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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Corey Kluber‘s dominance can be most brutal to hitters who aren’t accustomed to the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner’s late movement and assortment of secondary pitches.

Just look at the final batter Kluber faced in Wednesd Women’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey ay’s 7-0 win over the Angels: Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Corey Kluber‘s dominance can be most brutal to hitters who aren’t accustomed to the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner’s late movement and assortment of secondary pitches.

Just look at the final batter Kluber faced in Wednesday’s 7-0 win over the Angels: Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani.

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With two outs in the fifth inning, Kluber started Ohtani by catching the corner low and inside. Then he made the slugger swing and miss badly at an 87-mph breaking ball low and in. The third pitch, a high cutter, cracked Ohtani’s bat and resulted in a softly hit popup that was easily brought in by second baseman Jason Kipnis.

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Over five scoreless innings, Kluber faced 16 batters — one over the minimum — allowing one hit and three baserunners while striking out four on 56 pitches. He threw 15 more pitches in the bullpen as he looks to continue building his volume of pitches before Opening Day.

“He was so economical, we had to send him out to the bullpen,” manager Terry Francona said. “He was good. He is so good about his progression. Every outing, he gets a little sharper, gets a little deeper. It’s really fun to watch.”

“Obviously, you want to feel good throughout your delivery and try to iron out things like that,” Kluber said of his progress this spring. “I wouldn’t say it’s just building up the amount you throw. I think that’s one of the important things, but I think you’re also working on commanding all your pitches, things like that.

“I think I’m right on track with where I want to be.”

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Kluber faced a lineup full of Angels regulars — including Ohtani, former AL MVP Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun, who recorded the club’s lon http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Philadelphia-Phillies-Jersey e hit off Kluber with a dribbler through the hole in the second inning — handling the group well and inducing eight swings and misses.

Just four balls in play even left the infield, including back-to-back flyouts by Ian Kinsler and Trout to open the game.

“It was pretty close to their regular lineup, so I don’t want to say that you don’t treat it the same when it’s not like that, but I think you just naturally get a little bit more adrenaline going,” Kluber said of facing the regulars. “When I’m facing close to their everyday lineup Custom Phillies Jersey , if not th Custom Phillies Jersey Cheap eir actual everyday lineup, it just naturally helps. It’s good to keep working on that.”

Kluber faced trouble just once, when a hit batter, a walk and a runner advancing on an infield fly rule gave the Angels runners on the corners with one out in the third inning. He would get out of it, catching Kinsler out in front of an offspeed pitch and inducing an inning-ending double play.

Video: LAA@CLE: Kluber induces a DP to strand a pair

“The third inning was pretty bad [command-wise], but other than that, it was OK,” Kluber said. “I just got really quick to the plate, and couldn’t really make the adjustment. I guess that’s a positive you can take out of it, you get in that situation and you’re one pitch away. It was ugly, but I found a way to make that one pitch.

“I think that days like today where you don’t feel like you really are in a good rhythm or in sync, you get to work on making those adjustments in-game.”

“It was really fun to watch him self-correct,” Francona said. “H Customized Philadelphia Phillies Jersey e breezed through, like, seven [batters] in a row [after], and he figured it out.”

Fabian Ardaya is a contributor to MLB.com.


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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — As spring has progressed, Indians manager Terry Francona has noticed that Michael Brantley has increasingly been acting like himself again. That means Brantley has been chirpy arou Men’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey nd the batting cage and insistent about pushing the aggressiveness in his controlled workouts.

Francona calls it being froggy. Picture a little kid in the back seat of a car on a long road trip, upping the level of annoyance as grandma’s house gets closer. Brantley is that kid, but it’s the end of his right ankle rehab that is the destination. The deeper into spring Brantley gets, the more that Opening Day seems like it might be a realistic target for the two-time All-Star left fielder.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — As spring has progressed, Indians manager Terry Francona has noticed that Michael Brantley has increasingly been acting like himself again. That means Brantley has been chirpy around the batting cage and insistent about pushing the aggressiveness in his controlled workouts.

Francona calls it being froggy. Picture a little kid in the back seat of a car on a long road trip, upping the level of annoyance as grandma’s house gets closer. Brantley is that kid, but it’s the end of his right ankle rehab that is the destination. The deeper into spring Brantley gets, the more that Opening Day seems like it might be a realistic target for the two-time All-Star left fielder.

“He’s doing really well,” Francona said recently. “And the other thing, too, is this [spring], he’s been able to hit the entire time. So when you ramp up, it’s not like he’s going to be playing catch-up, as far as physically with his hitting. He’s been hitting a ton. He’s getting antsy. He’s in a good spot. When he starts to be a pain in the [rear], you know he’s starting to feel good.”

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Last spring, when Brantley was coming back from a right shoulder injury, he did not appear in his first Cactus League game until March 20, but he still got enough at-bats to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. Brantley has not advanced to games yet, but his rehab has progressed well enough to include him on MLB.com’s mid-spring prediction for Cleveland’s season-opening roster.

We made our predictions before Spring Training began, but some things have changed in the weeks that followed those educated guesses. Here is a look at how the Tribe’s roster might shape up now, given what we’ve learned over the past month in Arizona:

Catcher: Yan Gomes, Roberto Perez
Nothing has changed in Cleveland’s catching alignment. The only thing that Francona will need to determine is how he will distribute the innings between Gomes and Perez. Top prospect Francisco Mejia was optioned to Triple-A Columbus, and given the presence of the Tribe’s two Major League catchers, he will get some outfield experience.

