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A funeral service is held in center field of Cleveland Stadium as Indians owner Bill Veeck, with some players in attendance, buries the 1948 pennant. The Indians were officially eliminated from the 1949 American League the day before.
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It is hard to believe but the final week of the 2014 Major League Baseball regular season is upon us.
In a manner just like last season, everything that needs to happen for the Cleveland Indians (81-74) to keep in contention has happened. While they are hanging on by a thread in the playoff races with seven games left to complete, their chances in the AL Central are all but gone, but no one is running away with the AL Wild Card spots. Of the five teams still in consideration for the two spots available, just two, Cleveland and Kansas City, have winning records in September. The two will do battle this week, with their respective seasons on the line.
The Indians pulled within three and a half games of the Royals in the Wild Card and four games within the Oakland Athletics by taking two of three from the Minnesota Twins over the weekend. They lost a heartbreaker on Friday night, as a blown Cody Allen save in the ninth and a walk-off single in the tenth gave Minnesota a 5-4 win. A rare offensive explosion in each of the next two games gave the Indians a 7-3 win on Saturday, powered by four RBI from Yan Gomes, and a 7-2 win on Sunday afternoon behind 14 strikeouts from Corey Kluber.
Future Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon is born. The successful pitcher began his baseball career as an outfielder, shortstop, and third baseman in the Indians’ farm system before transitioning into a role on the mound. Once there, he became …
If it were not for the presence of Terry Francona in the dugout, the Cleveland Indians would not be playing meaningful baseball in September, even if the chances of a return to October are becoming more and more fleeting by the day.
It’s strictly opinion, of course, as there is no way of proving otherwise. Yet I feel justified about the statement, especially after years of watching younger and inexperienced managers at the helm of the Tribe fail to maximize on their returns from the club.
How many teams could have survived the midseason trades of two former American League All-Stars while still very much in the thick of both the division and wild card races?
Sam McDowell is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The hard-throwing southpaw will be tied to the northeast Ohio region throughout his life, starting when he attends Cleveland’s Central Catholic High School. He will be signed by the Indians in 1960 and …
Plenty of people have written off the Cleveland Indians this season, thanks in part to a horrific defensive effort, occasionally suspect pitching, and an absolutely anemic offense. Yet somehow, with ten games on the calendar to close out the season, they are lurking just outside of the playoff picture, waiting for a moment to strike. Their series in Minnesota this weekend with the Twins could keep the dream alive or eliminate all doubt.
Cleveland (79-73) stumbled out of the gate in a four-game series with the Houston Astros during the week. The Indians’ bats could not get going on Monday, supplying spot starter Zach McAllister (3-7) with just one run of support in a 3-1 loss. They recovered with four runs, two supplied by Yan Gomes, on Tuesday in an outstanding effort from the starting rotation in a 4-2 win. Carlos Carrasco’s two-hit, 12-strikeout complete game masterpiece was one for the record books on Wednesday, as the Indians blanked the Astros 2-0, powered by more runs from Gomes. Thursday’s game needed 13 innings, but the Indians avoided the split and won the series on a shallow sacrifice fly from Mike Aviles to score Jose Ramirez with the go-ahead run in a 2-1 win.
The Indians are five games in back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. They are four games in back of the free-falling Oakland A’s for the second Wild Card spot and just four and a half games in back of the Wild Card leading Kansas City Royals, with whom the Indians still have four games to finish on the docket. The Royals and Tigers square off for three this weekend.
Cleveland slugger Albert Belle leads off three innings against three different Chicago pitchers with solo home runs in an 8-2 victory for the Indians over the White Sox.
The Indians left fielder has hit five home runs in the last two games …
The Indians win their ninth straight game and clinch their third American League pennant in club history with a 3-2 victory over the Tigers at Briggs Stadium. Cleveland’s Early Wynn earns his 22nd win of the season. Longtime Cleveland pitcher …
The Cleveland Indians dropped a big opportunity over the weekend with a chance to gain significant ground in the divisional and Wild Card races when they were swept by the Detroit Tigers. If any of their playoff hopes are to remain, they will need a big series in the state where everything is bigger as they take on the Houston Astros in Texas for four straight at Minute Maid Park beginning Monday night.
The Indians (76-72) had an opportunity again against the Tigers and watched leads fade away in the late innings over the weekend. On Friday night, the Martinez combo of Victor and J.D. pummeled the Indians into submission, as the two combined for five of the seven Tigers runs in a 7-2 Tribe loss. Alex Avila took Bryan Shaw deep for a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on Saturday to give the Tigers a 5-4 win. Shaw was tagged again on Sunday, as Ian Kinsler’s two-run shot in the seventh put Detroit up for good in a 6-4 win.
The sweep at the paws of the Tigers put Detroit back in the driver’s seat in the American League Central and knocked the Indians six and a half games off the pace in the division. They trail the second AL Wild Card team, the Kansas City Royals, by five games with 14 to play.