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Indians down in the farm

By sstorm Published: May 31, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (35-16) - The Clippers dropped the opener of a four-game series at Durham 7-4 at Durham Athletic Park...Columbus wasted a 4-1 lead by allowing two runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh...LHP SCOTT BARNES (3-1, 5.12 ERA) limited the Bulls to just one run on four hits and a walk over five innings, while striking out nine. But barnes took a no-dacision after reliever RHP JUSTIN GERMANO gave up three runs and LHP NICK HAGADONE suffered his first blown save at the Triple-A  level after allowing two runs of his own - including a three-run home run in the seventh inning...INF LUIS VALBUENA led the offense in going 3-for-4 with a RBI... DH JASON KIPNIS (2-for--4) and INF CORD PHELPS (2-for-5) each added a pair of hits...Upon his return to Columbus, INF JARED GOEDERT hit a solo home run.

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Brantley makes debut as DH

By Sheldon Published: May 31, 2011

TORONTO: Michael Brantley had never been used as a designated hitter in the big leagues, so why did manager Manny Acta put him there for tonight's game against the Blue Jays?

""He's the only one of our players who has played all four games of the trip on (artificial) turf,'' Acta said. ""None of these guys are going to play every game. So Michael deserves a day off from that.''

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Sizemore still needs time to sharpen swing

By Sheldon Published: May 29, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.: Going into today's game agasinst the Rays, Grady Sizemore had yet to hit safely since coming off the disabled list Friday night, going 0-for-8.

Manager Manny Acta thinks that should be expected.

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Acta makes wholesale lineup changes

By Sheldon Published: May 27, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.: Manny Acta stirred then shook the Indians' lineup for tonight's game against the Rays.

Changes include moving Asdrubal Cabrera from second to third in the order with Orlando Cabrera, usually sixth, taking the No. 2 spot, and Matt LaPorta moving from seventh to fifth for the second game in a row.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: May 26, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (32-14) - The Clippers enjoyed a scheduled day off...Columbus is riding a five-game winning streak abnd owns the best record in the International League. The team also leads the IL in batting average (.288), runs scored (276), RBI (254), SLG% (.459), OB% (.374) & base on balls (193)… RHP ZACH McALLISTER, the Indians Minor League Co-Player of the Week, owns a 7-0 record that is tops in the league. His ERA is 2.42, having limited opponents to 14 earned runs in 52 innings that spans eighth starts.

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Sizemore says he's ready to return

By Sheldon Published: May 25, 2011

CLEVELAND: Grady Sizemore ran the bases without pain or discomfort today, which probably means he's ready to come off the disabled list.

However, manager Manny Acta refused to announce the date of Sizemore's return.

""I expect him to join us this weekend,'' Acta said. ""I'm not going to give you the date. But the weekend stretches all the way from Friday to Sunday.''

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Perez wobbly but getting job done

By Sheldon Published: May 24, 2011

CLEVELAND: Just when it looked like Chris Perez might blow his second save opportunity of the season Monday night, he induced Carl Crawford, one of the fastest players in the league, to bounce into a double play to end the game.

That's the way it's been recently for Perez, who notched his 13th save of the season against the Red Sox Monday. In his past six appearances, he has given up three hits and six walks in six innings but only one run, and that came during a game in which the Tribe was handlily ahead, not a prospective save. The last time he retired the side in order was May 7.

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White out for two to three months

By Sheldon Published: May 22, 2011

CLEVELAND: After an MRI scan and an examination by noted Cleveland Clinic hand specialist Dr. Tom Graham, the Indians got the answer to why Alex White's finger hurt, but it was not the answer they wanted to hear.

White sprained a ligament in his right middle finger throwsing a slider in the third inning of the Tribed's 5-4 win over the Reds Friday night.

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White on DL but injury still undiagnosed

By Sheldon Published: May 21, 2011

CLEVELAND: With Mitch Talbot due to come off the disabled list in the next few days, the Indians wasted no time putting Alex White on the 15-day disabled list.

Without knowing exactly what is wrong with White's right middle finger, the club made the move with and also called up Josh Judy to be an extra arm in the bullpen until Talbot is activated to start Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

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White leaves early with finger injury

By Sheldon Published: May 20, 2011

CLEVELAND: Alex White threw strike two to Ryan Hanigan in the third inning and shook his right hand as if he'd been bitten by an insect.

