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Posts By Bob Toth

Admiration for Dale Mitchell

February 4, 2014 |

On the third day of May, Cleveland left fielder Dale Mitchell was still working his way into a regular spot in the Indians lineup.

Nearly two months later, he is one of the most feared hitters in baseball.

It is hard to pinpoint exactly what changed for Mitchell at the plate, but regular playing time certainly seemed to provide him with the eye and opportunity in the batter’s box.

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Early Runs Pace Paige to Victory; Indians 10, Senators 1

February 3, 2014 |

August 30, 1948

Lots of early run support gave Indians Satchel Paige plenty of room to pitch, as Cleveland walloped Washington, 10-1, on Monday evening to earn a series win.

Paige (6-1), making his fifth start of the season for the Indians, was solid. He went the distance, keeping the ball out of a battered Cleveland bullpen for at least a day. He issued one walk with seven hits and allowed just one Senators player to cross home plate successfully. Washington logged just three of those hits prior to the eighth inning. He struck out five batters and lowered his season ERA to 1.66.

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Wynn Wows Indians to Split Twin Bill; Senators 5, Indians 2

February 2, 2014 |

August 29, 1948

Cleveland squandered an early lead and a chance to make up ground in the division, as the Washington Senators took the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader by a 5-2 final.

The loss for the Indians, paired with splits of respective doubleheaders for both Boston and New York, left Cleveland two games in back of the Red Sox and a half-game behind the Yankees.

The Indians jumped on top in the second off of Washington’s Early Wynn.

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Lemon’s Three-Hit Gem Shuts Out Nats; Indians 6, Senators 0

February 2, 2014 |

August 29, 1948

Unaffected by the 90-plus degree temperatures in the nation’s capital, Bob Lemon limited the Senators to just three hits to record his second consecutive complete game shutout and his third in four starts, as the Cleveland Indians defeated Washington in the first of two at Griffith Stadium on Sunday, 6-0.

Lemon (18-11) remained locked in for the Tribe. He won his fifth decision of August while blanking the Senators for nine scoreless frames. He walked three and allowed three singles in the ball game. Six Senators took a seat via strikeout.

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Bullpen Woes Jeopardizing Pennant Push

February 2, 2014 |

August 29, 1948

While in the thick of the pennant race in the American League over the last few weeks, the Cleveland Indians have begun to make it a frustrating habit to be charitable to some of the league’s worst teams.

In six recent games against the lowly White Sox and Senators, the Indians went 2-4.

What may be even more discouraging are the wins lost against the top teams in the American League because the relief corps is failing to provide any relief. Instead of gaining ground in the standings and saving close wins, the team has been repeatedly dealt devastating losses in potentially winnable ball games.

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Indians Baseball is Just Around the Corner

February 2, 2014 |

The weather in northeast Ohio this winter has given baseball fans the feeling that spring will never come.

The Cleveland Indians’ organization and several of its minor league affiliates have done plenty to give fans hope that warmer weather and baseball are closer than they appear.

After very trying and difficult to digest fall and winter sports efforts from the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Cavaliers, many Cleveland fans could benefit from a fresh start with a team that concluded its 2013 campaign with a ten-game regular season winning streak culminating in an American League Wild Card game at home.

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Francona A Proven Winner

January 26, 2014 |

The Cleveland Browns have dominated the airwaves in the city over the majority of the last month while the team searched for its new head coach, less than one year after the hiring of recently dismissed coach Rob Chudzinski.

On Thursday, the team announced the signing of former Buffalo Bills and New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as the new head coach for an organization that has consistently struggled and of late has become the butt of jokes around the nation.

One of the key qualities that Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslem III was looking for in his coaching search was a proven winner. While Pettine has yet to lead a professional team as a head coach, the same could not be said about the Cleveland Indians’ dugout leadership provided by manager Terry Francona prior to his hire last offseason.

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Lemon’s Shutout Earns Doubleheader, Series Sweep; Indians 8, White Sox 0

January 19, 2014 |

August 15, 1948

Cleveland’s Bob Lemon became baseball’s first 16-game winner this season behind an 8-0 complete game shutout of the White Sox on Sunday, completing the series sweep in Chicago.

Lemon (16-10) has shut out the Sox twice this season and has seven total on the year.

He allowed singles in the first and second innings and erased the runners on a caught stealing and a double play. In the third, he allowed a pair of two-out hits with no damage and, in the fourth, allowed the White Sox to load the bases with two outs before striking out Mike Tresh to end the inning.

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Feller Works Effectively Out of Trouble for Win; Indians 6, White Sox 2

January 19, 2014 |

August 15, 1948

Cleveland made three early runs stand and Bob Feller went the distance on the mound as the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, 6-2.

The Indians were the recipient of some sloppy and careless baseball in the first inning against Chicago’s Bill Wight. After a pair of flyouts to start the inning, Lou Boudreau tripled to right center field. Wight walked Eddie Robinson and Joe Gordon to load the bases, and Larry Doby unloaded them with a double to left to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. Ken Keltner was walked and both he and Doby advanced a base on a balk by Wight. Catcher Jim Hegan was intentionally walked with first base open and Feller stepping to the plate, and the move paid off for manager Ted Lyons, as Feller struck out to prevent further damage.

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The Ever Evolving Role of Carlos Santana

January 19, 2014 | | One Comment

News out of the Dominican Republic on Friday from ESPN Deportes added a little more mystery to the Cleveland Indians’ plans on the field for the regular season.

Enrique Rojas provided a story on the offseason exploits of Indians’ former starting catcher Carlos Santana and his time playing with Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Republic Winter League.

The former backstop has added the hot corner to the list of his job responsibilities this winter, hardly a new piece of information at this point in the offseason. Santana’s belief that he would receive more regular playing time at third base was much more the surprise.

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Four Run First Holds As Cleveland Outlasts Chicago; Indians 4, White Sox 2

January 18, 2014 |

August 14, 1948

The Cleveland Indians made a four run first inning count as Steve Gromek outlasted former teammate Al Gettel in a 4-2 victory Saturday.

The Indians did all of their scoring in their first at bats of the game off of Gettel. Dale Mitchell singled to center to start things off. Hal Peck reached on an error at second, as Don Kolloway had the ball go right between his legs. Lou Boudreau singled to right to score Mitchell with the first run.

A sacrifice from Eddie Robinson moved both runners up into scoring position. Joe Gordon punched a two-run double to left to make it 3-0 Cleveland. A groundout from Larry Doby moved Gordon to third, and Ken Keltner drove him in with a single to center. The eighth man to bat, Jim Hegan, popped up to second to end the inning with a 4-0 lead.

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Packed Park Sees Splendid Paige; Indians 5, White Sox 0

January 17, 2014 |

August 13, 1948

A record crowd packed in to Comiskey Park in Chicago on Friday night to watch the White Sox host the Cleveland Indians.

Fans of baseball were not disappointed, as Satchel Paige threw a dominating five-hit complete game shutout as the Indians defeated the White Sox, 5-0, to move back into first place in the American League.

Both starting pitchers, Paige for the Tribe and Randy Gumpert for the Sox, held the opposition in check through the early portions of the game. Paige allowed just a two-out first inning single to Luke Appling through the first four innings. Joe Gordon singled and was erased on a force in the second for the Indians and a pair of fourth inning singles was deleted on an inning-ending double play, preventing Lou Boudreau from scoring from third.

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