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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | February 13, 2016

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Stephens Homer Gives Boston Walkoff Win; Red Sox 9, Indians 8

February 12, 2016 |

August 24, 1948

In a best-of-three battle for the right to first place entering the last month of the season, the two teams looked as evenly as matched as possible as the top two contenders in a heavyweight battle. However, the Boston Red Sox struck the final hit with a one-out, two-run homer by Vern Stephens in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Boston a 9-8 walkoff win over the Indians.

The final blast was the result of two floundering bullpens in the final two innings. More importantly, when part of the 34,172 fans in attendance stormed onto the field tonight to celebrate and carry Stephens off the field, they carried the rights to first place too. The blast was Stephens’ 27th home run of the season and league leading 115th RBI. Stephens’ biggest hit of the season came off the only pitch Russ Christopher threw. Read More

Paige Releases Book, “Pitchin’ Man”

February 12, 2016 |

August 24, 1948

Satchel Paige earned his nickname as a baggage handler at a train station growing up in Mobile, Alabama, and since then, he’s become one of baseball’s best-traveled men.

Paige, Bill Veeck’s newest pitcher, is a Negro League and barnstorming legend, and in his new book, “Pitchin’ Man,” he tells Cleveland News scribe Hal Lebovitz about it all. Read More

Spring Invite Paulino May Provide Pitching Depth

February 12, 2016 |

Regardless of how strong a team’s starting rotation is, having some extra depth is never a bad thing.

The Cleveland Indians appear to be overloaded in their starting five, with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar looking to be locks on the staff in April, barring unforeseen injury issues. For the remaining two spots, the club already has Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin as the favorites, with Cody Anderson also very much deserving of an opportunity after his strong performance in the second half of 2015.

The Major League ready starting pitching depth at Triple-A Columbus, however, is not quite as defined and that is where six-year MLB veteran Felipe Paulino could see some time after signing a minor league deal with a non-roster invite to spring training with the Tribe this offseason. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 52: Catching Up With Dave Roberts

February 12, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 52 days

Former outfielder Dave Roberts may be most famous for an October evening at Fenway Park in 2004, but his long and productive career actually started for the Cleveland Indians back in 1999 – the only year of his career that Roberts’ sported a #52 on his back.

On August 7, All-Star Kenny Lofton was about to miss his ninth straight game due to a strained hamstring and Mike Hargrove’s club was going with youngster Jacob Cruz a lot as a substitute in center field. That was when the organization called up the young Roberts to help spark the top of the Indians mighty lineup for their game in Tampa Bay.

“Just walking into Tropicana Field was amazing,” Roberts remembers. “We were playing the Devil Rays during my first game and just walking out onto a Major League field (is a great memory). I looked at the lineup card and saw myself with Omar Vizquel, Roberto Alomar, Jim Thome, Sandy Alomar and Travis Fryman, so it was pretty special.” Read More

Indians Head to Fenway to Open 16-Game Road Trip

February 11, 2016 |

August 23, 1948

After losing three straight to the cellar-dwellar Chicago White Sox at home this weekend, the Cleveland Indians embark on their final major road trip of the season tomorrow night at Fenway Park.

Cleveland will venture to Detroit for a three-game series in late September, but otherwise the Indians take to the train for the last trip of the season today. While it is the last road trip of the season, it is also the most brutal and critical for the Indians and their pennant hopes. The Tribe will play 17 games in six cities before returning home on September 8. Read More

Thatcher Seeking a Chance to be One of Tito’s Lefties

February 11, 2016 |

When the Cleveland Indians dealt left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski at the trade deadline last season, it was a bit of a curious move. “Scrabble” had been the team’s lone southpaw for the majority of the season and while the season was in dire straits, it also was not over at the time. It forced the promotion of Kyle Crockett from Columbus after a tough start to his 2015, and later led to Giovanni Soto getting a chance to make his Major League debut.

With a huge question mark in the bullpen for 2016, the Indians actively addressed that, but not with a big ticket, multi-year, multi-million dollar free agent pursuit of guys like Tony Sipp, Antonio Bastardo, or Oliver Perez. Instead, the club went the route of minor league additions with spring training invitations, bringing in veteran MLBers Joe Thatcher, Tom Gorzelanny, and Ross Detwiler to compete for the job.

So can Thatcher win one of potentially two spots in manager Terry Francona’s bullpen? Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 53

February 11, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 53 days

The Cleveland Indians have made a pleasant habit of finding pitching options in surprise locations and last season was no exception.

With a taxed bullpen and in need of some stability from their relief forces, the Indians called upon Jeff Manship. The club had signed him to a minor league deal in December following the 2014 season with an invitation to spring training.

You may know him now from the meme of his face plastered on top of a battleship, generally shared on Twitter with the hashtag #AllAboard in tow. Read More

Tribe Falls Just Short, Just Half Game Ahead of Boston; White Sox 4, Indians 3

February 10, 2016 |

August 22, 1948

The Indians now find themselves in a precarious position as a big series with the Red Sox looms.

A ninth-inning rally was stalled as the Tribe dropped a 4-3 decision before more than 57,000 fans in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the White Sox, who have taken three of four from the Tribe in this series. Prior to that, they had beaten the Indians three times in the previous 15 matchups.

With the loss, the Indians’ lead over Boston has been trimmed to half a game. The Red Sox beat the Senators 4-2 on Sunday. Steve Gromek is expected to take the hill for the Tribe in the first game of the series, and Crimson Hose manager “Marse Joe” McCarthy is expected to give the nod to Joe Dobson. Read More

Feller Knocked Around By Sox; White Sox 8, Indians 1

February 10, 2016 |

August 22, 1948

Bob Feller’s bad summer continues.

The former Indians ace, once the most feared pitcher in the major leagues, got tagged for five runs, but only three earned, as the Cleveland defense committed three errors behind him and the Tribe dropped the first game of a doubleheader 8-1 to the White Sox. The loss drops Rapid Robert to 12-14.

In the Indians’ eight games previous, the opposition had scored a total of seven runs. Read More

Petition Seeks to Get Feller Presidential Medal of Freedom

February 10, 2016 |

Bob Feller won 266 games for the Indians, including three no-hitters.

But he always regarded the biggest victory he contributed to as World War II. Two days after the Japanese bombed the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Feller enlisted in the U.S. Navy – despite having a deferment because of his terminally ill father.

Feller served as a chief petty officer on the destroyer USS Alabama, seeing combat in the Pacific Theater of Operations before returning home and resuming his career with the Indians. And it’s his baseball success, his military service and his life after baseball as an ambassador of the game that has led to a petition to award Feller the Presidential Medal of Freedom, supported by Feller’s family, the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation, and the Indians. Read More