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McAllister Looking for Consistent, Healthy Season

March 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 answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ players who has a key role in holding the team together.

Zach McAllister is penciled in as the number three starter in Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona’s starting rotation. The move did not come as much of a surprise given the current collection of starters on the roster.

The 2014 season will mark the second time in the big league career of the 26-year-old right-hander that he begins a season in the Tribe’s starting rotation.

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Kluber a Key to Cleveland’s 2014 Season

March 16, 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 will be in a new role this season than they were in 2013.

One of many highlights to the 2013 Cleveland Indians season was the emergence of Corey Kluber in the starting rotation.

Kluber was the odd man out for the fifth spot in a crowded rotation mix after the club added veterans Brett Myers and Scott Kazmir following the 2012 season. They joined Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Zach McAllister, leaving little room for the inexperienced pitcher to maneuver.

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Indians Even Series Behind Strong Lemon Outing; Indians 4, Braves 1

March 13, 2014 |

October 7, 1948

Bob Lemon overcame a first inning unearned run and went the distance for Cleveland, as the Indians chased Boston’s Warren Spahn early in a 4-1 victory on Thursday.

The Braves struck first in the first against the Indians’ Lemon on yet another debatable call from umpire Bill Stewart. The inning’s second hitter, Al Dark, reached safely at first base on an error at second by Joe Gordon. Gordon initially fumbled with the ground ball, but recovered in time to throw to first. It appeared Stewart called Dark safe even before he or the ball reached the bag but, despite some protesting on the field by the Indians, the call remained. Dark moved up to third base as Earl Torgeson singled to right. Bob Elliott, Boston’s RBI leader, drove Dark home with a single to left to give Boston the early 1-0 lead.

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Controversial Call Looms Large in Game One Loss

March 13, 2014 |

October 7, 1948

Marring an incredible pitchers’ duel at Braves Field in Boston was what appeared to be a missed call on a pickoff play in the eighth inning of Boston’s 1-0 victory over Cleveland Wednesday.

Bob Feller was on the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning, pitching a one-hitter in a scoreless tie. The Indians’ bats had been held quiet by a combination of the wicked array of curveballs from the Braves’ Johnny Sain and the winds blowing in from right field towards home plate off of the Boston harbor.

For just the second time in the afternoon, Feller walked a batter, issuing a five-pitch free pass to the catcher Bill Salkeld. He was immediately lifted for a pinch-runner, Phil Masi, the faster of the team’s catching duo. Mike McCormick sacrificed Masi to second, so manager Lou Boudreau and Feller decided to issue an intentional walk to Eddie Stanky, who hit .320 through an injury-shortened season.

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Classic Pitchers’ Duel Favors Boston; Braves 1, Indians 0

March 12, 2014 |

October 6, 1948

In quite possibly the best pitched game in World Series history, Cleveland’s Bob Feller and Boston’s Johnny Sain locked up in a pitchers’ duel, with a controversial call in the eighth inning leading to the only run of the afternoon, as the Braves defeated the Indians by a 1-0 final on Wednesday.

With no score and both pitchers dealing on the mound, Feller walked catcher Bill Salkeld to start off the eighth inning on five pitches. Phil Masi came on to run. A sacrifice from Mike McCormick down the first base line moved Masi to second. Feller intentionally walked Eddie Stanky to put the double play in order with the pitcher Sain stepping to the plate. The faster Sibby Sisti took over on the bases for Stanky.

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Indians and Braves Ready for Game One

March 12, 2014 |

October 6, 1948

The heavily-favored Cleveland Indians will engage the Boston Braves in a seven-game championship battle in the 45th World Series.

Lou Boudreau’s Indians knocked off the Red Sox in Boston to earn the American League pennant on Monday, clinching the ball club the right to challenge for their second world’s championship.

The Braves, meanwhile, had a much quieter pursuit of the National League pennant. By the middle of June, they claimed the top spot in the league after a slow start to their season. A 20-10 month of June was followed up by a 19-11 July. They strung together a pair of six-game winning streaks in June. They had two separate four-game winning streaks and a five-game run in July. In the two months, Boston outscored their opponents by a 341-255 margin.

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Indians Get Their First Look at the Boston Braves

March 11, 2014 |

October 5, 1948

For the first time since 1920, the Cleveland Indians are in the World Series. They will take on the National League’s best, the 91-62 Boston Braves, in the 45th World Series.

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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 | | One Comment

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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