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  1. Indians demote former stud setup man Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A

    Apr 9, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Vinnie Pestano

    Not so long ago Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano was one of the best relievers in baseball, throwing 132 innings with a 2.45 ERA and 160 strikeouts between 2011 and 2012, but he struggled with elbow problems last season and is now headed back to the minors at age 28.

  2. 2014 Preview: Cleveland Indians

    Mar 21, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Did the Indians lose too much pitching? After four consecutive losing seasons the Indians…

  3. Josh Tomlin loses arbitration hearing against Indians

    Feb 15, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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    According to Tom Withers of the Associated Press, right-hander Josh Tomlin has lost his arbitration case against the Indians. Tomlin, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $975,000 and was offered $800,000 from the Indians when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The 29-year-old had a tough case after missing nearly the…

  4. Vinnie Pestano loses arbitration hearing against Indians

    Feb 8, 2014, 4:12 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, reliever Vinnie Pestano lost his arbitration hearing against the Indians and will make a $975,000 salary this season. Pestano, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player, requested $1.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. After posting a 2.50 ERA…

  5. Vinnie Pestano’s elbow troubles traced back to the World Baseball Classic

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Vinnie Pestano

    Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano started out well enough last season, but by late April he had lingerng elbow soreness, hit the disabled list and never was truly right all season. He finished with an ERA of 4.08 and dramatically increased walk and hit rates while pitching in only 37 games. Yesterday Indians pitching coach Mickey…

  6. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

  7. Chris Perez resumes closing for Indians, avoids talking to reporters about pot arrest

    Jun 28, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Chris Perez came off the disabled list yesterday after missing a month with a strained shoulder and manager Terry Francona wasted no time announcing that he’ll immediately resume closing for the Indians. Perez struggled quite a bit before being shut down with the injury and fill-in Vinnie Pestano converted all five saves opportunities in his…

  8. Chris Perez will not be activated this Friday

    Jun 19, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez was supposed to return from the disabled list on Friday. But it won’t happen. According to Nick Camino of Cleveland’s WTAM 1100, the Indians are pulling back from their original plan for Perez because he got hammered in a rehab appearance on Tuesday night at Double-A Akron and they’re worried that…

  9. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 19, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    Mets 4, Braves 3; Mets 6, Braves 1: New York Mets fans are hoping this is a glimpse of the future. Matt Harvey dominating in one game, Zack Wheeler dominating in the next. And, worth noting, Dillion Gee dominating in the game before those even if they did lose in the end. There’s so much…

  10. Chris Perez diagnosed with mild rotator cuff tendinitis

    May 28, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Chris Perez

    Chris Perez underwent an MRI exam after being placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and the Indians announced that he’s been diagnosed with mild rotator cuff tendinitis. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the plan is for Perez to be totally shut down for 5-7 days, at which point he’ll try to…

  11. Vinnie Pestano will be Indians’ closer with Chris Perez out

    May 27, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Chris Perez is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and Indians manager Terry Francona announced that Vinnie Pestano will take over as the closer. Pestano has been one of the best and most underrated setup men in baseball since debuting in 2010, posting a 2.72 ERA in 154 appearances while averaging 10.4 strikeouts…

  12. Indians closer Chris Perez dealing with shoulder pain

    May 26, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez left today’s game against the Red Sox due to shoulder pain. The right-hander recorded only two outs but was on the hook for the four runs the Red Sox scored in the bottom half of the ninth inning for the walk-off 6-5 victory. Perez allowed two hits (a David Ortiz double…

  13. Indians activate Vinnie Pestano from the disabled list

    May 17, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

    Vinnie Pestano

    Indians setup man Vinnie Pestano is back from the disabled list after missing the past two weeks with elbow tendinitis. Pestano was his usual excellent self before going on the DL and the underrated right-hander with a 2.48 career ERA rejoins an Indians bullpen that ranks third among AL teams with a 3.03 ERA. He’ll…

