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Prior to Saturday’s game, the Cleveland Indians made yet another transaction that directly affected their bullpen, as reliever Austin Adams was optioned back to Columbus for the second time in the first ten games of the season to make room for starting pitcher Danny Salazar.
The move paid off for the starting rotation, as Salazar struck out ten in one of the strongest outings he has had in his short Major League career, scattered now over parts of three seasons. The team was able to recall him and insert him into the rotation after Zach McAllister lost his starting spot that he had earned out of Spring Training, maybe as much by default as anything else. The veteran right-hander was out of options and neither Salazar nor the injured Josh Tomlin showed that they could handle the pressures of being out there every fifth day.
It took a little longer than hoped, but the Cleveland Indians got off the schneid and finally notched their first home win, just in time to hit the road. The club travels to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Twins this weekend as the Indians face their third AL Central foe in the first two weeks of the baseball season.
The Indians split their two-game series with the Chicago White Sox earlier in the week. The Tribe got a scare on Tuesday night, as starter Carlos Carrasco exited the game after just two batters after being hit by a line drive. Cleveland could not get to Sox starter Jose Quintana, who was shaky at best on the mound, and Chicago held on to a 4-1 victory. Behind another strong start from Trevor Bauer, the Indians claimed the short set finale on Wednesday afternoon, holding on for a 4-2 win to break the team’s four game losing streak.
1940 – Cleveland’s 21-year-old Bob Feller opens the season in unhittable fashion, blanking the White Sox in Chicago by a 1-0 final in the first and only Opening Day no-hitter in Major League Baseball history.
Feller kept the White Sox …
Most homecomings have a good deal of fanfare and jubilation. While fans were welcomed back into a new-look Progressive Field on Friday for the first time with live Cleveland Indians baseball in 2015, the on-the-field results paled in comparison to what many have considered a positive and successful ballpark renovation project amidst an awful winter of cold and snow.
As for the actual game action, the weekend could have gone a little bit better for the Cleveland Indians…
Okay, a lot.
With a key early season rivalry series at stake against Detroit, a celebratory weekend with the return of baseball to the shores of Lake Erie was spoiled and tainted as the Tigers pummeled the Indians into early submission and left Cleveland with some serious questions just one week into the season.
1911 – Tragedy strikes the Cleveland Naps franchise as, just two days after his 31st birthday, pitcher Addie Joss dies from tubercular meningitis.
Joss debuted with the Cleveland franchise, then still the Bronchos, in 1902. He won 17 games and …
The no-hitter is easily one of the most exciting events to witness on a baseball field and for those who follow the Cleveland Indians, it has been some time now since fans were treated to such an elusive piece of history.
A certain amount of talent and a degree of luck is involved in being able to walk away as an elite member of the “No-Hit Club” and the Indians very nearly added to that group on Thursday afternoon in a 5-1 victory over the Astros in Houston.
The day’s starter, Trevor Bauer, has shown a flare of being unhittable in the past, but luck was not quite on his side as some effective wildness led to a higher-than-desired pitch count after six innings, courtesy in large part to his five walks and career-high eleven strikeouts. None of the first nine batters of the game saw less than four pitches in their first trip through and high pitch counts to many batters continued throughout the game. After manager Terry Francona handed the ball to the third reliever of the game, lefty Nick Hagadone, in the bottom of the ninth, a solo one-out blast off of the bat of Jed Lowrie left the Indians two outs short of their first no-hitter since 1981.
1960 – Just over four months after acquiring him in a seven-player trade from the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians and general manager Frank Lane send Norm Cash to the Detroit Tigers for infielder Steve Demeter.
Cash, who had …