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53 John Axford RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/220 | Birthdate: 4/1/1983 | Birthplace: Simcoe, Ontario, CAN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Canisius | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 18/10 | Average Draft Position: 191.19
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Pirates pick up John Axford


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) The Pirates have acquired John Axford from the Indians, according to FoxSports.com

Axford joined Cleveland during the offseason. He posted a 3.92 ERA over 43 2/3 innings with the club. Axford will likely be a setup man for Pittsburgh.


John Axford picks up five-out save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Indians pitcher John Axford faced four batters and recorded the last five outs of Monday's 7-1 win over the Reds for the save. It was his first save since May 3.

Axford allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two over 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He owns a 3.14 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 43 innings of relief.


John Axford can't get out of jam for save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) The Indians called on John Axford to close out Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, after Bryan Shaw faltered in the 11th inning.

With the Indians up 8-7 with one out in the 11th inning, Axford entered the game with the tying run on third. He could not pitch himself out of the jam unscathed, as he allowed the first batter he faced to tie it with a single.

Axford would eventually extended the game, but not before making it interesting. He loaded the bases on an intentional walk before striking out the Diamondbacks' No. 3 and 4 hitters consecutively to end the threat.

Axford has been working away from the closer's role for a while, after struggling mightily early in the season. He has a 3.82 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 24 walks in 30 2/3 innings on the season. 


John Axford gets the win Saturday in Boston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Indians pitcher John Axford pitched a scoreless inning and was awarded the win Saturday afternoon against the Red Sox in Boston. Axford permitted one walk and struck out one in a scoreless inning of work. He owns a 3.21 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 28 innings of relief. 

Terry Francona: I'm still tinkering with closer spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Terry Francona said Saturday that the goal remains to work deposed Indians closer John Axford back into that role, per MLB.com. He added that others are performing better in the ninth inning at this time.

He is likely referring specifically to Cody Allen, who has thrived as a closer in recent weeks. Allen has nailed down his last four save opportunities without giving up a hit and walking just one. Francona is still claiming a closer-by-committee approach, but Allen has been used in all save situations of late.

Axford has bounced back as a short reliever after getting bounced out as closer. He has surrendered just one earned run in his last 10 appearances.


John Axford itching to close again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Indians pitcher John Axford wants to retake the closer's job he lost May 9, but it's unclear when that might happen, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Indians are doing well with a committee approach featuring Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski and Scott Atchison.

Axford converted nine of 11 saves before losing the job. In his last three appearances, Axford has pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and no walks, a vast improvement over his early wildness. 

"I feel great," Axford told the paper. "I feel calm. I feel relaxed. I feel like I have more control of myself out there. I'm a long guy (6-5) and I can get a lot of arms and legs going. If I can maintain it and keep those things under wraps and focused, the better I'll be."


Indians closer mess gets even messier


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/20/2014) Considering he got the first since John Axford's removal from the closer role May 11 after filling in for him just a few days earlier, Bryan Shaw appeared to be the Indians' go-to guy for the ninth inning in the near term. So when he pitched the eighth inning of a game the Indians led by only one run Monday, it was a bit of a shock.

Granted, coming into the year, Cody Allen was considered the more likely replacement for Axford should anything go wrong, but Shaw had been so effective this season, compiling a 1.71 ERA in 23 appearances, that his ascension to the role wasn't the biggest upset ever.

Considering Allen blew the save Sunday, Terry Francona might want to rethink rethinking who he uses in the ninth inning. His hesitance to commit to either Shaw or Allen is a pretty good indication he hopes to turn the ninth inning back over to Axford at some point. Axford has had four scoreless appearances since being removed from the role, allowing no hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.

If I was ranking the three in terms of how many saves I think they'll get from now to the end of the season, I'd go Axford, Shaw and Allen.


John Axford thinks fatigue is the reason for his struggles


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Indians pitcher John Axford believes fatigue is the reason for his recent struggles, according to the Plain Dealer.

