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The weekend in Wahooland saw the games beginning in Arizona. We have been hearing about how great the vibe is in camp and how loose yet focused the Indians have been under new skipper Terry Francona. Now it was time to see how that translated into Spring Training games. The results in these tilts are meaningless, but the Tribe won all four, including two split-squad games Sunday afternoon. There was lots to like. Here were some of the takeaways:
The first lineup we saw will be something close to what will be on opening day, barring injury. Francona’s Friday nine was Michael Bourn, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Drew Stubbs. If seeing that batting order, with nine real legit major league ball players, didn’t make you feel better about the team, then nothing will. A full year of bottom fours that included the likes of Shelley Duncan, Jack Hannahan, Casey Kotchman, and Brett Lillibridge will make you...
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The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Dillon Howard. Last season was a difficult season for Howard as he struggled with injuries and other things which really affected his performance and the quality of his stuff. Tony shares all of the injuries he struggled through and some other factors which contributed to a poor showing in...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong. Everything came together as hoped for Armstrong last season as he was 100% healthy for the first time since he went off to college, his arm strength was all the way back, and he really solidified himself as a legit pitching prospect in the Indians’ organization. Tony breaks...
Ryan Raburn is swinging a red-hot bat this spring, he continues to show that the Indians made a good decision in bringing this utility man to the team. Raburn helped the Indians win over the Oakland A’s getting his 5th and 6th hits of this young spring training season. The Indians are playing some good ball and it looks like the team will have some depth in some of their position...
Yan Gomes had a brilliant performance for the Indians in yesterday's Spring Training contest as the right-handed hitting catcher socked a home run, a double and recorded five RBI. Gomes is currently in camp competing with Lou Marson for a chance at the Indians' backup catching job. He's made some noise so far, but does he have a legitimate chance to supplant the incumbent...
With me being off the ballot, what I accomplished during the steroid era meant nothing. You look at the people who voted for the Hall of Fame. I think there might have been 600. They still voted for people who were cheating the game. It boggles my mind that the people you know cheated, who admitted they cheated, are still on the Hall of Fame ballot. That is sad. It’s really sad...
The Cleveland Indians have scored 2 dozen runs over the last 2 days against the Cincinnati Reds.Terry Francona has to be pleased with what he is seeing with his offense,however, he has to be a little concerned about his starting pitching staff. The Indians pitchers have allowed the Cincinnati Reds to score 20 runs. The Indians would see the go ahead run come from another Lonnie Chisenhall...
The Cleveland Indians got some great work out of Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenz today as the Indians took on the Oakland Athletics, both Masterson and Jimenz worked two score less innings. This makes Terry Francona and the Indians coaching staff optimistic that Ubaldo is returning to from. if both Massterson and Jimenz pitch well this season the Indians should have a chance....
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- New Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has named Justin Masterson his starter for opening day.
Francona told the right-hander in the dugout Tuesday before Cleveland played the Kansas City Royals.
It will be the second time Masterson starts a season opener. A year ago, the 28-year-old struck out 10 over eight innings against the Blue Jays in Cleveland...
The Cleveland Indians got a scare yesterday afternoon when Michael Brantley was injured. He was spiked during the Indians' spring contest against the Oakland Athletics. The injury resulted in stitches, and the team will monitor his wound and decide when it is best for him to get back into games.
Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland says Brantley is listed as day-to-day...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Michael Brantley is going to try and deal with his toughest task yet at the Cleveland Indians' training camp -- rest.
Off to a hot start, the outfielder reported to the clubhouse Tuesday wearing a protective wrap on his left forearm. It covered the area where Brantley got 15 stitches following a play in which he was accidentally spiked by Oakland Athletics...
Carlos Santana is being drafted 40-50 slots ahead of Miguel Montero this year, and if you go the Santana route, you’re paying for upside. A former top prospect, Santana has highly-regarded offensive potential and could be a major contributor to your team if he realizes that potential. However–they key word is if; Montero actually ranked ahead of Santana last season despite fewer...
PHOENIX (AP) Scott Kazmir hopes Sunday was a big step on his road back to the major leagues.
Kazmir allowed one hit and struck out one in two scoreless innings as a Cleveland Indians split squad beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4.
"Until you get that first one out of the way, you're always going to be anxious," said Kazmir, who hasn't pitched in the majors since...
The Tribe are 5-0 and on a roll after they topped the Oakland Athletics (a much better nickname than the A's) 14-10 on Monday. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he looks back at this game and the best and worst performances of the day, all while working in references to Casey Coleman, Jackson Browne, the Cincinnati Reds, and THE Ohio State Buckeyes.
I stuttered like a fool to open the podcast this week. Scott Raab is a pretty regular guy who sets you at ease, but I still managed to stutter right into the opening just the same like a nervous Nelly. Anyway, after letting him laugh at me, Scott and I spent a nice amount of time discussing the news of the day in longer form.
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- From the moment he slipped on a Cleveland Indians jersey this spring, Terry Francona has relished being back with a big-league team after taking one season off following a tumultuous 2011 in Boston. Francona brings excitement and relevance to the Indians, who lost 94 games last season but have been overhauled by a free-agent spending spree.