SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In a game befitting a matchup of a pair of Opening Day starters, the Indians and D-backs played a low-scoring game with Arizona winning 3-2 at Salt River Fields.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians made it known early in camp that right-hander Zach McAllister would be on the Opening Day pitching staff in some capacity. Cleveland has yet to reveal whether it will be as a starter or reliever.
"The big thing is the guy's pitching well," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Zach looks to me like he could probably do both right now, which is comforting."
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Throughout his young career, Danny Salazar has consistently overpowered hitters and teased the Indians with the kind of potential that makes him look like a future ace.
On Friday, Cleveland made it clear that Salazar still has room for growth, optioning the hard-throwing starter to Triple-A Columbus. The move comes one day after Salazar imploded in a Cactus League start against the Reds.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Before Michael Brantley leaves for Spring Training each year, his dad offers a suggestion for the upcoming season. Mickey Brantley is a former big league outfielder and hitting coach, so the Indians' left fielder always takes the advice to heart.
What did Mickey Brantley have in mind for this season?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.