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Indians Game Information: April 12 vs. White Sox

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-6) at CHICAGO WHITE SOX (6-5)

RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.22) vs. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.52)

Game #12/Road #6 » Sat., April 12, 2014 » U.S. Cellular Field » 2:10 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM//WMMS/IRN

WINS & LOSSES

» After clawing back to erase a 3-0 deficit, the Indians fell for the third straight time last night at Chicago, losing 9-6, allowing runs to the Sox in each of the last six innings.

» According to ELIAS: The White Sox scored in every inning from the third through the eighth. It was the 2,084th game between Chicago and Cleveland, but it was the first in which the White Sox scored in six consecutive innings.

» The Indians are 0-2 to begin this 8-day, 7-game road trip through Chicago-AL (0-2, 2 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 2-3 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 3-2 in night games, but 2-4 during the day.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland is in 3rd place in the A.L. Central standings, just mere pct. points ahead of Kansas City (4-5)…the Indians are just 1.5 games out of division-leading Detroit, who were held to just 1-hit last night in San Diego…Chicago is in 2nd place @6-5…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 8 days in 2nd place, two days in 3rd place.

SERIES STUFF

» 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)

ASHES OF AMERICAN FLAGS

» The Indians also started 5-6 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 11 games the Indians were hitting .236 (89/377) with 46 runs scored (4.2 per game) and had a team ERA of 4.50 (98.0IP, 89H, 55R/49ER)…the 2014 edition is sporting the same runs scored total (46, .241, 87/361) and lower ERA (96.0IP, 98H, 53R/47ER).

VIA CHICAGO

» 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 park…the Indians are 9-3 in Chicago since the start of last season.

» 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 0-2 this year.

» The Sox are 2-0 against the Indians in 2014 and have already matched their 2013 win total (2) vs. Cleveland…the last time the Indians dropped 2 straight vs. Chicago was May 27/Sept 24, 2012 .

PASSENGER SIDE

» Thursday night began a stretch during which 11 of the Tribe’s 14 games are set to be played against A.L. Central foes…club is off to a 1-4 start within the division.

» The Indians went 44-32 (.579) against A.L. Central opponents in 2013, a 13-win improvement over their divisional record in 2012 (.431, 31-41).

» The Indians travel to Detroit next, where they were 4-15 against the Tigers last year and 3-6 in Comerica Park.

KIPNIS JOINS HOOTON FOUNDATION BOARD

» The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced Friday that JASON KIPNIS has joined its Advisory Board made up exclusively of players throughout MLB…The Hooton Foundation is a leading advocacy group speaking out against the use of performance-enhancing drugs by the youth of America.

The DiaTribe: Q&A with Mark Shapiro from Goodyear

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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.

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Indians Game Information: April 6, 2014

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (3-2) vs. MINNESOTA TWINS (2-3)

RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, —) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 7.50)

Game #6/Home #3 » Sunday, April 6, 2014 » Progressive Field » 1:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM-WMMS/IRN

WINS & LOSSES

  • After winning their 2014 home opener on Friday in come-from behind fashion by a score of 7-2, the Indians allowed Minnesota to even the 3-game series in a 7-3 loss on Saturday…Tribe fell behind early, as Twins jumped out to a 5-1 lead after 3 innings; Cleveland was down 7-1 before plating a pair of runs in the 9th…managed just a single run on 3 hits against Twins starter Kyle Gibson.
  • Home Opener: Tribe was held scoreless thru 5.0 on just one hit against Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (first 12 batters retired in order) before erasing a 2-0 deficit with a pair of home runs in the 6th from YAN GOMES (solo) & NICK SWISHER (2-run)…Cleveland rallied for 4 more runs in the 7th to put the game out of reach.
  • Cleveland is 1-1 to begin this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Minnesota (1-1) 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 2nd in the A.L. Central standings, 1.5 games behind Detroit (4-0) & one half-game ahead of 3rd-place Kansas City (-2.0G, 2-2)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 3 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.