Head trainer Lonnie Soloff trotted to the mound and examined White's hand, but the pitcher remained in the game. He walked the next three batters and gave up two runs (one earned) before getting out of the inning then didn't come out for the fourth.

Two innings later, the Tribe announced that White had left because of ""right middle finger soreness'' but gave no further information.

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Optimistically, Hafner out three to four weeks

By Sheldon Published: May 20, 2011

CLEVELAND: Travis Hafner underwent an MRI exam today that showed a strained oblique that will keep him out of the lineup for several weeks.

""We're anticipating that he'll be out three to four weeks,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: May 20, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (27-13) - The Clippers  game against Pawtucket was suspended by rain after three and a half  innings with Columbus leading 2-1.  The game was scheduled to resume Friday in the bottom of the fourth inning beginning at 5:05 p.m...Pawtucket got on the board in the first inning with a solo home run off of starting RHP MITCH TALBOT (0-1, 3.60 ERA), who was pitching on a rehabilitation assignment. In four innings, Talbot gave up the run and allowed four hits while striking out five batters... The Clippers quickly took the lead in the bottom of the inning with their own fire power via solo home runs by INF's JASON KIPNIS and CORD PHELPS. 

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Hafner explains latest injury

By Sheldon Published: May 19, 2011

CHICAGO: After tonight's 8-2 loss to the White Sox, Travis Hafner explained how he hurt his rib cage.

""I did it on one swing in batting practice yesterday,'' he said. ""It was really painful, and after that I couldn't swing. It's a possible oblique (strain), but I'm not sure yet. I think one of the big things is how it felt this morning. It wasn't worse.'' ¶


He will find out today after more tests, probably including an MRI scan, are performed.

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Indians' roster shrinking

By Sheldon Published: May 19, 2011

CHICAGO: Travis Hafner is still nursing aching ribs and won't start tonight's game against the White Sox, but he isn't the only unavailable Indians player.

Orlando Cabrera will not be at second base, because he is being sworn in as a United States citizen in South Carolina, his off-season home. In addition, Travis Buck was scratched from the lineup with turf toe (his left big toe), with Shelley Duncan taking his place at designated hitter.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: May 19, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (27-13) - The host Clippers split a double-header with Pawtucket, losing 7-2 in the first game before winning the night cap 8-3 at Huntington Park...In the first game, the Red Sox exploded for a four-run fifth inning en route to the  five-run win...RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ (3-1, 3.47 ERA) suffered his first loss, allowing four runs on five hits - including a three-run home run in the big fifth - in five innings... The Clippers two runs runs came via solo home runs by DH CORD PHELPS and OF JERAD HEAD...In Game 2, the Clippers bounced back by using a five-run sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie. A two-run double by Phelps being the highlight of the inning...INF LONNIE CHISENHALL went 2-for-4 with a RBI and OF JOSH RODRIGUEZ added two RBI and a run scored...RHP JOE MARTINEZ (3-1, 4.80 ERA) picked up the win after pitching two hitless innings of relief... Starter and LHP SCOTT BARNES pitched allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits in four innings of the no-decision.

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Hafner a late scratch

By Sheldon Published: May 18, 2011

CHICAGO: About 50 minutes before the scheduled first pitch between the Indians and White Sox, Travis Hafner was pulled from the lineup with soreness in his right side.

So far, that is all the information that's available to the media. Shelley Duncan took Hafner's place at designated hitter and batted seventh. Travis Buck, who started in left field, moved from seventh to fifth in the batting order.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: May 18, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (26-12) - The Clippers game against visiting Pawtucket was rained out and is scheduled to be made up as part of a doubleheader at Huntington Park Wednesday.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: May 17, 2011

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

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Tribe opens baseball academy in the Dominican Republic

By sstorm Published: May 17, 2011

The Indians opened a baseball academy that will house the organization’s Dominican Summer League team and the club’s Latin American operations in a state-of-the-art facility in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic, - 18 miles east of the capital city of Santo Domingo.

The Indians have been tenants of the baseball academy since October and have held a fall Instructional League there. Howeve, Monday marked the Grand Opening of the facility with the 2011 Dominican Summer League season set to begin May 28th.

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Acta picked as All-Star coach

By Sheldon Published: May 17, 2011

Kansas City, Mo.: Manny Acta is going to the All-Star Game.

Manager Ron Washington, who will manage the American League squad, selected the Indians skipper along with Toronto manager John Farrell as members of the AL coaching staff.

