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Nap Lajoie knocks his 3,000th hit of his Major League career against Detroit off of Pug Cavet. Lajoie joins a then exclusive club, including just Honus Wagner and Cap Anson, as the only players to reach the milestone.
The 1914 season was Lajoie’s …
After an exciting, but ultimately disappointing, end to the 2013 season that thrust the Cleveland Indians back into the playoffs for the first time since 2007, there were lofty expectations on the team heading into 2014.
The team that ripped off ten straight wins to wrap up an incredible month of September last year was nearly identical to the squad set to take the field this season, especially in the field. With Terry Francona at the helm and the expectation that the young team could play just as well, if not better, than they had a year ago in a division that looked very much up for grabs gave some hope to Tribe fans that last year was just a taste of what the Indians would be able to do on the field for several years to come.
Instead, plenty of things went wrong and it all started last offseason with the Indians’ unwillingness to add to the existing cast of characters.
Cleveland’s Herb Score breaks the rookie record for strikeouts, set by Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander’s 227 in 1911 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Score would finish the season with 245 strikeouts, leading all of baseball. His record still stands in the …
With each passing day, the 2014 Major League Baseball regular season gets closer and closer to its end. Despite a disappointing season on many levels, the Cleveland Indians find themselves still in the mix for a potential playoff berth for a second season in a row. As the club heads to Detroit to face the second-place Tigers in a pivotal three-game series, they must find a way to leave town with a series win, if not a sweep altogether.
The Indians (76-69) kept pace within the division with their approach of winning series. After a disappointing 4-3 loss on Tuesday, capped by four straight fourth inning hits by the Twins, Cleveland and Minnesota were rained out on Wednesday. In a traditional doubleheader on Thursday afternoon, Corey Kluber continued his Cy Young pursuit and won his 15th game of the season in an 8-2 trouncing in game one. T.J. House was equally as dominant again on the mound and Carlos Santana’s two RBI lead the way to a 2-0 Indians win.
Cleveland comes into this key series four games in back of Kansas City in the AL Central and three and a half games behind Detroit for second place in the division and for the second AL Wild Card spot. They have won nine series since the beginning of August, split a pair of two gamers, and lost just two (two gamer in Cincinnati, four game set with Detroit in Cleveland), not including the Monday makeup game loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The team is 24-14 (.632) in this stretch.
Cleveland fires manager Doc Edwards and replaces him with scout John Hart.
Edwards had managed just one full season and parts of two others for the Indians after four years as a minor league manager for the organization from 1982 …
Outfielder/designated hitter Ellis Burks is born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The former first round pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 1983 amateur draft spent three seasons towards the end of his career in an Indians uniform from 2001 to …
To be a playoff team, one has to take advantage of teams who are struggling, especially teams within one’s own division. That is the situation the Cleveland Indians face this week, as they play host to the Minnesota Twins for three games at Progressive Field.
The Indians (74-68), after sweeping Chicago in three straight, welcomed the Los Angeles Angels to town on Monday for a makeup game of a June rainout. The game did not go as hoped, as the red-hot Halos blasted four home runs, including two in a six-run fifth inning off of Danny Salazar, on the way to a 12-3 win to improve on their Major League-best record.
Cleveland remained five games in back of Kansas City despite the loss, as the Royals dropped the first of their three-game series in Detroit with the Tigers 9-5 on Monday. With the win, the Tigers pulled within a game of the Royals for first place. The Indians have three road games remaining in Detroit and three games against Kansas City in Cleveland, in addition to the completion of the suspended game. The Tribe is four and a half games in back of Seattle for the second Wild Card spot and five and a half behind Oakland, who has won just eight of their last 27 games.
Twenty-one-year old Lou Boudreau makes his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians, taking over for Ken Keltner at third base in an 11-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The future seven-time American League All-Star, 1944 AL batting champion, 1948 …
A six-run fifth inning, capped by a pair of home runs, set the stage for a sunny afternoon that felt much more gloomy for the Cleveland Indians as they were pummeled 12-3 by Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels in a makeup game on Monday.
Indians starter Danny Salazar (6-7), making his first start since an eight-hit complete game shutout against Detroit last week, had just one inning today in which a runner was not on base. He dodged a jam in the first inning, when the first two batters reached safely, but he worked a double play and a strikeout to escape harm. Walks in the second and third innings had runners on base, but again, no one scored.
In the fifth inning, things got ugly.
The Cleveland Indians busted out the brooms and swept Chicago over the weekend, making up for a horrible start against the White Sox this season to edge out the season series, ten games to nine. Monday, they will host the Los Angeles Angels in a makeup game from a rainout on June 18th.
The Indians (74-67) managed to win three games while scoring just seven runs. It was all possible thanks to the continued strong starting pitching that limited the White Sox to just two runs in the three games. Cleveland won Friday night in ten innings, 2-1, on a bases loaded, pinch-hit single by David Murphy in his first at bat off of the disabled list. Corey Kluber went the distance on Saturday night, allowing just five hits in a 3-1 win. Carlos Carrasco just missed a complete game of his own on Sunday, lasting a career-best eight and two-thirds inning in a four-hit shutout, 2-0.
The Tribe trails Kansas City by five games in the American League Central and Seattle by three and a half games in the AL Wild Card race. They are three games behind Detroit in both races.