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The playoffs are a distant dream now for the Cleveland Indians, but playing spoilers became reality over the weekend as they blasted the Minnesota Twins for 34 runs while taking two of three from their reeling division rival. Those Twins, who has now dropped eight of their last ten, have lost the strong grip they once held over one of the two American League Wild Card spots.
Now, the New York Yankees (61-49) come to town after being swept by the hard-charging Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend. The series sweep at the hands of their division rival cut their lead in the AL East down to one and a half games, while the Blue Jays have strengthened their hold on the Wild Card spot in the league. The Yankees team managed just one run in 28 innings against the Blue Jays, who are far better known for their offense than their pitching, and were shut out in back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday. A second inning leadoff homer on Friday marks the last run that they have scored, leaving 26 scoreless frames in their wake since.
Meanwhile, the Indians (51-59) finally displayed some of the offense that the club has been lacking throughout the entire season. They fell a run short on Friday night, as a ninth inning home run from long-time enemy Torii Hunter gave the Twins a 10-9 win in a back-and-forth slugfest. The Indians got an early start on the fireworks on Saturday and erupted for 17 runs on 19 hits in a 17-4 win. Staff ace Corey Kluber took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday and the Indians gave him plenty of runs of support in his complete game 8-1 victory.
When word began to spread around the internet like fire on Friday that the Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves were engaged in trade talks once again, it seemed like a tease of something quite possibly too good to be true for Tribe fans.
When the rumors became reality, the overwhelming sense of elation and glee was palpable.
How on earth had Indians general manager Chris Antonetti pulled it off? Not only had he found a taker for the disastrous and backbreaking contract that was obligated to Nick Swisher, but he had peddled Michael Bourn and his similarly immoveable pact into the same deal! And to top that off, he managed to do so while conducting business with a far more veteran general manager in John Hart, a name familiar enough in Tribe lore for his legacy in sculpting the 1990s Indians teams that the city remains enamored with to this day. It was not some rookie general manager that Antonetti was fleecing. Why would the Braves make this deal just to part with Chris Johnson, knowing full well how little the two returning players had contributed and played over the last season and a half?
The Cleveland Indians announced on Friday afternoon that the team had agreed to send outfielder Michael Bourn and outfielder/first baseman/designated hitter Nick Swisher to the Atlanta Braves with cash for infielder Chris Johnson, drastically changing the team’s future.
It comes on the heels of the club creating a new and horrifyingly frustrating way to hit the loss column as they dropped an opportunity to come home from a seven-game road trip on the positive side of the ledger. Instead, one out away from achieving that goal, Cody Allen lost all control and the Indians dropped a heart-breaker to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday afternoon in an ever-present reminder that this season has fallen far short of the lofty expectations placed on it at the beginning of the year.
1923 – Indians first baseman and right fielder Frank Brower has himself a career day at the plate as Cleveland stomps the Washington Senators, 22-2, at Griffith Stadium.
Brower, the number seven hitter in the Tribe lineup, is a perfect …
2002 – Future Indians slugger Travis Hafner makes his Major League debut with the Texas Rangers in a pinch-hitting opportunity in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers.
Hafner entered with two outs in the ninth against knuckleballer Steve Sparks, …
2001 – “The Comeback” happens on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball as the Cleveland Indians score 13 unanswered runs to shock the Seattle Mariners, 15-14, in eleven innings.
Dave Burba, 9-8 with a 6.21 ERA coming in through 21 starts, matched …
1915 – Luke Easter is born in Jonestown, Mississippi, according to a birth certificate and census research, but not necessarily by the future Indians player himself.
The big left-handed hitting first baseman and outfielder seemed to have some fun with …
Even though it is now the first week of August, the Cleveland Indians are still facing opponents they have yet to see this season. This week, the Indians take on the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for the first time this season.
The Indians (48-56) split in Oakland, taking the first two games behind strong complete game starting pitching efforts, then dropping the final two games as the offense remained notably absent, as has been the trend throughout the entire season. The Indians mustered just seven runs in the split, made possible as the pitching limited the Athletics to just nine games of their own in the four-game series.