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Sizemore improves but not enough

By Sheldon Published: May 16, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo.: The way Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff explained it, Grady Sizemore's bruised right knee is well on its way to healing, but he is still several days away from returning to center field.

Consequently, Sizemore was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retoractive to last Wednesday. That means is eligible to be activated May 26, and Soloff is hopeful that Sizemore will be back in the lineup that day.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: May 16, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (25-12) - After starting out the season 25-8, the Clippers lost their fourth consecutive game via a 7-3 defeat by host Indianapolis at Victory Field...RHP ZACH PUTNAM (2-1, 3.80 ERA) suffered his first loss of the season, in allowing five runs (four earned) - including a three-run home run in the eighth inning that put the game out of reach - in just 1 2/3 innings of relief...Starter and RHP ZACH MCALLISTER (6-0, 2.80 ERA) received a no-decision in limiting the Indians to two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out six batters in six innings...OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA and INF WES HODGES led the Clippers offense, each going  2-for-4 on the day. Additionally, Hodges, DH CHAD HUFFMAN and INF JASON KIPNIS each drove in a run.

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Sunday's Indians/Mariners game Postponed

By sstorm Published: May 15, 2011

Well, Sunday's game almost started.

With rain all morning in the Cleveland area, the originally scheduled 1:05 p.m. game at  Progressive Field was initially delayed by 50 minutes as radar showed a break in the wet stuff on its way.

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Haden having fun, enjoying Tribe run

By sstorm Published: May 14, 2011

NFL cornerback Joe Haden has had a lot of fun in Cleveland since the Browns made him their No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft.

Although Haden's favorite athlete - LeBron James - took his talents to South Beach, the city's new favorite No. 23 finds interesting ways to enjoy himself when he attends Cleveland's other professional sports.

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Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: May 13, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (25-9) - A late Clippers rally fell short in a 10-7 loss to visiting Charlotte at Huntington Park, as Columbus trailed 8-0 after the Knights scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Clippers got going when OF JOSH RODRIGUEZ hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning, followed by another homer by 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL the next inning. The host tagged on three more runs in the eighth inning to cut the deficit to 9-7, but couldn't make up any more ground...RHP JOE MARTINEZ (2-1, 5.14 ERA) was tagged with the loss despite giving up just two runs on five hits while striking out four over four innings...Reliever and LHP ERIC BERGER absorbed most of the damage in dishing up six runs (five earned) on four hits and three walks in the explosive fifth inning...Offensivly for the Clippers, OF JERAD HEAD went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored...INF WES HODGES went 2-for-4 while INF LUIS VALBUENA and Rodriguez each added two RBI.

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Sizemore saga ending happily

By Sheldon Published: May 11, 2011

CLEVELAND: The Indians' day began wtih concern about Grady Sizemore's knee and ended with a sigh of relief.

Tuesday night, Sizemore jammed his right knee -- not the one that was surgically repaired -- on the second base bag but stayed in the game. He was unable to play in tonight's 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay, and instead was sent to the Cleveland Clinic for an MRI scan.

The results of the scan were made public after the game: no structural damage, only a contusion. Sizemore is listed as day-to-day. Does that mean Sizemore can play in Thursday afternoon's series finale?

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Herrmann called up, but probably not for long

By Sheldon Published: May 10, 2011

CLEVELAND: The Indians called up reliever Frank Herrmann from Columbus today, but he might as well forget about unpacking his bags.

Herrmann took the place of Jeanmar Gomez on the roster. After makng three starts and one relief appearance, Gomez was optioned to Triple-A Monday. While he was here, he posted an 0-1 record and 4.91 earned-run average.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: May 9, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (23-7) - The Clippers split a doubleheader with Lehigh Valley, losing the first game 4-1 and redbounding to take the nightcap 12-6...In Game One, LHP DAVID HUFF (3-1, 3.65 ERA) lost for the first this season after giving up four runs on 11 hits in six innings...C PAUL PHILLIPS' RBI single in second the inning was the Clippers only run as the team managed only two base runners and had no hits in the final three innings...In Game Two, Columbus’ offense exploded for 12 runs on 14 hits - including four home runs...INF WES HODGES led the offense with a three-run home run in the third inning and going 3-for-4 with four RBI...INF CORD PHELPS added a two-run home run en route to a 2-for-4 effort that included three RBI....OF JERAD HEAD and C LUKE CARLIN each had a pair of hits and slugged homers for the Clippers, while 2B JASON KIPNIS went 3-for-4 with a RBI...LHP SCOTT BARNES (2-1, 6.23 ERA) earned the win despite giving up five runs on seven hits and two in five innings.

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White earns first big-league win

By Sheldon Published: May 8, 2011

ANAHEIM, CALIF.: Alex White was gone before the seventh inning Saturday night. [ep
But wait, so was the Angels' Jered Weaver, arguably this season's top performing starter in the American League. [ep

Both pitchers left with business unfinished, but by the time the game ended, White had earned his first big league win, as the Indians deadlocked the series at a game apiece with a 4-3 decision at Angels Stadium. [ep

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Tribe falls to Angels in 11 innings

By Sheldon Published: May 7, 2011

ANAHEIM, CALIF.: How many good pitchers make their living on the West Coast? [ep

Too many, as far as the Indians are concerned. The Tribe ran into three inscrutable starters in a three-day visit to Oakland, and the pressure didn't lessen when the team showed up in Anaheim for the first of three games against the Angels Friday night. [ep

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: May 6, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (21-6) - The Clippers 13-game winning streak came to an end with a 10-3 loss to visiting Lehigh Valley at Huntington Park...RHP Corey Kluber (0-3, 7.43 ERA) is still in search of his first win of the season after dishing up seven runs (six earned) on six hits (including a grand slam) and four walks over five innings in the loss...OF LUIS VALBUENA had the only extra-base hit of the day along with a RBI as the IronPigs pitching staff limited the usually explosive Clippers offense to four hits on the day...The Clippers trailed by a run, 3-2, until Lehigh OF BRANDON MOSS hit a grand slam off Kluber in the fifth inning. He another homer in the ninth inning - this one a three-run shot to finish the game 2-for-4 with seven RBI.

Double-A Akron (13-14) - The Aeros lost the rubber match of their three-game set with Altoona Curve 4-for-3 at Blair County Ballpark...LHP MATT PACKER (0-4, 4.67 ERA) was credited with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits, while striking out five and walking two in 6 1/3 innings...The Aeros got off to a good start after 1B MATT MCBRIDE hit a two-run home run, his second consecutive homer in as many days to give Akron a 2-1 advantage...However, the Curve began their come-from-behind rally in the fifth inning and never looked back...OF TIM FEDROFF went 3-for-5, including a RBI-double in the seventh inning that trimmed Altoona's lead to 4-3. He finished 2-for-4 on the day...OF JOHN DRENNEN and INF KAREXON SANCHEZ each added two hits.

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Todd claimed by Yankees

By Sheldon Published: May 6, 2011

ANAHEIM, CALIF.: Right-hander Jess Todd was claimed by the Yankees on outright waivers today, after the Indians designated him for assignment April 30.

After failing to make the big-league roster out of spring training, Todd was sent to Columbus, where he made eight appearances out of the bullpen, giving up 11 earned runs, 18 hits and six walks in nine innings.

Todd, 25, was the player to be named in the deal that sent infielder Mark DeRosa to the Cardinals for Chris Perez in June of 2009.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: May 5, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (21-5) - The Clippers enjoyed a scheduled day off...Columbus owns the best record in the entire minor league system…During their current 13-game winning streak, the Clippers have outscored their opponents 103-44…They lead the International League in hits (259), batting average (.294), runs scored (166), RBI (154), slugging percentage (.461), on-base perentage (.388) and walks (128).

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Tomlin loses pitchers' battle on two home runs

By Sheldon Published: May 5, 2011

OAKLAND, CALIF: Bay area fans seeking the rush of an offensive explosion could have gone to a Little League game or their neighborhood high school. No such outbreak of runs was about to happen at Oakland Coliseum.

But if it was pitching they liked, the Indians and Athletics gave it to them, them being the 13,872 who paid their way into the contest on $2 Wednesday. Josh Tomlin and Athletics starter Trevor Cahill saw to that.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: May 4, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (21-5) - There's no end in sight for the Clippers recent winning streak, which reached 13 games with an 8-2 victory at Charlotte that capped a perfect 8-0 eight-game road trip...RHP ZACH MCALLISTER (5-0, 3.09 ERA) picked up the win by pitching a season-high eight innings, allowing the Knights just two runs while scattering seven hits and striking out five. His five wins lead all International League pitchers...2B JASON KIPNIS went 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead the offense...3B LONNIE CHISENHALL and SS CORD PHELPS each had a hit, walked twice and scored two runs...DH CHAD HUFFMAN added a single, a walk and two RBI...RHP CARLTON SMITH struck out the side in the ninth inning to secure the win...At 21-5, the Clippers have the best record among all minor league teams. During the 13-game winning streak, Columbus has outscored its opponents 103-44. The Clippers lead the IL in hits (259), batting average (.294), runs scored (166), RBI (154), SLG% (.461), OB% (.388) and walks (128).

