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Blue Jays sign George Kottaras on minor league deal

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comfirms that the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms with Canadian catcher George Kottaras on a minor contract. Kottaras was designated for assignment by the St.Louis Cardinals on July 26th. george kottaras signs minor-league deal with blue jays — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 7, 2014 In 14 games, Kottaras […]
Via On-Base Talk
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–August 5, 2013

2013: Eric Hosmer drove in five runs as the Royals enjoyed a 13-0 whipping of the Twins at Kauffman Stadium.Hosmer singled in the second inning, homered in the sixth, and doubled in the seventh.The Royals battered Twins starter Kevin Correia for six runs in the second inning. Mike Moustakas led off with a double and George Kottaras walked. Alcides Escobar reached on a bunt single...
Via Pine Tar Press
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Welcome home, Cardinals -- a mostly familiar, notably improved crew

ST. LOUIS -- You might not need a new scorecard when the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium on Friday night. But if you plan to stick with your old one, you'll need a good-sized eraser. There have been some changes going on in the nine days since the Cardinals left town, and another move or two are still to come. First, bid a fond farewell to Allen Craig and Joe Kelly and say...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking The ‘Why Did The Cardinals Sign AJ Pierzynski’ Theories

The Cardinals have signed AJ Pierzynski and he will join the team today in Chicago. Whoo. Boy. The dude is controversial. And he likes it that way. His nickname? Captain Chaos. His former manager’s feeling about AJ? I paraphrase here: When you play against him, you hate him. When you play with him, you hate him a little bit less. So why? Let’s see if we can’t figure this...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Reading between the lines: Cardinals' GM John Mozeliak's thoughts on the trade market

In case you missed it, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak was a recent guest on Jim Bowden's "The GM's Office" video blog on ESPN.com.  Steve Adams of mlbtraderumors.com has a nice synopsis of the highlights from the interview, but its worth checking out the video in its entirety.Whenever I see quotes or hear soundbites from a GM around this time of year, I always like...
Via Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 highlights of the Tribe's first half

CLEVELAND -- After being swept at Chicago on May 28, the Indians found themselves six games under .500. They then swept the Rockies and Red Sox to get back even. For the past five weeks, they have found themselves from two over to two under the .500 mark. As the Tribe enjoys the All-Star Break, they are 47-47 and open the second half with an 11-game road trip to Detroit, Minnesota...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Storylines: The hot stove is heating up

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Friday, July 11. Tribe News: The Cardinals claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians, according to Jon Heyman...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards Activate Joe Kelly From 60-Day DL

CATCHER GEORGE KOTTARAS CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS; LYONS OPTIONED TO MEMPHIS (AAA); GARCIA TRANSFERRED TO 60-DAY D.L. MILWAUKEE, WI, July 11, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have activated right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly(left hamstring) from the 60-day disabled list and optioned left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons to Memphis (AAA).  The team also announced that...
Via The Cardinal Conclave
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals claim catcher Kottaras after Molina injury

MILWAUKEE -- The St. Louis Cardinals have claimed veteran George Kottaras off waivers from the Cleveland Indians, bolstering their catching position following the injury to Yadier Molina. The team says Kottaras likely will be added to the 25-man roster Saturday in Milwaukee. St. Louis begins a three-game series Friday against the Brewers. Kottaras was batting .286 with three homers...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Claim Catcher George Kottaras Off Of Waivers

Without All-Star catcher Yadier Molina out of the lineup with a torn ligament in his thumb, the St. Louis Cardinals needed another backstop. Friday afternoon, the team made a move to fill the void. St. Louis claimed former Boston Red Sox catcher George Kottaras off of waivers, Jon Heyman reported. Kottaras had a .235 batting average for the Sox in 48 games during 2008 and 2009....
Via NESN.com
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Sam Tuivailala dazzles in Springfield debut, plus other news and notes

Cardinals prospect Sam Tuivailala made his debut for Double-A Springfield on Thursday night, hurling two perfect innings in relief and striking out three Northwest Arkansas hitters. Tuivailala lit up the Hammons Field radar gun, hitting 102 mph at one point. Tuivailala was consistently hitting 98 mph with his fastball and complimenting that with an 84 mph slider. Tuivailala entered...
Via Cardinals Farm
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians acquire Chris Dickerson from Pirates

