Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 36 days
The well-travelled Tyler Clippard was on the move again this winter, heading across the American League Central Division from the roster of the Cleveland Indians to that of the Minnesota Twins after putting up good numbers for the Tribe in 2019.
Mike Clevinger was back on the mound for the Indians on Monday for the first time since April 7, but he was unable to replicate his numbers from his first two starts to the season as he allowed three hits, three walks, and five runs over just four and two-thirds innings as the Texas Rangers defeated Cleveland by a 7-2 final.
Lance Lynn proved to be tough competition for the Indians in the series opener from Arlington, Texas, where the Rangers looked to hold off the hard-charging Indians for the second American League Wild Card spot. Lynn gave his club yet another quality start and his offense was able to provide him with a steady stream of two-out run support in a Texas-sized victory over the Tribe.
Cleveland will hope for far more productive results this time around as the Indians head to Houston for a 2018 ALDS rematch with the Astros, one swept by the host club a season ago.
The Indians (13-10) scuffled during their recent five-game homestand, dropping two of three against the Atlanta Braves before splitting a two-gamer with the Miami Marlins. The offense got off to a hot start at the beginning of the homestand, but a bullpen implosion late Saturday seemed to leave a lasting bitter taste in the mouths of those on the roster. The Indians come into the series trailing the Minnesota Twins by half a game in the American League Central and will look to improve upon a 6-6 mark on the road this season.
For the most part, the Cleveland Indians have survived Cactus League play with a minimal number of injuries. But there have been a few that have changed manager Terry Francona‘s roster construction for next Thursday when the team opens play in Minnesota against the Twins.
The most notable of the bunch was the biggest loss as the Indians settled in to Goodyear, Arizona, for their month and a half stay in the desert in mid-February. The moderate right calf injury suffered by three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor before arriving to camp left many wondering if the 25-year-old would be ready within the seven- to nine-week time table expected for his injury. While there were plenty on the social media landscape calling for Lindor to take it slowly and ease into the season, the young superstar returned to action in minor league camp but has yet to play in an official Cactus League game for Cleveland.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Cleveland Indians and free agent reliever Tyler Clippard have come to terms on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training at the club’s Goodyear, Arizona, complex.
The Indians have not confirmed the signing at the time of this story. The contract, according to Heyman, would pay Clippard $1.75 million if on the Major League roster with another $1 million available in performance incentives.