March 27, 2015

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Indians notes: General soreness delays Gavin Floyd’s first start

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — According to manager Terry Francona, “general soreness” has delayed Gavin Floyd’s exhibition debut. The right-hander was scheduled to start Sunday, but that’s been scrapped and the date of Floyd’s first trip to the mound is now uncertain. Francona did say the soreness was not in Floyd’s right elbow, which has been surgically Read More…

Indians: Brandon Moss making most of second chance

Cleveland Indians' Brandon Moss participates in a drill during a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Brandon Moss learned something about himself five years ago, and it saved his big league career. “In 2010, I figured out what type of hitter I was,” he said. “It was just one of those things where you come to the realization that: ‘I’m not a guy that’s going to hit .300 Read More…

Indians Notes: Nick Swisher progressing slowly, but Brandon Moss ahead of schedule

Cleveland Indians' Nick Swisher runs during spring training baseball practice Thursday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Manager Terry Francona disputed the notion that Nick Swisher’s progress has slowed. Swisher has been relegated to live batting practice and a structured running and agility program as he attempts to come back from offseason surgery on both knees. “It seems to me that when something is introduced, that the first day Read More…

Indians 9, Reds 3: Tribe takes rubber match of three-game series

Cleveland Indians' David Murphy, right, slides safely into second base by the Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips during the fifth inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game Thursday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians won the rubber match of a three-game exhibition opening series against the Reds on Thursday, 9-3 in front of 3,143 fans at Goodyear Ballpark. Cleveland erased a 1-0 deficit with five runs in the top of the fifth inning, two apiece on shortstop Jose Ramirez’s single and catcher Yan Gomes’ Read More…

Indians Notes: Fifth-starter candidates Josh Tomlin, T.J. House on display

Cleveland Indians' T.J. House, left, and Corey Kluber, right, warm up during a spring training baseball workout. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A pair of pitchers vying for the final spot in the rotation — right-hander Josh Tomlin and left-hander T.J. House — were on display Wednesday at Goodyear Ballpark. Tomlin, 30, spent the majority of last season with the Indians, going 6-9 with a 4.76 ERA in 25 games (16 starts). “He came Read More…

Indians: Stardom predicted for Francisco Lindor, but Tribe not rushing him to majors

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor runs during spring training baseball practice in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Francisco Lindor is growing up before the Indians’ eyes. Next step: graduation to the major leagues. “He’s so young,” manager Terry Francona said of the 21-year-old, who was Cleveland’s first-round draft choice (eighth overall) in 2011 and is considered the organization’s top prospect. “Everywhere he’s played he’s been the youngest guy. Eventually, Read More…

Indians 4, Reds 2: Cincy mistakes lead to first win

The Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians play in a spring training exhibition baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians got even with the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark on Wednesday, winning 4-2 for their first victory of the spring. Cincinnati beat Cleveland 10-0 in the exhibition opener Tuesday. The Indians scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning on third baseman Neftali Soto’s error and a wild pitch to Read More…

Indians: Lonnie Chisenhall looks to build on positive 2014

Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall participates in a drill during a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — His nickname is “Lonnie Baseball,” and for a spell last year, he lived up to the moniker. For the first three months of the season, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was one of the majors’ hottest hitters, ranking third in the American League with a .332 batting average from March 31-July 8. He Read More…

Reds 10, Indians 0: Tribe blanked in exhibition opener

Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall hits during the second inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday in Goodyear, Ariz. He was tagged out at first on the play. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Indians opened exhibition play in dubious fashion Tuesday, getting drubbed 10-0 by the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Right-hander Zach McAllister started for Cleveland, kicking off the race for the final spot in the rotation by allowing a run on three hits, while striking out three over two innings. “I thought he was down in Read More…

Tribe notes: Terry Francona, Carlos Santana bonded during offseason trip to Japan

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana runs during spring training baseball practice Thursday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — First baseman Carlos Santana and manager Terry Francona bonded this offseason. Both were part of a traveling group from Major League Baseball that played in the Japan Series against the Japanese national team, and Francona said it improved their personal relationship. “I thought it was really good,” he said. “Part of it Read More…