Cleveland Indians

Yandy to focus on playing third exclusively
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Yandy Diaz bounced between third base and the outfield during Spring Training last year, and was deemed as an unfinished product defensively. His performance in the batter’s box is what forced the Indians’ hand, leading to a spot on the Opening Day roster.

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Alonso homers in first at-bat for Indians
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In the second inning of Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Reds, during his first at-bat as a member of the Tribe, Yonder Alonso crushed the first pitch he saw from Cincinnati starter Sal Romano to deep right field.

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Mejia among Indians' dark-horse candidates
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Every spring, there are players with lockers in the crowded clubhouses who are off the public radar. The cameras focus on the stars, core pieces and veterans, while other players quietly get in their daily work away from the Spring Training spotlight. And then, some of those players prove critical to the season that follows.

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Clevinger set for first action against Reds
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The World Series is the goal for every Indians player and that quest officially begins on Friday, when they host the Reds at 3:05 p.m. ET in their Cactus League opener at Goodyear Ballpark on MLB.TV. Right-hander Mike Clevinger will get the start and the Tribe nine will be packed with star power out of […]

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Indians add Torres to their spring bullpen mix
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There is an opening in the Indians’ bullpen and the club is introducing another arm into the spring competition. On Wednesday, MLB.com confirmed that the Tribe has agreed to terms with reliever Carlos Torres on a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training, pending the completion of a physical.

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Lindor only has eyes on World Series prize
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Francisco Lindor had not stopped thinking about the Indians’ early exit from the October stage last season. The star shortstop still has a pit in his stomach at the thought of how close they came to winning the World Series two years ago.

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Indians honor late staffer with spring cap patch
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For the past decade, the late Matt Pruzinsky was a part of Cleveland’s spring environment, and the team is now honoring his memory.There’s a patch on the right side of all the hats belonging to Indians Minor League staffers and players, and will remain a part of their Spring Training uniform. The white rectangle with […]

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Otero finds happy place in Tribe's bullpen
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It didn’t take long for the Indians to wrap up contract negotiations with Dan Otero in the offseason. The club reached out to the reliever and asked him if he would be open to signing a two-year deal. That was all he needed to hear.

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Lindor strong-arms first full-squad workout
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Every February, Francisco Lindor cuts the sleeves off a team-issued hoodie and wears that during workouts around the Indians’ Arizona complex. This year, the spring ritual revealed what appeared to be bulkier biceps on the high-energy shortstop.

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Allen, Tribe ready to fill Shaw's shoes in 'pen
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For the past five years, reliever Bryan Shaw was a constant part of the Tribe’s environment. The right-hander earned a reputation as one of the most durable setup men in the game and more than earned the trust of Francona. That, in turn, earned Shaw a lucrative free-agent contract this past offseason, leaving an empty […]

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Francona happy to be back in Indians' camp
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Terry Francona said his father never quite understood why the nickname made it to a second generation. Tito is what the elder Francona was called since his youth, and it is now what friends and family, and even players in the clubhouse, often use for the Indians’ manager.

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Upton eyes roster spot; Kipnis preps for 2B
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Indians manager Terry Francona described his conversations with Melvin Upton Jr. as one of the highlights of his offseason. The veteran outfielder is coming off a disappointing season marred by injury, but he is healthy now and is hoping to earn a place on the Opening Day roster.

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