CLEVELAND INDIANS (9-2-1) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (7-6-3)
RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (1-0, 9.95)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: SportsTime Ohio
TRIBE AT A GLANCE: The Indians 8-3 loss vs. Los Angeles-AL yesterday
signaled the club’s first loss since the Cactus League opener vs. Cincinnati
on Feb 26 – also by a score of 8-3…the Indians had not suffered a loss over
a 10-game span, going 9-0-1 with their only non-win coming in Saturday’s
4-4 tie with the Padres in Peoria…entering today, the Indians rank atop the
Cactus league standings with an (.818) winning percentage, and are tied with
Baltimore (9-2-1) for the best record in the Majors.
THE WEST’S MOST WESTERN TOWN: The Indians travel to Scottsdale
today for the first of two exhibition matchups with the Diamondbacks this
spring… the two club’s split a pair of Cactus League meetings last season
as Cleveland holds a 7-5 advantage since joining the CL circuit in 2009…the
Indians are also 7-5 against the D’Backs all-time during regular season play,
winners of 5 of the last 6 meetings…the two clubs will play a pair of 2-game
sets this season on June 24-25 at Chase Field, and again on August 12-13
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians’ 10-game unbeaten streak came to an
end, as Cleveland fell to the Los Angeles Angels by a score of
8-3 at Goodyear Ballpark…the Tribe is now 9-2-1 on the Cactus League slate
this spring…Cleveland’s offense touched Halos starter Jered Weaver for 3
runs in the contest, including 2 first inning tallies on a JASON KIPNIS RBI-
single and sac fly from MICHAEL BRANTLEY…CARLOS SANTANA pushed
across another run with his third-inning fielder’s choice, but the Tribe was kept
off the board for the remainder of the game…DANNY SALAZAR made his
Cactus League debut and worked into the second inning, while Cleveland’s
bullpen got scoreless frames out of MIKE ZAGURSKI, VINNIE PESTANO,
BLAKE WOOD, COLT HYNES and PRESTON GUILMET.
The Cleveland Indians have taken on a large role in helping Cleveland Clinic fight our nation’s second largest killer: cancer.
The Indians are a founding partner of the inaugural VeloSano cycling event, which will take place July 19 and July 20 across the Cleveland area. The event will include an opening ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 18, in downtown Cleveland.
VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure,” is a new effort for 2014 that will bring millions of dollars to our community all for one purpose – to fund cancer research.
“As a Founding Partner of VeloSano, the Indians organization is proud to collaborate with Cleveland Clinic to deepen our commitment to making a lasting impact on the Northeast Ohio community,” said Bart Swain, the captain of the Cleveland Indians team, which will ride in the event.
The disease impacts over 1.7 million lives each year, and thanks to founding partners like the Indians, KeyBank, Horseshoe Casino Cleveland and others, 100% of funds raised will benefit life-saving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic, a long-time and proud partner of the Indians.
Even better, you can join and support the Cleveland Indians team in a number of ways:
- Ride: Each rider has an assigned fundraising minimum, depending on the length of ride they choose. For more information on joining our team, click here.
- Donate: If you can’t ride, you can support our team via a financial contribution. We truly appreciate any support our fans are willing and able to give! For more donation information, click here.
- Virtual rider: You can participate in the event as a virtual rider, through which you can raise as much money as you’re able. For more information on Virtual Rider, click here.
Opening Day is more than just the beginning of the baseball season. You can feel the electricity in the air, the tradition of the past, present, and future emanating throughout the ballpark. Opening Day brings with it the promise of a new beginning. It’s a day of celebration, hope, and American tradition that deserves to be recognized as an American holiday.
Now, you can help Budweiser, the Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball make sure every American can exercise their inalienable right to enjoy this cultural institution.
Bud, with the help of MLB and its clubs, is working to make Opening Day a national holiday, and it’s rolling out the big guns, including The Wizard, St. Louis Cardinals great Ozzie Smith:
Other former MLB players that have backed the drive to make Opening Day a national holiday are Rollie Fingers, Billy Ripken, Jack Morris, Howard Johnson, Eric Byrnes, Sean Casey and more; check out their video testimonials by visiting the Budweiser YouTube page.
Sign the petition to make Opening Day a national holiday by clicking here; Budweiser is 65% of the way to its goal with 15 days left. You can help!
And check out cool Opening Day stats from Bud below; are you one of the 22.2 million Americans who will play hooky to watch baseball on Opening Day?
