March 31, 2015

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Sports Illustrated picks Indians to win the Series

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As if competing in a much-improved Central Division isn’t enough for the Indians to deal with this season, now they have the “Sports Illustrated jinx” to worry about. The magazine, long known for its incorrect cover predictions, picks the Indians to win their first World Series title since 1948. The regional cover, one of four Read More…

Indians: Corey Kluber signs one-year deal

Corey Kluber has signed a one-year deal with the Indians. (AP FILE PHOTO)

Corey Kluber signed a contract with the Indians on Wednesday, but it wasn’t the multi-year deal many believe the two parties are negotiating this spring. Kluber, the American League’s defending Cy Young award winner, agreed to a one-year contract, with terms undisclosed. He was Cleveland’s final arbitration-eligible player unsigned. Kluber, who turns 29 on April Read More…

Carrasco learns valuable outlook in bullpen

Chris Assenheimer The Gazette GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Carlos Carrasco was one of the American League’s most dominating starting pitchers over the final two months of last season. Now, it’s time to see if he can do it for an entire year. Carrasco is among four Indians pitchers — fellow right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Read More…

Indians: Brandon Moss making most of second chance

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Brandon Moss learned something about himself five years ago, and it saved his big league career. “In 2010, I figured out what type of hitter I was,” he said. “It was just one of those things where you come to the realization that: ‘I’m not a guy that’s going to hit .300 Read More…

Indians Notes: Nick Swisher progressing slowly, but Brandon Moss ahead of schedule

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Manager Terry Francona disputed the notion that Nick Swisher’s progress has slowed. Swisher has been relegated to live batting practice and a structured running and agility program as he attempts to come back from offseason surgery on both knees. “It seems to me that when something is introduced, that the first day Read More…

Indians 9, Reds 3: Tribe takes rubber match of three-game series

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians won the rubber match of a three-game exhibition opening series against the Reds on Thursday, 9-3 in front of 3,143 fans at Goodyear Ballpark. Cleveland erased a 1-0 deficit with five runs in the top of the fifth inning, two apiece on shortstop Jose Ramirez’s single and catcher Yan Gomes’ Read More…

Indians: Stardom predicted for Francisco Lindor, but Tribe not rushing him to majors

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Francisco Lindor is growing up before the Indians’ eyes. Next step: graduation to the major leagues. “He’s so young,” manager Terry Francona said of the 21-year-old, who was Cleveland’s first-round draft choice (eighth overall) in 2011 and is considered the organization’s top prospect. “Everywhere he’s played he’s been the youngest guy. Eventually, Read More…

Indians Notes: Fifth-starter candidates Josh Tomlin, T.J. House on display

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A pair of pitchers vying for the final spot in the rotation — right-hander Josh Tomlin and left-hander T.J. House — were on display Wednesday at Goodyear Ballpark. Tomlin, 30, spent the majority of last season with the Indians, going 6-9 with a 4.76 ERA in 25 games (16 starts). “He came Read More…

Indians 4, Reds 2: Cincy mistakes lead to first win

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians got even with the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark on Wednesday, winning 4-2 for their first victory of the spring. Cincinnati beat Cleveland 10-0 in the exhibition opener Tuesday. The Indians scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning on third baseman Neftali Soto’s error and a wild pitch to Read More…

Reds 10, Indians 0: Tribe blanked in exhibition opener

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The Indians opened exhibition play in dubious fashion Tuesday, getting drubbed 10-0 by the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Right-hander Zach McAllister started for Cleveland, kicking off the race for the final spot in the rotation by allowing a run on three hits, while striking out three over two innings. “I thought he was down in Read More…