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Cleveland Indians News and Notes: Indians tie, lose in split-squad games

Meanwhile, the US defeats the DR in the WBC quarters and will play Japan on Tuesday

Giancarlo Stanton is a pretty good hitter, as Ervin Santana can attest
Giancarlo Stanton is a pretty good hitter, as Ervin Santana can attest
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Yesterday's Game: Indians 4, Royals 4 - Rangers 8, Indians 4

Box score (vs Royals)

Box score (vs Rangers)

Royals rally late to forge tie with Indians |

Rangers split Alamodome set with Indians |

The Indians played a pair of games yesterday, losing to the Rangers in San Antonio, and tying the Royals in Arizona. The game against the Royals had no projected Opening Day starters (although Gonzalez, Urshela, and Diaz could make the roster). Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw both pitched, and Shaw gave up a run in his inning of work.

Mike Clevinger started the game against the Rangers, and couldn't finish his second inning of work. He gave up three runs, all in that second inning, and walked four batters. Ryan Merritt pitched three innings, giving up one run. Chris Colabello had two hits for the Indians.

Indians News

Brantley takes another step, Naquin's knees barking: Cleveland Indians' medical update |

Naquin was scratched from one of the games today with sore knees - yes, both knees were sore. Meanwhile Michael Brantley played in another minor-league game.

Grady Sizemore advising Tyler Naquin at camp |

I'll just leave this quote here:

"He's helpful, because he's still at that age to where I can relate to him as a player. He's fresh off the field. I wish Grady wasn't even here. I wish he was still playing. But, being able to have him is awesome -- absolutely awesome."


Straight out of Cuba: Yandy Diaz, Leandro Linares signed with Cleveland Indians after defecting together |

How Yandy Diaz and Leandro Linares left Cuba and joined the Indians. The whole piece is definitely worth your time.

MLB News

USA beats Dominican Republic in WBC '17 |

The US will play Japan Tuesday night after defeating the Dominican Republic in an outstanding game. Adam Jones made a spectacular catch to rob Orioles teammate Manny Machado, then Robinson Cano immediately went deep to make the score 4-3 US in the seventh. Andrew McCutcheon would put the game away in the eighth with a two-run double.

Oh yeah, Giancarlo Stanton is ready for the regular season (117 mph(!))

MLB: Tigers outfielder JD Martinez sprains foot, out several days | West Hawaii Today

X-rays came back negative, but Martinez might miss the beginning of the season.

The top-rated players by position in 'MLB The Show 17' | MLB | Sporting News

According to these ratings, the Indians have the deepest roster in the majors, with 7 rated 85 (out of 99) or better. Championship?