Salazar feels 'terrific, strong' after outing

Righty 'lost control' in one bad inning against Rockies

Salazar feels 'terrific, strong' after outing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Despite easily his ugliest line this spring, Indians starter Danny Salazar declared himself ready for the regular season with less than two weeks before Opening Day.

Salazar was hit hard by the Rockies on Wednesday in a 10-2 loss at Salt River Fields. But he was in good spirits after the five-inning outing that was supposed to be six innings.

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Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Indians on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lindor among All-Classic Team standouts

Along with Hosmer, pair selected unanimously to field of 12 honorees

Lindor among All-Classic Team standouts

Following a thrilling World Baseball Classic that culminated in the United States winning its first title thanks to Wednesday's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the All-World Baseball Classic Team.

From the champions, tournament Most Valuable Player Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays (2.35 ERA, six-plus scoreless innings in final), Eric Hosmer of the Royals (unanimous choice) and Christian Yelich of the Marlins were selected. Stroman, as WBC 2017 MVP, joined Japan's Daisuke Matsuzaka (2006 and '09) and the Dominican Republic's Robinson Cano (2013) as MVPs in Classic history.

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Carrasco healthy, ramping up innings

Carrasco healthy, ramping up innings

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The fact Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco came out of Monday's Minor League appearance feeling healthy is an important start. But he will have to ramp it up in his next two appearances if he is to start the team's second game of the regular season.

Carrasco threw 33 pitches in 1 2/3 innings against Reds' Minor Leaguers and his longest outing this spring was three innings on March 8.

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Salazar strikes out 5, but gives up 7 runs

Salazar strikes out 5, but gives up 7 runs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland continued his push for a rotation spot by striking out five in five innings, and delivering a two-run single, in a 10-2 victory over the Indians on Wednesday afternoon at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Freeland, who baffled hitters with sharp breaking pitches and challenged hitters inside with his fastball, held Cleveland to one run and four hits while lowering his spring ERA to 2.25. A Denver native who was the team's top pick in 2014, Freeland forced a Jose Ramirez double-play grounder to end the first, and coasted through an outing that could put him closer to making the Opening Day roster.

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Inbox: Can Yandy handle defense at third?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers Tribe fans' questions

Inbox: Can Yandy handle defense at third?

Yandy Diaz's scouting reports all pretty much say that he's a plus defender at third base. Baseball America had him as their best defensive third baseman in 2014. How did he go from someone considered so highly at third to a guy that, every time Indians manager Terry Francona mentions him, he has to knock his defense?
-- Chip D.

I wouldn't call Francona's assessment of Diaz's defense "knocking" the prospect. What I think the Tribe manager has tried to do is make it clear that Diaz, who is ranked as the Indians' 10th-best prospect by MLBPipeline.com, is not a finished product, and point out that he simply does not have the same number of reps at third (or the same level of Major League experience) as some of the other candidates.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scouts' honor: Reports help Tribe rack up K's

Scouts' honor: Reports help Tribe rack up K's

There's more to the Indians' strikeout rate than big arms and devastating pitches.

Pitching coach Mickey Callaway credits the organization's opponent scouting system with giving pitchers confidence in their ability to get ahead in the count.

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Logan Newman is a senior majoring in journalism at Arizona State University. This story is part of a Cactus League partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Diaz among top prospect performers

Diaz among top prospect performers

J.D. Davis is heating up at the perfect time. As the season draws near, hits are coming in bunches for the Astros' No. 13 prospect.

The 23-year-old third baseman went 3-for-4, his first three-hit game of Spring Training, in Houston's 8-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

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Smooth return for Brantley soothes Tribe

Francona: Outfielder 'amazingly normal' in first spring game

Smooth return for Brantley soothes Tribe

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- To a somewhat turbulent Tribe camp arrived a much-appreciated Smooth day.

It was Dr. Smooth, otherwise known as Michael Brantley, out there in left field and in the second spot of the batting order against the Dodgers at Goodyear Ballpark on Monday. And the best compliment you can pay Brantley is that he looked very much like himself -- or, as manager Terry Francona put it, "amazingly normal" -- reaching base on all three trips to the plate, driving in and scoring a run in the Indians' 14-5 win.

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Santana returns to camp after enjoying Classic

Indians slugger will split time at first base with Encarnacion

Santana returns to camp after enjoying Classic

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The music that blared from from the back corner of the Indians' clubhouse on Monday morning made it clear: Carlos Santana was back from the World Baseball Classic.

Santana sat at his locker, engaged in an animated conversation with Edwin Encarnacion, who became good friends with the Tribe's first baseman during the 2013 Classic. This year, Encarnacion remained in camp to get to know his new team, while Santana suited up for the Dominican Republic with the hope of defending his homeland's World Baseball Classic championship.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brantley notches 2 hits in Cactus League debut

Brantley notches 2 hits in Cactus League debut

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Michael Brantley was pulled for a pinch-runner in the fifth inning on Monday, the Indians outfielder received a warm round of applause from his Goodyear Ballpark audience. Tribe fans were undoubtedly thrilled to see Brantley back on the field in the 14-5 victory over the Dodgers.

In his first Cactus League game of the spring, Brantley went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and an RBI. It was an important step for the left fielder, who missed all but 11 games in 2016 due to right shoulder woes, and he is currently coming back from August surgery on his right biceps.

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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 listen to his podcast.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Carrasco exits Minor League start feeling good

Right-hander, who hit 92-93 mph with fastball, has no pain in elbow

Carrasco exits Minor League start feeling good

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Carlos Carrasco did not care about his pitching line. All the Indians starter was concerned about was the fact that his arm felt strong. He fired fastballs and spun an array of offspeed pitches in a Minor League start on Monday.

He came away relieved. The outing helped Carrasco feel that his recent bout with elbow swelling was nothing more than a scare.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kipnis timetable could change complexion of infield

With veteran out at least 4-5 weeks, Tribe considering Ramirez at second

Kipnis timetable could change complexion of infield

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In sorting through their options for second base, the Indians needed a better understanding of how much time Jason Kipnis would miss with his ongoing right shoulder issue. Cleveland now has a clearer picture as Opening Day approaches.

On Sunday morning, the Indians announced that Kipnis is unlikely to be ready to play in a Major League game for another four to five weeks, meaning he could miss at least a couple weeks in April. Given that timetable, the Tribe is becoming more open-minded about potentially moving third baseman Jose Ramirez to second until Kipnis returns.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Allen, Rodriguez sent to Minor League camp

Allen, Rodriguez sent to Minor League camp

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians manager Terry Francona raved about getting to know outfield prospect Greg Allen this spring. The manager called infielder Ronny Rodriguez an intriguing player when discussing the race for the utility role.

Both Allen and Rodriguez may fit into the Major League picture in the near future, but for now, they will be continuing their development in the Minors. On Monday, they were part of a pile of players who were removed from big league camp with the Tribe.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tomlin K's six, Encarnacion doubles vs. D-backs

Tomlin K's six, Encarnacion doubles vs. D-backs

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Lefty Patrick Corbin turned in a strong Cactus League outing in a 4-4 tie with the Indians on Sunday afternoon, logging five innings at Goodyear Ballpark in his latest push for a spot in the Arizona rotation.

Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland's premier offseason signing, contributed an RBI double to deep center off Corbin in the fourth inning, which was the lone frame in which the D-backs southpaw flinched. Indians prospect Yandy Diaz brought Encarnacion across the plate with an RBI single.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anderson to have TJ surgery, miss all of '17

After weighing options, 26-year-old righty elects to go under knife

Anderson to have TJ surgery, miss all of '17

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- No pitcher wants to go under the knife, but Cody Anderson weighed his options and discussed his situation with medical experts and even some teammates. After considering all the factors, Anderson felt Tommy John surgery was the proper course of action.

"I think Cody made a really mature decision," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I don't think he rushed into anything. I think he thought it through. And this way, it's all in front of him now."

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In Naquin, Sizemore sees plenty of similarities

Former Indians star says young Tribe center fielder 'just getting started'

In Naquin, Sizemore sees plenty of similarities

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Tyler Naquin was a teenager when Grady Sizemore was patrolling center field and emerging as a young star for the Indians. When Naquin watched Sizemore play, he saw the kind of player he envisioned himself developing into someday.

"I grew up watching him," Naquin said. "People would kind of say, 'You kind of run into the wall like Sizemore.'"

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brantley 'doing very well' after 2nd Minors game

Brantley 'doing very well' after 2nd Minors game

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Michael Brantley sat at his locker, talking to his Indians teammate and close friend, pitcher Josh Tomlin, for several minutes on Saturday morning. The outfielder had just completed his second Minor League game assignment of the spring in his comeback from right arm issues.

When Brantley finally left his seat and met with reporters, he was succinct in his comments, limiting the entirety of his answers to 64 words for seven questions. In the immediate wake of his latest step, Brantley's message as simple: He felt fine, but he was awaiting word about his next step.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shaffer, Hankins go deep as Tribe ties Royals

Shaffer, Hankins go deep as Tribe ties Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals pinch-hitter Peter O'Brien drove a ninth-inning solo home run -- his Cactus League-leading sixth -- into the right-field bullpen to force extras with the Indians in a 4-4 tie in 10 innings Saturday.