First base: Yonder Alonso
No change here. Signed to a two-year contract over the offseason, Alonso has been impressed with the environment around Cleveland’s camp this spring. He homered on the first pitch he saw in an Indians uniform at the start of Cactus League play, and he projects to garner the bulk of the innings at first this year.

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Second base: Jason Kipnis
In our first round of Opening Day roster predictions, Jose Ramirez was listed at second base. That was due to the uncertainty surrounding Brantley’s situation. Without Brantley, it still seemed possible in early February that the Indians might consider an alignment with Ramirez at second and Kipnis in left field. That is no longer part of the plans.

Shortstop: Francisco Lindor
The only thing that has changed about this one is Lindor’s look. He arrived to Spring Training with short-cropped silver hair, earning some ribbing from his teammates. Lindor has had a strong spring at the plate (1.045 OPS entering play Wednesday) and has noted that working on his defense is a top priority.

Video: CHC@CLE: Lindor lays out for a great diving stop

Third base: Ramirez
For the pre-spring predictions, having Ramirez at second base and Kipnis in the outfield led to having Yandy Diaz listed as the projected third baseman. A year ago, Diaz was the Op Customized Philadelphia Phillies Jersey ening Day third baseman due to Kipnis being out with injury. While Diaz has turned in a strong spring so far (1.027 OPS), his path to the roster is now more difficult, and a trip to Triple-A Columbus is not out of the question.

Designated hitter: Edwin Encarnacion
Encarnacion went 4-for-28 with a .450 OPS through his first 11 Cactus League games, but the veteran slugger has his spring routine down and is prepping for the regular season. Encarnacion has been playing a good amount of first base, along with Alonso, but he still projects as the main designated hitter.

Outfield: Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall, Bradley Zimmer
Take this prediction with a grain of salt. If the Indians fe Custom Phillies Jersey Cheap el that Brantley’s rehab schedule should go into April, the team will not hesitate to take that approach. So far, though, there have been no setbacks in his comeback. Brantley has been unrestricted with his hitting and has advanced to baserunning and outfield work.

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Bench: Rajai Davis, Melvin Upton Jr., Giovanny Urshela
For the earlier predictions, the three players listed here were Abraham Almonte, Erik Gonzalez and Upton. Almonte was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, taking him out of the outfield mix. The utility job race between Gonzalez and Urshela remains too close to call, but Urshela been on a tear at the plate (.520 average and 1.418 OPS in 12 games) and has shown the ability to handle second and short, along with third. For the outfield, the three lefty-swinging starters could use some right-handed complements, especially if Brantley needs some days off built in early on. That makes it possible for both Davis and Upton (non-roster invitees) to both make the roster.

Rotation: Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, Josh Tomlin
Danny Salazar was in the rotation for the pre-spring predictions, but that was before it was revealed that the pitcher was dealing with right shoulder inflammation. Salazar has built up to throwing long toss, but he has yet to get back on a mound. He wil Custom Phillies Jersey l open on the disabled list. Kluber, Carrasco and Bauer remain locked in, and Francona announced earlier in camp that Clevinger would be one of the starters. Tomlin is the top candidate for the fifth spot.

Video: CLE@LAD: Clevinger on scoreless outing vs. Dodgers

Bullpen: Cody Allen, Nick Goody, Zach McAllister, Ryan Merritt, Andrew Miller, Tyler Olson, Dan Otero
Clevinger was listed in the earlier bullpen predictions, but that has since changed. There are still six spots (Allen, Goody, McAllister, Miller, Olson and Otero) set in stone — barring anything unexpected — leaving one vacancy. There could be two openings if the Indians opt for an eight-man bullpen to start the year. The main contenders for the final job(s) appear to be Matt Belisle, Evan Marshall, Merritt and Carlos Torres. We’ll go with Merritt right now. The lefty is out of options and remains an important layer of depth for the rotation. That last spot, however, is too close to call.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Jack Flaherty looked to be in midseason form as he cruised through a dominant start in the Cardinals 1-0 loss to the Orioles on Thursday afternoon.

Flaherty, the Cardinals No. 2 prospect (No. 38 overal Men’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey l), fired five innings of one-run ball, giving up just three hits while striking out eight.

Jack Flaherty looked to be in midseason form as he cruised through a dominant start in the Cardinals 1-0 loss to the Orioles on Thursday afternoon.

Flaherty, the Cardinals No. 2 prospect (No. 38 overall), fired five innings of one-run ball, giving up just three hits while striking out eight.

“Very good,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Very impressive.”

The 22-year-old right-hander struck out the first batter he faced and then the strikeouts just kept coming. Flaherty struck out at least one batter in every inning and fanned two in the second, third and fifth.

The high-strikeout performance is nothing new to Flaherty, who struck out seven in his last start and has fanned 20 in 13 Customized Philadelphia Phillies Jersey  innings during Spring Training. In his Minor League career, Flaherty has notched 398 strikeouts in 400 1/3 innings over four years.

Other top prospect performances from Thursday’s action:

• No. 2 overall prospect Ronald Acuna (Braves No. 1) showed off his immense talent once again. The 20-year-old hit his third homer of Spring Training, a two-run blast, as part of a three-RBI day against the Tigers and is now batting .417 with a 1.217 OPS. Braves No. 15 prospect A.J. Minter kept his ERA at zero with a scoreless frame. Minter has pitched 5 1/3 innings, fanned six and yielded five hits.

