Salazar roughed up in lopsided loss to Reds

Cleveland rotation candidate's ERA rises to 8.18

Salazar roughed up in lopsided loss to Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco each belted a home run for the Reds on Thursday, capitalizing on a rough day on the mound for Indians starter Danny Salazar in a 13-2 victory over Cleveland at Goodyear Ballpark. Cincinnati had 19 hits in the game, with all 12 of its hitters collecting at least one hit.

Frazier and Mesoraco homered in the first and second inning, respectively, helping Cincinnati to an early, 5-1, lead in Salazar's latest audition for a spot in Cleveland's rotation. Joey Votto (three RBIs) and Billy Hamilton (two hits, one RBI) also helped lead the Reds' early offense.

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Indians hope time at Triple-A will help reliever Lee

Top prospect Lindor also re-assigned

Indians hope time at Triple-A will help reliever Lee

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians manager Terry Francona is holding out faith that right-hander C.C. Lee will someday develop into a fixture within the Tribe's bullpen. It became clear to Cleveland's staff this spring that Lee still has room to grow before returning to the big leagues.

On Thursday, Lee was optioned to Triple-A Columbus as part of the latest round of roster reductions for the ballclub. The Indians also re-assigned top prospect Francisco Lindor to Minor League camp, along with infielder Audy Ciriaco, outfielder Destin Hood, righty Dustin Molleken, catcher Adam Moore, righty Bryan Price and lefty Michael Roth.

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Indians' rotation race likely to last through camp's final week

Francona eager to see how pitchers respond to pressure

Indians' rotation race likely to last through camp's final week

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians have yet to reveal their choices for the two openings in their rotation, and the competition looks like it will last into the final week of Spring Training.

Indians manager Terry Francona does not put too much stock in Cactus League pitching lines, but he said it would be important to see how Danny Salazar, TJ House, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin respond to the increased pressure in their upcoming outings.

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Aviles pranks Ramirez by parking car on field

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Aviles pranks Ramirez by parking car on field

It was a typical day at the Indians' spring complex on Thursday morning. The sun was shining. Palm trees swayed in the breeze. And Jose Ramirez's car was parked on the infield at shortstop on Field 1 at Cleveland's practice facility.

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Indians top prospect Lindor sent down after great camp

Shortstop, ranked No. 4 among all farmhands, will start year at Triple-A

Indians top prospect Lindor sent down after great camp

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Indians manager Terry Francona met with Francisco Lindor early in Spring Training, it was made crystal clear to the shortstop prospect that he would not be breaking camp with the Major League club. Lindor would start the season with Triple-A Columbus.

"I didn't say 'probably,'" Francona said.

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Sands' monster blast earns honor, manager's praise

Indians utility player's home run from Tuesday deemed 'Swing of the Day'

Sands' monster blast earns honor, manager's praise

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Brandon Moss looked at the whiteboard inside the entrance to the Indians' clubhouse on Wednesday morning and shook his head. As he predicted, there were eight still photos on display, breaking down Jerry Sands' home-run swing from the previous night's game.

Sands' tape-measure blast was deemed the "Swing of the Day" by Cleveland hitting coaches Ty Van Burkleo and Matt Quatraro, even though Moss also had a rocket shot to right field in the Tribe's 9-5 romp over the Giants. Considering that both blasts were worthy of the daily honor, Moss was asked if there should have been co-winners this time.

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Tomlin allows a lot of contact, but only two runs vs. Angels

Murphy ignites three-run outburst in return to lineup

Tomlin allows a lot of contact, but only two runs vs. Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Daniel Robertson hit an RBI double and scored on C.J. Cron's sacrifice fly in the seventh, giving the Angels a one-run lead and paving the way for a 4-3 win over the Indians at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Wednesday.

The Angels have won five of their last six games.

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Bauer works on curveball in 95-pitch 'B' game start

Indians' young right-hander has improved control this spring

Bauer works on curveball in 95-pitch 'B' game start

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- With Tempe Diablo Stadium looming behind the left-field wall, Indians starter Trevor Bauer took the mound on one of the Angels' Minor League back fields Wednesday morning for his latest outing.

Cleveland had the 24-year-old Bauer -- projected to be the club's third starter in the Opening Day rotation -- work six innings against an assortment of Los Angeles Minor Leaguers in a "B" game setting. The right-hander concentrated on burying his curveball, leading to some inconsistent results and an elevated pitch count.

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Cover models Kluber, Brantley don't believe in SI jinx

Indians' stars pose for magazine, which predicts World Series for club

Cover models Kluber, Brantley don't believe in SI jinx

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- It has been nearly three decades since Cory Snyder and Joe Carter graced the cover of Sports Illustrated's baseball preview edition, but the memory remains burned in the minds of many Indians fans. The magazine declared Cleveland the best team in the American League -- a bold proclamation that fell far from fruition.

"What happened 28 years ago?" Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall said Tuesday morning. "I'm 26."

