4/17 Recap: Indians 5 – Tigers 7

Player of the Game For how well Chisenhall has been getting on base, Michael Brantley has been even better knocking them in. The generally light hitting left fielder has RBI in four of the last five games for eight total. Today, he knocked in half of those with two coming on a two out single and two more coming on a home run to right. His final POG score was 7.16. Feathers Up Milestone...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Some early lineup concerns starting to show

Two weeks into the season, the Indians are 6-7. While that is hardly enough games to make wholesale changes to the roster or get a good feel one way or another for any player on it, there are some early-season trends presenting themselves that bear watching. One of the best trends for the Indians at the moment is their high amount of strikeouts that they have racked up as a staff...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

4/11 Recap: Indians 6 – White Sox 9

Player of the Game In a repeat of yesterday’s result, Asdrubal Cabrera again lead the Indians offense from the lead-off role. All of his positive POG points came during the fifth inning when he was responsible for all of the Indians three runs scored. He started with a two RBI double, knocking in Mike Aviles and Elliot Johnson, then he scored from second on a Nick Swisher single...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres avoid sweep in Cleveland

Ten days passed before Robbie Erlin stepped onto the mound for his first start of the season. The wait was worth it. Faced with the prospect of a sweep to close a disappointing road trip, the 23-year-old left-hander paired six strong innings with a rare timely hit from his offense’s slumbering bats as the Padres escaped Progressive Field with a 2-1 win over the Indians in the...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Goes Long With Yan Gomes

Eighteen months ago, Yan Gomes was considered the “other guy” in the deal where Cleveland strengthened its infield depth and added Mike Aviles. Cleveland made the move for Aviles after going through myriad replacements at shortstop in 2012, when Asdrubal Cabrera was injured or needed a day off. The move was also made to beef […]
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians rally late, Beat A’s 6-4

Indians (2-1): 6 Athletics (1-2): 4 WP: C. Allen (2-0) LP: J. Johnson (0-2) S: J. Axford (2) Baseball can be a funny game. In just one day of baseball you can go from the depths of depression to the heights of happiness. Just ask the Cleveland Indians after a wild and wacky Wednesday in Oakland. After a Tuesday rainout, the Indians and Athletics were forced into a early season...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

4/2 Game 2 Recap: Indians 6 – Athletics 4

Roster Update: C.C. Lee was added to the 26 man roster allowed for the second game of the double header. He will be sent back to Columbus after the game. Player of the Game Mike Aviles got the start at second base tonight with Jason Kipnis at DH and made the most of it, hitting the Indians’ first home run of 2014 and stealing the first base as well. Aviles home run provided the...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Is this the end of days for Lonnie Chisenhall?

Last season, I really wanted Lonnie Chisenhall to take the third base job by the throat and strangle it. The Tribe’s former first-round pick—and the supposed future of the hot corner—was given the job last Spring with little looking over his shoulder. Sure, the Indians had brought in Mark Reynolds on a one-year deal, but that was to be a first base/designated hitter option...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe players geeked about Opening Day

The Indians begin the season in Oakland tonight, and the players seem ready to go… It starts today! #TribeTime — Zach McAllister (@ZMac34) March 31, 2014 Here we go!! pic.twitter.com/di3kb4LcQq — Corey Kluber (@CKluber) March 31, 2014 “@ToddKipnis: "DREAM"- 2014 Baseball Motivational Video: http://t.co/nZxxgmUoVJ It's finally here! #BaseballSeason” Now...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the 2014 Cleveland Indians opening day roster: Part one

With a new season upon us, it is once again time for me to rank Cleveland's roster from bottom to top. Many of the names are familiar from last year's 92-win playoff season, but there is some new blood (and a noticeable lack of Chris Perez). Today includes players ranked #25 to #13, which means a lot of players projected to receive less playing time (see: relievers and bench...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Possible Roster Use Strategy for the 2014 Indians

Versatility is the order of the day as the Indians, like many other teams, are forgoing the use of a regular DH this season in favor of increasing roster use. It is an age of super utility men for the Tribe that will likely see a season with no real starting lineup. Instead, the Indians will likely rotate players through, giving regular starters half days off with the DH and playing...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Possible Roster Use Strategy for the 2014 Indians

Versatility is the order of the day as the Indians, like many other teams, are forgoing the use of a regular DH this season in favor of increasing roster use. It is an age of super utility men for the Tribe that will likely see a season with no real starting lineup. Instead, the Indians will likely rotate players through, giving regular starters half days off with the DH and playing...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Versatility Makes Aviles Invaluable Member of the 2014 Goon Squad

