Results tagged ‘ Cactus League ’
CLEVELAND INDIANS (18-8-2) at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (12-9-3)
RHP Corey Kluber (0-1, 6.64) vs. LHP Wade Miley (0-1, 5.40)
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (PDT/ET) » WTAM/IRN/webcast
TENTATIVE OPENING DAY LINEUP SET: The Indians announced several
roster moves Wednesday morning that tentatively round out Cleveland’s
final Opening Day roster, as RHP JOSH TOMLIN is scheduled to be op-
tioned to Triple-A Columbus, while RHP CARLOS CARRASCO (rotation),
RHP BLAKE WOOD (bullpen) and RHP SCOTT ATCHISON (bullpen) have
all been informed that they will break camp on the Major League 25-man
roster…barring unforeseen circumstances, Cleveland will carry 13 pitchers
and 12 position players to start the year.
SALAZAR TO START HOME OPENER: Indians MGR Terry Francona also
announced Wednesday morning that RHP DANNY SALAZAR would start
Cleveland’s home opener at Progressive Field on April 4 vs. Minnesota, the
club’s fourth game of the season…Salazar also start the most recent game
played in Cleveland, taking the bump against Tampa Bay in the 2013 A.L.
Wild Card Game.
THE HOME STRETCH: The Indians won their 18th game of the spring
on Wednesday, one more than the club’s 2013 Spring Training win total…
with 3 games remaining on the 2014 Cactus League schedule the Indians
are now just one victory shy of matching their best exhibition season since
re-joining the Arizona Circuit in 2009…the Indians played their final home
game of the spring on Wednesday and finished the 2014 Spring Training
campaign with a 9-6 record at Goodyear Ballpark…Cleveland will round out
the club’s spring slate with 3 road games, squaring off against the Arizona
Diamondbacks today in Scottsdale before flying to San Diego for a pair of
friendlies against the Padres at the University of San Diego’s ballpark…
the Indians have played 25 games in 25 days since Cleveland’s March 1
rainout at Camelback Ranch against Chicago-AL…Cleveland has won 6
of its last 10 games as the club nears the season opener on March 31 in
TODAY’S TILT: The Indians will travel to Scottsdale to square off with the
Diamondbacks for the third and final time this spring… the Tribe defeated
the Diamondbacks 7-1 in the two clubs first matchup on March 11 here in
Scottsdale, and dropped the second decision 4-2 back in Goodyear…the
two club’s split a pair of Cactus League meetings last season as Cleveland
holds a 8-6 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 club’s will play a pair of 2-game sets
this season on June 24-25 at Chase Field, and again on August 12-13 in
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Today’s game between the Indians and
Diamondbacks can be heard across the Indians Radio Network (WTAM in
Cleveland) and also through a live online webcast, which can be accessed
by registering a username and password at http://www.Indians.com/webcast or
MLB.com…both games in San Diego will also be on the IRN and available
via webcast…MLB Network will air a live broadcast of the final game of the
Tribe’s Cactus League schedule on March 29 at San Diego.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians won their final home game of the
spring, besting the Milwaukee Brewers 10-3 yesterday afternoon at Good-
year Ballpark…the Tribe offense tallied 17 hits and went 9-for-18 with run-
ners in scoring position in the contest…LONNIE CHISENHALL (2-for-4, 2
R) and NICK SWISHER (2-for-3, BB, R) each connected for a solo home
run, while MICHAEL BRANTLEY (2-for-2, 3B, BB) and JASON KIPNIS (2-
for-3, 2B, R) paced the team with 2 RBI apiece…Brantley raised his spring
average to .522 with his effort and leads Cleveland with 12 RBI…CAR-
LOS SANTANA (1-for-2) drew a pair of walks and scored twice…JUSTIN
MASTERSON, scheduled to start Monday’s season-opener in Oakland,
improved to 4-0 in his final spring tune-up…the right-hander worked 5.2
innings, holding the Brewers to a single run on 3 hits.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (15-5-2) at COLORADO ROCKIES (10-11-3)
RHP Justin Masterson (2-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (2-0, 5.87)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET) Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network, Indians.com.
THE HOME STRETCH: Coming off of yesterday’s only true off day of the spring
schedule, the Indians have played 22 official games in 23 days since the start
of Cactus League play on Feb. 26, including 19 games over the last 19 days
since Cleveland’s March 1 rainout at Camelback Ranch against Chicago-AL…
that does not account for two scheduled “B” games vs. the White Sox and Angels
or the wide range of simulated/intrasquad/minor league scrimmages that have
taken place on the Goodyear backfields…the Tribe’s next off day is scheduled for
Sunday, March 30 in advance of club’s season opener in Oakland on March 31.