Video: DET@ATL: Acuna connects for a two-run home run

• No. 16 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros No. 2) continued his hot spring with a pair of hits in the Astros’ win over the Nationals. Tucker, who is slashing .412/.432/.853, went 2-for-2 including an RBI single and a run scored in the ninth. Jonathan Arauz, the Astros’ No. 22 prospect, also drove in a run and finished 1-for-2 with a double.

• No. 84 overall prospect Tyler Mahle (Reds No. 5) put togethe Women’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey r one of his best starts of the year as he navigated his way through four scoreless innings. The right-hander gave up two hits, but that was the extent of the damage as he didn’t walk anyone and didn’t let anyone reach third base.

Dodgers No. 12 prospect Edwin Rios showed off his impressive 55-grade power with a solo homer, his second, over the batter’s eye in center field in his only at-bat. Gavin Lux (Dodgers No. 13) also made good use of his one at-bat with a triple.

Video: KC@LAD: Rios crushes a homer over the batter’s eye

Indians No. 20 prospect Eric Haase hit his second homer of Spring Training, but this one, a three-run homer, was of the inside-the-park variety. Haase finished 1-for-1 with three RBIs and a walk.

Royals No. 18 prospect Ryan O’Hearn has hit 20 or more homers in three straight seasons and his power was on full display as he crushed a pair of longballs against the Dodgers. O’Hearn, who http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Philadelphia-Phillies-Jersey  has three homers this spring, hit a three-run homer in the first and a two-run homer in the second. He later settled for a single and finished 3-for-3 with five RBIs.

Video: KC@LAD: O’Hearn connects for two home runs

Yankees No. 26 prospect Tyler Austin got just one at-bat, but that was all he needed. Austin made it back-to-back games with a homer as he hit his fourth homer of the spring in the Yankees’ win over the Pirates.

Video: PIT@NYY: Austin crushes a solo homer to center

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Rajai Davis cracked a smile when asked about the Sprint Speed leaderboard that is available from Statcast™. The veteran is quite familiar with the stastistic and his reaction made it clear that he was also up to speed, so to speak, with where he ranks.

“Oh, I know,” Davis said. “I’m aware.”

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Rajai Davis cracked a smile when asked about the Sprint Speed leaderboard that is available from Statcast™. The veteran is quite familiar with the stastistic and his reaction made it clear that he was also up to speed, so to speak, with where he ranks.

“Oh, I know,” Davis said. “I’m aware.”

Davis ranked 11th in the Majors last season with a Sprint Speed of 29.3 feet per second. His place among the game’s fastest runners takes on a different look when considering that Davis is 37 years old. The average age of the 10 players who ranked higher than Davis last season is 24.9.

Even more incredible is the fact that Davis appears to be getting faster. According to Statcast™, the veteran outfielder posted a 28.9 Sprint Speed (19th overall) in 2015 and then had a 28.4 mark (54th) in ’16, when he previously played for the Indians. Davis said he was pleased to see the number climb even higher in 2017, backing up how he felt on the basepaths.

“That’s what I focus on. I focus on getting faster,” Davis said. “I believe that you can do what you believe you can do. I don’t believe I’m slowing down. So, I’m not. And I do thing Women’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey s that help that and encourage it. It’s hard to go against what everybody says, but I d Custom Phillies Jersey Cheap on’t listen to everybody else.

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“Obviously, that [Sprint Speed] is results. You want the results to go with what you believe. That just tells me that what I believe is actually working.”

This spring, Davis is among the outfield invitees in camp on Minor League contracts who are competing for a place on Cleveland’s Opening Day roster. Indians manager Terry Francona has been impressed to this point by Davis, whose age-defying speed can still impact a game.

“He’s fast,” Francona said, “but he spends so much time and he’s so diligent in maintaining that speed — for his career, but then also for the game. Like, if you put him in in the fifth inning, he’s always ready to run his fastest. That can’t be easy to do, especially at his age. But, you can see, when you watch him, he obviously feels good, because he’s getting down the line, he’s making aggressive turns. I don’t think he’d be doing that if he didn’t feel good.”

Injury updates
• Francona noted that left fielder Michael Brantley (October right ankle surgery) was doing fine on Thursday, following Wednesday’s appearance in a Minor League game. The manager said Brantley will continue to play in Minor League games before transitioning to Cactus League action. Francona was not yet ready to say whether Opening Day was a realistic target for the outfielder.

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“If he doesn’t [return by Opening Day], I don’t think it’s going to be a whole lot after,” Francona said. “I just think we’re thrilled with how he’s doing, and we’ll kind of leave it at that. He’s in such a good place. He’s bouncing around. It gets kind of exciting. He’s such an important guy for us.

“We haven’t had him for so much of the last couple years, but he’s kind of the heart and soul of our team. Even when he wasn’t playing, he managed to be a leader. So, getting him back on the field, everybody would be thrilled.”

• Right-hander Danny Salazar (right shoulder inflammation) was scheduled to throw in a long-toss session up to a distance of 130 feet on Thursday. Salazar continues to get closer to a return to mound activity.

• Right-han Custom Phillies Jersey der Mike Clevinger was scheduled to start against the Reds on Thursday, but was scratched due to illness. Reliever Evan Marshall started in his place.

What happens in Vegas
The Indians will send 27 players from their Major League camp to Las Vegas for the split-squad games against the Cubs on Saturday and Sunday.

