- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Indians believe the only tipping Danny Salazar is doing is to cab drivers and waitresses.

He’s giving away runs.

One night after Cleveland’s struggling right-hander said he might be tipping his pitches, Indians manager Terry Francona said Salazar is just leaving too many over the plate.

Francona was surprised Salazar would say he was giving hitters clues.


“He’s not,” Francona said. “There were some instances last year in spring training that we kind of addressed with him. But, no, we really keep an eye on that. Believe me we do.”

Francona said pitching coach Mickey Callaway planned to speak with Salazar about his concerns.

Salazar dropped to 0-3 on Tuesday night, when he was chased in the fifth inning by the Royals, who didn’t get a hit off him until the fourth.

With the loss, Salazar fell to 1-7 since winning a spectacular major league debut in July. Francona said Salazar’s biggest problem has been his inability to stay away from the middle of the plate, but he doesn’t believe the 24-year-old is letting hitters know what’s coming.

Still, the Indians are being careful. If Salazar is tipping pitches, they want to stop it.

“There are some teams in this league that are so good at picking up stuff, whether it’s signs from second,” Francona said. “There are some smart baseball people out there, and then with the technology in place, you really have to keep an eye on things like that, which we do.”

Francona said he might think differently if the Royals were hitting some of Salazar’s better pitches.

“They weren’t doing that,” he said. “When he made pitches, he got ‘em.”

Salazar coasted through the first three innings without allowing a hit. However, in the fourth he gave up consecutive singles, and then a two-out homer to Mike Moustakas, who crushed a change-up into Kansas City’s bullpen.

Following the game, Salazar said he thought he was tipping his off-speed pitch.

“With my change-up, sometimes I open up my glove too much,” he said. “That’s the only thing I’ve noticed.”

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