March 28, 2015

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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…

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…

Indians sell out home opener in 11 minutes

The Cleveland Indians have announced a major renovation project for Progressive Field, which opened in 1994. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Indians sold out their April 10 home opener against Detroit in 11 minutes. The team said Tuesday that Progressive Field, which has been remodeled this winter, will again be packed to capacity for the 22nd straight year for the opener. The ballpark opened in 1994. The Indians removed several thousand Read More…

Indians: Gavin Floyd on comeback trail again after suffering broken elbow last year

Pitcher Gavin Floyd takes fielding practice earlier during Indians spring training in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Gavin Floyd was unlucky times two. The right-hander made it all the way back from dreaded Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and was pitching well last year for the Atlanta Braves when disaster struck again. In his ninth start, June 19 at Washington, Floyd’s promising comeback season ended when his Read More…

Indians Notes: Exhibition season starts today … finally

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Today is a big day for the Indians and an even bigger one for their fans. Cleveland opens exhibition play at 3:05 p.m., taking on the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Manager Terry Francona thinks his team is ready to start playing games — even if they don’t count. “The timetable is Read More…

Indians’ Jason Kipnis is looking to put last season behind him

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

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Newly crowned All-Star Jason Kipnis was on top of the world after the 2013 season. Then 2014 rolled around. With pretty much everyone in baseball expecting Kipnis to take the next step to stardom, the 28-year-old second baseman tripped and fell, producing a dismal season after signing a six-year, $52.5 million contract Read More…

Indians notes: Corey Kluber faces live hitters for first time

Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber warms up during a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A new round of Indians pitchers got the opportunity to face hitters for the first time Sunday, and one of them was somebody Cleveland fans know well — defending American League Cy Young award winner, Corey Kluber. “It’s hard to read too much into what the hitters are doing because it’s their Read More…

Indians Commentary: Sorry, Tribe fans, 2015 might not be your year

Cleveland Indians participate in a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A number of respected baseball writers are picking the Indians to win the Central Division. I won’t be one of them. Then again, I’m not so sure “respected” would be an adjective many of the readers — or anyone else, for that matter — would use to describe me. But, whatever. As Read More…

Indians Notes: Live batting practice debut is positive for pitchers

Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes hits a ball during a spring training baseball workout Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Trevor Bauer was among a number of pitchers — including Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Zach McAllister and Bruce Chen — to take the mound Saturday, as Indians hitters took live batting practice for the first time. “(It felt) weird, like always,” said Bauer, who claimed to have thrown every pitch in his Read More…

Indians: Cerebral pitcher Trevor Bauer looking to build on 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — This is Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer talking about adjusting to variables: “You’re never going to be able to repeat your delivery,” he said. “The mound’s always going to be slightly different. You’re going to be slightly stronger or weaker, tired, different surroundings. So a lot of what I did this offseason is Read More…