|SAN DIEGO ( ERLIN )|
CLEVELAND ( BAUER )
|Doubleheader Game #2|
|981||SAN DIEGO||+125||Ov 8.5,+100||+115||Ov 8.5,+105|
|982||CLEVELAND||-135||Un 8.5,-120||-125||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-5||-4.1||2-4||2.5||0.224||0.267||5.2||0.264||0.338|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||2-5||2.6||0.220||0.270||4.6||0.246||0.320|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-1||0-1||1.0||0.156||0.156||6.0||0.343||0.425|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||5-2||4.9||0.258||0.347||5.0||0.277||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|
|4/8/2014||ROSS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||6-8||L||115||7.5 un||O||15||9||2||8||5||3|
|4/9/2014||STULTS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|4/9/2014||ERLIN(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||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|
|4/8/2014||KLUBER(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||8-6||W||-125||7.5 un||O||8||5||3||15||9||2|
|4/9/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|4/9/2014||BAUER(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|4/10/2014||SALAZAR(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|4/11/2014||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|4/12/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PAULINO(R)|| |
|4/13/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|4/15/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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 NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
San Diego (2-4) at Cleveland (3-3), 3:35 p.m. EDT
The weather may be chilly, but David Murphy and Nyjer Morgan are red hot.
The same could be said of the Cleveland Indians in interleague matchups at Progressive Field.
Murphy and Morgan look to continue their respective surges at the plate as the Indians conclude this three-game series with the San Diego Padres with a doubleheader Wednesday.
Cleveland (4-3) has had to cope with cold temperatures while splitting the first four of this six-game homestand, with rain postponing Monday's series opener to create this twinbill.
Inclement weather already led to a doubleheader for the Indians last Wednesday, which they split at Oakland.
Murphy and Morgan only played in one of those games of that twinbill, but their recent production could be enough to justify playing both ends this time.
Murphy connected for a three-run homer and an RBI double while scoring three times in an 8-6 win over San Diego (2-5) on Tuesday. The left fielder also was 4 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI in a 10-7 defeat to Minnesota on Sunday.
Those performances increased his season average from .143 to .364 as he attempts to bounce back from his career-low .220 in 2013. Murphy credits batting practice from earlier this week for the recent improvement.
"That's what's so weird about it," he said. "I felt so terrible most of spring training. I didn't feel like I necessarily resembled a big league hitter, and even in the first few games of the season. It's night and day."
Morgan, meanwhile, is 7 for 14 with three RBIs, three runs and four walks in four games after going 0 for 4 in his first two of the season. The center fielder collected three hits, two RBIs and scored a run Tuesday.
The Indians are 7-3 all-time against the Padres and 12-2 over their past 14 interleague games, batting .299 with 22 homers while averaging 6.4 runs.
Maintaining that success could be key as Cleveland will turn to Zach McAllister in the opener of the twinbill before sending Trevor Bauer to the mound in the nightcap.
McAllister is looking to show some improvement after allowing two first-inning runs and three overall while walking four in four innings while not getting a decision in a 6-4 loss to the A's in the second game of last Wednesday's doubleheader.
Bauer, who is also a right-hander, went 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA with 16 walks and 11 strikeouts in 17 innings over four starts after being acquired in a trade from Arizona prior to last season.
Manager Terry Francona feels familiarity can breed success for the 23-year-old Bauer.
"You're new to an organization and dealing with all the things he was last year," manager Terry Francona told the team's official website, "and maybe we didn't know quite the extent (of the adjustments he was making). I think he's better situated right now. I think he's more comfortable with himself and with us."
Bauer went 0-1 with a 10.29 ERA in four games - one start - during spring training, but allowed one run and two hits with nine strikeouts in six innings with Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
The Padres will counter Bauer with Monday's scheduled starter Robbie Erlin.
Erlin went 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 11 games - nine starts - last season. He made a relief appearance last Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and recorded two outs in the eighth inning of a 5-1 defeat.
Eric Stults is scheduled to get the ball opposite McAllister in the opener and looking to regroup from a poor season debut. The left-hander, who had a career-high 11 wins last year, was tagged for five runs and seven hits in four innings of Friday's 8-2 loss at Miami.
He's 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .318 over his last 17 road starts.
Stults allowed two runs and four walks in six innings while not getting a decision with the Chicago White Sox in a 3-2 road loss in his only meeting with the Indians in 2012.
|Last Updated: 4/26/2018 8:04:22 PM EST|