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Core values: Tribe’s young stars under control through at least 2017

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With the World Series nearing an end – and what a series it’s been – baseball’s offseason will move into high gear, beginning with the postseason awards the week of Nov. 10. Those include MVP, where Michael Brantley should finish in the top 3, and Cy Young, where Corey Kluber should have a good chance at winning.

Before the offseason begins, it’s prudent to take a look at exactly where the Tribe’s roster stands – especially since it’s in a good place: 16 players are under Indians control through at least 2016, with the team’s top young players – Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and more – under control even longer.

Here’s a look at the current Indians roster and the number of seasons through which individual players are scheduled to be under club control. Certainly this can change over the course of an offseason – for instance contract extensions to Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis last year.

Under club control through at least 2019

  • Jason Kipnis
  • Yan Gomes
  • Danny Salazar

Under club control through at least 2018

  • Cody Allen
  • Corey Kluber
  • Zach McAllister
  • Nick Hagadone

Under club control through at least 2017

  • Michael Brantley
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Carlos Carrasco

Under club control through at least 2016

  • Nick Swisher
  • Michael Bourn
  • Carlos Santana
  • Marc Rzepczynski
  • Josh Tomlin

Additionally, a group of young Tribe players who impacted the big-league club are under control for even longer; they’re just into their Major League service time clock, so the club controls their rights even past 2019. That group includes:

  • Jesus Aguilar
  • Kyle Crockett
  • Tyler Holt
  • TJ House
  • CC Lee
  • Roberto Perez
  • Jose Ramirez
  • Zach Walters

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Tribe starters on serious roll: Tuesday post-game notes

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With Josh Tomlin earning Tuesday’s victory, Indians starters have gone 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA (7 ER/48.2 IP) and 54 strikeouts against 10 walks over the rotation’s last 6 starts here at Progressive Field…over the last 4 games, Tribe starters have allowed just 2 earned runs across 28.1 IP (0.64 ERA) with 31 K’s and 5 walks.

JOSH TOMLIN

Making his 2014 season debut, Tomlin worked into the 7th inning and picked up his first Major League victory since July 5, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay (W, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 93 pitches/66 strikes)…Tuesday was his first ML appearance since a 2.0-inning relief outing on September 3, 2013 at Chicago-AL; marks his first start since July 27, 2012 at Minnesota.

Tomlin faced just 2 more batters than the minimum through his first 4 innings, allowing a pair of singles in the top of the second – retired the side in the top of the 3rd on 7 pitches.

Entered Tuesday’s game on a consecutive scoreless inning streak of 20.0 spanning over his last 3 starts for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.

BRYAN SHAW

Shaw was tabbed with an unearned run in the top of the 9th, but shut the door on the Twins to earn his first save of the season.

Marks his 4th career save and second with the Tribe; also September 20, 2013 vs. Houston.

Tonight’s unearned run was the first tally Shaw has allowed here at Progressive Field since August 23, 2013 vs. Minnesota, snapping a streak of 18.0 consecutive scoreless outings.

SCOTT ATCHISON

Atchison bridged the gap to Bryan Shaw, striking out 2 over a scoreless 8th inning.

Opposing batters have gone just 6-43 (.140) vs. Atchison this season.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information Department

Facts, figures on Tribe pitching staff’s recent hot stretch

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Some facts and figures from our Baseball Information department on the club’s solid pitching of late.

Zach McAllister’s 6.2 scoreless inning performance tonight lowered the rotation’s home ERA to 3.14 (37 ER/106.0 IP), including a 1.28 ERA (6 ER/42.1 IP) over the club’s last 6 home starts.

In the rotation’s last 22IP, Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber and McAllister have allowed 1 run and 12 hits, striking out 27. Those three pitchers have combined for a 0.41ERA in that span.

McAllister scattered just 5 hits across his 6.2 innings of work on Monday (ND, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 WP, 114 pitches/76 strikes), marking his second scoreless start of the season (4/9/14 vs. SD, 7.2 IP) and his 3rd career scoreless outing of at least 6.0 innings.

He fanned a season-high 8 batters, matching his career-high accomplished 3 previous times (last, 8/23/11 vs. Seattle).

