LOS ANGELES: One-hit wonders is a title the Indians need to slough off immediately.
For three consecutives days, the Tribe has been involved in a one-hitter, and the last two have been of the woe-is-me variety.
Dan Haren, Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen limited the Indians to one hit – that coming by virtue of a replay reversal – as the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled out a 1-0 victory Monday night in Dodger Stadium.
Sunday afternoon in Seattle, Felix Hernandez and Fernando Rodney held the Indians to a mere fifth-inning single by Lonnie Chisenhall as the Mariners prevailed 3-0 at Safeco Field.To read more or comment...
Fifteen final thoughts after the Indians go 1-2 against the Mariners and fall to 3-7-4 in road series this season.
1. The Indians reached the 81-game mark 39-42. At least season’s midpoint they were 43-38, second in the AL Central and one game back. This year they're third and 61/2 games out.
2. General manager Chris Antonetti seemed to be spending the entire road trip in manager Terry Francona’s office at Safeco Field, leading one beat writer to jokingly ask if a trade was in the works. The quip received no response.
3. The pursuit of a right-handed bat might be a consideration to give the Indians a more balanced lineup. On Sunday, the Indians trotted out six left-handed batters and two switch-hitters (Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher). Switch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera had the day off. But Francona downplayed the notion that a right-handed hitter was needed.To read more or comment...
Mariners ace right-hander Felix Hernandez allowed one hit in eight innings as the Seattle Mariners pulled out a 3-0 victory over the Indians Sunday afternoon in Safeco Field.
Lonnie Chisenhall recorded the lone Indians' hit in the fifth inning, a single that just eluded second baseman Robinson Cano. It marked the fewest hits in a game for the Indians since Ervin Santana of the Los Angeles Angels threw a no-hitter on July 27, 2011.
The Mariners took the three-game series 2-1. The Indians' Josh Tomlin tossed a one-hit complete game shutout against the Mariners Saturday night in a 5-0 Tribe victory.
Hernandez (10-2, 2.10), the 2010 American League Cy Young winner, struck out nine and walked three. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth inning for his 23rd save.To read more or comment...
Twelve final thoughts as right-hander Josh Tomlin dazzled at Safeco Field.
1. For some, the most stunning part of Josh Tomlin’s complete game one-hitter may have been that it came against a Mariners’ lineup with eight left-handers.
2. “I don’t know. It used to be the opposite,” he said. “Lefties used to give me a lot of trouble, but for some reason this year I’m able to command both sides of the plate. The fastballs inside, the cutters inside that open up that outer part for me, that’s what I have to do to them.”
3. Coming into the night, left-handers were hitting .259 against Tomlin, right-handers .281. But he had a similar disparity in 2010, when lefties hit .236 against him, righties .296. In 2011 it flopped back the other way, when right-handers hit .226, left-handers .267.To read more or comment...
SEATTLE: At first glance, Josh Tomlin doesn’t personify pitching brilliance.
The Indians’ diminutive right-hander doesn’t throw blazing stuff, relying instead on his curveball, changeup and cutter to keep hitters off-balance. He’d tossed only one complete game in his career – that coming in 2010 before he underwent elbow reconstruction.
He didn’t make the team out of spring training, sent to Triple-A Columbus because Carlos Carrasco was out of options. Going into Saturday night's game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, he’d lost three consecutive starts.
But Tomlin flirted with history in the Indians’ 5-0 victory, throwing a complete-game one-hitter that left him in exclusive company.To read more or comment...
*Lonnie Chisenhall is not in the lineup despite a .366 batting average against left-handers. Mike Aviles, hitting .265 vs. lefties, is starting at third base.
*Nick Swisher is playing first base for only the second time since he returned from the disabled list on June 12. His only other time there this month came on June 6 at home against the Los Angeles Angels.
*Jason Kipnis has notched two doubles in consecutive games. If he achieves that feat tonight, it will mark the first time an Indian hit two doubles in three consecutive games since Tris Speaker in 1922.
*The Indians will honor the late Mike Hegan in a pregame ceremony July 7 against the New York Yankees. Hegan, an Indians television and radio broadcaster from 1989-2011, died at age 71 on Dec. 25.To read more or comment...
Fifteen final thoughts after a fireworks night crowd left Safeco Field happy.
1. Indians’ right-hander Trevor Bauer (2-4, 4.39) has been average at best this season and he knows it. But he’s not looking for the easy way out.
2. In his nine starts this season, Bauer has given up two earned runs or fewer in four of them. In three of his last four outings (including Friday night), he’s allowed three earned runs. But if he’s chastising his teammates’ dormant bats when he’s on the mound, he’s keeping it to himself.
3. Asked about his lack of run support and if it’s affected how he’s pitched this season, Bauer said, “I really don’t think I’ve done that good a job. That’s the most frustrating for me, I feel like I can be a lot better than I am and I’m not doing that right now. That’s what I’m focused on, giving up (fewer) runs and (fewer) hits. We scored enough to win tonight; I didn’t do my job.”To read more or comment...
SEATTLE: On a night when things that rarely happen did, the Indians found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-2 score against the Seattle Mariners Friday in Safeco Field.
The Mariners’ Endy Chavez ended a string of 265 plate appearances without a home run, the Indians’ Nick Swisher was thrown out at third base trying to advance on a ball booted by the first baseman and Tribe left fielder Michael Brantley turned a one-handed catch into a sharp double play.
Designated hitter Chavez hit his first home run of the season, to right field, in the bottom of the seventh inning, breaking a drought that dated back to May 30, 2013. His solo shot gave the Mariners a 3-1 lead.
“(I wanted to) throw a cutter inside and it was down and out of the zone,” said Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer (2-4, 4.39). “That’s not a guy I’m really expecting to do much damage, shoot, that was his first home run this year. I don’t know, it seems to happen to me a lot.”To read more or comment...
