House, McAllister earn rotation spots as Indians cull roster

Swarzak secures bullpen job, while Tomlin, Manship head to Triple-A

House, McAllister earn rotation spots as Indians cull roster

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians finalized their rotation Sunday, naming TJ House and Zach McAllister their Nos. 4 and 5 starters.

The right-handed McAllister will start the home opener against the Tigers on April 10 and the left-handed House will take the ball in the series finale April 12. House and McAllister join Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in a rotation likely to evolve throughout the season.

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House goes six, but struggles in three-run fourth inning

Kipnis scores Tribe's only run on throwing error by White Sox

House goes six, but struggles in three-run fourth inning

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Micah Johnson and Tyler Flowers had two hits each, and George Kottaras had a two-run double as the White Sox beat the Indians, 4-1, Sunday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Scott Carroll gave up one unearned run in three innings, and David Robertson, Arcenio Leon and Jace Fry combined for six scoreless innings out of the Chicago bullpen.

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Tribe undecided if last spot will go to pitcher or position player

Reliever Adams in the running with utility men Sands and Holt

Tribe undecided if last spot will go to pitcher or position player

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians have one open spot on the 25-man roster, but they have not decided whether the spot will go to a pitcher or position player.

The team announced Sunday that TJ House and Zach McAllister are in the rotation and non-roster invitee Anthony Swarzak will make the team as a reliever.

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Phil Rogers

Tito trusts young arms in Indians' rotation

AL Cy Young winner Kluber only pitcher in starting five with 200-inning season

Tito trusts young arms in Indians' rotation

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Every good starting pitcher grows up some time. He might be 22 and hitting the ground running, 25 and well prepared after a step-by-step climb through the Minor Leagues or 28 and ready to prove an organization or two wrong.

No matter how long it takes, the goal is to reach the point where he is ready to throw 200-plus innings on a contending team. The Indians hope that they have assembled that kind of rotation behind American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. But, at this point, all the Indians are doing is believing and hoping because they haven't yet seen a strong, complete Major League season from Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Danny Salazar, Zach McAllister or TJ House.

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McAllister mows down 9, Kipnis goes deep in win over Crew

Indians righty among 3 pitchers vying for 2 rotation spots

McAllister mows down 9, Kipnis goes deep in win over Crew

PHOENIX -- Jason Kipnis homered for Cleveland and Ryan Braun drove in two runs for Milwaukee as the Indians defeated the Brewers, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Zach McAllister had a solid start for the Indians as he continued to make a push for one of the two open spots in the rotation. The right-hander struck out nine over five innings and was charged with two runs on six hits.

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Allen in 'perfect spot' for Opening Day after new spring routine

Indians closer has taken slower approach in increasing intensity

Allen in 'perfect spot' for Opening Day after new spring routine

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians closer Cody Allen has not typically needed many Spring Training innings to find the kind of rhythm he prefers for the regular season. The only problem is that the young pitcher has reached that level of readiness too early in camp in previous years.

This spring, Cleveland changed Allen's throwing routine, mixing in Minor League appearances between his Cactus League innings in order to reduce the intensity of the outings. Allen has liked the change and thinks it has helped him build up his personal momentum at a more gradual pace.

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'A good first step': Swisher tests legs in Minor League game

Indians outfielder expected to start season on DL

'A good first step': Swisher tests legs in Minor League game

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians veteran Nick Swisher took another step forward in his comeback from double-knee surgery, increasing the intensity of his running in a Minor League game on Friday.

After resting on Thursday due to what Indians manager Terry Francona described as general leg fatigue, Swisher got a hit and pushed himself on the bases in Friday's game action. Swisher was scheduled to go through a workout with the Tribe on Sunday.

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Carrasco leaves Indians camp for birth of fourth child

Starter's absence could delay announcement of rotation order

Carrasco leaves Indians camp for birth of fourth child

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians' pitching schedule had been aligned for right-hander Carlos Carrasco to slot into the second spot of the Opening Day rotation behind ace Corey Kluber. Carrasco's place within the rotation order is now a bit of an unknown.

On Saturday, Carrasco was scheduled to leave the team in order to fly home to Florida to be with his wife for the birth of his fourth child. Indians manager Terry Francona said Carrasco -- originally slated to start against the White Sox on Sunday -- will likely be away from the ballclub for a few days.

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Brantley has look-alike in MSU player Travis Trice

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Brantley has look-alike in MSU player Travis Trice

Look at Michael Brantley. Now look at Michigan State guard Travis Trice. You can't deny there's a certain resemblance. But since Brantley was born in 1987 and Trice was born in 1993, I'm not suggesting they're identical twins with amazing athletic abilities who regularly switch places to confound and delight spectators.

However, I have seen "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "Black Mirror," so I am suggesting that maybe Brantley grew Trice in a bathtub.

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Kluber pushes pitch count vs. D-backs to gain strength

Indians' Opening Day starter gives up one run in six innings

Kluber pushes pitch count vs. D-backs to gain strength

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.

The D-backs scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on a Jake Lamb double that plated Tom Belza and a Blake Lalli sacrifice fly that scored David Peralta to take a lead that would stand.

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McAllister's versatility gives Francona options

McAllister's versatility gives Francona options

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."

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Tribe options Salazar; rotation competition shrinks

Right-hander sent down after struggling with consistency this spring

Tribe options Salazar; rotation competition shrinks

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.

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Brantley heeds dad's advice, eyes opposite-field power

Brantley heeds dad's advice, eyes opposite-field power

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?

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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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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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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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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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