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Special moment: Tom Hamilton watches son’s first big-league AB

Monday was a special day for the Hamiltons.

Nick Hamilton, an Indians 2012 draft pick after helping lead the Kent State Golden Flashes to the College World Series that June, found himself in the lineup as the designated hitter on Monday as the Indians took on the Cincinnati Reds from Goodyear Ballpark. Originally, Nick Swisher was in the lineup as the DH, but when the Reds said pitchers should bat — Cincinnati was the home team — Indians Manager Terry Francona sent Swisher home.

When the DH was re-installed into the game, Hamilton got the call. And his dad, Indians radio play-by-play man Tom, was on hand for the incredible moment:

Said Nick Hamilton after the game: “It was really just a lot of fun. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be able to get out there and get that first taste of playing in the big leagues. It was just a lot of fun and something I can learn from and build on from here.

“Eventually, looking back, I’m sure this is definitely something that I’m going to cherish.”

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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 10 vs. Los Angeles

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (9-1-1) vs. LOS ANGELES ANGELS (4-6-1)
RHP Danny Salazar (1st start) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (1-1, 1.29)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: SportsTime Ohio Radio: Indians.com webcast

SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE:
Beginning today at 10am ET, single game tickets went on sale and are now available to the public for purchase on Indians.com, at the Box Office, or at the Progressive Field Team Shop…fans are reminded to buy early for the best prices to 2014 regular season games…single-Game sales have been brisk, growing 114% over last year for all pre-sales prior to the general public on-sale…additionally, Opening Day sold out in 15 minutes last Monday during the Online Onsale…much of the early demand has been for popular summer weekend dates, with the top sellers so far including:
• Saturday, June 21 vs. Detroit (Omar Vizquel HOF induction)
• Friday, June 20 vs. Detroit (Fireworks)
• May 16 vs. Oakland (Fireworks)
• Thursday, July 10 vs. New York-AL
• Saturday, August 2 vs. Texas (Jim Thome statue unveil/replica giveaway)

BACK IN THE MIX: Indians RHP DANNY SALAZAR will make his 2014 Cactus League debut today, slated to get the start and pitch 2.0 innings…the right-hander is then scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday before making a 3.0-inning appearance in Friday’s Minor League game (subject to change)…some Salazar quick hits from 2013:
• Won his debut vs. Toronto on July 11 in sterling fashion, fanning 7 over 6.0-innings of 1-run ball, becoming the first Tribe pitcher since 1964 and just the fourth overall in the 113-year history of the franchise to strike out at least 7 batters in a debut.
•In his second start, Salazar registered a career-high 10 strikeouts on August 7 vs. Detroit, which were the most by an Indians rookie pitcher since 2004 (Kaz Tadano).
• In his first career start opposite the White Sox on September 13 at U.S Cellular Field, Salazar became the first MLB pitcher since at least 1916 to record 9 strikeouts in less than 4.0 innings, while not allowing a single run
• Became the only starting pitcher in the Majors to strike out Miguel Cabrera 3 times in a single game.

Game Information: March 9 vs. Milwaukee at Goodyear Ballpark

Brandon Phillips slides into second under the tag of Asdrubal Cabrera.

CLEVELAND INDIANS (8-1-1) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (6-5-0)

RHP Josh Tomlin (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, 0.00)

Spring Game #11/Home #6 » Sun., March 9, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/IRN/webcast

NINE TONIGHT: After dropping their Cactus League opener to Cincinnati on Feb. 26 by a score of 8-3, the Cleveland Indians have not lost over a 9-game span, going 8-0-1 following yesterday’s 4-4 tie with the Padres in Peoria.

THE INDIANS ON TV…: Beginning with this afternoon’s tilt against the Milwaukee Brewers, SportsTime Ohio will carry each of the Indians’ next 5 games on TV through Thursday…Matt Underwood & Rick Manning are scheduled to be in the booth for all 5 and will have a number of in-game interviews with Indians players and coaches throughout the week.

