May 2012

Indians Game Information May 30

CLEVELAND INDIANS (27-22, 2nd, -0.5) vs. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (20-28)
RHP Jeanmar Gomez (3-3, 3.94) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (3-5, 4.81)
First Pitch: 12:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV:
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:
*The Indians have dropped 4 of their last 5 games after losing to Kansas City last night, a defeat that also snapped a season high 4-game home winning streak here at Progressive Field..Cleveland is 1-1 to kick off a 6-game, 7-day homestand against division-rivals Kansas City (1-1) and Minnesota (3 games)…the Indians have still won 9 of 15, 19 of 34, 22 of 39 and 26 of their last 44 games…Cleveland is 2 games above .500 at home (15-13), winning 4 of 5 and 13 of last 20 games at Progressive Field after starting the year 2-6 in Cleveland…club is 12-9 (.571) on the road, the 5th-best road record in the A.L. and majors…Cleveland is 5 games over the .500 mark (27-22), 3 games shy of a season high-water mark (8G, 26-18, May 24)…club was last 9 games above .500 following a 1-0 win vs. Minnesota on June 7, 2011 (34-25)…Cleveland has been at or above the .500 mark for 44 consecutive days.
*The Indians announced today that the club has placed DH TRAVIS HAFNER on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his right knee, retroactive to May 24…to replace Hafner on the 25-man Major League roster, the Indians have recalled LHP SCOTT BARNES from Triple-A Columbus… acquired from San Francisco in exchange for INF RYAN GARKO before the 2009 July deadline, the 24-year-old Barnes (#51) will be making his MLB debut (see separate release for more info).
*Indians pitching staff recorded 12 K’s last night, most in a 9.0-inning game since Sept. 24, 2011 vs. Minnesota (13)…at the conclusion of the club’s current homestand, Cleveland is scheduled to play
19 of the next 25 games on the road…Tribe’s bullpen has combined to hold the Royals to one run over 7.0 innings in this series, retiring 20 of 26 batters faced (KC is 4-for-24 with 2 walks: .167 avg.)…Indians rank among MLB leaders in walks (1st, 199), OBP (5th, .334) and pitches-per-PA (6th, 3.92).

Indians Game Information May 29

CLEVELAND INDIANS (27-21, 1st, +0.5) vs. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (19-28)
RHP Justin Masterson (2-3, 4.62) vs. LHP Will Smith (0-1, 13.50)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: STO
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:
*Cleveland holds a 5-2 edge over Kansas City this season, as the Tribe entered 2012 with 8 consec. winning seasons against the Royals (club is 92-61 vs. KC since start of 2004)…with a 14-10 (.583) record against the A.L. Central, Cleveland is tied with Baltimore (14- 10 vs. A.L. East) for the A.L.’s best record within a club’s own division and T5th-best record in baseball in divisional play behind the Nationals (.733, 11-4) and Mets (.636, 14-8) in the N.L. East, the Dodgers in the N.L. West (.695, 16-7) and the Cardinals in the N.L. Central (.586, 17-12).
*LONNIE CHISENHALL picked up 2 hits and homered in the first plate appearance of his first game of 2012 with the Indians yesterday after being recalled from Triple-A Columbus…dating back to Sept. of 2011, the 23-year-old is batting .325 (25-77) with 15 RBI over his last 20 games with Cleveland, posting multi-hit efforts in 4 of his last 6 in an Indians uniform.
*After an idle weekend in Chicago, Indians closer CHRIS PEREZ notched his major league-leading 17th save last night…all 17 door slams have come in consecutive save opportunities to set a new career-best for Perez, as his previous high of 16 straight had been done twice previously from Aug. 12, 2010-April 20, 2011 and again May 1-July 15, 2011…he has held opponents scoreless in 7 straight and 19 of his last 21 games beginning April 7, posting a 1.37 ERA (3 ER/19.2 IP) and .151 (11-73) opponents’ average in that span (20 strikeouts/5 walks).

Indians Game Information May 28

CLEVELAND INDIANS (26-21, 1st, +0.5) vs. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (19-27)
RHP Josh Tomlin (1-2, 4.67) vs. RHP Nathan Adock (0-2, 2.33)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: STO
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:
*Cleveland’s pitching staff combined to allow 35 runs (34 ER) during this weekend’s 3-game sweep in Chicago, raising the club’s season ERA 50 points from 3.90 to 4.40…according to STATS LLC, it marked the first time for the Tribe to give up 35-or-more runs in a series of exactly 3 games since June 4-6, 2002 at Minnesota (35 R-33 ER), although Cleveland managed to win one of those 3 games against the Twins.
*The Tribe is set to begin 3-game against the Kansas City Royals today with the Indians holding a 4-2 edge in this year’s season series…CLE entered 2012 with 8 consecutive winning seasons against the Royals, as the club is 91-61 vs. Kansas City since the start of the 2004 campaign.
*The Indians recalled INF LONNIE CHISENHALL from Columbus (AAA) and placed INF JACK HANNAHAN on the 15-day DL with a strained left calf, retroactive to May 27…to make room for RHP JOSH TOMLIN, today’s starter, the club has designated RHP JAIRO ASENCIO for assignment…SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA (day-to-day) has missed the last 2 games with tightness in his left hamstring…C LOU MARSON (day-to-day) suffered a facial contusion after being hit by a pitch on Sunday…C CARLOS SANTANA is on the MLB 7-day Disabled List with a mild concussion that he suffered after being struck in the face mask by a foul tip…DH TRAVIS HAFNER (soreness in right knee) has missed 4 games and did not travel to Chicago this past weekend.