TAP THE ROCKIES: Cleveland will travel to Scottsdale to face off against
Colorado in the first of two back-to-back games against the Rockies…the Tribe
dropped their only game at Talking Stick in 2013 and are just 4-6 against Colo-
rado since joining the Cactus League in 2009…the Rockies will visit Progressive
Field for the first time since 2011 for a 3 game series from May 30-June 1…
Colorado is 10-8 all-time vs. Cleveland in regular season Interleague Play.
ROSTER REDUCTIONS: The Indians announced on Wednesday the club
optioned RHP PRESTON GUILMET, RHP FRANK HERRMANN, LHP COLT
HYNES & INF DAVID ADAMS to Triple-A Columbus…RHP DAVID AARDSMA
was granted his release today.
UPDATED ROSTER BREAKDOWN: With the most recent round of roster
moves announced Monday, the Indians now have a total of 41 players currently
in major league camp; this includes 14 non-roster invitees in addition to players
on the 40-man roster…the club now has 19 pitchers (4 non-roster), including 17
right-handers and 2 lefties, 4 catchers (2 non-roster), 11 infielders (5 non-roster)
and 7 outfielders (3 non-roster).
TV ON THE RADIO: Monday afternoon’s St. Patrick’s Day tilt with Cincinnati
was SportsTime Ohio’s final Cactus League broadcast of the spring, but fans
will still have the opportunity to watch the Indians in 3 additional spring training
games that will be carried by MLB Network on March 23 at Los Angeles-AL,
March 24 at Cincinnati and March 29 at San Diego.
Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will have today’s call across the Indians
Radio Network and on WTAM in the Cleveland market…the game can also be
heard through a live webcast on http://www.MLB.com with an MLB audio subscription.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (15-4-2) vs. OAKLAND ATHLETICS (10-8-5)
RHP Danny Salazar (0-0, 5.40) vs. RHP Dan Straily (0-0, 3.86)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET)
Audio: Indians.com webcast
TAKE A LOAD OFF FANNY: As the Indians near the home stretch of their 2014
Arizona tenure, the team is set to enjoy its only true off day of the spring tomor-
row (Thursday)…at that point – including today’s tilt against Oakland – the Tribe
will have played 22 official games in 22 days since the start of Cactus League
play on Feb. 26, including 19 games over the last 18 days since Cleveland’s
March 1 rainout at Camelback Ranch against Chicago-AL…that does not ac-
count for two scheduled “B” games against the White Sox and Angels or the wide
range of simulated/intrasquad/minor league scrimmages that have taken place
on the Goodyear backfields…the Tribe’s next off day is scheduled for Sunday,
March 30 in advance of the club’s season opener in Oakland on March 31.
RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER: The Indians and Athletics offer a quick preview
of Opening Day as the two club’s will face off exactly 12 days before they meet
again on March 31 in Oakland to kick off the 2014 regular season…Cleveland
held a 5-2 advantage over Oakland in the 2013 regular season series, outscour-
ing the A’s 33-19…the two clubs split a pair of Cactus League matchups last
season, as the Indians are just 4-5 against the A’s since joining the CL in 2009.
ADDITIONAL WORK: With DANNY SALAZAR (4.0 innings) and CARLOS
CARRASCO (5.0 innings) scheduled to handle the load in today’s game vs.
Oakland, the Indians will use minor league games this week to get pitchers in
Major League camp additional innings…RHP JOSH TOMLIN (6.0 innings), RHP
BRYAN SHAW, RHP CODY ALLEN and RHP DAVID AARDSMA are scheduled
to appear in today’s minor league game.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians held on to beat the San Francisco Giants
by a score of 12-11 on Tuesday evening in front of a packed house at Good-
year Ballpark…Cleveland’s lone night game of the spring evolved into a 3-hour,
29-minute display of offense that featured a combined 23 runs, 37 hits and 7 home
runs…YAN GOMES went 3-for-4 and hit a pair of home runs, including the game’s de-
cisive 2-run blast off Santiago Casilla in the sixth inning…JEFF FRANCOEUR drove in
a game-high 4 runs and picked up a pair of hits, dealing a big blow with his go-ahead
3-run shot during Cleveland’s 7-run rally in the third… MICHAEL BRANTLEY doubled
3 times, while BRYAN LaHAIR also turned in a 3-hit effort…the Giants plated all 11
runs prior to the fifth inning, scoring 4 times in the first, twice in the third and 5 times in the fourth…each of the last 5 Indians re-lievers then turned in 1.0 scoreless inning
apiece, while VINNIE PESTANO and C.C. LEE both did so while striking out the side –
Pestano retired the side in order with a called third strike against each batter he faced.
