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DETROIT -- The Cleveland Indians might add one more piece of evidence to the oft-repeated claim this season that Major League umpires are acting unprofessional by provoking players and managers.Terry Francona was ejected from his teams 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Saturday, but Francona said he never intended to confront home plate umpire Andy Fletcher, or get thrown out. He just wanted to ensure a discussion between Fletcher and Nick Swisher did not get out of control.The way Andy approached me I thought he lost his composure and I dont think I had any chance of staying in that game, Francona said. Spit coming out of his mouth and the gesturing and everything. I didnt go out there to get thrown out. I just wanted to make sure nothing was going on.Francona went out to protect Swisher when he saw a conversation between Swisher and Fletcher between the top and bottom of the eighth start to get heated.Swish and he were talking along the first-base line, Francona said. It looked to me like they were just talking, then when I saw Andy get a little more animated I got out there.Swisher said he wanted to ask Fletcher a couple questions about the way the game was being run.I had some questions about things, and the finger pointing started and I think thats when things started escalating, Swisher said. The next thing you know I was getting blocked out.Francona got between Swisher and Fletcher and Swisher went to his position. Francona stepped away from Fletcher, but the umpire came back toward Francona, arms gesturing.Francona responded angrily.I didnt even know they (Fletcher and Swisher) were even arguing, Francona said. It looked to me like they were talking. Then I saw him gesturing toward Swish so I realized Id get out there and get in the way. I didnt think itd be a big deal. But the way he acted toward me I dont know how I could stay in the game.
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In the 18th round of the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians select shortstop Paul Hendrix from Texas Christian University.
Born: 11/18/1991 - Height: 6'2" - Weight: 187 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: The Indians actually drafted Hendrix last year out of Junior college as he was a 32nd round pick, so he jumped up 14 rounds this year. He had a solid year for TCU...
In the 35th round of the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians select right-handed pitcher Jordan Milbrath from Augustana College (SD).
Born: 08/01/1991 - Height: 6'6" - Weight: 215 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: Milbrath is an intriguing arm. First off he is huge at 6'6". Second, he has really not pitched since high school until this spring and there was...
In the 22nd round of the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians select right-handed pitcher Ben Heller from Olivet Nazarene University (IL).
Born: 08/05/1991 - Height: 6'3" - Weight: 205 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: Heller strikes me as a senior sign depth player who is going to fill a few roles for the Indians. He has been a starter all four years at school. He...
In the 11th round of the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians select right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko out of UCLA.
Born: 10/03/1991 - Height: 6'3" - Weight: 195 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
Keith Law: 77thBaseball America: 179thPerfect Game: 180th
Jeff Ellis: Adam Plutko, much like Bobby Wahl, might be regretting his choice to not sign out of high school...
In the 24th round of the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians select right-handed pitcher Kerry Doane from East Tennessee State.
Born: 09/03/1990 - Height: 5'11" - Weight: 175 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: He is another guy who has been a dominator for his team. He was a shortstop until last year when he was moved to the mound and has near unhittable since. He sits...
In the 25th round of the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians select right-handed pitcher Cole Sulser from Dartmouth (NH).
Born: 03/12/1990 - Height: 6'0" - Weight: 190 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: Susler missed all of 2012 after having Tommy john surgery. He was a fifth year senior this year for Dartmouth and continues the Indians history of pitchers out of the...
In the 26th round of the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians select right-handed pitcher Daniel Cogan from Rocklin High School (CA).
Born: 11/21/1994 - Height: 6'3" - Weight: 200 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: His dad is the scouting advisor/crosschecker for the Indians and he was actually in the war room when the pick was made. I found he is 6'3" and is...
In the 34th round of the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians select right-handed pitcher Dustin Cook, a redraft from San Jacinto College (TX).
Born: 11/03/1993 - Height: 6'5" - Weight: 220 - Bats: Right - Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: The first thing you notice with him is the size at 6'5". He throws in the low 90's but there is undoubtly more velocity in that arm...
Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has had his suspension for throwing at a hitter reduced from eight to seven games.
He began serving it Sunday. Carrasco was initially suspended for eight games in April for ''intentionally throwing'' at New York's Kevin Youkilis but was able to keep pitching because an appeal was pending.
Carrasco was sent to the...
The Indians announced today that Zach McCallister has been placed on the 15 day disabled list, and that Carlos Carrasco has been recalled from AAA Columbus to start Saturday vs. Detroit.
“McAllister has been battling right middle finger soreness his last several starts and begins his first career stint on the Major League DL. So far in 2013 he is 4-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 11 starts...
Player of the Game: Jose Alvarez (6 innings 3 hits 0 ER 1 BB / 7 SO)
Make it seven.
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