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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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Time To Honor Thome

August 12, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

It was the summer of 2002. The Indians, who had enjoyed a renaissance period of eight winning seasons, six playoff trips and two World Series appearances, were in the midst of their first losing season since 1993. Years of having high-priced stars like Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez and others walk way for more dollars were finally catching up.

One constant remained, however. That was first baseman Jim Thome. Clevelanders loved Thome and thought he would be the megastar to take a little less money on the open market and play out his career with the Tribe. Why shouldn’t they have thought that? Thome claimed to love the city as much as it loved him. He went so far as to say in the summer of ’02 that his Indians jersey would have to be ripped off him for him to leave town when his free agency came up in the winter. The fans embraced those words and embraced Thome as he became the franchises all-time career home run king with 334. The question was, how many more would hit?

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Kipnis Takes Pennant Race By Storm

August 11, 2011 |

 

By Craig Gifford

It’s not supposed to be this easy. Not for a rookie. Not for a kid just over two years removed from his last college baseball game. It’s not supposed to be as easy as Jason Kipnis is making it look.

It’s been almost three weeks since the rookie phenom made his debut with the Indians on July 22. Since then, the young second baseman has looked every bit the future star he is projected to be.

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Kipnis and Jimenez Lead Tribe In Rout; Indians 10, Tigers 3

August 11, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Two new Indians earned their feathers Wednesday night. One a rookie and the other a veteran. Either way, it spelled a 10-3 victory for the Indians over the Tigers, drawing the Tribe to within two games of front-running Detroit in the American League Central Division.

First-year second baseman Jason Kipnis, had his best game as a pro, leading the offense with five hits. His evening included his sixth home run and three RBI (11 on the year). Ubaldo Jimenez, whom the Indians received in a trade with the Rockies around the time of Kipnis’ call up, had a huge start. The ace allowed just three runs in eight innings. More importantly, he saved a weary bullpen that was stretched to the limit in pitching 12 innings of the Tribe’s marathon Tuesday night win.

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Offensive Help On The Way For Tribe

August 10, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

The Major League Baseball trade deadline came and went last month without the Indians acquiring a middle-of-the-order bat that is sorely needed if they hope to run down the Detroit Tigers and win the American League Central Division crown. Never fear, however, next week the Tribe will get that bat in its lineup without giving anything up.

It was announced Tuesday night that Shin-Soo Choo, currently on a minor league rehab assignment with the Lake County Captains, is expected to be available by sometime next week. That is welcome news. Ever since Choo injured his thumb on a hit by pitch on June 24, the Indians have scrambled to replace the right fielder’s production in the line up and the outfield.

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Ellsbury Does It Again; Red Sox 4, Indians 3

August 4, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Jacoby Ellsbury is fast becoming a thorn in the Indians side.

On Tuesday night, Ellsbury delivered in the ninth inning with a game-winning single for the Red Sox. On Wednesday night, he again broke the hearts of the Tribe faithful, hammering a solo home run in the final frame. The first long ball allowed all season by reliever Joe Smith led to a Boston 4-3 victory Wednesday evening at Fenway Park. Worse, it dropped the Indians to .500 (54-54) and four game behind the Detroit Tigers, who again defeated the Texas Rangers.

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