The Royals and Indians opened the game with six low-scoring innings. The Royals got a pair of runs with some small ball, while the Tribe went deep with a pair of solo shots from Richie Shaffer and Todd Hankins.

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Alyson Footer

Logan happy to pitch at home in Alamodome

Family, friends flock to watch Tribe reliever face Rangers

Logan happy to pitch at home in Alamodome

SAN ANTONIO -- Soon after Boone Logan signed as a free agent with the Indians last month, his wife pointed out a segment of the Tribe's Spring Training schedule that piqued the lefty's interest: A two-game series at the Alamodome in San Antonio, right in the middle of March.

Logan expressed his interest in making that trip to his manager, Terry Francona, who was happy to make that happen.

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Clevinger's command off; Robertson has RBI

Clevinger's command off; Robertson has RBI

SAN ANTONIO -- Exhibition baseball in San Antonio concluded Saturday, with the Rangers topping the Indians, 8-4, before an announced Big League Weekend crowd of 28,674 at the Alamodome.

The teams played to a 4-4 tie until Chris Narveson yielded homers to the Rangers' Scott Heineman and Alex Burg in the seventh inning.

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Key injuries will affect Opening Day roster decisions

Indians players like Martinez, Gonzalez may be given opportunity

Key injuries will affect Opening Day roster decisions

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Every player wants to make his team's Opening Day roster. Manager Terry Francona makes a point to remind them that the team that heads north after Spring Training often looks nothing like the group that finishes the season in the big leagues.

"There's a big focus on the Opening Day roster," general manager Mike Chernoff said. "But, that can change five days in or 10 days in. And, it does change -- always. Tito does a great job in the initial meeting with the players, talking about how many guys each year that are sitting in that clubhouse make an impact on the team at some point during the year."

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Alyson Footer

Tribe bats at home in dome; Salazar sharp

Tribe bats at home in dome; Salazar sharp

SAN ANTONIO -- Playing far from their spring Arizona homes, with quirky conditions inside of a domed football stadium, the Indians and Rangers opened their two-game Big League Weekend series at the Alamodome on Friday night with a low-scoring affair that the Tribe won, 3-2.

Big League Weekend, an annual mid-March tradition in San Antonio, included an expected barrage of home runs in a stadium known for its homer-friendliness, amplified by a 272-foot right-field wall. The odd measurement can work against left-handed hitters, who sometimes become pull-happy while aiming for the short porch and end up hitting harmless fly balls. Such was not the case during this game.

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Kluber fans six in five solid innings vs. Reds

Kluber fans six in five solid innings vs. Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians ace Corey Kluber continued his march toward Opening Day with five solid innings, but the Reds poured on the runs late to claim a 7-3 Cactus League win on Friday night at Goodyear Ballpark.

Kluber, who in all likelihood will be named Cleveland's Opening Day starter for the third year in a row, allowed two runs on three hits, ending with six strikeouts and two walks. Both runs against the righty came in the first, when Billy Hamilton walked and stole a pair of bases, and Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler each chipped in an RBI hit.

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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 listen to his podcast.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Jackson doing his best to claim roster spot

Indians outfielder goes 2-for-3, plays solid D against Reds

Jackson doing his best to claim roster spot

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Austin Jackson sprinted around the bases from first, sliding through the plate for a first-inning run for the Indians on Friday night. When he stood up, he had a chunk of dirt caked to the left knee of his white pants.

Over the remainder of camp, Jackson will try to prove to Cleveland's decision-makers that the knee is just fine, following the season-ending knee surgery he underwent in June last year. If Jackson is deemed back at full strength, he could work his way into the Opening Day outfield picture, especially if Michael Brantley's own comeback extends into April.

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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 listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alomar impressed with Mejia's tools, attitude

Prospect confident, comfortable playing in big league camp

Alomar impressed with Mejia's tools, attitude

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Francisco Mejia had not stepped into a big league clubhouse until this spring. This was the prospect's first time catching Major League pitchers and working with the Major League coaches. None of that fazed the young backstop.

"He was comfortable," Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. said. "He played without pressure."

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Nolan, Tito match wits at Texas dinner

Rangers, Indians set for two-game stop at Alamodome

Nolan, Tito match wits at Texas dinner

SAN ANTONIO -- Nolan Ryan is nearly 13 years older than Terry Francona, but when your Major League pitching career lasts 27 seasons, you're going to face a lot of hitters who are, more or less, a generation behind you.

Ryan faced Francona -- a lot. In fact, Francona had more at-bats against Ryan than any other pitcher during his 10-year Major League career.

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