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Carrasco struggles as Tribe falls to Oakland, 13-3

Player of the Game: Nate Freiman (2-for-2 with a three-run homer and 4 RBI ) Leading Off It was a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly Wednesday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark. Things looked good early on for the Tribe, as Indians hitters jumped out to a three run lead through the first four innings against Oakland. Utility man Mike Aviles got the offense going with a RBI single...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Spring Notebook: Player Stock Report

Opening Day is now under two weeks away for the Cleveland Indians. With decisions to be made and roster spots on the line, we dive in on a spring stock report for the Indians. We’ll break the key players down in three categories: Boom, Steady Going and Bust. _________________________ Boom- Rolling in Spring Justin Sellers- The Indians acquired the infield utility specialist after...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Indians pregame notes

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- With split-squad games today, a night game on Tuesday and a day off on Thursday, this week's Indians Cactus League schedule breaks up the monotony of spring training. The Tribe is in Scottsdale and Mesa today to face the Giants and Cubs. Aaron Harang will get the start against the Giants while Justin Masterson takes the hill against the Cubs. Harang is scheduled...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Notebook: Starting pitching has been strong

If there's a such thing as a good omen, then the Cleveland Indians should be feeling pretty good right about now. The Tribe was outstanding this past week as the team went 6-0-1. As you might expect, the Indians are alone atop the Cactus League standings with a 9-1-1 record. It's hard to imagine anything really going better for the Indians so far. Almost every starting pitcher...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Monday pregame notes

Indians right-hander Danny Salazar gets his first Cactus League start of the season Monday against the Angels and is slated to go two innings. Salazar will then throw a bullpen session Tuesday and pitch in a minor-league game on Friday. This is the first of five spring training games where the expanded replay system will be in effect. The others are Friday against the White Sox,...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians preview capsules: The middle infielders

As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 55 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team (it was 54, but the acquisition of Justin Sellers added one more). The next batch of these running today are the middle infielders. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitching leads Tribe to eighth straight victory, defeat Cubs, 7-2

Player of the Game: Indians pitching (9.0 innings, 4 hits, 0 ER, 0 BB / 16 SO) Leading Off Pitching was the name of the game for the second consecutive day Friday afternoon, as the Tribe defeated the Chicago Cubs, 7-2. Indians bats tagged Chicago starter Edwin Jackson from the very first inning when utility man Mike Aviles went deep off the right-hander to put Cleveland up, 2-0....
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians keep rolling, pick up eighth straight Cactus League win

Indians 7, Cubs 2 Summary: The Tribe improves to 8-1 in the Cactus League as five pitchers combine for 16 strikeouts. The Arms: Carlos Carrasco, who struck out six in three innings of work, allowed three hits, including a two-run, second-inning homer to Kris Bryant in the second... Corey Kluber pitched the next three innings and allowed only one hit while striking out five. He struck...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Yan Gomes no longer a 'Goon'?

Last season, the Indians' bench players went above and beyond what was expected of them on the field. They made a name for themselves as the team's super-subs and quickly became fan favorites. In the dugout, having to spend a lot of time together on the Tribe's bench, the group bonded and eventually dubbed themselves the 'Goon Squad' - an instant hit with fans...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Bench battle: Which position players will make the final cut?

Over the offseason the Indians signed several interesting free agent position players to minor league deals with an invite to Major League spring training. They also have a good young core of prospects ready to emerge and help out the roster at some point this season. The way things sit right now eight of the nine spots in the lineup are known and Yan Gomes, Carlos Santana, Mike...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Key Players: Yan Gomes

My 2014 Cleveland Indians key player series continues with Yan Gomes. The first edition featured an in-depth look into Danny Salazar and his importance to the team in 2014. Coming over with Mike Aviles in an offseason trade in 2012 that shipped Esmil Rogers to Toronto; Gomes entered camp last year mostly as an unknown. Reports had been that he struggled defensively behind...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians 2014 Preview: Catchers

To continue our way around the horn for our season preview, today we’ll look at the catchers. The Indians have a fair amount of talent behind the plate, and will rely on their young backstops to produce in 2014. Yan Gomes Acquired by the Indians from the Blue Jays in the same trade that brought Mike Aviles to Cleveland, Yan Gomes was solid with the bat and a wizard behind the plate...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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