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MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - INSIDE PITCH
Indians officials felt they made some much-needed improvement to the team's offense with some judicious offseason spending and player acquisitions. It's doubtful, however, that the front office expected the increase in the team's run production that has occurred in the first six weeks of the season would be as dramatic as it has become.
Through their first 31 games, the Indians are leading the majors with 46 home runs. Last year, the Indians finished 12th in the American League in home runs.
The biggest additions to the roster, power-wise, were infielder Mark Reynolds and outfielder Nick Swisher. Reynolds has been even better than advertised. Through the first 31 games he was leading the American League in home runs with 10, and he was fifth in the league with 27 RBIs.
Swisher hit one of two home runs Wednesday in the team's 4-3 win vs. Oakland.
Reynolds' 27 RBIs were almost twice as many as any other Indians' hitter. He has been in the middle of most of the team's biggest rallies. Swisher has more modest numbers -- just three home runs and 10 RBIs through 29 games -- but his consistency over the last decade suggests by the end of the season he will finish where he normally finishes, with about 25 home runs and 80 RBIs.
When it comes to home runs, the Indians have gotten production from just about everyone in the lineup. They are on pace to shatter the club record of 221 sent in 2000. Last year the Indians hit just 136 home runs.
The Indians may not be able to keep up this home run pace all season, but it's reasonable to expect that the overall run production of the lineup will continue to be better than it was last year. That was one of the goals of the club's offseason roster makeover, and so far it has paid off.
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won three
PAST 10 GAMES: 9-1
NEXT: Athletics (Bartolo Colon, 3-1, 3.62) at Indians (Scott Kazmir, 1-1, 6.28)
--RHP Justin Masterson pitched seven innings and was the winning pitcher in the Indians' 4-3 win over Oakland on Wednesday. It was Masterson's first win over the A's since Aug. 26, 2010. Masterson came into the game with a career record vs. Oakland of 1-5 and an 8.10 ERA.
--RHP Trevor Bauer, who has made two spot starts for the Indians this season, was one out away from pitching a seven-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Columbus over Charlotte on Tuesday, when he was removed from the game by manager Chris Tremie. Bauer had walked four, hit four, threw a wild pitch and thrown 107 pitches overall when he was removed from the game.
--C Yan Gomes has been outstanding behind the plate. Gomes has thrown out four of six attempted base stealers, and Indians' pitchers have a combined ERA of 2.89 in the 84 innings Gomes has caught. That's the fourth lowest ERA in the majors among catchers with at least 80 innings caught.
--OF Michael Bourn played his second game on a rehab assignment Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday night. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout while batting leadoff. There's a possibility Bourn could be activated in the next few days. He has been on the disabled list since April 15 with a lacerated right index finger.
--LHP Scott Kazmir will start Thursday vs. Oakland. Kazmir has beaten the A's more than any other team in his career. In 17 career starts vs. Oakland he is 9-5 with a 3.91 ERA.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I thought it was a home run. It looked like a home run and it sounded like a home run." -- RHP Chris Perez on a controversial call in Cleveland's favor Wednesday. A ninth-inning homer was ruled to be a ground rule double, aiding a 4-3 Indians' win.
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Vinnie Pestano (right elbow tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 1.
--CF Michael Bourn (lacerated right index finger) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 15. The stitches were removed April 25. He was due to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus during the week of May 6.
--RHP Blake Wood (Tommy John surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 11. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on May 4.
--C Lou Marson (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 25. He had been activated April 24 from a prior first DL stint.
--RHP Brett Myers (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 20. He was not expected to throw for two weeks as of April 22. He threw 30-35 pitches from up to 60 feet May 3.
--RHP Frank Herrmann (Tommy John surgery in March 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list March 31, and he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list April 3. He will miss the entire season.
--RHP Josh Tomlin (Tommy John surgery in August 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 15. He is expected to miss most, if not all, of the season as he continues his rehab.
RHP Justin Masterson
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
RHP Zach McAllister
LHP Scott Kazmir
RHP Corey Kluber
RHP Chris Perez (closer)
RHP Joe Smith
RHP Cody Allen
LHP Rich Hill
RHP Matt Albers
RHP Bryan Shaw
LHP Scott Barnes
LHP Nick Hagadone
1B Mark Reynolds
2B Jason Kipnis
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Lonnie Chisenhall
INF Jason Giambi
INF Mike Aviles
LF Michael Brantley
CF Drew Stubbs
RF Nick Swisher
OF Ryan Raburn