Indians Game Information for May 27

CLEVELAND INDIANS (26-20, 1st, +1.5) vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (25-22)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (5-3, 5.02) vs. RHP Gavin Floyd (3-5, 4.66)
First Pitch: 2:10 p.m. (ET) at U.S. Cellular Field
TV: STO
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:
*Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to make his 10th start and appearance in this afternoon’s series finale against the White Sox…trails only Derek Lowe (6-3) for the team lead in victories…in 6 starts when posting a win (5) or no-decision (1) this season, Ubaldo has posted a 3.41 ERA (14 ER/37.0 IP) and .209 (28-134) opponents’ average, but is 0-3 w/ a 9.00 ERA (15 ER/15.0 IP) and .343 (23-67) avg. when shouldering a loss.
*Chicago-native (Northbrook) Jason Kipnis posted his first career multi-homer game yesterday and matched a career-high with 4 RBI…is now 12-for-25 (.480) with 5 extra-base hits (2B, 3B, 3 HR), 9 RBI and 3 steals in 7 career games here at U.S. Cellular Field…Jason has hit safely in 17 of his 20 road games in 2012 at .363 (29-80), good for the A.L.’s 4th-highest road average behind Paul Konerko (.413), Derek Jeter (.402) and Josh Hamilton (.389)…Jason is also T4th in the A.L. with 8 steals and T5th with 31 runs.
*Cleveland enters this afternoon’s tilt with a 9-6 record in series finales (4-1 on the road).

Indians Official Press Release re: Santana, Carlin, Perez

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2012

INDIANS PLACE C CARLOS SANTANA ON 7-DAY CONCUSSION DL; SELECT CONTRACT OF C LUKE CARLIN

CHICAGO, IL – The Cleveland Indians today announced that the club has placed C CARLOS SANTANA on Major League Baseball’s 7-day Disabled List with a mild concussion. The Indians have also selected the contract of C LUKE CARLIN from Triple-A Columbus. Carlin (#45) will be in uniform for today’s game against the Chicago White Sox. To make room on the 40-man roster, LHP RAFAEL PEREZ has been transferred to the 60-day Disabled List.

Santana, 26, exited last night’s game in the 8th inning after taking a foul ball off his face mask. The Indians switch-hitting backstop is batting .245 (38-155) with 7 doubles, 5 home runs and 24 RBI through 43 games this season. He ranks among American League leaders in walks (4th, 30), pitches-per-plate appearance (5th, 4.31) and on-base pct. (21st, .360). Santana has appeared in 36 games behind the plate (35 starts), throwing out 9-of-27 (33.3%) would-be base-stealers, tied with Baltimore’s Matt Wieters (9-of-27) for the best pct. in the A.L. and tied for 3rd-best in the majors. Santana is the first Indians player ever placed on MLB’s 7-day DL for concussions, which was established in partnership with the MLBPA prior to the 2011 season to prevent players from returning prematurely, while still giving clubs a full complement of players on the 25-man roster.

Carlin, 31, began the season on the Clippers’ Opening Day roster and is batting .227 (15-66) with one double, one home run and 10 RBI in 20 games. He has drawn 12 walks against just 6 strikeouts, while carrying a .346 on-base pct. Carlin has registered a .989 (2 ER/177 TC) fielding pct. in 20 games behind the plate, throwing out 6-of-22 (27.3%) of runners. He was originally acquired by Cleveland in a trade with Pittsburgh on Aug. 10, 2010.

Perez, 30, was placed on the 15-day disabled on April 27 with a strained left latissimus, retroactive to April 26. The left-hander has gone 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA (3 ER/7.2) in 8 relief appearances for Cleveland this season, while holding opponents to a .185 (5-27) average. Perez will be eligible to come off the DL on June 25.

