May 22, 2015

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Indians notes: Corey Kluber faces live hitters for first time

Corey Kluber

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A new round of Indians pitchers got the opportunity to face hitters for the first time Sunday, and one of them was somebody Cleveland fans know well — defending American League Cy Young award winner, Corey Kluber. “It’s hard to read too much into what the hitters are doing because it’s their Read More…

Indians Commentary: Sorry, Tribe fans, 2015 might not be your year

Indians Spring Baseball

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A number of respected baseball writers are picking the Indians to win the Central Division. I won’t be one of them. Then again, I’m not so sure “respected” would be an adjective many of the readers — or anyone else, for that matter — would use to describe me. But, whatever. As Read More…

Indians: Michael Bourn banking on injury-free season after pair of disappointing years


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Nick Swisher isn’t the only Indians veteran with something to prove. Center fielder Michael Bourn, who joined Swisher as free agent acquisitions in 2013, wants to show Cleveland what he’s like at 100 percent. Like Swisher, Bourn signed a big-money contract — four years, $48 million. And like Swisher, he’s given the Read More…

Indians Notes: Tribe disagrees with how advanced stats rank Michael Brantley


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Advanced baseball metrics say left fielder Michael Brantley is a below-average defensive player. The Indians beg to differ. “For the life of me, I can’t understand it,” manager Terry Francona said. “That’s something that perplexes me to no end, because he is one of the better left fielders in the game. I Read More…

Indians: After shaky defensive start last season, catcher Yan Gomes flourished


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — No one could ever accuse Yan Gomes of taking his defense to the plate. Cleveland’s catcher got off to a miserable start last year behind the plate, committing nine errors within the first 28 games. His fielding eventually improved, and his bat never buckled, providing the Indians with arguably the American League’s Read More…

Indians notes: Brandon Moss might be ahead of schedule


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


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


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

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

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


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…