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Indians fall late to Twins, and the Nick Swisher era is Bro-ver

We examine the loss and the trade.

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Minnesota 10 - Cleveland 9

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Cleveland Indians lose a shootout to the Twins - Let's Go Tribe - The Indians lost a shootout Friday evening 10-9 to the Minnesota Twins. Starter Cody Anderson lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing six earned runs.

Hunter's homer gives Twins win over Indians | - Torii Hunter's ninth-inning solo homer to the right-field seats sent the Twins to a 10-9 comeback victory over the rival Indians on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Cleveland Indians rally, but fail to hold lead as Minnesota Twins take series opener | - Torii Hunter's home run in the ninth inning gives the Twins a comeback win against the Indians.

The Trade - The View From Cleveland

Atlanta Braves trade Chris Johnson to Cleveland Indians for Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn - Let's Go Tribe - The Braves and Indians have swapped bad contracts, in a strange trade, the likes of which baseball rarely sees. Cleveland gets the better end of it though, coming out ahead financially and picking up the player most likely to rebound.

Indians get Chris Johnson in trade with Braves | - The Indians pulled off a shocking trade on Friday, shipping veteran outfielders Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to the Braves in exchange for corner infielder Chris Johnson. Considering the size of the contracts leaving Cleveland, the Tribe will also be sending cash to Atlanta.

Indians gain flexibility with Johnson trade | - The Indians believe they have greater flexibility now that veteran outfielders Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn have been traded to the Braves.

Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn traded to Braves | - When Nick Swisher arrived to Progressive Field on Friday, he was expecting to be activated from the disabled list and in the lineup for the Indians. Winding up with a row of cardboard boxes in front of his locker was not a part of the veteran's plans.

Cleveland Indians 'move forward' with trade of Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn to Atlanta | - Swisher and Bourn would have earned a combined $29 million next season, an estimated one-third of the organization's payroll.

Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn reflect on falling short of expectations with Cleveland Indians | - Following their trades to the Atlanta Braves, ex-Indians Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn talked Friday about their frustration at not being able to get Cleveland back to the playoffs following a 2013 run.

Will someone still pay price for Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn contracts? | - Think of the last four big contracts the Indians have given to free agents or free agents to be -– Swisher, Bourn, Travis Hafner and Jake Westbrook. They were all disasters.

The Indians' Nick Swisher never lost his love of the game: Bill Livingston (photos) | - He made you feel better, just being around him. He connected us, even in the cynical, jaded press, to the joy of just being around the game. But then he couldn't play it anymore.

Cleveland Indians scribbles about trading Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, moves that had to be made -- Terry Pluto (photos) | - The Cleveland Indians saved about $4 million trading Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, and also cleared roster spots.

The Trade - The View From Elsewhere

Indians deal Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to Braves for Chris Johnson | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports - The move is puzzling for a number of reasons.

Braves trade Chris Johnson to Indians for Bourn, Swisher and cash | - The last domino fell Friday when the Braves, after trying for 10 months to unload the contract of Chris Johnson, finally did it by trading the third baseman to the Cleveland Indians for veteran outfielders Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher and about $10 million in cash.

Chris Johnson on trade: ‘(You’ve) got to move on some time’ | - “I tell you what, it’s not as shocking as I thought. Everybody thought that something might happen, and it did. So obviously I’m excited to start fresh and go somewhere and try to help the team win.”

The Braves say goodbye to Chris Johnson, hello to more creativity | Mark Bradley blog - This trade was made to shed the hugely unwanted Johnson and, as a decidedly secondary consideration, to add a bit of depth (meaning Bourn) in case someone makes a windfall offer for Cameron Maybin over the winter. Taking on Swisher’s salary seems the price the Braves had to pay to make Cleveland say yes.

Braves trade Chris Johnson to Cleveland for Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn - Talking Chop - The Braves and Cleveland have agreed to take on the contracts of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn in order to move Chris Johnson out of town via waiver trade.

Indians, Braves swap Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn for Chris Johnson - MLB Daily Dish - Although all three players have been productive in the past, this deal is all about swapping albatross contracts.

Indians trade Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and cash to the Braves for Chris Johnson | HardballTalk - So, the Indians lose their two biggest salary albatrosses and get Johnson. The Braves pick up a couple of reclamation projects — one of which, Bourn, played for them previously — and some cash relief to make gambles on them a bit more palatable. They also clear up third base for the newly acquired Hector Olivera who, while 30, is considered by the team to be the first offensive “building block” of their on-the-fly rebuild.

Other Tribe News

Indians rescind waiver claim of Deolis Guerra due to pre-existing injury | HardballTalk - It's been found out that Deolis Guerra has a knee injury, so the Indians took back their waiver claim. The pitcher remains with the Pirates.

OF prospect Dorssys Paulino comes up big for Lynchburg Hillcats: Cleveland Indians Class A Report | - Cleveland Indians OF prospect Dorssys Paulino was the third consecutive Lynchburg Hillcat to be named Carolina League Player of the Week.

Ronny Rodriguez heats up for Akron RubberDucks: Cleveland Indians Class AA Report | - Akron's Ronny Rodriguez has been swinging a hot bat for the RubberDucks as they try to stay within range of first-place Bowie.