Ex-Brewer Axford happy to be back in NL Central playoff race

MILWAUKEE -- John Axford had every intention of finishing his season with the Cleveland Indians. After spending his entire major-league career in the National League Central, the former closer of the Milwaukee Brewers wasn't planning on returning to the Miller Park mound in the middle of a pennant race. But everything changed when the Pittsburgh Pirates put in a waiver claim...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen: ‘I’m not 100 percent, and I realize that’

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen left the team’s 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals with left rib discomfort. McCutchen left Tuesday’s game in the sixth inning because his ribs were feeling “just sore” and to “take a little break” that will allow him to return for Wednesday’s finale against the Cardinals. “The plan is to play [Wednesday],”...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

8/15 Recap: Kluber Does It Again, But Tribe Needs Walk-Off To Win

Roster Update: The Indians allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates to claim John Axford off waivers yesterday, saving the team the final month and a half of his contract. The move was made possible by the success of young pitchers like Kyle Crockett and Nick Hagadone along with the undependable nature of Axford. In his place, Michael Bourn has finally been activated from the DL. Bourn has...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

John Axford

JOHN AXFORD RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: April 1, 1983 Height: 6’5″ Weight: 220 Bats: Right Throws: Right Signed: Non-drafted free agent, 2006 (Yankees) How Acquired: Waiver claim (from Indians) College: Canisius College Agent: Beverly Hills Sports Council WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Axford didn’t exactly take a standard path to the majors.  He was well...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates put RHP Pimentel on DL, add RHP Axford

WASHINGTON (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Stolmy Pimentel on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle and activated right-handed reliever John Axford. The Pirates made the moves before Friday night's game at Washington. Pittsburgh claimed Axford off waivers Thursday from the Cleveland Indians. The 31-year-old was 2-3 with 10 saves and a 3...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians GM Antonetti explains reasoning behind Axford move

CLEVELAND -- With the odds of the Indians deciding to re-sign John Axford next season extremely slim, it didn't exactly break general manager Chris Antonetti's heart that the Pirates claimed Axford on waivers on Thursday. "We talked through a variety of alternatives with the Pirates but what enabled us to make the move was our belief in some of the other guys that have...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Avast ye matey, John Axford dons Pirate garb to celebrate joining Pirates (photo)

When the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed John Axford off waivers on Thursday, the team probably did not expect that the relief pitcher would so wholeheartedly greet the sudden change of scenery. So much so, in fact, that Axford, something of an eccentric fellow in his own right, outfitted himself in full pirate garb in order to […] The post Avast ye matey, John Axford dons Pirate garb...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

John Axford Dons Full Pirates Costume To Greet Pittsburgh Fans (Photo)

John Axford knows how to make a good first impression. The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed the 31-year-old right-handed reliever off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, and Axford was quick to greet his new fanbase with a hello they would really appreciate. #AhoyPittsburgh— John Axford (@JohnAxford) August 15, 2014 Axford, who will soon trade in his...
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Add John Axford to Bolster Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired relief pitcher John Axford yesterday from the Cleveland Indians. The acquisition was a straight waiver claim. Cleveland had the option of retaining Axford by pulling him off of waivers. Instead the Indians chose to allow Axford to go to the Pirates. The Indians get nothing in return. The Pirates do assume the remainder of Axford’s contract. He is...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

John Axford Says Hi To Pittsburgh With Winning Twitpic

There are players who come to a new team without much fanfare. However, John Axford decided that joining the Pittsburgh Pirates deserved a much bigger...
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Deal Axford to Pittsburgh

John Axford’s time in Cleveland came and went rather quickly, as the former closer is no longer a member of the club. Axford signed a one-year deal with the Indians to fill their void at closer back in December. Just about eight months later and Axford is no longer an Indian. In a rather low-key move on Thursday afternoon, the Indians dealt Axford away to the Pittsburgh Pirates...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs acquire John Axford

People have been (rightfully) clamoring for the Pirates to address their bullpen for a while now, and this is…well, something. After Thursday’s loss, the Bucs acquired veteran reliever John Axford from Cleveland. through waivers (not a trade – simply a claim). You’ll likely remember Axford from his days with the Brewers, and a short stint with the Cardinals last year. The...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire famous mustache-haver, occasionally effective reliever, John Axford

