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A long-suffering Cleveland sports fan (but is there any other kind?).

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Singleton suspended 50 games

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Ex-Phils prospect Jonathan Singleton has been suspended 50 games for a second violation of minor league baseball's drug policy. Not sure how (or even if) it impacts his prospect status (or if we even care since we don't even have the guy we traded him for at this point) but figured it's somewhat relevant.

Mujica to the Padres

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Per Castro, Mujica has been traded to the Pads for a PTBNL or cash.

Game Thread, Indians vs. Angels

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Lineup, per Castrovince: INDIANS: 2B Jamey Carroll, 3B Mark DeRosa, C Victor Martinez, DH Travis Hafner, RF Shin-Soo Choo, 1B Ryan Garko, LF David Dellucci, CF Ben Francisco, SS Wilson Valdez. LHP Scott Lewis. Also available to pitch: LHP Rafael Perez, RHPs Rafael Betancourt, Masa Kobayashi, Vinnie Chulk, Ed Mujica, Frank Herrmann. Yes, it's the return of CHOO.

MLB.tv free preview RIGHT NOW

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I realize that it's a bit late for this as it's in the sixth inning and it's the friggin' Red Sox vs. the friggin' Yankees, but since it's an oft-discussed topic around here, MLB.tv is offering a free preview/beta test of their video streaming service right now. I have to say, the quality looks awesome -- I subscribed to this a couple of years ago & it wasn't nearly this crisp. And this isn't even the premium stream, which I assume is going to be better. So, if you're debating between EI and MLB.tv, could be worth a look to see if it's good for you.

Game Thread, White Sox/Indians 3/24

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There's actual video for this one, and it's on WTAM with Hamilton & Hegan for once. I believe this is also the first game back for DeRosa since the WBC, so we actually have something approximating a regular-season lineup today. Carmona starts with a flyout & then walks the next batter, who steals second.

Indians/Rangers game thread, 3/17

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Indians vs. Rangers, starting lineups like so (via Castro): INDIANS: CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, DH Travis Hafner, 3B Jhonny Peralta, RF Ben Francisco, C Kelly Shoppach, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, LF Matt LaPorta, 1B Michael Aubrey. LHP Cliff Lee. Also available to pitch: RHP Kerry Wood, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Masa Kobayashi, LHP Tony Sipp, RHP Juan Salas, RHP Matt Herges, RHP Ed Mujica. RANGERS: 2B Ian Kinsler, 3B Michael Young, CF Josh Hamilton, RF Nelson Cruz, DH Marlon Byrd, LF David Murphy, 1B Chris Davis, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Elvis Andrus. RHP Scott Feldman.

Nats trade for Scott Olsen & Josh Willingham

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"The Nationals, carrying out their pledge to be aggressive this offseason, have acquired left-hander Scott Olsen and outfielder Josh Willingham from the Marlins, according to major-league sources. In return, the Marlins will receive second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and two minor leaguers: Single A right-hander P.J. Dean and outfielder Jake Smolinski." That about says it all. Doesn't sound like much of a haul for the Marlins, but as usual they're likely more interested in the salary savings than anything else.

Game 5 pushed back to Wednesday

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Originally scheduled to resume tonight, the game's been pushed back to tomorrow, though the weather is not much more promising here in Philly. In this article, Joe Sheehan puts into words how exactly Selig screwed this one up.

Analyzing Lee & Halladay's quality of opposition

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Over at Batter's Box, they look at the quality of opponents faced by Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay & find that, unsurprisingly, Halladay has faced stiffer competition. I don't know that I expect the Cy Young voters to give things this much analysis (in fact, I can pretty much guarantee they won't give it this much analysis), but it's interesting nonetheless.

Tigers swapping Guillen & Cabrera in the field

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Apparently Guillen's moving over to third base & Cabrera's going to first. Definitely diminishes Cabrera's value somewhat, though it helps to get his glove away from the hot corner.

Network World Interviews John Adams

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IT analyst by day, drum-banger by night, here's a short interview with John Adams.

MLB Blackouts and You: The definitive guide

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For those of you (us) watching Indians' games via Extra Innings or MLB.tv, here's a pretty good guide to which games will be blacked out and why. And be glad you're not a Padres fan living in Vegas.

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Game Thread(s): March 14, 2008

Split-squad action again today, with one game going on right now vs. the Nationals & the other one happening tonight at 7, also vs. the Nationals. Sowers with the start for the Tribe in the...

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Game Thread: March 11, 2008

Indians/Tigers in Winter Haven on MLB.tv and Gameday Audio. Tigers are throwing out the split squad (so we don't get to see Cabrera, but do get Renteiria). Cliff Lee on the mound for the Indians,...

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Game Thread: March 5, 2008

The first ST game available on MLB.tv today -- I never thought I'd be so happy to hear Matt Underwood's voice. Paul Byrd gets the start for the Tribe vs. former Tiger Jair Jurrjens. Today's lineup...

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Game Thread: March 4, 2008

More Grapefruit League action as the Tribe takes on the Reds. Alas, yet another game with no audio or video, so we'll all have to use our imaginations and follow along with the box score. Lee gets...

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Road trip to New York!

Tickets for the Yankees single-game seats went on sale this morning & I just bought a pair for the middle game of the Indians series in May (Wednesday, May 7, to be exact). Not sure if any of you...

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Jonathan Van Every interview

This interview is somewhat interesting -- it's a Sox fan/Baseball Prospectus author talking with Jonathan Van Every, who was picked up from the Indians this fall as a minor league free agent....

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Josh Hamilton Dealt!

...but not to the Indians. The Rangers picked him up from Cincinnati in exchange for Edinson Volquez and another minor-league pitcher. I know some people around here were clamoring for us to trade...

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Rule 5 time, oh boy!

Yes, once again time for the Rule 5 draft, in which guys who've been with teams for 4/5 years (depending on the age they were drafted) and who aren't on the 40-man roster are available to be...

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Q&A with Chris Antonetti (and Trevor Crowe)

The NY Daily News has a Q&A with Chris Antonetti, the much-sought-after Indians Assistant GM. Unfortunately, nothing too interesting or revealing in it. The same reporter actually has a better Q&A...

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Playoff Tickets On Sale Friday

At the risk of adding more people to the potential pool of ticket buyers, I figured I'd note that according to this article, the Indians have received permission from MLB to start sales of 2007...

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BP's Positional Rankings: Third Base

I skipped the second base positional rankings because no Indians showed up there (though as they noted in the article, 2B prospect rankings are always thin since it seems that it mostly ends up...

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BP's positional rankings: First base

Back to being a pay article (though I will say that for the baseball fanatic a Baseball Prospectus subscription is well worth it), the next in their series of positional rankings is here....

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BP's positional rankings: Catcher

Baseball Prospectus is doing a series of articles ranking the best prospects in the minors, by position. The first article on catchers is free, but for those who can't be bothered to click the link...

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Second Half Schedule

Now that we're at the halfway point of the schedule (+1), I took a look at the remaining schedule to see who we get to play to close out the season, in the hopes that the schedulemakers saw fit to...

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Westbrook's first rehab start.. not so good.

Jake Westbrook, the Cleveland Indians right-hander working his way back from a strained left abdominal muscle, allowed seven hits in 1 1-3 innings for the Triple-A Buffalo on Friday night. Facing...

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MLB salary spreadsheet

Inspired by this thread where a few posters were talking about the cost/win value of the MLB teams (and, you know, boredom), I made up a Google Spreadsheet that anyone should be able to edit. It's...

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Road trip to Baltimore?

So I know there are a few other Philly (or whatever other east coast city) Tribe fans on the site -- I'm thinking about maybe doing a roadtrip to Baltimore to catch a game in Camden Yards during...

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Cleveland/Houston, 3/27

It's on the MLB.com audio feed (with the Houston announcers, who seem to think that "Terry Blake" is in RF and "Jhonny Perlotta" is playing SS).Byrd gets the start & it's in the NL park, so he gets...

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