Brian Hoyer Does Not Practice, Connor Shaw To Start Finale

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BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Another name can be added to the famed Browns quarterback jersey.

Brian Hoyer rode the exercise bike again Friday meaning that rookie Connor Shaw will start the season finale Sunday in Baltimore.

Shaw will be backed up Sunday by Tyler Thigpen, who was signed on Tuesday.

The Browns will have to elevate Shaw, who is an undrafted rookie free agent from South Carolina, from the practice squad and make a roster move by 4 p.m. Saturday.

Shaw will be the 22nd different starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999 and marks the third straight year that the Browns end a season with their third quarterback.

Hoyer did not practice all week after sustaining a shoulder injury during the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s 17-13 loss at Carolina. Rookie Johnny Manziel was placed on injured reserve earlier this week after sustaining a hamstring injury against the…

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Indians Offseason Moves

Biggest move so far: Gavin Floyd Signing

Cleveland also traded for Brandon Moss, but the Indians need to build their rotation around Kluber and Floyd has the potential to be this year’s Scott Kazmir.

It is filled with incentives:

Floyd went through and extensive physical and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.  This was his second season in a row was cut short due to injury and he went through Tommy John surgery in the off season. Last year he went 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 54.1 innings over just nine starts.

Starting rotation for 2015 looks like this:

Notable: Jason Kipnis has surgery on tendon in ring finger, will be ready for Spring Training

Possible: Trade David Murphy

Brandon Moss is 31. David Murphy is 33. Both are going to be vying for time in the outfield on an already crowded roster.  The question becomes “Would you rather have David Murphy or Brandon Moss in the outfield?”. Personally, I’d take the chance on Moss. He also has the ability to play first base.

He’s averaged 25 homers, 76 RBI, batting .254 during his last three seasons in Oakland while Murphy has averaged 12 HR & 56 RBI during his past five years. Cleveland may be able to get another starting pitcher for Murphy.

The Cleveland Indians line-up at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario

Everybody Hates Cleveland

Michael Brantley, Jason KipnisI do love the hot stove season at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.

Sure, it’s become a whole lot more complicated with the advent of social media, but it doesn’t take away from the fun of wondering what’s going to happen next. You have good years and bad years…

Okay, in Cleveland, you often have bad years, and bad years, and good years, and bad years, but there’s always that tinge of potential from day-to-day and week-to-week that the Lake Erie Warriors might bring a new present to put under in the wigwam.

This year, the Indians made the first splash at the Winter Meetings, bringing in Brandon Moss. No, it wasn’t the biggest move, and by Thursday, most had forgotten it, but for one day, the Indians were the talk of the baseball world.

The best thing about acquiring Brandon Moss?

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Manny Ramirez vs Golf

Stick to the fastballs, Manny.

Ramirez participated in Dave Ortiz’s annual charity golf outing last week in the Dominican Republic.

LeBron James Returns, Cavs Fall In New Orleans 119-114

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tyreke Evans scored 31 points, Ryan Anderson tied a career high with eight 3-pointers on his way to 30 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame the loss of Anthony Davis to beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-114 on Friday night.

Davis left the game in the first quarter after taking an elbow to chest while jostling for position during a free throw by Kevin Love.

James, returning from a one-game absence because of a sore knee, scored 41 points, while Love added 21 points. Kyrie Irving played one night after hurting his left knee in a collision with Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, but struggled early. He missed his first nine shots and did not score any of his 17 points until the fourth quarter, when Cleveland trailed by as many as 19 points.

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Cavaliers’ Mike Miller dealing with symptoms of concussion

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The Cavaliers, winners of five straight, are finally clicking.

In the last two games, Cleveland’s formula has included Mike Miller returning to the rotation. But that change might be short-lived.

Cavaliers release:

Cavaliers forward Mike Miller left tonight’s game against the New York Knicks with 2:28 left in the fourth quarter with concussion like symptoms. He was evaluated further following the game and has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol program. He will remain in New York overnight for further examination.

The NBA’s concussion policy requires Miller to clear a series of progressively more strenuous physical tests without symptoms. Despite occasional griping about the guidelines, it’s good to have a system designed to enhance player safety.

If Miller suffered a concussion, he’ll surely miss games. If he didn’t, better to know that rather than rushing him back.

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Carlos Santana — aka @TheRealSlamtana — at it again on Twitter

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Carlos Santana has had a pretty good 2014: After a slow start with the Tribe, he rebounded to become the first Indians switch hitter with 25 or more homers and 100 or more walks in the same season, finishing with 27 homers and 113 walks. (He led MLB in free passes.)

Then he played with the MLB All-Stars in the Japan Series.

In between, he joined Twitter, and Tribe fans have benefited since — Waiting for Next Yearhas called him Cleveland’s most engaging Twitter personality. He’s tweeted out fun (and sometimes weird) pictures, but most often just answered fans’ questions, pulling back the curtain a little on what it’s like to be a big-leaguer.

He did that again on Monday night — a sampling:

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