February 2013

Indians Game Information, February 28

CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-2-0) at TEXAS RANGERS (0-5-0)
RHP Zach McAllister (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Derek Holland (0-0, 3.00)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: N/A  Radio: MLB.com

INDIANS UNVEIL CONCESSIONS ROLLBACKS FOR 2013: The Indians unveiled
a brand  new “4-3-2-1” concessions  campaign this morning, as prices for many top-
selling items at Progressive Field have been reduced for the upcoming 2013 season…
most notably, hot dogs will start at $3, and 12-ounce draft and can domestic beers will
be $4…both of these rollbacks will be available to fans for every game of the upcoming
2013 season…fans purchasing soda will be able to refill any size cup for just $2, while
nachos, pretzels, popcorn, pizza and bratwursts will see a drop in prices up to 25%…
additionally, Sugardale will sponsor 15 Dollar Dog Nights at Progressive Field, which
is an addition of 6 nights over the total number in 2012.

PARTING  WORDS:  Six  players  currently  in  big  league  camp  with  the  Indians  will
leave the team on Sunday to join their national squads and begin practices for the first
round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic…bullpen staples CHRIS PEREZ and VIN-
NIE PESTANO will join Joe Torre’s Team USA, which will compete in Pool D at Chase
Field in Phoenix from March 7-10, along with squads from Italy, Mexico and Canada…
SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA will report to Luis Sojo’s Team Venezuela, CA CARLOS
SANTANA will join Tony Pena’s Team Dominican Republic, while INF MIKE AVILES
and LHP GIOVANNI SOTO will answer the bell for Team Puerto Rico and Akron Aeros
manager  EDWIN  RODRIGUEZ…along  with Spain,  the  Dominican  Republic,  Puerto
Rico and Venezuela will all compete in Pool C at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan,
PR, also from March 7-10.

TEXAS TWO-STEP: The Indians will play the first of 2 spring contests against the Tex-
as Rangers today in Surprise…Cleveland will also host Texas in Goodyear on March
10…the Tribe was 0-2-1 against Ron Washington’s club last spring and has gone 2-6-1  with  one  rainout  (March  7,  2010)  against Texas since joining the Cactus League circuit in 2009…the Wahoos were 4-5 against Texas last  season  and  will  play  them  6  times  this year with 3 contests in Arlington (July 26-28) and 3 at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario (June 10-12).

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Tribe drops prices on dogs and suds; fans go wild

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The Cleveland Indians announced they are rolling back the price of concessions at Progressive Field early this morning and the interwebs have been abuzz ever since. The $4 beers, $3 hot dogs, $2 soda refills and 15 $1 dog nights (presented by Sugardale!) have shown fans a concerted effort by the club, both on and off the field, to keep fans happy at the ballpark. “We’ve asked our fans what they want most in their ballpark experience at Progressive Field, and more affordable concessions prices routinely top the list,” said Indians president Mark Shapiro. “This is a way for us to let fans know we’re listening to them and that we value them.”

TribeVibe is listening too! Here’s a snippet of the response to these changes:

If you’d like to partake in the excitement, single-game tickets are still available via Indians.com, by calling 216-420-HITS (4487) or by visiting any Indians Team Shop. If you’re on the hunt for the Sugardale Dollar Dog nights, the Indians’ promotion schedule can be viewed  here.

We’ll see you at the ballpark!

