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NEOSI Indians Spring Training Roundup – Tuesday March 6th 2018

The Indians took on the Cincinnati Reds and came up short losing 7-6. Carlos Carrasco started Tuesday’s game and pitched in 2 innings, gave up 2 hits, 1 run and struck out 4 batters.  Francisco Lindor started the game with a leadoff homer. Jason Kipnis makes fans speculate if he has come to spring training as himself or if a robot has taken over his body by hitting his 6th homer of the spring.

To elaborate more on the amazing start to spring that Kipnis has had, he tied the record for most homers in a Cactus League season.

When Kipnis has been asked if he has changed up his swing he has had this to say:

As mentioned in yesterdays’ NEOSI Indians Spring Training roundup,  single-game tickets options have become available online today up until March 19th.

Indians manager Terry Francona commented on if Ryan Merritt or Josh Tomlin will take the 5th spot the rotation:

“I don’t think we want to name our five guys, too much can happen like injuries and things like that. I don’t know if there is a lot of competition for the five spots, saying that things happen, so we keep our options open and we give the guys innings that need innings and at the end of spring we say this is how we are situated.”

Francona commented on Melvin Upton Jr. today:

“We’ve always brought guys in knowing that we are going to have a guy, or two, or three to make our club and we have had a lot of success with those guys. This spring we brought in Upton (Melvin Upton Jr.), Barnes (Brandon Barnes), Raj (Rajai Davis), three right-handers. The next two weeks are really important for them. They will get the consistent at-bats early because they are fighting for jobs.”

The Indians manager also spoke on what he is looking for in Francisco Mejia this spring:

“He’s going to play, we are looking to get to know him. The biggest thing is to see if he is ready if something happens to one of our catchers. We are trying to get those questions answered in the spring, but it is difficult to determine during spring.”

Francona comments on how he feels Trevor Bauer has improved as a pitcher:

“I feel that he has been light years ahead and has matured a ton. I think he is much more comfortable in his own skin. He might talk different than other guys but he is very close to what good major league pitchers do. The more he commands his fastball, it sets up his breaking ball and changeup. He may wind up the first throw of each inning by taking that step, other than that there is not a lot of difference.”

In a twist, Terry Francona asked the Indians in-game reporter Andre Knott jokingly if he will pick up his game up, and what has he done over the winter to pick up his game:

“I took my microphone to everywhere I’ve been to. You’d be surprised.” (Then the room filled with laughter)

Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.

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