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Around the Farm: April 21, 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. Jose Ramirez (2B, Columbus): 4-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB. Ramirez is on fire right now as he is hitting .400 over his last 10 games, and more surprising, he has three home runs...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Elusive squirrel escapes through Cleveland bullpen

CLEVELAND -- For the first four innings of Monday's Indians-Royals game, the entertainment on the field wasn't provided by the players but by a squirrel. During the second inning, a squirrel came out of left field at Progressive Field and made his way to the infield. A couple of the Indians bat boys tried to corral it before it darted toward first baseman Nick Swisher and...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Long ball helps Indians slip past Royals 4-3

CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley hit two-run homers, powering the Cleveland Indians over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Monday night when a fearless squirrel ran around Progressive Field and provided some extra entertainment. Kipnis connected in the sixth inning off Jeremy Guthrie (2-1), overcoming a 3-2 deficit. Brantley provided Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Zach...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jason Giambi is back on the Indians’ roster at age 43

Jason Giambi began the season on the disabled list with a broken rib, but the 43-year-old designated hitter is back on the Indians’ active roster now. Giambi got a lot of credit for being a positive influence in Cleveland’s clubhouse last season and previously he’s been talked about as someone who could immediately go into coaching, but it’s unclear if he’s still a decent...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Happenings: Salazar, Carrasco both need to pick it up

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook… Salazar and Carrasco dilemma We are now three weeks into the season and the Indians are seeing some positive performances from some players, but to date there have been more negative performances – some of which are very concerning. While the lineup continues to try and find any sort of consistency, it is the starting rotation...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Money Match Up of the Day: Lonnie Chisenhall vs Jeremy Guthrie

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pine Tar Press we will take a look at an intriguing competition between two players in that days game that we feel could help decide the outcome. MMOD Stats thru 12 games: 15 for 43 2-2b, 4 HR, 5 BB, 8...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians activate Jason Giambi, send Blake Wood to AAA

The Indians started the season with two players on the disabled list that were mainstays of the 2013 Wild Card team; center fielder Michael Bourn and DH Jason Giambi. Manager Terry Francona and GM Chris Antonetti decided to go with an extra bullpen arm early in the season with Nyjer Morgan keeping Bourn’s spot in center warm. Then again, Francona always loves having extra guys...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Weekend Recap: Poor fundamentals, RISP problems, Carrasco watch, and an Easter gift

The weekend at Progressive Field did not go as planned for the home team. The visiting Toronto Blue Jays, with hordes of their fans on hand after making the four-plus-hour trek down from Ontario, took of three from your Cleveland Indians and may have come away with the sweep if not for a managerial blunder and one big hit from one of the few Wahoos who is actually hitting in the...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Francona expects 'all the good' of Boston to 'come pouring out'

CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona managed eight Patriots Day games when he was with the Red Sox. With Monday being the first Boston Marathon to be run since last year's tragic bombing, Francona said on Sunday that he knows how much of a special day it will be for everyone involved. Said Francona: "I would imagine it would be electric. All the good that comes with Boston will probably...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Early Season Offensive Woes Cause for Major Concern

Early in the Major League Baseball season, it is very easy for teams like the Cleveland Indians to get off to slow starts and want to ignore major issues with their teams. However in the case of the Indians’ offense, a little light should be going off in the head of manager Terry Francona about his ball club. On Saturday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians were shutout for the third...
Via Buckeye State Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Inside the Wigwam: Was Bourn activated too soon?

The Bird's View I simply don’t get it. Why would a team demote (at the time) their best all-around hitter for a player coming back from injury? Center fielder Nyjer Morgan was leading the Indians in both average and on-base percentage, but was optioned to Triple-A Columbus last week to make room for Michael Bourn who has returned from a hamstring injury. Hitting .348 (8-for...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brantley, Murphy help Indians end three-game losing streak

CLEVELAND --€“ With the Indians offense struggling for most of the season, the two players who have managed to perform well helped the Tribe end a three-game losing streak on Sunday.  Michael Brantley had two hits with two RBI and David Murphy's three-run double in the sixth ended up being the difference as the Indians hung on for a 6-4 win over Toronto at Progressive Field...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why is Justin Masterson's velocity down?

Justin Masterson's velocity is down. The reason why, however, remains up in the air. Neither Masterson nor pitching coach Mickey Callaway seem overly concerned by the right-hander's softer tossing. Masterson playfully dodged questions about the drop in velocity with his typical light-hearted banter. "I'm OK," Masterson said. "Do I look OK?" Masterson...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bourn Identity: What’s going on with the Indians center fielder?

A massive debate broke out on Twitter at the end of Friday’s disheartening 3-2 Indians defeat. This time around, it wasn’t actually about attendance. No, it was about Michael Bourn and his eventually failed bunt attempt. After red-hot Lonnie Chisenhall started the bottom of the ninth against the Blue Jays with a double, Bourn attempted to bunt twice and failed each time. On the...
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sophomore pitcher of interest, Danny Salazar, struggles again on Thursday

Danny Salazar took the mound on Thursday, April 17 for the third time as the Cleveland Indians took on the Detroit Tigers. The much-hyped Salzar, with his lightning fast 95.9 MPH fastball average in 2013, was presumed by many a drafter to start 2014 as he finished 2013. So far, through those three outings, Salazar has looked anything but a dominant prospect. In his most recent outing...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss
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