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Cole Cook Writing and Closing For Lake County Captains

May 16, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

Every clubhouse has one: The guy who loves to make people laugh.

For the Lake County Captains, that guy is pitcher Cole Cook.

Cook, 23, was a fifth round selection by the Indians in 2010. This was a few years removed from when he was a 36th round selection of the Seattle Mariners.

Cook is in his second year with the Captains. A starter last season, Cook has been moved to the bullpen for the 2012 season.

So far in 2012, he is 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA in 23.2 innings. His first two professional saves have both come since May 3.

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New Offensive Message Delivers More Chances For Tribe To Score

May 6, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

There are many ways to send a message. The most important part is to make sure that message is clearly conveyed and received by the intended audience. Indians hitters have received this year’s message loud and clear.

“There was a clear message in spring training,” Indians hitting coach Bruce Fields said. “We had a clear message we delivered.”

A year ago the Tribe struggled offensively, striking out far too much and not reaching base enough. In 2011, the Indians struck out 1269 times, good for second most in the American League. The team averaged nearly eight strikeouts a game (7.83). This year the team has cut that number down a full strikeout (6.88), good for the second least amount in the AL.

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Weglarz Hopes To Stay Healthy In 2012

April 19, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Progressing to the big leagues is not easy task, but for minor leaguer Nick Weglarz, staying healthy may be his biggest obstacle.

Weglarz is entering his seventh season within the Indians minor league system, and his fourth as a member of the Akron Aeros. The 24-year old, left handed, outfielder was selected in the 2005 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians in the third round, 94th overall.

Prior to the draft, Weglarz attended Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne, Ontario. As a Canadian, Weglarz had the opportunity to be part of Team Canada’s baseball team in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. During his run in the Olympics, Weglarz hit .400 in the preliminary games, and .450 in the Olympic qualifier against Taiwan.

Weglarz’s made his largest advancement in 2010 when he was called up to Triple-A Columbus for fifty games. During that time he maintained a batting average of .286 with 50 hits, six home runs, and 20 RBI’s. He also drew 28 walks and struck out 43 times.

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Contract Extensions Are The Start Of New Core For Future

April 14, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Rumors that the Indians potentially could be for sale swirled all winter, many citing that the Tribe did not have any long-term contracts. Any potential free agents had contracts expiring at the end of 2013.

But during the last month, Paul and Larry Dolan have committed $37.5 million in long-term deals to Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana. Cabrera signed a $16.5 million extension through 2014 and Santana is now signed through 2017 for $21 million.

The insinuation that the team was for sale because of no long-term deals surprised Paul Dolan. “When I first heard the rumors, I didn’t know that was the case,” Dolan said. “The idea we’re selling the team is silliness.”

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Choo’s Season Could Have Been Shattered If Not For Thumb Guard

April 11, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Baseball is often a game of inches, but Monday evening it may have been a game of an inch of plastic. A plastic brace on Shin-Soo Choo’s hand may have been the difference between continue health or another lengthy trip to the disabled list.

In the sixth inning of Monday evening’s game, Chris Sale hit Choo on the hand, the same hand that he was hit on by Jonathan Sanchez last June in San Francisco. The hit-by-pitch last summer sent Choo to the disabled list for about six weeks. Once Choo returned, an oblique injury ended his season shortly afterward.

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Santana Signs Long Term Contract Extension

April 10, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

The Cleveland Indians and Carlos Santana announced Tuesday afternoon they have agreed on a long-term contract extension, keeping the slugging catcher in a Tribe uniform potentially through 2017.

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Developing Stars Expected to Shine in Indians’ New Carolina Home

April 9, 2012 |

By Kevin Schneider

Cleveland Indians officials expect a crop of exciting young infielders to grow their skills with the Carolina Mudcats this season and help replenish the farm system depleted by promotions and trades.

Led by former Florida Marlins Manager Edwin Rodriguez, Cleveland’s new high-A affiliate started their season at home in Zebulon, N.C., against the Winston-Salem Dash.  Rodriguez says the team will entertain fans and win; he emphasizes he means this.