After watching Stolmy Pimentel and Brandon Cumpton turn close games into sure-fire losses on back-to-back days, the Pirates acquired John Axford from the Indians this evening. It doesn’t appear that the Indians will get anything in return for Axford other than salary relief, as the Pirates are now on the hook for what’s left of the $4.5 million the Indians owed him this year...
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirated claim Axford off trade waivers from Indians

The Cleveland Indians today awarded the trade waiver claim of right-handed pitcher John Axford to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Axford’s contract has now been assigned to Pittsburgh's Major League roster and they are responsible for the remaining $1.1 million approximately left on his contract. Axford, 31, appeared in 49 games for Cleveland this year, going 2-3-10 with a 3.92 ERA...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire John Axford off waivers from Indians

CLEVELAND -- For the second straight year, John Axford finds himself on a new team in August. The Pirates claimed the right-hander on waivers from the Indians on Thursday. Following the move, the Indians said they will fill Axford's roster spot on Friday before the start of a three-game series against Baltimore. Axford signed with the Indians during the offseason to be their...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Pirates Acquire John Axford Off Waivers

In attempt to fortify their bullpen, the Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly acquired reliever John Axford from the Cleveland Indians. This is the latest bullpen move for a Pirates team that currently sits two games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central and tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the top wildcard spot.  According to ESPN’s Buster Olney the acquisition comes...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire reliever John Axford from Indians

Well, it was fun while it lasted. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates have acquired reliever John Axford from the Cleveland Indians, just a few months after signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal. Source: #Pirates acquire John Axford. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 14, 2014 Despite the success of current Tribe closer Cody Allen, Manager Terry Francona...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Axford getting back to early-season form

CLEVELAND -- After struggling and being in bullpen limbo for awhile, John Axford has been showing signs of his early-season form. Axford came in with one out in the eighth inning of Monday's 7-1 win against the Reds and worked the final 1 2/3 innings. Even though the Indians had a four-run lead when Axford came in, there were two runners on and the on-deck batter represented...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Axford rocks Heat Miser hairdo, marvels over Ohio Cup

Reliever John Axford is new to the in-state rivalry between the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, however he's quickly learning about some of its ins and outs. Axford was unaware of the Ohio Cup trophy until FOX Sports Ohio's Katie Witham filled him in on the details. Suddenly, Axford was full of wonder, the excitement of a young boy on Christmas morning. Here's...
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August 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....
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

6/29 Recap: King Felix Reigns Over Indians

Player of the Game What happens when a team gets one hit and allows three runs? John Axford wins his second Player of the Game of the year. Axford came in for T.J. House in relief in the seventh inning with a runner on first and stranded him, striking out two in a perfect inning. His 1.70 POG score isn’t very impressive, but it vastly outperformed the entire offense, the highest...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

John Axford beats D-backs mascot in rock, paper, scissors

Your browser does not support iframes.Cleveland Indians closer John Axford defeated Arizona Diamondbacks mascot D. Baxter the Bobcat in a quick game of rock, paper, scissors before Wednesday's game at Chase Field.Axford and the D-backs mascot both chose paper and rock in the first and second rounds, but Axford sealed the win in the third round by choosing scissors while D. Baxter...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Tribe Report tonight after the game

Here's what's ahead on the latest edition of Tribe Report: - Previewing the big Hall of Fame weekend at Progressive Field - Katie Witham sits down with John Axford - Jensen Lewis talks with Jesus Aguilar, the top power prospect in the system - We'll reveal the Indians Minor League Player of the Week Watch it Tuesday night on SportsTime Ohio at 10:30 p.m.
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The Bullpen Tranche and John Axford’s New Normal

This is probably an over-simplification, but I generally put pitchers into something like three categories: (1) I trust that guy; (2) that guy is moderately pitchable and occasionally good, though his flaws can scare me; and (3) that guy is utterly unpitchable in any situation that may determine the outcome of the game. The trick, of course, is to get as many of the first guys as...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Smoke Signals S7E10: Winds of change in the bullpen

With our new bi-weekly format of Smoke Signals continues tonight at 11:00pm ET. In tonight's show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to talk about the decision manager Terry Francona made to remove John Axford from the closer's role, discuss why Cody Allen not as closer is a good thing, review some of the top performances in the minors and...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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