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–Photos By Kyle Emery
The guys are glad to be back in Cleveland — and in first place! Enjoy this photo slideshow from Friday batting practice.
–Kyle Emery photos
Think these guys are having fun?
–Photos by TribeVibe contributor Kyle Emery
The Indians are back at it after a seven-homer night in Tuesday’s 14-2 win over the Phillies. And by the looks of these photos, it looks like they’re enjoying themselves!
–Kyle Emery photos
Workouts for the 2013 World Baseball Classic kicked off today. The Indians will be well represented at the tournament with six players expected to take the field for their countries.
Bullpen staple VINNIE 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. Spain will join the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela in Pool C at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, PR, with games played from March 7-10. Additional WBC details are below:
With six members of the Cleveland Indians on World Baseball Classic rosters, there stands to be some friendly trash talk when Spring Training opens next month in Goodyear, Ariz.
Indians relievers Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez will help the United States squad, which has finished no better than fourth, take on some of the sport’s very big boys in the third installment of the WBC: Indians teammates Carlos Santana (Dominican Republic) and Asdrubal Cabrera (Venezuela) are members of teams loaded with Major League stars, while new Indians infielder Mike Aviles – and Tribe farmhand Giovanni Soto — join Yadier Molina (Cardinals), Carlos Beltran (Cardinals) and Alex Rios (White Sox) on the Puerto Rico team.
“There will be some back and forth, and that’s all part of it,” said Pestano, who with Perez formed one of the most feared bullpen duos in the majors last season. “Hopefully we get a chance to go against (Cabrera) and Carlos. Their teams are loaded.
“Maybe it’ll come down to us being the 1980 (U.S.) Winter Olympic hockey team: (Coach Herb Brooks said) ‘We’re not looking for the best ones, we’re looking for the right ones,’” he said with a smile.
The U.S., though, is no slouch, and the team’s pitching depth, especially in the bullpen, made Pestano unsure whether he’d even be included. Pestano, who in 2012 set a single-season club record with 36 holds, and Perez, who had 39 saves, are joined by Craig Kimbrel (Braves), Jeremy Affeldt (Giants) and Mitch Boggs (Cardinals), among others, in the bullpen, while Mark Teixeira (Yankees), Brandon Phillips (Reds), Ryan Braun (Brewers) and Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins) highlight the lineup.
The rotation includes 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, now of the Blue Jays, the Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong and Atlanta’s Kris Medlen, among others.
“I’m very confident in (U.S. manager Joe Torre) and the team,” Pestano said. “Chris and I both are pumped about it; we obviously have a great dynamic. I’m not sure how it’s going to play out with the opportunities to pitch, because we have a lot of great arms. But … it would be special if me and Chris in any given day were given the ball to shut it down like we do during the regular season.”
What always was certain was the Indians’ representatives’ desire to play.
“I like the event because I’m from the Dominican and it gives me a chance to play for my country,” said Santana, who hit 18 homers and drove in 76 runs in his second full season in the majors in 2012. “Talking with (fellow Dominicans) Robinson Cano (Yankees) and Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays), they were all going and told me that the WBC is a good event.”
Aviles, meanwhile, played for Puerto Rico in 2009 and is honored to again be donning the country’s uniform.
“I heard about it during the summer of last year, that it was a possibility, and I was open to it because I was excited to play in the last one, and it’s always an honor to put on a jersey of that caliber,” Aviles said. “I was just waiting to hear anything this offseason. … It’s just a matter of, I got the call, and it was made official, so I was pumped about it and excited, and I’m excited to put that jersey on again.”
Aviles was acquired from the Blue Jays in November along with Yan Gomes, who is the first Brazilian player to play in the major leagues and is considering playing for his home country in the WBC. Gomes is weighing playing against remaining at Spring Training with the Indians, in an effort to familiarize himself with his new organization and increase his chances of making the Indians’ Opening Day roster.
Meanwhile, the trade that brought the duo to Cleveland, along with playing in the WBC, has made for an interesting offseason for Aviles.
“I’m just pumped for the whole tournament and everything. I’ve got a lot of new stuff going on this year, between (playing for) Puerto Rico and (coming over to) the Indians, and I’m excited for this season just because there’s so much new, that I’m just excited for the upcoming season.”
Pestano, in interviews and on Twitter, made no bones about his desire to participate.
“I had heard from the end of the year that I had a chance to be on the team, but the list of possible players had to become a lot shorter,” Pestano said. “I didn’t know how I was going to fit in and the process was going down.”
The tournament starts with pool play – the U.S. is grouped in Pool D with Canada, Mexico and Italy — in Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico and Arizona from March 2-12. The next round, from March 8-16, will be in Tokyo and Miami, with the final portion set for March 17-19 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Japan has won both World Baseball Classics.