Players making the trip include: Catchers Yan Gomes, Eric Haase and Jack Murphy; infielders Yandy Diaz, Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Drew Maggi, Mike Napoli, Richie Shaffer and Eric Stamets; outfielders Greg Allen, Brandon Barnes, Davis, Melvin Upton Jr. and Bradley Zimmer; and pitchers Jeff Beliveau, Preston Claiborne, Stephen Fife, Cameron Hill, Marshall, Zach McAllister, Ryan Merritt, Alexi Ogando, Tyler Olson, Neil Ramirez, Ben Taylor and Carlos Torres.

Worth noting
• Francona said the Indians are weighing whether to let Zimmer play full-time in center field, especially until Brantley returns to the lineup. Given Zimmer’s skills defensively and on the bases, Francona said the outfielder brings the kind of value that might steer the team away from a platoon situation.

Video: Outlook: Speedster Zimmer primed to showcase skills

“There’s some school of thought,” Francona said, “that until Brant comes back, maybe we just let Zimmer play, just to see how he does. He’s swung the bat well and he worked hard and he’s such a good defender. Sometimes, you give a guy a little rope and they take advantage of it. So, we’ll see. We’ll see where we’re at.”

• The concept of using Salazar as multi-inning reliever has been floated in the past, but Francona is not sure how realistic that would be for the pitcher. Said Francona: “If you put him in the bullpen … on a routine, I think Danny would be great. I don’t know that you can have a routine once the season starts. You need to get somebody up. If you told him, ‘We’re going to pitch you Monday, Thursday, Sunday,’ he might just be lights out. I don’t know how you do that.”

Up next
Right-hander Carlos Carrasco is scheduled to start for the Indians in a 4:05 p.m. ET Cactus League clash against the A’s on Friday in Mesa, Ariz. In six innings this spring, Carrasco has 12 strikeouts against one walk with two runs allowed. Beliveau, Ogando, Torres and Ramirez are also penciled in to pitch for the Tribe. The game will be broadcast live via exclusive webcast.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Throwing runners out is a big part of Yan Gomes‘ game, and the Indians want to make sure the veteran catcher’s arm is in top form come Opening Day. That is why Gomes has been removed from the travel roster for this weekend’s games against the Cubs in Las Vegas.

Indians manager Terry Francona noted on Friday morning that Gomes is currently dealing with some minor arm soreness, so the catcher will remain in Arizona. The team’s plan calls for Gomes to get a handful of at-bats in a Minor League game on Friday, and continue to go through his daily work with first-base coach and catching instructor Sandy Alomar Jr. over the next few days.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Throwing runners out is a big part of Yan Gomes‘ game, and the Indians want to make sure the veteran catcher’s arm is in top form come Opening Day. That is why Gomes has been removed from the travel roster for this weekend’s games against the Cubs in Las Vegas.

Indians manager Terry Francona noted on Friday morning that Gomes is currently dealing with some minor arm soreness, so the catcher will remain in Arizona. The team’s plan calls for Gomes to get a handful of at-bats in a Minor League game on Friday, and continue to go through his daily work with first-base coach and catching instructor Sandy Al http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Philadelphia-Phillies-Jersey omar Jr. over the next few days.

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“His arm’s a little sore. It’s nothing,” Francona said. “We don’t want him to have to carry this into the season. He’ll be OK.”

With neither Gomes nor Roberto Perez making the trip to Las Vegas, Indians catching prospect Eric Haase will get an opportunity to start both games against the Cubs on Saturday and Sunday.

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“I’m looking forward to it,” Haase said. “However much time left I have up here, I’m going to take advantage of it. So, whether I was staying back or going up there, I think it’s a good thing.”

Barring any setbacks, Gomes would likely get some at- Custom Phillies Jersey bats as the Indians’ designated hitter in Sunday’s game against the Mariners in Arizona with the goal of resuming catching on Monday against the Giants. Cleveland then has a team off-day built into the schedule on Tuesday.

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Last season, Gomes threw out 24 would-be basestealers in 57 chances, registering a Major League-leading 42 percent caught-stealing rate. According to Baseball Prospectus, Gomes ranked seventh in the Majors with 2.2 Throwing Runs last year, too. As a group, Cleveland’s catchers allowed the fewest stolen bases (50) in baseball during the 2017 campaign.

“I would say right now,” Francona said, “[even with a sore arm] he probably thro Women’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey ws better than most of the guys in the league.”

Injury updates

• Right-hander Danny Salazar (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to continue his long-toss program with the goal of advancing beyond 130 feet before gaining clearance to resume throwing off a mound. The Indians want Salazar to be confident in the strength of his arm before he advances to that next step.

“He wants to get out a little bit further before he throws a bullpen,” Francona said. “I don’t think he’s confident yet that he can throw it with conviction, and he needs that. So, we’re trying to [work with him]. The pitching coaches, the medical staff have done a great job being patient and trying to listen and build in days where he can start to get that conviction.”

• Left fielder Michael Brantley (right ankle surgery in October) was scheduled to continue outfield-specific work during Friday’s workout. Brantley played in a Minor League game on Wednesday, but Francona remains hesitant to say when the outfielder might make his Cactus League debut.

“I haven’t even asked,” Francona said. “Obviously, I care, but he’s doing so well and I know he’s champing at the bit. I don’t want to put more pressure on the medical staff, because I know Brant’s really pushing now, because he feels so good.”