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Sands shows off home-run power as he fights for roster spot

Moss also homers to support lefty House's strong effort

Sands shows off home-run power as he fights for roster spot

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Outfielder Jerry Sands showed off some impressive power Tuesday night, launching a tape-measure home run off San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong to help the Indians claim a 9-5 Cactus League victory over the Giants at Goodyear Ballpark.

Sands' shot came in the third inning, when he crushed a 3-0 pitch from Vogelsong to deep center field, where the ball easily cleared a roughly 55-foot-tall batter's eye behind the wall. The blast was the first of Spring Training for Sands, who is competing for a spot on Cleveland's bench as a utility man.

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Francona urges Swisher not to focus on Opening Day

Indians first baseman eager to get back on field after surgery on both knees

Francona urges Swisher not to focus on Opening Day

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians manager Terry Francona met with Nick Swisher on Tuesday morning to reinforce a message that has been in place throughout the spring. Cleveland does not want Swisher placing too much importance on Opening Day as a possible finish line for his comeback.

"We just reiterated that, 'Hey, Opening Day is not the final deadline,'" Francona said. "We certainly want him to be the best he can be, and the sooner the better, but we don't want to have artificial deadlines. We just wanted to reiterate that to him. He understands."

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Jonathan Mayo

MLB Pipeline checks in from Indians camp

Top prospect Lindor continues garnering praise; Frazier talks big league adjustments

MLB Pipeline checks in from Indians camp

Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camp, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com will be visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today, we check in on the Cleveland Indians.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When you have one big-time elite prospect in your organization, it would be easy to let him overshadow the rest of your system.

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Crockett faces childhood friend Pinder, gets him out

Prospects have now been on field together at every level since Little League

Crockett faces childhood friend Pinder, gets him out

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Kyle Crockett saw a familiar face in the batter's box when he pitched against the A's in the eighth inning Monday. The Indians lefty was taking on Oakland infielder Chad Pinder, whom he has known since childhood.

For the first time, Crockett and Pinder squared off in a Major League game.

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Indians make roster decisions on four veteran players

Pitchers Chen, Downs, Marcum and infielder Rohlinger not in Opening Day plans

Indians make roster decisions on four veteran players

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians manager Terry Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti held a series of meetings Tuesday morning, informing four players that they would not figure into the team's Opening Day plans under the current circumstances.

Veteran pitchers Bruce Chen, Scott Downs and Shaun Marcum, along with infielder Ryan Rohlinger -- all in camp as non-roster invitees this spring -- were told they could remain in camp with Cleveland, but that they would not break with the Major League team. Chen, Downs and Marcum have the ability to opt out of their respective contracts with the Tribe before the end of Spring Training.

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Santana's smash backs McAllister's strong start

Rotation candidate logs 4 innings of 2-hit ball; Chisenhall rips another double

Santana's smash backs McAllister's strong start

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- First baseman Carlos Santana launched his third home run of the spring, righty Zach McAllister gave a strong effort on the mound, and the Indians claimed an 8-3 Cactus League victory over the A's on Monday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.

Oakland right-hander Chris Bassitt, who headed into his start with a shot at strengthening his case for a rotation spot, labored from the outset. Bassitt slipped into a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, leading to a three-run outburst for the Indians. Santana helped Cleveland pull away with a two-run homer in the third.

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Moss pleasantly surprised by pace of recovery

Slugger praises Tribe's staff in guiding him through return from hip surgery

Moss pleasantly surprised by pace of recovery

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In the early stages of his recovery from October surgery on his right hip, Brandon Moss felt good about his chances of feeling strong by Opening Day. With the season opener only two weeks away, the Indians outfielder's optimism has become reality.

He just did not expect to feel this good at this point in the spring.

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Zahneis: Kluber leading young staff as he aims to build on '14

Righty, set for Tribe's Opening Day start, doesn't pay attention to expectations

Zahneis: Kluber leading young staff as he aims to build on '14

The Klubot 2.0 is ready for action.

Indians starter Corey Kluber, known around the big leagues for his stoicism, enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, going 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 235 2/3 innings. The right-hander's performance was good enough to earn him the American League Cy Young Award -- only the fourth awarded to a Cleveland player -- which he accepted in January at a dinner hosted in Manhattan by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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Swarzak rebounds from rocky streak at Indians camp

Ex-Twins reliever seeking bullpen spot with Tribe on Minor League deal

Swarzak rebounds from rocky streak at Indians camp

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Anthony Swarzak has looked extremely sharp in his two most recent Cactus League appearances for the Indians. Prior to those outings, the right-hander struggled mightily, allowing a stream of hits and pile of runs.

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said it has almost been like seeing two different pitchers on the mound.

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Shaw working out kinks as he develops two-seam sinker

Indians setup man hopes to improve performance vs. lefties

Shaw working out kinks as he develops two-seam sinker

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- No one around the Indians is concerned by the bloating Cactus League pitching line turned in to this point by setup man Bryan Shaw, because the pitcher has been working on developing a two-seam sinker that he has only thrown sparingly in his career.

Shaw has been abused by left-handed batters throughout his career. In an effort to improve in that area, the right-hander has used early-count situations to work on his sinker. The pitch has been inconsistent for Shaw, putting him behind in the count and leading to poor spring results.

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Pitching staff asked to shift to regular-season mindset

Pitching staff asked to shift to regular-season mindset

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Throughout the first few weeks of Spring Training games, pitchers tend to take the mound with specific goals or tasks in mind. As Cleveland begins to close in on Opening Day, the time has come to for its arms to adopt a regular-season mentality.

That was the message from Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway on Saturday during his daily meeting with the team's pitching staff.

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Kluber looks crisp, despite allowing two homers

Chisenhall, Gomes hit RBI doubles to wipe out Dodgers' lead

Kluber looks crisp, despite allowing two homers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Doubles by Yan Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall keyed a three-run seventh inning off reliever Chris Hatcher as the Indians rallied for a 4-2 win over the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on Sunday.

The Indians comeback wiped out a 2-1 Dodgers lead on solo home runs by Kiké Hernandez and Yasiel Puig off Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.

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Aguilar attributes improvement to change in mental approach

Indians' first-base prospect has learned how to relax more in camp

Aguilar attributes improvement to change in mental approach

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A testament to Jesus Aguilar's progress was found just inside the entrance to the Indians' clubhouse Sunday morning. For the second day in a row, the first-base prospect was featured in a series of still images, breaking down one of his swings from Cleveland's previous game.

The photos of Aguilar were for the "Swing of the Day," which is a daily addition to the whiteboard this spring by hitting coaches Ty Van Burkleo and Matt Quatraro. Aguilar's swings in Spring Training a year ago were less memorable, but he knows that was the result of being too caught up trying to impress the Major League staff.

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Francona heaps praise on bench candidate Sands

Non-roster invitee has made the most of his time in camp

Francona heaps praise on bench candidate Sands

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians manager Terry Francona made an unsolicited point of bringing up non-roster invitee Jerry Sands on Sunday morning. In answering a question unrelated to the utility player, the manager began heaping praise on the bench candidate.

That is how much of an impression Sands has made on Francona this spring.

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Aguilar breaks out as Tribe tops Rockies

Aguilar breaks out as Tribe tops Rockies

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- As Spring Training has progressed, the Indians have watched first-base prospect Jesus Aguilar grow more relaxed in the clubhouse as well as during batting practice. Cleveland has been hoping to see that comfort level translate into on-field production.

In a 10-5 win against a split Rockies squad on Saturday, Aguilar came through, showing off his power potential to lead an outpouring of Indians offense. Aguilar belted a two-run home run off Brett Marshall in the fifth inning and also had an RBI double against Colorado starter David Hale in the third.

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Notes: Crockett's removal purely precautionary

Notes: Crockett's removal purely precautionary

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Had the Indians been in the middle of the regular season, manager Terry Francona might have left reliever Kyle Crockett on the mound in the eighth inning on Friday night. Since it is Spring Training, Francona was not going to take any risks.

Crockett exited his outing against the Angels with tightness in his right hamstring after walking the only batter he faced in Cleveland's 11-5 loss at Goodyear Ballpark. On Saturday morning, the young left-hander was feeling better and was scheduled to throw off the mound in a bullpen session.

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Manship willing to wait for his opportunity

Manship willing to wait for his opportunity

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Jeff Manship understands that there are only so many jobs to go around this spring. If the reliever does not work his way into the mix for the Opening Day bullpen, he hopes he will at least get a chance to help the Indians at some point this season.

"There's a very, very good amount of good pitchers here," Manship said on Saturday morning. "So, I definitely have my work cut out for me. All I can do is try to go out there and do my best and let them make the decision. If I do get sent to Triple-A, hopefully I've made a good enough impression so they can rely on me when they call me up."

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Tribe 'D' gets plenty of work in Angels' 4-triple inning

Tribe 'D' gets plenty of work in Angels' 4-triple inning

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Throughout Spring Training, the Indians have worked hard on tidying up their routes within cut-off and relay drills. When Trevor Bauer gave up four triples in a span of five batters in the third inning of Friday's loss to the Angels, all the hard work paid off.

"Minus the triples, everything was clean and efficient," Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall quipped.

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House takes mom's advice to heart in offseason

Indians left-hander puts travel on hold to focus on preparation

House takes mom's advice to heart in offseason

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When last season ended, Indians left-hander TJ House had a lot of plans for his winter. Traveling around Europe was at the top of his list -- a list he wound up throwing away not long after returning home for the beginning of his offseason.

House -- one of Cleveland's candidates for one of the two open spots in the rotation this spring -- realized that recreation could potentially get in the way of preparation.

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