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Monday was a special day for the Hamiltons.
Nick Hamilton, an Indians 2012 draft pick after helping lead the Kent State Golden Flashes to the College World Series that June, found himself in the lineup as the designated hitter on Monday as the Indians took on the Cincinnati Reds from Goodyear Ballpark. Originally, Nick Swisher was in the lineup as the DH, but when the Reds said pitchers should bat — Cincinnati was the home team — Indians Manager Terry Francona sent Swisher home.
When the DH was re-installed into the game, Hamilton got the call. And his dad, Indians radio play-by-play man Tom, was on hand for the incredible moment:
Said Nick Hamilton after the game: “It was really just a lot of fun. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be able to get out there and get that first taste of playing in the big leagues. It was just a lot of fun and something I can learn from and build on from here.
“Eventually, looking back, I’m sure this is definitely something that I’m going to cherish.”
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
CLEVELAND INDIANS (16-7-2) at CINCINNATI REDS (12-14-2)
RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 5.59) vs. Alfredo Simon (1-2, 4.42)
Spring Game #26/Home #14 » Monday, March 24, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » MLB Network, webcast
TODAY’S BROADCAST INFORMATION: Today’s “road” contest between the Indians and Reds will be aired lived on MLB Network at 4:05 ET…MLB Network will also air a live broadcast of the final game on the Tribe’s Cactus League schedule on March 29 at San Diego.
Today’s game can also be heard through a live online webcast which can be accessed by simply registering a username and password at http://www.Indians.com/webcast or MLB.com.
THE HOME STRETCH: With just 6 games remaining on the 2014 Cactus League schedule, the Indians are one win shy of their 2013 Spring Training total, and just 3 victories shy of matching the club’s best exhibition season since joining the CL in 2009…Sunday’s loss to the Angels marked the first time the Tribe has lost consecutive games all spring…the Indians have played 22 games in 22 days since Cleveland’s March 1 rainout at Camelback Ranch against Chicago-AL…Cleveland has still won 4 of its last 8 games as the club nears the season opener on March 31 in Oakland.
INDIANS RECOGNIZED BY BASEBALL ASSISTANCE TEAM: The Baseball Assistance Team, now in its 29th year, is a unique organization within the sports industry dedicated to confidentially assisting members of the Baseball Family through charitable contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals…B.A.T. strives to provide a means of support to people with financial, psychological or physical burdens…today, B.A.T. announced that the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies are the recipients of the 2014 Bobby Murcer Award in recognition of the team in each league whose players commit the most amount of money to B.A.T…the Baseball Assistance Team has awarded more than $29 million in grants to date, benefiting more than 3,100 members of the Baseball Family, including former Major League players, managers, coaches, scouts, umpires, athletic trainers and front office personnel.
LATEST ROSTER MOVES: Terry Francona announced this morning that RHP C.C. LEE and RHP TREVOR BAUER have been optioned to Triple-A Columbus, and INF/OF BRYAN LaHAIR and INF DAVID COOPER have been re-assigned to minor league camp…C LUKE CARLIN was informed that he will begin the season at Triple-A Columbus, but will remain with the Indians in Major League camp…the club also announced that RHP AARON HARANG asked for and was granted his release.
Tito also announced that OF MICHAEL BOURN will begin the season on the 15-day DL, and that the club informed OF NYJER MORGAN and INF LONNIE CHISENHALL that they will begin the season on the 25-man Opening Day roster.
TODAY’S TILT: The Indians and Reds are set to meet today for the fifth and final time this spring…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 suffer a single loss (9-0-1)…in the most recent matchup between the Goodyear Complex-mates, Cleveland saw Cincinnati rally for a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 walk-off loss…Cleveland is 12-10-3 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 6-9-2 over the last 17 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.
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 shut out Cincinnati 4-0 on Friday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark, as the Tribe pitching staff permitted just 3 hits and a trio of walks.
Starter ZACH McALLISTER retired 6 of the 7 batters he faced – save for one free pass – before giving way to JOSH TOMLIN, who followed with 2.0 spotless frames of his own and a pair of strikeouts. Five Tribe relievers carried the torch, recording 3 outs apiece to protect a 2-0 lead that RYAN RABURN provided with his 2-run HR off Homer Bailey in the 2nd inning. The Tribe plated 2 more runs in the 6th on CARLOS MONCRIEF’s RBI-single when a throwing error on the play permitted a second tally to come home.
The Indians will play their first true road game of the spring on Saturday when the team travels to Camelback Ranch for a 3:05PM ET first pitch against the Chicago White Sox. RHP AARON HARANG is scheduled to get the start opposite LHP John Danks. The broadcast will be available on the Indians Radio Network (WTAM in Cleveland) and through an online webcast on Indians.com.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians fell to the Cincinnati Reds, 8-3, in the first game of the 2014 spring exhibition season…RHP TREVOR BAUER & newly signed RHP AARON HARANG each opened with scoreless frames before the Reds enjoyed the first of their 4 two-run innings…Chris Heisey led the offensive charge for the Redlegs, finishing with a home run, a double and a pair of RBI…TONY WOLTERS singled home RYAN RABURN in his first at bat of the spring in the bottom of the 5th…along with Harang, NICK HAGADONE and PRESTON GUILMET also tossed scoreless relief innings.
