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Does Giambi Have One More Season Under His Belt?

March 9, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ players who is in a roster battle to earn one of the Tribe’s last spots on the Opening Day roster.

When Jason Giambi signed with the Cleveland Indians prior to the 2013 season, most assumed it was one last fleeting attempt from the long-time slugger to hang on in the game of baseball.

With the holes of the previous season plugged with offseason additions Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Drew Stubbs, Mark Reynolds, Mike Aviles, and Yan Gomes, there did not appear to be a place for a guy like Giambi, purely and just an occasional power-hitting option unable to hit his weight or play in the field at 42 years of age.

After making the roster, Giambi offered his share of memorable moments over the course of the 2013 season, even if his stat line lacked the impressive figures the back of his baseball cards once boasted. Read More

Cloyd Looking for Fresh Start in Cleveland

March 8, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ players who is in a roster battle to earn one of the Tribe’s last spots on the Opening Day roster.

Quietly after the conclusion of last season, the Cleveland Indians claimed pitcher Tyler Cloyd off of waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.

There were some that were surprised that the Phillies had exposed the 26-year-old Cloyd to the waiver process. Injuries and ineffectiveness had riddled their aging starting rotation throughout the season. Left-handed starter John Lannan was lost in mid-April to injury and made only 14 starts on the season. Veteran Roy Halladay made just 13 starts, including an eight-run shellacking by Cleveland on April 30th, before losing time to the disabled list himself. Even rookie Jonathan Pettibone, who joined the club in late April, was shelved for the season with a shoulder injury by the end of July. Another veteran, Cole Hamels, was tagged for losses in nine of his first ten decisions.

Cloyd, who has had various degrees of success throughout his professional career, had shown the ability to compete consistently at the minor league level. He has not been able to translate that success in his two seasons in the Major Leagues.

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Cabrera Poised For a Big Season

March 2, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ players who is in need of a bounce back season after a poor 2013.

If there was a player more primed for and in need of a big year, it is Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cabrera will enter 2014 with plenty to play for in a contract year, poised to cash in on his next deal. With top prospect Francisco Lindor waiting in the wings, that contract will occur for one of the remaining 29 teams. He will be paid $10 million this season in the final year of the contract extension he signed with the Indians just prior to the 2012 campaign.

Cabrera has been criticized in each of the last two years for subpar efforts at the plate, especially in the latter portion of each of those seasons.

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Marcum in Mix for Fifth Spot

February 23, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need to answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ new players who will be trying to fill a role on the Tribe’s roster.

With the departures of Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir via free agency, the Cleveland Indians had a need this offseason in their starting rotation.

Young Danny Salazar is presumed to be able to fill one of the vacancies, joining Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, and Zach McAllister. The final spot is much more up for grabs.

Veteran pitcher Shaun Marcum joins newly signed Aaron Harang and returning roster options Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin, and Trevor Bauer as potential candidates in a spring training competition for the starting rotation void.

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Ten Run Onslaught Paces Zoldak to Victory; Indians 10, Senators 1

February 22, 2014 |

September 18, 1948

Behind the strong effort of Sam Zoldak on the mound, the Cleveland Indians won a third straight game to sweep the hapless Washington Senators on Saturday afternoon, 10-1.

With the series sweep, the Indians defeated a team they needed to beat and improved to 87-55 on the season. They kept pace with the first place Boston Red Sox, who came from behind to defeat the St. Louis Browns. They picked up a full game on the New York Yankees, who were dealt a 4-3 loss at the hands of Detroit’s Hal Newhouser, shrinking their lead to a half-game on the Indians.

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Don Black Night Ticket Sales Soar

February 21, 2014 |

September 17, 1948

While Indians pitcher Don Black remains hospitalized at Charity Hospital in Cleveland while recuperating from a brain hemorrhage suffered during an at bat on Monday, the Cleveland Indians organization has reached out to help out their fallen player.

Friday morning, the Indians announced that Black would share in the receipts from the matchup between Cleveland and the Boston Red Sox in the first game of their series this coming Wednesday.

