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Every time the Cleveland Indians seem to get going and approach the .500 mark, they stumble and fall painfully.
Lost in the shuffle of what has turned out to be an exciting playoff run by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the city’s Indians have played much better of late. While this past weekend’s series with the Baltimore Orioles ended with a tough, low-scoring series loss, the team has still been markedly better recently, especially when compared to the first six weeks of the season. This week, they wrap up their brief homestand with three games against the Seattle Mariners, a team who too has failed to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon them prior to the season.
The Indians (27-29) somehow managed to avoid perennial Cy Young Award contender Felix Hernandez in a four-game series in Seattle that started just two Thursdays ago. Luck is again on their side, as they will avoid the dominant righty once again over the next three games.
1982 – Baseball legend Satchel Paige passes away in Kansas City, Missouri. He was believed to be 75.
Paige spent nearly 20 years bouncing around the country playing and barnstorming in a variety of leagues and markets before returning to …
Danny Salazar supplied the slumping Indians offense with seven innings of one-run ball and a sixth inning double by Carlos Santana broke a one-all tie as Cleveland claimed a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday afternoon.
Salazar led …
When the season began, the Cleveland starting rotation appeared to be one of the biggest strengths of the club. The sky was thought to be the limit for the Indians’ staff in 2015 and a major reason that so many individuals placed lofty expectations on the Cleveland roster.
After some early bumps and (literal) bruises, the staff has gelled together to not just be a strength, but has turned out to be one of the more dominating forces in all of baseball. With some incredible performances already, especially from its top four members, the staff has a chance to become one of the best and most feared rotations in all of baseball.
1986 – With the second overall pick in the June Amateur Draft, the Cleveland Indians select left-handed pitcher Greg Swindell out of the University of Texas.
The pick followed that of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who selected infielder Jeff King, the …
In case you have missed it, thanks to Cleveland Cavaliers fever overtaking much of the attention of the sports scene in northeast Ohio, the Indians have won a few games here and there and find themselves on the brink of breaking through to a winning record.
As a certain star athlete from the region reminded us in penning a homecoming for the ages, “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.” The Indians are coming home, as #23 did, and will host the Baltimore Orioles in three games this weekend. They will look to improve upon their 10-14 home record by facing a team from outside of the division, a positive for an Indians team that is 14-9 against all non-AL Central division foes this year.
1974 – In a promotional event gone awry, the Cleveland Indians are forced to forfeit their game against the Texas Rangers as the “10-cent beer night” promotion leads to fan unruliness and a violent playing environment at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
1977 – Designated hitter/first baseman Travis Hafner is born in Jamestown, North Dakota.
The future Indians slugger entered professional baseball after being selected in the 31st round of the 1996 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers. He signed with the …
If ever there was a time for the Cleveland Indians to prove that they intend on being in the American League Central Division race this season, the time is right now as they face the second place Kansas City Royals in a three-game weekday set from Kauffman Stadium in Missouri.
The Indians (24-26) have been playing better baseball overall of late and have done better to not beat themselves. They put together a 17-12 record in May, which does not erase the damage done in a subpar 7-14 April, but it does help to at least climb a bit out of the hole they put themselves in. Any chance to get back into the mix will start in the Central, where they have played a disappointing 10-17 against their four divisional rivals while going 14-9 against the rest of baseball.
Over the weekend, the Indians avoided King Felix and took three of four from the Seattle Mariners to crawl closer and closer to the .500 mark while continuing to excel outside of the division. Cleveland pitching struck out 16 batters on Thursday in a 5-3 win. The Mariners evened the series on Friday and held on in the ninth with the Indians’ possible tying run at third base with two outs in a 2-1 win. Cleveland had nearly half as many hits as the Mariners on Saturday, but they made a sacrifice fly from Nick Swisher, a two-run homer from Jerry Sands, and an RBI-single from David Murphy stand in a 4-3 win. They needed 12 innings on Sunday to secure the series, as Michael Brantley’s bases loaded walk in extras was followed by a two-run single from Murphy in a 6-3 victory.