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A pair of Indians represented the city of Cleveland on the American League All-Star roster for the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday evening.
While starting pitcher Justin Masterson was a no-show on the field due to the decisions of AL manager Jim Leyland, second baseman Jason Kipnis added the late and ever important insurance run as the AL stars defeated those of the National League at Citi Field in Flushing, New York, by a 3-0 final.
For the last three seasons, the Cleveland Indians have been waiting for Lonnie Chisenhall to completely appear on the scene in the Major Leagues.
He may have finally arrived.
The 24-year-old third baseman started the season on the Indians’ Opening …
The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals will conclude the unofficial first half of the 2013 regular season with a three-game weekend set at Progressive Field prior to this year’s All-Star festivities from Citi Field in New York.
The Royals …
There are games over the course of a 162-game schedule that feel like they were winnable games. Tonight was one of those games that got away from the Cleveland Indians.
A three-run ninth inning, capped off by a bases-clearing single by Munenori Kawasaki, gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 win over the Indians on Wednesday night.
If it feels like it has been a long time since the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays met up, you are right.
The Indians (46-43) took two of three from the Blue Jays to open the season at Rogers Centre. Both Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez were stellar against the Jays, each pitching six innings and allowing one run on three hits. Masterson earned the win in his start, while Jimenez was hit with a no-decision after a ninth inning blown save. The team is 8-19 against the American League East.
The Blue Jays (43-45) had an impressive eleven-game winning streak in June. However, in the time since, they are just 5-9 and had not won a series until taking two of three from Minnesota this weekend.
In the first game after a players’ meeting following ugly losses to the Detroit Tigers on Friday and Saturday, the Cleveland Indians offense provided some solid run support and starter Corey Kluber provided the team with a dominating quality start. The bullpen, however, must not have been present for the meeting.
Thankfully for the Indians and their fans, Michael Brantley had a career day at the plate, including the go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Indians a 9-6 win.
Monday, July 1st, 2013 – the Cleveland Indians head to Kansas City, Missouri, sitting alone in first place.
Excitement seemed to be building around the club, even though there is a strong contingent of fans who have been unwilling to commit to the team after several midseason collapses in the last several years.
The uncertainty felt by so many fans has been noticed by the unfortunate amount of empty seats around the beautiful ball yard that is Progressive Field, or Jacobs Field for those of you who still refuse to let go of that element of the past.
After a successful, yet somehow disappointing, 7-4 record on their eleven-game road trip through Baltimore, Chicago, and Kansas City, the Cleveland Indians return home and welcome the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers to Progressive Field.
The Tigers (46-38) may have snapped out of the funk they were in at the end of June. After starting the month 13-8, they dropped five of their last six to the Los Angeles Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays. They are 6-2 on the season against the Indians, including 2-0 in Cleveland.
The Indians (45-40) dropped two of three in Kansas City against the Royals to lose their first series since being swept by the Tigers towards the end of their eight-game losing streak in June. They will end the unofficial first half of the season at home with ten straight games before the All-Star break, beginning with four against Detroit, followed by three against Toronto, and three more against Kansas City.
The Cleveland Indians ride their four-game winning streak into Missouri to take on the Kansas City Royals for a three-game weekend series.
The Indians (44-38) stormed into Chicago and swept away the White Sox in a four-game sweep, improving their record on their eleven-game road trip to 6-2. They split with Baltimore to start the roadie. Cleveland has won or split each of the last six series since ending their long losing skid to begin June. They finished the month 15-13.
The Royals (38-41) split a four-game series over the weekend with the Minnesota Twins, remaining in the third place in the AL Central. Kansas City trails Cleveland in the season series, 4-3, but split the two teams’ previous series at Kauffman Stadium.
Friday night’s doubleheader sweep by the Cleveland Indians over the host Chicago White Sox proved a lot of things about the Indians ballclub.
Along with the never-say-die attitude, the heart, and the resiliency that they showed over the course of 18 grueling innings, a rain delay, and nearly eight hours of game action, two young pitchers also showed that they are not quite ready for the big league stage.
A lengthy rain delay in their finale with the Orioles prolonged the Cleveland Indians’ stay in Baltimore into the midnight hour, prior to departing for four games in three days in Chicago against the southside White Sox.
The Indians (40-38) have not lost a series since ending their eight-game losing skid to begin June. In their last five series, the club has won four three-game series and split on a four-game set during the week with the O’s. Capitalizing on a recent three-game losing streak by the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland has pulled within two and a half games of the lead in the American League Central.
The White Sox (32-43) enter the weekend series with Cleveland nine games behind front-running Detroit for the divisional lead and nine and a half games out of the wild card race in the AL. Reports Thursday evening indicated the club has made all players, with the exception of starting pitcher Chris Sale and first baseman Paul Konerko, available for trade and that several players have already been discussed.
The Cleveland Indians begin an eleven-game road trip Monday with a four-game set at Oriole Park at Camden Yard against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Indians (38-36) seem to have rebounded from an awful start to the month of June. They have now won four consecutive series, taking two of three in Texas, then winning all three home series against Tampa, Kansas City, and Minnesota. They improved to 9-11 in the month.
The Orioles (42-34) are suddenly reeling after being swept by the resurgent Toronto Blue Jays this weekend. Baltimore is the last of the American League East teams to pair up with Cleveland this season. They will make a trip to Progressive Field at the beginning of September.