—tribe—

Indians Game Information for May 26

CLEVELAND INDIANS (26-19, 1st, +2.5) vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (24-22)
RHP Derek Lowe (6-2, 2.15) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (5-1, 2.39)
First Pitch: 4:10 p.m. (ET) at U.S. Cellular Field
TV: STO
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:
*Cleveland enters today’s tilt with a 10-8 record in day games, going 7-6 at home and 3-2 on the road…the Indians’ 18 day games are T2nd-most in the A.L. this season with Chicago, 5 shy of Detroit, who leads the league with 23…Cleveland has won 4 of DEREK LOWE’s 5 day starts this season, as the right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.24 ERA (5 ER/36.1 IP) in those outings, 2nd-lowest ERA in day games in the A.L. behind Toronto’s Brandon Morrow (0.32), 4th-lowest in majors.
*Chicago-native (Northbrook) JASON KIPNIS reached safely in 3 of his 4 plate appearances last night and stole 2nd base twice…is now 10-for-21 (.476) with 3 extra-base hits (2B, 3B, HR), 5 RBI and 3 steals in 6 career games here at U.S. Cellular Field…Kipnis has hit safely in 16 of his 19 road games in 2012 at .355 (27-76), good for the A.L.’s 4th-highest road average behind Paul Konerko (.413), Derek Jeter (.398) and Josh Hamilton (.389)…Kipnis is also T4th in the A.L. with 8 steals.
*SHIN-SOO CHOO also reached safely in 3 of his 4 plate appearances last night, collecting a pair of doubles and a walk while scoring 2 of the Tribe’s 3 runs…in 11 games since being moved to the lead-off spot on May 14, Choo is 16-for-43 (.372) with 6 doubles, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 BB and 9 runs scored; he has reached safely via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 24 of his 51 plate appearances during that stretch (.471 OBP, 4th in A.L. beg. May 14) to raise his season OBP from .361 to .393, 8th in the A.L…Cleveland is 8-3 in those 11 games…Choo’s .347 avg. vs. RH pitching ranks 5th in the A.L. and he has gone 7-for-16 (.438) with one HR and 2 RBI lifetime vs. Jake Peavy entering this afternoon’s game.

Travis Hafner Update

Indians Head Athletic Trainer Lonnie Soloff spoke with reporters before batting practice to provide everyone with an update on DH Travis Hafner, who did not fly to Chicago with the team last night. Travis underwent an MRI during yesterday’s game and received a Cortisone injection after reporting soreness in his right knee on Wednesday – the same day he fouled a ball off his right shin before hitting a 2-run homer later in the game against Detroit. He was diagnosed with irritation in the medial meniscus cartilage of his right knee, which Lonnie likened to a shock-absorber we all depend on when walking, running, etc. – the good news is that there was no structural damage. Travis will spend the next 2-3 days in Cleveland resting and rehabbing the injury with the Indians medical staff; he hopes to return to game action with the Tribe late this weekend or early next week.

Indians Game Information for May 25

CLEVELAND INDIANS (26-18, 1st, +3.5) vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (23-22)
RHP Jeanmar Gomez (3-2, 3.19) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (0-0, 0.00)
First Pitch: 7:10 p.m. (ET) at U.S. Cellular Field
TV: STO
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:
*With last night’s victory, Cleveland moved to a season-high 8 games over the .500 mark (26-18) to establish a new high- water mark for 2012, the club’s largest such margin since July 7, 2011 (47-39) following a 5-4 win over Toronto.
*With a 13-7 (.650) record against the A.L. Central, Cleveland owns the 3rd-best record in baseball within its own division behind only the Mets in the N.L. East (.700, 14-7) and Dodgers in the N.L. West (.696, 16-7). That includes a 4-5 record this season against the White Sox, although the Tribe did take 2 of 3 in the club’s first trip to U.S. Cellular Field earlier this month.
*The Indians enter this weekend’s 3-game set against the White Sox owning the 2nd-best road record in the majors this season at 12-6 (.667) behind only Baltimore (.714, 15-6). Through 18 road games, the Indians are hitting .263 (164-624) with 94 runs scored (5.2 runs-per-game, 2nd-best in majors behind Texas-5.9), this while hitting .236 (205-870) at home with 96 runs in 26 games (3.7 runs-per-game). Cleveland ranks among A.L. road leaders in avg. (3rd), on-base pct. (1st, .352) and slugging pct. (.4th, .436). The Tribe is also carrying a .295 (51-173) clip w/ RISP on the road, compared to .216 (46-213) w/ RISP at home.
*Rookie left-hander Jose Quintana was recalled to start tonight’s game for Chicago-AL in place of John Danks (15-day DL). As the White Sox’s 26th man, Quintana tossed 5.2 scoreless innings of relief against the Indians in Game One of a May 7 double-header at Progressive Field, allowing just one hit.

Indians Featured in ESPN’s Cafe Bistro

The Indians were featured in ESPN’s Cafe Bistro yesterday (May 24).  Several ballpark favorites from Progressive Field were available for ESPN employees to sample.

All teams are recognized alphabetically from April 12 (Arizona) through October 11 (Washington).

The Buffalo Mac and Cheese and the Cleveland Bomber were just some of the food items that were featured. You can see the full menu below.

A 2012 Indians yearbook, an Indians “What If?” banner, an autographed photo by OF Michael Brantley and a Crème #19 Bob Feller Flannel Jersey were some of things used to decorate the lunch room while the Progressive Field ballpark fare was on display.

Here are some photos from the Indians day at ESPN’s Cafe Bistro:

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Who Wore It Better? Justin Masterson Replica Jersey Edition

The Tribe takes on the Kansas City Royals for a three-game series starting on Memorial Day, Monday May 28 at 4:05 PM. The first 15,000 fans through the gates for that game will receive a replica Justin Masterson jersey, presented by Time Warner Cable. To get a sneak preview of what will deck out the crowd on Monday, we took to the stands during a recent home game to see the jersey on some of our most loyal fans. Get your tickets today, who knows, maybe you wear it better!

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