The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named or cash and selected his contract from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers roster. To make room on the 40-man roster they have designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment. Dickerson, 32, has appeared in 314 Major League games over six...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians in a slump at home

As recently as two weeks ago the Indians had the best home record in the Majors, but lately Progressive Field has been more hospitable to opponents. After winning 10 straight, the Indians have dropped five of their last six here. In the past six games, they have been outscored 40-21 with opponents hitting 11 home runs. The offense has a .228 batting average, which is 23 points lower...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadian Baseball Comes to Cleveland

Tomorrow may be the Fourth of July, when Americans celebrate everything that makes this country what it is. This past Tuesday, July 1st, however, cannot be overlooked in the celebration of things Americans hold dear to their heart. Tuesday was Canada Day, and, though it is called “America’s pastime,” baseball has strong roots in the United States’ neighbor to the north....
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians News: Nick Swisher activated, Jason Giambi hits the DL

Last night in the second of his two-game rehab stint  in Akron, first baseman Nick Swisher had two doubles and had no issues running on his sore knees. He has been deemed ready to go by the Tribe medical staff, so the Indians have officially activated him from the 15-day DL. There has been much speculation about which way the Indians would go once Swisher returned from the disabled...
Via Waiting For Next Year
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Lunchtime links: Everything's bigger in Texas edition

Another weekend is in the books and does it feel like deja vu? Here are Monday's lunchtime links: - Johnny Manziel spent some time in his home state of Texas -- and, of course, people on social media chronicled his actions. He was spotted floating on an inflatable swan in Austin, hanging courtside repping the Cavs at the NBA Finals - and, oh yeah, he was drafted by the San Diego...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Udderly dominant: Kottaras wins cow-milking event

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- When it comes to cow-milking contests, Cleveland Indians catcher George Kottaras is udderly dominant. Kottaras beat Rangers reliever Robbie Ross on Saturday for the second straight year in Texas. The team recognized the state's dairy farmers before the game. The event was held in foul territory down the left-field line, and Ross got off to a good start...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

5/27 Recap: Sox Sale Through the Storm

Roster Update: The injuries to Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana that have kept them out of late were apparently more serious than originally though as Santana has been placed on the seven day concussion DL and Swisher on the 15 day DL. For more on their injuries, read here. In their stead, George Kottaras and Jesus Aguilar have been recalled from AAA with Blake Wood being designated...
Via Burning River Baseball
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Swisher placed on DL, Santana to concussion

The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have placed catcher/infielder Carlos Santana on the 7-day Disabled List with concussion-like symptoms, retroactive to May 26 and have selected the contract of catcherGeorge Kottaras from Triple-A Columbus. To make room on the 40-man roster for Kottaras they have designated right-handed reliever Blake Wood for assignment. They...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Swisher to DL, Santana out with concussion so Kottaras gets another shot

The Indians put Nick Swisher on the 15-day Disabled List with his hyper-extended knee. Carlos Santana was placed on the 7-day concussion list, retroactive to the 26th. The Indians purchased the contract of George Kottaras from Columbus. Kottaras made news earlier this year with the Tribe when he homered in his first two at-bats for the Indians. He was the first player in franchise...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians' Nick Swisher, Carlos Santana to DL

The Indians will be without two more regulars in their lineup after Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana were placed on the disabled list on Tuesday while George Kottaras and Jesus Aguilar were brought up from Columbus. Santana was placed on the seven-day DL retroactive to Monday due to concussion-like symptoms that he began to experience after being struck in the head by a foul tip on...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: May 22, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.  Ryan Merritt (SP, Carolina): W (6-1), 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 SO With the high number of strikeouts in today's game, seeing a pitcher go seven innings with only one...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: May 19, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note, High-A Carolina was off on Monday. Alex Lavisky (C, Akron): 2-for-3, R, BB, E. Lavisky has been one of my favorite players in the system since the first time I met him and...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the 2014 Cleveland Indians roster at the quarter mark

The 2014 season has been a comedown for Cleveland so far as the team has been below .500 after making the playoffs in 2013. As always there have been highs and lows for the team, but overall the team has gotten a few more negatives than positives. These rankings represent a snapshot of each player's performance to date, meaning there are some people ranked higher who will regress...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: May 15, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note that Carolina was rained out Thursday and Akron had the day off. Scott Barnes (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO There was a time where Barnes was a top-10 prospect...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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