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Black Remains in Danger, But Showing Improvement

February 20, 2014 |

September 16, 1948

Cleveland Indians pitcher Don Black continues to show signs of improvement from the sudden illness that put him into a coma during the game on Monday.

The concern has been widespread throughout the city of Cleveland by both fans of the Indians and others who have no expressed interest in baseball.

Black spent most of his time Wednesday conscious, an improvement on his largely unconscious state during his stay at Charity Hospital. Despite the improvement, he remains on the danger list at the hospital.

“The general trend is toward improvement,” said team physician and Dr. Edward B. Castle. “The periods when he comes out of unconsciousness are occurring more frequently and he recognizes his wife. He speaks, but most of the time it’s a sort of rambling conversation.”

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Cleveland World Series Hopes Hang On Washington Series

February 19, 2014 |

September 15, 1948

The Cleveland Indians welcome the Washington Senators into town for a key three-game series starting Thursday on the lakefront.

The Indians (84-55) will enter play three and a half games behind the front running Boston Red Sox and two full games behind the second place New York Yankees. The Philadelphia Athletics have fallen out of the playoff picture, eight full games behind Boston.

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Young Urshela Working His Way Through The Farm System

February 19, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need to answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ young players who likely won’t make the roster but could impact the Tribe’s season before it ends.

Third base has proven to be a position of weakness for the Cleveland Indians.

Lonnie Chisenhall has not taken a firm grasp of the position in the last several years. Mark Reynolds, Jack Hannahan, Jose Lopez, Jhonny Peralta, Andy Marte, Mark DeRosa, and Jamey Carroll have all spent decent time there in the last five years with mixed results at best. The position is such a question mark for the Indians club that catcher/first baseman/designated hitter/man-without-a-role Carlos Santana even devoted time at the hot corner over the offseason.

Indians prospect Giovanny Urshela could one day become a factor in the mix at the third base position.

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Black May Be Winning Fight for Life

February 19, 2014 |

September 15, 1948

Indians pitcher Don Black is on the mound in the toughest fight of his career and, more importantly, his life.

He may be winning.

Late Tuesday evening shortly before 11 PM, his wife, Joyce Black, was sent home to get some sleep. She had remained with him throughout the entire ordeal.

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Price Ready to Help When He Gets the Call

February 17, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need to answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ young players who likely won’t make the roster but could impact the Tribe’s season before it ends.

The dubious award of being the first player injured in the Cleveland Indians Spring Training workouts in Goodyear, Arizona went to reliever Bryan Price.

Price injured his right hamstring during fielding drills during the team’s first official workout on Thursday, February 13th. It forced him out of activities the next day.

For those who have followed Price’s career path, it seemed like a cruel irony for the six-year minor league veteran.

The right-handed pitcher was added by the Indians to their 40-man roster in November, ahead of the Rule 5 draft. For Price, it was proof of the potential he has as a pitcher, if able to stay on the field healthy for a full season.

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Axford the Next to Close in Cleveland

February 17, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need to answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ new players who will be trying to fill a role on the Tribe’s roster.

Heading in to the 2013 season, the Cleveland Indians bullpen was considered the strongest foundation of the ball club, anchored by returning closer Chris Perez, setup man Joe Smith, and arms Vinnie Pestano and Cody Allen, with a handful of veteran Major League relievers as new faces in the clubhouse.

A few weeks into the season, definitive cracks appeared in that foundation and the bullpen no longer appeared capable of supporting a questionable starting pitching staff that was thought to be playing above its real value. Injuries, ineffectiveness, pending contract statuses, and other outside factors created a scenario in which the Indians would need to rebuild their one-time strength in the offseason. Big and established veteran names were available via free agency, including Joe Nathan, Fernando Rodney, Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, and lesser names with closer experience like Edward Mujica, Brian Wilson, and Fernando Rodriguez.

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Aguilar a Star in the Making

February 14, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ young players who likely won’t make the roster but could impact the Tribe’s season before it ends.

It has been a long time since the Cleveland Indians developed a bona fide power hitter for their lineup through their own farm system.

Several big bats of the 1990s were home grown products, scouted and developed through the Indians’ minor league system. Familiar names like Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Brian Giles, and Richie Sexson all played in the minors for Cleveland throughout the 1990s and became prolific sluggers in the Majors. Two of the four, Giles and Sexson, put up the bulk of their numbers outside of an Indians uniform. The first decade of the 21st century failed to produce any legitimate sluggers within the organization.

Prospect Jesus Aguilar hopes to change that, and in the near future.

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Admiration for Dale Mitchell

February 4, 2014 |

On the third day of May, Cleveland left fielder Dale Mitchell was still working his way into a regular spot in the Indians lineup.

Nearly two months later, he is one of the most feared hitters in baseball.

It is hard to pinpoint exactly what changed for Mitchell at the plate, but regular playing time certainly seemed to provide him with the eye and opportunity in the batter’s box.

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Early Runs Pace Paige to Victory; Indians 10, Senators 1

February 3, 2014 |

August 30, 1948

Lots of early run support gave Indians Satchel Paige plenty of room to pitch, as Cleveland walloped Washington, 10-1, on Monday evening to earn a series win.

Paige (6-1), making his fifth start of the season for the Indians, was solid. He went the distance, keeping the ball out of a battered Cleveland bullpen for at least a day. He issued one walk with seven hits and allowed just one Senators player to cross home plate successfully. Washington logged just three of those hits prior to the eighth inning. He struck out five batters and lowered his season ERA to 1.66.

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Wynn Wows Indians to Split Twin Bill; Senators 5, Indians 2

February 2, 2014 |

August 29, 1948

Cleveland squandered an early lead and a chance to make up ground in the division, as the Washington Senators took the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader by a 5-2 final.

The loss for the Indians, paired with splits of respective doubleheaders for both Boston and New York, left Cleveland two games in back of the Red Sox and a half-game behind the Yankees.

The Indians jumped on top in the second off of Washington’s Early Wynn.

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Lemon’s Three-Hit Gem Shuts Out Nats; Indians 6, Senators 0

February 2, 2014 |

August 29, 1948

Unaffected by the 90-plus degree temperatures in the nation’s capital, Bob Lemon limited the Senators to just three hits to record his second consecutive complete game shutout and his third in four starts, as the Cleveland Indians defeated Washington in the first of two at Griffith Stadium on Sunday, 6-0.

Lemon (18-11) remained locked in for the Tribe. He won his fifth decision of August while blanking the Senators for nine scoreless frames. He walked three and allowed three singles in the ball game. Six Senators took a seat via strikeout.

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Bullpen Woes Jeopardizing Pennant Push

February 2, 2014 |

August 29, 1948

While in the thick of the pennant race in the American League over the last few weeks, the Cleveland Indians have begun to make it a frustrating habit to be charitable to some of the league’s worst teams.

In six recent games against the lowly White Sox and Senators, the Indians went 2-4.

What may be even more discouraging are the wins lost against the top teams in the American League because the relief corps is failing to provide any relief. Instead of gaining ground in the standings and saving close wins, the team has been repeatedly dealt devastating losses in potentially winnable ball games.

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