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Dave Nelson, former Cleveland Indians player, coach, and broadcaster, passed away on Monday at the age of 73 after a long battle with liver cancer.
David “Davey” Earl Nelson’s path to a long career in Major League Baseball began in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on June 20, 1944. After his days at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, and both Compton Junior College and Los Angeles State College, he was signed by the Indians as an amateur free agent prior to the 1964 season. He debuted at the age of 23 at the beginning of the 1968 season and spent a pair of seasons in Cleveland, serving as a second baseman, shortstop, and corner outfielder.
The Cleveland Indians and outfielder Melky Cabrera have agreed to a minor league contract, according to ESPN Deportes New York’s Tenchy Rodriguez and confirmed by Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Fox Sports.
A nemesis for many years, the 33-year-old Cabrera’s contract will be official pending a physical. He is expected to report to the team’s spring training facilities in Goodyear, Arizona.
A two-run home run by Yonder Alonso in the second inning proved to be the difference as Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco and the Indians bullpen made the blast stand in a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
The Indians (12-8) wrapped up their unusual six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark, splitting their series in San Juan with the Minnesota Twins before taking three of four from Baltimore from their home at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Early offense would be the story for both clubs, but both lineups would go largely dormant in what became a game dominated by quality pitching on both sides of the slate.
A common theme to most ball games for the Cleveland Indians this season has been the lineup’s inability to contribute meaningful at bats with runners in scoring position. But, as it turns out, the Indians are hardly the only team struggling to produce when opportunity knocks.
There were already significant concerns about what Cleveland was going to bring to the plate after losing the reliable, albeit occasionally inconsistent, bat of Carlos Santana in the winter. While he is hardly lighting the city of Philadelphia on fire with his production – he has slashed .151/.301/.288 for the Phillies with four doubles, two homers, and ten RBI in 21 games – he has knocked in eight runs when stepping to the plate with runners in scoring position.
Couple that with the loss of the rented Jay Bruce from the roster, and it was tough to see how the Indians might replace the departing production. Compounding the problem even further, Michael Brantley started the year on the disabled list, Lonnie Chisenhall lasted just seven games before succumbing to a strained right calf, and some of the bigger names in the lineup (Yonder Alonso, Edwin Encarnacion, Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, and Jose Ramirez) are hitting .236 or lower through the club’s first 19 games.
The offensive woes have been real, but the Indians still sit atop the American League Central Division with an 11-8 (.579) record, fifth best in the AL.
The Cleveland Indians celebrated manager Terry Francona’s 59th birthday with a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, but it did not come easy, despite Corey Kluber being on the mound for the Tribe.
The Indians ace did not look quite like his usual self, but he gave Cleveland seven quality innings and kept the game close enough. With the way the offense has been performing this season, that could have been a concern, but the Indians bats came to life with more of the long ball and finally delivered with runners in scoring position.
When Mike Napoli signed a minor league deal with the Indians during spring training, it was thought that he could be a valuable clubhouse presence in camp and even an insurance policy if the team needed some right-handed pop or a replacement for Yonder Alonso or Edwin Encarnacion for some reason during the year.
Instead, Napoli’s season is over, and there is a chance that his career could be, too.
Indians manager and former designated hitter Terry Francona is born in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He is born one month and one day after his father, outfielder and first baseman Tito Francona, was acquired by Cleveland from the Detroit Tigers.
Mike Clevinger was masterful on the mound for the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards as he threw his first career complete game and shutout in a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
For the first time in his Major League career, Clevinger pitched into and completed the ninth inning in wrapping up a two-hit shutout over the Orioles. He came into the outing with a pair of wins against Baltimore in his career. It was a strong bounce back effort for “Sunshine”, who looked sharp after giving up four runs in the fourth inning of his last start in a short no-decision for the 27-year-old right-hander.
Making his second career start in Baltimore, following last season’s five innings of two-run baseball in a win, Clevinger took command early and worked around the few problems that came his way. A first inning run gave him some room on the mound, and three home runs later would pad his advantage, with some of the pop coming from a big day at the plate from Jose Ramirez.