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Down To Go Up

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Wyatt Toregas knows he let a golden opportunity slip by him. Now the Indians catcher is determined not to let it happen again. "I just took things a little too much for granted being on the 40-man (roster)," admitted Toregas, who now suits up for Double-A Akron after a demotion from Triple-A Buffalo. "I just let it get to my head."

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Hitting Reset With Lofgren

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The Indians knew it was time to try something new to help lefthander Chuck Lofgren break out of the maddening mental funk that has bothered him since the season began. One inning he'd be fine. The next, he'd be a total wreck, losing all of his control and focus. "It's something I've been fighting all year long," said Lofgren, who last earned a victory on May 1. "I'll go a couple innings good, then I'll have one where I'll walk a guy on four pitches. Instead of just letting it go and focusing on the next hitter, I beat myself up and try to make a perfect pitch."

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One More Obstacle

Andy Call -Premium Content

Trevor Crowe found himself back at Double-A Akron this spring to begin his fourth pro season. The 14th overall pick in the 2005 draft, who endured a tough season with the Aeros in 2007, played two games for Akron in April before going on the disabled list with tightness in his lower back.

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Familiar Assignment

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Outfielder Ben Francisco may have been the best player the Indians saw all spring. Yet, there he was, starting the season at Triple-A Buffalo for the fourth consecutive year. When the Indians added him to their 40-man roster over the winter, it gave the organization the opportunity to keep him around a while longer, just in case.

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Assigned To Relieve

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Shawn Nottingham found an immediate upside to what might have been considered bad news by other pitchers. The 23-year-old lefthander was told by his bosses at the end of spring training that he would no longer be a member of the rotation at Double-A Akron. He would instead work out of the bullpen.

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Miller’s Misfortune

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Adam Miller has, over time, nearly mastered the fine art of optimism. "I don't think there are any more parts of my finger I can strain," Miller says with a smile. The most recent test of optimism for Cleveland's long-suffering former first-round draft pick and No. 1 prospect came early in this year's big league spring training. He sustained a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.

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