CLEVELAND - General manager Chris Antonetti agrees with Cleveland fans: The 2012 Indians are very disappointing.
Antonetti said Friday nothing can be done about two long losing streaks that dropped Cleveland from 2 1/2 games out in the AL Central to fourth place and 14 1/2 behind. He said many factors contributed, but wants to finish strong.
Cleveland recalled first baseman-outfielder Matt LaPorta from Columbus and optioned right-hander Frank Herrmann to the Triple-A team. LaPorta, yet to live up to being the key figure in the trade of 2007 AL Cy Young winner CC Sabathia in 2008, will be among many under scrutiny in the final 38 games.
Antonetti said upcoming results will be used to evaluate everyone.
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Justin Masterson struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Michael Brantley homered and drove in four runs off Felix Hernandez as the Cleveland Indians toppled yet another former Cy Young Award winner on Sunday with a 6-0 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Jason Kipnis scored the winning run in the ninth inning when Brendan Ryan's throw pulled catcher Jesus Montero off the plate, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.