Indians manager Terry Francona said left-hander T.J. House will start in place of Justin Masterson Saturday agains the Seattle Mariners in Safeco Field.
Masterson, who told Cleveland.com earlier this week he'd had soreness in his right knee since his second start of the season, has been pushed back to Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium.
House filled in earlier this season when Zach McAllister was on the disabled list.
The Tribe rotation for the rest of the road trip to Seattle and Los Angeles is as follows: Josh Tomlin Saturday, House Sunday, Corey Kluber Monday in LA, Masterson Tuesday and Trevor Bauer Wednesday in LA.To read more or comment...
The Indians announced the make up date for last week's postponed game against the visting Angels. Here's the press release:
The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday that the June 18 rained-out game vs. the Los Angeles Angels will be played Monday, September 8 at 1:05PM ET. Gates open at Noon.
Tickets dated June 18 are valid for September 8. Fans holding tickets dated June 18 and who cannot attend the September 8 game can exchange them by July 18 for one of two eligible games – July 30 or August 12.To read more or comment...
Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the 10-4 beating the Indians absorbed as the Tigers wrapped up the weekend sweep with a 10-4 win.
1) You know how I know the Indians off day tomorrow couldn’t come at a better time? Because after just covering the beat down that was the weekend sweep by the Tigers, I need a break, too. Seriously. The statistics that prove the disparities between Detroit’s haves and Cleveland’s have nots are so lopsided, it makes ME wonder what’s the point of even considering the idea that the Indians can compete with the Tigers for the American League Central Division title.
Ok, well maybe Jason Kipnis - and definitely Nick Swisher - need it more than I do.
After going 1-for-14 against the Tigers to cap a 3-for-26 six-game homestand, Kipnis’ batting average dropped to .241.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: In the same fashion that Cody Allen has quietly become the Indians closer, increasingly lately Carlos Santana’s primary position has become first base.
The Indians didn’t make a big deal about either change by announcing them. Rather, it’s just the way things have evolved over the first two and a half months of the season.
When veteran closer John Axford was removed from his ninth-inning role in early May, it was pretty obvious the logical choice to replace him would be Allen. Tribe manager Terry Francona resisted labeling Allen the closer right away. Yet, when the phone in the bullpen has rung late in a game in which the Indians are ahead, it’s typically for Allen to start warming in preparation for the ninth inning.
Similarly, while Santana has served as a part-time first baseman for a couple years, his name has as increasingly become penciled in at the spot in Francona’s lineups.To read more or comment...
A month after the Indians swept the visiting Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field, the Tigers returned the favor. They capped their weekend sweep of the host Tribe with a 10-4 victory that put an exclamation point on any thought that their demise was eminent.
After taking a 2-0 advantage on a Miguel Cabrera solo home run in the first inning and a RBI single in the third, the Tigers busted open the close game with a seven-run fifth inning en route to their fourth consecutive win.
The Indians first run came in the fifth inning when manager Terry Francona challenged a double play that would have ended the fifth inning. But after a short review, the call was overturned. That put Michael Bourn at first base with a fielder's choice. Two batters later he scored on a Michael Brantley double. The Tigers also had a double play over turned in the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the inning, the Indians rallied for a trio of runs against Tigers right-hander Chad Smith, who was making his major league debut. After registering the the first outs relatively easily, four consecutive hits by George Kottaras, Bourn, Cabrera and Brantley produced three more late, elbeit insignificant, scores.To read more or comment...
August Fagerstrom's final thoughts about the Indians 5-4 loss in 10 innings to the visiting Detroit Tigers in the second game of a three-game series at Progressive Field:
1.) The Indians have received some flack for not performing well in front of large crowds. Despite the loss, that argument can't be made for this game, played in front of just the second sellout crowd of the season. When the Tigers scored in the second, the Indians responded in the bottom half. When the Tigers scored in the fourth, the Tribe answered two innings later. When the Tigers tacked on two in the seventh, the Indians battled for runs in both the eighth and ninth innings. Unfortunately, the Tigers just got the last laugh.
2.) When you face a lineup as potent as Detroit's, a manager is going to have to make some tough decisions. So was the case when Miguel Cabrera came to the plate in the 10th inning with one out, the go-ahead run on second in a speedy Ian Kinsler and the red-hot Victor Martinez on deck.
My initial feeling was they should walk Cabrera. With a guy on second and one out, Miggy wasn't going to hit into a double play, so Victor was going to come to the plate either way. Better to face just one of them than both. In addition, Martinez and Cabrera are both slow, so a ground ball from Victor would almost surely be an inning-ending double play.To read more or comment...
The Indians dropped a second consecutive game to the Detroit Tigers, this one in front of a sold-out crowd of 40,712, by a final score of 5-4 in 10 innings.
Michael Bourn sent the game into extra innings with an RBI single that scored David Murphy with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth. However, Cody Allen allowed a leadoff single to Ian Kinsler in the 10th and an RBI double to Miguel Cabrera two batters later that gave the lead back to the Tigers.
Trevor Bauer received the start for the Indians and pitched relatively well until back-to-back solo home runs by Rajai Davis and Ian Kinsler did him in and ended his night in the seventh inning. He threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits (three homers) and two walks. He struck out five.
Asdrubal Cabrera led the Indians at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two singles and a double. Carlos Santana also hit his 11th home run of the season and added a single.To read more or comment...
Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts about the Indians 6-4 loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers in the first game of a three-game weekend series at Progressive Field.
1) All Victor Martinez does is crush Indians pitching. Think I’m kidding? Try this stat line on for size: in 52 games against his former team, Martinez is batting .367 with eight home runs and 44 RBI.
Before the game when asked about Martinez, Indians manager Terry Francona (who also managed Martinez in Boston when the Indians first traded him for prospects at the 2009 trading deadline), joked that Martinez hits well against EVERY major league team, not just the Tribe, calling him “even more scary of a hitter than he used to be.”
