March 31, 2015

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Indians notes: Brandon Moss might be ahead of schedule

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Brandon Moss (hip surgery) took batting practice on the field for the first time Wednesday. It was progress, since Moss, who had been relegated to agility drills and work in the cages, wasn’t expected to hit on the field until next week. “I think he was dying to get on the field,” Read More…

Indians hold first full-squad workout, end day with sprint competition

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians held their first full-squad workout Tuesday — with some notable absentees. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and infielder Zach Walters did not attend due to illness, while newly acquired right fielder Brandon Moss, designated hitter Nick Swisher and All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley were limited. Manager Terry Francona said Brantley was Read More…

Indians notes: Francona in support of speeding up game

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Indians manager Terry Francona is as old-school as it gets, but he’s in favor of Major League Baseball’s initiative to speed up the game. MLB has instituted pace of play rules that will be in effect at the start of the regular season. Some of them include a clock on pitchers and Read More…

Indians: Confident Corey Kluber ready for Cy Young encore

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — It wasn’t just a surprise that Corey Kluber won the 2014 American League Cy Young award. This qualified as a shock — like the Browns winning the Super Bowl shock. Kluber, a stoic, unassuming 28-year-old right-hander was all but off the radar after failing to win a spot in the rotation out Read More…

Indians think they can contend in powerful Central Division

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — In the past, when talk focused on the toughest divisions in baseball, rarely did the discussion turn to the American League Central. Times have changed. Though the Central hasn’t crowned a World Series champion since the White Sox in 2005, it has become one of the American League’s most powerful divisions, playing Read More…

Indians: Slugger Jason Giambi retiring after 20 seasons

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CLEVELAND — Jason Giambi is calling it a career. In a move that was expected, Giambi, the 44-year-old slugger who played 20 seasons in the majors — the last two with the Indians — announced his retirement Monday. “I’ve done everything I possibly can in my career,” Giambi said in an exclusive interview with the Read More…

Indians: 3B Urshela, LHP Ryan Merritt win minor league awards

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Third baseman Giovanny Urshela and LHP Ryan Merritt were named the Indians’ minor league players of the year on Monday. Urshela was the Lou Boudreau Award winner — top position player — while Merritt was the Bob Feller Award winner for top pitcher. Urshela, 23, split last season with Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron, batting Read More…

Indians Michael Brantley prepping for big 2015 season after breakout 2014

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CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley had a breakout season in 2014, establishing himself as one of the game’s best players by making the All-Star team for the first time and finishing third in American League MVP voting. So, how did the Indians’ left fielder reward himself this offseason for the finest year of his baseball existence? Read More…

Cardale Jones presented with special recognition at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

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CLEVELAND — Cardale Jones was a last-minute recipient at the 15th annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on Thursday night. Ohio State’s red-shirt sophomore quarterback was presented with a special recognition award alongside OSU alum and Indians player, Nick Swisher. For Jones, who led the Buckeyes to three straight wins in three starts to finish the Read More…

Indians ace Corey Kluber named top professional athlete at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

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CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Corey Kluber wasn’t an All-Star this season, but there haven’t been many awards the right-hander hasn’t won since the Midsummer Classic in July. Kluber, the American League’s 2014 Cy Young Award winner, was recognized again Thursday night as the Professional Athlete of the Year at the 15th annual Greater Cleveland Sports Read More…