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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:29:34 EDTMichael Brantley is not just Jason Kipnis' teammate, but one of his closest friends. Publicly, Brantley is a master at concealing his emotions and putting a positive face on a comeback that has spanned 18 months. Kipnis has seen Brantley behind the scenes, and understands how difficult things have been for the outfielder.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:36:31 EDTMLB.TV is back, and it's better than ever. Watch live out-of-market games -- including almost 300 Spring Training games and the World Baseball Classic (in U.S.) without blackouts -- on more than 400 devices.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:13:37 EDTThe message delivered to Tyler Naquin at the start of Spring Training a year ago was short and to the point. The Indians had vacancies in the outfield and the young center fielder had a great opportunity to seize one of the jobs with a strong performance in the preseason. Naquin did precisely that, too.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:36:38 EDTSpring Training is here! Check out the latest ticket deals, gear up at the shop and get ready for the 2017 season with complete Indians coverage.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:35:44 EDTBrandon Guyer believes he can be more than a platoon player, but he understands his role on the Indians' roster. Given his career track record against left-handed pitching, the outfielder will mostly be used as a weapon against southpaws in the upcoming season.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:48:13 EDTWith Presidents' Day arriving in the early part of Spring Training, who better to combine the two than Chris Antonetti, the Indians president of baseball operations? MLB.com asked Antonetti to provide his main message to Indians fans going into the 2017 season, when the Tribe will aim for a return trip to the World Series. Here is what he had to say.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:33:55 EDTAndrew Miller took the mound on Field 1 at Cleveland's spring complex, where Brandon Guyer was one of three hitters to face the relief ace in his first live batting practice workout of the year.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:55:18 EDTTerry Francona stood in front of his entire team on Sunday morning and delivered his message. He is not big on calling team meetings, but he does know the importance of setting the tone for a season with the spring-opening dialogue. This year is different, too, as he was speaking to the reigning American League champions.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:36:45 EDTWho do the Indians have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Cleveland's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:20:36 EDTIndians manager Terry Francona wasted little time in naming ace Corey Kluber as the Opening Day starter in each of the past two springs. This year, expect Francona to take more time to see how the preseason plays out before declaring his starter for the season-opening tilt in Texas.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:47:38 EDTWith relief ace Andrew Miller now in the fold -- an arm best described as a leverage weapon for Terry Francona -- the manager has altered his tune some on Allen's job title, calling him the closer. But don't be surprised in Miller will show up in the end.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:36:53 EDTGear up for Spring Training with updated authentic caps, jerseys, socks and more, and wear what your favorite Indians are wearing.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:25:19 EDTSpring Training can put a lot of pressure on a prospect who gets the invitation to attend Major League camp. Take Saturday's endurance test at Indians camp as an example. Every year, not only do manager Terry Francona and his coaches look on, but nearly the entire front-office staff heads to the agility field to watch. For every prospect -- such as outfielder Greg Allen -- all eyes are very much on them.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:10:36 EDTIt did not take long for Edwin Encarnacion to feel at home inside the Indians' clubhouse.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:37:02 EDTFrom baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the Indians' depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:53:22 EDTTrevor Bauer has incorporated weighted-ball training into his throwing since his earliest days of pitching. The Indians do not require the workouts, but they encourage it from the Minor Leagues up, providing information to pitchers on the potential benefits.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:30:37 EDTThe Indians plan on opening the season with Yan Gomes as their starting catcher and Roberto Perez as his backup. Manager Terry Francona made it clear on Thursday morning that there will be no competition between the two for the primary job behind the plate.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:35:07 EDTThere were sleepless nights for ace Corey Kluber this past winter. In the months following the Indians' loss in the World Series, the right-hander would often be out of bed when the moon was up, though it was not the team's postseason run that was on his mind.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:32:39 EDTBruce Chen did not look like he belonged on the mounds at the Indians' spring complex on Wednesday morning. It was not just that the left-hander retired from the Majors two seasons ago, or the fact that he now works in Cleveland's front office. What stood out was the fact that Chen was wearing a blue hat.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:26:54 EDTFor the past few years, Cleveland has held an endurance test for pitchers and catchers The players do a series of timed sprints and -- whether by going too slow or by deciding to drop out -- there is only one man standing at the finish. This year, Perez and fellow catcher Yan Gomes made it to the final three, but it was pitching prospect Dylan Baker who outlasted everyone for the win.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:25:29 EDTThe Indians are not expecting left fielder Michael Brantley to be ready for game action when the team begins its Cactus League schedule later this month. Manager Terry Francona reiterated Wednesday that Brantley will not return to the lineup until he is deemed fully ready.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:00:00 EDTA famous addition to Spring Training was Grady Sizemore, who has been hired as an advisor to the Tribe's player development department. The former outfielder is currently weighing what will come next for him, and that journey begins in Goodyear, Ariz., this spring.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:24:20 EDTOn Wednesday, the Indians signed left-hander James Russell to a Minor League contract that included a non-roster invitation to attend Spring Training with the Major League club. One day earlier, Cleveland signed lefty Chris Narveson to the same kind of contract.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:15:56 EDTCompared to his fellow late-inning relievers, Andrew Miller is slightly ahead in terms of his throwing, and that is due to the fact that he plans on pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic later this spring -- even after last year's heavy workload and taxing postseason.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:11:35 EDTIndians pitching coach Mickey Callaway has to look back in order to best prepare his staff going forward. In the wake of Cleveland's deep run through the postseason, Callaway's spring program for his pitchers will include some adjustments to account for the increased volume of innings.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 16:15:37 EDTWith Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Indians squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 16:57:19 EDTThe mark of a good team is often a lack of roster competitions during Spring Training. In the Indians' case, they are returning with virtually the same roster that ended last season as the American League champions. For the most part, Spring Training will be about identifying the depth behind the Major League roster.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:14:35 EDTWith Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Indians squad each day this week. Today's topic: The perfect season.
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 15:43:07 EDT"Believe it or not, something is happening in Cleveland." -- "Pow! Wow!" story in Sports Illustrated, April 6, 1987. Thirty years ago. Pow! Wow! If I could point to one moment when the mysteries of baseball first overwhelmed me, it would be when Sports Illustrated picked the Indians to win -- the single worst prediction, I contend, in sports history.
Thu, 9 Feb 2017 15:53:08 EDTWith Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Indians squad each day this week. Today's topic: What's the vision?
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:24:19 EDTThe Indians traded right-hander Austin Adams to the Angels for cash on Friday. Cleveland also signed left-hander Luis Perez to a Minor League contract.
Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:51:08 EDTThe Indians saw something different in Carlos Santana after he returned from the World Baseball Classic four years ago. Maybe it was the passion surrounding the tournament, or the fact that he was around some of his country's best players, but the first baseman returned to Spring Training revitalized.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:07:07 EDTGet positional ranks and auction values plus insight on top prospects, sleepers, comeback candidates and more to help you dominate your league.
Wed, 8 Feb 2017 22:47:27 EDTShortstop Francisco Lindor and his Tribe teammates are heading into the 2017 campaign with designs on winning it all this time.
Tue, 7 Feb 2017 20:58:56 EDTOn Tuesday the Indians finalized a one-year contract with Boone Logan, who has a team option for 2018 included in the deal.