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Duncan Paces Tribe To First Cactus League Victory; Indians 3, Royals 2

March 7, 2012 | | One Comment

 

By Mike Brandyberry

The left field carousel will continue to spin for at least a couple more weeks, but early high horse has clearly presented himself in Shelley Duncan.  Duncan’s three run home run in the bottom of the third was all the Tribe needed to defeat the Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Cactus League play.

Duncan’s bomb was his second three run homer in only four games this spring. With left field a wide open spot pursued by many suitors, Duncan has asserted himself toward the top of the competition. He had two hits on the day and has accumulated four in three exhibition games. He was the only Tribe player to card two hits on the day. Jason Donald, Jose Lopez, Aaron Cunningham and Ezequiel Carrera were the only other Indians to card a hit on the day.

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Cunningham Nearing A Make Or Break Spring

March 6, 2012 |

 

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Craig Gifford

When the Indians acquired Aaron Cunningham in a Dec. 16 trade with San Diego, it was with the idea of stocking up on outfielders. In 2011, Cleveland saw all three starting outfielders go down with injury and the club wanted to be sure it had replacements aplenty. Good thing, too, as veteran center fielder Grady Sizemore went down with has annual injury last week and could be lost until July with back surgery.

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Masterson Struggles And Tribe Falls; Reds 12, Indians 7

March 6, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

I guess this is why they play exhibition games.

A day after Ubaldo Jimenez gave up five runs in the first inning, Justin Masterson allowed six runs in an inning and a third, giving the Reds an early lead and coasting to a 12-7 victory in Goodyear, Arizona. Masterson allowed a run in the first inning before allowing five more while only recording an out in the second inning. Masterson threw 45 pitches, only 25 strikes.

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Tribe Tweets of the Week: New Pants And UGG’s

March 5, 2012 | | One Comment

By Ryan Hohman

The Cleveland Indians love Twitter. We’ve scoured our timeline from the past week to give you the best of what the tribe roster has to offer on Twitter. This week, Cord Phelps makes his pitch to be the new face of UGGs (watch out Tom Brady), Jason Kipnis has a message for LeBron James, Vinnie Pestano needs a new pair of pants, Albert Belle visits Spring Training, and Trevor Crowe is Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez.

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Duncan Has Early Inside Track On Left Field Spot

March 5, 2012 |

 

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Craig Gifford

Shelley Duncan entered Spring Training as a heavy favorite to land one of the Indians’ backup outfielder jobs. Now, he is a prime candidate to break camp as a starter on Opening Day.

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Rocky First Inning Sets Back Tribe; Reds 8, Indians 6

March 4, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

While yesterday’s spring opener featured mostly starters from both the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, today’s contest looked more like the junior varsity edition of each teams. With no one playing from yesterday’s contest, today’s resulted in a sloppy effort with the Reds winning 8-6. The Reds used a five run first inning to set the tone.

Like so many Ubaldo Jimenez starts a year ago, the disaster started quietly. After retiring the first hitter, a ground ball to Jack Hannahan became an infield hit and then a Russ Canzler error set the table for the onslaught. Miguel Cairo blooped a hit into right field to score two runs, followed by an infield hit by Wilson Valdez in front of the mound to plate another and then a solid single by Willie Harris plated two more, giving the Reds a 5-0 first inning lead.

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Carrera Has Uphill Climb

March 4, 2012 | | One Comment

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Mike Brandyberry

With the loss of Grady Sizemore for two to three months, the Indians are considering all options in the outfield. One of those options, Ezequiel Carrera, could be the only one puffyeye.net to supplant Michael Brantley from centerfield.

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Tribe And Reds Play To An Opening Tie; Indians 6, Reds 6

March 3, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

Wins and losses don’t matter in Spring Training. The Indians and Cincinnati Reds proved this during Saturday’s spring opener, tying 6-6 after nine innings. The game was called when the Reds had used all their scheduled pitchers for the day.

The Tribe started what Manny Acta has identified as his “Starting 7,” with Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Santana, Travis Hafner, Casey Kotchman and Jason Kipnis. Ryan Spilborghs hit eighth in left field and Lonnie Chisenhall hit ninth at third base. Both Spilborghs and Chisenhall are competing for starting positions and roster spots with the team.

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Canzler Looking For A Chance To Make Roster

March 3, 2012 |

 

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Mike Brandyberry

All Russ Canzler is looking for is a chance. Well, he might have just found that chance, albeit a small one, with the Cleveland Indians this spring.

Canzler was obtained by the Indians on January 31 from the Tampa Bay Rays. When the Rays signed Carlos Pena, Canzler was designated for assignment and the Tribe acquired the utility man for cash. Canzler was a 30th round selection by the Chicago Cubs in 2004. Since his selection, Canzler has certainly taken the slow road to the big leagues, playing eight season in the minor leagues before appearing in his first Major League game in September with the Rays.

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DTTWLN? Fan Of The Week: Hans Van Wormer

March 2, 2012 |

By Matthew Van Wormer

Today marks the beginning of our Fan of the Week column.  I have picked someone close to me as the very first person to be honored as such.  My father, Hans Van Wormer, has been an Indians fan for his entire life and he has passed his love of the Tribe on to me.  He took me to my first game in July 1989.  It happened to be a doubleheader against the Red Sox and we got there late in the first game of the twin-bill.  I was hooked immediately by the great sights, sounds and smells of old Municipal Stadium.  Indians games would become my summer home, all because of my dad.

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Chisenhall Fighting To Win Starting Third Base Job

March 2, 2012 |

Each week through Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and break down the players in camp for the Indians at Goodyear, Arizona and examine their potential roles for the season to come. This week, we continue our Goodyear coverage by breaking down the players who are battling for a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

By Mike Brandyberry

On paper, it appears Lonnie Chisenhall is competing with Jack Hannahan for the third base position. In reality, Chisenhall may be competing with a myriad of players, including Hannahan to earn one of the 25-man roster spots for Opening Day.

Hannahan avoided arbitration and signed a one-year deal with the Tribe this winter valued at $1.35 million. A guaranteed contract from the Tribe is almost a certainty that he is guaranteed a spot on the roster. The Tribe is not in the business of giving contracts to players, then releasing them to play elsewhere on the Indians’ dime. If Hannahan does not win the starting job, he will be a bench player. Given the Indians’ roster situation, if Chisenhall does not win the starting job, he will certainly be sent back to AAA-Columbus where he can play every day. If Chisenhall clearly out plays Hannahan this spring, he will win the third base job and be in the starting lineup on Opening Day, however, if the competition is close, expect the nod to be given to Hannahan.

The more important question may be though, hasn’t Chisenhall already won the job from Hannahan?

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Grady Sizemore Out Two To Three Months

March 1, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

According to the Cleveland Indians, Grady Sizemore underwent micro discectomy in Miami, Florida earlier today. According to Dr. Barth Green, recovery time is 8-12 weeks. The procedure was regarded as minimally invasive and he is expected … Read More