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MLB’s best backend-bullpen combo is in Cleveland


The Cleveland Indians are a young and exciting team.

But the backend of their bullpen has a couple of 27-year-old right-handers who given teams fits in the eighth and ninth innings.

Chris Perez (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Closer Chris Perez (0-1, 2.59 ERA, 24-of-25 save opportunities) and setup man Vinnie Pestano (3-0, 1.85 ERA, 39 strikeouts in 35 innings) are putting together quite a reputation as the major leagues best late-inning duo.

Perez, who came over from the St. Louis Cardinals in a 2009 trade, is a 2-time All-Star, has a career record of 10-15, with an ERA of 3.06 and 92 saves.

Pestano is 4-2 in his MLB career with an ERA of 2.21 with 131 strikeouts.

Vinnie Pestano (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)


Info compiled from MLB & Cleveland Indians news & statistics


Carrasco, Indians, shut out Yankees, 1-0


The Cleveland Indians have been in a slump which happens to all teams in pro sports.

On Monday, they receive a huge pitching performance by one of their young players, Carlos Carrasco who shut down the New York Yankees, 1-0 in Yankee Stadium.

Carrasco allowed five hits in seven innings. He was followed to the mound by Tony Sipp, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez to lead the Indians over the Yankees to avoid a series sweep and end a four-game losing streak.

Carlos Carrasco (file photo)

The win was only the second in the last 11 games for the young Indians who are suddenly in a pennant race with the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central Division.

Due to the recent slump, Indians manager Manny Acta changed his batting order which had several players hitting where they are not used to hitting.

Michael Brantley batted third for the first time in the major leagues. Asdrubal Cabrera hit cleanup for the first time in his career. Brantley produced a leadoff triple in the fourth inning and Cabrera scored him with a single to left against losing pitcher A.J. Burnett (6-5). That was the only lead that Cleveland could muster in the four-game series.

New York Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter keeps inching towards the 3,000 hit mark. His first inning single puts him at 2,994. He left the game in the fifth inning because of a strained right calf.


compiled from Cleveland Indians & New York Yankees news


Indians beat Red Sox 8-4 with bullpen leading way


Matt LaPorta (file photo)

One of the Cleveland Indians strong points in the second half of the 2010 season was their bullpen and it has pitched well so far this year.

Chad Durbin, Rafael Perez, Frank Herrmann, Tony Sipp and Vinnie Pestano all pitched well as the Indians beat the Red Sox 8-4 in Cleveland for their third straight win. The Red Sox dropped to 0-5 and are off to their worst start since 1996.

The Indians also showed that they can hit the baseball. Shin-Soo Choo, Matt LaPorta and Asdrubal Cabrera homered. Cabrera had the biggest of them all, a three-run drive to the right-field seats in the sixth inning for a 7-2 lead and giving him a 4-RBI night.


compiled from Cleveland Indians & Boston Red Sox news

Germano makes Indians bullpen; roster takes shape


Justin Germano (file photo)

Justin Germano beat the odds and made the Cleveland Indians bullpen to start the 2011 season.

Germano did not allow a run in seven spring outings and earned a spot along with fellow right-handers Frank Herrmann and Vinnie Pestano.

Lou Marson made the team as the backup catcher and Adam Everett as the utility infielder.

Everett, a non-roster player beat out Jayson Nix, who was expected to make the team, but was cut.

Several key players will open the season on the diasbled list; Infielder Jason Donald (sore left hand), right-hander Joe Smith ( abdominal strain) and outfielders Trevor Crowe ( rotator cuff) and Grady Sizemore.

Adding Durbin strengthens Indians bullpen

The Cleveland Indians have signed right-hander Chad Durbin to a one-year deal to be a part of their bullpen.

Durbin is not new to Cleveland. He pitched for them in 2003 and 2004.

The 33-year-old Durbin pitched in various roles for the Philadelphia Phillies the past three years.

Chad Durbin (file photo)

Reports say that Durbin has signed for $800,000 with a chance to earn $1 million in incentives.

The Indians by adding Durbin, now has a bullpen consisting of Jensen Lewis, Joe Smith, Tony Sipp, Rafael Perez and Chris Perez.

Still vying for two spots include Justin Germano, Frank Hermann and Vinnie Pestano.

compiled from staff, radio & TV reports

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