Salazar debuts in pitch for rotation, Marcum solid in relief

Indians' offense jumps on Ventura for four runs

Salazar debuts in pitch for rotation, Marcum solid in relief

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- An eight-run outburst in the fifth inning on a windy afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark helped power the Royals to a 11-9 Cactus League win over the rival Indians on Friday. The offensive outpouring overshadowed a shaky spring debut for Kansas City's Yordano Ventura.

Ventura -- a favorite to be the Royals' Opening Day starter -- faced nine batters in the first inning, laboring through 30-plus pitches before calling it a day. The hard-throwing right-hander surrendered four runs and struck out one, but that was hardly enough damage to slow Kansas City down.

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Indians embrace Bauer's scientific approach to pitching

Cleveland alters throwing programs based on right-hander's methods

Indians embrace Bauer's scientific approach to pitching

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians have raved about the strides Trevor Bauer has made in keeping the club looped in on the things he is researching in order to improve his pitching. The give and take with Bauer over the past three years has even led to changes within Cleveland's own programs for its young arms.

Since Bauer joined the organization via trade prior to the 2013 season, the Indians have implemented a long-toss program and introduced weighted-ball drills for its Minor League pitchers. Bauer's teammate, Danny Salazar, is among the pitchers who have also bought in to using a shoulder tube, which is a long, flexible pole used for muscle strengthening.

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Indians set plan to make sure Floyd 'built to last'

Cleveland willing to let veteran's rehab carry into April if needed

Indians set plan to make sure Floyd 'built to last'

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Given the nature of Gavin Floyd's current comeback, the Indians have stressed to the pitcher that honest communication is necessary for plotting his course to the regular season. So, rather than trying to pitch through soreness right now, the pitcher was upfront with Cleveland's staff.

Floyd complained of general soreness in his right arm during a live batting practice session on Wednesday, forcing a premature end to the workout. The Indians then scratched his scheduled start against the Rangers on Sunday and are working with Floyd and the medical staff to alter the starter's throwing program.

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'Attack mode': Chisenhall works to be more aggressive on defense

Third baseman tested early with tough plays

'Attack mode': Chisenhall works to be more aggressive on defense

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Defense was an issue at times for Lonnie Chisenhall last season and fine-tuning that element of his game is a priority for the third baseman this spring. He got an early test in the second inning of Thursday's game against the Reds.

A sharp grounder off the bat of Cincinnati's Josh Satin ate Chisenhall up with two outs, resulting in an error and allowing a run to score. Naturally, the next batter, Eugenio Suarez, also sent a chopper to Chisenhall. The third baseman gloved the ball and threw off target, but was saved by a leaping catch-and-tag play from first baseman Carlos Santana.

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Gomes' first spring hit clears left-field wall

Bolstered by five-run fifth, Indians pour it on in rout of rival Reds

Gomes' first spring hit clears left-field wall

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Yan Gomes enjoyed a breakout season last year, working through his first full season as the Indians' starting catcher and earning a Silver Slugger Award for his showing at the plate. In a 9-3 Cactus League victory over the Reds on Thursday, Gomes picked up right where he left off.

It was Gomes who launched a two-run home run in the fifth inning off Cincinnati reliever Burke Badenhop, who was making his first appearance of the spring, to cap Cleveland's five-run outburst.

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After nearly giving up, Moss rejuvenated career

Outfielder considered joining fire department as career was stuck in rut

After nearly giving up, Moss rejuvenated career

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Nine days. That is all Brandon Moss had to get through before he could opt out of his contract with the A's and pursue an opportunity playing baseball in Japan. He was mentally ready to head overseas and his family was prepared to make the dramatic move with him.

When Moss was done earning some money with a Japanese team -- more than he was making in 2012, his third straight year in Triple-A -- the outfielder was planning on leaving baseball completely. With a young son and a wife to support, Moss had talked things over with a close friend, who was a firefighter back in their Georgia hometown and was willing to put in a good word.