Axford started out well Wednesday, getting two outs immediately. He had a tough time getting the third, giving up a double and walk before eventually getting out of the inning. Axford said he's been worked quite a bit to start the year. "I’ve thrown a lot recently and, obviously, you can only throw 25 to 30 pitches an inning so many times before it catches up to you," said Axford. He added that he needs a clean inning in order to get back to form.

Axford has posted a 4.91 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.


Indians give John Axford break from closer role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) The Indians have removed pitcher John Axford from the closer role, the team announced Saturday.

Manager Tito Francona said the goal is to get him back into the ninth inning after he pitches in less-stressful situations earlier in games. He is 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA and 15:13 K:BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. The Indians haven't named a replacement, but Cody Allen, Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw could get save opportunities.


John Axford struggles in non-save situation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Indians closer John Axford set down the first two batters he faced Friday against the Rays, but needed help to end the inning in a 6-3 win.

Axford came apart after striking the first two hitters out. He allowed a pair of doubles and a pair of walks before leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the inning. Cody Allen came in and finished it off, after Axford threw 31 pitches in the inning.

Axford wasn't pitching in a save situation, but was shaky for the third time in four trips to the mound. He now has a 4.91 ERA to go with his nine saves in 11 chances.

 


John Axford tweaking delivery to break from slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Indians closer John Axford believes his work with pitching coach Mickey Callaway has helped him emerge from a mini-slump that caused him to blow two games on the current homestand. He pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday after allowing four runs with three walks in his previous two appearances.

"I'm just working on a small thing that (Callaway) and I noticed and it's been feeling better the last couple times out, for sure," Axford told MLB.com.

The two noticed a flaw in the pitcher's posture that was making his breaking ball run east to west rather than north to south. They have also been working on his arm slot on his fastball to allow him to keep it in the strike zone.


John Axford picks up first win Wednesday vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Indians closer John Axford earned his first win Wednesday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning before a walkoff RBI single gave the Indians a 4-3 win over the Twins.

Axford (1-3) gave up a hit and a walk while striking out one in his inning of work to bounce back after surrendering four runs over his last two appearances (both losses). He owns a 4.50 ERA and 13:11 K:BB ratio in 14 innings.


John Axford takes third loss Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Indians closer John Axford surrendered the only run of Monday's 1-0 loss to the Twins in the 10th inning to take his third loss of the season.

Axford (0-3) surrendered a home run to Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar, which was just his fourth career home run in 345 at-bats. The Indians stopper also gave up an additional hit and a walk before being removed with two outs in the 10th inning. After doing a nice job in April, Axford has give up four earned runs in 1 1/3 innings over his last two outings, leaving him with a 4.85 ERA and 12:10 K:BB ratio in 13 innings.


White Sox get to John Axford again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Indians closer John Axford blew his second save of the season and wasted a 13-strikeout performance from starting pitcher Corey Kluber during a 4-3 loss Sunday against the White Sox.

Axford (0-2) had a bad start to the top of the ninth inning as he was looking for his 10th save. He issued a leadoff walk to Gordon Beckham before striking out Jose Abreu. Axford then walked Adam Dunn before Dayan Viciedo unloaded a three-run homer to right field to put Chicago ahead for good. 

Axford struck out Alexei Ramirez before being replaced by Marc Rzepczynski. It was the first time in seven outings Axford allowed a run. The last time he allowed a run was April 13 against the White Sox, which was his first blown save and loss.


John Axford picks up ninth save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Indians cloers John Axford delivered a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Saturday's 2-0 win over the White Sox to record his ninth save of the year.

Axford struck out one in the outing, giving him his first strikeout in four games. He owns a 2.31 ERA and 10:7 K:BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.


John Axford slams door Wednesday for eighth save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Indians closer John Axford earned his eighth save of the season Wednesday, giving up just one hit in a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 5-3 win over the Royals.

