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Indians invite 1B/DH Mike Napoli to Spring Training camp

Mike Napoli in 2016 with Indians By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA, CC BY 2.0, https

The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent 1B MIKE NAPOLI to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League Spring Training camp, bringing the total number of non-roster invitees to 24.

Napoli, 36, owns a Major League career average of .246 (1125-4572) with 224 doubles, 267 home runs, 744 RBI and 650 walks across 12 seasons with the LA Angels, Rangers, Red Sox and Indians (.346/.475/.821 OPS). The Pembroke Pines, FL native has hit at least 17 home runs over each of the last ten seasons since 2008, one of just five Major League players to make that claim.

He spent the 2017 season with the Texas Rangers, clubbing 29 home runs with 66 RBI in 124 games in his third stint in Arlington. Napoli was an integral part of Cleveland’s 2016 American League Championship club, collecting career-highs in home runs (34), RBI (101), games (150), runs (92) and hits (133) while leading the club in homers and RBI after signing a one-year deal in January 2016.

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Cincinnati Reds announce Luke Bryan concert tickets to go on sale March 9


Luke Bryan 2010 photo By Keith Hinkle, CC BY 2.0, https

Concert at GABP on June 16


Tickets for the Luke Bryan concert on Saturday, June 16 at Great American Ball Park will go on sale to the public Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at and

Cincinnati Reds Season Ticket Members can purchase pre-sale tickets for the concert at GABP beginning Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m.

The “WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY TOUR XL STADIUM SIZED” stop in Cincinnati will include special guest Sam Hunt along with Jon Pardi and openers Morgan Wallen and DJ Rock.

A full tour schedule is available on

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About Luke Bryan
Country music superstar Luke Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards and the Super Bowl LI National anthem performer. He has more certified digital singles than any other country artist with 40 million tracks and 12 million albums with three Billion music streams and he was the most-streamed country artist from 2012 to 2016. Luke has placed 19 singles at #1, 11 of which he co-wrote, and has headlined arena tours and sold-out stadiums across the U.S. performing for 1.5 Million fans in 2017 alone. Visit or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook.

About Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt’s GRAMMY-nominated, Double-Platinum-selling debut album, Montevallo (MCA Nashville), topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart in its first week and remains the best-selling debut album for a country artist since 2011. The critically-acclaimed album produced four No. 1 singles and five Multi-Platinum-selling hits including “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” “Take Your Time,” “Break Up In A Small Town” and “Make You Miss Me.” Hunt’s first single following the success of Montevallo is the three-week No. 1, Triple-Platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated smash, “Body Like A Back Road.” The song shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart where it remained for an unprecedented 27 consecutive weeks, shattering the record for most weeks atop the nearly 59-year-old chart. For information on Sam Hunt, visit


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Indians claim RHP Ben Taylor off waivers

The Cleveland Indians today claimed RHP BEN TAYLOR off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. To allow room for on the 40-man roster for Taylor the Indians placed RHP CODY ANDERSON on the 60-day Disabled List (rehabilitation, right elbow surgery).

Taylor appeared in 14 games for Boston in 2017, posting a 0-1 record and 5.19 ERA (17.1IP, 20H, 10ER, 9BB, 18SO) across four stints. He made his MLB debut on April 7 at Detroit, striking out the lone batter he faced (Ian Kinsler). Taylor also recorded one save on May 17 at St. Louis, tossing the final inning and striking out two batters. He missed time July 26-August 30 with a left intercostal strain, and spent the remainder of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket after being activated from the D.L. With Pawtucket he posted a 2.70 ERA and 2 saves in 12 relief outings (13.1IP, 7H, 4R/ER, 5BB, 12SO, .156 avg). He was on the Triple-A D.L. from May 28-June 25 with right elbow inflammation.

The 25-year-old was selected by the Red Sox in the seventh round of the June 2015 Draft out of the University of South Alabama, and has a 1-4 record and 2.95 ERA (49ER/149.2IP/165 SO) in 64 career Minor League games.

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Indians sign veteran reliever Matt Belisle

Matt Belisle in 2016 By Keith Allison on Flickr - Originally posted to Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

The Cleveland Indians recently announced the club has signed free agent RHP MATT BELISLE (#46) to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League Spring Training camp, bringing the total number of non-roster invitees to 23.

Belisle, 37, spent the 2017 season with the Minnesota Twins, posting a mark of 2-2 with 9 saves and a 4.03 ERA in 62 relief appearances (60.1IP, 48H, 27ER, 22BB, 54SO, .218 avg). He served as the club’s primary closer over the last two months of the season following the trade of RHP Brandon Kintzler, converting 9 of his 11 save opportunities after July 31. The Austin, TX native’s 8.06 strikeouts per 9.0 IP were the second-best mark of his career and his .218 batting average against was a new career-low. He also recorded 14 holds, which were tied for sixth in the American League at the All-Star Break.

Belisle owns a 14-year Major League career record of 51-57 with 14 saves and a 4.19 ERA in 660 appearances/44 starts (894.1IP, 975H, 416ER, 227BB, 686SO) with five Major League clubs. He began his professional career in 1998 (Atlanta Braves, 2nd round) and was later traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2003 for LHP Kent Mercker. He is currently ninth among all active pitchers in appearances (660), spending five seasons with the Reds (2003-2008) and six seasons with the Colorado Rockies (2009-14). He led the National League in appearances in 2012 (80) and is Colorado’s career all-game games pitched leader.

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Reds announce that Olympian Nick Goepper to throw out first pitch on Opening Day

Silver Medalist In Slopestyle From Lawrenceburg, Indiana



Olympic freeskier Nick Goepper will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the 2018 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day game on Thursday, March 29 at Great American Ball Park.

The Lawrenceburg, Indiana native won a silver medal in the men’s slopestyle competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Nick Goepper (courtesy

The Reds open the 2018 season against the Washington Nationals at 4:10 p.m.

This is the second time Nick will throw out a ceremonial pitch at Great American Ball Park. In 2014, following his bronze medal-winning performance at the Sochi Olympics, Nick threw out the first pitch on Reds Opening Night.

Additional 2018 Reds Opening Day ceremonies will be announced in the coming weeks.


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