AROUND THE (HOT) CORNER: Carlos Santana is set to make his spring debut at third base for the Tribe this afternoon…Santana spent the offseason working at the hot corner including a stint with the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League.
THE FIRE DOWN BELOW: Indians prospects were well represented in the Cactus League opener yesterday afternoon, as INF ERIK GONZALEZ singled, swiped a bag and scored a run, CA TONY WOLTERS chipped in an RBI single and OF TYLER NAQUIN doubled…OF CARLOS MONCRIEF made a pair of impressive plays in right field, while LHP NICK HAGADONE and RHP PRESTON GUILMET each registered a scoreless inning of relief.
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–Photos by Dan Mendlik
CLEVELAND INDIANS (0-0-0) vs. CINCINNATI REDS (0-0-0)
RHP Trevor Bauer (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Alfredo Simon (0-0, 0.00)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: SportsTime Ohio Radio: WTAM, IRN, webcast
GREETINGS FROM GOODYEAR: The Cleveland Indians return to the Goodyear Development Complex for their 6th year of Spring Training in the Cactus League…after 16 seasons in Winter Haven, Fla., from 1993-2008, the Tribe became the 14th organization to make its spring training home in Arizona beginning in 2009, while the Cincinnati Reds made it an even 15-15 split of teams between the Cactus and Grapefruit circuits after joining the Indians here in Goodyear for 2010…the Indians instructional league program began using the Goodyear facility in September of 2008.
TODAY’S TILT VS. CINCY: The Indians kick off 2014 Cactus League play with 3 straight games against the Cincinnati Reds…the Goodyear complex mates will also meet 2 additional times on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) and March 24…the Tribe and Reds also kicked off the 2013 Cactus League season with three consecutive matchups from Goodyear, as the Indians wiped the slate clean en route to a 5-0 start to their Cactus League campaign; the Indians scored a total of 27 runs in those 3 victories…Cleveland is 10-8-3 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 4-7-2 over the last 13 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.
SCHEDULE/BROADCAST INFO: The Indians are scheduled to play 33 spring training games in 2014, 16 of those coming here at Goodyear Ballpark; the Tribe will be the home team for 14 of those games with 2 exceptions coming against Cincinnati…the club will play just one split squad game this season – March 16 at San Francisco and Chicago-NL…the Indians will play their final two exhibition games vs. the Padres at the University of San Diego…sixteen Cleveland Indians Spring Training games will be broadcast on local radio and the Indians Radio Network, while eight will be broadcast on the flagship TV home SportsTime Ohio, including the Tribe’s first two Cactus League tilts today and Thursday…additionally, five Indians games will be aired on MLB Network in the Cleveland market.
Patting down the center field wall and shagging flies in the outfield, former Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo felt comfortable in his return to Progressive Field. A new member of the Cincinnati Reds, Choo relished the opportunity to visit Cleveland and play in front of former teammates and fans who watched him develop as a young player.
In 2012, Choo started 151 games in right field for the Tribe. Despite having started just one game in center field in an Indians uniform — he made 57 starts in left field and 338 starts in right field — Choo has become the everyday center fielder for the Reds.
Choo indicated that his routine of familiarizing himself with each ballpark’s center field surroundings proved unnecessary at Progressive Field. His experience in right field in parts of seven seasons in Cleveland made his walk-through somewhat quick on Wednesday.
“I go to every different ballpark and check the field, how soft the fence is, how [the ball] bounces back,” he said. “Here, I played a long time; I know [the stadium], so I was just comfortable.”
When Choo finally stepped in the batter’s box to lead off the game, his teammates debated about whether they were hearing boos or “Choos” from the Cleveland faithful.
“It was very exciting to play. Usually, when you play a former team, you’re nervous and want to play better,” Choo said. “When I was traded from Seattle to Cleveland, I played the best I could against Seattle. I don’t know why, but I don’t ever feel like that against the Indians.
“Still, I want to win; I want to play good. I’m excited to play and see my old teammates and fans that I used to play with at this field for six years.”
Choo spent six seasons in Seattle’s minor league system before making his major league debut on April 21, 2005. Just over a year later, Choo, who had played in 14 games at the major league level, was traded to Cleveland in exchange for first baseman Ben Broussard.
A former fan favorite, Choo posted an overall batting average of .291 over more than six seasons with the Indians. This past offseason, Choo was part of a three-team trade that ultimately sent him to Cincinnati, where he holds a .295 batting average and a .449 on-base percentage.
Choo said he felt unusually comfortable and excited to face his former team in Cleveland, the city and the organization that gave him his first real shot at becoming a big league player.
“I saw the Indians build and make me into an everyday player,” he said. “When I was traded to the Indians, their front office, their manager, Eric Wedge, gave me an opportunity to help. That’s why I’m here.”
And there he stood, in the visiting clubhouse, sporting his road grays and a Reds warmup jacket as he prepared to play his former team for the fourth time this season.
“Yesterday, I took a couple steps past the visiting clubhouse, and I stopped and went back,” Choo said. “I like [Cincinnati] a lot. Cleveland and Cincinnati are similar cities. It’s a really big baseball city, huge fans, and Cincinnati has really good teams, winning teams.
“Everybody wants to play for good teams and winning teams, but it’s not easy. I want to take this opportunity with a winning team to make the playoffs and the World Series.”
-TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden