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Indians news & notes (Thursday): Trevor Bauer looks great again

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The strike zone is improving and so is Trevor Bauer

Duane Burleson

Recap and Notes

Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers - April 16, 2014 | MLB.com recap - Jordan Bastian's recap

Cleveland Indians prospect Trevor Bauer wins in return to Triple-A | MLB.com: News - In his first start back with Triple-A Columbus since making a spot start for the Indians last week, right-hander Trevor Bauer threw six scoreless innings on Wednesday.

Production in the Cleveland Indians' lineup coming from the guys at the bottom: Zack Meisel's musings | cleveland.comLonnie Chisenhall, David Murphy and Yan Gomes have anchored Cleveland's offense thus far in 2014.

John Axford trying to close books on walks: Cleveland Indians notebook | cleveland.com - Manager Terry Francona isn't worried about closer John Axford's early-season struggles with the strike zone.

Aviles, Bourn speak on importance of Robinson | indians.com: News - With Jackie Robinson's famous No. 42 stitched on the back of each Cleveland jersey hanging in the visitors' clubhouse, Indians infielder Mike Aviles spoke of the importance of honoring the Hall of Famer.

Business News

Improving fan experience, generating more revenue on Cleveland Indians' plate - Cleveland Business News - Northeast Ohio and Cleveland - Crain's Cleveland Business - Bobby D speaks on improving fan experience, generating more revenue.

Native American mascots cost Chiefs, Redskins, Braves and Indians millions of dollars, study says | FOX Sports on MSN - Native American mascots cost Chiefs, Redskins, Braves and Indians millions of dollars, study says.

And Finally

The Strike Zone is (Still) Getting More Consistent | FanGraphs Baseball - Jeff Sullivan examines Pitch f/x strike zone data.

Presenting our favorite practical jokes in baseball. | SportsonEarth.com : Matthew Kory Article - Pranks are a time-honored tradition in professional baseball, whether it's a shaving cream pie in the face after a walk-off home run or a glove that smells of, well, you know. But the best jokes ever pulled are ones that uses more inventive avenues of expression.