Video: Brantley discusses recovery from surgery

• Outfielder Brandon Guyer (left wrist surgery in October) has advanced through soft toss, overhand toss and other hitting drills in the batting cage with no issues. Francona said Guyer has been cleared to resume taking regular batting practice. It remains likely that Guyer will begin the season on the disabled list.

Worth noting

• With four games combined across Saturday and Sunday, Francona’s coaching staff will be splitting up to cover all the duties. Bench coach Brad Mills, hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo, pitching coach Carl Willis, bullpen coach Scott Atchison, Major League coach Mark Budzinski and Alomar will remain in Arizona for the weekend games against the Cubs (Sa Men’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey turday) and Mariners (Sunday).

In Las Vegas, where the Cubs and Indians will play Saturday and Sunday, third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh will be on hand, along with assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez (serving as hitting coach), Major League coach Brian Sweeney (pitching coach), replay coordinator Mike Barnett (bench coach), Triple-A pitching coach Steve Karsay (bullpen coach) and Triple-A Columbus bench coach Bobby Magallanes (first-base coach).

• Righty Mike Clevinger was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday due to illness. He is now slated to start against the Mariners on Sunday in Peoria, Ariz. As a result, right-hander Josh Tomlin‘s next scheduled start has been pushed back to Monday’s road game against the Giants.

• Francona met with members of his coaching staff and the front office on Thursday night and they will convene again after the team gets through the five games in a three-day span, leading up to Tuesday’s off-day. The group is still working toward decisions about the final bullpen spot, outfield alignment and utility job.

Camp battles

In Friday’s game against Oakland, Giovanny Urshela got the start at first base and went 2-for-4 with a homer, now batting .545 this spring, while Erik Gonzalez started at shortstop and went 0-for-2. Urshela and Gonzalez, who are both out of Minor League options, are competing for a spot on the Tribe’s bench as a utility man.

Right-hander Carlos T Custom Phillies Jersey Cheap orres — in camp as a non-roster invitee and vying for a bullpen job — lasted only one-third of an inning in his latest outing against the A’s. Torres was charged with five runs on four hits, including a home run, and ended with two walks and no strikeouts.

Up next

Lefty Ryan Merritt is scheduled to take the mound for the Tribe on Saturday in a 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Cubs in Las Vegas, with SportsTime Ohio carrying the contest. In Mesa, Ariz., Trevor Bauer will start for a split-squad Indians team in a 4:05 p.m. ET tilt against the Cubs on Saturday as well. Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis will highlight the lineup in Vegas, while regulars Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso are in the planned lineup for the game in Arizona.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Mike Sarbaugh can see it in Francisco Lindor‘s infield work each morning. When a baseball shoots off the fungo bat of the Indians’ third-base coach, Lindor is attacking each ground ball with a heightened level of aggressiveness this spring.

“He’s on a mission,” Sarbaugh said on Thursday morning.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Mike Sarbaugh can see it in Francisco Lindor‘s infield work each morning. When a baseball shoots off the fungo bat of the Indians’ third-base coach, Lindor is attacking each ground ball with a heightened le Custom Phillies Jersey Cheap vel of aggressiveness this spring.

“He’s on a mission,” Sarbaugh said on Thursday morning.

Lindor has already established himself as one of the best all-around shortstops in baseball, but he has hardly become complacent. Last season, Lindor took a big step forward as an offensive threat, but he was not satisfied with how he played defensively. Defense has been the shortstop’s calling card since his youth, and he has once again made that aspect of his game a priority.

Not much changes in terms of Lindor’s routine over the winter — or even during this spring — with the exception of an increased attention to defensive detail. As much as Lindor enjoys setting the tone as Cleveland’s leadoff hitter, he also wants to set the standard for the team’s play in the field.

“It’s just be more aware that you can not take any ground balls for granted,” Lindor said.

Video: LAA@CLE: Lindor, Kipnis combine for a slick DP

By no means was Lindor a poor defender last season, but the shortstop did not reach the same heights as during the 2016 campaign.

Two years ago, when Cleveland won the first of its two straight division titles and reached the World Series, Lindor picked up both Gold and Platinum Glove awards for his prowess in the field. In 1,364 2/3 innings at shortstop, Lindor collected 17 Defensive Runs Saved and posted a 20.7 UZR/150. Last year, the sh Customized Philadelphia Phillies Jersey ortstop had five DRS in 1,377 innings and a 6.6 UZR/150.

According Inside Edge Fielding via Fangraphs, Lindor coverted 26.9 percent of remote plays (those with a 1-10 percent chance of being turned into outs) in 26 chances in ’16. Last year, that percentage dropped to 9.1 percent in 33 opportunities. His even plays (40-60 percent) conversion rate slipped to 28.6 percent (seven chances) in ’17, compared to 69.2 percent (13 chances) in ’16.

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“I feel like last year I wasn’t where I should’ve been,” Lindor said.  Women’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey “I didn’t make more errors, and it’s not that I didn’t get to the balls I usually get. I felt like I was getting to baseballs — I just wasn’t getting the out. I feel like this year I want to help the pitchers even more. They’re working as hard as they can and they’re trying to get eve Men’s Philadelphia Phillies Authentic Personalized Home White Baseball Jersey ry batter out. And I need to help them.”

Indians manager Terry Francona said he has already been able to see a difference in Lindor’s level of play in the field in Cactus League games this spring.

“He is locked in 100 percent. It’s really fun to watch,” Francona said. “There’s been a couple games just out here where, if it wasn’t for him, we’re looking at a full-fledged rally as opposed to nobody on and two out. It’s happened two or three times. That is such an advantage.