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

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Indians Game Information, February 27

CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-1-0) vs. SEATTLE MARINERS (4-1-0)
RHP Brett Myers (1-0, 4.50) vs. LHP Danny Hultzen (0-0, 0.00)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: N/A   Radio: MLB.com (Mariners feed)

MASTER CLASS: On Tuesday (Feb. 26), Indians manager Terry Francon announced that RHP JUSTIN MASTERSON would be the club’s Opening Day starter on April 2 at Rogers Centre in Toronto…will signal Masterson’s second career O.D. nod after starting last year’s opener against the Blue Jays – did not record a victory in that tilt despite exiting with a 4-1 lead after 8.0 innings of work (8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R-ER, 1 BB, 10 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 99 pitches/66 strikes)…according to Baseball-Reference, Masterson became just the 4th different Indians pitcher (6th time) dating back to at least 1918 to work 8.0+ innings while holding his opponent to no more than 2 hits and one run in an Opening Day start, joining Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Sonny Siebert…Masterson’s outing, however, marked the first time under those parameters for the starting pitcher to finish without being awarded a win. In additional research performed through B-R, Masterson became just the 3rd major league hurler since 1918 to work 8.0+ innings and record 10+ strikeouts while holding his opponent to no more than 2 hits and one run in an Opening Day start, joining Cubs RHP Lon Warneke on April 17, 1934 at Cincinnati (6-0 CG SHO) and Phillies RHP Curt Schilling on April 1, 1997 at Los Angeles (3-0 win).

SWEEPLESS IN SEATTLE: The Indians will look to earn their first victory against the Mariners in Cactus League play since moving to Goodyear in 2009…the Tribe is 0-5-2 against the M’s and will have 2 chances against them this season as the clubs will also play each other in Peoria on March 23…Cleveland did not play Seattle last spring with its last meeting coming on March 11, 2011…the Wahoos are 205-162 all-time against the Mariners including a 4-4 mark last season in 3 series, which included a 2-game set and two 3-game sets…this season, Cleveland and Seattle will meet 7 times with 4 coming at Progressive Field (May17-20) and 3 at Safeco Field (July 22-24).

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Indians Game Information, February 26

CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-0-0) vs. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (3-0-1)
RHP Matt Albers (0-0, 36.00) vs. RHP Wade Davis (0-0, —)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: N/A    Radio: Indians.com

DAY ONE TICKET UPDATE: Heightened demand for Tribe tickets was exhibited
yesterday in the  first day of single-game tickets being on sale as beyond Opening Day
selling out in only six minutes, single game ticket totals are up over 40% from last
year and nearly double 2011 totals…the Indians want to remind fans the best value
for Indians tickets is to buy early and save and to get best seats at best prices and
guarantee Opening Day that full season ticket plans are available today…visit Indians.
com to check out pricing, 2013 promotions schedule and to purchase tickets.

ROYAL FLUSH: The Indians will play host to Mike Swanson’s divisional rival Kansas
City  Royals  today…is  the first  of  4  meetings  against  their  Kauffman  foes,  which  is the  second-most against any opponent this spring (CIN-1st,  5)…Cleveland  will play
Kansas City once more in Goodyear (March 14) and twice in Surprise (March 8 and
March 29)…the Tribe is 2-4-1 against the Royals in Cactus League play splitting last
year’s series  1-1…the  Indians are  303-288  all-time against Kansas City,  were  8-10
against Ned Yost’s squad last season and are slated to play the Royals 19 times over
the course of the 2013 campaign. 

ATHLETIC TRAINER’S TABLE: OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY left yesterday’s game af-
ter lacerating his left forearm sliding into third base in the 3rd inning, received roughly
15 stitches at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix and is expected to be out of game
action at least 10 days…RHP JOE SMITH (left oblique strain) is scheduled to throw
live BP on Wednesday after bullpen sessions on Saturday and Monday…RHP JOSH
TOMLIN was placed on the 60-day DL (right elbow rehab) on February 15 to make
room  for Bourn on  the  40-man roster…RHP CHEN-CHANG LEE is 8 months post-
op,  is progressing currently thru  mound  program  and  is hopeful  of  simulated  game
activity  in  extended  spring  training…RHP  BLAKE  WOOD  is 8  months  post-op  and
currently progressing thru a mound program; he is hopeful of simulated game activity
in extended  ST…RHP CARLOS CARRASCO (right elbow reconstruction  surgery in
September) is unrestricted.

