Found March 06, 2013 on Fox Sports West:
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Jason Giambi thought he would be a manager this season. Instead, he's still playing. Giambi drove in two runs and Justin Masterson outpitched Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. After interviewing for the Colorado Rockies' managerial opening -- which went to Walt Weiss -- the 42-year-old Giambi signed a minor league deal with Cleveland just ahead of the start of spring training with hopes of playing one more season in an 18-year career. He singled and hit a sacrifice fly to pace the Indians' offense against the Dodgers. "Jason is not just helping the younger guys," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "(He's) helping the older guys and me. I've already gone to him three times just with questions. He's not a veteran. He's THE veteran." Masterson had a subpar 2012 campaign after shoulder surgery in October 2011. He pitched three-hit ball with fou...

2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #11 LHP Scott Barnes

The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes. The Ryan Garko for Barnes trade back in July of 2009 may end up as one of the best trades the Indians have made in the last several years, and whether he ends up as a full time bullpen arm or a starter down the road, the Indians believe they have a solid piece to their big league...

Raburn needs to just let it "fly"

Ryan Raburn will turn 32 approximately two weeks into the 2013 season. He owns a career batting line of .256/.311/.430, good enough to consider him “Better than available AAA players, but below league average”. Increasingly popular statistics like WAR and VORP use the notion of a Replacement level player to baseline their statistics. Raburn has been better than the Replacements...

Then & Now: Nick Hagadone

Then & Now is a weekly feature at Indians Baseball Insider during the offseason that takes a look at a player's past and present while also offering a possible glimpse into the player's future. It was a busy offseason for the Cleveland Indians as a number of significant moves were made to address some glaring holes exposed last season. Lack of right-handed hitters? Mark...

2013 IBI Top 100 Prospects & More book available for sale

The new 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider which features the Indians' top 100 prospects and more is now available.  The book retails for $24.95 (shipping and handling not included) and can be purchased on-line by clicking on the book cover below at the bottom of this page. You will be taken to an e-store to complete the purchase. At the moment this is the only way to purchase...

2013 Spring Training Game #14: Indians 4, Dodgers 0

Overview The wins continue to roll in for the Cleveland Indians as the Tribe defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 to win their third straight game on Wednesday. Pitching played a huge part in the win as right-hander Justin Masterson pitched four shutout innings and allowed just three hits and struck out three. The performance was especially nice to see considering Masterson allowed...

Mike Petriello was on to something regarding Matt Guerrier, most interesting pitcher in the world

If you hadn’t seen it yet, then … that happened. Then Mike Petriello tweeted out this: “I don’t always give up homers, but when i do, they travel really, really goddamn far.” — @mattygrrr — Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) March 5, 2013 And I think he’s on to something.

Podcast: 'Dugout Blues' episode 26 - Dodgers, Kershaw, Puig, Harang

On this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (Dodger Diamond) and I look at Dodger spring training up to this point. Clayton Kershaw is off to a slow start in Spring Training. Is it something to be concerned about? Yasiel Puig is the talk of camp and fans are clamoring for his inclusion on the 25-man roster. It isn't going to happen, even if Carl Crawford begins...

Clutchitude: Least Clutch Plays By The 2012 Dodgers – Hitting

Baseball fans love to talk about clutch plays and clutch players, and Dodgers fans are no exception, but like with a pitcher’s best and worst pitches, there tends to be a lack of evidence presented. As such, I decided to find some basis for clutch plays and clutch players, courtesy of the WPA and Clutch statistics. WPA Most sabermetric statistics are context neutral — they do...

Orioles and Brewers in pursuit of Aaron Harang

Yesterday we heard that the Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers had scouts in attendance for Aaron Harang’s start at Camelback Ranch. Harang put forth three scoreless innings, throwing an additional 16 pitches on the side. Great timing to put up a good performance, for the Dodgers that is. I don’t know what Harang’s trade value is at the moment, but I would venture to guess...

Padres 7, Dodgers 3

Clayton Kershaw gave up four runs and seven hits in three-plus innings, his third straight sub-par outing of the spring, and the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 7-3 to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Kershaw has given up nine runs on 17 hits in eight innings. Dodgers reliever Shawn Tolleson appeared to injure his right leg in the eighth inning and was immediately removed from the game...

Mexico builds team around Gonzalez, Gallardo

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Looking over Team Mexico's World Baseball Classic roster, the average fan -- at least here in the U.S. -- might only recognize a handful of names. Team Mexico manager Rick Renteria knows his team lacks the star power of Team USA or Team Venezuela but is confident has the experience to go far in the tournament. "I think it's one of those things...

Ramirez leads Dominican team in romp over Phillies

Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez and the Dominican Republic put on a relentless offensive display in their first exhibition game ahead of the World Baseball Classic, amassing 28 hits in a 15-2 romp over Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies. Reyes led off the game with a single and the Dominican Republic team never let up, roughing up Hamels for 12 hits and eight runs in 2 2-3 innings...

Photo: Matt Kemp, Cole Hamels to appear on popular bubble gum package

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