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The Cleveland Indians are dipping into the nostalgia pool this week, adding former Tribe backstop Kelly Shoppach to a minor league contract. Shoppach, 33, signed with the Mariners in the off-season and spent the first two and a half months of the season with Seattle where he hit .196 with seven doubles, three home runs and nine RBI in 35 games before being released on June 20. The Baylor University product later spent July in the Washington Nationals organization (Triple-A Syracuse) and August in the Pittsburgh Pirates system (Triple-A Indianapolis) before requesting his release on August 28. The right-handed hitting catcher returns to the Indians organization where he spent four seasons from 2006-09 after being acquired from the Boston Red Sox in January of 2006. He owns a nine-year Major League batting average of .224 with 92 doubles, 70 home runs and 216 RBI in 571 games with five teams since debuting in 2005. He was originally selected in the 2001 draft (2nd round) by the Red Sox out of Baylor. He was dealt in 2009 for former back-of-the-rotation starter Mitch Talbot. Shoppach has been assigned to Triple-A Columbus. [Related: Kubel deal is low in risk, but likely low in reward: Tribe Talk]  

Orbiting Cleveland: Gauging Jose Ramirez's value

As the end of the month approaches, the attention of almost every Cleveland Indians fan is centered right on the playoff race. That's for good reason, too. Who would have thought that just one year removed from a 68-94 season, the Indians would find themselves with a 71-62 record and in the thick of the American League Wild Card race. It's quite remarkable and just goes to...

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Indians release Brett Myers

The Brett Myers era in Cleveland is officially over. On Thursday afternoon the club announced that they activated the right-hander from the 60-day disabled list and released him from his contract. Myers, 32, made just four appearances for the Indians this season going 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA (21.1 IP, 29 H, 10 HR, 5 BB, 12 K). He struggled all spring training and during the first...

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Indians activate Brett Myers, then release him

The Cleveland Indians activated pitcher Brett Myers from the 60-day disabled list and then released him from his contract. Myers was originally signed to be the team's number three starter, but persistent right elbow problems never allowed Myers to fill that role. As reported by Jordan Bastian of, the Indians attempted to have Myers return as a relief pitcher, a role...

How A Shoulder Injury May Have Improved Swisher’s Swing

We don’t really have full information on the shoulder injury that has been bothering Nick Swisher this season. We do know that it’s bothered him off and on, that he’s missed a handful of games, and that he’s had a cortisone shot recently. And from a results standpoint, we know that his power is down… […]

Second Thoughts Game #134: Indians 2, Tigers 7

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August 2013 Player Power Rankings

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Second Thoughts Game #132: Indians 2, Braves 3

Pre-Game Commentary Without dwelling too much on another disappointing performance by the Indians’ offense on Tuesday, I’ll just say that entering the series this is the game that seemed most winnable. Justin Masterson takes the hill against Paul Maholm, who recently returned from the disabled list and has just a 4.45 ERA on the season. With a series against Detroit and Baltimore...

Clippers bats ice cold in 4-1 loss to Mudhens

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Indians fall to Tigers for 17th time in 21 tries

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Indians Trade for Jason Kubel

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Indians acquire Jason Kubel from Diamondbacks

Three weeks short weeks after Mark Reynolds was designated for assignment, Cleveland has found themselves another power bat. This time from the left side. A source confirmed late Thursday night the Indians have acquired outfielder Jason Kubel in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for a minor league pitcher and cash. The deal is expected to be announced on Friday. Kubel...
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