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Indians Game Information, February 25

CLEVELAND INDIANS (4-0-0) at OAKLAND ATHLETICS (1-1-0)
RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, —) vs. LHP Andrew Werner (0-0, —)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: N/A    Radio: Indians.com

INDIANS HOME OPENER SELLS OUT IN 6 MINUTES: The Cleveland Indians 2013 Home Opener on April 8 at 4:05 p.m. against the New York Yankees is officially SOLD OUT, marking the 21st consecutive home opener sellout and the 20th at Progressive Field, which opened in 1994….the game sold out in 6 minutes, one of the fastest sellouts in Indians history…since 2009 when the Indians moved the public on-sale date to Spring, Opening Day sellouts have become official on March 30 (2009), April 8 (2010), March 24 (2011) and March 15 (2012), another reflection of the heightened attention for 2013….fans wanting to attend 2013 Opening Day — which marks the Indians’ 113th year as a charter member of the American League — still can secure tickets by purchasing full-season ticket packages, which offer the best value and greatest savings over single-game ticket prices.

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE TODAY: Single-game tickets went on-sale to the public today at 10 a.m…fans can call 216-420-HITS or log on to http://www.Indians.com…in addition to avoiding long walkup lines at higher-demand games, fans who buy tickets in advance, online and use FanPass paperless ticketing options can save up to 20% over the price of single-game tickets bought on game day…fans still can opt for paper tickets, but the Indians’ FanPass technology – while also offering a cheaper option than paper tickets — allows ticket buyers to easily and securely manage and distribute tickets online and use their credit cards as entry into the ballpark.

INDIANS TO HOST SELECT-A-SEAT EVENT SAT., MARCH 16: For fans interested in season, group or party-area tickets for the 2013 season, the Indians will hold a select-a-seat event at Progressive Field on Saturday, March 16…the event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers fans the ability to test drive available seats and an autographed Indians player photo for every season or group ticket purchase…seats still are available for the remainder of the Indians’ first homestand, which continues with 3 games against the Yankees April 9-11 at 7:05 p.m., 3 against the Chicago White Sox (April 12, 7:05 p.m.; April 13, 4:05 p.m.; April 14, 1:05 p.m.) and 3 against the Boston Red Sox (April 16-18, 7:05 p.m.).

ATHLETICALLY SPEAKING: The Indians will play the Oakland Athletics in the first of 2 spring meetings today in Phoenix – this will be the first spring match-up between the two clubs since March 14, 2011…the Tribe will also face the A’s in Goodyear on March 26…the Indians are 4-3 against A’s since rejoining the Cactus League in 2009 and are 222-258 all-time in regular season play…the Tribe beat the Athletics just twice in 10 meetings last season…the two teams will meet each other 7 times in 2013 with 4 contests at Progressive Field (May 6-9) and 3 games in Oakland (Aug. 16-18).

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Today’s Lineups:
 

Bourn CF
Raburn 3B
Brantley LF
Giambi DH
McGuiness 1B
Phelps 2B
Carrera RF
Diaz SS
Marson CA
Masterson P

Crisp CF
Lowrie 2B
Reddick RF
Cespedes DH
Moss 1B
Nakajima SS
Jaso CA
Donaldson 3B
Taylor LF
Werner P

Look out, Slider! Tumbleweeds are on the loose in Goodyear

In case you haven’t heard, the weather has been a bit different this year in Goodyear, Ariz., home of the Cleveland Indians’ Spring Training complex, than in past years.

Workouts last Wednesday were moved completely inside due to rain, and temperatures have been unseasonably chilly.

The weird weather also has included strong winds, which has created some unfamiliar menaces for our crew, including beloved Slider, who was attacked on Sunday. (Follow Slider on Twitter for more hilarious pictures from his visit to Goodyear.)