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
CLEVELAND INDIANS (9-1-1) vs. LOS ANGELES ANGELS (4-6-1)
RHP Danny Salazar (1st start) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (1-1, 1.29)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: SportsTime Ohio Radio: Indians.com webcast
SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE: Beginning today at 10am ET, single game tickets went on sale and are now available to the public for purchase on Indians.com, at the Box Office, or at the Progressive Field Team Shop…fans are reminded to buy early for the best prices to 2014 regular season games…single-Game sales have been brisk, growing 114% over last year for all pre-sales prior to the general public on-sale…additionally, Opening Day sold out in 15 minutes last Monday during the Online Onsale…much of the early demand has been for popular summer weekend dates, with the top sellers so far including:
• Saturday, June 21 vs. Detroit (Omar Vizquel HOF induction)
• Friday, June 20 vs. Detroit (Fireworks)
• May 16 vs. Oakland (Fireworks)
• Thursday, July 10 vs. New York-AL
• Saturday, August 2 vs. Texas (Jim Thome statue unveil/replica giveaway)
BACK IN THE MIX: Indians RHP DANNY SALAZAR will make his 2014 Cactus League debut today, slated to get the start and pitch 2.0 innings…the right-hander is then scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday before making a 3.0-inning appearance in Friday’s Minor League game (subject to change)…some Salazar quick hits from 2013:
• Won his debut vs. Toronto on July 11 in sterling fashion, fanning 7 over 6.0-innings of 1-run ball, becoming the first Tribe pitcher since 1964 and just the fourth overall in the 113-year history of the franchise to strike out at least 7 batters in a debut.
•In his second start, Salazar registered a career-high 10 strikeouts on August 7 vs. Detroit, which were the most by an Indians rookie pitcher since 2004 (Kaz Tadano).
• In his first career start opposite the White Sox on September 13 at U.S Cellular Field, Salazar became the first MLB pitcher since at least 1916 to record 9 strikeouts in less than 4.0 innings, while not allowing a single run
• Became the only starting pitcher in the Majors to strike out Miguel Cabrera 3 times in a single game.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
CLEVELAND INDIANS (8-1-1) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (6-5-0)
RHP Josh Tomlin (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, 0.00)
Spring Game #11/Home #6 » Sun., March 9, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/IRN/webcast
NINE TONIGHT: After dropping their Cactus League opener to Cincinnati on Feb. 26 by a score of 8-3, the Cleveland Indians have not lost over a 9-game span, going 8-0-1 following yesterday’s 4-4 tie with the Padres in Peoria.
THE INDIANS ON TV…: Beginning with this afternoon’s tilt against the Milwaukee Brewers, SportsTime Ohio will carry each of the Indians’ next 5 games on TV through Thursday…Matt Underwood & Rick Manning are scheduled to be in the booth for all 5 and will have a number of in-game interviews with Indians players and coaches throughout the week.
…AND ALSO ON YOUR RADIO DIAL: Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will also have this afternoon’s call on stations across the Indians Radio Network, including WTAM in the Cleveland market…the game will also be available with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com/webcast.
…BUT I CAN’T GO BACK I KNOW: Time stands still here in Arizona, as much of the country lost one hour last night by rolling their clocks forward as part of Daylight Saving Time…aside from the now 3-hour time difference between Phoenix and Cleveland, those of us here in the desert were largely unaffected (AZ now aligns with the Pacific Time Zone).
“TWO OAT SODAS GARY”: A city with no shortage of high-quality microsuds, Cleveland is set to host the Milwaukee Brewers today at Goodyear Ballpark for the first of two meetings between the two squads, as the Tribe will host the Brew Crew again on March 26…club’s met 3 times last spring, with the Indians winning 2 of those…Cleveland and Milwaukee have not met in the regular season since the Brewers swept a 3-game set at Progressive Field in June 2009 (Milwaukee has won last 7 regular season tilts)… Cleveland is 201-205 all-time vs. the Milwaukee franchise (1969-present) in regular season play, which includes a 7-11 mark in Interleague Play since the Brewers made the switch to the Senior Circuit.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Cleveland and San Diego battled their way to a 4-4 tie before the game was called after 10.0 innings at the Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday afternoo…MICHAEL BRANTLEY (2 2B, RBI) led the way for the Tribe with 4 hits (4-for-4, 2 2B, RBI), including a key RBI-single in the team’s 3-run first inning…ASDRUBAL CABRERA and CARLOS SANTANA also drove in runs, while Santana recorded 3 assists at third base…TYLER CLOYD (2.0IP, 2H, 0R) took the bump first in the starter-by committee affair for the Indians, while SCOTT ATCHISON, BRYAN SHAW, AUSTIN ADAMS, SCOTT BARNES and MIKE ZAGURSKI also enjoyed scoreless outings.
BULLPENNINGS: Indians pitchers who were scheduled to throw bullpens this morning at the Goodyear Complex: RHP CARLOS CARRASCO, RHP COREY KLUBER, RHP FRANK HERRMANN.
LET IT “B”: The Indians announced Saturday that the club will participate in its second “B” game of the spring, as Cleveland will host the Chicago White Sox at 10:00AM AZT/1:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 11 at the Goodyear Development Complex…the Indians edged the Angels 3-2 in a March 4 “B” game here in Goodyear.