RABURN RETURNS: Ryan Raburn rejoined the Indians yesterday after spend-
ing the past 5 days in Florida with his family after the birth of his second daugh-
ter…Raburn has not appeared in a game since crashing into the right-field wall
on March 7 at Cubs Park, but is tentatively scheduled to appear in today’s game
as the DH.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (14-2-2) vs. CINCINNATI (8-12)
RHP Corey Kluber (0-0, 4.50) vs. RHP Mike Leake (0-0, 3.60)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: SportsTime Ohio; Radio: Indians.com webcast
CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Today, March 17, marks
Saint Patrick’s Day, an annual holiday that commemorates Saint
Patrick, the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of
Ireland…although Saint Patrick’s feast day was celebrated by the
Irish in Europe in the ninth and tenth centuries and became a holy
day of obligation in the early 1600’s, Saint Patrick’s Day did not
become an official public holiday until 1903…the government of the Republic of
Ireland began a campaign to use Saint Patrick’s Day to showcase the country
of Ireland and its culture during the 1990’s…since the Reds joined the Indians
in Goodyear in 2010, Cleveland and Cincinnati have played one another
every spring on St. Patrick’s Day, as today will mark the 5th straight year.
TODAY’S TILT: The Indians and Reds are set to meet today for the fourth time
this spring before closing out their head-to-head Cactus League series next
Monday, March 24 here at Goodyear Ballpark…after dropping the exhibition
opener to the Reds by a score of 8-3, the Indians took the next two decisions
from Cincy and went on to enjoy a ten-game stretch in which the club did not suf-
fer a single loss (9-0-1)…Cleveland is 12-9-3 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 6-8-2 over the last 16 times Cleveland and Cincinnati have locked horns…
the regular season “Battle of Ohio” was a clean split (2-2) in 2013 as both
teams swept 2 game sets at their home parks; this year’s version of the Ohio
Cup will again feature a “home-and-home” as the 2 clubs will play four straight
games against each other from August 4-7 – the Tribe will host the Reds in the
first 2 contests followed by 2 games at Great American Ballpark…the Indians
hold a 44-41 (.518) record all-time against Cincinnati in regular season play.
SUNDAY’S CLEAN SWEEP: Cleveland swept a pair of split-squad road games
yesterday, improving to a Cactus League-best 14-3-2 this spring.
LATEST ROSTER MOVES: This morning the Indians announced several roster
moves relative to the Major League Spring Training roster…the club optioned
LHP SCOTT BARNES and LHP NICK HAGADONE to Triple-A Columbus…the
club also re-assigned RHP TRAVIS BANWART, RHP TYLER CLOYD, RHP
J.C. RAMIREZ and LHP MIKE ZAGURSKI to minor league camp.
TRIBE PITCHING NOTES: Cleveland’s pitching staff has registered a Cactus
League-low 3.09 ERA (59 ER/172.0 IP), which is also the 2nd-lowest in the Ma-
jors this spring behind only Miami’s 2.84 team ERA…JUSTIN MASTERSON has
worked 13.0 scoreless innings over 4 games/starts this spring, allowing just 6 hits
and 2 walks against 14 strikeouts; the 14 strikeouts are tied for team lead with
JOSH TOMLIN, who leads the team with 14.0 IP…BLAKE WOOD (7.0 IP, 4 H, 1
R-ER, 3 BB, 8 SO) has a team-high 7 appearances…CARLOS CARRASCO has
surrendered a single R/ER in 7.0 innings of work with 9 strikeouts, while notching
a pair of wins (team-high)…JOHN AXFORD (5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R-ER) has fanned 7 in
5.0 innings of work…JOSH OUTMAN (5.0) and PRESTON GUILMET (4.0) have
yet to allow a run this spring.
UNDER THE LIGHTS: Cleveland will participate in the team’s first and only night
game of the spring on Tuesday, as the Indians are set to host the San Francisco
Giants at Goodyear Ballpark.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (11-2-1) vs. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (7-6-1)
RHP Zach McAllister (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-0, 13.50)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: SportsTime Ohio, Radio: Free Webcast on Indians.com
ROLLED UP ACES: After 4 scheduled exhibition matchups (one rainout) in 2013
the Indians and Royals are set to face off in their only Spring Training tilt on the 2014
slate…Cleveland went 0-3 against Kansas City last spring and are just 2-7-1 all-time
since joining the Cactus League in 2009…in 2013 regular season play, Cleveland
held a 10-9 edge over its Central Division foe as the Tribe has gone .500+ against
Kansas City in 9 of last 10 seasons.