Indians Game Information, February 24

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW: Single-game tickets go on-sale to the public beginning Monday at 10 a.m…fans can call 216-420-HITS or log on to http://www.Indians.com…the club’s April 8 Home Opener at 4:05 p.m. vs. the Yankees is nearly sold out, as a full-season ticket package remains the best option for fans wanting to secure tickets for the 2013 lid-lifter at Progressive Field…in addition to avoiding long walkup lines at higher-demand games, fans who buy tickets in advance, online and use FanPass paperless ticketing options can save up to 20% over the price of singlegame tickets bought on game day…fans still can opt for paper tickets, but the Indians’ FanPass technology – while also offering a cheaper option than paper tickets — allows ticket buyers to easily and securely manage and distribute tickets online and use their credit cards as entry into the ballpark.

SPLIT ‘EM UP: The Indians are scheduled to play a pair of games this afternoon in the club’s first and only scheduled split squad of camp…bench coach SANDY ALOMAR will take one team down the street to Goodyear Ballpark to face Cincinnati; scheduled starters: RHP ZACH McALLISTER & RHP SAM LeCURE…manager TERRY FRANCONA will take another team to Maryvale to square off against Milwaukee; scheduled starters: RHP CARLOS CARRASCO & RHP MARK ROGERS.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: The Indians/Reds game will be aired live from Goodyear on the Indians Radio Network and Indians.com…in the Cleveland market, WTAM & WMMS will simulcast the call for approx. the first hour and a half until WTAM switches over to coverage of Cavaliers/Heat – WMMS will carry the game in its entirety.

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Indians Game Information, February 23

CLEVELAND INDIANS (1-0-0) vs. CINCINNATI REDS (0-1-0)
RHP Brett Myers (0-0, —) vs. RHP Alfredo Simon (0-0, —)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: N/A   Radio: WTAM/Indians Radio Network/Indians.com

ROUND TWO WITH THE REDS: The Indians are scheduled to meet the Cincinnati
Reds for the second of three straight games to open the Cactus League slate, as the
squads will meet again tomorrow to complete the trifecta…Sunday’s affair will be a
split squad contest, as the Tribe will also travel to Maryvale to take on Milwaukee…
the Goodyear complex mates will also meet 2 additional times on March 17 (St.
Patrick’s Day) and March 30 (Cactus League finale)…Cleveland is 7-8-2 against the
club’s intrastate rivals all-time in Cactus League play…beginning with the inaugural
2010 campaign, the Indians won 5 straight and 6 of the first 8 meetings (6-1-1) here
in Arizona, but are 1-7-1 over the last 9 times Cleveland and Cincinnati have locked
horns…the regular season “Battle of Ohio” was a clean split (3-3) in 2012 as both
teams swept 3 game sets at their home parks…the Indians hold a 42-39 (.519) record
all-time against Cincinnati in regular season play…this year’s version of the Ohio Cup
will feature a home-and-home as the 2 clubs will play four straight games against
each from May 27-30 as the Reds will host the Tribe in the first 2 contests followed
by 2 games at Progressive Field…today’s game will be broadcast live on WTAM
1100AM, the Indians Radio Network and Indians.com.

FRIDAY’S RECAP: Reserve MIKE McDADE laced a one-out, 3-run double in the
bottom of the 9th inning to cap the Indians’ 11-10 walk-off victory over Cincinnati
in yesterday afternoon’s Cactus League opener at Goodyear Ballpark…McDade’s
opposite field game-winner was the last of 5 doubles collected by the Tribe, including
a pair by MICHAEL BRANTLEY. LONNIE CHISENHALL (3rd inning) and RYAN
RABURN (7th inning) each connected for their first homers of the spring, while
CARLOS SANTANA (2), ASDRUBAL CABRERA, NICK SWISHER and Brantley
all drove in runs…Swisher’s RBI-single came in his first plate appearance as a member
of the Indians in the bottom of the first…the Indians and Reds combined for 21
runs on 27 hits without either side committing a defensive miscue…the Tribe went
5-for-13 with RISP.

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