Even without a breakdown of Martinez’s numbers against each team of the league, I beg to differ. Here’s betting he still saves his best for the Indians, who traded him in his prime when he was still squatting behind the plate every game because stat geeks came up with a formula that indicated his production would begin declining soon. Still haven’t seen it yet, short of a season in which he’s been injured.To read more or comment...
It was the simple recipe the Detroit Tigers followed while dominating the Indians last season in going 15-4 against their division mates - strong starting pitching and a couple big blow by their sluggers.
After being swept by the Indians in a three-game series last month, the struggling Tigers reached back into the past to help gain their footing again Friday in the first game of another three-game series at Progressive Field.
It worked again via a 6-4 victory, it just wasn’t as easy as it used to be.
While right-hander Rick Porcello held the Tribe scoreless for six strong innings, Victor Martinez continued to crush his former team with a two-run home run in the fourth innin against Indians starter Corey Kluber and another Martinez, J.D., pushed the advantage to five unanswered runs with a three-run home run off struggling reliever John Axford.To read more or comment...
It’s a well-known joke around Progressive Field that left to his own devices to make roster moves, manager Terry Francona would carry the necessary position player at each spot and the rest of the club would be made up of relievers.
Thus, it’s a good thing Indians general manager Chris Antonetti keeps a firm hand on the club’s roster makeup. While Francona makes suggestions, Antonetti and his staff are there to reign in the veteran skipper from needing to build a bigger bullpen.
So early Friday afternoon - just in time for the Detroit Tigers’ weekend-series visit – Francona was pleased to be able to expand the Tribe’s relief corps - for the time being at least. Right-hander Vinnie Pestano was recalled from Tripe-A Columbus as the Indians are facing an odd set of playing circumstances.
With Wednesday’s game against the visiting Angels rained out, coupled with two upcoming scheduled off days in a four day span next week on Monday and Thursday, the Indians won’t need a fifth starting pitcher again until July 1 in Los Angeles while in the midst of a three-game series against the Dodgers.To read more or comment...
The Indians host the division-rival Tigers tonight for the first game of a three-game series this weekend at Progressive Field. Here are tonight’s lineups and pregame notes:
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Nick Swisher came to the plate in the 10th inning Thursday afternoon against the Los Angeles Angels having struck out three times – including twice looking.
Just a strike away from recording his fourth K of the day and bailing out struggling Angels closer Ernesto Frieri of an inherited bases-loaded jam, Swisher turned his frustrating day into a jubilant and memorable one with one swing of the bat.
Unlike the ball he crushed in the ninth inning that died in center field in a stiff wind, Swisher turned on a 1-2 cutter from the embattled Frieri and watched this one just dip over the right field wall into the stands for a grand slam that sent a crowd of 20,361 at Progressive Field home thrilled with the 5-3 extra-inning victory.
It was a tough spot for Frieri, who’s struggled in his last three outings to the point where Angels manager Mike Scioscia opted to first send rookie Cam Bedrosian to the mound to stave off an Indians rally. But after Bedrosian quickly worked himself into a bases-loaded jam, Scioscia was forced to go to Frieri in afterall – needing two outs with Michael Bourn at third after a walk, Jason Kipnis at second after a double and Carlos Santana at first base following a walk.To read more or comment...
Nick Swisher came to the plate in the 10th inning Thursday afternoon having struck out three times – including twice looking.
But a strike away from bailing out struggling Angels closer Ernesto Frieri out of an inherited bases loaded jam, the Ohio State alumn sent a crowd of 20,361 away happy after his grand slam handed the Indians a 5-3 extra-inning victory.To read more or comment...
The Indians host the Angels for a noon matchup in the final game of the four-game series at Progressive Field. Here are today’s lineups:
CF Michael Bourn
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As expected, the Indians activated right-handed starter Zach McAllister Wednesday, albeit a day early.
Not expected was the club designating left-handed reliever Josh Outman for assignment in order to make room for McAllister’s return – especially a day before a roster move was necessary.
“If something fluky happens (Wednesday), we protect ourselves without making four moves,” Indians manager Terry Francona explained before Wednesday’s game was postponed, noting that Outman would have been unavailable to pitch after he’d just logged 1 1/3 innings at the end of the Tribe’s 9-3 blowout loss to the Angels Tuesday.
Outman, a free agent who signed with the Tribe for $1.25 million, recorded a 3.28 ERA in 31 appearances for the Tribe this season. But he’d struggled with his command to the point of being bumped from his seventh-inning set-up role by rookie left-hander Kyle Crockett.To read more or comment...
Wednesday's Indians and Angels game was postponed due to inclement weather after rain began to move into the Cleveland are about two hours before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start.
But it wasn't just rain that washed the game out. About 23 minutes before game time, a heavy storm moved over Progressive Field that brought with it plenty of lightning and loud thunder.
Although a make up date hadn’t been announced hyet Wednesday evening, it was determined that there would not be a double header the next day with a noon game already scheduled for Thursday’s get-away day for the West Coast’s Angels.
Both teams are expected to stick with Wednesday's scheduled starting pitchers; the Indians going with right-hander Justin Masterson (4-5, 5.05 ERA) and the Angels with left-hander C.J. Wilson (7-6, 3.50 ERA).To read more or comment...
Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians 9-3 blowout loss to the visiting Angels Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
1.) Mike Trout was, well, Mike Trout Tuesday night. It’s not purely ironic that one of the magazines on a table in the Indians locker room is a Sports Illustrated that features the Angels slugging center fielder on the cover. Trout showed he deserves all the attention more Tuesday night, hitting two of the Angels’ three home runs and accounting for four runs in the second game of the four-game series.
His three-run homer in the fifth inning all but the game away. He added another to lead off the seventh. Combined, the pair of long balls pushed Trout’s homer total to 17 on the season.
2) Surprisingly, the multi-homer game marked just the second of his career. Still, Indians manager Terry Francona went for the laugh-so-you-don’t-cry reaction when asked about the game’s best all-around player.To read more or comment...
