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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | May 25, 2017

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Early Runs Off of Tomlin Send Rays to Rout of Tribe; Rays 7, Indians 4

May 17, 2017 |

Alex Cobb kept the Indians bats silent for much of the game and Josh Tomlin did much of the opposite to the Rays, allowing two more home runs and six runs in total while unable to finish the third inning as Tampa Bay took the rubber match in Cleveland, 7-4.

The starting pitching woes for the Indians are becoming a growing concern among those watching a staff heavily affected by significant use or injury over the past couple of years. While it seemed as though Tomlin had figured that out in his first two starts in May, he was unable to give the Indians a good or long outing in Wednesday’s afternoon matinee, following the trend of Carlos Carrasco on Monday (injury) and Danny Salazar on Tuesday (ineffectiveness).

The game started out well in Tomlin’s favor, but quickly fell apart. Read More

The Baseball Bug Goes Splat in Brief Time in Cleveland

May 17, 2017 |

Before there was Slider, there was the Baseball Bug.

But before there were either – or the Phillie Phanatic, or the Pirate Parrot – there was the San Diego Chicken.

Ted Giannoulas put on a chicken costume for a San Diego radio station in 1974. He took his act on the road and became most intrinsically linked with the city’s baseball team, the Padres (ironically, Giannoulas – who finally hung up the chicken suit after the 2016 season – grew up listening to Indians games from Ontario). He really became the godfather of all the mascots. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 17, 1931

May 17, 2017 |

Just one full season after winning the 1929 batting title, the Cleveland Indians send Lew Fonseca to the Chicago White Sox for Willie Kamm. Read More

Salazar Shelled By Four Homers in Tribe Loss; Rays 6, Indians 4

May 16, 2017 |

The Tampa Bay Rays won their Home Run Derby competition with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday night with a 6-4 victory to even the series at one game apiece.

While the 2019 All-Star Game’s Home Run Derby may still be several years away, Danny Salazar looked the part of the fan-driven exhibition’s pitcher in a strange outing for the Indians right-hander. He gave Cleveland five-plus innings of work on the mound, but four homers offset a nine-strikeout performance and proved to be too much to overcome, despite the Indians dealing Rays starter Jake Odorizzi his worst start since his first outing of the season. Read More

Almonte Hits DL, Diaz Optioned, and Armstrong and Zimmer Get the Call

May 16, 2017 |

A busy week of roster transactions continued on Tuesday as the Cleveland Indians made five roster moves prior to their game with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The biggest of the moves is the promotion of top prospect Bradley Zimmer to the big league club. The addition of the fourth-year pro, who can play both center and right field, became a necessity when Abraham Almonte was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a right biceps strain. Read More

Welcome to The Show, Bradley Zimmer

May 16, 2017 |

This season has been a big year for prospect promotions all throughout the MLB. We’ve seen promotions of plenty of top prospects such as the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, and the Giants’ Christian Arroyo. The Indians have joined these teams today as they’ve called up their number one prospect, Bradley Zimmer.

Injuries on top of injuries have been the highlight for the Indians over the last few weeks. After seeing key players like Corey Kluber, Austin Jackson, and Brandon Guyer go down, the Indians are now placing Abraham Almonte on the 10-day disabled list. In lieu of this move, the Tribe has decided to call up Zimmer to replace the ailing Almonte. Read More

Carolina League Had 14 Reasons to Pick McKenzie as Pitcher of the Week

May 16, 2017 |

A gem of an outing last Tuesday by Lynchburg starter Triston McKenzie caught the eyes of all of minor league baseball and the Carolina League rewarded his efforts by naming him the league’s Pitcher of the Week for games played between May 8 and May 14.

The 19-year-old right-hander made just one start during the week, but he made his mark in a dominating effort at home against the Carolina Mudcats that he will likely remember for some time. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 16, 1902

May 16, 2017 |

Three weeks after his release from the Philadelphia Athletics, the Cleveland Bronchos sign outfielder and northeast Ohio native Elmer Flick in a move that will benefit the team for years. Read More

So Much for a Pitchers’ Duel; Indians 8, Rays 7

May 15, 2017 |

What was projected to be an intriguing pitching matchup between Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco and Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer turned into a battle of offenses as the Indians held off a late Rays charge in an 8-7 win on Monday night.

The victory moved the Indians to the 20-win mark on the year as they became just the fourth American League team to reach the level. With the first place Minnesota Twins idle on Monday, the Indians pulled within a half game of the top spot in the AL Central while the Rays dropped to 19-22 on the season. It was the first time that Cleveland has won a home series opener since its very first series of the season against the Chicago White Sox.

The game was marred by early pitching problems for both starters and an early exit for the Tribe right-hander Carrasco, who left early with discomfort in his right pectoral muscle in another hit to an Indians roster heavily afflicted by injuries through the first month and a half of the season. Read More

Cleveland Looks to Keep the Offense Clicking as Tampa Comes to Town

May 15, 2017 |

In need of a big offensive performance on Sunday after scoring just one run in the first two games of their series against the Minnesota Twins over the weekend, manager Terry Francona shuffled some pieces in his lineup and the team responded with eight big runs as the Tribe avoided a sweep and their first four-game losing skid since July of 2015.

The Indians (19-17) will look to use the momentum gained by the big victory in their finale with the Twins to put up a more consistent effort at the plate. In the middle of the pack offensively in the American League, they are averaging 4.22 runs per game this season after their recent slide at the plate. They have been supported by a pitching staff with the fourth-best ERA (3.75) in the league overall, but the worst ERA by a starting staff at 4.73. The bullpen, a perfect 10-for-10 in save opportunities, has picked up the starting five with a 1.84 ERA and has allowed an MLB-low four home runs. The Indians enter one game in back of first place Minnesota, which has a two-game edge in the loss column, and will look to get their record back over the .500 mark at home, where they are currently 7-8. Read More

Shaffer’s Home Run Barrage, Zimmer Heating Up, and More in ClipNotes

May 15, 2017 |

The home woes continued for the Columbus Clippers this week as their roster is light several of its steady contributors in recent seasons.

At 16-19, the Clippers are just a game and a half behind the first place Toledo Mud Hens and a game in back of the second place Indianapolis Indians in the International League’s West Division, despite a shaky start. They have played the second-fewest home games in the IL this season, with just a dozen contests at Huntington Park this season, but that could be a good thing as they have gone 3-9 when playing hosts. Read More

Today in Tribe History: May 15, 1981

May 15, 2017 |

Len Barker joins baseball’s elite as he throws a perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Stadium in a 3-0 win. Read More