June 11th, 2012
Posted in Chicago White Sox
, Detroit Tigers
Most people that spend time betting on baseball would have never seen the outcome of the AL Central as of today coming. The White Sox, a team many felt that would be a work in progress, sit in first, while the Indians, who were downright awful in the spring, are just 0.5 games back in second place.
The real shocker is that of the Tigers, who have been downright awful to this point with injuries, poor play, and a lack of big hits with the game on the line. Detroit is a team that is reeling, and so far Prince Fielder, their offseason huge pickup, has done well, but the rest of the squad is not picking up the slack.
So just who is going to step up and take the Central? Not even at the All-Star break yet, but all three teams seem to have their good and their bad, and many baseball fans are wondering which one is finally going to start playing like a true contender.
The Indians are in the mix, with their pitching and young stars like Jason Kipnis, all this team needs to do is keep playing good baseball, and if they can get hot in the second half, there’s no doubt this team can find itself playing into October.
April 21st, 2012
Posted in 2012 Game Recaps
, Jason Kipnis
, Jenmar Gomez
The Indians are not going to be happy coming home.
That’s because the way they are playing on the road is downright nasty. The evidence? How about their 7th win in 8 road games on Saturday night, a 5-1 topping of the Oakland A’s in Oakland.
Jason Kipnis drove in three runs and scored twice, Jeanmar Gomez pitched into the sixth inning for his first win of the season.
The win keeps the Indians hot, and extends their best road trip in more than 20 years.
Jason Donald had two hits and also scored twice while Travis Hafner and Jack Hannahan added two hits apiece for the surging Indians. The Tribe is assured it will win its first three series on the road for the first time since 1988. Cleveland also improved to 7-1 on its current nine-game swing.
Cliff Pennington doubled and scored the only run for the A’s. It’s the sixth time in 16 games Oakland has been held to one run or fewer.
April 10th, 2012
Posted in 2012 Game Recaps
The Cleveland Indians announced that today’s game (April 10) between the Indians and White Sox has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Fans must hold on to their tickets from tonight’s (April 10) postponed game.
An announcement will be made shortly on the rescheduled game and future plans to Fill The House for the Center for Families and Children, tonight’s featured non-profit organization.
April 10th, 2012
Posted in Asdrubal Cabrera
, Carlos Santana
The Indians have made another signing, as the team is having a 2:30 presser today to announce they have inked catcher Carlos Santana to a multi-year deal.
Catcher Carlos Santana has reached agreement on a contract extension with the Indians. The team is expected to make an announcement on the deal today.
It is not known how much the contract is worth or its length.
Santana, 26, is entering his second full season in the big leagues. Extension or no extension, he’ll be under the Indians control until after the 2016 season.
The Indians recently signed Santana, still not eligible for arbitration, to a one-year deal worth $501,900. It is not known if that will stay the same or be restructured as part of the extension.
The signing is the second in a week for the Indians, as they came to terms on a two-year extension for SS Asdrubal Cabrera last week for $16.5 million.
April 7th, 2012
Posted in Ubaldo Jimenez
Indians manager Manny Acta says pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez plans to drop the appeal of his five-game suspension following his season debut.
Jimenez was suspended for intentionally throwing at Colorado All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in his final start of spring training last Sunday. Jimenez drilled his former teammate in the elbow, escalating a running feud the two had all spring.
Before Jimenez started against Toronto on Saturday, Acta said the Indians want to take advantage of an upcoming off day so the right-hander, acquired last season in a blockbuster trade from the Rockies, won’t have to miss his turn in the rotation.
Jimenez had an inconsistent spring, but Acta was encouraged by his performance over his last three starts in the exhibition season. Jimenez’s velocity increased and he had better command.
Hafner Homers for the Indians in the Win
FINAL: CLEVELAND 9 at SAN DIEGO 4
WP: Dan Wheeler (2-0) LP: Luke Gregerson (0-1)
TOG: 3:13 ATT: 5309
The Indians defeated the San Diego Padres, 9-4, in Peoria, AZ.
The Indians got a quality start from UBALDO JIMENEZ (4.0IP, 4H, 1R/ER, 1BB, 4K) and scored 6 times in the 8th inning to break the game open. SHELLEY DUNCAN hit his 5th homer of the spring and drove in his team-best 13th and 14th runs with the 2-run blast in the 8th.
The Indians also got a 3-run double from MATT PAGNOZZI in the inning. Indians got on the board first in the 2nd inning on a solo homer from TRAVIS HAFNER (his 2nd of the spring), scored on an RBI ground out from Hafner in the 6th inning and scored again in the 7th on a double by GREGORIA PETIT before breaking the game open in the 8th. SHIN-SOO CHOO went 2 for 3 w/a pair of doubles. DAN WHEELER recorded his 3rd consecutive scoreless outing and won his 2nd game of the spring.
The Indians will host the LA Angels tomorrow night in Goodyear at 7:05PM PT/10:05PM ET. The game will be aired live on WTAM/WMMS, the Indians Radio Network and Indians.com. Starting pitchers are JOSH TOMLIN & MATT SHOEMAKER.
The Indians today announced the club has reduced the roster by four (4) players.
Today the Indians optioned RHP ZACH McALLISTER and INF CORD PHELPS to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. The club also re-assigned RHP CHEN-CHANG LEE and OF TREVOR CROWE to minor league camp.
There are currently 46 players remaining in Major League spring training camp (31 on 40-man, 15 non-roster invitees).
March 21st, 2012
Posted in 2012 Spring Training
Asdrubal Cabrera vs the Giants
FINAL: CLEVELAND 3 vs. SF GIANTS 5
WP: Eric Surkamp (3-1) LP: Kevin Slowey (0-3) SV: Santiago Casilla (1)
TOG: 2:36 ATT: 6,224
The Indians fell to the San Francisco Giants, 5-3, in Goodyear in front of 6,224.
The Giants scored 4 times in the 3rd and 4th innings with the big blow coming off the bat of BRETT PILL, who hit a 3-run home run off KEVIN SLOWEY (4.0IP, 5H, 4R/ER, 3BB, 2K), who fell to 0-3 on the spring. BUSTER POSEY went 2 for 4 w/a run scored.
Offensively the Indians got a 2-run home run from SHELLEY DUNCAN in the 4th inning off starter/winner ERIC SURKAMP (5.0IP, 4H, 2R/ER). Duncan now leads the team in spring home runs (4) and RBI (12). JOSE LOPEZ added an RBI single in the 8th inning. RAFAEL PEREZ worked a perfect 5th inning in his spring debut and TONY SIPP also tossed a 1-2-3 8th inning.
The Indians will travel to Peoria, AZ tomorrow to play in the San Diego Padres at 1:05PM PT/4:05PM ET. The game will be aired live on Indians.com. Starting pitchers are UBALDO JIMENEZ & CORY LUEBKE.