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Scott Kazmir, who hasn't pitched in the majors in almost two years, has won a spot in Cleveland's rotation.
The left-hander was chosen as the Indians' No. 5 starter on Monday by manager Terry Francona as the club made several roster moves. Kazmir's comeback took him to the independent Atlantic League last season. A two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay, he outpitched a group that included Daisuke Matsuzaka in camp to make the starting staff.
Kazmir went 9-15 with the Los Angeles Angels in 2010. He made one start in 2011 before he was placed on the disabled list and released two months later.
He will be added to the roster before his first start on April 6 at Tampa Bay.
Slugger Jason Giambi was placed on the DL with a back strain.
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Nick Swisher is ready to rock Cleveland. After four quietly terrific seasons in New York, Swisher is now taking his laughter and baseball delight to a dugout where he will be teamed up with old Yankee nemesis, Terry Francona. Swisher reminds me of cats--you either love him or hate him. The word, "douche" seems to come up a lot on Twitter from baseball fans and writers...
Terry Francona has often described his managerial by saying he wants to put players in the best position possible to succeed.
Which sounds pretty esoteric.
It wouldnt seem smart to put guys in spots to fail (though it does happen).
But spend a few days with Francona in Goodyear and instances arise that demonstrate what the Indians new manager means. The examples relate to individuals...
The Cleveland Indians have released right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. By releasing Matsuzaka the Indians can avoid paying him a $100,000 bonus. Matsuzaka was reunited with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona in Cleveland but dealt with cramping in his right calf. He was told last week th......
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Asdrubal Cabrera injured a muscle in his back in the batting cage this morning and was subsequently scratched from the lineup for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Manager Terry Francona indicated that Cabrera would be out of the lineup both Sunday and Monday, but given that back injuries often linger, there...
I’ll get to some actual predictions later this week, but today I thought I’d share with you some stat-lines I’ll be paying extra close attention throughout this year. Think of these as “leading indicators” for how successful each player’s season might be.
Michael Brantley’s On-Base Percentage – Given that he’s been in Cleveland since 2009, it’s pretty easy to...
Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s reunion with Terry Francona was short lived.
The Cleveland Indians released the right-handed pitcher on Sunday. Matsuzaka was signed to a minor league deal on Feb. 10.
Matsuzaka pitched in four games with the Indians during spring training. He allowed 10 hits in eight innings, but surrendered just two runs for a 2.25 ERA. He struck out three and allowed one...
The Cleveland Indians have told David Huff that he will not
make the team and will thus become a trade candidate this spring, according to
Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer.
#Indians have told Ezequiel Carrera and David Huff, both out of options, that they won't make the club and they will try to trade them.
— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) March 25, 2013
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps are staying with the Cleveland Indians.
The pair agreed to minor league contracts on Tuesday after being released from their previous deals with Cleveland. The Indians used the moves to get around the provision in baseball's labor contract that requires a 100,000 retention bonus if a player is not released by Tuesday or...
Bourn - CF (Carrera)
Aviles - SS (played whole game, later moved to LF)
Kipnis - 2B (Raburn)
Swisher - 1B (McGuiness)
Brantley - LF (Hernandez - SS)
Santana - C (Jeroloman)
Reynolds - DH (Gomes)
Chisenhall - 3B (Antonelli, Phelps - PH in 9th only, did not take field)
Stubbs - RF (Holt)
Jimenez - 7+ IP
Allen - 1 IP
Shaw - 1 IP
The story of the day was clearly Ubaldo...
The Cleveland Indians have formally agreed to terms with starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka and relief pitcher Matt Capps.
The terms of the deal were unannounced, but both deals were of the minor league variety and both players will report to Triple-A Columbus after the close of big league camp.
Per Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, it appears that — despite the luxury...
The Cleveland Indians' farm teams took on the affiliates of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday in the eighth of 11 scheduled inter-organization preseason exhibition games. Trevor Bauer started for Columbus, T.J. House for Akron, Jacob Lee for Carolina and Luis DeJesus for Lake County, and Arthur has the details on how all of them did as well as several standout performances in the lineup.
When Disuke Matsuzaka, from here on in to be referred to as Dice-K, arrived in Boston in 2007 his expectations were sky high. People expected the "gyro" ball pitcher from Japan to be the Japanese version of Pedro Martinez from the Dominican Republic. The $100 million price tag, $50 for the rights to talk to him and $50 million over a 5 year deal made Dice-K the most expensive...
Scott Kazmir gave up 13 hits over five innings while trying to earn a spot in the Cleveland rotation, and the Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 10-5.
Kazmir gave up five runs, struck out five and walked none.
Jason Giambi and Cord Phelps homered for Cleveland. Raul Ibanez homered and drove in three runs for the Mariners.
Seattle starter Blake Beavan allowed nine runs and 16 hits...
Daisuke Matsuzaka's bid to bounce back from injuries and poor performances may be over. The Cleveland Indians released the 32-year old pitcher yesterday. Matsuzaka was contemplating returning to pitch in Japan if he could not find Major League work. That might be his best option now.
The Indians today released RHP DIASUKE MATSUZAKA from his Minor League contract that...
The bats were as scorching hot as the Arizona sun Saturday in Peoria as the Indians and Mariners combined for 15 runs off 34 hits with the Tribe doubling up Seattle 10-5. Scott Kazmir struggled for the first time in Cactus League play this spring, but isn’t expected to lose much ground in the race for the fifth starting rotation spot, which is expected to be decided between him...