Mike Trout hit two of the Angels three home runs Tuesday night, accounting for four runs as the visitor’s pummeled the Indians 9-3 in the second game of a four-game series at Progressive Field.
While the Indians pitching staff couldn’t match the previous night’s tidy effort that resulted in an efficient Game One win, Angels young right-handed pitcher Matt Shoemaker did all the dominating on the mound in this game.
The youngster pitched a career-high eight innings, limiting the Tribe’s offense to two runs on a David Murphy ground out in the second inning and Lonnie Chisenhall solo home run in the fourth.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin dished up six runs (five earned) on 11 hits in just 5 1/3 innings en route to his fourth loss. Meanwhile, Shoemaker all but cruised through his start, limiting the Indians to five hits and striking out a career-best 10 in his fourth win of the season.
But just as the Tribe was coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth, the rain that had threatened all night began to fall. The tarp was called for and the game was delayed by 11 minutes before it continued after a breif shower.
Shoemaker initailly had come out looking to earn the complete game. But after the rain, reliever Ernesto Frieri was called on to finish off the game. But the Indians scratched another run across the plate when they opened the ninth inning against the Angels closer, who’d come on to get work in the blowout.
Kipnis led off with a double against Frieri, and Santana earned an infield RBI single when no one bothered to cover home plate and Kipnis scored.
Indians manager Terry Francona made out two lineups for Tuesday’s game in the event that left fielder Michael Brantley could play or would have to miss Tuesday game against the visiting Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Brantley suffered a head/neck injury in Monday night’s game after a third-inning collision left him with a knee to the head by Angels shortstop John McDonald after he slide into second base trying to break up a double play that Jason Kipnis hit into to end the inning.
Although it initially seemed Francona would be able to keep the lineup with Brantley batting in his usual spot in the three hole Tuesday at Progressive Field, the idea eventually had to be scrapped and Brantley’s name scratched from the line up.
“He came in today feeling really good,” Francona said. “(But) he started to ramp up and didn’t feel perfect. We immediately took him out of the lineup and he’s going to go over (to the Cleveland Clinic) for further testing (to) get some imaging, things like that.To read more or comment...
Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians 4-3 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Monday at Progressive Field:
1) If there ever was a bend-but-don’t-break outing from an Indians starting pitcher, it was the outing young Trevor Bauer gave the Indians Monday. The young right-hander became the first Tribe pitcher in nine games to pitch into the sixth inning, a much-needed performance that saved a worn out and over worked bullpen that had the task of eating up the additional innings over the past week.
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By Stephanie Storm, Beacon Journal staff writer
If there ever was a bend-but-don’t-break outing from an Indians starting pitcher, it was the gutsy and much-needed performance Trevor Bauer gave the IndiansMonday night at Progressive Field.
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The Indians defeated the Angels 4-3 in the first of a four-game series at home on Monday.
Trevor Bauer outdueled Jered Weaver and earned the win to improve to 2-3. Bauer went 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking four. He allowed three earned runs on eight hits and did not allow a home run. His career-high 119 pitches is also a season-high for Indians pitchers.
Asdrubal Cabrera led the Indians at the plate with a two-run homer that gave them the lead in the first inning and two walks. Carlos Santana hit his ninth homer in the fourth inning.
Carlos Carrasco worked the final 2 1/3 innings to earn his first career save. He struck out four, walked one and allowed one hit. Carrasco retired the heart of the Angels order - Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton - to close out the ninth.To read more or comment...
Eighteen final thoughts after the Indians' end a 10-game road trip 5-5 with another big victory in Fenway Park.
1. Indians manager Terry Francona told right-hander Cody Allen he was going back out for the 11th inning if the Tribe took the lead in the top half. If not, Francona was bringing in right-hander Carlos Carrasco.
2. As fans shudder at that thought, they have to be even more grateful for Nick Swisher’s game-winning, 11th-inning home run, and also for the fact that Allen threw only 12 pitches in the 10th.
3. “I would have had to tackle him,” Francona said of Allen. “With the lead I would have had to drag him out of there.”To read more or comment...
Tito Francona, father of Indians’ manager Terry Francona, played his final major league season in 1970 with the Milwaukee Brewers. At that time families didn’t travel with players during the season, but Tito Francona asked Brewers manager Dave Bristol if he could take 11½-year-old Terry on a 10-day road trip to Chicago, Kansas City and Minnesota.
The “crusty” Bristol said yes, knowing the elder Francona was facing retirement.
“Mom bought me a sport coat and tie, dressed me up,” Francona remembered Saturday before the Indians’ game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. “Al Downing, he came and got me on the plane and said, ‘Sit with me.’ Al Downing is one of my favorite players of all-time. He was traded with my dad from Oakland to Milwaukee and Al was that guy who liked to look out for an 11-year-old kid. When I see Al now we laugh like (heck). He’s letting me sit next to him on the plane. Do you know what that meant to an 11-year-old?”
Because Major League Baseball didn’t allow children on the field, Francona said the Brewers dressed him up in the smallest uniform they could find and put tape around him so he could go out on the diamond. But he had to watch the games from the stands.To read more or comment...
BOSTON: Nick Swisher hit a solo home run to right field in the top of the 11th inning to give the Indians a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox Sunday.
Leading off, Swisher sent a 2-1 pitch from Junichi Tazawa (1-1) into the right field seats for his fourth homer of the season. It was the first since May 16 for Swisher, who came off the 15-day disabled list Thursday after being sidelined with a hyperextended left knee.
"To come up with a huge hit like this to help us win a ballgame ... I was so stoked, I wanted to smile all the way around the bases," Swisher said.
Right-hander Cody Allen (3-1) pitched the 10th and 11th innings for the victory. Allen struck out three of the six batters he faced and didn't allow a hit.To read more or comment...
