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Photo Gallery: Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays, April 18

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Check out some great shots from our photographers at today’s batting practice!

- Photos by David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Indians split Wednesday twinbill with SD

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The Indians split Wednesday’s traditional doubleheader with the Padres, winning the first game, 2-0, and dropping the second one, 2-1.

The Tribe got two more excellent outings from its starting pitchers: Zach McAllister went 7.2IP scoreless innings in the opener, marking the longest scoreless outing of his career, before giving way to Cody Allen in the eighth. John Axford earned his fourth save with a scoreless ninth. Jason Kipnis provided all the offense the Indians needed, with a two-run homer in the sixth that just barely cleared the wall in center.

In the second game, Trevor Bauer, up from Triple A Columbus for a spot start, struck out a career-high eight batters but took a hard-luck loss. The Padres scored in the first on a bizarre play and call by the umpires: Chris Denorfia sent a long fly ball to right field that Elliot Johnson appeared to catch; upon transferring from his glove to his hand, he dropped the ball, and the umpires ruled no catch, putting runners on second and third with no one out. Bauer escaped the jam allowing only one run. (Here is video of the play.)

The Indians got a run back in the third on Mike Aviles’ sac fly, which scored Yan Gomes. But Bauer allowed a run in the sixth when Chase Headley singled with the bases loaded, scoring Everth Cabrera; Bauer again limited the damage, but the Padres limited the Indians to six hits for the victory.

Photo Gallery: March 22 vs. Colorado

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: March 19 vs. Oakland in Goodyear

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Indians Game Information: March 18 vs. San Francisco

Vinnie Pestano went i inning today giving up 1 run

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.

Photo Gallery: Tribe-Reds on St. Patrick’s Day

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: Wednesday’s 12-7 win over San Diego

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Photo gallery: Tribe moves to 9-1-1 with win over Milwaukee

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Spring Training stat sheet stuffers

Ryan Raburn hits a double and would later score the Indians first run.

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!

Yan Gomes takes dismissal from Goon Squad in stride

Yan Gomes catches a bullpen session.

(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.

The group includes infielder (and Dad extraordinaire!) Aviles, designated hitter and walkoff specialist Jason Giambi, sudden star Ryan Raburn and catcher Yan Gomes.

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.”

Uh oh.

“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!”

–Joel Hammond

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