“I know he wanted to tighten [his defense] up,” he added later. “I think he felt like it got a little loose at times last year. He really wants to take care of that. And when he puts his mind to it, I don’t doubt he’ll do it.”

Sarbaugh, who doubles as the Indians’ infield instructor, has been pleased with Lindor’s work behind the scenes, too.

“That’s the mind-set he’s come into this year with, of being aggressive,” Sarbaugh said. “Even his work. His work is unbelievable, especially init http://www.ecustombaseballgears.com/Custom-Philadelphia-Phillies-Jersey ially. He’s trying to set a tone for himself. He’s been great. It sets the tone for everybody else. It makes my job easier.”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Indians’ offense quiet as Jose Ramirez rests

CLEVELAND — By the time Jose Ramirez grabbed a bat and found his way to the batter’s box on Friday night, it was too late for the Indians. He came off the bench, rolled over a pitch for a game-ending groundout and that was that. The only fireworks that followed were of the planned postgame variety.
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Long before the Indians’ 5-0 loss to the Twins, Indians manager Terry Francona decided to give Ramirez the night off. The third baseman had certainly earned some time off his feet, but his absence — combined with Michael Brantley sidelined while recovering from an ankle issue — left Cleveland’s lineup depleted against the team chasing the Tribe in the American League Central.

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“You could tell he was dragging,” Francona said of Ramirez before Friday’s loss. “The kid has been on the bases a lot Josh Donaldson Womens Jersey. The last couple days, I think he knew he probably needed one, but he was swinging the bat so well.”

In the Tribe’s previous 10 games, Ramirez churned out 24 hits, including 15 extra-base hits, posting a .522 average and 1.582 OPS in that span. He was one of the few Indians players to play all four games in a three-day span in Minneapolis last weekend, and Francona hesitated to remove his bat from the lineup given how locked in the switch-hitter was at the plate.

Francona felt Friday was an opportunistic time with the Twins Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale sending lefty Adalberto Mejia to the mound. Utility man Erik Gonzalez — a right-handed hitter — filled in at third base and slotted into the No. 2 spot in the order. Ramirez was available off the bench, giving Twins manager Paul Molitor something to think about when making bullpen moves.Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey.

The results did not fall in line with Francona’s reasoning.

Cleveland’s offense, which averaged 7.6 runs per game over a recent 8-1 stretch, finished 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-13 with runners on base in the defeat. Twice within the first four innings, Gonzalez struck out with the bases loaded. Overall, the Indians stranded 11 runners, including nine within the first four innings Kevin Pillar Jersey.

Beyond the absence of Ramirez and Brantley — a pair of high-contact hitters — Francona sat standout rookie outfielder Bradley Zimmer with the lefty starting. Outfielder Daniel Robertson (mired in an 0-for-24 slump prior to a single in the fourth) got the nod in left, pushing Austin Jackson to center. Like Ramirez, Zimmer entered the game late as a pinch-hitter, but those moves went for naught.

“When we got the runners on, we just weren’t able to do anything,” Francona said. “We started either chasing out of the zone or getting ourselves in a hole and weren’t able to capitalize.”Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey.

While the lineup did catch fire over the past nine games, hitting with runners in scoring position has been an issue for the Indians for most of the season. Heading into Friday’s game, Cleveland ranked 23rd in baseball with RISP in weighted Runs Created Plus (90) and 24th in OPS (.740) and batting Josh Donaldson Jersey average (.242).

That said, the Indians hit .333 with a .975 OPS in 122 plate appearances with RISP over the last nine games.

“Our offense has been hitting the ball really well,” Indians starter Trevor Bauer said. “It was just one of those nights where we couldn’t come through.”

And it was, in Francona’s view — a view that includes keeping the next four months of baseball in mind — a good time to give Ramirez a breather.

“It’s a good day to do it for him,” said the manager. “It’ll let him kind of get his
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Adalberto Mejia helps Kevin Pillar Youth Jersey Twins beat Indians

CLEVELAND — The Indians returned home as the American League Central leaders, but the Twins still plan on having a say in the race this summer. On Friday night, Minnesota lefty Adalberto Mejia quieted Cleveland’s recently scorching lineup, guiding the Twins to a 5-0 win at Progressive Field.

The Twins, who were swept by the Tribe over four games in three days last weekend, took the opener of this three-game set behind Mejia’s Kevin Pillar Youth Jersey effort and some timely offense. Brian Dozier contributed a pair of run-scoring hits and Jorge Polanco delivered a two-run homer to back Mejia, who avoided the potential harm of five walks with five shutout innings.

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“I thought his stuff was good,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said of Mejia. “I think sometimes he tries to get a little fancy, a little cute with his stuff and changes his arm angle when he’s making good pitches over the top. Some of the counts, 0-2, 1-2, where he let guys back in, they battled, fouled off some tough pitches, but [it] seemed like he made some of his best pitches when he got to full counts.”

With the win, the Twins pulled within 1 1/2 games of the AL Central-leading Indians, who averaged 7.6 runs per game in their previous nine contests (8-1 record).

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“Yeah, the trip is a little daunting as you head out knowing you’re gonna face a real good team, Cleveland, as hot as anybody right now,” Molitor said. “To get off to a good start, feels good to get a win on the board against these guys.”

