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The guys were in good spirits during BP on Tuesday — only the second time the team has taken BP outside this year. Gotta love Mother Nature!
–Photos by David Cleveland
Starting at Tribe Fest in January, if you asked anyone around the Indians clubhouse their impressions of Trevor Bauer, you would have heard, “he seems relaxed, doesn’t he?”
Bauer, from his interactions with media, teammates and staff that weekend, seemed much more at ease in his second go-around in the Tribe clubhouse. It carried into Spring Training as well, where he pitched well save for one rough outing against the Angels and seemed, again, at ease with his surroundings.
After being optioned to Triple A Columbus to begin the season, he got a no-decision in his first start of the season despite striking out nine and allowing just one earned run in six innings.
So, what’s been the difference for Bauer, as he prepares for his first big-league start on Wednesday as part of the Indians traditional doubleheader with the San Diego Padres, necessitated by Monday’s rainout?
“This has been the first Spring Training that I repeated with one team,” Bauer said in a Spring Training interview. “I know the people around, the procedures, what’s expected. It’s a lot easier, when a lot of that stuff comes as second nature now. I don’t have to focus on who’s who and where do I go at what time?”
Those things may seem trivial, but Bauer — the No. 3 overall pick by Arizona in 2011, out of UCLA – said it can be a distraction. Now, he said, he’s better capable of fitting in in the clubhouse, and of focusing on pitching. Outside that one ugly line in Spring Training, he struck out seven in five innings, allowing just two runs. He’s also hit 97 on the radar gun in the early going.
“I’m a lot more relaxed when you can go auto pilot on that,” Bauer said. “You can focus on other stuff that’s going on, the fun stuff between the guys in the clubhouse, all the other stuff that goes on that makes you seem more integrated into the team. I may have missed some of that stuff last year because I was focusing on some of that other stuff because I was new and making sure I showed up at stretch at the right time.”
Indians Manager Terry Francona echoed Bauer’s thoughts before Tuesday’s game, when he announced that Bauer would be called up as the team’s 26th man for Wednesday’s doubleheader, as allowed by Major League Baseball rules.
“A spot start is a tough thing to do, but he’s better situated for it right now,” Francona said. “He’s more comfortable with himself, with the organization. Familiarity has been good for him.
“His last four outings, he’s been pretty good. When you have success, confidence comes with it. Hopefully he steps in, goes six innings and keeps us going.”
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
You probably saw this photo on Friday, in our Photo Gallery from the Home Opener against Minnesota, and wondered, just what the heck is Jason Kipnis doing ?
Here’s a little back story: In the news conference Friday morning to announce Kipnis’ new six-year deal – he remains one of 16 current Tribe players under team control through 2016! – General Manager Chris Antonetti and Manager Terry Francona joined Kipnis on the dais.
After Antonetti and Kipnis shared their thoughts on the deal and how it got done, Tito was asked by MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, “You heard about Kipnis before you got (to Cleveland), you’d seen him before. What have you felt about his growth as a player?”
With his young second baseman sitting right next to him, it was slightly awkward, thus Kipnis’ faux-adoring, “How am I doing, dad?” pose for the cameras during the question.
Tito’s response: “He’s sitting right here, man, this is hard! Last year, everybody kept asking (during Kipnis’ early season struggles), ‘When are you going to hit him eighth?’ I said, ‘He’s a good player, he’s going to be fine.’ And then last June he literally played himself onto the All-Star team.
“The part about Kip that sums it up in a nutshell was the other night in Oakland, when he didn’t get a bunt down. He found a way to extend the at-bat, put the ball in play and then ran to first like his pants were on fire (to eliminate a double play). That swayed the game in our favor. We all see what he can do, banging the ball off the wall, stealing bases, hitting home runs. All the contract is going to do is to allow him to enjoy the game. He’s never going to back off the gas pedal, but this will allow him to enjoy the game a lot more, with some security.”
And that’s how a funny photo happens.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond/Photo by David Cleveland
In his final podcast of spring training, Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus brings us up to date on another busy day as the Indians set the Opening night roster. Listen in to Terry Francona’s daily media gathering, hear Carlos Carrasco’s reaction to be named to the starting rotation, plus Jordan Bastian, Nick Camino and Joe Reedy talk about the roster moves and shed some insight into a weather phenomenon in the Phoenix area.
Holy Podcast ! Two in one day ? You bet. Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus is back with a second podcast today, wrapping up another busy day in Goodyear. We’ll hear from Tribe manager Terry Francona, Jordan Bastian and Nick Camino will try to made sense of the remaining roster battles, and Asdrubal Cabrera is just Cabby being Cabby. Enjoy !
CLEVELAND INDIANS (16-6-2) at LOS ANGELES ANGELS (13-10-2)
RHP Zach McAllister (1-0, 6.97) vs. RHP Garrett Richards (1-1, 5.40)
Spring Game #25/Road #12 » Sunday, March 23, 2014 » Tempe Diablo Stadium » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » MLB Network, 99X, IRN, webcast
TODAY’S BROADCAST INFORMATION: Today’s Cactus League tilt between the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels will be aired lived on MLB Network at 4:05 ET…MLB Network will also produce live broadcasts of tomorrow’s matchup with the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark, and the final game of the Cactus League schedule on March 29 at San Diego.
Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will have today’s call across the Indians Radio Network and on 99X in the Cleveland market…the game can also be heard through a live webcast on http://www.MLB.com with an MLB audio subscription.
THE HOME STRETCH: With 7 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 21 games in 21 days since Cleveland’s March 1 rainout at Camelback Ranch against Chicago-AL…Cleveland has won 4 of its last 7 games as the club nears the season opener on March 31 in Oakland.
ASSIGNING LOCKERS: Indians skipper Tito Francona announced yesterday that INF/OF ELLIOT JOHNSON and RHP VINNIE PESTANO would each open the season on the Major League club’s Opening Day 25-man roster…Johnson was inked by the Tribe to a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training on January 27.
LATEST ROSTER MOVES: Terry Francona also announced 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 and RHP AARON HARANG have been informed that they will not open the season on the Major League roster.
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).
AN ANGEL AFFAIR: The Indians and Angels are meeting for the first time since the Halos snapped the Tribe’s 10-game unbeaten streak with an 8-3 victory on March 10th at Goodyear Ballpark….these two club’s also participated in a “B” game on March 4th in Goodyear…the Indians are 3-9-2 all-time in Cactus League play vs. the Angels and haven’t topped the Angels over a 7-game span (0-4, 2012; 0-1-1, 0-1, 2013)…the Tribe went 4-2 against the Halos during 2013 regular season play, including a 3-game sweep in Anaheim – the first for Cleveland since 1999.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik