April 18, 2014

Francisco Lindor’s homer propels Tribe

Lindor HRYouth was served as the Indians improved to 3-1 in the Cactus League with a 6-3 win over the Mariners on Sunday.

In his only at-bat of the game, uber-prospect Francisco Lindor belted a three run homerun to break a three all tie and propel the Indians to the win. Lindor now has a pair of hits in his six at-bats this spring.

“It was a good swing. It’s exciting for us to see that,” Terry Francona said. “We get a kick out of that every day when one of our young kids does something.”

In addition to Lindor’s homerun, second baseman Jason Kipnis had an RBI triple and Nick Swisher, playing in his first game this spring, had an RBI and a hit. Lindor is in his first big league spring camp and is expected to open the season in AAA Columbus.

Aaron Harang started the game and was relieved by Trevor Bauer. Both are competing for the fifth spot in the rotation. Both pitched a pair of innings on Sunday. Harang gave up a run on one hit, while Bauer surrendered a two run home run in the fourth. The rest of the staff shut the Mariners out in their five innings of work.

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The Indians’ offseason hunt for a veteran starting pitcher

The Scott Kazmir signing was nice and all, but it’s not going to be it for the Cleveland Indians in the starting pitching market. All offseason, the Tribe’s front office has expressed its desire to sign one more free agent starter: a veteran that could provide some more depth to the rotation.

Entering 2013, the starters for the Tribe are Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, then likely Zach McAllister and Trevor Bauer. As I broke down last week following the Bauer-Shin Soo Choo trade, there are no other immediate options in Columbus or elsewhere. Indians fans would simply see the usual revolving door at No. 5 should no other pitcher join the fold: a la Jeanmar Gomez, Carlos Carrasco, et al.

So what’s left on the market for the Indians? Reportedly, Cleveland was on the short list of suitors for RHP Edwin Jackson, who signed a 4-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs earlier this week. But with the New Year approaching, the list is shrinking quickly. [Read more...]

On The Flip Side

Reds 4, Indians 3 (box)

Brandon Phillips, Home Run
Yep, we used to have this guy

My, how the tides turn.  We can now officially end any streaks out there in regards to starting pitchers.  Well, unless you want to go Major League and say “no earned runs by any pitcher that wasn’t called-up from Triple-A the day before.”  I guess that could work.  But Jeremy Sowers was less than spectacular yesterday, giving up three earned in five innings of work. 

Of course, the first two runs just had to be at the hands of Brandon Phillips, right?  Any chance that Phillips glares into the Tribe dugout each time he proceeds to produce for the Reds?  I wouldn’t put it past him given the past.  But it’s not like we didn’t come back to put the game within reach.

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