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When the Cleveland Indians signed Mark Reynolds to a one year deal, they were hoping he could put some excitement back in the Indians line-up at the D.H. spot. Reynolds is the kind of hitter that it is either all or nothing. Yes, the guy who hit a blast over the score-board in Goodyear Arizona that had to travel over 500 feet doesn’t do that all the time. He struck out 199 times last season. The Indians are hoping under the watchful eye of Terry Francona, Reynolds will gain some more patience at the plate this season. Francona who loved watching the ball travel over the score-board in the desert thinks it is fun to watch. He’s right. It is fun to watch. The thing people are wondering now is, how many of those shots will Reynolds have in him this season. At 29-years-old, he should have some pop left in his bat. If they can teach him a little patience at the plate, he could deliver a great season in Cleveland. That is where a guy like Francona comes in. He has seen it all throughout h...
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Terry Francona has often described his managerial by saying he wants to put players in the best position possible to succeed.
Which sounds pretty esoteric.
It wouldnt seem smart to put guys in spots to fail (though it does happen).
But spend a few days with Francona in Goodyear and instances arise that demonstrate what the Indians new manager means. The examples relate to individuals...
The Cleveland Indians have released right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. By releasing Matsuzaka the Indians can avoid paying him a $100,000 bonus. Matsuzaka was reunited with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona in Cleveland but dealt with cramping in his right calf. He was told last week th......
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Asdrubal Cabrera injured a muscle in his back in the batting cage this morning and was subsequently scratched from the lineup for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Manager Terry Francona indicated that Cabrera would be out of the lineup both Sunday and Monday, but given that back injuries often linger, there...
I’ll get to some actual predictions later this week, but today I thought I’d share with you some stat-lines I’ll be paying extra close attention throughout this year. Think of these as “leading indicators” for how successful each player’s season might be.
Michael Brantley’s On-Base Percentage – Given that he’s been in Cleveland since 2009, it’s pretty easy to...
Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s reunion with Terry Francona was short lived.
The Cleveland Indians released the right-handed pitcher on Sunday. Matsuzaka was signed to a minor league deal on Feb. 10.
Matsuzaka pitched in four games with the Indians during spring training. He allowed 10 hits in eight innings, but surrendered just two runs for a 2.25 ERA. He struck out three and allowed one...
The bats were as scorching hot as the Arizona sun Saturday in Peoria as the Indians and Mariners combined for 15 runs off 34 hits with the Tribe doubling up Seattle 10-5. Scott Kazmir struggled for the first time in Cactus League play this spring, but isn’t expected to lose much ground in the race for the fifth starting rotation spot, which is expected to be decided between him...
The Cleveland Indians have released right-handed relief pitcher Matt Capps from his minor league contract.
The Indians signed Capps on January 31st to help fill out and bolster an already loaded bullpen. Capps had been an effective reliever in the past, starting his career off with the PIttsburgh Pirates. From 2005-2009 with the Pirates, he woked his way into the closer role...
Your browser does not support iframes.New Cleveland Indians slugger Mark Reynolds put his tremendous power on full display Friday night at Goodyear Ballpark against the Arizona Diamondbacks.With two outs and a man on board during the bottom of the sixth inning, Reynolds proceeds to absolutely unload on a 1-0 offering from D'backspitcher David Hernandez, lifting the ball high...
Bourn - CF (Carrera)
Aviles - SS (played whole game, later moved to LF)
Kipnis - 2B (Raburn)
Swisher - 1B (McGuiness)
Brantley - LF (Hernandez - SS)
Santana - C (Jeroloman)
Reynolds - DH (Gomes)
Chisenhall - 3B (Antonelli, Phelps - PH in 9th only, did not take field)
Stubbs - RF (Holt)
Jimenez - 7+ IP
Allen - 1 IP
Shaw - 1 IP
The story of the day was clearly Ubaldo...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Daisuke Matsuzaka has been released by Cleveland but is expected to re-sign with the Indians and begin the season with their top farm team.
The team announced Sunday that it released the right-hander from the minor league contract he signed last month. The Indians informed Matsuzaka last week that he would not make their opening-day roster, and they had until...
Scott Kazmir gave up 13 hits over five innings while trying to earn a spot in the Cleveland rotation, and the Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 10-5.
Kazmir gave up five runs, struck out five and walked none.
Jason Giambi and Cord Phelps homered for Cleveland. Raul Ibanez homered and drove in three runs for the Mariners.
Seattle starter Blake Beavan allowed nine runs and 16 hits...
When Disuke Matsuzaka, from here on in to be referred to as Dice-K, arrived in Boston in 2007 his expectations were sky high. People expected the "gyro" ball pitcher from Japan to be the Japanese version of Pedro Martinez from the Dominican Republic. The $100 million price tag, $50 for the rights to talk to him and $50 million over a 5 year deal made Dice-K the most expensive...
Daisuke Matsuzaka's bid to bounce back from injuries and poor performances may be over. The Cleveland Indians released the 32-year old pitcher yesterday. Matsuzaka was contemplating returning to pitch in Japan if he could not find Major League work. That might be his best option now.
The Indians today released RHP DIASUKE MATSUZAKA from his Minor League contract that...