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“This 2012 season ought to serve as a lesson that, no, the almost completely left-handed lineup and the right-handed rotation do not lend themselves to the kind of sustained winning stretches it takes to be a true contender. Both of those issues absolutely need to be addressed, one way or another, if the Indians are going to contend in 2013, and perhaps Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore coming off the books will help Antonetti do so. You can look at the Indians’ lineup, factoring in a healthy Lonnie Chisenhall and matured Jason Kipnis, and see the seeds of a competitive club. But as I wrote earlier, if the Indians do ultimately decide to deal Choo, they’d almost assuredly be taking a big step back with regard to their 2013 outlook, and that’s a tough sell to a fractured fan base.” [Castrovince/]


“After a national championship and ten-year period of unprecedented dominance in the Big Ten, such success that could have been perhaps been even greater never was. In the wake of major NCAA violations involving the former OSU coach, Tressel was urged by athletic director Gene Smith to step down.

On the Monday morning of May 30, 2011, he did exactly that. Almost exactly 14 months later, Tressel finds himself full-circle at the University of Akron, a place where he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant.” [Maks/The O Zone]


“Practice after practice, Hardesty would either be held out of practice or was “limited” in what he was allowed to do. Even after he had returned full speed to practice, Shurmur questioned whether he was mentally over his injury. Hardesty’s load was expected to be light at the beginning of last season, until Brandon Jackson unexpectedly landed on injured reserve with a turf toe.

This year? The expectations, at least in the eyes of many fans, were low. The team drafted Trent Richardson. After being the darling of camp last year, Jackson was returning from injury. It was believed that a roster spot might come down to a side competition between Hardesty and second-year back Chris Ogbonnaya, who was second on the team in rushing yards a year ago. If things ended today, I don’t think there is much of a decision to make: Hardesty will be on the team’s 53-man roster.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]


“You have to wonder if we just witnessed Derek Lowe’s final start for the Cleveland Indians. For a team that is desperately trying to cling to the fringe of the postseason discussion, it seems too high a risk to keep sending the veteran out there. As great as Lowe was on the mound early this season, as great a pitcher as he’s been throughout his career, and as much as he has been liked by teammates and coaches and reporters throughout his career, he has undoubtedly reached a turning point.” [Bastian/MLB]


MLB Report: Indians Designate Lowe for Assignment

Derek Lowe has pitched himself out of the Indians’ rotation and off the team. Following Wednesday night’s loss to the Royals, the Indians designated Lowe for assignment. Being called up to join the rotation is Corey Kluber. Lowe started the season strong, but has had a brutal two months. Tuesday’s poor outing was apparently the last straw- “Lowe — acquired in an offseason...

MLB Report: Hafner on Paternity Leave; Rottino Up From Columbus

Well, here’s the news- “The Indians placed Travis Hafner on Major League Baseball’s paternity list on Wednesday, giving the veteran designated hitter between one to three days to be with his family for the birth of their second son. Cleveland promoted utility man Vinnie Rottino from Triple-A Columbus to temporarily take Hafner’s spot on the roster. “Vinnie’s going to...

Indians designate Derek Lowe for assignment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians designated Derek Lowe for assignment Wednesday night, one day after the veteran right-hander was shelled by Kansas City. Lowe gave up seven runs on eight hits, two walks and a balk over 2 1-3 innings in Cleveland's 8-3 loss Tuesday night. He had lost four straight, had a 15.88 ERA in his last three starts and an 8.80 ERA in his...

Report: Derek Lowe Would Love Red Sox Reunion, Just Needs a 'Tune-Up'

Many Red Sox fans' minds probably began to wander upon hearing that Derek Lowe had been designated for assignment by the Indians. While it's unclear if Boston is interested in bringing back the 39-year-old, who played with the club from 1997-2004, Lowe certainly seems open to the idea. According to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, Lowe said he just needs a "tune...

Potential Red Sox Reunion With Derek Lowe Could End Up Making Sense for Both Sides

We were nearing the end of Red Sox Final on Wednesday night when an interesting tidbit came across The Edge, NESN's ubiquitous bottom-of-the-screen ticker: "Cleveland Indians designate Derek Lowe for assignment." Hmmm... Lowe, now 39 years old, has struggled mightily for the Indians of late. He's 0-3 with a 15.88 ERA in his last three starts after getting pounded...

Derek Lowe's Departure From Cleveland Has Red Sox Fans Debating Value of Possible Return to Boston (Video)

With the news that Derek Lowe was being designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, many an ear across Red Sox Nation perked up. With the Sox in need of some starting pitching help -- not to mention with a possible injury to Josh Beckett looming -- the 39-year-old sinkerballer is an intriguing option to many fans who remember Lowe's time in Beantown fondly...

Derek Lowe Designated for Assignment by Cleveland Indians

Former Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe has been designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians. After beginning the season strong, the 39-year-old sinkerballer has faltered down the stretch. Once 6-1 with a league-leading 2.05 ERA, Lowe is now 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA. His last time out, he only lasted 2 1/3 innings while giving up seven earned runs to the Royals. According to the team...

Indians DFA Derek Lowe

As a Braves fan, this amuses me way more than it should. The Indians have designated starting pitcher Derek Lowe for assignment. Lowe was acquired by the Indians from the Braves this past offseason in essentially a salary dump, with Atlanta picking up $10 million of Lowe's $15 million salary in 2012, the final year of a four year pact he signed with the Braves prior to the...

Lowe struggles again in loss to Royals

Derek Lowe was one of the best starting pitchers in the American League for the first six weeks. Now he's one of the worse. Lowe retired only five of the 17 batters he faced in the Cleveland Indians' 8-3 loss Tuesday night to the Kansas City Royals. Since starting the season 6-1 with a 2.05 ERA on May 15, Lowe is 2-9 and his ERA has climbed to 5.52. ''It's...

Is Derek Lowe returning to the Boston Red Sox?

Rumors are swirling as I write that it is quite possible that Derek Lowe, designated for assignment today by the Cleveland Indians, could very well be wearing the Sox uniform again. Lowe 39, started the season 6-1 with a 3.09 ERA in his first 11 starts but has struggled since the All-Star break, going 0-3 with an ERA of 15.88, hefty numbers for a man making $15 million this year...

Reunion with Derek Lowe?

Espn -BOSTON -- The Red Sox are not sure yet whether they would have an interest in adding pitcher Derek Lowe, who was designated for assignment by the Indians on Wednesday, but the club is doing its due diligence on the matter, according to a team source. News today indicates that the Indians have designated for assignment former Red Sox, Derek Lowe. Lowe as you may remember...

The Nats Shouldn't Sign Derek Lowe

Starting pitcher Derek Lowe was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, paving the way for other teams around the league to make a move to grab him. In case you're not familiar with what happens after a player has been DFA'd, within the next 10 days, the Indians have to trade or release the veteran righty who is due $15 million this season....
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