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  Cleveland Indians (2-1) at Tampa Bay Rays (1-2)  Series 2, Games 4, 5, and 6 Tropicana Field (2012): 0.874*, Slight pitchers park. (Dome) *Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. A rate higher than 1.000 favors the hitter. Below 1.000 favors the pitcher.   Series Overview   The Rays, despite winning 90 or more games for four of the past five seasons, failed to make the playoffs in 2012. The front office responded this off season by being fiscally conservative and dropping payroll by 2.7% from last season. They traded all-star starting pitcher James Shields to the Kansas City Royals, cutting $10.25 million from the operating expense category for 2013. Unlike the Indians, the Rays decided to keep quiet on the free agent market this past off season, as their talented group of core players take another shot at the AL East crown. The organization has earned respect since Stuart Sternberg took over the ownership of ...

Indians shut down by Moore, suffer 4-0 loss to Rays

TAMPA - When going on a road trip, it’s easy to leave some necessary belongings behind. For the Indians, it looked like the team left their hitting shoes behind the Canadian border in Toronto, as Tampa Bay shutout the Tribe on Friday night, 4-0. Cleveland hitters could not string together any sort of offense against Rays crafty left-hander Matt Moore. The southpaw blanked the Indians...

Rays apologize for mascot, inappropriate sign

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Tampa Bay Rays regret that an insensitive sign found its way in Tropicana Field on Wednesday. "Last night Rays mascot Raymond was handed an inappropriate sign brought to the game by a fan, the Rays said in a release. Fans are welcome to bring signs into Tropicana Field provided they are not offensive. The Tampa Bay Rays regret that this particular sign...

Jeff Niemann to DL with shoulder soreness

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Jeff Niemann must overcome a health obstacle, again. The Tampa Bay Rays announced Friday that they have placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder soreness. Brandon Gomes, a right-hander, was recalled from Class AAA Durham to take Niemanns place in the bullpen. Weve been fighting this for a while, Niemann said. The whole...

Indians put LHP Scott Kazmir on disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have placed left-hander Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right ribcage muscle. The team made the move on Saturday. Cleveland also recalled right-hander Trevor Bauer from Triple-A Columbus to start Saturday night against Tampa Bay. The Indians had said Thursday that the moves were coming.

The 2013 Transaction Rundown: April 2-5

Man!  It's good to be back at the Transactions Log! Welcome to the 2013 Edition of The Transaction Rundown!  Your weekly source for transactiony goodness from all levels of the Cleveland Indians organization. As always, you can get your daily fix of roster movement anytime by checking out the Transactions Log.  Just click on "2013" under the "Transactions"...

Rays apologize for mascot Raymond holding up Steve Irwin sign

The Tampa Bay Rays have had to apologize after their mascot, Raymond, held up a sign that makes fun of the death of Crocodile Hunter Steven Irwin.

IBI Digest: 3/30/13-4/6/13

Baseball is officially back! The big league club is in action, the minor league teams are playing, and you can go to your local ballpark and catch a game. After the long offseason, I think everyone can join with me when I say "Finally!" Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week: Subscription Pieces 2013 Indians minor league full season rosters announced...

The Inside Pitch 2.1: Debut show for 2013

The Inside Pitch is back for 2013. The Inside Pitch is an on-line radio show hosted by Andrew Zajac and Jeff Ellis, who are two contributing members of The show debuted in April of 2012 and has a heavy focus on fantasy baseball, though depending on the time of the year the show also focuses on other subjects like the Cleveland Indians, the Major League...

Reynolds' HR gives Indians 3-2 win over Jays

TORONTO (AP) -- Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking home run in the 11th inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday night. Reynolds drilled a leadoff shot into the second deck off Sergio Santos (0-1), the fifth Blue Jays reliever. The homer helped the Indians overcome a blown save by Chris Perez, who surrendered a tying shot by Jose Bautista in the ninth...

4/5 Game Recap: Indians 2 - Rays 2

Roster Moves: In what looks to be the last pitching rotation announcement for awhile, the Indians have stated that Carlos Carrasco will be entered into the rotation between Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers next time around as expected. This means Trevor Bauer will make just a single start before being sent back down, possibly for Jason Giambi who is due to join the team next week....

Matt Moore sharp, leads Rays past Indians

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Moore pitched six sharp innings and Ben Zobrist drove in three runs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Friday night. Moore (1-0) limited the Indians to a pair of hits by Michael Bourn, walked two and struck out eight. The 23-year-old left-hander retired his final eight batters and came out after 100 pitches. Zobrist, who...

Tampa Bay Rays Mascot With The Sign Of The Century

Crikey! Doesn’t matter if it’s too soon or not, it’s funny. You see, because Steve Irwin was killed… [[ Read More ]]

Indians-Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays lost two of three in their season-opening series, but manager Joe Maddon won't complain about his team's effort. Looking to get back on track, the Rays host a Cleveland Indians team hoping to build on a successful opening set Friday night. Tampa Bay led after six innings of Tuesday's 7-4 opening day loss to Baltimore on Tuesday and was tied in the...
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