April 21, 2014

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Indians cut veteran Jeff Francoeur despite solid camp, say versatile infielder-outfielder Elliot Johnson just better fit

Jeff Francoeur

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians released outfielder Jeff Francoeur on Saturday. The Indians signed the 30-year-old to a minor league free-agent contract on Jan. 6 and invited him to major league training camp. Francoeur had 35 at-bats with the Indians this spring, hitting .286 with one home run and 10 RBI. But the Indians also Read More…

Indians: Ace Justin Masterson, organization remain open to possible contract extension, but talks are suspended

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a spring exhibition baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP file photo/Chris Carlson)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians are going down a familiar path with a star pitcher. Cleveland has suspended talks on a contract extension with ace Justin Masterson, agreeing that it’s time to focus on the upcoming season. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Friday that the club made a “very competitive” offer to Masterson, but Read More…

Indians break off contract talks with Masterson


CLEVELAND — Apparently Justin Masterson didn’t make the Indians an offer they couldn’t refuse. Multiple reports broke Thursday night that contract negotiations between Masterson and the Indians had broken down. Masterson, an All-Star for the first time in his career last season, and his agent Randy Rowley, were reportedly seeking a three-year deal worth $51 Read More…

Tough outing: Carlos Carrasco struggles as Indians fall to A’s

Carlos Carrasco

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — This wasn’t what the Indians or Carlos Carrasco wanted to see. The Indians lost to the Oakland Athletics 13-3 on Wednesday, but more troubling was the performance of Carrasco, who is trying to earn the final spot in the Indians’ rotation. Carrasco followed starter Danny Salazar and inherited a 3-0 lead. But Read More…

Indians: Mental toughness is Cody Allen’s strong point

Cleveland Indians' Cody Allen delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox in a spring exhibition game Friday in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

MESA, Ariz. — In just one season at High Point University, Indians reliever Cody Allen felt what mental toughness means. His coach, Craig Cozart, put the Panthers through brutal conditioning drills. Allen still recalls the first day of fall workouts, when Cozart made them run 1½ miles in less than 10 minutes. “I’m not exactly Read More…

Reds rally in ninth inning to edge Indians

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws out Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce on a bunt. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Minor league outfielder Steve Selsky doubled in two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Cincinnati Reds, who bounced back from blowing a three-run lead and rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Monday. Indians minor league pitcher Tyler Guuilmet gave up singles to Argenis Diaz and Ramon Read More…

Masterson shines in Indians’ win over Cubs

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a spring exhibition baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP file photo/Chris Carlson)

Justin Masterson was so good Sunday that he hit the bullpen for more work after his spring outing was over. Masterson struck out eight in five scoreless innings, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs in a split-squad game in Mesa, Ariz. “It’s nice to see the ball sinking, and Read More…

Brantley earning praise from Indians teammates, coach

Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley bats during a spring exhibition baseball game. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — To many Indians fans, Michael Brantley is a quiet, nondescript guy who has nothing that sets him apart except a nickname given to him by a sportswriter. But don’t voice that opinion in front of teammates Jason Giambi or Nick Swisher. Giambi, 43, who has more than 18 years of major league Read More…

Indians: Josh Tomlin pitches strong five innings in tie with White Sox

Josh Tomlin pitches against the Chicago White Sox Friday in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin went five innings, his longest outing of the spring, in a 2-2 tie with the Chicago White Sox on Friday. He gave up four hits, including back-to-back homers by Conor Gillaspie and Josh Phegley with two outs in the fifth. The game was called after nine innings. David Read More…

Indians: DH Jason Giambi out for opener, 3-4 weeks with broken rib

Jason Giambi

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cleveland’s Jason Giambi will be sidelined for about three-to-four weeks with a broken rib in his right side. Giambi was hit by a pitch thrown by Edwin Jackson of the Chicago Cubs in the third inning of a March 7 game. X-rays at the time were negative, but Cleveland said Thursday the Read More…