…AND ALSO ON YOUR RADIO DIAL: Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will also have this afternoon’s call on stations across the Indians Radio Network, including WTAM in the Cleveland market…the game will also be available with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com/webcast.

…BUT I CAN’T GO BACK I KNOW: Time stands still here in Arizona, as much of the country lost one hour last night by rolling their clocks forward as part of Daylight Saving Time…aside from the now 3-hour time difference between Phoenix and Cleveland, those of us here in the desert were largely unaffected (AZ now aligns with the Pacific Time Zone).

“TWO OAT SODAS GARY”: A city with no shortage of high-quality microsuds, Cleveland is set to host the Milwaukee Brewers today at Goodyear Ballpark for the first of two meetings between the two squads, as the Tribe will host the Brew Crew again on March 26…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.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Cleveland and San Diego battled their way to a 4-4 tie before the game was called after 10.0 innings at the Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday afternoo…MICHAEL BRANTLEY (2 2B, RBI) led the way for the Tribe with 4 hits (4-for-4, 2 2B, RBI), including a key RBI-single in the team’s 3-run first inning…ASDRUBAL CABRERA and CARLOS SANTANA also drove in runs, while Santana recorded 3 assists at third base…TYLER CLOYD (2.0IP, 2H, 0R) took the bump first in the starter-by committee affair for the Indians, while SCOTT ATCHISON, BRYAN SHAW, AUSTIN ADAMS, SCOTT BARNES and MIKE ZAGURSKI also enjoyed scoreless outings.

BULLPENNINGS: Indians pitchers who were scheduled to throw bullpens this morning at the Goodyear Complex: RHP CARLOS CARRASCO, RHP COREY KLUBER, RHP FRANK HERRMANN.

LET IT “B”: The Indians announced Saturday that the club will participate in its second “B” game of the spring, as Cleveland will host the Chicago White Sox at 10:00AM AZT/1:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 11 at the Goodyear Development Complex…the Indians edged the Angels 3-2 in a March 4 “B” game here in Goodyear.

UPCOMING BROADCAST INFORMATION: The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday that SportsTime Ohio will televise 154 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…SportsTime Ohio will also air Beating the Odds: The Al Rosen Story on March 13 at 3:00pm and a Tribe Report Season Preview on March 19 at 9:00pm.

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!

Indians Game Information: March 7 at Chicago-NL

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-1-0) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (2-5-0)
RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (0-1, 4.50)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
Radio: WMMS, IRN, Indians.com webcast (subscription needed)

“SWING AND A DRIVE”: The “Voice of the Indians,” Tom Hamilton, returns to the booth today and will call his first game of the spring after staying in Cleveland to be with his son, Brad – a Senior – as the Avon Lake HS basketball team competed in the state playoffs…Hammy rejoins Jim Rosenhaus and will deliver today’s broadcast across the Indians Radio Network at 3:00PM ET, including the first spring broadcast on 99X in the Cleveland market…the game can also be heard with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians reeled off their 7th consecutive win and improved to 7-1 on the young Cactus League slate, edging the Chicago Cubs in a 1-0 shutout at Goodyear Ballpark…the lone run of the contest scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s bases-loaded walk in the 4th against Justin Grimm and was set up by singles from Nick Swisher & Jason Kipnis ahead of Michael Brantley’s hit-by-pitch…Swisher reached base twice in the game (5th inning BB), while Brantley also doubled in the 2nd inning…Cleveland’s pitching staff was the story of the afternoon, however, beginning with 3.0 scoreless innings from Justin Masterson…Aaron Harang (2.0 IP) was on the bump when the Tribe scored and notched the victory, while Trevor Bauer also recorded a pair of scoreless frames with 4 of the Tribe’s11 strikeouts…C.C. Lee & Scott Barnes worked the 8th and 9th.

Indians Game Information: March 6 vs. Chicago-NL

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (6-1-0) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (2-4-0)
RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Travis Wood (0-0, —)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
Radio: Indians.com webcast

TODAY’S BROADCAST: Jim Rosenhaus returns to the booth this afternoon and will a deliver a free broadcast to all registered users on Indians.com…all free webcasts can be accessed by simply registering a username and password at http://www.Indians.com/webcasts, Indians.com or MLB.com…those currently registered can enter their current usernames and passwords at any of the above links.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Top prospect, SS FRANCISCO LINDOR, has made an immediate impact on the Tribe lineup in his first career Major League camp…the switch-hitting shortstop has gone 3-9 with a pair of game-winning hits, ironically both coming off Seattle righty Danny Farquhar – Lindor unlocked a 3-3 tie when he pinch-hit and doubled for Ryan Raburn in the top of the 9th yesterday, and connected for a game-winning 3-run homer off Farquhar on Sunday here in Goodyear.

Indians Game Information: March 4 vs. Chicago-AL

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (4-1-0) vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (2-1)
RHP Zach McAllister (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Erik Johnson (0-0, —)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
Radio: Indians.com webcast

SOUTHSIDE SHOWDOWN: The Indians and White Sox will take another stab at getting their head-to-head exhibition debut in the books as Saturday’s scheduled Spring lid lifter was washed away by afternoon showers…the two clubs will let that game slide and just play the remaining two contests already on the slate…the Indians went 2-1 against their Central Division foes in 2013 Cactus League play before going on to have a historically successful season against them in the regular season…the Indians hold a 6-2-3 record against the Pale Hose since the move to the Cactus circuit and were undefeated until a 7-1 loss in the spring series finale of 2012.

TRIBE BATTING NOTES: Through the first 5 Cactus League games, the Indians offense checks in with a .241 (39-162) batting average with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 27 RBI and a .383 SLG%…the Tribe ranks 3rd in the CL with 5 home runs and trail only 5 clubs for the Major League lead…Cleveland also leads the Cactus League with 22 walks and has stuck out just 32 times…INF Elliot Johnson went 3-3 yesterday and now leads the club with 4 base hits on the young campaign; his 4 RBI are also T1st on the club…OF Michael Brantley (3-4) and INF Erik Gonzalez (3-7) each round out the lineup with 3 hits…SS Francisco Lindor has gone 2-6 with a 3-run homer and 3 runs scored…INF/OF Ryan Raburn has already logged 7 total bases (.500 1 HR, 2 RBI) and has scored a pair of runs…CA Jake Lowery hit a grand slam in his only at bat of the spring.

TRIBE PITCHING NOTES: Tribe hurlers have combined to post a 3.60 ERA over the club’s first 5 games of the exhibition schedule and are limiting opposing batters to a Cactus League best .211 (35-166) average against…Indians pitchers have issued 36 strikeouts and allowed just 16 free passes through 45 innings…RHP Carlos Carrasco checkes in with a team-high 4.0 innings (1 ER, 1 BB, .214 avg) while his 3 punchouts are tied with RHP TREVOR BAUER and RHP C.C. Lee for tops on the club…RHP Preston Guilmet, RHP Zach McAllister, RHP Josh Tomlin, LHP Josh Outman and LHP Nick Hagadone have each logged appearances of multiple scoreless innings thus far.

Tribe Baseball Info director moonlights as BP pitcher

Director, Baseball Information Bart Swain throws BP.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – In his role as the Indians Director of Baseball Information, Bart Swain already has a pretty unique role.

He and our Assistant Director of Baseball Info, Court Berry-Tripp, travel with the team and serve as the direct liaisons between the players and the front office, media and fans.

But Swain has made the role even more unique: When called upon, he throws Batting Practice to the players, something he began in the 1996 season and that stuck after former Indians Hitting Coach Charlie Manuel saw him do it and apparently thought he was good enough to keep on.

“I’ve thrown BP since high school,” the 44-year-old Elyria High grad said last week in Goodyear. “I played in high school, but I wasn’t very good. This was a way to make myself useful.”

Swain joined the Indians in 1992 and worked for two years as an intern in the Media Relations department. He moved into the Director role in 1995 and has been there since.

Players like to give Swain a hard time about his throwing, but it appears he’s serviceable, at least, in the role. Tribe infielder Mike Aviles, for one, was glad Swain was around during last year’s Tribe Fest; Aviles had just been traded to Cleveland and was in town and looking to hit.

“He said, ‘I’ll throw,’” said Aviles, who is with his third big-league team. “I said, ‘I thought you were the PR guy.’ He’s the only PR guy I’ve been around who does it and it’s pretty cool.”

OK, but how does he throw?

“It’s not that bad. It’s actually pretty good,” Aviles said. “He has his days. Sometimes he’ll let loose a changeup and is in the ground… He gets his momentum back though.”

Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was equally back-handed when complimenting Swain.

“He’s better than he was,” Chisenhall said with a good-natured smile. “He throws a solid BP. He can get out of sync a little bit, and he’s not in the upper echelon of BP throwers. But if you have to hit, he’ll do.”

–Joel Hammond

Many Tribe players split time at park with Daddy duty

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GOODYEAR, AZ – Moms and dads, rest easy: You have kindred spirits in many members of the Tribe 40-man roster.

Eighteen players in that group have children, and like you, face the day-to-day challenges involved with working a full-time job while raising young kids. That group includes starting pitchers Justin Masterson, whose wife, Meryl, had twins in the offseason, and Corey Kluber, whose wife, Amanda, also gave birth in January. Yan Gomes’ wife, Jenna, is expecting.

Those players are gearing up for another season, when the parenting becomes more complicated. During the season, players arrive at the ballpark around Noon or 1pm for home games, and stay until 11pm or later. When the team takes road trips, the players often are gone for 10 days or more.

That can stressed-out moms and dads who don’t get nearly enough time with the kids.

“It’s tougher for the wives,” said Kluber, who has two daughters, Kendall and Kennedy. “It’s challenge for them, because for the most part, they’re handling a lot of the duties with the kids for much of the season.”

Amanda Kluber and the couple’s daughters will move to Cleveland from their home in Jacksonville, Fla., for the season, but even that doesn’t offer much respite from mom duty, Corey said: The moms don’t get much alone time with their husbands at the ballpark.

Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and his wife, Meredith, have a 2-year-old son, Cutter, and are expecting another boy in April, shortly after Opening Day. And like Kluber, Chisenhall says it can be difficult to find a happy medium between work and family.

Not only do the players spend a lot of time away from their families during the season, but when they are at home, they’re tasked with getting enough rest so they can be in the best shape possible for the next day at the ballpark.

“It’s challenging at times, especially on her. You leave for extended periods of time,” Chisenhall said. “Hat’s off to all the wives and moms who stay home; Meredith has a 2-year-old boy who is … active. Sometimes he’s great sometimes he’s a handful.”

For Mike Aviles, who with wife, Jessy, has three daughters – Kyla, 9, and 3-year-old twins, Adriana and Mayia – he says at times he knows the other 24 guys in the clubhouse better than his girls.

“This is a great life, and I wouldn’t change it for anything,” Aviles said. “On the outside looking in, I don’t think people realize how much we’re away from our families.”

The players’ busy schedules and lack of “us” time at home makes them appreciate the offseason even more, when they’re able to escape for a few months to enjoy more downtime with their kids – and give their wives a break.

The Klubers head back to Jacksonville, Fla., while the Chisenhalls are back to North Carolina and Aviles & Co. back to Utah. Family time commences.

“That’s how I look at it, a way to make up for lost time during the season,” Corey Kluber said. “I throw and work out, but I don’t have many other commitments, so I’m able to enjoy it more with (the kids).”

–Joel Hammond

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