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The first week of Spring Training (2/22-2/27) has been full of surprises so far, leading to a precarious amount of optimism. The Indians won their first five games starting with an amazing comeback, walk-off win against the Reds on opening day. Offensively, the Indians have been extremely impressive and leading the way is Michael Brantley. Brantley has been hitting lower in the lineup than he is used to, but has excelled, by going 4-4 in his first two games with three doubles leading to an .833 batting average at present. Brantley has also been the owner of the most negative news to this point in the Spring as he lacerated his arm sliding into third base. He will miss up to two weeks, but should be back in plenty of time to get ready for the regular season.
Ryan Rayburn has been the biggest surprise after he hit three home runs in the first two games and he currently leads the team in both runs and RBI. The Indians shouldn't take this too seriously as he hit 6 home runs with...
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Cleveland Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez was scratched from his Friday appearance for undisclosed reasons.
Closer Chris Perez scratched from scheduled outing today, but manager Terry Francona declined details. Said more info available Saturday.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 1, 2013
Indians manager Terry Francona would only say that he will have more information about...
It's been an incredible week at the plate for Ryan Raburn, who could now be positioned as a frontrunner for one of the Indians' bench jobs. Also, roster hopefuls Trevor Bauer and Yan Gomes continue to impress, but does either player have a legitimate shot at making the Major League roster? The IBI's Steve Orbanek touches on these players and more in this week's edition...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Michael Brantley is going to try and deal with his toughest task yet at the Cleveland Indians' training camp -- rest.
Off to a hot start, the outfielder reported to the clubhouse Tuesday wearing a protective wrap on his left forearm. It covered the area where Brantley got 15 stitches following a play in which he was accidentally spiked by Oakland Athletics...
The other day, the Cleveland Indians announced that Justin Masterson will be their starter on Opening Day, barring some sort of injury. One might consider this damning with faint praise, as the Indians aren’t even necessarily ankle deep in proven quality starters, but what this provides is an opportunity to talk a little bit about Masterson, and what he is, and what he could be...
Despite all of their off-season moves that have fan morale trending upward, a troika of ESPN reporters have given the Cleveland Indians a 29.7 out of 100 in their recent release of “future” power rankings. This score — though an improvement off of their league-worst total in 2012 — represents the third-lowest total in all of baseball.
These rankings, set to list which MLB teams...
When you play 198 (hopefully more) games in a season, you are not going to win them all, and the Indians encountered their first taste of defeat in 2013 on Tuesday. However, this is still Spring Training, where the final result never tells the whole story of the day. Here to examine that story in further depth is the IBI's Arthur Kinney...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- New Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has named Justin Masterson his starter for opening day.
Francona told the right-hander in the dugout Tuesday before Cleveland played the Kansas City Royals.
It will be the second time Masterson starts a season opener. A year ago, the 28-year-old struck out 10 over eight innings against the Blue Jays in Cleveland...
The Indians system doesn’t have a ton of depth but both Francisco Lindor and Trevor Bauer offer high ceilings. The club also has some really intriguing sleepers such as Danny Salazar and Anthony Santander. The organization has done an outstanding job of finding value in the Latin market.
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The Cleveland Indians have decided to make fans fatter and happier by cutting hot dog and beer concession prices for the 2013 season. We say, well done Cleveland.
Here are the final winter ball statistics for all Cleveland Indians players that participated in fall/winter ball action out in the Arizona Fall League, Australian Baseball League, Dominican Winter League, Puerto Rico Winter League, and Venezuela Winter League. These stats include all the playoff stats for the Latin American leagues, something MLB.com and MiLB.com do not do.
Key Offseason Additions- Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher, Mark Reynolds, Drew Stubbs, Brett Myers, Mike Aviles, Trevor Bauer Key Offseason Losses- Shin-Soo Choo, Jack Hannahan, Rafael Perez The Indians struggled mightily in 2012, finishing just 2 games ahead of Minnesota in the Central to avoid a last place finish. But it has been a busy offseason in Cleveland. … Continue reading »
From Andrew Marchand:With Curtis Granderson out until May, ex-New York Yankee Johnny Damon has a message for his former team -- give me a call.
Speaking on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's Michael Kay Show, Damon said he is willing to play just the five or so weeks of the regular season that Granderson will miss and he even would take a league-minimum contract to return to the Bronx...
The Cleveland Indians starting pitching was a disaster in 2012. Based solely on ERA, the team had one of it's worst ten seasons in the long history of the franchise. There was no stopper in the rotation as noted by the teams multiple lengthy losing streaks and the average pitcher was very below average. In 2013, things look at least a little different. Carlos Carrasco is returning...
In last week’s edition of The Diff, I shared a number of statistical notes about the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers. This week, I’m covering a topic I’ve been trying to get to for a while, but is perfect for right now: Cleveland Indians attendance.
Cleveland Indians attendance is a topical news item this week. Firing right off the Nick Swisher arrival and the surprise signing...
The Cleveland Indians got a scare yesterday afternoon when Michael Brantley was injured. He was spiked during the Indians' spring contest against the Oakland Athletics. The injury resulted in stitches, and the team will monitor his wound and decide when it is best for him to get back into games.
Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland says Brantley is listed as day-to-day...