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4/24/14: While the Indians lag behind the rest of the AL Central, they are making moves to improve their roster. To that end, the team announced that 43 year old slugger Jason Giambi has joined the team. Giambi started the season on the disabled list with a broken rib. It looks like that has healed and now he can help out as a designated hitter. Giambi actually earned quite a bit of praise for his veteran leadership in the clubhouse last season. On the other hand, Giambi hit only .183 in 71 games last season, so he is not helping out too much on the offensive side.
4/17/14: The Indians signed outfielder Michael Bourn a year ago because he could fly around the bases and create runs. That has not happened so far, but at least they will get their chance to check him out again now. Cleveland activated Bourn from the disabled list, where he had a hamstring injury, and demoted Nyjer Morgan (Tony Plush from this Brewers days) to triple-A. The Indians have been able to score runs and average almost five per game. Unfortunately, they have not shown that they can stop others from scoring as they have somehow allowed 63 runs in just 13 games.
Justin Masterson pitches six shutout innings and helped lead his Cleveland Indians to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night in Los Angeles. Masterson allowed just six hits and three walks over the course of his six innings, adding four strikeouts over the course of his 99 pitches. The outing earned him his ninth win of the year thus far and lowered his earned run average to 4.50. Offensively for Cleveland, Brent Lillibridge added his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning off Angels starter CJ Wilson. Asdrubal Cabrera, Jason Kipnis, Lou Marson and Jason Donald all also drove in runs in the winning effort.
Despite a solid start from Corey Cluber, the Cleveland Indians could not pull out a victory as they lost a close 7-5 ball game to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Kluber lasted six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks. He also added three strikeouts as he lowered his ERA to a still suspect 6.10 on the year. Offensively for Cleveland, Shelley Duncan went deep in the second inning for his 10th home run of the year, a two-run shot that gave Cleveland the lead. Sin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana all also drove in runs in the winning effort. Overall on the day, however, the team managed just 2 hits in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Ubaldo Jimenez didn't have his best stuff on Monday and unfortunately Cleveland could not recover as the Indians lost to the Minnesota Twins by the score of 5-1. Jimenez lasted 6.1 innings, surrendering five earned runs on six hits and three walks. He also added six strikeouts, but unfortunately also picked up his 10th loss of the year so far. Offensively, Shelley Duncan provided the lone run batted in of the game, his 25th of the season. Overall, however, the team managed just six hits on the day and were 1-3 with runners in scoring position. Derek Low will get the ball for Cleveland on Tuesday night.
The Indians did not have an answer for Max Scherzer on Wednesday night and, as a result, could not find a way to victory as the Cleveland Indians lost to the Detroit Tigers by the score of 5-3. Derek Lowe got the start for the Indians and lasted six innings, surrendering four earned runs on eight hits and three walks. He also added a strikeout on the way to his ninth loss of the year so far. Offensively, Casey Kotchman and Travis Hafner each went deep for the Tribe, accounting for the teams only runs of the ball game. Overall, the offense managed just five hits off the Tigers pitching staff and were 0-5 with runners in scoring position.
While Josh Tomlin pitched well enough to earn a victory, unfortunately he was not so lucky - the bullpen was weak on Sunday and the Cleveland Indians lost to the Baltimore Orioles by the score of 4-3. Tomlin pitched six strong innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and zero walks. He also struck out two batters throughout the course of his 90 pitch outing. Offensively, the Indians managed just eight hits off Orioles starter Zach Britton and the Orioles bullpen and were just 1-8 with runners in scoring position. Carlos Santana went deep for the Indians in the ninth, but it was not enough to propel his team to victory.
Cleveland Indians are about to set out to see how they compare to teams in the National League. Cleveland will play their next fifteen games as part of MLB's annual interleague play. The Tribe will stay in the central division as they play three against the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals, six against the NL Central leading Cincinnati Reds, three against the Pittsburgh Pirates and three against the Houston Astros. The first six games of that stretch will come on the road. Cleveland will enter interleague play only one game back of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.
5/31/12 - Derek Lowe is having one of his best seasons in years for the Cleveland Indians. The 38-year-old Lowe has only had one season over the past nine years with an ERA under his current 3.25. Lowe already has more complete games (one) this season than he had in his three-year tenure in Atlanta. Lowe has become the ace of Cleveland's staff with the recent struggles of Ubaldo Jimenez and Justin Masterson. Lowe's six wins are enough to tie him for second in the American League. Lowe has also mastered the art of pitching to contact as he is only striking out 2.66 batters per nine innings.
Johnny Damon made his season debut for the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night in what turned out to be a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Starting in left field, Damon went 0-3 in the victory, but did draw a walk in the winning effort. Carlos Santana blasted his fourth home run of the season in the fifth inning off of White Sox starter Phillip Humber, a three run shot that proved to be the only earned runs that Humber gave up all night. Travis Hafner also added his third home run of the season in the ninth inning off closer Matt Thornton. Chris Perez closed it out in the ninth for Cleveland to earn his eighth save of the year.
After taking two games of a three game series against the Los Angeles Angels, the Cleveland Indians improved to 11-9 on the season and moved into first place in the American League Central division. Derek Lowe gave the team a strong start on Sunday to move to 4-1 already on the year. Lowe pitched seven shutout innings, giving up only three hits and walking two over 107 pitches. Chris Perez came into the game in the ninth in a non-save situation to close it out. The team will go to Chicago for a three game series against the White Sox.
While the Cleveland Indians have been playing solid baseball to begin the season, the team will have more help on the way in the form of veteran outfielder/designated hitter Johnny Damon. The team signed the 38-year-old to a $1.25 million dollar contract with the ability to earn an additional $1.4 million in performance incentives if he approaches his numbers from last season. In 2011, Damon hit .261 with 16 home runs, 73 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases with the Tampa Bay Rays. Damon also has a major milestone ahead of him if he can continue to play for a few more seasons - the veteran is just 277 hits away from 3,000.
The Cleveland Indians look to recover from a rough spring training in which they lost one of their stars, Grady Sizemore, to a lower back injury that required surgery and will keep the outfielder out for 8-12 weeks. The team will look to young studs like Carlos Santana and Sin-Soo Choo to pace the offense, while they will rely on the likes of Ubaldo Jiminez and Justin Masterson to lead the starting rotation. After Santana began the 2012 season with 2 home runs in the first three games, the Indians decided to lock him up for the long-term by giving him a five-year, $21 million extension that will keep him in an Indians' uniform through the 2016 season.
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