CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-5-0) at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (4-4-3)
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka(0-0, 4.50) vs.LHP Madison Bumgarner(0-0, 2.45)
TV: N/A Radio: Indians.com/webcast
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TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS: The Indians today re-assigned INF JESUS AGUILAR, OF JEREMY HERMIDA and LHP EDWARD PAREDES to minor league camp…Hermida will remain in Major League camp for the next several days.
MONDAY’S RECAP: The Indians defeated the Chicago Cubs 13-5 Monday at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, as Cleveland improved to 7-5 on the 2013 Cactus League slate matching their win total for the entire 2012 spring (7-22-3). Cleveland homered 3 times and collected 20 hits overall (7 XBH’s) to raise the team’s spring average to .285. The Tribe plated runs in each of the first 6 innings and received multi-hit efforts from 7 of the 9 players penciled into the starting lineup. LONNIE CHISENHALL and NICK SWISHER had particularly productive afternoons with 3 hits apiece. Chisenhall fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and drove in 3, while Swisher picked up a pair of singles, his first homer of the spring and a game-high 4 RBI. MARK REYNOLDS also drove in 2 runs with a solo homer in the 2nd and an RBI-double in the 3rd, while DREW STUBBS collected 2 extra-base hits (double, triple) and a pair of RBI. FRANCISCO LINDOR played all 9 innings and singled twice. Cleveland used just 3 pitchers in the contest, as CARLOS CARRASCO, ZACH McALLISTER and TREVOR BAUER each worked 3.0 full innings while combining for 4 earned runs, 7 hits, 5 strikeouts and 2 walks.
TODAY’S TILT WITH THE BOYS FROM THE BAY: The Indians travel to Scottsdale Stadium this afternoon for the first of 3 exhibition matchups against the reigning World Series Champion San Francisco Giants…the McCovey Cove Dwellers will travel to Goodyear this Thursday (March 7), and again on March 16… the Indians have gone 2-5-1 against the Giants since joining the Cactus League circuit in 2009…Cleveland hosted San Francisco in the first ever Cactus League game played at Goodyear Ballpark on Feb. 25, 2009…JEREMY SOWERS took the mound in that contest against TIM LINCECUM, which the Giants won 10-7…the Indians are 4-5 against the Giants during regular season Interleague Play with all 9 meetings taking place between 2005-11.
24 Michael Bourn CF
6 Lou Marson C
10 Ben Francisco DH
33 Nick Swisher 1B
9 Ryan Raburn LF
46 Cord Phelps 2B
1 Ezequiel Carrera RF
66 Juan Diaz SS
82 Luis Hernandez 3B
20 Daisuke Matsuzaka
SAN FRANCISCO LINEUP
7 Gregor Blanco CF
88 Kensuke Tanaka 2B
8 Hunter Pence RF
28 Buster Posey C
9 Brandon Belt 1B
14 Francisco Peguero LF
35 Brandon Crawford SS
13 Joaquin Arias 3B
29 Hector Sanchez DH
40 Madison Bumgarner LHP
The Tribe is happy to announce that for the first time, the club will have a Fan Correspondent in Goodyear, AZ! If you are a Cleveland fan who is also into social media, you’ve probably seen her online or near the sidelines: @ClevelandChick, also known as Traci. She will be covering Spring Training from a fan’s perspective — where to get autographs, how to watch batting practice, what it’s like to travel to other ballparks, and more. Traci also will be fielding your questions in interviews with some notable Cleveland Indians.
She is definitely a die-hard fan, who is also a big fan of Ketchup – “he doesn’t cheat, he improvises.” Traci also won her first 10-speed bicycle at an Indians game: “It was a powder blue Huffy with a denim seat and rainbow stripes.” TribeVibe caught up with this fashionable Cleveland Chick before she heads west to the Cactus League and asked her a few questions:
TV: Have you been to Goodyear/Winter Haven in the past? If so, what was your experience like there?
CC: Going to Spring Training had always been a dream vacation of mine and when the Tribe announced that they were moving to Goodyear, it was a sign. This will be my fifth season going to Goodyear. My experience at Spring Training has been nothing short of fantastic. Let’s face it: palm trees, sunshine, and Tribe baseball … how could you go wrong?
TV: Why do you like to go to Spring Training?
CC: I love the easy-going vibe that surrounds Spring Training. The players are loose and joking around. The ushers are amazing at Goodyear, letting you walk around and take pictures or try to snag autographs. Meeting other fans is a great bonus. Walking into the ballpark, you can’t help but smile seeing all the old-timers decked out in their Tribe gear. Did I mention the sunshine, palm trees and baseball?
TV: Outside of the baseball, what has been your favorite part of Spring Training in the past?
CC: Spring Training is full of baseball fans from all over the country. I follow the Tribe to all of their “away” games, checking out each of the other ballparks. I’m particularly looking forward to the game against the Cubs. Each home park tries to take on the feeling of their team. Goodyear has Stadium Mustard and the Cubs park has red hots and old style. At the last Spring Training game against the Cubs, I saw an entire row of grown men with fuzzy bear ears sewn on their hats.
TV: What are you looking forward to the most this year?
CC: I’m looking forward to meeting the players, getting some autographs and watching Tribe baseball. More importantly though, I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my dad. A few years ago after my second trip to Goodyear, my dad told me going to Spring Training had always been his dream. So, this year, my dad is my travel buddy. After all the Indians games he took me to as a little girl, I had to do this for him.
Check back next week as Traci begins her journey!
– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling
Traci, a Cleveland native, blogs independently at www.HappinessIsaHotPierogi.com and is in Goodyear this spring and writing about the Indians for TribeVibe. The Indians are not compensating her for her coverage, nor did they fund her travel. You can follow all of Traci’s Spring Training adventure on Twitter at @ClevelandChick and of course, here on TribeVibe.
The Tribe officially has a fan flying out to Spring Training to compete for a spot in the MLB Fan Cave! Alexandria Justice was selected as a Top 30 finalist late on Tuesday and will arrive in Goodyear on Monday. TribeVibe caught up with Alex before she heads to Arizona to demonstrate why she is the ultimate baseball fan.
TribeVibe: What was your reaction when you found out you made the Top 30?
Alexandria Justice: Just like for the top 50, I’m not afraid to admit that I cried like a baby. Waiting for them to announce the top 30 after the voting closed at 5 p.m. was almost the death of me. I swear I didn’t blink for minutes at a time while staring at my computer screen and started to get lightheaded from holding my breath. Finally, I refreshed the page for the millionth time and there I was, in the top 30. My best friend was waiting outside of my room (I wanted to be alone, just in case) so when I screamed, “OH MY GOD, I LOVE EVERYONE IN THE WORLD!” she got the hint that it was safe to come in. She picked me up, spun me around, and we freaked out for the next five minutes. Once again, it was hard to believe that I wasn’t dreaming.
Then, this happened on Friday in Goodyear, Ariz.