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Gonzalez Stifles Tribe Again; Athletics 7, Indians 0

September 1, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

A mystery, an enigma, a puzzle. Whatever you want to call him, the Cleveland Indians have not been able to figure out Oakland A’s starter Gio Gonzalez. It was no different Thursday afternoon as Gonzalez kept the Tribe off the scoreboard for seven innings as Oakland went on to beat Cleveland 7-0 at Progressive Field.

Cleveland, which dropped to 68-66, missed on opportunity to pull a game closer to first-place Detroit. The Tigers lost 11-8 to Kansas City, Thursday. The Indians remained 5.5 game back in the Central Division.

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Matt LaPorta: Failing To Meet Expectations

September 1, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

With Matt LaPorta‘s demotion to AAA Columbus on Tuesday, coupled with Michael Brantley‘s season-ending wrist injuries, the Cleveland Indians currently have nothing to show on the field for their trade of ace pitcher C.C. Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers three years ago.

When Sabathia was traded, Brantley was the fill-in piece. LaPorta was supposed to be the player who blossomed into a star, power-hitting first baseman. To this point, Brantley has become a solid, everyday outfielder. LaPorta has been a disappointment and his demotion is further proof of just how far he is fallen since being a prized prospect just three years ago.

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Injuries Continue To Hamper Tribe

August 30, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

With all the injuries, bad luck and trades that have swept through the Cleveland Indians rotation this season, there were two constants. Justin Masterson and Josh Tomlin formed a top of the otation comparable to most around baseball. Masterson a true ace and Tomlin an innings eater who would keep a team in every ball game.

After that has been a run of starters who have been struggling or have limited experience.

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Prospects Travel Many Paths To Big Leagues

August 29, 2011 |

 

By Craig Gifford

When it comes to rookies, most baseball teams have a plan and like to stick to it. Usually a rookie ready for a promotion to the big leagues, will see a call up when rosters expand in September. This allows the player to get his feet wet in the majors while facing teams who are typically out of the playoff or already have their postseason spot secured. Either way, the young player is probably not going to see the best of the other team, but still gets to player under major league management, in major league parks and in front of major league crowds.

The other scenario is a team knows full well a rookie is ready for big time and he goes into the season on the major league roster.

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Chances Squandered Away; Royals 2, Indians 1

August 29, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

All year Justin Masterson has pitched like an ace for the Cleveland Indians. All year, he has gotten no run support.

The same was true Sunday afternoon as he again went six innings strong, but the Tribe bats mustered only a single run in a 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

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Fans Flock To Ballpark To See Thome

August 27, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

“Batting fourth for your Cleveland Indians …. Jim Thome!”

Yes, those are words Cleveland sports fans became fondly familiar with in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Starting last night, those same fans – and some … Read More

Tribe Down, But Not Out

August 25, 2011 |

 

By Craig Gifford

Thumpings of 12-7 and 9-2 at the hands of the Seattle Mariners, one of the worst teams baseball, means the Tribe’s dream season and chances of winning the AL Central Division championship have gone up in smoke. Right? ….. Wrong!

It does look bad. Cleveland enters Thursday six games behind the front-running Detroit Tigers, a half game ahead of the Chicago White Sox. With 35 games to play, there is not much room for error on this club at this point. However, even in a dark moment, here are some reasons to stay optimistic.

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Masterson Takes Control Of Rotation

August 23, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

In two years, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson has gone from the player nobody wanted in the Victor Martinez trade to becoming the ace of the pitching staff. He has gone from a pitcher no one knew what to do with, to the steps of elite-level starter.

In July of 2009, with the Tribe out of contention for a second straight season, Indians management began trading away veteran talent, that would soon command millions of dollars on the open market, for young players with boatloads of potential. Masterson was one of those players. A second round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2006, the flame-throwing right-hander had tons of potential. The biggest question was where would that potential best be suited?

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Can’t Quite Come All The Way Back; Tigers 8, Indians 7

August 22, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

A weekend series that began with such high hopes for the Cleveland Indians ended in complete despair and has put the Tribe in a bit of a hole in the A.L. Central Division.

When the Indians arrived at Comerica Park to play the first-place Tigers on Friday night, they were a mere 1.5 games out of the top spot. However, following Sunday’s 8-7 loss and sweep at the hands of Detroit, the Indians now come home out of it by a much wider 4.5 games.

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Josh Tomlin: Mr. Consistency

August 19, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

In what has been an inconsistent season for the Indians, starting the year red hot, going ice cold and now warming up again, one player has remained consistent all year.  Through scores of injuries, slumps and players shuttling between the minors and majors, one player for the tribe has not wavered.

That constant for the Indians is starting pitcher Josh Tomlin.

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Omar Vizquel Still Showing The Glove

August 16, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

When Omar Vizquel was essentially let go from the Cleveland Indians following the 2004 season, the thought many fans had was that the great shortstop would be back in a matter of two or three years – serving in a management role following retirement as an active ball player. No one could have imagined Vizquel, then 37 would play into his mid-40s and still be playing against the Tribe seven years later.

It was a difficult decision for then Indians general manager Mark Shapiro, but he ended up letting the popular Vizquel walk away as a free agent in the winter of 2004. The Tribe was in the middle of a rebuilding period, following great success through the late 1990s. Cleveland also had a young, up-an-coming shortstop prospect in Jhonny Peralta who was ready to break out as one of the top hitters at his position. Although Vizquel wanted to stay and the fans wanted him to play out his career in the Wahoo red, white and blue, the Tribe cut ties with Little O and went for the youth movement.

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Tribe Steals Opener From Twins; Indians 3, Twins 2

August 13, 2011 |

 

By Craig Gifford

For seven innings Friday night, the Indians could get plenty of hits. The problem was scoring runs off Minnesota starter Carl Pavano. Once Pavano exited in the bottom of the eighth, the floodgates opened just enough for the Tribe to come away with a 3-2 victory in the first game of three-game set with the Twins at Progressive Field.

The victory kept the Indians within three games of the Central Division’s first-place Tigers, who also won Friday.

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