United States World Baseball Classic roster
Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees
Brandon Phillips, 2B, Reds
Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies
David Wright, 3B, Mets
Joe Mauer, C, Twins
Jonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers
J.P. Arencibia, C, Blue Jays
Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
Adam Jones, OF, Orioles
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Marlins
Shane Victorino, OF, Red Sox
Ben Zobrist, INF, Rays
Willie Bloomquist, INF, Diamondbacks
R.A. Dickey, SP, Blue Jays
Ryan Vogelsong, SP, Giants
Derek Holland, SP, Rangers
Kris Medlen, SP, Braves
Craig Kimbrel, RP, Braves
Heath Bell, RP, Diamondbacks
Chris Perez, RP, Indians
Vinnie Pestano, RP, Indians
Luke Gregerson, RP, Padres
Glen Perkins, RP, Twins
Steve Cishek, Marlins
Jeremy Affeldt, RP, Giants
Tim Collins, RP, Royals
Mitchell Boggs, RP, Cardinals
–TribeVibe contributors Joel Hammond and Max Lom
Tribe Fest to offer fans unprecedented access and personal interaction with Indians players and more
The Indians announced a unique new event will take place this winter to get Tribe fans ready for the 2013 season. Progressive Field will host Tribe Fest, presented by KeyBank, on Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20.
Tribe Fest was designed based on the feedback of Tribe fans from previous team events, and will offer fans of all ages unprecedented access to Indians players, coaches, and alumni.
“We want to provide our fans an opportunity to have personal interaction with our players, with the ballpark, our broadcasters, and many members of our front office,” said Indians’ Senior Director of Marketing Sanaa Julien. “Those personal interactions are what create lifelong memories for our fans.”
The event will feature a large contingent of current Indians players, including second baseman Jason Kipnis, catcher Carlos Santana, infielder Mike Aviles, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, and pitchers Vinnie Pestano, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and Cody Allen.
In addition to meeting the players, taking photos and getting autographs, fans will have the opportunity to take part in a range of interactive activities.
“We’ll open locations that are typically closed off on game days,” said Julien. “That includes the batting cages, the clubhouse, press interview room, and we’ll have at least a dozen players plus alumni and our broadcast teams.”
Tribe Fest will take place from Noon to 6:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday, with most activities taking place in the indoor service levels of Progressive Field. Kids 12 and under can attend the event for free and regular admission is $10.
All tickets will be delivered via mail and fans are encouraged to buy tickets early as there is a limited supply available. All attendees must print and fill out a waiver to enter the ballpark, and Gate A will serve as the entrance for the event.
CLICK HERE for more information on Tribe Fest.
– TribeVibe contributor Max Lom
Update: Two Indians prospects, catcher Alex Monsalve and pitcher Trey Haley have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League’s Futures Game. The game will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00PM ET and will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com.
Although the Major League season ended Sunday night, many young players will continue to play through the winter as they aim to speed up their development by playing extended seasons. The Indians have a number of young players currently working on their game in the Arizona Fall League, while several others will be participating in Winter Leagues across Latin America.
The Arizona Fall League (AFL) began its 2012 season on October 9 and eight players from the Indians organization are taking part by representing the Scottsdale Scorpions in the extended season. Several players, such as shortstop Ronny Rodriguez and left-handed pitcher T.J. House, have excelled in the AFL as they look to improve on strong 2012 seasons in the minor leagues.
Rodriguez, 20, is rated the No. 5 prospect in the organization by MLB.com after showing impressive power (19 HR and 66 RBI) with the Carolina Mudcats (Hi-A) in the 2012 regular season. He is hitting .273 through 11 games in the AFL, with six RBI and three stolen bases.
House is coming off a promising season in which he was promoted from Carolina to Double-A Akron, compiling a 10-5 record and 3.56 ERA between the two teams. He has built on his 2012 regular season campaign with several strong performances in Arizona, striking out 18 batters over 17 innings of work, and posting a 1.59 ERA.
Both Rodriguez and House hope to follow in the footsteps of a number of current Indians players who have spent time developing their game in the AFL in recent years.
Jason Kipnis excelled in the AFL in the fall of 2010, and Vinnie Pestano appeared in the league in 2009. Both players went on to make their Major League debuts the following season.
The Arizona Fall League schedule ends on November 15, but similar leagues in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico will take place throughout the fall and winter.
Notable current Indians have played in these leagues as well in recent years. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera played in the Venezuelan Winter League from 2007-2011, while catcher Carlos Santana and pitcher Rafael Perez each made appearances in the 2009 Dominican Winter League. Pitcher Esmil Rogers is expected to play in the Dominican this winter.
