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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | August 27, 2014

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Tribe Pitcher Withstood Lightning Bolt to Finish Game

August 26, 2014 |

Indians manager Tris Speaker took a big chance signing Ray Caldwell. He was a gifted pitcher, but his taste for nightlife and bizarre antics kept him from being one of the best.

So when Caldwell made his debut for the Indians on Aug. 24, 1919, at League Park, he wasn’t going to let anything keep him from finishing the start – not even an act of God.

Caldwell took the hill with a 2-1 lead against the Athletics in the top of the ninth and a chance to finish out the game. Both Indians runs were scored in the fourth inning without the benefit of a hit, as Ray Chapman and Speaker were both walked, and came around to score on a sacrifice, an infield out and an error. Caldwell hit George Burns in the top of the fifth, and Burns ultimately scored as well.

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Ramsey Excited About Future With Indians

August 25, 2014 |

James Ramsey is excited to be part of the Cleveland Indians organization. While he waits for his chance to contribute at the big league level, he looks forward to playing a big role in the Columbus Clippers quest to win the International League West Division title this season.

Acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for Justin Masterson on July 30, the 6-foot, 190-pound outfielder hasn’t stopped hitting since reporting to Triple-A Columbus following the trade.

In a 7-4 win over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on August 14, Ramsey went 5-5 with a home run, two doubles, and 5 RBIs. He’s batting .302 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in just 22 games with the Clippers.

“It’s great. I’m settled in,” said Ramsey when asked about his new team. “They have such a great facility and staff here. Everyday I keep learning new things that I love about these guys. The teammates have been great welcoming me with open arms and I think my style of play is attractive to guys after they get to know me and see my work ethic. It’s been fun.”

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Sparkplug Ramirez Helping Indians Offense Go

August 25, 2014 |

He might be the right spark at just the right time.

Jose Ramirez was quite the spark this past weekend, logging seven hits in the three-game series versus Houston. Seven hits is a good weekend, but a game-winning base hit in the ninth on Saturday and a key, two-out base hit to drive in a run on Sunday makes a great weekend.

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Bauer and Ramirez Help Tribe Take Series; Indians 3, Astros 1

August 24, 2014 |

The scrappy Indians just keep finding ways to win.

Today, it was a pair of midseason call-ups that helped the Indians to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros. Jose Ramirez logged three hits—giving him seven in the series—while Trevor Bauer tossed shutout baseball into the seventh inning. Each seem to be finding their roles on the new-look Indians. Sunday the Tribe mustered enough offense, using a pair of two-out base hits, to come back and win the series with the Astros after dropping the first game on Friday.

Cleveland had a chance to crack the scoreboard in the second inning, but could not get the timely hit. Tyler Holt started the inning with an infield hit off Brett Oberholtzer and advanced to second base on his throwing error. Mike Aviles grounded to third base, but third baseman Matt Dominguez opted to try and cut down Holt at second. Holt dove back into the bag safely and the Indians had a pair on with just one out. However, Lonnie Chisenhall and Roberto Perez each struck out to leave the runners stranded.

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Columbus Kids Contributing for Cleveland

August 24, 2014 |

When injuries mount on the big league roster, who do the Cleveland Indians call?

The Columbus Clippers.

The Clippers have answered that call throughout the year, as is their job. Despite an ever-changing roster, they lead the International League’s West Division by five games with a 73-62 record after Saturday night’s loss to Indianapolis. The Indians, meanwhile, are 65-63 and are seven games in back of the division lead and five behind in the AL Wild Card race.

For some players, the shuttle back and forth between Cleveland and Columbus has been consistent throughout the season. For others, they have taken full advantage of the opportunity and have given their parent club no reason whatsoever to send them packing back down Interstate 71 to the state capital.

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Holt and Ramirez Provide Late Inning Heroics; Indians 3, Astros 2

August 23, 2014 |

The Indians have been looking for a spark in their offense to keep them going in the second half of the season, and they’ve found it in the youngsters from Columbus. Tyler Holt led late inning rally who was then bunted over by Roberto Perez and then scored in walk off fashion by Jose Ramirez. This was the Indians’ tenth walk-off of the season.

The Indians are battered and bruised. Prior to the game tonight, the Indians announced that they had to place Yan Gomes on the 7-Day disabled list for mild concussion like symptoms. After starting the game with just 24 men on the roster, they made a deal with the Texas Rangers for former Indians catcher Chris Gimenez for cash considerations. He will join the team tomorrow and act as a backup catcher to Perez. Gomes now joins David Murphy, Jason Giambi, Nick Swisher, and Ryan Raburn on the disabled list. Due to all of these injuries, players like Chris Dickerson and Perez have gotten everyday playing time, and it has proven costly for the Tribe as Dickerson had the team’s 100th error of the season to give the Astros a 2-0 lead in the third. Read More

Municipal Stadium Does Double Duty: October 10, 1948

August 23, 2014 |

It hosted the Indians, two NFL teams (the Rams and the Browns), innumerable college football games (including a bowl game, the Great Lakes Bowl) and concerts like the World Series of Rock and the initial Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame concert.

But on Oct. 10, 1948 – 63 years ago today – Cleveland Municipal Stadium pulled double duty.

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Late Errors Cost Tribe Another Game; Astros 5, Indians 1

August 22, 2014 |

What started so pretty, turned ugly in a hurry Friday night.

Carlos Carrasco and Brad Peacock—two unlikely starters to match up in a pitcher’s duel—did just that for five innings before a battle of the bullpens ensued. However, fundamental mistakes by the Cleveland Indians on the base paths and in the field were the difference in victory and defeat. Cleveland squandered scoring opportunities in the late innings before shoddy defense gave the game away, resulting in a 5-1 defeat.

Peacock and Carrasco hooked up in quite a pitcher’s duel that might still be unexpected. Peacock allowed just one hit in the first four innings, while Carrasco’s only hit allowed was an infield hit to Jake Marisnick in the third inning. Peacock—a struggling starter—had only lasted five innings or more and allowed just two runs or less, twice in the last two months.

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Series Preview #41: Houston Astros (54-74) at Cleveland Indians (64-62)

August 22, 2014 | 1

If you want to be seriously considered in the playoff picture, you need to win. While the results have not always been pretty this season, the Cleveland Indians are winning right now when it counts. They will look to continue their recent hot stretch, while still not playing on all cylinders and to their potential, as they host the Houston Astros for three games starting Friday night.

Cleveland (64-62) took advantage of a young and struggling Minnesota club during the week to push their recent streak to seven wins in the last ten games. After falling behind 5-0 without a single out retired in the series opener on Tuesday, the Indians chipped away with runs in the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth to complete one of their bigger comebacks this season, winning 7-5. T.J. House and four relievers combined on a six-hit shutout on Wednesday, 5-0. The offense could not get anything going against Phil Hughes on Thursday afternoon as the Twins defeated Corey Kluber and the Tribe, 4-1.

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Healthy Bourn Could Make Major Impact in Stretch Run

August 22, 2014 |

Baseball fans in Houston and Atlanta know full well that Michael Bourn can be a difference-maker. They know about his blazing speed and havoc he can wreak for a pitcher on the base paths.

Fans in Cleveland, sadly, have yet to experience what Bourn is fully capable of. In the first season and three quarters of a guaranteed four-year deal (a fifth year kicks in on a vesting option) he signed with the Tribe in February, 2013, Bourn has not been able to completely show off his skill set as he has spend a good number of games on the disabled list. When he has played, it has not been at full health in some cases. Read More