May 24, 2015

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


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


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


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


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


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


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…

Indians: Lonnie Chisenhall looks to build on positive 2014


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — His nickname is “Lonnie Baseball,” and for a spell last year, he lived up to the moniker. For the first three months of the season, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was one of the majors’ hottest hitters, ranking third in the American League with a .332 batting average from March 31-July 8. He Read More…

Tribe notes: Terry Francona, Carlos Santana bonded during offseason trip to Japan


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — First baseman Carlos Santana and manager Terry Francona bonded this offseason. Both were part of a traveling group from Major League Baseball that played in the Japan Series against the Japanese national team, and Francona said it improved their personal relationship. “I thought it was really good,” he said. “Part of it Read More…

Indians: Gavin Floyd on comeback trail again after suffering broken elbow last year


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Gavin Floyd was unlucky times two. The right-hander made it all the way back from dreaded Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and was pitching well last year for the Atlanta Braves when disaster struck again. In his ninth start, June 19 at Washington, Floyd’s promising comeback season ended when his Read More…

Indians Notes: Exhibition season starts today … finally

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Today is a big day for the Indians and an even bigger one for their fans. Cleveland opens exhibition play at 3:05 p.m., taking on the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Manager Terry Francona thinks his team is ready to start playing games — even if they don’t count. “The timetable is Read More…