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MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - INSIDE PITCH
Not many teams have a cleanup hitter who ranks seventh on the team in RBIs. But that was the case for the Indians in recent weeks. That's also one of the reasons Manager Terry Francona decided to juggle his lineup.
Francona moved Nick Swisher out of the No. 4 spot to the No. 2 in the order Monday, which is where Swisher had hit all year. It has been a difficult season for Swisher offensively, and Francona had been extra patient with the veteran switch-hitter.
Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was moved from the No. 2 spot to the No. 4 spot in place of Swisher.
Part of the problem appears to be a sore left shoulder, which Swisher has been playing with for most of this season. It caused him to miss a week's worth of games in June and he hasn't hit much better since his return to the lineup than he did prior to sitting out those six games.
The Indians did get an immediate benefit out of Swisher being moved up in the order. In his first at-bat hitting second in the order he hit a home run. Through Wednesday's 10-1 win over Seattle, Swisher was hitting.242 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs.
Until this year, Swisher has been one of the most consistent and productive hitters in the American League. In the last seven years prior to this one Swisher had averaged 27 home runs and 84 RBIs per year. He will have to get extremely hot in the last two-plus months of this season to reach those totals. Francona feels that getting Swisher out of the No. 4 spot in the lineup might take off some of the pressure Swisher is feeling as the cleanup hitter, which might allow him to be more productive.
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 6-4
NEXT: Friday -- Rangers (Martin Perez, 3-3, 3.40) at Indians (Corey Kluber, 7-5, 3.69)
--SS Asdrubal Cabrera closed a solid series in Seattle by going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and four runs scored Wednesday. He went 4-for-11 against the Mariners since being moved to the No. 4 spot in the batting order after starting the road trip 2-for-10.
--C Carlos Santana hadn't driven in a run in his last five games played heading into Wednesday's game against Seattle, and then he had an RBI on each of his first two at-bats. Santana doubled in a run in the first inning, then added another RBI double in the third.
--CF Michael Bourn hit his first career grand slam Wednesday, when he slammed a 3-2 pitch over the center field fence to give Cleveland an 8-1 lead in the fifth inning. Bourn started the game with a bunt single and went 2-for-4, scoring twice while driving in the four runs.
--LHP Scott Kazmir gave up just one hit over eight innings Wednesday, but a second-inning error prevented him from getting a chance at a shutout. Seattle scored its only run of the game, an unearned one, in the second and didn't get a hit off Kazmir until the fifth.
--RHP Corey Kluber is working on a scoreless streak of 12 2/3 innings, with his last run allowed coming in a July 7 start against Detroit. He pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Royals then added five more innings of shutout ball in a 3-2 loss at Minnesota over the weekend. Kluber is scheduled to start against Texas after the off day Thursday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "That was much needed, and a good day. ... It's just nice to bounce back after losing a couple of tough ones." -- Manager Terry Francona after a 10-1 win over Seattle on Wednesday.
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - ROSTER REPORT
--C Lou Marson (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 25, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 7. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on May 29 and moved to Triple-A Columbus on May 30. His rehab stint was cut short when he experienced more soreness in his shoulder June 12.
--RHP Brett Myers (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He made rehab starts for Double-A Akron on May 17 and May 22. His scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on May 27 was scratched due to continued soreness in his elbow. Myers was shut down. He started a new rehab assignment with short-season Class A Mahoning Valley on June 24. He was shut down again July 1.
--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 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 Justin Masterson
LHP Scott Kazmir
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
RHP Corey Kluber
RHP Zach McAllister
RHP Chris Perez (closer)
RHP Vinnie Pestano
RHP Joe Smith
RHP Cody Allen
LHP Rich Hill
RHP Matt Albers
RHP Bryan Shaw
1B Nick Swisher
2B Jason Kipnis
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Mark Reynolds
DH Jason Giambi
INF Mike Aviles
INF Lonnie Chisenhall
LF Michael Brantley
CF Michael Bourn
RF Drew Stubbs
OF Ryan Raburn