UPCOMING BROADCAST INFORMATION: The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday that SportsTime Ohio will televise 154 games in 2014… FOX will broadcast nationally the Tribe’s June 21 game vs. Detroit – which will feature the Indians Hall of Fame induction of Omar Vizquel – while six other games (April 5, May 10, June 7, July 19, July 26 and August 9) will be broadcast on FOX’s new FOX Sports 1…SportsTime Ohio will also air Beating the Odds: The Al Rosen Story on March 13 at 3:00pm and a Tribe Report Season Preview on March 19 at 9:00pm.
With the caveat that yes, it’s Spring Training, we have some guys off to hot starts, which is always nice to see. Chew on these numbers on a lazy Sunday:
Michel Brantley, who’s led the team in batting average the last two seasons and signed a five-year extension in the offseason, is off to an 8-for-13 (.615) start.
Jason Kipnis is hitting .385 after a 2-for-4 day Saturday.
Mike Aviles has five hits in nine at-bats.
Elliot Johnson, looking to make the team as a non-roster invitee, is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with a team-high 5 RBI.
Ryan Raburn, who made the club out of Spring Training last year by playing well, is 6-for-10 with two homers. (Raburn will miss a couple days after running into the wall on Friday.
The hot starts extend to the pitching staff:
The Tribe staff as a whole has allowed 28 earned runs in 91 innings, for a 2.77 ERA.
Carlos Carrasco has allowed one earned run in seven innings, with nine strikeouts.
Trevor Bauer, competing with Carrasco for the fifth spot in the Tribe rotation, has struck out seven in five innings.
Corey Kluber has six strikeouts and has allowed two earned runs in six innings.
The Indians are back at it today from Goodyear Ballpark, taking on the Milwaukee Brewers at 4PM ET!
CLEVELAND INDIANS (8-1-0) at SAN DIEGO PADRES (3-6-1)
RHP Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Josh Johnson (0-0, 0.00)
Spring Game #10/Road #5 » Saturday, March 8, 2014 » Peoria Sports Complex » 1:05/3:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » WTAM, IRN, Indians.com webcast
BACK II THE FUTURE: Time stands still here in Arizona, as much of the country will lose one hour tonight by rolling their clocks forward as part of Daylight Saving Time while those of us here in the desert will remain largely unaffected (AZ will now align with the Pacific Time Zone, as they roll forward one hour)…beginning at Midnight MST/2:00AM ET, there will be a 3-hour time difference between Phoenix and Cleveland.
HANG WITH ‘EM: There was some re-shuffling of Indians probable pitchers this morning…please check with the Indians Baseball Info. Dept. to ensure that you’re working off the most updated schedule.
FENDING OFF THE FRIARS: The Indians are set to travel to Peoria today to face off against the San Diego Padres before returning to Goodyear where the Tribe will play 4 of their next 5 exhibition tilts…the Indians went 0-2 against the Padres in Cactus League play last season and have lost 7 straight head-to-head Spring Training matchups to SD – this after beating the Padres 5 consecutive times after joining the Cactus League circuit in 2009…the Indians are 6-3 all-time against the Padres in regular season Interleague Play, as the Tribe last took 2 of 3 from the Friars in a 2008 series at Progressive Field…Cleveland is set to
host San Diego for 3 games at Progressive Field from April 7-9 to round out the Tribe’s first regular season homestand of 2014.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians extended their 8-game Cactus League winning streak, besting the Chicago Cubs for a second straight day by a score of 7-2 in Mesa…Cleveland’s pitching staff was stingy all afternoon, racking up a spring-high 16 strikeouts while allowing just 4 hits…CARLOS CARRASCO took the bump first and fanned 6 of the 12 batters he faced over 3.0 innings (2 unearned runs); COREY KLUBER followed with 3.0 scoreless frames, retiring 9 of the 10 batters he squared off against while tallying 5 strikeouts…VINNIE PESTANO,BLAKE WOOD and BRYAN PRICE worked perfect 7th, 8th and 9th innings, as Tribe hurlers set down the last 11 Cubs in order…MIKE AVILES cracked a 2-run homer in the first inning and is now 5-for-9 (.556) with 3 RBI in 4 games this spring…YAN GOMES worked 7.0 innings behind the plate and connected for an RBI-double in the 3rd…RYAN RABURN (.500, 6-for-10 this spring) also doubled, but left the game with a left knee contusion shortly after colliding
with the RF wall…Cleveland tacked on 3 insurance runs in the 9th.
BACK IN THE FOLD: Indians RHP DANNY SALAZAR retured to live action in yesterday morning’s simulated game at the Goodyear Development Complex… Salazar threw 21 pitches to six minor league batters, with his fastball topping out at 95-96 mph; he registered 3 strikeouts, allowing one hit and an unearned run… Danny is scheduled to make his 2014 Cactus League debut (2.0 IP) on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels here in Goodyear.