Archive for February, 2011

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Fausto Carmona was named the opening day starter following his spring training debut by manager Manny Acta. 

Carmona went 13-14 with a 3.77 ERA in 210.1 innings last year.  He led the Indians starters in wins, ERA, innings pitched, and games started.  It was his best season since 2007 when he went 19-8 with a 3.06 ERA.  For his career, Carmona has started 118 of the 149 games he has pitched in and has a record of 46-51, with a 4.43 ERA. 

Four of the Indians five rotation spots are expected to be filled by Carmona, along with Justin Masterson, Mitch Talbot, and Carlos Carrasco.  Vying for the fifth spot is Josh Tomlin, Jeanmar Gomez, David Huff, and Anthony Reyes.  

Opening day is April 1st at Progressive Field in Cleveland against the Chicago White Sox.  This will be Carmona’s first opening day start.


Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison has a fractured left pinkie finger that will require surgery and will force him to miss the next five to seven weeks.  The injury could cost Jamison the remainder of the season as the Cavs have just over six weeks remaining in their schedule. 

The injury is a costly one for the Cavaliers as Jamison had started 38 of the 56 games he appeared in and led the team in scoring at 18 points per game while averaging 6.7 rebounds.  He had been especially consistent during the month of February as he started all 11 games he appeared in and averaged 22 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. 

Jamison, in his 13th year in the NBA, has played in 920 regular season games and has averaged 19.7 points and 8.0 rebounds over his career.  If he misses the remainder of the season, this will be the most games he has missed in one season since the 99-00 season, his second in the league, when he played in 43 games. 

There are two leading candidates who will likely replace Jamison in the starting lineup, rookie Samardo Samuels or Ryan Hollins.

Cleveland welterweight prospect Willie “Quiet Storm” Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KO’s) is scheduled to take on Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KO’s) in the opening TV bout on Showtime’s “Shobox” boxing series on Friday, April 8th in Laredo, Texas. 

Nelson is coming off a first round TKO over Quinton Whitaker last November in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  This will be the first time that Nelson will be featured on national TV.

Arroyo will try to make it back to back wins over undefeated boxers as he is coming off an 8th round KO over the previously unbeaten Jeremy Bryan last April in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  His lone loss was a unanimous decision loss to Mike Dallas Jr., who was also undefeated at the time of their fight.

Cleveland Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe has been shut down with what the team is calling right rotator cuff soreness in his shoulder.  There is no timetable on his return and the team is hoping a little rest will cure the problem.

Crowe, who can play all three outfield positions, played in 122 games last year and hit .251 with two home runs and 36 runs batted in.  He was second on the team with 20 stolen bases.

The projected starting outfield for the Indians this season is Grady Sizemore in center, Shin-Soo Choo in right, and Michael Brantley in left.  Austin Kearns is projected to be the first outfielder to come off the bench.

Antawn Jamison had 28 points and 13 rebounds and J.J. Hickson added 24 points, 15 rebounds, and a career high 5 blocks as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the New York Knicks 115-109 Friday night at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. 

The Cavs out-rebounded the Knicks 62-42, and overcame 31 points and 11 rebounds from Amare Stoudemire as well as 27 points from Carmelo Anthony.  Ramon Sessions was the third Cavalier with twenty or more points as he chipped in 22.

With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 11-47 on the season.  Next up is the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday at the Q.  Tip-off is set for 5:00 PM.

The Cleveland Cavaliers added three players as the NBA trading deadline passed on Thursday afternoon.  They also traded two players and cut another.

Added to the roster are guard Baron Davis, forward Luke Harangody, and center Semih Erden.  Gone are guard Mo Williams, and forwards Jamario Moon and Leon Powe. 

Baron Davis has played in 43 games this season and is averaging 12.8 points, 7.0 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game.  The 6’3 point guard has career averages of 16.5 points, 7.3 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game.  The 12.8 points per game average is his lowest since his rookie season in 99-00.  He has appeared in two all star games and has been a member of the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Clippers before being traded to the Cavaliers. 

Luke Harangody is a rookie that appeared in 28 games for the Boston Celtics.  He is averaging 2.3 points, and 2.0 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game.  The 6’7 forward had a career high 17 points and 11 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors on January 11th.  Harangody played four years in college at Notre Dame, where he was a three time Big East first team member, was a second team All American twice, and a third team All American once.  He was the Big East player of the year following his sophomore season. 

Semih Erden is another rookie who has played in 37 games, including starting 7 of them for the Boston Celtics.  The 6’11 center from Turkey averages 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game.  He had a career high 14 points against the Utah Jazz on January on January 21st and a career high 11 rebounds against the Washington Wizards on January 22nd.  He is a member of the Turkish national team and was a two time All-Star in the Turkish League.  He played professionally for seven seasons in Turkey.  He will turn 25 in July.

Despite getting 27 points from senior guard Norris Cole, the Cleveland State Vikings fell to the Milwaukee Panthers 87-83 Thursday night at the Wolstein Center.  Trevon Harmon added 22 points as the Vikings record now stands at 23-7 overall, 12-5 in conference play. 

The Vikings are now in a four way tie for first in the Horizon League with Buter, Valparaiso, and Milwaukee as each have five losses in conference play.  Due to tiebreakers, the Vikings are not likely to get a number one or two seed in the Horizon League postseason tournament. 

The regular season concludes with a home game against Green Bay on Saturday.  Tip-off is set for 2:00 PM at the Wolstein Center.

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Posted: February 24, 2011 in Cavaliers
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