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CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-8) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (8-8)
RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 5.87) vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (1-1, 3.68)
Game #16/Home #7 » Fri., April 18, 2014 » Progressive Field » 7:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/WMMS/IRN
» Cleveland fell to Detroit 7-5 on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, earning a 2-game series split after taking Wednesday night’s opener by a narrow 3-2 margin…the Indians held a 3-1 advantage over right-hander JUSTIN VERLANDER entering the bottom of the 5th before the Tigers rallied for 4 runs in the inning to erase the lead – a rally highlighted by IAN KINSLER’s (4 RBI) 3-run HR off Tribe starter DANNY SALAZAR, who had held Detroit to a single run on 3 hits to that point…the series was shortened to a pair of games after cold temperatures and periodic snow showers forced the cancellation of Tuesday’s originally scheduled opener.
WINS & LOSSES
» At 7-8 (.467), Cleveland is one game below the .500 mark to match club’s low water-mark of the season (3rd time, also 5-6 and 6-7)…Tribe’s high water-mark of 2014 is 2 games above the .500 mark on April 4 (3-1) & April 9-G1 (5-3).
» Cleveland is set to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Toronto (3 games) & Kansas City (4 games)…Tribe finished their weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip at 2-4 thru Chicago-AL (1-3) & Detroit (1-1)…club went 3-3 on first homestand of season vs. Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…Tribe began the year with a brief 3-game road trip, during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…Cleveland will end April with a West Coast trip.
» Tribe is an even 3-3 here at Progressive Field, but one game below the .500 mark (4-5) on the road…team has gone 4-2 in night games, but 3-6 during the day.
A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS
» Cleveland holds 5th place in the A.L. Central standings, trailing first place Detroit (7-5) by just 1.5 games…the 1.5-game margin in the A.L. Central is easily the smallest in any of MLB’s 6 divisions…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 4 days in 3rd place, 2 days in 4th place and one day in 5th place.
» The Indians are 3-6 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013) and 4-2 outside the division.
» With the 2-game series split in Detroit, the Indians are now 2-2-1 in 5 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-1-1 on the road).
» Cleveland improved to 4-1 in series openers in the Detroit series, winning 3 straight lid-lifters to start the year…Tribe fell to 1-4 in series finales yesterday afternoon.
» The Indians are set to host the Toronto Blue Jays for a 3-game weekend series here at Progressive Field, while the Tribe will head north to Rogers Centre for 3 more tilts in mid-May…the Indians held a 4-2 advantage over the Jays in 2013, taking 2 of 3 at each ballpark…Cleveland’s offense was held to 4 runs-or-less in 5 of the 6 meetings – including all 4 of the team’s victories – as the Tribe’s pitching staff registered a 2.95 ERA (18 ER/55.0 IP) and one team shutout vs. Toronto last season, including a 1.72 mark (9ER/47.0IP) in the 5 games in which Cleveland plated 4 runs-or-less.
» Cleveland has gone 50-33 (.602) all-time time against Toronto at Progressive Field, but just 4-6 vs. the visiting Jays since start of 2011.
JUSTIN & THE JAYS
» JUSTIN MASTERSON, tonight’s scheduled hurler for the Tribe, has gone 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA (13 ER/41.1 IP) in 6 career starts vs. Toronto, including 2-0, 1.30 mark (4 ER/27.2 IP) in 4 starts over the past 2 seasons (2 each in 2012 & 2013).
TODAY’S TOM SAWYER
» LONNIE CHISENHALL (4-4) picked up a career-high 4 hits as the Indians DH on Thursday, becoming the first player in the Majors this season to deliver a 4-hit performance from the No. 9 spot in the batting order…Lonnie also became just the 2nd Indians player over the last 4 seasons (2011-14) with a 4-hit game from the No. 9 spot, joining DREW STUBBS on May 3, 2013 vs. Minnesota (4-5, 3 2B).
» Chisenhall has now hit safely in all 7 games he has played this season, going 12-for-23 (.522) with 4 doubles and 5 runs scored…according to Elias, the only other Cleveland players over the last 80 years (since 1935) to carry a .500 batting avg. through their first 7 games of the season (min. 20 AB) were LOU BOUDREAU in 1948 (.517, 15-29), BILL GLYNN in 1954 (.522, 12-23) and SANDY ALOMAR JR. in 1997 (.581, 18-31).
» DH JASON GIAMBI (15-day DL, fractured rib) began a rehab assignment on Friday and has appeared in 3 games as the DH for Double-A Akron (0-for-8, 2 BB), most recently in Game 2 of Wednesday’s doubleheader vs. Trenton (0-for-2, BB, SO)…his next game action is TBD.
FLY BY NIGHT
» MICHAEL BRANTLEY carries a .397 (31-78) career avg. vs. Toronto (19 games) into this 3-game series, a stretch that includes 3 three-hit games and 2 four-hit games…Brantley has hit safely in 9 straight games against the Blue Jays, batting .531 (17-32) with 3 doubles, one HR and 5 RBI.
» Other notable career #’s vs. Toronto belong to: MICHAEL BOURN (.404, 21-52, 2 RBI), CARLOS SANTANA (.329, 27-82, 3 HR, 10 RBI) & DAVID MURPHY (.305, 50-164, 2 HR, 10 RBI).
TIME STAND STILL
» While the Indians are hitting just .229 (32-140) w/ runners in scoring position as a team – 8th in the A.L. – several players are hitting at-or-above a .300-clip w/ RISP, including DAVID MURPHY (.500, 6-12), MICHAEL BRANTLEY (.350, 7-20), RYAN RABURN (.300, 3-10).
» Cleveland is also hitting just .174 (26-149) with 2 outs, 2nd-lowest in the A.L., as Brantley (.333, 6-18) is the only player with a qualifying two-out batting avg. above the .300 mark…6 of Brantley’s team-leading 14 RBI have come with 2 outs…after finishing with the 6th-most two-out runs in the Majors last season (292 of 745, 39%), Cleveland has plated 19 of the team’s 69 overall runs with two outs (27.5%).
CLOSER TO THE HEART
» Cleveland rotation’s A.L.-high 5.18 ERA (46 ER/80.0 IP) is also 3rd-highest in MLB ahead of only Arizona (7.63) and Washington (5.21), as Tribe starters are averaging exactly 5.1 innings-per-start through 15 games.
» The Indians are 4-2 this season when getting at least 6.0 innings out of their starting pitching, while the rotation is 3-1 w/ a 1.58 ERA (7 ER/40.0 IP) and 37 strikeouts against just 5 walks in those 6 games…COREY KLUBER & ZACH McALLISTER account for 4 of those 6 outings (combined 3-0, 2.00 ERA, 2 BB, 25 SO in those 4 starts – 2 each).
» The Indians bullpen has been largely effective through the first few weeks of the season, posting a 3.04 ERA (17 ER/50.1 IP) and a .215 (40-186) avg. against, both figures 5th-lowest in the A.L.
» Tribe relievers have stranded all but one of 21 inherited runners thus far (95%), the best such percentage in the Majors this season.
» Cleveland (7-8 in 2014) was 5 games below .500 thru 15 games in 2013 at 5-10.
» The Indians have played 15 games without going to extra innings this season, one of 6 teams yet to participate in bonus baseball…the Angels and Athletics lead Majors w/ 4 extra-inning games each…Toronto has played one extra-inning contest (12-inn. 2-1 loss on April 12 at Baltimore).
» Cleveland’s staff has averaged 9.53 SO/9.0 IP (138SO/130.1 IP), 2nd-most in the Majors behind only Washington (10.22 SO/9.0 IP)…the Indians’ 138 strikeouts overall are 4th-most in the A.L. and rank 6th in the Majors.
» Cleveland is 5-3 this season in games decided by one-or-two runs…club’s 2-1 loss on April 9 vs. San Diego (G2) snapped a streak of 11 consecutive wins for the Indians in games decided by one-or-two runs dating back to 2013; had been longest such streak for Cleveland since an 11-gamer in June/July of 1974 (ELIAS)..
LOCAL GIRL WINS JACKIE ROBINSON ESSAY CONTEST
» Richmond Heights 7th-grader JORDAN EDITH will be honored before tonight’s game for her award-winning essay in MLB’s “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” educational program…Jordan’s essay on bullying won 2nd place among submissions for grades 6-8…in conjunction w/ Sharon Robinson, the daughter of
MLB pioneer Jackie Robinson, the program has reached more than 22 million students in the U.S. since its inception in 1997…tonight the Indians will also celebrate Jackie Robinson, w/ a 2-min. video tribute & a presentation to the team’s Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner as part of the Commissioner’s Office Diverse Business Partner program, which began in 1998.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC
» 1970: Steel Mill (feat. Bruce Springsteen) played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey; tickets cost $2.00…1985: Wham! became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China…2013: Storm Thorgerson, best known for his work designing album cover art for artists such as
Pink Floyd (“Dark Side of the Moon”), Led Zeppelin (“Houses of the Holy”) and T. Rex (“Electric Warrior”), passed away at the age of 69 in England.
» Tomorrow, Saturday April 19, is “2014 Record Store Day”…participating Cleveland locations include Blue Arrow Records, The Exchange, My Mind’s Eye, Music Saves and LOOP.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-7) at DETROIT TIGERS (6-5)
RHP Danny Salazar (0-1, 6.75) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (1-1, 2.57)
Game #15/Road #9 » Thurs., April 17, 2014 » Comerica Park » 1:08 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/IRN
OPENING ACT IN MOTOWN
» After inclement weather postponed Tuesday’s tilt, Cleveland hung on for a narrow 3-2 victory over Detroit in Wednesday night’s default series opener…closer JOHN AXFORD notched his 5th save, surviving a one-out 2B/E-8 by ALEX AVILA in the 9th that put the tying run on third base…Tribe’s offense came early by way of a run-scoring double play in the first and a 2-run triple from YAN GOMES in the 2nd to back the efforts of ZACH McALLISTER (6.0
IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 2 BB, 4 SO).
» Bottom 4 spots in Indians order combined to go 5-for-14, while top 5 spots were a combined 0-for-17.
» Wednesday’s affair marked the first time Cleveland beat Detroit with fewer than 4 runs on fewer than 6 hits since a 2-0 shutout back on Sept. 5, 2005 here at Comerica Park, as prior to last night the Indians had lost 30 consecutive games to the Tigers in which they were held to less than 4 runs and less than 6 hits.
» Ignoring base hits, Cleveland had lost 11 consecutive games to Detroit when being held to fewer than 4 runs.
WINS & LOSSES
» Cleveland is 2-3 on this weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip through Chicago-AL (1-3) & Detroit (1-0)…club is coming off a 6-day, 6-game homestand that saw the Tribe go 3-3 vs. Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.
» Tribe is an even 4-4 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 4-2 in night games, but 3-5 during the day.
A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS
» Cleveland holds 3rd place in the A.L. Central standings, trailing Chicago (8-7) & Detroit (6-5) – both tied for first – by just one half-game…Tribe also has just a half-game lead on Kansas City & Minnesota, who are T4th (6-7), as the entire division is separated by just 1.0 game – easily the smallest margin in any of baseball’s 6 divisions…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 4 days in 3rd place & 2 days in 4th place.
» The Indians are 3-5 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013) and 4-2 outside the division.
» After dropping 3 of 4 to the White Sox in Chicago over the weekend, the Indians are now 2-2-0 in 4 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road).
» Cleveland improved to 4-1 in series openers with last night’s win (went 0-6 in series openers vs. Detroit last year), as the club enters today’s finale with a chance to earn first series win over the Tigers since first meeting of 2013 (took 2 of 3 at Comerica Park, May 10-12)…Tribe was 30-23 in series finales last season.
» While last night signaled the Indians’ first one-run victory of the season (1-2), it continued a trend for Cleveland in recent seasons, as the Tribe owns baseball’s best record in one-run games over the past 3 seasons (2012-14) at 55-31 (.640).
» Cleveland finished with MLB’s 2nd-highest win pct. in one-run games in each of the previous two seasons, going 24-12 in 2012 (trailing BAL at 29-9) and 30-17 in 2013 (trailing NYY at 30-16).
» Cleveland is 5-2 this season in games decided by one-ortwo runs…club’s 2-1 loss on April 9 vs. San Diego (G2) snapped astreak of 11 consecutive wins for the Indians in games decided byone-or-two runs dating back to 2013; had been longest such streakfor Cleveland since an 11-gamer in June/July of 1974 (ELIAS).
» DH JASON GIAMBI (15-day DL, fractured rib) began a rehab assignment on Friday and has appeared in 3 games as the DH for Double-A Akron (0-for-8, 2 BB), most recently in Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader vs. Trenton (0-for-2, BB, SO).
» The Indians are headed back to Cleveland after today’s game where they will host Toronto (3) & Kansas City (4) on a 7-day, 7-game homestand…Tribe went 4-2 vs. the Blue Jays and 10-9 vs. the Royals last season.
DYNAMIC DUO indians at a glance
» After forgettable season debuts for both right-handers, COREY KLUBER & ZACH McALLISTER have each posted solid numbersin their 2nd and 3rd turns through the Indians starting rotation… over their last 4 combined starts (2 each), Kluber & McAllister have combined to go 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA (6 R-ER/27.0 IP) and 25 strikeouts against just 2 walks.
» The Indians are 4-2 this season when getting at least 6.0 innings out of their starting pitching, while the rotation is 3-1 w/ a 1.58 ERA (7 ER/40.0 IP) and 37 strikeouts against just 5 walks in those 6 games…the 4 aforementioned performances by Kluber & McAllister account for 4 of those 6 outings.
» Rotation’s 4.90 ERA (41 ER/75.1 IP) is still 2nd-highest in A.L. ahead of only Minnesota (5.52 ERA), as Tribe starters are averaging just over 5.1 innings-per-start overall through 14 games.
YOU STRIKE MY MAIN NERVE
» Cleveland’s staff has averaged 9.86 SO/9.0 IP (134SO/122.1 IP) through 14 games this season, 2nd-most in the Majors behind only Washington (10.44 SO/9.0 IP)…the Indians’ 134 strikeouts overall are 2nd-most in the A.L. behind Los Angeles (144) and rank 5th in the Majors (Nationals lead with 155).
» With 14 strikeouts in 9.1 innings, DANNY SALAZAR has averaged 13.50 SO/9.0 IP over 2 starts this season (not enough IP to qualify to league leader status)…Salazar has avg’d 11.59 SO/9.0IP in his 12 career starts overall (79 SO/61.1 IP).
LOVE HAVING YOU AROUND
» Cleveland has won consecutive games vs. Detroit (dating back to last season) for the first time since May 11 & 12 of last season…Tribe dropped 14 of 15 decisions to the Tigers in between.
» Cleveland went 4-15 against Detroit in 2013, going 3-6 here at Comerica Park and 1-9 at Progressive Field…the 15 losses were club’s most vs. Detroit since 1960 (7-15) and T3rd-most in franchise history behind 1946 (5-17) & 1934 (6-16)…the Indians held a lead at some point in 9 of the 15 defeats and had two separate 7-game losing streaks (7 games decided by two runs-or-less).
» The Indians won the first 3-game series (2-1) at Comerica Park last season, but lost 5 of the final 6 meetings in Detroit…club’s last winning season here in Motown came back in 2008 (5-4), as the Tribe is 12-34 at this ballpark since then (2009-present).
» Cleveland is just one game under .500 (17-18) in 35 games started by 2011 Cy Young winner JUSTIN VERLANDER all-time…Tribe was 11-4 in Verlander starts from 2005-08 before going just 2-10 against the right-hander from 2009-11…Indians & Tigers are an even 4-4 in Verlander starts since the start of 2012.
» The Indians have gone 6-2 vs. right-handed starters this season, but just 1-5 vs. lefties.
» Cleveland sits at the .500 mark (7-7) thru 14 games; the club was 4 games below .500 thru 14 games in 2013 at 5-9.
» The Indians have played 14 games without going to extra innings this season, one of 6 teams yet to participate in bonus baseball…the Angels and Athletics lead Majors w/ 4 extra-inning games each.
» Tribe relievers have stranded all but one of 18 inherited runners thus far (94%)…only bullpen w/ better % of IR stranded is Toronto (17-for-17), the team’s next opponent.
» YAN GOMES became the 3rd player this season to triple as a catcher last night, joining the Orioles’ STEVE CLEVENGER and the Mariners’ MIKE ZUNINO…according to Elias, Gomes (2) was one of only 4 players in 2013 with multiple triples as a catcher, along with backstops JONATHAN LUCROY (6), SALVADOR PEREZ (3) and JOSE LOBATON (2).
» At Triple-A Columbus Wednesday night, TREVOR BAUER fanned 9 batters over 6.0 scoreless innings to earn a 3-1 win at Toledo last night…thru 2 starts, Bauer has a 0.75 ERA (1 ER/12.0 IP) and 18 strikeouts against just 7 hits and 3 walks.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC
» 1960: American Rock n’ Roll pioneeer Eddie Cochran (“Summertime Blues”) passed away at the age of 21 following a taxi cab accident while touring in the UK…1970: While performing at the White House at the invitation of President Richard Nixon, Johnny Cash was asked to perform “Okie From Muskogee”…Cash declined because it was not his song, but Merle Haggard’s, and instead sang “A Boy Named Sue”…1991: Nirvana performed their
signature song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” live for the first time at the
OK Hotel in Seattle, WA.
» BORN ON THIS DAY: (1934) Don Kirshner, “The Man With the Golden Ear” who is credited with discovering such acts as Neil Diamond, Carole King and Kansas; (1948) Jan Hammer, Czech composer, pianist and keyboardist (wrote “Miami Vice“ theme); (1970) Redman.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (6-6) at CHICAGO WHITE SOX (6-6)
RHP Corey Kluber (1-1, 7.71) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.77)
Game #13/Road #7 » Sun., April 13, 2014 » U.S. Cellular Field » 2:10 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM//WMMS/IRN
WINS & LOSSES
» The Indians recorded a 12-6 victory on Saturday, their 3rd comeback win of the season after taking an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first only to give it all back and then some in the bottom half…Scored twice in the 7th to snap a 6-6 tie (Raburn 2R single) and 4 times in the 9th (David Murphy 3-run triple).
» The Indians are 1-2 to begin this 8-day, 7-game road trip through Chicago-AL (1-2, 1 to play) & Detroit (3 games)…last Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next scheduled off day on April 14 (Monday) in the Motor City.
» Cleveland is coming off a 6-day, 6-game homestand that saw the Tribe go 3-3 against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.
» Tribe is 3-3 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 3-2 in night games, but 3-4 during the day.
A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS
» Cleveland is in tied for 2nd place in the A.L. Central standings with the White Sox…the Indians are just 1.5 games out of division-leading Detroit, who won last night in San Diego…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, two days in 3rd place.
» The DH split with the Padres earned Cleveland a 2-1 series win over San Diego, as the Indians are 2-1-0 in 3 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road)…the Indians dropped their first series opener of the season Thursday night to the Sox (now 3-1)…Tribe had earned 4 consecutive series wins against Chicago-AL dating back to last season (that will be snapped with the best they can do of splitting)
ONE BY ONE
» The Indians are off to a better start (6-6) than the 92-70 edition of 2013, having started 5-7 in 2013 on their way to a 92-70 regular season record…in fact, the Indians started the 2013 season 5-10 and produced a losing month of April (11-13)…last year thru 12 games the Indians were hitting .233 (95/408) with 48 runs scored (4.0 per game) and had a team ERA of 4.71 (107.0IP, 62R/56ER)…the 2014 edition is sporting an additional runs scored total (58, .248, 99/400) and lower ERA at 4.46 (105.0IP, 59R/52ER).
» The Indians & White Sox are locking horns in their only 4-game series of the season, as the remaining 5 meetings are all 3-game sets…Tribe’s 7-3 loss on Thursday night snapped a 14-game winning streak against Chicago-AL, which had been the longest active streak by any team against a single opponent and longest for Cleveland since reeling off 14 straight victories against the Kansas City Athletics in 1960 (T3rd-longest in Cleveland history)…
» Thursday’s loss also snapped an 8-game win streak for the Tribe at U.S. Cellular Field - longest ever for Cleveland at this venue…the Indians are 10-3 in Chicago since the start of 2013.
» In finishing the 2013 season with a 17-2 record against the Sox,
Cleveland matched a Division Era (since ‘69) MLB record for most wins against a single opponent, most since Oakland beat Seattle 17 times in ‘06…Tribe went 9-1 in Chicago, finishing the year on an 8-game winning streak at U.S. Cellular Field, but are 1-2 this year.
» The Sox are 2-1 against the Indians in 2014 and have already matched their 2013 win total (2) vs. Cleveland.
LOVES THE DEEP DISH
» OF RYAN RABURN has had quite the career against the White Sox, owning a career average of .301 (92-306) with 18 2B, 17HR & 72RBI in 97 games…Career in US Cellular he is a .316 (59-187) hitter with 10HR & 46RBI in 58 games.
» According to ELIAS the 72 of Raburn’s 275 career RBI against Chicago (26%), the 2nd-highest %% by any player against any franchise (minimum 200 career RBIs). Future AL Pres Bobby Brown recorded 65 of his 237 career RBIs (27%), all for NYY, against the STL Browns (1947-53) and Baltimore (1954)…Raburn has not driven in more than 23 runs against any other team (KC 23).
» Raburn has hit in 5 straight games (.350, 7-for-20 w/a 2B, 4RBI)
» OF DAVID MURPHY leads the team with 10RBI, having made all nine of his starts batting 7th or higher (3-3-3 in 7-8-9 hole).
» He now owns the club’s only two 4RBI games on the year (April 8/April 12) and over his last last 6 games is 8-for-19 (.421) w/5RS, 3 2B, 3B, 2HR, 9RBI…Is 6-for-15 (.400) with runners on base…T4th in the AL in RBI (team-high 10), T9th in AL in total bases (21).
CLEVELAND INDIANS (3-3) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (2-4)
RHP Corey Kluber (0-1, 13.50) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (0-1, 5.40)
Game #7/Home #4 » Tuesday, April 8, 2014 » Progressive Field » 7:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM-WMMS/IRN
RAIN FALL DOWN
- The Indians saw their series opener against San Diego get washed out on Monday night, as rain showers have been somewhat omnipresent through Tribe’s first week…Cleveland will play its second doubleheader already this season tomorrow afternoon…a rain-soaked series in Oakland saw the Coliseum’s first rainout since 1998 and therefore Cleveland’s first doubleheader of 2014…the start of Cleveland’s home opener was also delayed 2 hours, 13 minutes.
- Rain played a role early for Cleveland last year, as the team played 3 doubleheaders prior to the All-Star break for the first time since 1992.
TWO TO TANGO
- The Indians and Padres will play a traditional doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 12:05PM (gates open at 11:00AM)…the second game will begin approx. 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
- Fans holding tickets dated Monday, April 7, and wishing to attend Wednesday’s doubleheader MUST exchange their tickets at the Progressive Field Box Office…all tickets for April 9 will include two games for the price of one…fans unable to attend the April 9 DH can exchange their April 7 tickets, subject to availability, for many of the remaining home games this season…the deadline for those exchanges is May 31.
WINS & LOSSES
- Despite out-hitting the Twins 15-9, Cleveland dropped Sunday afternoon’s rubber match by a score of 10-7 to Minnesota…Tribe faced a 6-2 deficit before tying to score at 6-6 in the 5th only to see the Twins rally for 3 runs in the 6th and one more in the 9th…Indians had not lost a game in which they collected at least 15 hits since taking a 10-inning, 10-8 defeat on Aug. 5, 2012 at Detroit (17 hits) – also the first such instance in a home game since an 11-7 loss on July 8, 2011 vs. Toronto (15 hits).
- Cleveland is 1-2 mid-way through this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (3 games)…club is coming off a brief 3-game road trip to open the season during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…series win came despite plating 9 combined runs, 6 of those being scored in the 9th inning…second game of Oakland series was rained out, forcing a day-night DH on Wednesday…both Indians wins vs. A’s had same winning (Allen), losing (Johnson) and saving (Axford) pitchers…Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next off day on April 14 in Detroit.
- Cleveland is T2nd with Kansas City in the A.L. Central standings, 1.5 games behind Detroit (4-1) & one half-game ahead of Chicago/Minnesota (T4th, -2.0G, 3-4)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 5 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.
FACING THE FRIARS
- Cleveland is set to welcome the San Diego Padres to town in just the Friars’ 3rd-ever visit to Progressive Field, the others coming in 2003 and 2008…Tribe has made just one visit to Petco Park, which came in 2005…the Indians are 6-3 all-time against the Padres, taking 2 of 3 games in each of the 3 series played between the two clubs.
- Cleveland ended this year’s spring training slate with a pair of friendlies against the Padres on the University of San Diego’s Fowler Park & Cunningham Field; Tribe took first game 16-4, but narrowly dropped the second by a score of 9-8.
- Padres Exec. VP & GM JOSH BYRNES began his front office career with the Indians from 1994-99 and contributed in multiple roles, finishing his tenure in Cleveland as club’s Scouting Director before joining Dan O’Dowd’s staff in Colorado.
BACK IN BLACK
- Padres MGR BUD BLACK returns to Cleveland where he spent several seasons wearing an Indians uniform…the right-handed pitcher was acquired from Kansas City in June of 1988 (for INF/OF Pat Tabler) and was with the Tribe until being traded to Toronto in Sept. of 1990…Black also ended his career with Cleveland in 1995.
GET ON THE GOOD FOOT
- Opponents have scored first in 5 of the Indians’ 6 games so far this season (2-3 record), although Cleveland has managed 2 come-from-behind victories in those 5 contests…additionally, Cleveland’s pitching staff has allowed 8 of its 29 total runs in the first inning…staff has a 12.00 ERA (8 ER/6.0 IP) in first inning, but a 3.45 ERA (18 ER/47.0 IP) from the 2nd inning on…in 2013, Cleveland went 68-24 when scoring first, but 24-46 when opponents tallied first.
Editor’s note: This Q&A with Indians President Mark Shapiro, conducted in Spring Training, has been republished here with the permission of Al Ciammaichella and The DiaTribe.
For the second year in a row, Indians team president Mark Shapiro was kind enough to take an hour out of his very busy spring training schedule and sit down for an interview with me in beautiful Goodyear, Arizona. Here’s a link to last year’s interview in case you missed it. We covered a wide variety of topics, including the difference in the 2013 and 2014 free agent market, Yan Gomes, ticket pricing, promotions, Francisco Lindor and of course, Justin Masterson and the breakdown in his long-term contract negotiations. The following is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation this past Friday.
Al Ciammaichella: This offseason was much quieter/different than last offseason. Were the moves you made last year looking forward to this year’s free agent class where you signed guys like Swisher and Bourn knowing this offseason would be quieter?
Mark Shapiro: We always have to take an opportunistic lens when it comes to free agency. When we look at free agency, if we’re dependent upon it to build our team, then we’re in a very difficult, if not impossible, spot. The reality is that we’re either looking for where the value is in the market or looking to be opportunistic. Last offseason there happened to be two guys that fit multiple year, positional needs for us at values we thought we could afford and who have some other special attributes, especially in the case of Swish, but really Bourn too, as a leader as well. They filled gaps we had in our system, where we felt like we didn’t have anyone coming up at all. And we also knew that this offseason there was a lot national TV money coming into the system and a lot less guys, so there were going to be more resources available, greater demand and less supply. So while it’s already a tough market, that was going to make it nearly an impossible market. So I look at last year as our chance to make a bigger splash in free agency, and this year was going to be “are there little things we can do?” I think we studied David Murphy, who I think is a good pick up for us. He’s going to improve both the defense, and give us a really good platoon and depth in the outfield.
AC: We talked a lot about levers last year, which became one of my new favorite buzzwords. How did you decide what levers to pull this year, with Murphy, and how did you decide which not to pull, with not bringing back guys like Ubaldo and Kazmir?
MS: Those decisions are never as simple as “do you want the player or not?” I think that the fan tends to look at it as “you didn’t want the guy.” We loved what Kaz did for us, we wanted him, but the level of risk involved with multiple years and the level of risk involved with those dollars just didn’t fit our payroll parameters this year with the natural, built in escalation of contracts. I think with Ubaldo, same thing. It ended up being a good deal for us, particularly in light of what we gave up, but it wasn’t the right fit for us this year. When you talk about levers, I think the neat things to think about from last spring to this spring are the evolution of a guy like Yan Gomes. Where all of a sudden, you look at Gomes and there’s a guy who leverages his ability to impact a game at more than just his position because of what he means defensively, what he means for his passion for making pitchers better, for helping to call a game. So I always like to think about, “where are the guys that can impact a game beyond objective statistics? Beyond just their own performance?” And Gomes is a guy who when he started to catch last year, I think that was one of the keys to our team really taking off.
AC: So when you traded for Gomes, and I could sit here all day and talk to you about Gomes, but when you traded for him, did you have any idea he’d be that much of an impact defensively? I’ve talked to some Blue Jays guys, and they were of the opinion that he was maybe a 3rd catcher while he was with the Jays.
MS: Any GM or front office guy who tells you he knows exactly what he was getting when he traded for a guy is just pounding his own chest. What you do is you try and find something you like, a defined attribute that you like about a guy. Even when we traded for Asdrubal or Shin-Soo Choo, there were always questions. We never thought they’d both be as good as they were, never. So when we traded for Yan Gomes, we thought that maybe he could catch, but really what he was, was right handed power, and a guy who could play multiple positions. That’s what we thought. When we got him, I think we did a smart thing, similar to when we traded for Justin Masterson. We didn’t know Masterson could start, but we knew he could be a dominant bullpen guy. But in our situation it’s important to maximize the value because we can’t go out and buy those things. So we put Yan back there, and right away Tito and the staff said “this guy’s got pretty special hands, he’s got some strength behind the plate.” When you go back and look at his career, whether it’s in Tennessee (in college) or in the Toronto system, he played behind Arencibia both places, and they had D’Arnaud there as well. So he was behind two of the best young catchers in the game and he never got to catch much. He just took right to it. He got better and better. He’s a worker, he’s smart, he’s tough, he has a lot of the attributes you look for in a catcher.
CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed INF JASON KIPNIS to a six-year contract extension thru the 2019 season with a club option for 2020.
Kipnis, who turned 27 yesterday, is coming off his first American League All-Star selection in 2013, hitting .284 (160-564) while leading the 2013 AL Wildcard Champions in runs (86), hits (160), RBI (84) and steals (30) in just his second full Major League season. He became just the sixth Indian in the 113-year history of the franchise to eclipse the 15 home run/30 steal barrier and finished tied for 7th in the AL in walks (76), tied for 9th in steals (30) and finished in the top 20 in RBI (T16th, 84) and on-base pct (14th, .366).
Entering his fourth overall season in the Majors, he has quickly established himself among the league’s best second basemen, finishing 3rd among MLB second sackers in OPS (.818), 2nd in stolen bases and tied for 3rd in RBI among his second base peers in 2013. The Chicago, IL native’s team-high 84RBI were the most by an Indians 2B since Roberto Alomar (100) in 2001 as he became the first Tribe 2B since 1948 to lead the team outright in RBI.
The homegrown product was originally selected by Cleveland in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University. An outfielder in high school and college, Kipnis began the transition into the infield during the 2010 campaign and made his debut at second base in 2011 less than a year later. Jason is one of 16 Indians on the current Major League roster under team control thru at least 2016. That list includes:
- Cody Allen
- John Axford
- Michael Bourn
- Michael Brantley
- Lonnie Chisenhall
- Yan Gomes
- Jason Kipnis
- Corey Kluber
- Zach McAllister
- David Murphy
- Ryan Raburn
- Marc Rzepczynski
- Carlos Santana
- Danny Salazar
- Bryan Shaw
- Nick Swisher
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed C YAN GOMES to a six-year contract extension thru the 2019 season with club options for 2020 and 2021.
Gomes, 26, established himself as the club’s everyday catcher in the second half of 2013, hitting .294 (86-293) with 18 doubles, 2 triples, 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 88 games. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native also had a large impact behind the plate, as the club went 49-30 (.620) over his 79 starts at catcher while Indians pitchers recorded an ERA of 3.56 (281ER/710.0IP) when Yan was catching. He also threw out an AL-high 38.3% (18-of-47) of the runners attempting to steal while registering a .996 fielding percentage.
Yan was acquired from Toronto along with INF Mike Aviles on November 2, 2012 from the Toronto Blue Jays after beginning his professional career with the Jays in 2009. He made history with Toronto in May of 2012, becoming the first Brazilian-born player in Major League Baseball history.
MLB Leaders, Catcher OPS (Minimum 275 plate appearances)
- Joe Mauer, MIN — .901
- Jason Castro, HOU — .884
- YAN GOMES, CLE — .837
- Yadier Molina, STL — .836
Players under team control through 2016
- Cody Allen
- John Axford
- Michael Bourn
- Michael Brantley
- Lonnie Chisenhall
- Yan Gomes
- Jason Kipnis
- Corey Kluber
- Zach McAllister
- David Murphy
- Ryan Raburn
- Marc Rzepczynski
- Carlos Santana
- Danny Salazar
- Bryan Shaw
- Nick Swisher
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.
UNDER THE LIGHTS: Tonight’s contest against the Giants at Goodyear Ballpark is the team’s first and only night game (7:05 PDT/10:05 ET) of the spring…the Indians have 5 games in April that are slated for 10:05 ET first pitches, as the club will travel to Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles-AL in the first month of the campaign.
TODAY’S TILT: Cleveland will square off against San Francisco for the second time in 3 days, as the Indians defeated the Giants 5-1 in a split-squad game on Sunday…AARON HARANG worked 4.0 innings to notch his second Cactus League victory, holding the Giants to a single run on 4 hits, while NICK SWISHER chipped in his first home run of the spring…Cleveland swept 3 meetings from San Francisco last spring and are 6-5-1 vs. the Giants since joining the Cactus League in ‘09…Cleveland hosted San Francisco in the first ever Cactus League game played at Goodyear Ballpark on Feb. 25, 2009…JEREMY SOWERS took the mound in that contest against TIM LINCECUM, which the Giants won 10-7…the Indians are 4-5 against the Giants during regular season Interleague Play, with all 9 meetings taking place between 2005-11…the Indians & Giants will play at 3-game series at AT&T Park from April 25-27.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: After plating the go-ahead run in the top half of the inning, Cleveland saw Cincinnati rally for a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 walk-off loss yesterday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark…Cleveland trailed for much of the contest after Cincinnati plated 3 runs in the second inning, but got on the board when NICK SWISHER homered for the second time in as many days, pelting a lead-off solo shot to kick off the fourth…LONNIE CHISENHALL tripled and scored on a MIKE AVILES sac fly in the seventh, while minor league OF TYLER HOLT added an RBI-double later in the same frame…minor league C TONY WOLTERS broke a 3-3 tie in the ninth, following a pair of walks with his RBI-single…the Reds’ Steve Selsky delivered a walk-off, two-run single to end the game…COREY KLUBER made his 5th start of the spring and fanned 5 over 4.1 innings, while JOHN AXFORD, MARC RZEPCZYNSKI and JOSH OUTMAN all turned in 1.0 scoreless frame each.
INSTANT REPLAY: For the first time this spring, the Indians were involved in an instant replay situation when Reds skipper Bryan Price invoked his replay privileges and appealed umpire Allen Porter’s initial out call on Brandon Phillips attempted steal of third…in just over a minute, the call was reviewed and Phillips was called safe…Cleveland’s final instant replay trial opportunity of the spring will occur during the Indians final game against the Reds on March 24 at Goodyear Ballpark.
TRIBE BATTING NOTES: The Indians offense is batting .271 (184-680), 8th-highest in the Cactus League, posting 14 home runs, 41 doubles and a .413 SLG%….the Indians have also scored 110 runs, 4th-most in the Cactus League…Cleveland has drawn 82 walks against 146 strikeouts…the Tribe is 10-for-14 in stolen base attempts…NICK SWISHER has homered in back-to back games and has gone 4-for-11 over his last 4 games; Swisher joins RYAN RABURN, CARLOS SANTANA and ELLIOT JOHNSON for the team lead in HR (2)…Johnson leads the team with 12 hits, 23 total bases/6 RBI…MICHAEL BRANTLEY (.423, 11-26) is one hit shy of the team lead and has yet to strike out through 29 at-bats…ASDRUBAL CABRERA is batting .345 (10-29) with a team-high 4 doubles…MIKE AVILES is batting .357 (10-28) with 3 doubles, one HR and 5 RBI…JUSTIN SELLERS is 8-for-17 (.471) w/ 3 doubles, 3 runs scored and a .571 OBP since joining Cleveland…DAVID ADAMS leads the club with 7 runs scored.
TRIBE PITCHING NOTES: Cleveland’s pitching staff has registered a Cactus League-low 3.19 ERA (64 ER/180.1 IP), which is also the T3rd-lowest in the Majors this spring behind only Miami (3.04), Tampa Bay (3.12)…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 2nd-most on the team with JOSH TOMLIN (14.0 IP, 13 H, 4 R-ER, 2 BB, 14 SO)…COREY KLUBER struck out 5 across 4.1 innings on Tuesday and currently leads the club with 15 punchouts and 14.1 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 (tied for team-high)…JOHN AXFORD (5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R-ER) has fanned 8 in 6.0 innings of work…JOSH OUTMAN (6.0 IP) has yet to allow a run this spring.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik