|965||SAN DIEGO||+130||Ov 8,+100||+140||Ov 8,+110|
|966||CLEVELAND||-140||Un 8,-120||-150||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-4||-3.1||1-4||1.8||0.190||0.246||4.6||0.265||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||2-4||-2||1-5||2.0||0.189||0.252||4.0||0.244||0.313|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-1||0-1||1.0||0.156||0.156||6.0||0.343||0.425|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||-0.9||4-2||4.3||0.257||0.345||4.8||0.260||0.357|
|3/30/2014||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-1||W||+105||6.5 un||U||5||6||0||4||6||2|
|4/1/2014||KENNEDY(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-3||L||+130||6.5 un||U||6||7||2||7||7||1|
|4/2/2014||ROSS(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||1-5||L||-110||7 un||U||6||6||1||9||7||1|
|4/4/2014||STULTS(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||2-8||L||-105||7.5 un||O||7||8||0||13||8||0|
|4/5/2014||CASHNER(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||0-5||L||140||6.5 un||U||5||8||0||10||10||1|
|4/6/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||4-2||W||110||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||3||2|
|4/7/2014||ERLIN(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|4/8/2014||ROSS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|4/9/2014||STULTS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)|| |
|4/14/2014|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|3/31/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||2-0||W||130||7 ev||U||8||11||0||5||9||0|
|4/2/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-6||L||130||7.5 un||U||5||4||1||12||12||1|
|4/2/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ OAKLAND||LINDBLOM(R)||6-4||W||115||8 un||O||9||11||1||7||8||1|
|4/7/2014||KLUBER(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|4/8/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|4/9/2014||SALAZAR(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|4/10/2014||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|4/11/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|4/12/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PAULINO(R)|| |
|4/13/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's almost as if last season didn't end for the San Diego Padres.|
The Padres go into 2014 trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers and with one of their starting pitchers already having arm trouble.
There had been a general air of optimism surrounding the Padres, who are coming off seasons of 91, 86 and 86 losses. Their rotation has been bolstered, as well as their player payroll.
Then came word late in spring training that newcomer Josh Johnson, penciled in as the No. 3 starter, is expected to be out four to five weeks after straining his right forearm.
That still leaves a projected rotation of Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Eric Stults, with a number of pitchers to choose from to replace Johnson.
''I think we have the talent on the mound, through our 12 guys that are going to make our team, to pitch well,'' manager Bud Black said. ''There's a health component here like all teams. We've got keep our best players on the field.''
The Padres signed Johnson to an $8 million, one-year contact less than two months after he had bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow. He was 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 appearances last season with Toronto.
When Johnson returns, the Padres hope he and Ian Kennedy can return to their old form.
Kennedy was acquired from division rival Arizona at the trading deadline. He went 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA with San Diego after going 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts with the Diamondbacks. Johnson was an All-Star with the Marlins in 2009 and 2010, and led the NL with a 2.30 ERA in 2010.
The Padres will be tested right away. They open at home Sunday night against the defending NL West champion Dodgers and their $225 million payroll, led by ace Clayton Kershaw, himself a $215 million man. The Dodgers already sit atop the division after sweeping the Diamondbacks in a two-game series in Sydney.
|CLEVELAND: CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis didn't want it to end. He had plenty of company.|
After the final out ended the club's magical, turnaround season so jarringly last October, Kipnis, who made his first All-Star team in 2013 and a few of his teammates lingered in the dugout and watched as Tampa Bay's players celebrated their 4-0 win in the AL wild-card playoff game.
One and done. Hardly the finish Cleveland wanted.
And once again, the city would remain without a major sports championship, a drought approaching its 50-year anniversary.
But despite their brief postseason appearance in manager Terry Francona's first year, the Indians intend to play in October again - and again.
''We don't want it to be a fluke,'' Kipnis said. ''We don't want to be a one-trick pony. We want to be at the top and we want to stay there.''
Hoping to build off their unexpected 92-win campaign, the Indians enter 2014 confident they can not only contend this season, but go even further.
During spring training in Arizona, first baseman Nick Swisher, who also serves as the club's high-energy hype man, handed out ''Unfinished Business'' T-shirts to his teammates.
The Indians aren't satisfied.
''Last season, hopefully, was a steppingstone that we needed to get us going in the right direction,'' Swisher said. ''Last year was that amazing year to get us in the right mind frame to say, `Hey, we can do this. We are a team. And people need to start recognizing it.'''
Cleveland had to win its final 10 games just to make the playoffs. The late-season kick wouldn't have been necessary if the Indians had played more consistently, and more evenness has been a focus for Francona, who feels his club has the makings to do something special again.
''I love our team,'' said the AL's manager of the year. ''I love coming to the ballpark and watching them play. They are easy to like because they try hard. When you can show up with a group of guys and you respect the way they go about things it makes the challenging times more fulfilling. We know we can do it now. We've got to try and go do it better.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Indians Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
San Diego (1-4) at Cleveland (3-2), 7:05 p.m. EDT
After winning their home opener, the Cleveland Indians weren't able to keep that momentum going throughout the rest of a three-game set.
They'll attempt to bounce back in a visit from the San Diego Padres on Monday night, and Corey Kluber will try to get the series off to a strong start while rebounding from his first loss since the end of June.
Cleveland (3-3) beat Minnesota 7-2 on Friday but gave up a combined 17 runs in the next two games against its AL Central rival. The Twins took the lead for good in a 10-7 victory in Sunday's finale with a three-run sixth inning.
The Indians, 51-30 at home in 2013 en route to their first playoff appearance in six years, will try to get back in the win column in their first interleague game of 2014. Cleveland was 8-2 against NL visitors last season and is facing San Diego (2-4) for the first time since taking two of three at Progressive Field from June 13-15, 2008.
Kluber will try to help send his team toward another series victory over the Padres. The right-hander, who won 11 games in his first full season, suffered his first defeat in 13 starts dating to June 27 with a 6-1 loss in Oakland on Wednesday.
Kluber failed to make it out of the fourth inning and was charged with five runs, eight hits and three walks.
"That was very un-Kluber like," manager Terry Francona told the team's website. "He'll bounce back. He just threw a lot of pitches (77), had to work for everything he got, had a lot of deep counts and fell behind a lot of hitters because of that. And, when he made a mistake, it came in the zone and they hit it."
Kluber will next face a team that's batted .189 and scored 12 runs in its first six games. The Padres, however, managed to snap a four-game skid with a 4-2 win in Miami on Sunday.
Alexi Amarista hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning on his 25th birthday and helped San Diego score more than three runs for the first time this season.
"No doubt we've got to get the bats going," manager Bud Black said. "I've said that repeatedly over the last three to four days. You look at some of those averages and they're obviously a little low. We need those guys to start getting some hits."
Black will send out Robbie Erlin for his first start of the season. The No. 5 starter was slated to pitch Tuesday but Black wanted to give Tyson Ross an extra day of rest.
Black also wanted to split up his two left-handers in the rotation, Erlin and Eric Stults, who will start Wednesday.
Erlin went 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 11 games - nine starts - last season. He made a relief appearance Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and recorded two outs in the eighth inning of a 5-1 defeat.
Erlin is making his first start against Cleveland. Elliot Johnson is the only Indians player to have faced him, going 1 for 3.
Seth Smith is the only Padres hitter to have faced Kluber and struck out in each of his three at-bats.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 1:05:28 PM EST|