  14. Indians place Vinnie Pestano on the disabled list

    May 7, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Vinnie Pestano

    After playing short-handed while he was unavailable with an elbow injury since April 28 the Indians finally placed setup man Vinnie Pestano on the disabled list with what they’re calling tendinitis. Pestano was off to a good start, throwing eight innings with a 2.25 ERA and 8/4 K/BB ratio to give him a 2.48 career…

  15. Chris Perez says he’s 100%

    Mar 18, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez suffered a strained shoulder on March 1. But he’s feeling much better now: Chris Perez says his shoulder injury is 100 percent. Feels he should be ready for Opening Day barring anything unforeseen. #Indians. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) March 18, 2013   Good news for the Indians, as Perez’ putative replacement…

  16. Puerto Rico boots the U.S. out of the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

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    Puerto Rico starter Nelson Figueroa was in top form in an elimination game tonight against the United States. The well-traveled right-hander tossed six shut-out innings, holding the opposition to four base runners on two hits, one walk, and one error. He was staked to an early 1-0 lead when Mike Aviles hit a two-out RBI…

  17. 2013 Preview: Cleveland Indians

    Mar 14, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Can the Indians be a quick fix? After following up an 80-82 season in 2011…

  18. Gio Gonzalez pitches brilliantly and David Wright drives in five as USA defeats Puerto Rico

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez was in mid-season form and David Wright continued his recent run of heroics as Team USA topped a punchless Puerto Rico squad 7-1 on Tuesday night at Marlins Park in Little Havana. Gonzalez went five scoreless innings, allowing only three hits, walking none and fanning five. His fastball hit 93-94 mph consistently and…

  19. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  20. Vinnie Pestano is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 4, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

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    Maybe! Ok now its baseball time. 1 more week!Best shape I’ve been in a long time…maybe ever. Can’t wait for Baseball back on Sportscenter #letsgo — Vinnie Pestano (@VinnieP52) February 4, 2013   Dude just had two really nice seasons no one outside of Cleveland noticed. If he really is in better shape is could…

  21. Chris Perez avoids arbitration with Indians for $7.3 million

    Jan 18, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Chris Perez has avoided arbitration in his second-to-last season of eligibility, agreeing to a one-year, $7.3 million deal with the Indians. Perez showed some signs of decline in 2011, including a career-worst strikeout rate of 5.9 per nine innings, but last season he whiffed 9.2 per nine innings while saving 36 games with a 3.59…

  22. Team USA’s roster announced for the World Baseball Classic

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The roster for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic was just announced.  It breaks down like this: Catchers: Joe Mauer, J.P. Arencibia, Jonathan Lucroy 1B: Mark Teixeira 2B: Brandon Phillips SS: Jimmy Rollins 3B: David Wright Utility: Ben Zobrist, Willie Bloomquist Outfielders: Ryan Braun, Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino Lefties: Jeremy Affeldt, Tim Collins, Derek…

  23. Mets “have pursued” Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    In their search for bullpen help the Mets “have pursued” Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Pestano has quietly been one of the best relievers in baseball since debuting as a 25-year-old in late 2010, throwing 137 innings with a 2.50 ERA and 168 strikeouts while holding opponents to…

  24. Dan Johnson hits first three homers on season’s final day

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

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    Sure, Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown. But that’s only because no one wanted to give Dan Johnson 550 at-bats. Johnson hit his first three homers of the season for the White Sox in a 9-0 win over the Indians on Wednesday. He took David Huff deep in the second and fifth innings and then…

  25. Adam Dunn busts out of slump at the right time for the White Sox

    Sep 24, 2012, 11:34 PM EDT

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    Adam Dunn entered tonight’s action batting .115 (2-for-21) with zero homers and an 8/3 K/BB ratio over his last seven games, but he picked a pretty good time to bust out of his recent slump. Dunn helped the White Sox snap a five-game losing streak tonight by homering twice in a 5-4 win over the…

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