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Cleveland Indians Visit Detroit Tigers for Three-Game Series

April 15th, 2014 at 7:56 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

If the Cleveland Indians want to win the American League Central Division title, they have to beat the Detroit Tigers. They can start tonight.

Zach McAllister will take the mound in Detroit against Anibal Sanchez tonight. Other pitching matchups are Danny Salazar vs. Drew Smyly on Wednesday, and a battle of the aces on Thursday afternoon with Justin Masterson vs. Justin Verlander.

The Tigers dominated the Indians last year, winning all but two games. To turn things around, Cleveland hitters Asdrubal Cabrera (.188), Nick Swisher (.185) and Carlos Santana (.186) need to pick things up on offense.

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Cleveland Indians Survive San Diego Padres Rally to Win 8-6

April 9th, 2014 at 8:38 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Indians built a 6-2 lead on the San Diego Padres then hung on for an 8-6 win at Progressive Field last night.

David Murphy hit his first home run as an Indian to give Cleveland its four-run advantage in the fourth.

On the mound, Corey Kluber (1-0) struck out eight batters in six innings. 

However, Vinnie Pestano coughed up three runs in the eighth to make things scary for Cleveland fans before John Axford slammed the door for his third save.

Cleveland will play a doubleheader against San Diego today at 12:05 p.m. Zach McAllister and Trevor Bauer will start the games for the Tribe.

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Cleveland Indians Win Opener 2-0 Over Oakland Athletics

April 1st, 2014 at 7:56 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Cleveland Indians fans who stayed up late to watch the opener got their reward as the Tribe beat the Oakland A's 2-0.

Justin Masterson pitched seven shutout innings, but Oakland pitchers Sonny Gray and Luke Gregerson matched his goose eggs on the scoreboard.

The Indians finally broke through in the ninth when Nyjer Morgan's sacrifice fly scored Asdrubal Cabrera. Nick Swisher added an insurance run when he singled to score David Murphy.

Chad Allen picked up the win in relief for Cleveland, while John Axford nailed down the save.

Corey Kluber will start tonight for the Indians against Oakland's Scott Kazmir, who was an instrumental part of the Tribe's success last year.

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Lonnie Chisenhall Homers in Cleveland Indians’ 8-3 Win Over Cincinnati Reds

March 25th, 2014 at 8:12 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Lonnie Chisenhall has responded well to the threat of Carlos Santana taking his job as the Cleveland Indians' third baseman.

Chisenhall hit his second home run of the spring as the Cleveland Indians improved their spring record to 17-7 with an 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Jason Kipnis and Ryan Raburn also homered for the Tribe.

Carlos Carrasco pitched six innings and gave up three runs, improving his spring record to 3-1. He is battling for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation with Josh Tomlin, who will pitch today.

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With Season Approaching, Justin Masterson Breaks Off Long-Term Contract Negotiations with Cleveland Indians

March 24th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Cody Dalga

With the season vastly approaching, All-Star starting pitcher Justin Masterson has decided to suspend any long-term contract negotiations with the Cleveland Indians to focus on the upcoming season.

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The 28-year old, who avoided arbitration this offseason, may be one of the top free agent starting pitchers this upcoming season if a deal is not in place. He is supposedly seeking a multiyear deal worth about $17 million a year. 

"So even though it didn't happen right now, I'm not overly disappointed," Masterson said.

Masterson has been fairly dominant this Spring Training. In five starts he has a 3-0 record with a 0.95 ERA. At one point this  spring, he whipped up a 14 and two-thirds scoreless inning streak which was just recently snapped. 

"We tried to be flexible in years and sensitive to the market," Rowley told MLB.com. "Justin obviously has a passion for playing for manager Terry Francona, loves his teammates and we would've loved to have gotten something done.

Throughout the past few seasons, Masterson has shown his reliability as a starter winning 37 games over three seasons as well as pitching over 200 innings and having an ERA under four over that span. 

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