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Jeff Todd of MLBTradeRumors.com reports that Scott Downs will only accept a major league contract.

Downs was released by the Indians Monday after failing to make the team as a non-roster invitee. The 39-year-old isn't interested in going to Triple-A, which is understandable given his track record. It's not clear whether he might consider retirement if he doesn't get a major league job relatively soon.
Mar 30 - 8:36 PM

Trevor Bauer had his good stuff Monday, whiffing seven batters while tossing 6 1/3 frames of one-run ball in a Cactus League win over the White Sox.

Bauer walked just one and was unscathed other than the solo shot he served up to Tyler Flowers. Shockingly, it was the first walk Bauer has issued all spring, as he's often had trouble with his control. He could really take a step forward in 2015 if he can improve his control.
Mar 30 - 8:16 PM

Indians released LHP Scott Downs.

The move allows Downs to seek an opportunity with another club. The 38-year-old southpaw was in camp this spring as a non-roster invitee and posted a 2.84 ERA and 5/2 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings during Cactus League action.
Mar 30 - 4:38 PM

Indians optioned OF Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus.

Holt was 11-for-42 (.262) with two extra-base hits in 18 games this spring in the Cactus League. He'll function as organizational outfield depth for the Tribe.
Mar 30 - 12:33 PM

Michael Brantley (back) went 1-for-3 in his return to the Indians lineup on Sunday.

The 27-year-old outfielder had been sidelined for the previous week with back tightness. The team believes that it won't be a recurring issue though and Brantley should be fully healthy and ready to go for Opening Day. While he is unlikely to repeat the gaudy numbers he posted in his breakout 2014 campaign, Brantley still represents one of the best five-category contributors in the league.
Mar 29 - 8:48 PM

T.J. House struggled in Sunday's Cactus League loss to the White Sox, allowing four runs on six hits over six frames.

The 25-year-old southpaw punched out four and walked two on the afternoon. Recently named as the fifth starter in the Tribe's Opening Day rotation, it probably wasn't the type of outing that House had in mind to cement his spot. House now sports a 5.70 ERA and 19/5 K/BB ratio over 23 2/3 innings on the spring.
Mar 29 - 8:44 PM

Shaun Marcum said Sunday that he will report to Triple-A Columbus.

The veteran right-hander remains in big league camp, but has already been informed by manager Terry Francona that he will not make the Opening Day roster. He has pitched well in Cactus League play, compiling a 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 2/0 K/BB ratio over seven innings of work.
Mar 29 - 4:20 PM

Indians optioned RHP Josh Tomlin to Triple-A Columbus.

Tomlin dealt with a sore shoulder early on in camp and allowed four runs over eight innings when healthy. He'll be part of Columbus' rotation.
Mar 29 - 1:10 PM

Zach McAllister has been named the Indians' No. 4 starter.

McAllister essentially had a spot in the rotation wrapped up Friday when Danny Salazar was optioned and then went out Saturday and struck out nine over five frames. We would've liked to have seen Salazar get a shot, but McAllister is a perfectly capable back-end starter with a career 3.93 FIP and 299/122 K/BB ratio over 363 1/3 innings.
Mar 29 - 12:56 PM

T.J. House has been named the Indians' No. 5 starter.

Zach McAllister has captured the fourth spot in news that doesn't surprise anyone following Danny Salazar's demotion. House holds a 5.60 ERA this spring but also a 15/3 K/BB ratio across 17 2/3 innings. The southpaw posted a 3.35 ERA and 80/22 K/BB ratio over 102 frames for the Tribe last season and makes for a great late-round starter flier in fantasy leagues.
Mar 29 - 12:52 PM

Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

Brantley has been bothered by a back issue a couple times this spring and missed a few games this time around. Still, the Indians appeared to have just been exercising caution here. A breakout star last season, Brantley will be ready to roll on Opening Day if he can avoid setbacks.
Mar 29 - 11:16 AM

Zach McAllister struck out nine Brewers batters over five innings, allowing two runs Saturday.

McAllister allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter, posting an impressive 9/0 K/BB ratio in the game. With Danny Salazar in Triple-A, McAllister has a good shot at winning a rotation spot with the Indians. Saturday's effort certainly helps that cause.
Mar 28 - 7:20 PM

Jason Kipnis hit a two-run home run, his first of spring, in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Brewers.

Kipnis has been sidelined by back spasms recently, but he's back and showed no signs of lingering issues Saturday. The second baseman hit a two-run shot off Brewers starter Wily Peralta in the third inning. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Assuming he stays feeling alright, Kipnis should be just fine for Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 7:18 PM

Jose Ramirez struggled in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Ramirez is now hitting .250 (12-for-48) in Cactus League play. He'll begin the season as the Tribe's everyday shortstop, but if he struggles to hit in the early going, Francisco Lindor could quickly get the call from Triple-A to replace him.
Mar 27 - 6:59 PM

Corey Kluber was terrific in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Friday, allowing just one run on six hits over six frames.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner racked up nine strikeouts on the afternoon while walking two. Unfortunately, he was out-dueled by Josh Collmenter who was terrific on the other side of the diamond. Kluber now boasts a 3.38 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings on the spring and looks ready for the regular season to begin.
Mar 27 - 6:56 PM


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