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Zimmer gets taste of life in big league dugout

Highly touted prospect notches RBI triple in first Cactus League game

Zimmer gets taste of life in big league dugout

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Bradley Zimmer admitted to coming down with some rookie jitters when he arrived at Goodyear Ballpark on Thursday. Once the highly-touted Indians prospect was on the field, things slowed down and felt more natural for the outfielder.

"Obviously, right when you get here, it's a little bit shocking," Zimmer said. "But I wasn't nervous. I was excited. I had some fun out there."

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Former pitcher Moncrief developing into promising hitter

Former pitcher Moncrief developing into promising hitter

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians outfield prospect Carlos Moncrief went 4-for-4 in Wednesday's Cactus League win over the Reds. Moncrief added a homer, double and three runs in a "B" game against Cincinnati on Thursday. The 26-year-old Moncrief, who is expected to open with Triple-A Columbus, made the switch from pitching to the outfield after the 2009 season and has developed into a promising hitter for the Tribe.

"When you switch from pitching to hitting, you don't come in with an identity as a hitter," Moncrief said. "I feel like, as a hitter, you have to have an identity. So, when you step in the box, they know that it's a hitter up there. It's not like, 'He used to be a pitcher.' I've tried to create an identity and live it when I get out there."

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House, Tomlin make debut bids for rotation as Indians win

Pair among four vying for last spot on starting staff

House, Tomlin make debut bids for rotation as Indians win

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians and Reds had their rotation competitions on display on Wednesday afternoon, when the Indians picked up a 4-2 Cactus League victory in the second game in as many days between the clubs at Goodyear Ballpark.

For Cleveland, right-hander Josh Tomlin and lefty T.J. House each logged two innings in the race for the lone vacancy in the starting staff. Tomlin, House, Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar represent the four main candidates for the only opening in the Tribe's rotation.

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Floyd's first start with Tribe pushed back few days

Floyd's first start with Tribe pushed back few days

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians are closely monitoring Gavin Floyd this spring as he makes his comeback from a fractured right elbow. The team plans on maintaining a cautious approach with the pitcher and has already taken a step along those lines by delaying the right-hander's first Cactus League start.

Floyd was originally scheduled to make his debut Sunday, but manager Terry Francona noted on Thursday morning that Floyd's first start will be pushed back by a few days. Francona added that he will meet with general manager Chris Antonetti, pitching coach Mickey Callaway and Floyd in the coming days to map out a plan.

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Kluber latest Indian to come down with stomach bug

Cleveland's ace to be monitored before Saturday's Cactus League debut

Kluber latest Indian to come down with stomach bug

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Corey Kluber is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut against the Dodgers on Saturday, but the Indians will monitor the pitcher closely over the next few days due to a bout with a stomach bug.

On Wednesday, Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Kluber was the latest player to come down with flu-like symptoms this spring. Earlier in camp, Lonnie Chisenhall and Zach Walters also missed a workout day because of illness.

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Walters' versatility key to contributing with Indians

25-year-old aims to land utility role in Spring Training

Walters' versatility key to contributing with Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Zach Walters has seven different gloves in his possession, but he still found himself one short when the Indians asked him to try his hand at first base this spring. Walters had to ask Lonnie Chisenhall for a rental, bringing his glove count up to eight at the moment.

"I'm a super-duper utility guy," Walters quipped.

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Indians add more local flavor to concessions at Progressive Field

Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Dynomite Burgers join Right Field District at ballpark

Indians add more local flavor to concessions at Progressive Field

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians brought even more local flavor to their new Right Field District on Wednesday, adding Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Dynomite Burgers to the growing list of Cleveland-area restaurants that will offer options at Progressive Field this season.

As part of the Indians' ongoing renovation project at their home ballpark -- in conjunction with its concessionaire, Delaware North -- the team wanted to create a concessions area filled with ties to the city and its neighborhoods. The Tribe now has five well-known eateries in the fold for the redesigned concourse area behind right field.