Indians manager Terry Francona was about 8 years old when he starting going to the ballpark with his father Tito, who played 15 years in the major leagues, six with the Indians from 1959-64.
Tito was with the Atlanta Braves in 1967 when Terry got his first taste of the big leagues. Children weren’t allowed in the clubhouse, so he had to amuse himself. He and his dad would leave for the park around 2 in the afternoon.
“I’m running around outside. I’d find a bat boy or some pitcher who wanted to play catch with an 8-year-old,” Francona recalled Saturday before the Indians' 3-2 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. “When batting practice started I’d go out and shag. When the other team would hit I would go up in the stands with the other kids and try to catch home runs.
“Before the game I would run down real quick, go to the (clubhouse) door and my dad would give me a dollar. A Chick-Fil-A sandwich was 75 cents. I had to make a decision. I’d either get a Chick-Fil-A sandwich and nothing else, or I could maybe get peanuts and a Coke. It taught me some responsibility.”To read more or comment...
Thirteen final thoughts after what felt like a must-win at Fenway Park.
1. I’m not sure it’s a slam dunk that Saturday was the final start for left-hander T.J. House with the Indians for a while. He was summoned from Triple-A Columbus when right-hander Zach McAllister went on the disabled list May 22 with a low back strain, but pitched better than a mere replacement. House impressed Tribe manager Tito Francona with his poise, and perhaps with his aggressiveness.
2. Francona keeps talking about the off days on June 23 and 26 before and after two games in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. That gives the Indians something to play with if they want to adjust their rotation. It’s possible they could let House pitch again on Thursday at home against the Los Angeles Angels and hold off on activating McAllister.
3. McAllister pitched four scoreless innings and allowed five hits Saturday night for the Triple-A Clippers in Columbus against Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He walked one and struck out two. He threw 64 pitches, 43 for strikes. His pitch count was limited in case the Indians decide to activate him next week.To read more or comment...
BOSTON: The Indians failed miserably when it came to the clutch hit, but still pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox Saturday afternoon before a sellout crowd of 37,181 at Fenway Park.
The Indians snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 4-5 on the 10-game road trip that ends Sunday.
They succeeded in spite of themselves, going 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position after going 1 for 5 in the same situations in Friday’s loss. They left 13 men on base Saturday.
Left-hander T.J. House, trying to retain his spot in the rotation with Zach McAllister about to come off the 15-day disabled list, gave up two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking one. He threw 95 pitches, 59 for strikes.To read more or comment...
Twenty-one final thoughts after a night for Justin Masterson to forget at Fenway Park.
1. With Ubaldo Jimenez gone, I presumed pitching coach Mickey Callaway’s biggest projects this season would be Carlos Carrasco and Zach McAllister. Now Carrasco is in the Indians’ bullpen and McAllister is on the disabled list, set to return next week.
2. I never would have thought the member of the rotation that would keep Callaway up at night would be Justin Masterson.
3. Last season when Masterson took the mound, you assumed the Indians had a good chance to win, or at least keep it close. Now that's how I feel about Corey Kluber.To read more or comment...
Manager Terry Francona's critical comments of Indians left-hander Nick Hagadone Thursday night proved to be a hint of a move to come.
The Indians optioned Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus Friday and recalled left-hander Kyle Crockett.
Crockett, 23, joins the Indians for the second time this season. He became the first member of the draft class of 2013 to reach the majors on May 16, when his contract was selected from Double-A Akron.
In three appearances in that stint, Crockett compiled a 2.08 ERA in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up only one earned run and batters hit .154 against him. In his final two outings, he threw three scoreless innings as opponents went 0 for 7 with men on base. In those two games, lefties were 0 for 5 against Crockett.To read more or comment...
Seventeen final thoughts after the Red Sox made it seven wins in the last eight games against the Indians at Fenway Park.
1. Indians manager Terry Francona was ready for the question on whether he considered intentionally walking David Ortiz in the fifth inning, when Ortiz hit a two-run home run to deep center field off right-hander Josh Tomlin that gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.
2. “No,” Francona said. “I wanted to make sure we knew what we were going to do. Going into that at bat he was 0 for 10 (vs. Tomlin). I know what David can do and I’ve seen him do it. (Mike) Napoli hit the next ball off the wall. It’s hard to get them out.”
3. Tomlin said he was also aware of his career numbers vs. Ortiz. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway visited the mound before Ortiz batted and the infielders crowded around to make sure they knew the plan.To read more or comment...
* Lonnie Chisenhall may be the hottest hitter in baseball and batting .393, but Indians manager Tito Francona does not have him in the lineup against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.
Chisenhall has never faced Lester in his career.
Chisenhall's last day off was May 17. He's played or appeared in 23 consecutive games. He's hitting .474 in June.
*The Indians signed six more draft choices -- catcher/infielder Simeon Lucas (seventh round), outfielder Taylor Murphy (18th round), right-hander Jordan Carter (22nd round), left-hander David Speer (27th round), infielder Nathan Winfrey (28th round) and infielder Drake Roberts (29th round). That gives them 10 of the 42 picks in the June draft under contract.To read more or comment...
The Indians activated first baseman Nick Swisher from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and placed designated hitter Jason Giambi on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.
Swisher went on the DL on May 27 with a hyperextended left knee. He’d also been experiencing problems with his right knee and required cortisone shots in both.
In his second rehab start Wednesday for the Double-A Akron RubberDucks, Swisher went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI. On Tuesday, he was 0 for 2 at the plate.
In Thursday night's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Swisher will be the designated hitter and bat seventh. Swisher is hitting .211 this season with 11 doubles, three homers and 19 RBI in 49 games. Before going on the disabled list, he batted .318 in the previous six games with a double and three RBI.
Giambi, 43, is batting .128 with two home runs and five RBI in 15 games. In Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Giambi went 0 for 4 and was retired the first three times up on ground balls to the third baseman against the shift. The Royals left the left side of the infield vacant and put the third baseman in between first and second. Giambi squared up to bunt on his final plate appearance before popping out.To read more or comment...