His 114 pitches signaled a single-game high for Tribe hurlers this season, one more than Masterson’s 113 on April 28 at Los Angeles-AL.

McAllister has allowed just 3 earned runs over his last 25.1 innings (1.07 ERA) at Progressive Field dating back to last September (4 starts); over that stretch he has registered 20 strikeouts and just 4 walks, while limiting batters to a .211 (20/95) average against.

Bryan Shaw stranded 2 inherited runners, increasing the Tribe’s bullpen count to 48 of 57 on the season (84.2 %); entering tonight the Tribe held the 2nd-best percentage in the Majors behind only Boston (84.0%, 42 of 50).

Marc Rzepczynski threw one pitch in the top of the 10th, stranding an additional 2 runners – Tribe’s bullpen has now stranded 50 of 59 inherited runners (84.7%).

Cody Allen tossed a scoreless 9th inning for the Tribe, fanning 2 of the 4 batters he faced. He has registered scoreless outings in 15 of his 16 appearances this season, and has recorded 4 strikeouts over his last 2.2 innings (3 games).

 

Photo Gallery: Tribe beats KC, plus the case of the curious squirrel

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

POST-GAME NOTES: April 21, 2014

CLEVELAND

  • The Indians took the series opener vs. the Royals, 4-3, and have now reeled off back-to-back victories for the first time since April 8 & 9th (G1); Tribe also improves to 5-2 in series lid-lifters this season.
  • With another strong effort from the bullpen, the Indians were able to hold on for the club’s 2nd one-run victory of the season (first in Cleveland) and improved to 7-4 in games decided by one (2-3) or two (5-1) runs this season, this after going a combined 41-29 last season in games decided by one (30-17, 2nd-best in MLB) or two (11-12) runs…also marked the Tribe’s 5th victory of the season after trailing at some point during the game.
  • Tribe’s bullpen has reeled off 10.2 consecutive scoreless innings after shutting out the Royals over the last 3.0 innings tonight; Indians relievers entered play today owning the 3rd-lowest relief ERA in the American League and have a 2.63 figure (18 ER/61.2 IP) after tonight’s effort…with another inherited runner left stranded tonight, the Indians bullpen has stranded all but 3 (25 of 28) inherited runners on the season – 89.3% success rate.
  • The Indians offense recorded a season-high 7 extra base hits, collecting 5 doubles and a pair of 2-run homers; previous high of 5 was accomplished 3 times.

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE

  • The Indians and Royals entered tonight’s game a combined 6-0 in games started by their respective starting pitchers…the Indians and Royals each entered play with 3-0 records for both Zach McAllister and Jeremy Guthrie.
  • With both starters factoring into the decision, McAllister has now matched his career-high win streak with 3 consecutive victories, while Jeremy Guthrie’s loss snapped a streak of 9 consecutive April victories dating back to 2012.
  • With his 7th save in 8 chances, Tribe closer John Axford moved ahead of Royal’s door slammer Greg Holland for the American League lead in saves.

ZACH McALLISTER

  • Tossed his 3rd consecutive quality start in his 4th outing of the season, handing over a 4-3 lead to Marc Rzepczynski and the Tribe bullpen after a leadoff walk in the 7th (W, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 98 pitches/70 strikes).
  • McAllister’s 3rd straight victory matches his career-high win streak, accomplished twice in 2013 (last August 13-24).
  • Over the course of the win streak, McAllister has allowed just 3 earned runs over 19.2 innings (1.37 ERA) dating back to his start on April 9th vs. San Diego; has notched 13 strikeouts as opposed to just 3 walks over the stretch.
  • McAllister extended his streak of consecutive innings without allowing a home run to 31.0 IP dating back to last season (last HR allowed: Brandon Laird, 2nd inning on September 20 vs. HOU)
  • McAllister’s ERA through his first 8 starts of the 2013 season (through May 18) was 2.65, which ranked 8th lowest in the American League.

