John Axford was tipping pitches in Milwaukee

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John Axford, new Cleveland Indians closer, might have to thank the St. Louis Cardinals for potentially reviving his career.hThe National Post, a Toronto publication, had an article on Sunday about the Canadian’s “pivotal, profitable” late-season stint with the Cardinals in 2013. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian retweeted the article on Twitter. Per the article, after the late

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Indians take a flier on injury-prone starter Shaun Marcum

Shaun Marcum alone is not a game-changer. But with relatively little possible cost and minimal team risk, the Cleveland Indians just added a bit more upside to their 2014 roster. Yesterday, the 32-year-old former Milwaukee Brewer and Toronto Blue Jay reached agreement with the Tribe to compete for the open No. 5 rotation spot. Marcum

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MLB News: Kyle Lohse to Milwaukee Brewers

CBS’ Sports Jon Heyman is reporting today that free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse will be signing with the Milwaukee Brewers- Lohse to sign with brewers — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 25, 2013 Lohse was the prize of the free agents left, but signing the veteran starter would have cost a team their first round pick.

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The Indians’ offseason hunt for a veteran starting pitcher

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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

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Swept Away: Tribe Loses Third Straight To Milwaukee

Stop me if you have heard this one before: Tribe starting pitcher gets down early and only goes five innings. Tribe offense battles back to tie the game. Tribe bullpen implodes and game seems all but lost. Last night’s 9-8 loss to Milwaukee did however, feature another stunning late-inning comeback, but thanks to the pen,

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Another Chance Wasted – Tribe Loses 7-5

Another night, another April flashback. Monday night it was the bullpen, last night it was hitting in clutch spots. The Indians certainly had plenty of chances to take control of this game, but literally failed every single time in the 7-5 loss to Milwaukee. They took Brewers start Yovani Gallardo completely off the hook, despite

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Unanswered Prayers: Trevor Hoffman to DL?

During our off-season search for a closer, the name Trevor Hoffman was dangled about as the veteran closer was looking for a new home.  We belabored a bit, but given Hoffman’s age and relocation to a home that was not as pitcher-friendly as he had in San Diego, we were happy to see that the

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The More Things Change…

Man.  It was just days ago that we were discussing what C.C. Sabathia’s arrival in Milwaukee meant for their 2008 season.  After going 6-8 in Cleveland, the hefty lefty was nearly unhittable for the Brewers by going 11-2 with an ERA of 1.65.  But similar to what occurred last season for the Tribe, Sabathia entered

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Sabathia Carries Brewers in to Playoffs

The Milwaukee Brewers got exactly what they wanted with the acquisition of C.C. Sabathia back in early July.  Needing another arm to compliment Ben Sheets, Sabathia was likely more than the team even anticipated by going 11-2 with an ERA of 1.65 in 17 starts.

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PTBNL Redux

September 28th, 2008.  Exactly 23 days until the final game of the season.  While we have heard rumblings of fans hoping that the Indians can pull off a Colorado-like surge, this is the date by which we have to get that done.  But this date also has another reminder attached to it: The time which

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Sutcliffe and Sabathia

With our Tribe (and company) recap coming a bit later today, I found this small blurb by Will Carroll from Baseball Prospectus. On June 13, 1984, the Indians traded Rick Sutcliffe to the Cubs. He made 20 starts, going 16-1 with seven complete games and won the Cy Young in the NL. On July 7,

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2009 Spring Training Begins…

Hey Jeremy, don’t be mad at Miguel. You threw that crap ball.  Tigers 9, Indians 2 (Box) Jeremy Sowers served up at least four pitches over the heart of the plate, and two of them went for homers as the Tribe got pounded by the Tigers. Literally taking Sabathia’s place in the rotation, Sowers made way too

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More Questions Than Answers…

Driving home last night with the trade announcement buzzing in my mind, I tried to answer the questions that kept popping up in my head. Unfortunately, I had more questions than I could answer… the biggest one being how long are the Indians going to suck?  I will concede that C.C. Sabathia and the Indians were not going

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Au Revoir, Big Fella…We Will Miss You

We say goodbye to the Ace, the leader, and one of the core guys who makes up the heart and soul of the Cleveland Indians, as C.C. Sabathia has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. As Scott has already reported, and Rick will be commenting on further later today, the Indians have officially shut the

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C.C. Sabathia: Traded to Brewers?

Though slated as the starting pitcher for Tuesday’s game against the Tigers, Anthony Castrovince’s MLB.com blog reports that an unconfirmed deal has been made. According to a Major League source, the Indians and Brewers have completed a trade in which Sabathia, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, would be sent to Milwaukee for

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Oh Look, More Sabathia Trade Rumors!

It’s been about two or three days since we’ve last touched on the possibilities of C.C. Sabathia being traded out of Cleveland.  Paul Hoynes recently mentioned that the Tribe is in no hurry to find a suitor, which is actually surprising news.  Somehow, I have a feeling that Mark Shapiro is fielding (and making) phone

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