Sixteen final thoughts after the Royals swept the two-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
1. Nick Swisher was scheduled to complete his rehab assignment Wednesday night in Akron, which left me contemplating the meaning of “We’ll go from there.”
2. Indians manager Terry Francona said Swisher would fly to Boston Thursday morning to rejoin the Indians after a stint on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee and “we’ll go from there.” Asked if Swisher would be activated Thursday, Francona repeated, “We’ll go from there.”
3. Was his refusal to say more a hint that they might be ready to move Jason Giambi into the Tribe coaching ranks? Will Giambi come up with some kind of back injury before Thursday afternoon?To read more or comment...
Sixteen final thoughts after the Indians' rally fails in Kauffman Stadium.
1. Just when you thought the Indians were getting their fielding issues in order, another major gaffe – this time by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the third inning – opened the floodgates for the Royals.
2. It was the Indians’ 60th error in 65 games. That puts them on pace for 149 in 162 games.
3. The Royals had two on and one out in the third with Jarrod Dyson facing Tribe right-hander Corey Kluber. Dyson sent what looked like a double-play ball to Cabrera, who dropped it. It was initially ruled an error on Cabrera, then the call was changed to a force-out, thanks to the new interpretation of the transfer rule. After Royals manager Ned Yost challenged, it was overturned and Cabrera was given the error. The Royals went on to score four runs (three unearned) on Omar Infante’s RBI single, an RBI groundout by Eric Hosmer and a two-run single to right by Billy Butler.To read more or comment...
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First baseman Jesus Aguilar of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers had a Lonnie Chisenhall-like day at the plate in a 14-2 victory at Charlotte Tuesday.
Aguilar went 3 for 5 with two home runs and six RBI against the Knights. Aguilar, who failed to produce on offense in two short stints with the Indians, is batting .300 with 10 home runs at Triple-A.
Right-hander Zach McAllister, continuing his rehab assignment after a lower back strain, pitched six innings for the victory. He gave up two earned runs on six hits, walking two and striking out six. He allowed two home runs.
Game: 8:10 p.m. at Kauffman StadiumTo read more or comment...
All players drafted have until he July 18th signing deadline to come to terms on a contract with the Indians. The full list of Tribe draftees is below:
Thursday, June 5th:
First round: Bradley Zimmer, OF, University of San Francisco.
First round (losing Ubaldo Jimenez to free agency): Justus Sheffield, LHP, Tullahoma (Tenn.) High School.To read more or comment...
Day Two of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft brought eight more players into the Indians fold. They are:
Third round (97th overall): First baseman Bobby Bradleyfrom Harrison Central High Sschool in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Fourth round (128th overall): Left-handed pitcher Sam Hentges from Mounds View High School in St Paul, Minnesota.
Fifth round (158th overall): Right-handed pitcher Julian Merriweather, a senior from Oklahoma Baptist University.To read more or comment...
According to MLB.com’s senior writer Jim Callis, Indians second first-round draft pick – left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield - became the first player of the 2014 draft class to agree to terms. The high-schooler signed a $1.6 million contract and receives eight paid semesters at Vanderbilt University. Callis said the pick value at Sheffield’s No. 31 draft slot is $1,733,000.
Sheffield, 18, just wrapped up his prep senior season in Tullahoma, Tenn., by going 10-0 with a 0.34 ERA (just three earned runs over 61 2/3 innings) with 131 strikeouts.
A day before being drafted Thursday, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder became the first high school athlete from Tennessee to win a Gatorade National Player of the Year Award. Sheffield’s selection gives the Tribe back-to-back Gatorade National Player of theYear award winners after selecting prep outfielder Clint Frazier with their No. 1 pick in 2013.To read more or comment...
The Indians had a busy first night of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft as one of a handful of clubs with four selections between the first two rounds. By the time the evening had to a close, the Tribe picked up two college outfielders and a pair of high school pitchers.
The Indians used their first-round pick (21st overall) to select Bradley Zimmer, a junior center fielder from the University of San Francisco. Turns out baseball is family thing for the Zimmers, as Bradley’s older brother Kyle Zimmer – a right-handed pitcher - was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Kansas City Royals and also attended USF.
“We both know that I could take him all day,” Bradley Zimmer joked during an interview on MLB Network shortly after being selected.
Later in a conference call, Zimmer discussed why being drafted by the Indians meant so much to him and his family.To read more or comment...
With their second second-round selection (61st overall), the Indians picked up California high school right-handed pitcher Grant Hockin.
A grandson of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, Hockin, 18, went 9-3 with a 1.49 ERA this season for Damien High School. Hockin is currently committed to play at UCLA.
Day Two of the 2014 MLB draft continues Fridaywith rounds three through 10, beginning at 1 p.m.To read more or comment...
With their first selection of the second round (No. 38th overall), the Indians picked up another outfielder in Michael Papi from the University of Virgina. The Cavailers are in the midst of postseason play, and will Face Maryland this weekend in the NCAA Super Regional.
Papi, 21, is a junior currently batting .297 with nine doubles, 11 home runs, 51 RBI and 51 runs scored in 60 games for the Cavaliers. A Pennsylvania native, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound outfielder/first baseman owns a three-year batting average of .324 with 32 doubles 19 home runs, 125 RBI in 150 games.
As a sophomore, Papi was the Atlantic Coast Conference 2013 batting champion with a league-leading .381 batting average and a .517 on-base percentage. He was also second in the league with a .619 slugging percentage, and was tabbed as a First-Team All-American by American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America and was an All-ACC First Team selection.
“Extremely blessed to be a @Indians and a huge thank you to all my supporters,” Papi Tweeted. “But we still have some #UvaBase business to take care of.”To read more or comment...