For more on the Indians prospects currently plying their trade in off-season leagues, read Tyler Emerick’s feature for MLB.com.
– TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom
CLEVELAND INDIANS (52-60, 3rd, -9.0G) vs. BOSTON RED SOX (55-58)
LHP Chris Seddon (0-0, 8.31) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (9-3, 4.48)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: STO Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
SENT HOME BY SANTANA: CARLOS SANTANA has driven in at least one run in 5 consecutive games to set a personal career-best, matching the longest such streak by an Indians batter over the past 4 seasons (many times)…last Indian with 1+ RBI in more than 5 straight?: RYAN GARKO (6, Aug. 14-20, 2008)…Santana has 6 RBI over his last 5 games, 10 RBI over his last 8 games and 22 RBI over his last 22 games since July 18, batting .311 (23-74) with 14 extra-base hits (7-2B, 7-HR) over that latter stretch with a 1.122 OPS (.433 OBP/.689 SLG)…since July 18, Santana’s 22 RBI are T2nd-most in the majors behind only Boston’s ADRIAN GONZALEZ (23)… his 14 extra-base hits are 2nd-most in the A.L. behind the Angels’ ALBERT PUJOLS (16).
SET-EM-UP, KNOCK-EM-DOWN: VINNIE PESTANO worked a spotless 8th inning in last night’s win to extend his scoreless streak to 21.0 consecutive innings, the longest by any Indians pitcher this season and longest by a Tribe reliever since PAUL ASSENMACHER strung together 23.1 shutout frames from June 18-August 26, 1997…Pestano is tied with Tampa Bay’s J.P. HOWELL for the longest active scoreless streak in the majors…last night’s win also garnered Pestano with his major league-leading 31st hold, tied with RAFAEL BETANCOURT (2007) for the Indians’ single-season club record.
THE STANDINGS: The Indians’ 5-3, come-from-behind win last night one half-game off the team’s deficit, as Cleveland is 9.0 games behind Chicago in the A.L. Central standings…the Tribe is also 8.0 games back in the A.L. Wild Card standings…Cleveland has been in 3rd place for 26 straight days after spending 56 consecutive days in either first or 2nd place (April 24-July 14)…of the 127 days of the Indians’ season, Cleveland has been in first place for 40 days, 2nd place for 46 days and 3rd place for 31 days…Cleveland held a season-high 4.0-game lead on May 17, but has gone 30-44 since.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (47-44, 3rd, -3.0 G) vs. TAMPA BAY RAYS (47-45)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-8, 5.09) vs. LHP David Price (12-4, 2.80)
First Pitch: 12:10 p.m. (ET) at Tropicana Field
TV: STO Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
OFF THE SCHNEID: CARLOS SANTANA paced the Indians offense with 4 RBI last night (one shy of career-high), driving in 3 of those with his first home run since May 15 at Minnesota (Jason Marquis) to end a career-long 40-game drought, which had been the 2nd-longest homerless streak by a Cleveland player in 2012 behind MICHAEL BRANTLEY’s 50-game streak to begin the season…the drive also marked Santana’s first home run from the right side of the plate since Sept. 19, 2011 vs. Seattle (Charlie Furbush).
TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE: Last night’s victory was keyed by clutch-hitting in 2-out situations by the Indians, as Cleveland plated 8 of the club’s 10 runs with 2 outs while going 10-for-18 at the plate…overall this season, the Indians rank among A.L. team leaders with 2 outs in both on-base pct. (4th, .335) and batting average (6th, .250).
MR. ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD: ESMIL ROGERS earned his first relief win of 2012 last night after stamping out a potential Rays rally in the 5th…since being acquired on June 12, Rogers ranks among MLB relief leaders (min. 17.0 IP) in opponents’ on-base pct. (1st, .209), opponents’ avg. (2nd, .145) and strikeouts (T3rd, 22) while posting a 2.04 ERA (4 ER/17.2 IP).
AROUND THE BLOCK: Cleveland has gone 15-22 (.405) in days games this season, the 3rd-lowest winning pct. in the A.L. and 7th-lowest in the majors…a win today would secure Cleveland’s first winning season on turf since 2007 (12-6), as the club has gone a combined 3-3 at Rogers Centre and Tropicana Field.
GOODBYE TO THE BAY: The Indians are 73-45 all-time against Tampa Bay, including 31-27 at Tropicana Field…the Indians and Rays have alternated wins and losses over each of the last 10 games dating back to last season…a win today would give Cleveland its first series win at this venue since Aug. 17-19, 2007 – Indians have gone 6-13 at Tropicana Field since.