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White Sox’ 9-3 win reminds Indians not to forget about them in AL Central race

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Cleveland Indians have been asked all season ever since they we’ve been around first place, if they worry about the Detroit Tigers.

Manager Manny Acta and his players have said all along that you can’t forget about the Chicago White Sox, who can hit and pitch with anybody.

On Friday night, the Indians were shown why they have to worry about the Windy City teams as well in a 9-3 loss to Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field. Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (3-3) struggled with his command, the Tribe’s lineup labored against rookie Jose Quintana and the White Sox put their power on display.

Cleveland just swept the Tigers at home during the week. But the American League Central-leading Indians (26-19) saw their lead over the second-place White Sox (24-22) trimmed to 2 1/2 games.

Coming into the 2012 season, Detroit was picked as the front-runner for this year’s Central Division title. The Tigers won the division by a 15-game margin over the Tribe last season and then went out and signed  free-agent slugger Prince Fielder. Chicago was not expected to be a factor, but the White Sox are sitting on the Indians heels nearly two months into the season.

The Indians’ offense struggled all night against White Sox lefty Jose Quintana (1-0), who was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte before the game. Quintana limited Cleveland to two runs on four hits in six innings.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV news

 

Looking for another slugger, Indians work out Vladimir Guerrero

 

Vladimir Guerrero (2011 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta is finalizing his 2012 roster but is still looking to add a key power-hitter in the middle of the batting order.

Acta has known Vladimir Guerrero since their days with the former Montreal Expos franchise.

This is the reason that the Indians worked out the unsigned free agent outfielder in his native Dominican Republic a few days ago at the team’s baseball academy.

A career .318 hitter, the 38-year-old DH/Outfielder has hit 449 homers in 16 seasons with Montreal, the LA Angels, Texas and Baltimore.

The Indians are trying to add another threat to a lineup which has struggled to score runs the past two years with younger players.

Guerrero, a former MVP and nine-time All-Star, could share time at DH with the often-injured Travis Hafner, but reports say that the Indians will only sign him if he can still play the outfield. Guerrero has a strong arm and can play left or right field.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Internet news

Acta chooses Masterson to start Indians opener on April 5

 

Justin Masterson (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Indians right-hander Justin Masterson said that he is very much honored to be chosen “to set the tone for the season” as the opening day starter on April 5 against Toronto.

Most MLB experts figured that Cleveland’s supposed staff ace Ubaldo Jimenez would get the nod due to his experience.

Manager Manny Acta chose Masterson because he was Cleveland’s most consistent starter in 2011, going 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA in 33 starts. He won his first five starts of the season and set a career-high in wins and led Cleveland in ERA, strikeouts, starts and innings pitched.

Overall in his career, Masterson is 28-28 with an ERA of 3.92 and 485 strikeouts.

Masterson is a graduate of Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio which is located between Fairborn and Xenia in Greene County. With Beavercreek, he was a pitcher, catcher and first baseman.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, MLB & Beavercreek High School

Cleveland Indians 2012 coaching staff is set

Manny Acta (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Indians manage Manny Acta has finally had the chance to finalize his 2012 coaching staff, promoting Scott Radinsky from the bullpen to pitching coach.

Acta also named Dave Miller his bullpen coach and Tom Wiedenbauer as the first-base coach.

A former major league pitcher, Radinsky replaces Tim Belcher, who resigned to spend more time with his family.

Wiedenbauer replaces Sandy Alomar, who will be Acta’s bench coach next year.

Scott Radinsky (Buffalo Bisons photo)

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Radio & TV news

Acta rewarded for turning around Indians; 2013 option picked up

 

The Cleveland Indians management is pleased with manager Manny Acta’s performance with the young team, that they have picked up the 2013 option on his contract.

Acta was signed through 2012, and the Indians rewarded him by exercising the option for 2013. After two seasons, his record is 149-175.

Manny Acta (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Acta and his staff kept the Indians in contention in the AL Central Division race until injuries took control and they finished at 80-82, good for second place. The 80 wins is an 11-game improvement over 2010.

He will be losing two members off of his coaching staff. Bench coach Tim Tolman revealed earlier this week that he has Parkinson’s disease and will not return, and pitching coach Tim Belcher stepped down to spend more time with his family.

Indians general manager Chris Antonelli said the remaining members of the coaching staff will return in 2012. Sandy Alomar Jr., the first base coach will become Acta’s bench coach. Hitting coach Bruce Fields, third-base coach Steve Smith and bullpen coach Scott Radinsky also will return.

Info courtesy of the Cleveland Indians

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