TRIBE AT A GLANCE: The Indians have reeled off back-to-back victories after
dropping just their second game of the spring slate on Monday vs. Los Angeles-
AL…prior to that loss, 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…the Indians enter today’s game at 11-2-1, the highest winning percentage
(.846) in the Majors.
PENCIL HIM IN: After Wednesday’s victory over the Padres Tribe manager Terry
Francona announced that RHP COREY KLUBER would start the club’s second
game of the season on April 1 at Oakland…after battling for a roster spot and start-
ing the campaign at Triple-A Columbus in 2013, Kluber went 11-5 with a 3.85 ERA in
24 starts/26 games after being promoted to the big leagues on April 17.
BEATING THE ODDS: SportsTime Ohio will roll out the first of two special programs
in advance of Opening Day today, as Beating the Odds: The Al Rosen Story will air at
3:00pmET…this hour-long documentary profiles the life and baseball career of Cleve-
land Indians legend, four-time All-Star and 1953 American League MVP Al Rosen…
the TV home of the Tribe will also air a Tribe Report Season Preview on March 19
BIRTHDAY BOY: Indians super-utility man MIKE AVILES celebrates another trip
around the sun today as the New York, NY native turns 33 on this 13th day of
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 Rosey Report: Spring Training edition is back after another Tribe W on Friday over the Reds. Today’s guests include MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Mike Aviles — taking Rosey on a tour of the Tribe clubhouse — and, as usual, snippets from Terry Francona’s daily media briefing.
Tune in by clicking the Play button below!
This Tuesday edition of The Rosey Report features an interview with Bench Coach Brad Mills on the art form that is putting together an efficient Spring Training, Jordan Bastian’s daily news and notes, and a Word of the Day with Nick Swisher.
Also, you’ll hear portions of Indians Manager Terry Francona’s daily media briefing.
Welcome to a new feature we’ll have throughout Spring Training and perhaps into the regular season: The Rosey Report!
Radio broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus will take you behind the scenes from Goodyear, with interviews, game recaps and more — including, as the intro suggests, tomfoolery! — on each edition of The Rosey Report.
On today’s first edition, Rosey talks with Justin Masterson, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian and Terry Francona!
Click the play button below to tune in to today’s first edition!
There are two types of days at Indians Spring Training — good days and great days.
Yesterday, my friends, was a great day. It was the first full day in Arizona and we started it off right by heading to batting practice first thing in the morning. I was at the field 10 minutes when Cord Phelps came up to me and asked if I wanted his bat. My answer was a squeaky little “yes, please.” Awesome. The Indians have bleacher seats set up for those who want to watch practice and a fence to hang on for those who want to snag an autograph. I spent most of the morning on the fence waiting for Jason Kipnis and Matt LaPorta.
In my last post I mentioned how important it is to say hello to people. At batting practice, I would suggest the same. While hanging on the fence, sharpie and baseball cards in hand, I met some great people. An older gentleman that has been in Arizona 15 years and became a Tribe fan five years ago when the team moved Spring Training to Goodyear. The man had never been to Cleveland but loved the team just from seeing them at the park. I met a family with photos and cards split among mom, dad and an aunt to send back to a man cave in Parma. One proud grandma had a picture of her three grandchildren, all in Tribe jerseys, for the team to sign. There was a little good-natured ribbing from some Reds fans about Choo and Hannahan (that made me tear up a little). Justin Masterson came by and signed for everyone and chatted with fans. And much to my excitement, Mike Hargrove came over to sign my slightly bent card. It pays to say please, kids. I can’t forget to mention that Cleveland comedic son Mike Polk Jr. was there and I talked to him for a couple of minutes as well.
After practice, my friend and I went straight to the game, which is right down the street. A fan note here: Some players walk back to the practice facility from the game in case you want to take a walk as well. Goodyear Ballpark is, in my opinion, the jewel of the Cactus League. The park is fan-friendly with a mini field for kids to play catch and run the bases. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. The most important thing is how friendly everyone is. From the guy selling hot dogs to the ushers, everyone has a smile to greet you. The ushers also know that there are fans from all over the country (and continent with the World Baseball Classic going on) and it may be the only time someone can get up close and personal with their favorite players. I took a lot of fantastic pictures by simply asking an usher if I could go to the front row and take a picture. I have never been turned down.
The overall vibe at Goodyear is laid back and relaxed. The players are easy going and the fans are fun.
We ended our awesome day, a little sunburned, in Tempe for dinner.
Today is a new day, and I can’t wait to see what happens!
–TribeVibe Fan Correspondent Traci (@ClevelandChick)
Cleveland native Traci Christler, who blogs independently at http://www.HappinessIsaHotPierogi.com, 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.