March 28, 2015

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Indians: This and that from spring training

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — If you’re a betting man or woman, you might want to consider putting a few ducats on Nick Swisher not being ready for Opening Day. I would put the odds at 5-1 in favor of the injury-plagued former outfielder/first baseman’s name gracing the lineup card April 6 in Houston. Swisher, who had Read More…

Indians: Carlos Carrasco looking to continue end-of-season success

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Carlos Carrasco was one of the American League’s most dominating starting pitchers over the final two months of last season. Now, it’s time to see if he can do it for an entire year. Carrasco is among four Indians pitchers — fellow right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Gavin Floyd — who Read More…

Royals 11, Indians 9: Poor defense derails Tribe

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Bad defense, an issue that plagued the Indians for much of last season, led to an 11-9 loss to defending American League champion Kansas City at Goodyear Ballpark on Friday. Cleveland, which led the majors in errors and was last in fielding percentage last year, led 5-2, but committed a pair of Read More…

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…