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Indians Game Information: April 17 vs. Detroit

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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.

RARE WIN

» 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.

SERIES STUFF

» 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.

ONE-RUN WARRIORS

» 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).

GIAMBI UPDATE

» 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).

HOMESTAND PREVIEW

» 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).

SIR DUKE

» 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.

ARROWHEADS

» 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.

Indians Game Information: April 16 vs. Detroit

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (6-7) at DETROIT TIGERS (6-4)

RHP Zach McAllister (1-0, 2.31) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 3.00)

Game #14/Road #8 » Wed., April 16, 2014 » Comerica Park » 7:08 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WMMS/IRN

IT’S SO COLD IN THE D

» The Indians and Tigers had their series opener postponed by inclement weather on Tuesday night, as low temperatures and periodic snow showers continued the Midwest’s storied history of stimulating tourism in April…Cleveland held a light team workout at Comerica Park following the announcement.

» For Cleveland, it marked the third straight week for a game to be postponed due to weather, as rain wiped out scheduled tilts on April 1 at Oakland and April 7 in Cleveland (vs. San Diego) resulting in doubleheaders against the Athletics and Padres…no makeup date has been announced, but another twin bill is expected.

WINS & LOSSES

» With a shot at salvaging a 4-game series split, the Indians dropped Sunday’s finale in a 4-3 walk-off loss to the White Sox in Chicago…the Tribe rallied for 2 runs in the top of the 9th to erase a 2-1 deficit only to see ALEXEI RAMIREZ answer with a game-ending 2-run HR off closer JOHN AXFORD in the bottom half of the frame.

» BEAUTIFUL LOSER: The 2-run shot by Ramirez on Sunday marked the first blown save for Cleveland this year and just the 2nd walk-off HR allowed by Axford in his career, the other hit by the Reds’ Ramon Hernandez on March 31, 2011 at Cincinnati on Opening Day (1-0 loss).

» After 10 consecutive game dates with a pair of doubleheaders mixed in, Monday in Detroit marked Cleveland’s first scheduled off day since April 3 in Cleveland, although the team charter did not return from Oakland until shortly after 8AM that morning.

» Cleveland is 1-3 on this weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip through Chicago-AL (1-3) and Detroit (now 2 games)…club 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 3-4 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 3-2 in night games, but 3-5 during the day.

REET PETITE

» With Sunday’s loss, the Indians fell to 0-2 in one-run decisions this season…Cleveland finished with MLB’s 2nd-highest winning 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 4-2 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).

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland is tied for 3rd place in the A.L. Central standings with Minnesota, but trails Chicago & Detroit – both tied for first – by just 1.5 games, as the entire division is separated by only 2.0 games (Kansas City in 5th at 5-7)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 3 days in 3rd place & 2 days in 4th

» The Indians are 2-5 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013), but 4-2 outside the division.

SERIES STUFF

» 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 is 3-1 in series openers, as the club won its first 3 lid-lifters of the season before falling to the Sox on Thursday…Tribe went 0-6 in series openers vs. Detroit last season.

KICK OUT THE JAMS

» 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).

» In those 19 games, Cleveland’s offense hit just .223 with 16 HR, a .647 OPS (.286OBP/.361SLG) and 3.7 RPG…pitching staff had a 5.89 ERA and .301 avg. against with 22 HR.

» The Indians won the first 3-game series (2-1) at Comerica Park, but lost 5 of the last 6 games in Detroit…club’s last winning season here in Motown came back in 2008 (5-4), as the Tribe is 11-34 at this ballpark since then (2009-present).

GIAMBI UPDATE

» DH JASON GIAMBI (15-day DL, fractured rib) began a rehab assignment over the weekend and appeared in a pair of games at DH for Double-A Akron on Friday & Sunday (0-6, BB)…he was slated to start again today for the RubberDucks vs. Trenton.

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.

Indians Game 1 post-game notes

Check out these notes from the Tribe’s afternoon victory over San Diego; with the victory, the Indians improved to 5-3 on the young season.

CLEVELAND

  • Moved 2 games above the .500 mark (5-3) to match the club’s high water-mark of the season (3-1 record on April 4)…Cleveland’s record has not fallen below the .500 mark this season.
  • Tribe pitching staff posted its second team shutout of 2014, the other coming in a 2-0 Opening Day victory on March 31 at Oakland.
  • Facing San Diego for the first time since 2008, Cleveland improved to 8-3 all-time against the Padres (4-1 at Progressive Field).

ZACH McALLISTER

  • Took his second turn through the Indians rotation and notched his first victory of 2014 with 7.2 scoreless frames (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO, 99 pitches/70 strikes)…matched the longest scoreless outing of his MLB career, also tossing 7.2 scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory on May 7, 2013 vs. Oakland…both of his outings so far in 2014 have come in doubleheaders, as he took the mound in Game One on April 2 at Oakland, but did not factor into the decision of that 6-4 victory (4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R-ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 86 pitches).
  • Tallied 7 strikeouts, one shy of his career-high (8, three times) and most since Aug. 13, 2013 at Minnesota (7 K’s).
  • Retired 21 of the first 24 batters he faced through his first 7.0 frames, just 3 more than the minimum…then retired the first 2 batters in the 8th before allowing a pair of singles; was then relieved by Allen.

JASON KIPNIS

  • Broke a scoreless tie with a 2-run homer off fellow left-hander Eric Stults in the 6th inning, his first long-ball of the season.
  • Of his 39 career home runs, 8 of those have come against left-handed pitching.
  • Has driven in 6 runs over his last 3 games after no RBI through his first 5 games.

CODY ALLEN

  • Entered today’s game with 2 outs in the 8th and struck out Seth Smith on a called third strike to strand runners and 1st and 2nd…has now stranded all 5 inherited runners he has adopted this season…has made 5 relief appearances this season, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings.

JOHN AXFORD

  • Notched his 4th save of the season, as he has closed out both wins in this series against San Diego.

SAN DIEGO

  • Padres fell to 1-4 on their 6-game road trip through Miami (1-2) and Cleveland (0-2).
  • Club is participating in its first doubleheader in Interleague history.

ERIC STULTS

  • Took his second loss of the season despite pitching into the 6th inning and surrendering just one earned run (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R-1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 90 pitches/52 strikes)…was touched for both runs he allowed on a 2-run HR by Jason Kipnis…retired 14 of the first 18 batters he faced through 5.0 innings.
  • Left-handers had been 1-for-6 with a single & GIDP (both by Brantley) prior to the Kipnis 2-run HR in the 6th (lefties were 2-for-8 on the afternoon against Stults)…including today, has limited left-handers to a .181 avg. (52-287) since the start of the 2012 season.
  • Today marked his second career game/start at Progressive Field, the other coming in a no-decision for Chicago on May 7, 2012 (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R-ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 HB, 107 pitches)…Tribe won that contest 3-2.

NICK VINCENT

  • Entered today’s game with 2 outs in the 6th and struck out the only batter he faced (Gomes) to strand runners at 2nd and 3rd…Vincent has now stranded all 5 runners he has inherited this season…stranded 16 of 21 (76%) inherited runners last season.

Indians Game Information: April 9 doubleheader vs. San Diego

Starter Zach McAllister went 2 scoreless innings giving up just one hit.

CLEVELAND INDIANS (4-3) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (2-5)

RHP Zach McAllister (0-0, —) vs. LHP Eric Stults (0-1, 11.25)

Game #8/Home #5 » Wednesday, April 9, 2014 » Progressive Field

» 12:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/Indians Radio Network

CLEVELAND INDIANS (+Game 1) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (+Game 1)

RHP Trevor Bauer (Triple-A: 0-0, 1.50) vs. LHP Robbie Erlin (0-0, 0.00)

Game #9/Home #6 » Wednesday, April 9, 2014 » Progressive Field

» TBD (~20 min. after G1) » SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/Indians Radio Network

BLAME IT ON THE RAIN

  • Cleveland is set to play its second doubleheader (split or traditional) already this season, as the Indians & Padres saw their series opener get washed out on Monday night…rain showers have been somewhat omnipresent through Tribe’s first week, starting with a soggy 3-game series in Oakland that saw the Coliseum’s first rainout since 1998 and therefore Cleveland’s first doubleheader of 2014 (split)…the start of Cleveland’s home opener was also delayed 2 hours, 13 minutes on Friday.
  • Today will mark the earliest calendar date ever for the Indians to play a split or traditional doubleheader at Progressive Field (1994-2014); previous distinction belonged to a day-nighttwinbill on April 17, 1999 vs. Minnesota, while the earliest traditionalDH played at this ballpark prior to today took place on May 12, 2008 vs. Toronto.
  • 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.
  • Over the past 5 seasons (2010-14), Cleveland has gone 17-5 in 11 doubleheaders with 6 sweeps and 5 splits.

LOVE ME TWO TIMES

  • Broadcast Info: Both games will be carried live on SportsTime Ohio (TV) and WTAM (radio)…first pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 12:05PM (gates open at 11:00AM), while Game 2 is set to begin approx. 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
  • Media Availability: The Indians will make Terry Francona & Zach McAllister available in the HCH Multipurpose Room during the 20-min. window between games…the remainder of post-game player availability will take place following Game 2.

• Provided that Game 2 concludes prior to 7:05PM (the time of last night’s first pitch), the Indians & Padres have a legitimate shot atplaying their entire 3-game series in less than 24 hours.

  • Tickets: Fans currently holding or purchasing tickets dated April 9 may attend both games of today’s DH for the price of one…fansholding tickets for Monday’s rainout (April 7) may exchangethem for today’s DH, but MUST do so at the Progressive FieldBox Office.

WINS & LOSSES

  • San Diego made it interesting with a 3-run rally in the 9th, but the Indians hung on to take the series opener from the Padres by a score of 8-6 last night here at Progressive Field.
  • Cleveland is 2-2 mid-way through this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (1-0)…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 scheduled off day on April 14 in Detroit.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

  • Cleveland holds 2nd place in the A.L. Central standings, one half-game behind first place Detroit (4-2) & one half-game ahead of 3rd place Chicago (-1.5G, 4-4)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 6 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.

AIN’T THAT PECULIAR

  • Over the past 5 seasons (2010-14), Cleveland has gone 3-43 when allowing 15+ hits to an opponent.
  • Last night marked the first time for the Indians to win a game in which they allowed 15-or-more hits, but collected fewer than 10 hits of their own since a 7-6 victory on April 28, 2006 vs. Texas (out-hit 8-15); prior to that ‘06 contest, you have to go back to a 4-3 win on Aug. 15, 1984 vs. Toronto (out-hit 9-17) to find another such instance…those are the only 3 such wins for Cleveland since 1953, while only 14 total examples were found dating all the way back to 1914.

NIGHT MOVES

  • Prior to Game 1, the Indians recalled RHP C.C. LEE from Triple- A Columbus to join the bullpen; to make room for Lee, the club has optioned RHP VINNIE PESTANO to Columbus.
  • In between games of today’s DH, the club will formally recall RHP TREVOR BAUER to start Game 2 as the 26th man permitted under MLB rules governing DH’s.

HERE COMES THE SUN

  • Regardless of when Game 2 begins, both of today’s tilts will be classified as day games…Tribe has gone 1-3 in day games against a 3-0 record in night games.

Indians, All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis agree to long-term contract

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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

Indians and catcher Yan Gomes agree to long-term contract

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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

Indians Game Information: March 28 at San Diego

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (19-8-2) at SAN DIEGO PADRES (10-12-6)
RHP Zach McAllister (1-1, 6.06) vs. RHP Matt Wisler (1-0, 6.97)
University of San Diego » 6:10/9:10 p.m. (PDT/ET) » MLB.com webcast (Padres)

LATEST ROSTER MOVES: The Indians on Thursday announced that INF
JUSTIN SELLERS has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus…the club also
re-assigned RHP MATT CAPPS, C LUKE CARLIN, RHP SHAUN MAR-
CUM and C MATT TREANOR to Minor League camp.
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 19th game of the spring on
Thursday, matching the club’s highest win total 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 re-
cord at Goodyear Ballpark…Cleveland will round out the club’s spring slate
with a pair of road games here at the University of San Diego ballpark…the
Indians have played 26 games in 26 days since Cleveland’s March 1 rain-
out at Camelback Ranch against Chicago-AL…Cleveland has won 3 of its
last 4 games as the club nears the season opener on March 31 in Oakland.

UNCHARTED TERRITORY: Cleveland is set to travel to the University of
San Diego where the Indians and Padres will square off in a pair of ex-
hibition contests before beginning their 2014 regular seasons…these two
clubs played 2 Cactus League games in 5 days earlier this spring as the
first game ended in a 4-4 tied, halting Cleveland’s 8-game winning streak;
MICHAEL BRANTLEY went 4-4 in that contest while 7 of 9 Tribe pitch-
ers notched scoreless outings…the tie snapped a streak of 7 consecutive
Spring Training losses to SD – this after beating the Padres 5 consecutive
times after joining the Cactus League circuit in 2009…the Indians won the
second head-to-head contest 12-7 on March 12 at Goodyear Ballpark… the
Indians are 7-3 all-time against the Padres in regular season Interleague
Play, as the Tribe last took 2 of 3 from the Friars in a 2008 series at Progres-
sive Field…Cleveland is set to host San Diego for 3 games at Progressive
Field from April 7-9 to round out the Tribe’s first regular season homestand
of 2014.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks,
3-2, at Salt River Fields, improving to 19-8-2 on the exhibition season…
COREY KLUBER (7.0IP, 5H, 2R/ER, 1BB, 7K) won for the first time this
spring as the Indians plated runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th frames…the In-
dians opened the scoring in the 2nd on a NYJER MORGAN 2-out, RBI
infield single, scored again in the 3rd on a JASON KIPNIS RBI single and
recorded their final tally on a DAVID MURPHY RBI double in the 4th…
MARC RZEPCZYNSKI (8th) and SCOTT ATCHISON (9th, SV) added 1-2-
3 scoreless innings.

 

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.

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