final score of 13-7 in the loss to visiting Toronto was only partly to blame.

Tribe fans deserve a do over. Between the rain, the 3:47 delay, more questionable pitching and now a big fat 0-4 record to boot, can it get any worse?

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BAYSOX 3, AEROS 0

By jcfortun Published: April 11, 2009

BOWIE BAYSOX (1-2) 3, AKRON AEROS (2-1) 0

KEY STATS – The Aeros were unable to get much going offensively Friday night as they were limited to three scattered hits. It wasn’t as if the Aeros couldn’t hit, they just seemed to hit were a glove was. Carlos Santana put a charge into two balls that amounted to long outs. He also walked twice. Nick Weglarz sent a ball deep into right field that was held up by the wind.

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Tribe unraveling

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

Well...let's see what reliever Masa Kobayashi can do.

Heck, why not?

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Martinez picks up second homer of the season

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

Tribe catcher Victor Martinez hit the Indians third homer of the night in the seventh inning - a 415-foot, two-run shot that landed in the left field bleachers to pull the Tribe within a run, 7-6.

After crossing home plate and making his way back to the dugout, Martinez acknowledged a group of fans sitting just behind the Indians dugout with a smile and motion of his index finger.

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Yep, it's a "could have" kind of night

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

The Indians are struggling to find someone in the bullpen who can hold the Jays pat.

Rafael Betancourt allowed a run in in 1 2/3 innings of work. Joe Smith followed and made it just 1/3 of an inning while giving up another pair of runs - although just one was earned thanks to a Jhonny Peralta error.

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Chooooooo

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

Tribe right fielder Shin-Soo Choo hit a no-doubt homer in the sixth off Tallet to pull the Tribe within a run, 5-4. If it hadn't been for a fantastic play by Jays shortstop Marco Scutaro on a ball by Jhonny Peralta, it could have tied the game.

Just feels like it's going to be one of those "could have" games.

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Tribe underway

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

The long rain delay didn't bother former Indians pitching prospect Brian Tallet. He just sat the Tribe's Mark DeRosa, Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner down in order - all via strikeout to end the fifth inning.

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Play ball - again!

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

After a rain delay of over three hours, the annoucement finally came: the Indians will play again tonight.

Projected time to get back to the action has been estimated at 9:20 p.m.

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What a tease!

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

Nearly two hours after the Indians home opener was delayed due to rain, the few fans that remained at Progressive Field were teased when the grounds crew came running out on the field and began removing the tarp.

We last we left the Tribe, starter Scott Lewis was being removed from the game after giving up a go-ahead home run to Marco Scutaro with one out in the fifth inning.

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Lewis's day over; game delayed

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

After such a promising start, Tribe starter Scott Lewis was lifted from the home opener Friday after Marco Scutaro's home run in the fifth inning gave the Blue Jays their first lead, 4-3.

Lewis breezed through the Toronto lineup the first time through, allowing just one hit. But the second and third times through, he gave up six hits as the Blue Jays rallied from an early 3-0 deficit highlighted by a three-run fourth inning.

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Lind homers, fan escorted from game

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

Well, it may just the first home game of the season, but Tribe fans are already in mid-season form.

With Tribe starter Scott Lewis struggling through the fourth inning, Vernon Wells sparked a Jays rally with a one-out single. Designated hitter Adam Lind followed with a two-run, opposite-field home run to left field. Moments later a fan fired the ball back on the field and nearly hit an unsuspecting Indians player before being escorted away by police.

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Pronk is back, back, back, back

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

Proving his first-inning, two-run double off the right field corner wall was no fluke, Travis Hafner smashed a two-out solo homer to nearly the same spot in his next at-bat in the tihrd inning.

Tribe up, 3-0, with all three runs driven in by "Pronk"

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Scott Lewis makes a statement, offense reponds

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

It's just half of an inning, but Scott Lewis has already done what the previous three Tribe starters have failed to do: pound the strike zone and get ahead in the count.

In a quick 1-2-3 top of the first, the rookie left-hander got former Indian Marco Scutaro to fly out to left field, struck out Aaron Hill on a change up away and then caught Alex Rios looking.

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Tribe introductions

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

As the Indians were announced coming out onto the field as the game's beginning ceremonies got underway, pitcher Carl Pavano was audibly and lustily booed. On the other hand, infielder and newcomer Tony Graffanino recieved just as loud of applause as the players you would expect such as outfielder Grady Sizemore and catcher Victor Martinez.

And Pavano thought he'd left the bitterness of New York.

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Wedge talks before the Indians home opener

By sstorm Published: April 10, 2009

You'd be hard pressed to tell his team had gotten off to an 0-3 start with the merry way with which manager Eric Wedge met the media before the Tribe's home opener Friday afternoon. The usually reserved skipper was as engaging as he's been with the media in his years in Cleveland. Here's the edited version:

Wedge on Tribe's 0-3 start and finally being home:
"You always like to get off to a good start, and it's just three games, but we know we need to do better. And it has to start with our starting pitching."

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Game No.4: Blue Jays at Indians

By jcfortun Published: April 10, 2009

4-10-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 10, 2009

Three games into the 2009 season the bats showed up for the Cleveland Indians. The pitching is stil nowhere to be found. 

Indians starter Carl Pavano couldn't even make an out in the second inning Thursday as the Rangers built a 9-0 lead and never looked back in a 12-8 Cleveland loss at the Ballpark in Arlington.

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Aeros improve to 2-0; Thursday's Aeros game box

By sstorm Published: April 9, 2009

AKRON AEROS (2-0) 2, BOWIE BAYSOX (0-2) 1

KEY STATS - Bowie starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, the Baltimore Orioles No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America, held the Aeros to one hit over four innings, walking one batter while striking out eight.

"That kid who started, Arietta, he's pretty impressive," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said of the Orioles fifth-round pick in the 2007 draft. "He's got big league stuff."

KEY MOMENTS - After being held to a mere infield single by Arrieta, the Aeros promptly made up for lost time against the Baysox bullpen. They plated their first run in the fifth on a Beau Mills RBI single and scored their second run without the aid of a hit in the sixth. Three walks, a Niuman Romero sacrifice bunt and Johnny Drennen sacrifice fly proved to be textbook in manufacturing the winning run.

"Niuman getting that bunt down and being able to move us gave us that second run," Sarbaugh said.

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Crowe makes big-league debut

By Sheldon Published: April 9, 2009

It was just another player making his major-league debut. Thousands of men have preceded him.

No big deal, right? Unless you're the guy jogging onto a big-league field for the first time, thinking that every eye is on me, and what if I trip over the baseline or strike out on a pitch over my head or throw a ball in the seats or crash into the star player who's trying to catch a fly ball? 

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Game No.3: Indians @ Rangers

By jcfortun Published: April 9, 2009

 

The last two seasons Pavano has pitched just 45.2 innings (5-2, 5.52 ERA). Yet he was healthy all spring and pitched decent with an extended workload.

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4-9-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 9, 2009

New pitcher. Same results.

Fausto Carmona allowed six runs on six hits in five innings as the Indians stumbled to a 8-5 loss Wednesday at the hands of the Rangers.

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Aeros win season opener

By sstorm Published: April 8, 2009

AKRON AEROS 9, BOWIE BAYSOX 5 - Aeros win their season opener at home

KEY STATS - Aeros starting pitcher Hector Rondon (1-0) earned the win by limiting the Baysox to a run on five hits while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings. Rondon dominated the first five frames before leaving the ball up a bit after coming back out in the sixth when the Baysox finally managed to get on the board.

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Hafner on verge of breakthrough?

By Sheldon Published: April 8, 2009

 Travis Hafner believes he is ready to hit. 

That might not be news or maybe it is, depending on your perspective. There are Indians fans who think Hafner will never again be an impact hitter. Others, manager Eric Wedge, for example, who feel that it's only a matter of time.

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4-8-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 8, 2009

Today is another opening day as the Double A Akron Aeros are supposed to kick off its season against the Bowie Baysox 7:05 p.m. tonight at Canal Park.

Ohio.com Aeros beat reporter Stephanie Storm is getting the season started by talking to the Indian's most-heralded prospect, Carlos Santana.

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Tribe's Francisco plans basepaths heists

By Sheldon Published: April 7, 2009

It was a simple expression of aspiration. Or maybe it was more: a statement of an achievable goal.

''I want to steal bases,'' Ben Francisco said. ''I did it my whole career in the minors, but it got away from me.''

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4-7-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 7, 2009

Texas Rangers ace Kevin Millwood was making his fourth consecutive opening day start since joining the Texas Rangers.

The results have never been good (0-3).

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Carroll out 4-6 weeks

By Sheldon Published: April 6, 2009

While his teammates were opening the season against the Rangers Monday afternoon, Jamey Carroll was on his way to Baltimore to meet with Dr. Tom Graham.
  
The Indians' No. 1 utility player will be out four to six weeks with a fracture of the fifth metacarpal of the left hand, a consequence of being hit on the hand with a pitch by Astros reliever Doug Brocail in last Saturday's exhibition game in Houston.

Veteran Tony Graffanino was summoned to take Carroll's place on the roster.

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Carroll heads to DL, Graffanino recalled

By jcfortun Published: April 6, 2009

Indians utility infielder Jamey Carroll was placed on the 15-day disabled list today with a fractured bone in his left hand.

Tony Graffanino was recalled from Triple A Columbus to take his place.

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Game No.1 preview: Indians@Rangers

By jcfortun Published: April 6, 2009

4-6-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 6, 2009

The start of the season is finally here as the Indians are set to face the Texas Rangers at 2:05 today at the Ball Park at Arlington. More on that though in a later post.

Not too much information to "roundup" this morning. It appears as though the beat writers are recharging their batteries for a 162-game stretch here.

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Choo shakes off effects of WBC experience

By Sheldon Published: April 5, 2009

Shin-Soo Choo admits he wasn't quite himself when he returned from the World Baseball Classic, where he played for South Korea, which lost in the finals to Japan.

"It was a different schedule there, a different program and a different time,'' he said Sunday. "My body was different. I came back and I was pretty tired. Now, I'm into my routine and back to hitting regularly. I feel a lot better.''

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4-5-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 5, 2009

With just one day before the season starts, The Beacon Journal decided today would be the best day to disperse its season preview section. 

For the casual fan it offers a chance to get caught up on all the happenings before the season begins. For the more educated fan, its a regurgitation of all the information we have been reading the last 50 days from Goodyear, Arizona.

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Pavano solid in final exhibition win

By Sheldon Published: April 4, 2009

Thankfully for the Indians, spring training games don't count.

Despite rallying for three runs in the ninth to beat the Astros 4-3 Saturday afternoon at Minute Maid Park, the Tribe completed the exhibition season with a 12-20 record. 

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4-4-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 4, 2009

Fausto Carmona will begin this season the way he ended last year: Suspended.

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Betancourt fought sinus condition in camp

By Sheldon Published: April 3, 2009

Rafael Betancourt revealed Friday he was sick almost the entire time he was in Arizona.

 "I had a lot of sinus problems the whole spring,'' he said. "I guess it was the dry air, but I took medication for it. The last couple of days I've started to feel better.''

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Yankees open new stadium

By jcfortun Published: April 3, 2009

The New York Yankees got its first taste of the new Yankee Stadium this week. The Indians will help them officially open the stadium on April 16.

It's not exactly the House that Ruth Built, but its pretty darn close.

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4-3-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 3, 2009

Good riddance, Goodyear.

At least that's the tone coming out of spring training. Appropriately, the Indians ended their 30-game stay by struggling mightily in a 9-8 loss to the Cubs Thursday.

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We are now Twittering

By jcfortun Published: April 2, 2009

The Beacon Journal's Indians coverage is attempting to become technologically advanced.

Thus, we can now be found on Twitter as well.

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4-2-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 2, 2009

Ace Cliff Lee didn't exactly pitch like a reigning CY Young winner again yesterday when he gave up seven runs on nine hits, including three home runs, in five innings of work.

His spring numbers now look like this in 21 2/3 innings:
12.46 ERA
33 runs
46 hits

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LaPorta: Man-child

By jcfortun Published: April 1, 2009

Doing a little bit of YouTube surfing today and came across a high school home run derby featuring matt LaPorta. check it out....

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Mujica traded, Chulk re-assigned

By jcfortun Published: April 1, 2009

The Indians traded right-handed relief pitcher Ed Mujica to the San Diego padres today for a player to be named or cash considerations.

There has been no word whether a bucket of baseballs was included as well.

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April 1, 2009 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 1, 2009

Maybe the Indians should have kept a secret from Scott Lewis?

Maybe they should have never told him he will start the season in the big league rotation?

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