“We’re going to be a young team, and we’re also going to be a very offensive team,” Rodriguez says, on the field before Tuesday’s exhibition loss to the Indians. “We’re going to be very talented.”

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Earlier Perez Comments Proved Prophetic

April 6, 2012 |

By Kevin Schneider

Chris Perez’s comments Tuesday focusing on his health and closing now seem more meaningful and telling.

Before the Cleveland Indians defeated their single-A affiliate Carolina Mudcats 13-0 Tuesday, Perez stopped to talk to a few other reporters and after signing fans’ memorabilia as batting-practice finished. He sounded confident he could close Thursday, against the Blue Jays.

“My body has responded,” Perez said.  “It might be a battle, but I feel good.”

In spring training, he suffered a left-oblique injury early and only recently saw game action.  Perez, pitched one inning each on March 29 and 31, and April 2 and never in the game’s final inning. He mentioned feeling good Tuesday after a recent bullpen session, but one wonders now if he was prepared.

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Duncan Relishes Opening Day Opportunity

April 4, 2012 | | 2 Comments

By Kevin Schneider

As Shelley Duncan trotted around the outfield alone Tuesday before an exhibition game, he said he felt like a little kid again anticipating Opening Day.

“Nothing really preps you for the adrenaline rush you get from the introductions and running onto the field,” said Duncan, 32.

The 6-foot-5 outfielder looked around in awe at the checker Ed Green grass, the baseball-shaped Mudcats water tower beyond left field, and the American flag in center field waving briskly. Donning a red Louisville Slugger T-Shirt, Duncan said his baseball experiences have helped him keep his emotions in check as he prepares to break camp with the Indians.

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Fully Healthy Santana Allows For Defensive Improvement

March 24, 2012 | | 2 Comments

By A.J. Atkinson

Few prospects are as talented as Cleveland Indians’ catcher Carlos Santana. Few prospects are also as rushed as Santana.

Based on how Tribe fans talk and the expectations they have set for Santana, one wouldn’t guess he’s only played 201 games. Even more surprising, this is only Santana’s fifth year catching.

In 2011, Santana only played 46 games before missing the rest of the season due to knee surgery after a collision at the plate. The surgery prevented Santana from participating in many of bench coach Sandy Alomar’s catching drills last spring training.

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Chris Perez and Rest of Staff on Track for Opening Day

March 22, 2012 |

By A.J. Atkinson

After showing postseason talent but failing to reach it due to injuries, Tribe fans looked toward the 2012 season. The recap of the Cleveland Indians’ first week of spring training, however, did not look good.

Newly resigned centerfielder Grady Sizemore injured his back and would miss Opening Day. The day before, Chris Perez, the Tribe’s closer and anchor to the bullpen, strained an oblique muscle and would be out for at least a month—another cornerstone who may be out for Opening Day.

Nearly two weeks before camp ends, Chris Perez said he’s on track to close the Tribe’s opener against the Toronto Blue Jays if needed Aug. 5.

“I’m scheduled to get into six or seven (spring training) games right now—hopefully that’s enough,” Chris Perez said. “If I bounce back and after my outings my arm feels good, hopefully I can break camp (as the Opening Day closer).”

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Kipnis Excels With Tribe, Raises Expectations For Himself And Team In 2012

January 9, 2012 | | 2 Comments

 

By Mike Brandyberry

Every budding prospect thinks about the day he makes the big leagues and achieves that first major league base hit.  For the Indians’ Jason Kipnis, his first major league single couldn’t have come at a better time.

“I just told myself on deck, what better time than now would it be to get a hit. It would make up for everything,” said Kipnis, who started slowly once being promoted from AAA-Columbus. “It was also my first at-bat versus a lefty up there. So far, all I had seen were Gavin Floyd and Dan Haren, two guys that live by throwing cutters in, something you don’t see too much in the minors, so a lefty was actually a break for me.”

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