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Cleveland Indians Sunday News and Notes: April 6, 2014

Tribe news from the first Sunday of the regular season.

Nick Swisher
Nick Swisher
Jason Miller

Yesterday's Game

Twins jump on Carlos Carrasco early, cruise to 7-3 win over Indians - Let's Go Tribe

Twins rough up Carlos Carrasco early to beat Cleveland Indians, 7-3 |

Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians - April 5, 2014 | CLE Recap

Twins 7, Indians 3 — Ryan Lewis' Final Thoughts from a frigid loss - Cleveland Indians - Ohio

Though the Indians at worst will end the first week of the season at .500, they've done it despite four short and poor starting pitching performances. They were able to overcome McAllister's and Salazar's, but not Kluber's and Carrasco's, and even then you can't expect them to come from behind at this rate.

The good news is that today the one pitcher who had a good performance the first time through the rotation will be starting.

Indians News

Swish feels like 'luckiest dude on the planet' | News

After a year of watching Nick Swisher on and off the field, I can understand why fans of other clubs might loathe him, but also understand that his persona is definitely not an act. And the enthusiasm he's brought to the organization has had an effect on what was an indifferent fanbase.

Indians Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi close to making minor league rehab outings - Cleveland Indians - Ohio

The Indians will have to make a couple difficult decisions over the next week or so. Michael Bourn should be ready to go (barring a regularly-scheduled setback) sometime this week, and Jason Giambi is eligible to come off the DL soon as well. If the Indians limited their decisions to players that have options, Lonnie Chisenhall and Vinnie Pestano would probably be the ones to go to Columbus, though the way Lonnie has hit (albeit in limited plate appearances), it would be tough to send him down. But I don't think both he and Giambi can be on the roster at the same time now that Carlos Santana is the everyday third baseman.

25-Man/40-Man Roster

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With Jason Kipnis' extension, I've left the salary/service time numbers in for one more week. The Indians' Opening Day payroll, for what it's worth, ranks 26th among the 30 MLB teams.

If you're already thinking about the 2014-2015 offseason, here's some of the contract decisions that the Indians will have to deal with (assuming no new contract extensions between now and then):

Team Option

IF Mike Aviles ($3.5M option, $250K buyout)

Free Agents

SP Justin Masterson

SS Asdrubal Cabrera

DH Jason Giambi

Arbitration (service time assumes entire season on 25-man roster or DL)

3B Lonnie Chisenhall (3.0 serv time)

UT Elliot Johnson (4.028)

OF Nyjer Morgan (5.120)

SP Carlos Carrasco (3.140)

RP John Axford (4.170)

RP Bryan Shaw (3.081)

RP Josh Outman (5.036)

RP Blake Wood (4.145)

RP Vinnie Pestano (3.133)

RP Scott Atchison (5.168)

SP Josh Tomlin (4.010)

AL Central News

Tigers 7, Orioles 6: Hunter gets 5 RBI, Porcello gets win, Tigers get 9th inning wake up call - Bless You Boys

The Tigers held on to beat the Orioles despite the bullpen imploding.

Following up: Marcus Semien, Adam Eaton, White Sox injuries - South Side Sox

News on the White Sox injury front

Twins Fan Celebrates Fourth Consecutive Year of Muttering "It's a Small Sample Size" - Twinkie Town

Hopefully yesterday's Twins victory was also due to small sample size

Parsing the payroll - Royals Review

A look at the Royals' payroll

MLB News

The Yankees place Mark Teixeira on the DL - Pinstripe Alley

Is this really news?

MLB Clip of the Week

A swarm of bees ended up delaying the Arizona-Giants game on Thursday