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McAllister uses spring opener to vie for rotation spot

Francona classifies pitcher's outing as 'pretty good'

McAllister uses spring opener to vie for rotation spot

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Both the Reds and Indians opened their Cactus League seasons Tuesday showcasing pitchers who are competing for rotation spots.

Veteran Jason Marquis pitched two scoreless innings for the Reds while Zach McAllister allowed a first-inning run on Devin Mesoraco's RBI single during his outing in a 10-0 victory for the Reds.

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Moss ahead of schedule in recovery from hip surgery

Tribe outfielder could be cleared for game action earlier than mid-March

Moss ahead of schedule in recovery from hip surgery

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Brandon Moss has cleared every hurdle he has faced through the early portion of Spring Training, putting the Indians outfielder on pace to potentially appear in a Cactus League game sooner than originally expected.

Tribe manager Terry Francona noted on Tuesday that Moss -- coming back from October hip surgery -- ran the bases with no issues during Monday's workout. Cleveland initially projected that Moss might be cleared for game action by mid-March, but Francona said that step could come earlier in the preseason schedule.

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Francona in favor of expanding Wild Card action

Indians manager says best-of-three format would be 'awesome'

Francona in favor of expanding Wild Card action

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians have seen both the benefits and the pitfalls of the current Wild Card system. Cleveland roared through the final two weeks of the schedule two years ago and earned the right to host the one-game playoff game, but then experienced a painfully quick exit from the October stage.

Indians manager Terry Francona likes the current format, having seen how things have played out in both leagues over the course of the past three years. That said, Francona would love to have Major League Baseball consider expanding the one-and-done Wild Card Game to a best-of-three series in the future.

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After standing pat, Indians ready to contend

After standing pat, Indians ready to contend

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The White Sox were among the biggest players in the offseason, looking to rebuild with the idea of making an instant return to contention in the American League Central this season.

The Tigers, coming off four consecutive division titles, and the Royals, who ended a 29-year postseason drought by advancing to the World Series, were busy patching holes created by offseason departures.

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Indians' home opener sells out quickly

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The sight of the snow-covered diamond at Progressive Field right now might make Opening Day feel extremely far away. The news that the Tribe's home opener sold out in swift fashion on Tuesday morning helped generate some warm thoughts.

For the 23rd consecutive season, the Indians' home opener has sold out, doing so in just 11 minutes after single-game tickets went on sale for registered fans on Tuesday morning. This year, Cleveland will host the rival Tigers at 4:10 p.m. ET on April 10 at Progressive Field to kick off the 2015 home slate.

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Crockett's results on mound belie youthfulness

Young left-hander showed poise in quick rise

Crockett's results on mound belie youthfulness

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Scott Atchison is the recipient of an endless stream of old jokes, stemming from his graying hair and long history in professional baseball. The veteran Indians reliever has fun with the running gag, especially with youngster Kyle Crockett a few lockers down from him right now.

"What year were you born?" the 38-year-old Atchison asked Crockett on Monday morning. "1991? That was a bad year for me."

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Start of Cactus League ramps up Tribe's spring intensity

McAllister opens rotation competition vs. Reds

Start of Cactus League ramps up Tribe's spring intensity

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The theme of workouts for the Indians this spring has been simulating plays at game speed. After two weeks of going through drills, the time has come for Cleveland to transition from the practice diamond to an actual ballpark.

On Tuesday, Indians starter Zach McAllister will take the mound against the Reds in the Tribe's first Cactus League contest of the spring. Cleveland's players are more than ready to take the next step in baseball's annual march toward Opening Day.

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Lindor to be given every opportunity to develop

Tribe's top prospect to begin season at Triple-A

Lindor to be given every opportunity to develop

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The expectations are high for Francisco Lindor, and there is a chance that the Indians' elite shortstop prospect could hold his own in the big leagues right now. However, Cleveland is not caving into that kind of temptation when it comes to Lindor's path to the Majors.