MICHAEL BRANTLEY

  • Gave the Tribe a 2-0 advantage with his 4th home run of the season against Guthrie in the top of the 4th.
  • Paired with his second-inning solo shot in Sunday’s 6-4 win over Toronto, this marks the third time in Brantley’s career to homer in consecutive games, the others instances coming in 2011 (May 13 vs. SEA/May 16 at KC) and 2012 (July 4 vs. LAA/July 5 vs. TB).
  • Including his 3-run shot on Monday, three of Brantley’s four home runs this season have come with the game deadlocked at 0-0 (April 13 at CWS/T4th & April 20 vs. TOR/B2nd).
  • Brantley entered the game ranked 3rd in the American League with 16 RBI, and is now batting .400 (14-35) with runners on base.

JASON KIPNIS

  • Put the Tribe back on top 4-3 with his 2-run homer in the bottom of the 6th after Nick Swisher doubled to lead off the frame.
  • Over his last 8 games Kipnis has gone 8-26 (.308) with 2 homers, 3 doubles and 31 RBI;entered tonight’s game T2nd on the club with 9 runs scored.
  • Paired with Brantley’s 2-run shot in the 4th, Kipnis’ longball marked the 3rd time the Indians have hit multiple homers in the same game this season; also April 4 vs. MIN (2) and April 12 at Chicago-AL (3).

Indians Game Information: April 21 vs. Royals

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (8-10) vs. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (9-8)

RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 2.04) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 4.34)

Game #19/Home #10 » Mon., April 21, 2014 » Progressive Field » 7:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Indians lineup:

  • Bourn 8
  • Swisher 3
  • Kipnis 4
  • Chisenhall 5
  • Brantley 7
  • Cabrera 6
  • Giambi DH
  • Murphy 9
  • Gomes 2
  • McAllister 1

THEY’RE GUARANTEED TO RAISE A SMILE

» The Indians snapped a 3-game losing streak on Sunday, taking the series finale from Toronto 6-4…MICHAEL BRANTLEY opened the scoring with a solo HR in the 2nd and a 2-out, RBI-double in the 4th; the Blue Jays held a 4-2 advantage until DAVID MURPHY connected for a 2-out, 3-run double in the 6th to take a 5-4 lead (4 of Tribe’s 6 runs scored with 2 outs)…JOSH OUTMAN (3-0) earned win to frontline a Tribe ‘pen that tossed 3.1 scoreless frames…JOHN AXFORD notched his 6th save.

» Sunday’s pivotal plate appearance marked the second 3-RBI extra-base hit off a lefty for Murphy in the last 9 days, as he also tripled with the bases loaded off White Sox southpaw DONNIE VEAL on April 12 at Chicago-AL (12-6 win)…for his career, Murphy is 12-for-34 (.353) vs. LHP with the bases loaded (ELIAS).

WINS & LOSSES

» At 8-10 (.444), Cleveland is 4 wins shy of the club’s high-water mark this season (+2G, twice, last 5-3 after G1 on April 9) and one loss shy of club’s low-water mark (-3G, 7-10 on April 20).

» Cleveland snapped a 3-game losing streak (matched longest of ‘14)…Tribe has lost 4 of 6 and 7 of 10 after starting the year by winning 5 of first 8…last pair of back-to-back wins came on April 8 & April 9 (G1).

» Cleveland is 1-2 to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Toronto (1-2) & Kansas City (4 games)…Tribe finished recent weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip at 2-4 thru Chicago-AL (1-3) & Detroit (1-1)…club went 3-3 on first homestand of season vs. Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…Tribe 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…Cleveland will end April with a West Coast trip.

» Tribe is below the .500 mark both at Progressive Field (4-5) and on the road (4-5)…team has gone 4-3 in night games, but 4-7 during the day.

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Indians Game Information: April 18 vs. Toronto

On Sunday, Justin Masterson continued to build on his impressive All-Star credentials ...

 

CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-8) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (8-8)

RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 5.87) vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (1-1, 3.68)

Game #16/Home #7 » Fri., April 18, 2014 » Progressive Field » 7:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

SPLITSVILLE U.S.A.

