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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2016 03:11 am
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The Cleveland Indians plan to continue using the Chief Wahoo logo, but acknowledge it has been moved to secondary status.

"We have gone to the Block C as our primary mark," Indians owner Paul Dolan told Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer. "Clearly, we are using it more heavily than we are the Chief Wahoo logo."

The Indians have been scaling back the use of the Chief Wahoo logo in recent years, as the cartoon caricature of a Native American face has been considered offensive to some. The club removed the logo from their home batting helmet in 2013. However, it still is found on the sleeve of the team's jerseys, and will remain there.

"(We have) no plans to get rid of Chief Wahoo," Dolan said. "It is part of our history and legacy.

"We do have empathy for those who take issue with it. We have minimized the use of it and we'll continue to do what we think is appropriate."

Despite the controversy, Pluto notes the home cap featuring Chief Wahoo was the team's best selling hat last season.

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The Atlanta Braves have cut ties with their two highest-paid players in the span of a week.

Nick Swisher and the remaining $15 million on his contract were released Monday, and the club announced Saturday they've designated outfielder Michael Bourn and utility man Emilio Bonifacio for assignment.

"It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," Gonzalez told reporters of cutting Bourn. "You all know how we feel about [Bourn] in this organization and what he brings. It was really tough. There were a lot of hours meeting yesterday and a lot of hours talking back and forth."

Both Swisher and Bourn were acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Indians in August in exchange for Chris Johnson.

An All-Star in 2012, Bourn slashed .238/.310/.282 with 15 doubles, 17 stolen bases, and 107 strikeouts across 141 games last season. He's set to earn $14 million this year, though $5 million is covered by the Indians.

Bourn was in competition for the club's fourth outfield spot, but struggled this spring. In 50 at-bats, he hit .240/.296/.320 with 12 strikeouts.

Bonifacio agreed to a one-year, $1.25-million deal in December. He hit .255/.321/.442 in 23 games this spring, but fell behind reserve infielders Gordon Beckham and Kelly Johnson on the depth chart.

The Braves also announced they selected the contracts of outfielder Drew Stubbs and right-hander Alexi Ogando.

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Ross Stripling will be the fifth starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers when the 2016 campaign gets underway; a shocking turn of events for a club that's seen a number of potential starters go down to injury.

Stripling, 26, was chosen over Carlos Frias and Zach Lee, despite never having pitched above Double-A in his professional career.

"It's already every bit as exciting as I could have dreamed it would be, and it's only going to get better," Stripling told reporters after finding out the good news. "I'm excited to see what's going to come."

The rookie right-hander is set to make his major-league debut against the San Francisco Giants on Apr. 8.

"First outing at San Francisco, throw you right in the fire," Stripling said. "That will be fun. That's one of the biggest rivalries in baseball."

Los Angeles hasn't had much luck with starting pitching as the regular season approaches.

After losing Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks, they failed in an attempt to acquire Hisashi Iwakuma due to issues with his physical, and have also been decimated by injuries.

Stripling, a ninth-round draft choice of the Colorado Rockies in 2011, missed most of the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but made 13 starts for Double-A Tulsa last year, posting a 3.88 ERA.

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