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Kearns' lawyers ask for dismissal of DUI charge

By Sheldon Published: May 4, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO: Attorneys for Austin Kearns have filed a motion in Jessamine County (Ky.) court to dismiss a drunk driving charge stemming from an arrest Feb. 12 near Kearns' home, a few miles from Lexington, according to a Kentucky news report.

The basis for the motion is that an off-duty police officer from Lexington made the initial stop outside of his jurisdiction, which Kearns' lawyers contend made the arrest illegal. A Jessamine County sheriff's deputy eventually arrived at the scene and made the formal arrest.

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Indians win fourth in row in last at-bat

By Sheldon Published: May 4, 2011

OAKLAND: And the Indians haven't even faced the A's good starters yet.

That happens beginning tonight, when Trevor Cahill (4-0, 1.88 ERA) goes against Josh Tomlin and Brett Anderson (2-1, 1.56 ERA) opposes Jeanmar Gomez in the finale Thursday afternoon.

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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: May 3, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (20-5) - The Clippers put on an offensive display en route to their 12th consecutive victory via a 18-12 win over host Charlotte...That was a good thing for LHP SCOTT BARNES (1-1, 5.40 ERA) who evaded a loss despite dishing up seven runs on 10 hits - including four home runs - in just five innings...The Knights led 9-6 until Columbus rallied for three runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by DH LUIS VALBUENA's double that knotted the score 9-9. Valbuena, the Indians reigning Minor League Player of the Week, had two hits and three RBI as the Clippers used a nine-run eighth inning to pull away...RHP JENSEN LEWIS (3-0, 1.69 ERA) picked up the win despite allowing his first runs of the season - two on four hits in two relief innings...OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA went 4-for-6 with four RBI...3B LONNIE CHISENHALL went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored...INF JASON DONALD had two hits, including his first home run...RF JERAD HEAD added three hits and INF CHAD HUFFMAN contributed two doubles and three runs.

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Tribe responds to Choo DUI arrest

By Sheldon Published: May 3, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO: Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti issued a statement in the wake of Shin-Soo Choo's arrest on DUI charges Monday morning in Sheffield Lake.

""We are aware of the incident with Shin-Soo Choo and have spoken to him about it. The Indians organization takes these issues very seriously and we are disapponted in the matter. We will continue to monitor the situation and we will not have any further comment at this time,'' Antonetti said.

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Jordan Brown traded to Brewers

By Sheldon Published: May 2, 2011

The Indians traded Triple-A outfielder/first baseman Jordan Brown to the Brewers for cash considerations this afternoon.

Brown, 27, is currently batting .278 with three doubles, one triple, three home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored in 20 games at Columbus. In his only major-league stint, in 2010, he batted .230 with seven doubles, two RBI and nine runs in 87 at-bats.

Originally Cleveland's fourth-round pick in the 2005 draft, Brown won the International League batting title in 2009 with a .336 average.

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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: May 2, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (19-5) - The Clippers won their 11th consecutive game with a 9-3 victory over host Charlotte, a game broke open by Columbus' six-run sixth inning...LHP DAVID HUFF (3-0, 3.19 ERA) earned the win by limiting the Knights to three runs on four hits over seven innings...SS JASON DONALD went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and three RBI...C LUKE CARLIN went went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI as five Clippers batters recorded multiple hits.

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Talbot rehab assignment might start Friday

By Sheldon Published: May 1, 2011

CLEVELAND: Mitch Talbot will accompany the Tribe to Oakland and throw a bullpen Tuesday.

After a bullpen session Saturday, Talbot said his (strained) elbow felt less than perfect, but that it didn't hurt.

""I didn't feel as good as when I threw (a bullpen) the first time,'' Talbot said today. ""I had this stretchy feeling in my elbow. But there was no pain, and that's a plus.''

Regardless, Talbot believes if has has no problems throwing off the mound in Oakland, he will be off on a rehabilitation assignment.

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