…AND IT LIVES IN MINNEAPOLIS

  • The Twins are making their first of 3 trips to Cleveland in 2014, as the two clubs are set to meet 19 times…for the second consecutive season, all 3 of the Indians’ trips to Minnesota will take place after the All-Star break.
  • Cleveland went 13-6 vs. Minnesota last season, going 6-3 at home and 7-3 on the road…since ‘94 re-alignment, marked just 3rd time for Tribe to beat Twins 13 times, also 2001 (14-5) & 2007 (14-4)…Tribe clinched a 2013 A.L. Wild Card berth at Target Field on the final day of the regular season, a 5-1 victory over the Twins to complete their 7th 4-game series sweep & cap a 10-game winningstreak to end the year.
  • Saturday’s loss snapped a 7-game winning streak for Cleveland against Minnesota, which had been club’s longest since 2011 and 2 shy of Tribe’s all-time record against the Twins (9, 5/9/81-8/20/82…Cleveland has still gone 14-7 vs. Minnesota since start of 2013.

GET ON THE GOOD FOOT

  • With the Twins’ 3-run rally in the first inning yesterday, opponents have now scored first in 4 of the Indians’ 5 games so far this season, although Cleveland has managed 2 come-from-behind victories in those 4 contests…additionally, Cleveland’s pitching staff has allowed 8 of its 19 total runs in the first inning…staff has a 14.40 ERA (8 ER/5.0 IP) in first inning, but a 2.08 ERA (9 ER/39.0 IP) from the 2nd inning on…in 2013, Cleveland went68-24 when scoring first, but 24-46 when opponents tallied first.

MY BACK PAGES

  • Cleveland’s offense was active in the late innings once again Saturday with a pair of 9th inning runs before the rally fell short, this after scoring 3 runs in the 6th and 4 more in the 7th in Friday’s home opener…the Tribe has scored 13 of team’s 19 overall runs in the 7th inning-or-later…among A.L. teams in the 7th inning-or late, the Indians rank among leaders in runs (1st, 13), batting avg. (2nd, .322, 19-59), OBP (3rd, .386) and OPS (4th, .792).
  • Cleveland has plated 9th-inning runs in 4 of the club’s 5 games so far (8 total runs)…OAK series: Indians broke scoreless tie w/ pair of 9th-inn. runs on Monday (2-0 win), avoided a shutout with one run in final at-bat of Game 1 Wednesday (6-1 loss) and then rallied for 3 runs in 9th of Game 2 for a come-from-behind victory (6-4 win).

BOURN UPDATE

  • On rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus, OF MICHAEL BOURN (15-day DL, left hamstring strain) was the starting center fielder in the Clippers’ 4-0 loss to the Indianapolis Indians at Huntington Park on Saturday, going 1-for-3 with a single in Game 1 of a doubleheader…reported no issues following the game and was around the Indians clubhouse this morning.

GARDENHIRE GETS WIN NO. 1,000

  • Please join the Indians in congratulating Twins manager RON GARDENHIRE, who became the 5th active skipper – 60th all-time- to reach 1,000 career victories with Saturday’s 7-3 win over theTribe…TERRY FRANCONA (1,124) reached that milestone in2011 during his final season at the helm of the Boston Red Sox…the others are Bruce Bochy (1,535), Mike Scioscia (1,235) andBuck Showalter (1,164).

Indians Game Information: March 26 vs. Milwaukee

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (17-8-2) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (12-15-0)
RHP Justin Masterson (3-0, 0.95) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (0-1, 2.45)
Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (PDT/ET) » MLB.com webcast

TENTATIVE OPENING DAY LINEUP SET: The Indians announced several
roster moves this morning that would tentatively round out Cleveland’s final
Opening Day roster, as RHP JOSH TOMLIN is scheduled to be optioned
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 ros-
ter…barring unforeseen circumstances, Cleveland will carry 13 pitchers and
12 position players to start the year.

Opening day roster

SALAZAR TO START HOME OPENER: Indians MGR Terry Francona an-
nounced this 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.