Axford gave up a leadoff single in the ninth inning but then induced two ground balls for outs before a pop fly ended the game. He owns a 2.79 ERA and 9:7 K:BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.


John Axford slams door shut on Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Indians reliever John Axford slammed the door shut on the Royals Monday night for his seventh save of the season.

Axford needed just seven pitches as he retired the side in order to secure a 4-3 victory. He owns a 3.12 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP along with a 9:7 K:BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings pitched.

John Axford pitches out of trouble to earn sixth save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Indians reliever John Axford made things interesting before picking up his sixth save.

Axford entered the game with a two-run lead in the ninth, and struck out the first batter he faced on four pitches. After a single from Dioner Navarro, Axford managed to record the second out of the game. That's when things got interesting. Axford allowed another single to Melky Cabrera, and then walked Jose Bautista to load the bases.

With the bases loaded, Axford managed to get Edwin Encarnacion to ground out for the final out. Axford's ERA dropped to 3.52 after the appearance.


John Axford earns fifth save on chilly night


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Indians closer John Axford secured his fifth save of the season Wednesday, giving up just one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 3-2 win over the Tigers.

Axford did a good job slamming the door on a night when the recorded game temperature was 41 degrees Fahrenheit, as neither side was likely interested in a drawn-out, extra-innings game. The Indians closer bounced back nicely after blowing a save opportunity in his last outing. He owns a 4.05 ERA and 8:6 K:BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.


John Axford serves up walkoff home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Indians closer John Axford was limited to just 11 pitches in the ninth of Sunday's game against the White Sox, as he served up a walkoff home run to Alexei Ramirez to end the game.

Axford, who was credited with the blown save and loss, entered in the ninth with a slim, one-run advantage. He issued a walk to Jordan Danks and retired Alejandro De Aza before allowing a walkoff shot to Ramirez.

Axford owns a 4.76 ERA and a 7:6 K:BB ratio over 5 2/3 innings pitched this season.

John Axford strands tying run for fourth save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Indians closer John Axford was able to work out of trouble in the ninth inning to secure his fourth save during a 2-0 win in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against San Diego.

Axford allowed a leadoff single to Yonder Alonso before striking out Yasmani Grandal. Jedd Gyorko drew a walk, and both runners moved into scoring position after a wild pitch. However, Axford escaped the jam by getting Will Venable to strike out and Xavier Nady to fly out to end the threat.

Axford also recorded a one-out save during Tuesday's 8-6 win against the Padres.


John Axford earns one-out save Tuesday vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Indians closer John Axford recorded the final out of his team's 8-6 win over the Padres Tuesday to earn his third save of the season.

Axford was summoned after three runs scored in the ninth inning, and he was able to get the game's final batter on a fly out to center field with a man on. Axford owns a 2.70 ERA and 4:4 K:BB ratio in 3 1/3 innings.


John Axford picks up second save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Indians closer John Axford secured his second save of the season Wednesday, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning in his team's 6-4 win over the A's.

Axford walked two in his first save but pitched better Wednesday, throwing eight of his 12 pitches for strikes. He struggled last season but recorded 81 saves between 2011 and 2012 and is capable of another quality season in the ninth inning.


John Axford strikes out two in Opening Day save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Indians pitcher John Axford pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in his team's 2-0 win over the A's Monday, striking out two batters while also walking two.

Axford needed 26 pitches to navigate through the ninth inning, but he came out on the other side with Save No. 1 and a 0.00 ERA. He should retain the closing job in Cleveland if he can stay reasonably effective.


John Axford pitching well this spring when Indians have lead


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Indians closer John Axford made his fourth appearance of the spring Wednesday against the Padres. He retired the side in order in the fifth inning for his third hold this spring.

Axford has allowed one run on three hits (one home run) and two walks in four innings. He has six strikeouts and a 1.25 WHIP.