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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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The Men Behind The Dish

August 3, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

The success of the Cleveland Indians pitching staff has been well documented due to they way they have performed this season. The bullpen is among the best in baseball. The starting staff has been above average. Youngsters such as Josh Tomlin, Justin Masterson, Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith are having breakout seasons.  The work of pitching coach, Tim Belcher, can be credited with a lot of the staff’s succuess.

More importantly, and what gets overlooked at times, is the consistency of the men behind the plate. With nearly every other position on the diamond going through some sort of flux this year, due to either injury or minor league call ups, Carlos Santana and back up Lou Marson have been the only two signal callers Tribe pitchers have thrown to all season.

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Disappointing Defeat; Royals 5, Indians 3

August 1, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

What loomed as a key homestand just a little over a week ago ended Sunday in defeat, much like the majority of the stretch.

The Indians fell to 52-51, 2.5 games behind the Tigers in the Central Division, with a 5-3 defeat at the hands fo the Kansas Royals Sunday. The loss ended a homestand of promise at a disappointing 2-6. Both wins came in the Tribe’s last at bat, meaning Cleveland was very lucky to even come away with a win over the eight games in front of a Progressive Field crowd.

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What Fukudome Brings To The Tribe

July 29, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

If nothing else, the Cleveland Indians are at least buyers at this year’s trade deadline and making moves to try and make some noise in the American League Central Division THIS year rather than a couple years from now.

After watching their team trade away All-Stars and solid veterans in exchange for promising prospects the last thee years, Tribe fans saw how the other half live Thursday morning ….. well, sort of.

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One Big Mistake, Bats Stay Silent; White Sox 3, Indians 0

July 23, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Carlos Carrasco would probably love to have his fifth inning pitch to Chicago White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin back.

It was with one out that Quentin sent a 2-1 Carrasco pitch over the left field wall for a three-run home run. That was all the White Sox needed as starter Gavin Floyd silenced the Indians’ bats, giving Chicago 3-0 victory over the Tribe at Progressive Field Friday night.

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Asdrubal Cabrera: This Generation’s Omar

July 21, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

When it comes to shortstops, Cleveland Indians fans have been lucky over the last couple decades.

Between Omar Vizquel from the mid 90s to early 2000s and Asdrubal Cabrera now, Tribe followers have witnessed two of the best at their position. Even Jhonny Peralta, the guy in between then and now, was, at the least, a very good hitting shortstop for several seasons.

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The End of Grady Sizemore?

July 20, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Grady Sizemore‘s third trip the disabled list this season may well signal the end of an era for the Cleveland Indians. Frankly, it may be time for the Tribe to start thinking about life without its one time star center fielder.

From 2005-2009, Sizemore was one of the top players on the team. He was arguably the best center fielder in the game during that stretch and one of the top handful of players in the American League. When Sizemore was at his peak, he was one of the best to ever wear the Wahoo red, white and blue.

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