With the Indians second pick at No. 31, which came as compensation for losing veteran pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez in free agency, they selected left-hander Justus Sheffield - a high school hurler from Tullahoma, Tenn.
Sheffield, 18, just wrapped up his prep senior season, going 10-0 with a 0.34 ERA (just three earned runs over 61 2/3 innings) with 131 strikeouts. Wednesday, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder became the first high school athlete from Tennessee to win a Gatorade National Player of the Year Award after leading the Wildcats to a third consecutive district championship and on to a second-round appearance in the state playoffs.
Also a part-time center-fielder, Sheffield batted .405 with 13 doubles, 3 homers and 16 RBI and had committed to play at Vanderbilt University, where his older brother Jordan Sheffield is wrapping up his freshman year as a right-handed pitcher for the Commodores. Sheffield’s selection gives the Tribe back-to-back Gatorade National Player of the Year award winners, having selected outfielder Clint Frazier in the first round last year.To read more or comment...
Although the Indians Tribe had to wait until the bottom half of the first round to make their first selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft Thursday night, they still had three more to go in an action-packed evening as one of a few clubs stocked with four selections between the first two rounds – giving the Tribe four picks among the first 68 players drafted.
That’s likely the reason why the Indians used their first-round pick (21st overall) to select Bradley Zimmer, a center fielder from the University of San Francisco, instead of going with a pitcher.
Zimmer’s older brother Kyle Zimmer – a right-handed pitcher - was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Kansas City Royals and also attended USF. But the younger Zimmer is an outfielder who hit .368 with 10 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 31 RBI in 54 games this season. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder also had 21 stolen bases, 31 walks and scored 42 runs and was the only collegiate player in the nation to place in the top 50 in stolen bases and slugging percentage.
Not long after hearing the news during a celebration with his family eerily similar to the one his brother had two years previously, Bradley Zimmer tweeted: “This is the moment I've been waiting for since the day I could say the word baseball. Good luck to all my boys from. #TUSA39 #MLBDraft.”To read more or comment...
Asdrubal Cabrera’s walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 12th inning off former Indians pitcher Edward Mujica at 2:02 a.m. Thursday morning finally brought an end to a marathon night at Progressive Field.
Cabrera’s third career walk-off homer gave the Indians a 7-4 victory and completed a sweep of the Boston Red Sox, the Tribe’s third consecutive home series sweep, improving the surging Tribe to 30-30 to reach the .500 mark for the first time since they were 11-11 in April.
Coupled with the Tigers 6-2 loss Wednesday night, the Indians pulled to within 3 1/2 games of first place in the American League Central Division.
The game Wednesday evening started after a two-hour and 28-minute rain delay at 9:33 p.m. Nearly 4 1/2 hours later, the Indians rally began when Mike Aviles legged out a one-out infield single in the bottom of the 12th inning. Michael Bourn followed with a base hit that sent Aviles to third to set the table for Cabrera, who delivered the team’s fifth walk-off win of the season.To read more or comment...
Indians right-hander Danny Salazar was placed on the Disabled List Wednesday with a strained triceps muscle, marking yet another setback for the club’s 2013 No. 1 prospect as ranked by Baseball America.
Salazar, 24, opened this season in the Indians rotation after arriving on the scene with a lot of fanfare in the middle of last year. But this season, Salazar struggled from the start after being held back much of spring training. He went 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA in eight stats with the Tribe before being sent to Triple-A Columbus on May 16 in an effort to straighten out his mechanics that had gotten so out of whack.
But instead of seeing some improvement, Salazar’s struggles worsened. In three starts with the Clippers, he dished up 10 earned runs in just 12 2/3 innings, giving up 21 hits – including three home runs – and eight walks over that short span.
“I think it was a probably a little bit of everything,” Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said of Salazar’s struggles. “It was kind of a weird spring training for him coming in not totally getting prepared, (it being) his first time making a major league team where his first game really counted instead of (being able to) ease into the season. All those factors kind of contributed.”To read more or comment...
Even as a steady rain drenched the tarp-covered field at Progressive Field a couple hours before the scheduled start of Wednesday’s series finale against the Boston Red Sox, Browns top draft picks cornerback Justin Gilbert (8th pick, first round) and quarterback Johnny Manziel (22nd pick, first round) stayed dry while mingling with the Indians players in the clubhouse.
Fourth-round pick and cornerback Pierre Desir ventured out onto the soggy field then tweeted a photo of himself wearing a Browns hoodie with his arms outstretched in the rain. The Indians tweeted a handful of pictures of Browns and Indians players talking in the clubhouse as well as one with right-hander Josh Tomlin working with Gilbert and Manziel on their scheduled first pitches in the batting cages in the bowels of the stadium.
However, it’s up in the air whether the wet weather will allow the much-anticipated first pitches to happen or how long the players will wait around if the game’s scheduled 7:05 p.m. start is delayed, which appeared likely at 6 p.m.
Tribe manager Terry Francona mentioned after the draft that he liked the Browns selections, particularly the club moving up to take Manziel late in the first round. Wednesday he joked that if “Johnny Football” does get a chance to throw out a first pitch, “I hope he scrambles.”To read more or comment...
Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians 5-3 victory over the visiting Boston Red Sox that pushed their winning streak to a season-high five games.
1) Indians rookie starter T.J. House bent, but did not break in a solid outing that unfortunately ended in another no-decision. In the 5 2/3-inning no decision, the left-hander tip-toed around a handful of jams, each time escaping or effectively limiting the damage against a veteran-heavy Boston lineup.
In the first inning House gave up a hit to the first batter and hit the second b y a pitch just minutes into the action. But he escaped the two-on jam by retiring Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes to end the threat. In the bottom of the inning, the Tribe offense handed him a three-run cushion with which to work.
