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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.
In efforts to keep this post clean of all of the inappropriate and colorful language that one could use with ease to describe the start to their season, this will be said instead in its place regarding the Cleveland Indians’ first month: April was bad. Their record was bad. Their individual and team stats were bad. Their effort was bad, their defense was bad, their bats were bad, and their spirits were bad.
Thankfully, the Cleveland Indians have shown a little bit of life in May as the month comes to a conclusion. They don’t look quite so bad.
It would not have taken much, as they did not exactly set the bar very high with a combination of lackluster play from nearly every facet of the roster. But even after the rough start, the Tribe has at least been able to tread some water and make up some of the ground lost when they ended April seven games below the .500 mark.
1977 – Dennis Eckersley throws the 13th no-hitter in Indians history as he shuts down the California Angels, 1-0, at Cleveland Stadium.
Eckersley is the first Indians hurler to lob a no-no since Dick Bosman narrowly missed a perfect game …