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Game 2015.134: Indians at Tigers

Corey Kluber was supposed to pitch tonight, then Cleveland realized oh wait, it’s only the Tigers, so they switched to Josh Tomlin (actually, Kluber has a hamstring strain. That’s the story anyway). Reason to follow this game: the much-anticipated return of The Lobster, Kyle Lobstein. OK, “much-anticipated” may be a small exaggeration. A guy named Kyle pitched for a while...
Via Tigers Weblog
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Indians scratch ace Corey Kluber from start

DETROIT (AP) The Indians have scratched ace Corey Kluber from his scheduled start against the Tigers because of a strained right hamstring. The team said that Kluber, last season's AL Cy Young winner, is expected to pitch again this season. But his absence will make it even tougher for Cleveland to gain ground in the wild-card race. It's not yet known when Kluber got hurt. Manager...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians to promote Giovanni Soto, Michael Martinez from minors

As we roll into the month of September, MLB teams gradually are activating more and more players to their roster space. Throughout the season, teams were constricted to only activating 25 players (26 on doubleheaders). But now, they can utilize all 40 of their MLB-signed players. Roster moves also can happen around the fringes to give a few intriguing minor league names a September...
Via Waiting For Next Year
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lonnie Chisenhall named ESPN Sweet Spot’s DPOM for August

If you’re surprised by the headline, we wouldn’t blame you. If it seems like just last month that Lonnie Chisenhall was a struggling third baseman who was sent down to Triple-A to work out a few kinks, well—it was. Since being promoted back to the big league team, and completely changing positions, Chisenhall has completely reinvented himself as a player. So much so that...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild Card hopeful Indians need repeat of 2013

The American League Wild Card race has gone through significant changes over the last six weeks. The Minnesota Twins have moved in and out and back in again. The Los Angeles Angels, once division leaders and then seemingly secure owners of the second Wild Card spot, have faded yet still remain in contention. The Orioles moved close, but now seem far away. The Rays hover, never in...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Cleveland Indians: Version 2.0

One might find themselves wondering how the Cleveland Indians have been able to charge back into contention for the American League postseason. How did a team that started the year 7-14 in April become a team that could sweep a fellow Wild Card contender in the Los Angeles Angels and then give the American League favorite Toronto Blue Jays all that they could handle? One might think...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians rookie Lindor gets candid on Intentional Talk (VIDEO)

Indians rookie Francisco Lindor sure looks like the real deal.While he's only been in the big leagues since mid-June, the speedy shortstop has already made a lasting impression.In addition to his red-hot bat and dazzling defensive work on the diamond, Lindor's got charisma off the field as well -- and he put it on display during an interview with MLB Network's Intentional Talk on...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

9/1 Recap: Home Runs Not Enough for Tribe

Roster Update: Happy September 1st, MLB teams! You may now have up to 40 players on your Major League rosters. In celebration, the Indians have brought Chris Johnson and Gavin Floyd off the DL (the latter will be used out of the bullpen) and have promoted Shawn Armstrong from AAA. He played some for the Indians in August and was extremely successful out of the pen. Player of the...
Via Burning River Baseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Myles Hits For the Cycle On The Most Unlikely Day

It’s not every day that someone shows up late to a baseball game, and ends up creating one of the greatest moments in their career. For Bryson Myles, that day was August 25, 2015. Myles didn’t show up to the Double-A Akron RubberDucks game when they were facing the Trenton Thunder until 6:20 for a 7:05 game. He went on later that night to hit for the cycle for the first time...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

August 2015 Player Power Rankings

Continued mediocrity followed by a six game winning streak to end August has kept the Tribe within play-off limbo. Still too far out to be considered legitimate contenders, but too close to throw in the season. A rash of injuries, including shoulder issues for Kipnis, Carrasco and Brantley, hand and wrist problems for Johnson and Aviles and an illness for Salazar made it difficult...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Salazar Sends Tribe to Sixth in a Row; Indians 4, Blue Jays 2

The Indians used another strong outing from Danny Salazar and a few timely hits in a come-from-behind, 4-2 victory over the red-hot Blue Jays on Monday. The Tribe has won six in a row, and nine of the team’s last 11 games. Salazar tamed a potent Jays offense, allowing two runs in seven innings, striking out 10. The outing was the seventh of Salazar’s career with 10 or more strikeouts...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How Will The Tribe’s Expanded Roster Look?

On Tuesday, September 1, the MLB roster capacity will expand from 25 to 40. This will give the Indians, and every other major league baseball team, the ability to add to their active roster. As it sits right now, the Indians have 41 men listed on their 40 man roster. However, because Gavin Floyd and Nick Hagadone are on the team’s 60-Day disabled list, they do not count against...
Via Burning River Baseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians owner attempting to sell minority stakes to raise cash

Without a big TV deal in place to keep revenue flowing, Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan is trying to lure investors by offering minority stakes for the franchise. Unfortunately, Dolan’s efforts may well be futile. According to the New York Post, Dolan has hired a boutique investment bank, Allen & Co., to “shop roughly 30 percent of the team.” “He doesn’t have...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians president Mark Shapiro jumps to same role in Toronto

The rumors first started about August 21st that Indians president Mark Shapiro could be headed to Toronto and now, it appears that it will in fact be the case. The Blue Jays’ current president Paul Beeston, who has been with the team in some capacity since 1976, was nearly forced out in the previous off-season, ending with the announcement that he would retire at the end of the...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Almonte Homer Sends Tribe to Sweep and Five in a Row; Indians 9, Angels 2

The Cleveland Indians are working on a positive finish to a roller-coaster August. Abraham Almonte hit his first career grand slam and Josh Tomlin worked into the eighth inning, leading the Indians to a 9-2 win over the slumping Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. Cleveland (63-66) has won five in a row to stay in the race for the second AL wild card. It is quite a turnaround from an extended...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Curious Case of the Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians have won five consecutive games and eight of their last 10. They have allowed more than three runs to cross the plate in just one of their last seven games. They have hit at least 10 hits in their last 12 home games. The franchise record is 13 games and it was set in 1936. Right now, the Indians look like the team Sports Illustrated, along with many other national...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Lindor catching up to Carlos Correa, even if you’ve never heard of him

When Carlos Correa made his major league debut for the first place Astros in June and crushed two home runs his first week, many dubbed him the next Alex Rodriguez and closed their minds to the AL Rookie of the Year race. The 20 year old, slick fielding shortstop was the best we were going to see this year without question. Francisco Lindor would like you to open your minds and your...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Lonnie Chisenhall reviving career with new role

When Lonnie Chisenhall began the 2015 Major League season as the starting third baseman for the Cleveland Indians, many Tribe fans believed that he only had one chance left with the club. The Indians’ 2008 first-round draft pick (29th overall) made his highly anticipated big league debut with the Tribe on June 27, 2011 , but it had mostly been three and a half years of disappointment...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians’ Chris Johnson to miss games with spider bite

    Here’s one that will make Tobey Maguire do a double take. Newly acquired Indians infielder Chris Johnson was forced out of the lineup on Saturday and Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. The culprit for Johnson’s sudden absence? A suspected bite from a spider. According to a weekend report by the Associated Press, Johnson awoke at the team hotel on Saturday in Minneapolis...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona accompanying Farrell to chemotherapy treatment

    John Farrell will begin chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma on Tuesday, and a close friend who also happens to be an opponent will be joining the Boston Red Sox manager for support. Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that Terry Francona, whose Cleveland Indians are in Boston for a three-game series, is accompanying Farrell to his first round of treatment. The two...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

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