2) The early run support came in handy in the third inning when Boston threatened again, this time getting on the board via a Xander Bogaerts solo homer. House had a little luck on his side in the inning as well however. A.J. Pierzynski crushed a ball to center with two men on, but Michael Bourn raced to the wall and hauled it in right in front of the wall. You could almost hear House - and the rest of the Indians for that matter - exhale, knowing they were just a few inches away from entering into an uphill slugfest.To read more or comment...
The Indians out slugged an explosive Boston Red Sox lineup for a second consecutive night Tuesday at Progressive Field to push their winning streak to a season-high five games.
The Indians offense got to veteran Boston starter Jake Peavy early and then with a death blow late to secure the 5-3 win, once again led by the clutch hitting of Michael Bourn. The centerfielder was 2-for-4 with a game-winning two-RBI double.
Before Peavy managed to settle in, the Tribe used five consecutive singles in the bottom of the first inning to produce a 3-0 lead that featured RBI hits by Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall.
But the Red Sox slowly chipped away at the deficit, beginning with a Xander Bogaerts solo homerun in the third inning – his second consecutive game with a homer.To read more or comment...
The 2014 MLB Draft takes place Thursday and the Cleveland Indians have three of the first 40 picks. Here is who some draft experts have the Indians have taking:
- Jim Callis of MLB.com: Erick Edde, RHP, Nevada-Las Vegas (No. 21) and A.J. Reed, 1B, Kentucky (No. 31)
Callis says the Indians would prefer a college position player at 21, but could gamble on Fedde. Reed is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound junior who has hit 23 home runs this season while batting .336.
- Keith Law of ESPN.com: Luis Ortiz, RHP, Sanger High School (Calif.) (No. 21)
- John Manuel of Baseball America: Brandon Finnegan, LHP, TCU
In 15 starts for TCU, Finnegan is 8-3 with 122 strikeouts in 91 1/3 innings pitched with an earned run average of 2.07. In 2013, he was 0-8.
Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts from the Indians 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox Monday in the first of the three-game series against the defending World Series Champion.
1) Who was that imitating the Justin Masterson of old from the fourth inning on? More important, will that dominating version of the big right-hander show up the rest of the season – or at least a majority of it?
2) Masterson (3-4, 4.72 ERA) looked like the same struggling pitcher he’s been through the first two months of the season in the first three innings Monday, especially in the first when he faced bases-loaded. But after coming within a ball of walking in a run with a 3-0 count on six-hole hitter Jonny Gomes, Masterson fought back to get a full count before getting out of the jam when he got Gomes to strike out looking.
3) Masterson walked another batter in the second and finally escaped a two-on jam in the third when he coaxed Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski to ground into an inning-ending double play. But from Pierzynski’s at-bat though his second pitch to David Ortiz in the sixth inning, Masterson threw 25 consecutive strikes as his location improved and began to be able to put hitters away with his practically unhittable slider.To read more or comment...
With Justin Masterson loading the bases in the first inning and laboring though the first three innings of Monday’s game against the visiting Red Sox, Indians fans had to be fighting that here-we-go-again feeling with the struggling right-hander.
But for as bad as Masterson looked in the first three innings, he was equally brilliant though his final four, going on to blank the Red Sox through seven innings as the Indians held on to win the first game of the three-game series 3-2.
Just how dramatic was the difference between Masterson’s first three innings compared to his final four? Consider he needed 66 pitches to get through the three and 39 over the final four, including a nine-pitch fourth inning in which he struck out the side.
“In the moment, I didn’t realize it,” Masterson admitted of the precise moment he began to right the outing. “I just realized it was strike, strike, see you.”To read more or comment...
Wednesday will mark the 40-year anniversary of 10-cent Beer Night at Cleveland Stadium. ESPN looks back on one of Cleveland's most infamous sports days ever in the above video hosted by Bob Golic of WNIR (100.1-FM).
On that day, the Cleveland Indians were playing the Texas Rangers. In an effort to get more fans in the stadium, the team had a promotion to sell 12-ounce beers for 10 cents. Throughout the game fans ran on the field, leading to a riot in the ninth inning.
The Indians were forced to forfeit the game after three bases were stolen and nine people were arrested.To read more or comment...
Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians 6-4 walk off victory over the visiting Colorado Rockies Sunday that gave the Tribe the weekend series sweep.
1) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn may not have the testy hamstring that’s plagued him all season ready to start running at will in order to cause havoc on the bases and rack up the kind of stolen base numbers he’s known for, but Sunday he proved he can help the Indians in another way. It was Bourn’s two-run home run – his first career walk off homer - that handed the Indians the 6-4 victory and sealed the weekend sweep. Earlier in the game, he led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk and scored on Michael Brantley’s RBI single as part of the Tribe’s three-run first inning.
“As the weather heats up and he gets more confidence - I mean, he’s been swinging the bat really well,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Bourny’s got a lot of ways to beat you.”
2) Bourn’s nine-game hitting streak was snapped last week in Chicago, but he’s hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games since May 17th. Over that stretch, Bourn’s hitting at a .357 clip (21-for-60) with three doubles, five RBI and 10 runs scored.To read more or comment...
When Michael Bourn raced around the bases moments after his two-run home run handed the Indians a 6-4 walk-off victory over the Colorado Rockies Sunday at Progressive Field, it was obvious it wasn’t something the speedy center fielder was used to doing.
Instead of displaying baseball’s typical casual home run trot, Bourn ran around the diamond on his first career walk-off homer as if he were being chased. Even when he reached home plate, he continued to move the pile of bodies made up of his giddy teammates who mobbed him in celebration.
With Sunday’s win, the Indians increased their American League leading home record to 18-11 and improved to 16-1 at Progressive Field this season when scoring four or more runs.
Just like the Tribe did in its previous home stand by taming the American League Central-division leading Detroit Tigers, the Indians used solid all-round pitching and an emerging offense to corral the Rockies in an Interleague series that pitted the A.L.’s top strikeout pitching staff against the National League’s explosive offense with the least strikeouts.To read more or comment...