Right-hander Trevor Bauer took the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings, in which he struck out four and walked one. Four of the hits Bauer yielded came in a four-run second inning. Dozier doubled home a run in that frame and later added an RBI single off Bauer in the seventh.

“I just tried to get as deep as possible to save the bullpen, if nothing else, keep the team in it,” Bauer said. “Our offense has been hitting the ball really well, and four runs isn’t a whole lot for us. I just tried to keep it there. We had chances. It was just one of those nights where we couldn’t come through.”

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Polanco powers up: Minnesota’s four-run outburst in the second inning was highlighted by Polanco’s two-run homer to right. After Eddie Rosario reached on an infield single — one that bounced beyond a diving Bauer and scored a run — Polanco drilled a full-count fastball that was over the heart of the plate. The homer rocketed off the shortstop’s bat at 102 mph and traveled a projected 404 feet, per Statcast™.

“I was really happy that he responded from his error defensively and went on and made some nice plays after that,” Molitor said of Polanco. “I think he’s working hard. We try to back him off a little bit and get him to slow the game down.”

Locked, when loaded: Two singles and an error helped the Indians to a bases-loaded opportunity with one out in the fourth. Mejia responded by striking out Erik Gonzalez and inducing a flyout to left off the bat of Francisco Lindor to escape unscathed. It marked the second time within the first four frames that Cleveland left the bases loaded. Against Mejia, the Indians went 0-for-8 with runners on base, 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.

“When we got the runners on, we just weren’t able to do anything,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We started either chasing out of the zone or getting ourselves in a hole and weren’t able to capitalize.” More >

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“I don’t want to walk him, so I made the decision to get more of the plate. I made sure Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale to elevate it, because I don’t think he has a hit on a fastball from a righty in the upper third of the zone this year. And he hit that one. Not a great pitch, but I defend the logic behind throwing it.” — Bauer, on the pitch Polanco hit for his home run

“I was extremely nervous. I was more nervous in the ‘pen than I was on the mound. But as soon as that phone call came and [Twins bullpen coach] Eddie [Guardado] told me it was me, my stomach dropped and your heart jumps in your throat. But once I got up on the mound, I felt normal. Luckily I was able to throw enough strikes to get some guys out.” — Trevor Hildenberger, on making his Major League debut in the ninth inning

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
With a runner on first and no outs in the bottom of the eighth, Indians first baseman Carlos Santana grounded into what was ruled a 6-4-3 double play. But after a bang-bang play at first, Francona opted to challenge the call. Following a 57-second review, the call was overturned and Santana was ruled safe at first. It would go for naught, however, as Twins reliever Taylor Rogers retired the next two Tribe batters.

WHAT’S NEXT
Twins: Kyle Gibson (4-5, 6.56 ERA) will take the mound in Saturday’s 3:10 p.m. CT tilt against the Indians at Progressive Field. The right-hander pitched against the Tribe on Sunday, but was Josh Donaldson Jersey handed the loss after allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings of work.

Indians: Ace Corey Kluber (6-2, 3.58 ERA) is slated to take the ball for the Tribe in Saturday afternoon’s clash with the Twins. In four starts since coming off the disabled list on June 1, Kluber is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA, 39 strikeouts and four walks in 28 innings. He is 4-0 with a 3.90 ERA at home this season.

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Austin Riley’s perfect day at the plate helped lead Class A Advanced Florida to a
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The Braves’ No. 12 prospect put together his first two-homer game of the season — and second of his career — as he finished 3-for-3 with two homers and tied his season high with a trio of RBIs.

“I’m feeling good right now; I’ve been struggling a little bit,” Riley told MiLB.com. “It’s kind of like the struggling where you’re hitting the ball right at people, so it’s kind of frustrating not finding holes. I’m seeing the ball well, I Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 20 Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey Cheap think they’re just starting to fall through.”

Riley gave the Fire Frogs a two-run lead with a homer in the first inning and then homered again, his 11th of the season, in the third.

The 20-year-old drew Kevin Pillar Womens Jersey a walk in the sixth and then finished his day with a double in the seventh.

“That was money. I feel like I haven’t touched second in a while,” Riley said. “Just getting that third hit, it just felt really good. I needed it, for sure.”

Other top prospect performances from Saturday’s action:

No. 4 overall prospect J.P. Crawford (Phillies’ No. 1) put together his second three-hit game of the season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley as he went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the IronPigs’ 5-4 loss to Rochester.

 

No. 7 overall prospect Ozzie Albies (Braves’ No. 1) extended his hitting streak to six games with a 2-for-4 game for Triple-A Gwinnett. Albies hit his fifth homer in the contest and has hits in 10 of his past 11 games, including five multi-hit efforts.

 

No. 29 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros’ No. 2) hit his fourth homer in six games for Double-A Corpus Christi. Tucker finished 3-for-5 and drove in three
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No. 39 overall prospect (Yankees’ No. 4) Jorge Mateo extended his hitting streak to seven games for Class A Advanced Tampa. Mateo led off the game with a solo homer – his fourth  Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale of the season – and finished the day 2-for-4.

No. 49 overall prospect Triston McKenzie (Indians’ No. 3) bounced back in a big way for Class A Advanced Lynchburg. After giving up seven runs in 1 2/3 inning Kevin Pillar Youth Jersey in his last start, McKenzie gave up one run on eight hits over six innings. The 19-year-old didn’t issue a walk and struck out nine Josh Donaldson Womens Jersey.

