Found April 23, 2013 on
Fox Sports Ohio:
Chicago White Sox
The Cleveland Indians are looking to match their longest winning streak from last season, and facing the slumping Chicago White Sox may be enough.
The Indians look to capitalize on another meeting with the White Sox as they try for a fourth straight victory Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Cleveland (8-10) went 68-94 last year, finishing ahead of only Minnesota (66-96) in the AL. A four-game winning streak was all the Indians could manage as a season high, and they reached that mark three times, most recently from June 18-22.
They have a chance to equal that streak following a five-game slide.
Asdrubal Cabrera came through in the clutch in Monday's opener, connecting for a two-out, two-run single in the eighth to provide the difference in a 3-2 win, the Indians third in four meetings with Chicago this season.
"I love those situations," said Cabrera, who sat out Sunday's 5-4 win over Houston after hurting his left wrist falling down the stairs of the dugout Saturday.
The shortstop is batting .156 - 120 points lower than his career average.
"Maybe this is the start hopefully of him getting hot," manager Terry Francona said, "because he's going to get really hot at some point."
Cabrera is 8 for 22 with three doubles and six RBIs over his past seven games on the South Side.
The White Sox (7-12), losers of 10 of 13, have plated seven runs while batting .161 - including 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position - during a four-game slide.
They've also committed four errors in that stretch. Reliever Matt Thornton accounted for one Monday, when he wildly threw to second in an attempt to pickoff Drew Stubbs, only to have him move to third before Cabrera's timely hit.
"You just keep shooting yourself in the foot," manager Robin Ventura said. "And until we clean it up, we're going to lose games. It's just that simple. It's not hard to figure out."
Chicago may not need much production at the plate with Ventura scheduled to turn to Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.55 ERA), who is trying to continue an impressive stretch with another dominant outing against the Indians.
The left-hander has tossed 13 2-3 scoreless innings over his last two starts, including Wednesday's 7-0 win at Toronto. He scattered five hits with seven strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings, five days after being letdown by the offense in a 1-0 loss at Cleveland.
Quintana held the Indians to one hit while fanning seven in seven innings, but didn't get a decision opposite Justin Masterson's five-hitter.
Another meeting with the Indians may keep Quintana rolling since he's 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA in four games - two starts.
The Indians are expected to counter with Zach McAllister (1-2, 3.12) as he tries to continue his success against the White Sox.
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four starts against them, getting credit for a 9-4 home victory April 13. He yielded three runs - one earned - and five hits before leaving with one out in the seventh.
McAllister followed that up five days later by giving up three runs and three walks while throwing 112 pitches in five innings of a 6-3 loss to Boston.
He has held Paul Konerko to two singles in 12 at-bats and Adam Dunn has one hit - a homer - in 10 at-bats.
Dunn was hitless in four at-bats Monday, and is 1 for 36 with a solo homer and 16 strikeouts in his last 10 games.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Cleveland Indians have activated catcher Lou Marson from the 15-day disabled list (neck).
Marson had been on the disabled list for the first time in his career following a collision with Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings at home plate on April 9 in Tampa Bay. He was previously hitless on the season, walking twice in two games.
To make room for Marson on the 25-man roster, the Indians...
The Cleveland Indians announced today that SP Brett Myers has elbow tendonitis and a mild UCL sprain-
RHP BRETT MYERS has been diagnosed w/R elbow tendonitis & mild UCL sprain.Will not throw for 2 weeks.Can resume throwing when symptom-free
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 22, 2013
The best case for the Indians? Myers is down for a couple weeks and returns healthy.
The Akron Aeros nearly got over .500 in a week for the first time, but fell short after they dropped four of seven. The Aeros held leads deep into the game but stumbled to close out games, something manager Edwin Rodriguez remarked upon Sunday afternoon.
"When the players get to Double-A," Rodriguez said. "They have the talent to be here, but they have to develop...
Three weeks into the season and Indians outfielder Nick Swisher can't contain his excitement over his new team.
The veteran will have to wait another day to help Cleveland try to extend its three-game winning streak after rain postponed Tuesday night's game against Chicago White Sox.
The game was called three hours and 35 minutes before the scheduled first pitch. Starters...
The Indians’ season hinges on starting pitchers’ Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco.
It really is that simple.
With or without the two youngsters, the baseball season still will be an entertaining one here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, but to have any chance at being good, Bauer and Carrasco have to not only be a part of this starting rotation, but have to be good...
The Cleveland Indians have placed right-hander Brett Myers
on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm injury, according to Nick
Camino of WTAM 1100.
#Indians place RHP Brett Myers on 15-day DL. Corey Kluber will start Wed. vs. #WhiteSox.
— Nick Camino (@CaminoTribe) April 21, 2013
Myers has been dealing with discomfort in his right forearm
since the middle...
MLB News: On Wednesday the Cleveland Indians activated catcher Lou Marson from the 15-day disabled list, after recovering from a brutal collision at home plate. He will once again serve as Carlos Santana‘s backup. To make room for him the Indians optioned catcher Yan Gomes to Triple-A Columbus. In yet another move, the Indians also assigned Fernando Nieve to the same minor league...
The Cleveland Indians placed outfielder Michael Bourn on the 15-day disabled list last week when he sustained a laceration on his right hand. The injury required five stitches, which are scheduled to be removed Thursday, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
Indians CF Michael Bourn (15-day DL) is scheduled to have the stitches removed from his injured right index finger on...
Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) - 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI - Naquin's been strong all season, but tonight he took it to another level as he picked up his second and third doubles of the season as well as his 9th and 10th RBI. Naquin is now batting .303. While his OBP (.370) and tendency to strike out rather than walk (19 Ks to only 5 BBs) are a little worrisome, it is good to remember...
Rarely do players successfully transition to more difficult positions, but the Cleveland Indians believe second base prospect Tony Wolters can be the next infielder to be successful converted into a catcher. It’s common for a player to move to a less valuable position when his abilities fall short of major league competency, but occasionally a player will increase his value by...
Coach's Corner returns to the IBI today for the 2013 season, and is a piece where Tony sits down with a coach in the Indians minor league system and really breaks down and discusses several players on the roster. He recently had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina manager Dave Wallace and they talked about in detail the transition that Tony Wolters is making to catcher...
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Cedric Hunter: LF, Columbus Clippers: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI:
The system is ripe with up-and-coming prospects, but part of the charm of minor league baseball are when guys like...
Roster Update: The did something very dumb today as they brought back Lou Marson from the DL in exchange for Yan Gomes, who went back to Columbus. The Indians claim they sent Gomes back to AAA because they want him to play everyday, but with Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher signed long term, it is unlikely that Gomes would ever be the starting catcher for the Indians and he is already...
8:01 PM – I just learned that today is Terry Francona’s birthday. Hours before, I heard that it’s also Jack Nicholson’s birthday. What a small world! I can only imagine the fun those two might have at a birthday party together, what with all of the chewing tobacco and nubile feminine attention. Sounds like a good time. You know what else sounds like a good time? Live...
The Indians were a reeling bunch heading to Houston this weekend. They had just been swept by the Boston Red Sox and were essentially dominated for three games on their home field. Thursday night’s loss was a microcosm of the series; it was one missed offensive opportunity after another. Hitting the road sometimes is a good thing, especially for a team like the Indians who are...