"I don't think that's developing a player," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "If you [promote] a guy too quick and you get him beat up, that's not development. They've got to go through a progression, for the most part."

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Carrasco aims for same mindset that brought success in '14

Indians starter impresses coaches, teammates in first BP session

Carrasco aims for same mindset that brought success in '14

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Most pitchers will throw off a mound a handful of times before reporting to Spring Training. Others prefer to wait until they are around the Major League coaching staff and at the complex before working through their first bullpen session.

Carlos Carrasco took a different approach this year.

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'He's the man': Kluber brings Cy Young stuff to first BP session

Indians won't hold back ace after reaching career high in innings

'He's the man': Kluber brings Cy Young stuff to first BP session

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Corey Kluber fired a breaking ball that ran hard over the inside part of the plate, forcing Michael Bourn to swiftly move out of the way. The Indians center fielder shook his head, let out a slight laugh and shifted back into his stance as the pitcher grinned on the mound.

"I wasn't ready for that one," Bourn said.

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Floyd encouraged after throwing first BP since elbow surgery

Indians signed veteran pitcher to one-year deal in offseason

Floyd encouraged after throwing first BP since elbow surgery

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Gavin Floyd threw his first pitch to a batter on Sunday morning, things went considerably better than the last time the right-hander worked with a batter at the plate. Floyd got through his first live batting practice session of the spring pain free and encouraged.

"It's just another step," Floyd said. "It's the first time I had a significant bullpen, cooled down for a little bit and then got back out there. I felt really good. I've just got to continue to make progress and build up strength. Usually, that's just by doing it over and over again, and using spring to do that."

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Former MLB star Minoso passes away

Club's first black ballplayer was 9-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glover

Former MLB star Minoso passes away

Native Cubans could move to the big leagues without dealing much in politics, secrecy and defection six decades ago. Cuban baseball talent was highly regarded and increasingly desirable. Not coincidentally, Minnie Minoso was at the forefront of the international game then. His baseball skills caught the eye. His distinctive name caught the ear. And his warm and engaging personality made him an uncommonly popular figure anywhere he played -- no, anywhere he went -- and helped forge a legacy that, to this day, prompts baseball folks to smile.

Minoso died Sunday at age 90 -- 34 years after his final at-bat in the big leagues, the one that made him the second player in Major League history to appear in games in five decades. Had Bill Veeck, baseball's ultimate showman, lived into the summer of 1990, Minoso probably would have played in six, and perhaps ended his 14-year slump at three at-bats.

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Kipnis among candidates to be Tribe's No. 2 man

Francona has Swisher, Ramirez also in mix

Kipnis among candidates to be Tribe's No. 2 man

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When constructing a lineup, Indians manager Terry Francona likes to make things as difficult as possible for the opposition. If Francona can alternate left-handed and right-handed batters, it makes it that much harder for the other manager to make bullpen decisions late in games.

Right now, though, Francona is weighing whether it is worth it to use that approach for the top of his lineup. If Cleveland has Michael Bourn, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley in the first three spots of the order, respectively, that will stack three lefty batters in a row. Francona is in the midst of considering the risk and reward of such a move.

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Bauer taking nothing for granted as he refines repertoire

Tribe righty pleased with first spring batting practice session

Bauer taking nothing for granted as he refines repertoire

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Over the winter, pitchers often retreat to indoor batting tunnels to run through their mound workouts. In the early stages of Spring Training, they advance to bullpen sessions at their team's training complex. Live batting practice is the next step in the annual march to the regular season.

On Saturday morning, Trevor Bauer was among the Indians pitchers who went through live BP sessions for the first time this year, giving them their first testing ground with batters standing at the plate. At this time of year, the pitchers are always ahead of the hitters, but that does not make things any less strange out on the mound.

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