No. 66 overall prospect Mike Soroka’s (Braves’ No. 4) scoreless streak came to a close, but the 19-year-old still spun a gem for Double-A Mississippi. Soroka gave up an earned run in the sixth, his first in over 30 frames, and left the game after giving up one run on nine hits in six innings.

No. 90 overall prospect Casey Gillaspie (Rays’ No. 5) hit his seventh homer of the season as part of a 3-for-4 effort as Triple-A Durham routed Charlotte, 17-3. Gillaspie hit a two-run homer in the second, singled in the fourth and added a double in the fifth.

 

• Rangers’ No. 4 prospect Ronald Guzman hit his eighth homer of the season, a three-run blast in Triple-A Round Rock’s loss to Iowa. Guzman, who finished Josh Donaldson Jersey 2-for-4 with four RBIs, has homered in two consecutive games and three times in his past five.

 

• Twins’ No. 9 prospect Felix Jorge pitched his way out of trouble through seven innings, but it finally caught up to him in the eighth for Double-A Chattanooga. After pitching seven scoreless innings and giving up eight hits, a trio of hits resulted in two runs against Jorge in the eighth as he finished the game having given up two runs in eight innings. The 23-year-old was a tough luck loser, but the outing was a positive sign after he gave up five runs in his last start.

• Mets’ No. 14 prospect Merandy Gonzalez spun a gem in his debut with Class A Advanced St. Lucie. The righty threw 54 of his 82 pitches for strikes while giving up one run over six innings. Gonzalez was promoted to St. Lucie after posting a 1.55 ERA through 11 starts with Class A Columbia.

• Nationals prospects Blake Perkins (No. 14) and Jakson Reetz (No. 18) helped lead Class A Hagerstown to a 9-5 win over Greensboro as the duo combined to go 4-for-6 with three RBIs. Reetz drove in two runs with a homer in the first, while Perkins added an RBI single in the third.

• Orioles’ No. 17 prospect Cedric Mullins extended his hitting streak to nine and homered for the second time in as many contests for Double-A Bowie. Mullins boosted his average up to .321 with his second four-hit game of the season, finishing 4-for-5.

 

• Nationals’ No. 19 prospect Raudy Read put together a season-best four RBIs with a 2-for-4 game for Double-A Harrisburg. Read helped the Senators get off to a fast start with a two-run double in the first and lifted his club to a 6-5 lead with a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth.

 

Indians’ No. 22 prospect Ryan Merritt was stuck with a no-decision despite putting together one of his best starts this season for Triple-A Columbus. Merritt set a career high with 10 strikeouts as he gave up one run on three hits over eight innings.

Cleveland hosts Pitch, Kevin Pillar Youth Jersey Hit and Run competition

CLEVELAND — In his final year participating in the annual Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run event at Progressive Field, Chaz Neuenschwander finished the competition on top.

Neuenschwander — a native of Willshire, Ohio — claimed the first-place plaque in the 13/14 baseball division on Saturday morning in the competition’s 21st annual contest. It marked the third time that Neuenschwander has taken part in the competition, and the second consecutive year he has won the first-place prize.

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“This is my last year for Pitch, Hit & Run,” Neuenschwander said. “Yeah, I will remember this and I will remember winning in my last time competing. It was a very cool experience.”

The 24 participants were split into four divisions in both baseball and softball, which consisted of three competitors depending on age. In the two-hour competition, each contestant went through pitching, hitting and running stations in left and center field while their family members watched from the stands on the third-base line.

Each contestant wasn’t a veteran like Neuenschwander, however, as several kids were participating in the competition for the first time. One of the first-timers was Taylor Lemaster (Oak Harbor, Ohio), the winner of the 13/14 softball division.

“I was a little nervous because I Josh Donaldson Womens Jersey didn’t know who I was expecting to be here and who I would be competing against.” Lemaster said. “[My parents] told me to just do what I do best.”

The contest began with pitching, as participants threw six pitches into a pitching net, trying to locate the ball in the strike zone. This was followed by the hitting portion of the competition, where they took three swings off a tee in the left-field corner, hitting the ball across the outfield.

“My favorite part of the day was probably my hitting,” Neuenschwander said. “I probably could have centered it out a little bit, though.

The final part of the event was baserunning. Because the tarp was on the infield, bases were placed in the outfield grass for this station. Each contestant was timed as they ran from second to home.

“The station I liked best Kevin Pillar Womens Jersey was running,” said Micah Nolan (Warren, Ohio), the first-place winner in the 11/12 baseball division.

Along with Neuenschwander and Nolan, Tyson Culp (Bettsville, Ohio) and Caleb Lehman (Celina, Ohio) won first-place in the 9/10 and the 7/8 baseball divisions, respectively. For softball, Kendr Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale a Culler-Gautschi (Huron, Ohio) in the 11/12 division, Brittyn Bruns (Rockford, Ohio) in the 9/10 division and Elly Evarts (Gibsonburg, Ohio) in the 7/8 division joined Lemaster as the first-place finishers.

The winners of each division were set to be honored in a pregame ceremony on the field on Saturday before the Tribe’s game against the Twins.

The top competitors nationwide from each age group will have a chance to compete in the National Finals in Miami during MLB All-Star Week at Marlins Park.

Pitch, Hit & Run, the “Official Youth Skills Competition of Kevin Pillar Jersey Major League Baseball,” invites kids to demonstrate their pitching, hitting and running abilities in both baseball and softball. The competition takes place in conjunction with the “PLAY BALL” initiative between Major League Baseball,
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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey.