March 4, 2015

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Indians notes: Plenty of familiar faces at camp again

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — As has been the case for years, the Indians have former players as guest instructors at training camp. This spring, they are John McDonald and Travis Hafner. “The benefit is you’re getting some really good baseball people that for whatever reason aren’t able to commit to a full season, especially if they Read More…

Indians Notes: Tribe disagrees with how advanced stats rank Michael Brantley

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Advanced baseball metrics say left fielder Michael Brantley is a below-average defensive player. The Indians beg to differ. “For the life of me, I can’t understand it,” manager Terry Francona said. “That’s something that perplexes me to no end, because he is one of the better left fielders in the game. I Read More…

Indians: Michael Bourn banking on injury-free season after pair of disappointing years

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Nick Swisher isn’t the only Indians veteran with something to prove. Center fielder Michael Bourn, who joined Swisher as free agent acquisitions in 2013, wants to show Cleveland what he’s like at 100 percent. Like Swisher, Bourn signed a big-money contract — four years, $48 million. And like Swisher, he’s given the Read More…

Indians: After shaky defensive start last season, catcher Yan Gomes flourished

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — No one could ever accuse Yan Gomes of taking his defense to the plate. Cleveland’s catcher got off to a miserable start last year behind the plate, committing nine errors within the first 28 games. His fielding eventually improved, and his bat never buckled, providing the Indians with arguably the American League’s Read More…

Indians notes: Brandon Moss might be ahead of schedule

Cleveland’sJose Ramirez participates in a drill during spring training Sunday in Goodyear, Ariz. The Dominican Republic native is working on learning the English language to better communicate with teammates on the field. (AP photo)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Brandon Moss (hip surgery) took batting practice on the field for the first time Wednesday. It was progress, since Moss, who had been relegated to agility drills and work in the cages, wasn’t expected to hit on the field until next week. “I think he was dying to get on the field,” Read More…

Indians hold first full-squad workout, end day with sprint competition

Cleveland Indians' bench coach Brad Mills, second from right, coaches players during a spring training baseball workout Sunday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians held their first full-squad workout Tuesday — with some notable absentees. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and infielder Zach Walters did not attend due to illness, while newly acquired right fielder Brandon Moss, designated hitter Nick Swisher and All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley were limited. Manager Terry Francona said Brantley was Read More…

Indians notes: Francona in support of speeding up game

Cleveland Indians' Zach McAllister catches a ball during a spring training baseball workout Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Indians manager Terry Francona is as old-school as it gets, but he’s in favor of Major League Baseball’s initiative to speed up the game. MLB has instituted pace of play rules that will be in effect at the start of the regular season. Some of them include a clock on pitchers and Read More…

Indians: Confident Corey Kluber ready for Cy Young encore

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — It wasn’t just a surprise that Corey Kluber won the 2014 American League Cy Young award. This qualified as a shock — like the Browns winning the Super Bowl shock. Kluber, a stoic, unassuming 28-year-old right-hander was all but off the radar after failing to win a spot in the rotation out Read More…

Indians think they can contend in powerful Central Division

Cleveland Indians players take part in a spring training baseball practice, Sunday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — In the past, when talk focused on the toughest divisions in baseball, rarely did the discussion turn to the American League Central. Times have changed. Though the Central hasn’t crowned a World Series champion since the White Sox in 2005, it has become one of the American League’s most powerful divisions, playing Read More…

Indians: Slugger Jason Giambi retiring after 20 seasons

Jason Giambi reacts after hitting a walk-off two-run home run against White Sox reliever Addison Reed in a game in 2013. Giambi announced his retirement Monday. (AP FILE PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — Jason Giambi is calling it a career. In a move that was expected, Giambi, the 44-year-old slugger who played 20 seasons in the majors — the last two with the Indians — announced his retirement Monday. “I’ve done everything I possibly can in my career,” Giambi said in an exclusive interview with the Read More…