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Where was that homestand at all season long?
After posting one of the worst home records over the course of the year, the Cleveland Indians finally gave their home fans something to cheer about during the week, as they won a pair of series against two playoff contending teams, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees. Now, they will rematch with the Twins on their home turf of Target Field for a three-game series to start the Indians’ eleven-game, four-city road trip.
The Indians (53-60) continued to torment teams in the playoff hunt by winning their first of two series against the Yankees this season. It took 16 innings on Tuesday night to declare a winner, but Michael Brantley’s walkoff single in extras gave the Indians their third straight win. They extended that to four straight on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory in a well-pitched game from Danny Salazar. A large early deficit did not stop the Indians from clawing back into the game, but they just ran out of time as they dropped an 8-6 final on Thursday to miss out on the sweep.
2003 – Probably one of the more improbable players to do so, the Indians’ Travis Hafner hits for a cycle in Minneapolis as Cleveland defeats Minnesota, 8-3.
Hafner, playing designated hitter and batting sixth in the Indians lineup, started his …
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?