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Feller Dominates Slumping Senators; Indians 4, Senators 1

February 21, 2014 |

September 17, 1948

Indians veteran Bob Feller struck out a season-high eleven Senators in a complete game victory over Washington on Friday night, 4-1.

The win for Feller (16-14) extended an impressive month of September for the Cleveland mainstay. After allowing just one run on five hits in his nine innings on the mound, he lowered his ERA for the month to 1.10. He is 3-0 in five starts, and allowed just one run in seven innings in a no-decision against Detroit on the ninth and two earned runs in nine innings in the tie during the second game of the doubleheader against St. Louis last Sunday.

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Boudreau’s Sore Thumb Aiding Hitting Slump

February 21, 2014 |

September 17, 1948

With an 0-for-4 at the plate on Thursday, Indians player-manager Lou Boudreau is officially in a hitting slump.

In the Indians 6-3 win, Cleveland pounded out ten hits against Sid Hudson and Dick Welteroth. Boudreau, however, was not responsible for any of the base knocks.

He is hitless in each of his last eleven trips to the plate and has just two hits in his last 24 at bats (.083). He reached with a single in Sunday’s 3-3 tie against St. Louis and a double the next day, again against the Browns. He has walked twice and driven in two runs, but has not crossed the plate himself.

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Five Run First Puts Indians Back in Win Column; Indians 6, Senators 3

February 20, 2014 |

September 16, 1948

Gene Bearden settled in after a rough beginning to his outing Thursday night and went the distance as the Indians offense erupted for a five run first on the way to a much needed win for Cleveland over the Washington Senators, 6-3.

The Senators jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off of Bearden in the first. The first batter of the game, Eddie Yost, doubled down the left field line and scored on a single to right by Al Kozar. On the play, Yost had stopped at third, but advanced on an error at the plate as the throw from Larry Doby bounced in front of Jim Hegan and rolled all the way to the stands. A single to right by Bud Stewart one out later scored Kozar with the inning’s second run. With two outs, the Nats ran themselves out of the inning as Stewart was caught stealing by Hegan.

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Black Remains in Danger, But Showing Improvement

February 20, 2014 |

September 16, 1948

Cleveland Indians pitcher Don Black continues to show signs of improvement from the sudden illness that put him into a coma during the game on Monday.

The concern has been widespread throughout the city of Cleveland by both fans of the Indians and others who have no expressed interest in baseball.

Black spent most of his time Wednesday conscious, an improvement on his largely unconscious state during his stay at Charity Hospital. Despite the improvement, he remains on the danger list at the hospital.

“The general trend is toward improvement,” said team physician and Dr. Edward B. Castle. “The periods when he comes out of unconsciousness are occurring more frequently and he recognizes his wife. He speaks, but most of the time it’s a sort of rambling conversation.”

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Cleveland World Series Hopes Hang On Washington Series

February 19, 2014 |

September 15, 1948

The Cleveland Indians welcome the Washington Senators into town for a key three-game series starting Thursday on the lakefront.

The Indians (84-55) will enter play three and a half games behind the front running Boston Red Sox and two full games behind the second place New York Yankees. The Philadelphia Athletics have fallen out of the playoff picture, eight full games behind Boston.

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Young Urshela Working His Way Through The Farm System

February 19, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need to answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ young players who likely won’t make the roster but could impact the Tribe’s season before it ends.

Third base has proven to be a position of weakness for the Cleveland Indians.

Lonnie Chisenhall has not taken a firm grasp of the position in the last several years. Mark Reynolds, Jack Hannahan, Jose Lopez, Jhonny Peralta, Andy Marte, Mark DeRosa, and Jamey Carroll have all spent decent time there in the last five years with mixed results at best. The position is such a question mark for the Indians club that catcher/first baseman/designated hitter/man-without-a-role Carlos Santana even devoted time at the hot corner over the offseason.

Indians prospect Giovanny Urshela could one day become a factor in the mix at the third base position.

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