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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.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-1-0) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (2-5-0)
RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (0-1, 4.50)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
Radio: WMMS, IRN, Indians.com webcast (subscription needed)
“SWING AND A DRIVE”: The “Voice of the Indians,” Tom Hamilton, returns to the booth today and will call his first game of the spring after staying in Cleveland to be with his son, Brad – a Senior – as the Avon Lake HS basketball team competed in the state playoffs…Hammy rejoins Jim Rosenhaus and will deliver today’s broadcast across the Indians Radio Network at 3:00PM ET, including the first spring broadcast on 99X in the Cleveland market…the game can also be heard with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians reeled off their 7th consecutive win and improved to 7-1 on the young Cactus League slate, edging the Chicago Cubs in a 1-0 shutout at Goodyear Ballpark…the lone run of the contest scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s bases-loaded walk in the 4th against Justin Grimm and was set up by singles from Nick Swisher & Jason Kipnis ahead of Michael Brantley’s hit-by-pitch…Swisher reached base twice in the game (5th inning BB), while Brantley also doubled in the 2nd inning…Cleveland’s pitching staff was the story of the afternoon, however, beginning with 3.0 scoreless innings from Justin Masterson…Aaron Harang (2.0 IP) was on the bump when the Tribe scored and notched the victory, while Trevor Bauer also recorded a pair of scoreless frames with 4 of the Tribe’s11 strikeouts…C.C. Lee & Scott Barnes worked the 8th and 9th.
MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” show visited Goodyear, Ariz., on Thursday, to check in with the Tribe. Here are video clips of what appeared on Thursday night on MLB Network:
Nick Swisher (excitedly) talks about last season and the upcoming season.
Terry Francona talks about his club as it stands today:
Sandy Alomar Jr. and Yan Gomes discuss new rule changes for catchers and baserunners:
Danny Salazar talks about his stellar rookie year:
Justin Masterson and Michael Bourn talk about their excitement for 2014:
The MLB Tonight guys discuss Carlos Santana’s attempted transition to third base:
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
The Indians are introducing Mobile Entry as a brand new method for Season Ticket Holders and individual ticket-buyers to manager their tickets, and enter the ballpark on game days.
Mobile Entry will allow fans to access tickets on their smartphones, and scan a QR code directly from their device’s screen when entering the ballpark. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to use the new technology this season:
IF YOU SELECT “TRANSFER TICKETS TO A FRIEND“, SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER DIRECTIONS:
FanPass returns as a method of paperless ticketing for the 2014 season. By selecting the FanPass method of delivery for your Indians Season Tickets or Group tickets, all of your Indians tickets are available to manage and distribute through your My Indians Account, and you can gain entry to Progressive Field by assigning tickets to different credit cards.
See below for step-by-step instructions on how to navigate the FanPass process:
– TribeVibe contributors Nate Thompson and Max Lom
CLEVELAND INDIANS (6-1-0) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (2-4-0)
RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Travis Wood (0-0, —)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
Radio: Indians.com webcast
TODAY’S BROADCAST: Jim Rosenhaus returns to the booth this afternoon and will a deliver a free broadcast to all registered users on Indians.com…all free webcasts can be accessed by simply registering a username and password at http://www.Indians.com/webcasts, Indians.com or MLB.com…those currently registered can enter their current usernames and passwords at any of the above links.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Top prospect, SS FRANCISCO LINDOR, has made an immediate impact on the Tribe lineup in his first career Major League camp…the switch-hitting shortstop has gone 3-9 with a pair of game-winning hits, ironically both coming off Seattle righty Danny Farquhar – Lindor unlocked a 3-3 tie when he pinch-hit and doubled for Ryan Raburn in the top of the 9th yesterday, and connected for a game-winning 3-run homer off Farquhar on Sunday here in Goodyear.
(Editor’s note: This post is written with tongue firmly planted in cheek. There is no controversy surrounding the new-look Goon Squad, only laughs and jokes and overall camaraderie between teammates.)
There’s a controversy brewing in the Tribe clubhouse.
Mike Aviles coined the “Goon Squad” last season – a group of so-called super subs who had a major impact in the Tribe’s Postseason run.
Just one problem: Yan Gomes had graduated to a full-time spot in the Tribe starting lineup. So what happens to his spot in the Goon Squad?
“He’s out! He’s an everyday guy now!” Giambi told 92.3 The Fan’s “Bull and Fox” show on Tuesday. “Raburn and Aviles couldn’t wait to kick him out.”
“I feel extremely disrespected when they tell me I’m no longer part of it,” Gomes told 92.3 The Fan’s “Bull and Fox” show on Monday. “There’s a motto: ‘Once a goon, always a goon.’”
Apparently not so in Cleveland. Gomes, upon learning this offseason of his boot from the squad, had an easy solution: “I guess we have to start an alumni group, ‘The Old Goons’ or something.”
Kidding aside, Giambi said the reason the quartet was so successful last year was that, while Manager Terry Francona made sure they were in the lineup and remained fresh, the players accepted their roles and embraced the impact they can have.
“I’d never been in that role; I’d always been an everyday player,” Giambi said. “But (in Colorado) we had the same thing. When guys accept this role, they can make a big impact. I get over here, we started the same thing; the Goon Squad was bigger than the starters, we didn’t let the starters in!”