GOODBYE TO GOODYEAR: This afternoon marks the Indians final Cac-
tus League HOME game of the spring here at Goodyear Ballpark…Cleve-
land will round out the club’s spring slate with 3 road games, squaring off
against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday in Scottsdale before flying
to San Diego for a pair of friendlies against the Padres at the University of
San Diego’s ballpark.

THE HOME STRETCH: The Indians won their 17th game of the spring on
Monday, matching the club’s 2013 Spring Training win total…with 4 games
remaining on the 2014 Cactus League schedule the Indians are now just
2 victories shy of matching their best exhibition season since re-joining the
Arizona Circuit in 2009…the Indians own a 8-6 record at Goodyear Ball-
park heading into today’s final home game of the spring…the Indians have
played 24 games in 24 days since Cleveland’s March 1 rainout at Camel-
back Ranch against Chicago-AL…Cleveland has won 5 of its last 9 games
as the club nears the season opener on March 31 in Oakland.

STRANGE BREW: The Indians will square off against the Milwaukee Brew-
ers for the second and final time this spring, both meetings taking place
here at Goodyear Ballpark…pitching was the story in the teams’ first meet-
ing on March 9 in Goodyear, as the Indians defeated the Brewers 4-2…
JOSH TOMLIN (4.0IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 5K) earned his first victory of the
spring…club’s met 3 times last spring, with the Indians winning 2 of those…
Cleveland and Milwaukee have not met in the regular season since the
Brewers swept a 3-game set at Progressive Field in June 2009 (Milwaukee
has won last 7 regular season tilts)…Cleveland is 201-205 all-time vs. the
Milwaukee franchise (1969-present) in regular season play, which includes
a 7-11 mark in Interleague Play since the Brewers made the switch to the
Senior Circuit.

 

 

Indians Game Information: March 22 vs. Colorado

Corey Kluber throws out Reds right fielder Jay Bruce

CLEVELAND INDIANS (16-5-2) vs. COLORADO ROCKIES (10-12-3)

RHP Corey Kluber (0-0, 5.02) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 2.92)
Spring Game #24/Home #13 » Saturday, March 22, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » WMMS, IRN, webcast

THE HOME STRETCH: With 8 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…the Indians have played 20 games in 20 days since Cleveland’s March 1 rainout at Camelback Ranch against Chicago-AL…Cleveland has won 3 of its last 5 games as the club approaches season opener on March 31 in Oakland.

ROSTER RUMBLINGS: The Indians announced on Saturday that the club has released OF JEFF FRANCOEUR…Francoeur signed a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League camp on January 6…OF MATT CARSON was also informed by skipper Tito Francona that he will open the season at Triple-A Columbus.

UPDATED ROSTER BREAKDOWN: With the most recent round of roster moves announced this week, the Indians now have a total of 40 players currently in major league camp; this includes 13 non-roster invitees in addition to players on the 40-man roster…the club now has 19 pitchers (4 non-roster), including 17 righthanders and 2 lefties, 4 catchers (2 non-roster), 11 infielders (5 non-roster) and 6 outfielders (2 non-roster).

PESTANO NABS BULLPEN SPOT: Terry Francona also announced that RHP VINNIE PESTANO will begin the season on the Major League club’s 25-man roster…Pestano has allowed just 2 hits and one run over 6.0 innings this spring.

LIKE A ROCK: Cleveland will square off against Colorado for the second consecutive day after taking yesterday’s contest in Scottsdale by a final score of 14-3…yesterday’s victory improved the Indians all-time Cactus League record against the Rockies to 5-6…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.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians beat the Colorado Rockies 14-3 Friday afternoon at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale improving to16-5-2 in Cactus League play this spring…Cleveland’s lineup was productive top-to-bottom, paced by a 3-hit effort from MICHAEL BRANTLEY, who matched NYJER MORGAN with a game-high 3 RBI…Brantley raised his Cactus League average to .500 (17-34) and now has 7 RBI…LONNIE CHISENHALL and ELLIOT JOHNSON collected a pair of hits each and both drove in 2 runs…ASDRUBAL CABRERA also chipped in a multi-hit game…JUSTIN MASTERSON (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R-ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 2 WP) notched his third victory of the spring with a quality start, surrendering a pair of runs on 5 hits over 6.0 frames before finishing his work for the day in the Tribe bullpen…CODY ALLEN and TYLER STURDEVANT both worked 1.0 scoreless inning of relief each.

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 WMMS in the Cleveland market…the game can also be heard through a live webcast on http://www.MLB.com with an MLB audio subscription.

Indians Game Information: March 21 at Colorado

Justin Masterson threw to live hitters for the first time in spring training.

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.

Indians Game Information: March 18 vs. San Francisco

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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.

Indians Game(s) Information: March 16 vs. SF, CHC

Mike Aviles went 3-3 today and drove in 1 run.

CLEVELAND INDIANS (12-3-2) at CHICAGO CUBS (8-9-0)
RHP Justin Masterson (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Travis Wood (0-1, 7.94)
Spring Game #18/Road #8 » Sunday, March 16, 2014 » Cubs Park » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (AZ/ET) » WTAM, Indians Radio Network, CLE webcast

CLEVELAND INDIANS (12-3-2) at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (10-5-1)
RHP Aaron Harang (1-0, 1.80) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (1-0, 4.15)
Spring Game #19/Road #9 » Sunday, March 16, 2014 » Scottsdale Stadium » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (AZ/ET) » SF webcast

CHECK YOUR BUS TICKET: The Cleveland Indians are set to hit the road today for their first and only pair of split squad games of the spring…MGR TERRY FRANCONA will take one team to Mesa where the Tribe will take on Chicago-NL at newly-opened Cubs Park; RHP JUSTIN MASTERSON, Cleveland’s Opening Day starter, will take the bump against the Cubbies…meanwhile, Bench Coach BRAD MILLS will stand in and skipper another squad against San Francisco at Scottsdale Stadium; RHP AARON HARANG is scheduled to take the hill against the Giants…a combined total of 24 minor league players will accompany the two teams (charts below), including 4 players who began the spring in Major League camp and were recently sent down (Lindor, Lowery, Naquin, Wendle).

TODAY’S BROADCAST INFO: In Mesa - today’s contest against the Chicago Cubs will air live across the Indians Radio Network, including WTAM in the Cleveland market; TOM HAMILTON and JIM ROSENHAUS will be on the call…the Indians/Cubs game audio is also available through a live webcast on www.Indians.com (blackout restrictions apply)…In Scottsdale - Tribe fans can listen to today’s action against the San Francisco Giants through a live webcast on http://www.Indians.com, courtesy of the Giants radio team feed…neither contest will be televised.

INSTANT REPLAY: Today’s game in Mesa against the Cubs will mark the third time this spring that the Indians will have the opportunity to try out Major League Baseball’s new instant replay system, albeit with limited access to the degree of technology that will be available during the regular season…neither the Indians nor their opponent invoked instant replay privileges in the first two games…after today, Cleveland’s final two instant replay opportunities of the spring occur during “road games” against Cincinnati at Goodyear Ballpark on March 17 & March 24.

SWEET HOME…MESA: Cleveland is set to face the Chicago Cubs for the third and final time this spring, as the Indians blanked the Northsiders 1-0 on March 6 at Goodyear Ballpark before beating Chicago again the very next day at Cubs Park by a score of 7-2… the Tribe is 8-5 all-time against the Cubs since joining the Cactus League circuit in 2009…the Indians and Cubs have split 14 meetings all-time during regular season Interleague Play at an even 7-7 with the most recent series occurring in June 2009 in the Windy City…the two clubs will not meet in 2014.

I LEFT MY HEART IN…SCOTTSDALE: Cleveland will square off against San Francisco today in the first of two meetings this spring, both in the span of 3 days, as the Indians will also host the Giants on Tuesday at Goodyear Ballpark in the Tribe’s lone night game of the spring…Cleveland swept 3 meetings from San Francisco last spring and are 5-5-1 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 ACTION: The Indians lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark, moving to 12-3-2 in Cactus League play this spring…the Tribe fell into an early 3-0 hole on a pair of Arizona home runs in the first inning by Paul Goldschmidt (2-run) and Martin Prado (solo), however Cleveland’s bullpen responded by holding the Diamondbacks to a single tally over the next 8 frames…the Indians plated both of their runs in the second inning on a MIKE AVILES (3-for-3) RBI-double and LUKE CARLIN’s (2-for-3) RBIsingle…DAVID MURPHY and ELLIOT JOHNSON also turned in multi-hit efforts.

Indians Game Information: March 15 vs. Arizona

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (12-2-2) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (9-9-3)

RHP Frank Herrmann (0-0, 27.00) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (0-1, 4.85)

Spring Game #17/Home #10 » Saturday, March 15, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » WTAM, IRN, webcast

UPCOMING BROADCAST INFORMATION: SportsTime Ohio will air a Tribe Report Season Preview on March 19 at 9:00pmET following the final spring game broadcast on March 17 when the Indians and Reds square off at Goodyear Ballpark…the TV home of the Tribe aired its first special program in advance of Opening Day on Thursday, Beating the Odds: The Al Rosen Story; this hour-long documentary profiles the life and baseball career of Cleveland Indians legend, four-time All-Star and 1953 American League MVP Al Rosen…SportsTime Ohio will televise 154 regular season games in 2014…FOX will broadcast nationally the Tribe’s June 21 game vs. Detroit – which will feature the Indians Hall of Fame induction of Omar Vizquel – while six other games (April 5, May 10, June 7, July 19, July 26 and August 9) will be broadcast on FOX’s new FOX Sports 1.

OVER THE AIRWAVES: Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will have this afternoon’s call on stations across the Indians Radio Network, including WTAM in the Cleveland market at 4:05ET…the game will also be available with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com/webcast.

MASTERSON EARNS OPENING DAY NOD: After the affable right-hander worked 4.0 scoreless innings in Tuesday’s victory vs. Arizona, Tribe skipper Tito Francona  announced that RHP JUSTIN MASTERSON would be the club’s Opening Day starter for the 3rd consecutive year when the Indians open the season on March 31 at Oakland…the 28-year-old right-hander is set to become the first Tribe pitcher to start 3 consecutive openers since CC Sabathia took the bump for 3 straight from 2006-08 and the first right-hander to do so since Bartolo Colon from 2000-02…Masterson is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA (2 ER/14.0 IP) in his 2 career Opening Day tilts.

ROTATION TAKING SHAPE: 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 starting 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…Francona has also announced that RHP ZACH MCALLISTER will start the third game of the season…rotation hopefuls RHP CARLOS CARRASCO, RHP JOSH TOMLIN and RHP TREVOR BAUER are tentatively batting for the 4th slot in the order, while RHP DANNY SALAZAR will round out the rotation as the club’s 5th starter.

TRIBE AT A GLANCE: The Indians played to their second tie of the spring yesterday, and have not suffered a loss since last Monday vs. LAA…after today’s game the Indians will play 3 straight contests away from Goodyear Ballpark including a split squad game tomorrow at San Francisco and Chigago-NL…Cleveland is 7-2 here in Goodyear…the Indians own the highest winning percentage in the Major Leagues (.857) and are just one win shy of most in the Majors…the Indians lost just their second game of the Spring on Monday after not suffering a loss over a 10-game span, going 9-0-1 with their only non-win coming in a 4-4 tie with the Padres in Peoria on March 8.

RE-RACK THE D’BACKS: The Indians will host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the two club’s second and final matchup this spring…the Tribe defeated the Diamondbacks 7-1 last Tuesday in Scottsdale as Justin Masterson tossed 4.0 hitless innings, while Lonnie Chisenhall blasted a decisive 2-run homer…the two club’s split a pair of Cactus League meetings last season as Cleveland holds a 8-5 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 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 Cleveland.

Indians Game Information: March 11 vs. Arizona

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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
in Cleveland.

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.

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