» Cleveland fell to Detroit 7-5 on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, earning a 2-game series split after taking Wednesday night’s opener by a narrow 3-2 margin…the Indians held a 3-1 advantage over right-hander JUSTIN VERLANDER entering the bottom of the 5th before the Tigers rallied for 4 runs in the inning to erase the lead – a rally highlighted by IAN KINSLER’s (4 RBI) 3-run HR off Tribe starter DANNY SALAZAR, who had held Detroit to a single run on 3 hits to that point…the series was shortened to a pair of games after cold temperatures and periodic snow showers forced the cancellation of Tuesday’s originally scheduled opener.

WINS & LOSSES

» At 7-8 (.467), Cleveland is one game below the .500 mark to match club’s low water-mark of the season (3rd time, also 5-6 and 6-7)…Tribe’s high water-mark of 2014 is 2 games above the .500 mark on April 4 (3-1) & April 9-G1 (5-3).

» Cleveland is set to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Toronto (3 games) & Kansas City (4 games)…Tribe finished their weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip at 2-4 thru Chicago-AL (1-3) & Detroit (1-1)…club went 3-3 on first homestand of season vs. Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…Tribe 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…Cleveland will end April with a West Coast trip.

» Tribe is an even 3-3 here at Progressive Field, but one game below the .500 mark (4-5) on the road…team has gone 4-2 in night games, but 3-6 during the day.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland holds 5th place in the A.L. Central standings, trailing first place Detroit (7-5) by just 1.5 games…the 1.5-game margin in the A.L. Central is easily the smallest in any of MLB’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 and one day in 5th place.

» The Indians are 3-6 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013) and 4-2 outside the division.

SERIES STUFF

» With the 2-game series split in Detroit, the Indians are now 2-2-1 in 5 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-1-1 on the road).

» Cleveland improved to 4-1 in series openers in the Detroit series, winning 3 straight lid-lifters to start the year…Tribe fell to 1-4 in series finales yesterday afternoon.

TORONTO PREVIEW

» The Indians are set to host the Toronto Blue Jays for a 3-game weekend series here at Progressive Field, while the Tribe will head north to Rogers Centre for 3 more tilts in mid-May…the Indians held a 4-2 advantage over the Jays in 2013, taking 2 of 3 at each ballpark…Cleveland’s offense was held to 4 runs-or-less in 5 of the 6 meetings – including all 4 of the team’s victories – as the Tribe’s pitching staff registered a 2.95 ERA (18 ER/55.0 IP) and one team shutout vs. Toronto last season, including a 1.72 mark (9ER/47.0IP) in the 5 games in which Cleveland plated 4 runs-or-less.

» Cleveland has gone 50-33 (.602) all-time time against Toronto at Progressive Field, but just 4-6 vs. the visiting Jays since start of 2011.

JUSTIN & THE JAYS

» JUSTIN MASTERSON, tonight’s scheduled hurler for the Tribe, has gone 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA (13 ER/41.1 IP) in 6 career starts vs. Toronto, including 2-0, 1.30 mark (4 ER/27.2 IP) in 4 starts over the past 2 seasons (2 each in 2012 & 2013).

TODAY’S TOM SAWYER

» LONNIE CHISENHALL (4-4) picked up a career-high 4 hits as the Indians DH on Thursday, becoming the first player in the Majors this season to deliver a 4-hit performance from the No. 9 spot in the batting order…Lonnie also became just the 2nd Indians player over the last 4 seasons (2011-14) with a 4-hit game from the No. 9 spot, joining DREW STUBBS on May 3, 2013 vs. Minnesota (4-5, 3 2B).

» Chisenhall has now hit safely in all 7 games he has played this season, going 12-for-23 (.522) with 4 doubles and 5 runs scored…according to Elias, the only other Cleveland players over the last 80 years (since 1935) to carry a .500 batting avg. through their first 7 games of the season (min. 20 AB) were LOU BOUDREAU in 1948 (.517, 15-29), BILL GLYNN in 1954 (.522, 12-23) and SANDY ALOMAR JR. in 1997 (.581, 18-31).

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 Wednesday’s doubleheader vs. Trenton (0-for-2, BB, SO)…his next game action is TBD.

 

FLY BY NIGHT

» MICHAEL BRANTLEY carries a .397 (31-78) career avg. vs. Toronto (19 games) into this 3-game series, a stretch that includes 3 three-hit games and 2 four-hit games…Brantley has hit safely in 9 straight games against the Blue Jays, batting .531 (17-32) with 3 doubles, one HR and 5 RBI.

» Other notable career #’s vs. Toronto belong to: MICHAEL BOURN (.404, 21-52, 2 RBI), CARLOS SANTANA (.329, 27-82, 3 HR, 10 RBI) & DAVID MURPHY (.305, 50-164, 2 HR, 10 RBI).

TIME STAND STILL

» While the Indians are hitting just .229 (32-140) w/ runners in scoring position as a team – 8th in the A.L. – several players are hitting at-or-above a .300-clip w/ RISP, including DAVID MURPHY (.500, 6-12), MICHAEL BRANTLEY (.350, 7-20), RYAN RABURN (.300, 3-10).

» Cleveland is also hitting just .174 (26-149) with 2 outs, 2nd-lowest in the A.L., as Brantley (.333, 6-18) is the only player with a qualifying two-out batting avg. above the .300 mark…6 of Brantley’s team-leading 14 RBI have come with 2 outs…after finishing with the 6th-most two-out runs in the Majors last season (292 of 745, 39%), Cleveland has plated 19 of the team’s 69 overall runs with two outs (27.5%).

CLOSER TO THE HEART

» Cleveland rotation’s A.L.-high 5.18 ERA (46 ER/80.0 IP) is also 3rd-highest in MLB ahead of only Arizona (7.63) and Washington (5.21), as Tribe starters are averaging exactly 5.1 innings-per-start through 15 games.

» 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…COREY KLUBER & ZACH McALLISTER account for 4 of those 6 outings (combined 3-0, 2.00 ERA, 2 BB, 25 SO in those 4 starts – 2 each).

SUBDIVISIONS

» The Indians bullpen has been largely effective through the first few weeks of the season, posting a 3.04 ERA (17 ER/50.1 IP) and a .215 (40-186) avg. against, both figures 5th-lowest in the A.L.

» Tribe relievers have stranded all but one of 21 inherited runners thus far (95%), the best such percentage in the Majors this season.

ARROWHEADS

» Cleveland (7-8 in 2014) was 5 games below .500 thru 15 games in 2013 at 5-10.

» The Indians have played 15 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…Toronto has played one extra-inning contest (12-inn. 2-1 loss on April 12 at Baltimore).

» Cleveland’s staff has averaged 9.53 SO/9.0 IP (138SO/130.1 IP), 2nd-most in the Majors behind only Washington (10.22 SO/9.0 IP)…the Indians’ 138 strikeouts overall are 4th-most in the A.L. and rank 6th in the Majors.

» Cleveland is 5-3 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)..

LOCAL GIRL WINS JACKIE ROBINSON ESSAY CONTEST

» Richmond Heights 7th-grader JORDAN EDITH will be honored before tonight’s game for her award-winning essay in MLB’s “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” educational program…Jordan’s essay on bullying won 2nd place among submissions for grades 6-8…in conjunction w/ Sharon Robinson, the daughter of

MLB pioneer Jackie Robinson, the program has reached more than 22 million students in the U.S. since its inception in 1997…tonight the Indians will also celebrate Jackie Robinson, w/ a 2-min. video tribute & a presentation to the team’s Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner as part of the Commissioner’s Office Diverse Business Partner program, which began in 1998.

THIS DAY IN MUSIC

» 1970: Steel Mill (feat. Bruce Springsteen) played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey; tickets cost $2.00…1985: Wham! became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China…2013: Storm Thorgerson, best known for his work designing album cover art for artists such as

Pink Floyd (“Dark Side of the Moon”), Led Zeppelin (“Houses of the Holy”) and T. Rex (“Electric Warrior”), passed away at the age of 69 in England.

» Tomorrow, Saturday April 19, is “2014 Record Store Day”…participating Cleveland locations include Blue Arrow Records, The Exchange, My Mind’s Eye, Music Saves and LOOP.

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.
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