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Countdown to Opening Day – 34 days
Zach Plesac will shed his rookie number 65 for the vacated 34 for the 2020 season, with the number made available when the team did not bring back reliever A.J. Cole after one season of work in the Cleveland bullpen.
The Cincinnati Reds used eight extra base hits, including four home runs, to split its two-game set in Cleveland in a 7-2 final over rookie right-hander Zach Plesac and the Indians on Wednesday afternoon.
The Reds came out swinging against the young Tribe hurler, making his fourth Major League start. He ran into some early troubles before settling down to retire 13 in a row, but Cincinnati broke things open for good with runs in four straight innings in the back half of the game to split their quick trip to Cleveland.
Cleveland’s Zach Plesac pitched well enough to win on Sunday afternoon, but so too did Chicago’s Lucas Giolito, as the White Sox starter moved to 8-1 on the season with seven and one-third dominant innings on the mound in a 2-0 six-hit shutout over the Indians.
Plesac earned himself another start with seven innings of one-run, four-hit baseball in his second Major League outing, but he was ousted by Giolito, who got one run of support early on the ninth home run of the season by Tim Anderson. The Indians had few opportunities to strike through against Giolito, who kept the bats befuddled with a devastating fastball/changeup mix that made some of the Cleveland hitters look foolish in a two and a half hour series finale from Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Indians and White Sox are now both 29-30 and tied for second place in the American League Central, light years away from the scorching hot Minnesota Twins, which held on for a 9-7 win in Tampa to maintain an 11.5 game lead in the division.
A two-run bottom of the eighth pushed the Cleveland Indians past the Tampa Bay Rays by a 3-1 final on Friday night to end a four-game losing streak.
It was hardly the prettiest victory that the Indians could find, but it resembled just the kind of way that Cleveland has needed to perform to eke out victories this year. The Indians used a strong (but short) pitching performance from Shane Bieber, four shutout innings from the bullpen, and a late rally to hold off a tough Tampa Bay squad.
Trevor Bauer got back on track on Saturday afternoon in Oakland, but the Cleveland offense and defense both derailed as the A’s wasted an Indians rally in the ninth with one of their own to walk off for the second straight game, 3-2.
Bauer fulfilled his role as the team’s active number one starter, but a quiet day at the plate from the offense and an adventure in the field with a pair of errors and several other mental mistakes cost the Indians a chance to even up the series in Oakland. The Indians were unable to break through against Athletics starting pitcher Aaron Brooks (who took the mound in the second after the unanticipated opening effort from reliever Liam Hendriks), but they hung in and rallied in the ninth before falling with one out in the bottom of the frame.
Consecutive short starts from Cody Anderson have forced the Cleveland Indians to call for reinforcements.
After Anderson threw 68 pitches in just three innings of work, the Indians were forced to use seven of their eight relievers in Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics. To add a rested arm to the relief corps, the team purchased the contract of right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Columbus and optioned Anderson to their top farm club.
In a corresponding move, the Indians designated pitcher A.J. Cole for assignment to create a space on the 40-man roster.
The Cleveland Indians added to their thin bullpen depth on Friday afternoon, claiming pitcher A.J. Cole on waivers from the New York Yankees.
The recently turned 27-year-old right-hander spent last season with the Washington Nationals and the Yankees, working in all but two of his 32 appearances in relief. The Yankees designated Cole for assignment on January 4 to make room on their roster for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.