Francona: Salazar not tipping pitches

CLEVELAND -- The day after Danny Salazar admitted that he might be tipping his pitches, Terry Francona admitted he was surprised to hear that but also said that wasn't the case in Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Royals. Salazar, who is 0-3 with a 7.85 ERA, gave up five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Three of those runs came on a Mike Moustakas' home run in the fourth...
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Youth, inexperience taking a toll on Indians rotation -- and their chances of winning

CLEVELAND -- As much as Terry Francona and the Indians coaching staff would like to have patience with Danny Salazar, there is only so much one can take and if Tuesday night might have been a tipping point. At 24, the right-hander has shown potential during some of his 14 major-league starts to be a future number-one starter. But he just hasn't shown it yet this season. Salazar...
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Indians pregame notes: Salazar's confidence, Brantley's power and state of the Central

CLEVELAND -- After seeing him struggle in his three starts this season, Terry Francona is hoping to see a more confident Danny Salazar tonight as the Indians and Royals continue their four-game series at Progressive Field. In 14 innings, Salazar has allowed 12 runs and has an ERA of 7.71. In his previous start last Thursday at Detroit, Salazar was effective for the first three innings...
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FanGraphs: Indians have one of “smartest” lineups in baseball

The lefty-heavy Cleveland Indians lineup may be a bit frustration to watch through the first 19 games of the season, but the team is being commended for the method behind the madness. The latest comes from a FanGraphs piece titled “Lineup Genius in Cleveland“: One thing seems certain: Some very smart people are working for Team Cleveland. In addition to their focus on those intangible...
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Jesus Aguilar continues to destroy baseballs in Columbus

If you’re one of those Tribe fans who only cares about high-profile prospects, you may want to make an exception for Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar, the Columbus Clippers first baseman blasted his fifth home run of the season on Monday, and is now putting up a red-hot slash line of .386/.453/.737 (1.190 OPS) through 16 games. The portly Aguilar is listed at 6-feet-3-inches and 250 pounds...
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Around the Farm: April 21, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Jose Ramirez (2B, Columbus): 4-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB. Ramirez is on fire right now as he is hitting .400 over his last 10 games, and more surprising, he has three home runs...
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Long ball helps Indians slip past Royals 4-3

CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley hit two-run homers, powering the Cleveland Indians over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Monday night when a fearless squirrel ran around Progressive Field and provided some extra entertainment. Kipnis connected in the sixth inning off Jeremy Guthrie (2-1), overcoming a 3-2 deficit. Brantley provided Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Zach...
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Tribe Happenings: Salazar, Carrasco both need to pick it up

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook… Salazar and Carrasco dilemma We are now three weeks into the season and the Indians are seeing some positive performances from some players, but to date there have been more negative performances – some of which are very concerning. While the lineup continues to try and find any sort of consistency, it is the starting rotation...
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Indians activate Jason Giambi, send Blake Wood to AAA

The Indians started the season with two players on the disabled list that were mainstays of the 2013 Wild Card team; center fielder Michael Bourn and DH Jason Giambi. Manager Terry Francona and GM Chris Antonetti decided to go with an extra bullpen arm early in the season with Nyjer Morgan keeping Bourn’s spot in center warm. Then again, Francona always loves having extra guys...
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Cleveland Indians Early Season Offensive Woes Cause for Major Concern

Early in the Major League Baseball season, it is very easy for teams like the Cleveland Indians to get off to slow starts and want to ignore major issues with their teams. However in the case of the Indians’ offense, a little light should be going off in the head of manager Terry Francona about his ball club. On Saturday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians were shutout for the third...
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Inside the Wigwam: Was Bourn activated too soon?

The Bird's View I simply don’t get it. Why would a team demote (at the time) their best all-around hitter for a player coming back from injury? Center fielder Nyjer Morgan was leading the Indians in both average and on-base percentage, but was optioned to Triple-A Columbus last week to make room for Michael Bourn who has returned from a hamstring injury. Hitting .348 (8-for...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Why is Justin Masterson's velocity down?

Justin Masterson's velocity is down. The reason why, however, remains up in the air. Neither Masterson nor pitching coach Mickey Callaway seem overly concerned by the right-hander's softer tossing. Masterson playfully dodged questions about the drop in velocity with his typical light-hearted banter. "I'm OK," Masterson said. "Do I look OK?" Masterson...
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