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Biggest Cleveland Indians Fan Essay Winner

June 6, 2012 |

This spring the DTTWLN staff and Longfellow Middle School in Lorain City Schools teamed up for an essay contest. Middle schoolers were challenged to write an essay explaining why they are the Biggest Cleveland Indians fans in their school. … Read More

Jimenez Shines, Tribe Triples to Win Series Opener; Indians 4, Tigers 2

June 6, 2012 |

The Indians waltzed into Detroit, Ubaldo Jimenez found his 2010 form for the night, and the Indians beat Detroit for the fourth consecutive time in 2012, 4-2.

The Tigers wasted no time capitalizing on Jimenez’s recent inconsistencies in the bottom of the first inning. Quintin Berry, Detroit’s leadoff hitter, was hit in the foot by a Jimenez pitch. Jimenez struck out Matt Young. Then, with Miguel Cabrera batting, Berry stole second. He could have easily ended up at third as the throw from Lou Marson went into center field, but Jason Kipnis did an excellent job of decoying Berry by getting him to think the ball was in Kipnis’ glove. Cabrera then laced a double into the left field corner that scoredBerry. That was all Detroit could muster, though, as Jimenez got Prince Fielder to foul out and Delmon Young to ground out to short.

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Game Preview #54: Cleveland Indians (28-25) at Detroit Tigers (25-29)

June 5, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Each game is just one of 162. It’s still early. There is a long way to go. There is no reason to panic.

Insert any cliché you would like, but after the Tribe has dropped four of their last six games they take to the road to match up with the Detroit Tigers to start a pivotal nine-game, three city road trip that could be very important in regards to their summer plans. The Tribe is now two and one-half games out of first place and three and one-half games ahead of Detroit in the standings. A poor showing in Detroit could slide the Indians closer to third and be the spark necessary to light the Tigers’ fire.

Tonight is just one game of 162, but it’s the first game of a key road trip against three contenders in the Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.

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Ten Cent Beer Night, A Promotion Gone Terribly Wrong

June 4, 2012 |

Today is the 38th anniversary of the infamous 10-cent beer night at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Here’s an excerpt from “Ohio Sports Trivia,” by J. Alexander Poulton and Did the Tribe Win Last Night staff writer Vince Guerrieri.

Under the ownership of Bill Veeck in the 1940s, the Indians were known for some excellent promotions.

Veeck largely invented the concept of people coming out to the ballpark for events other than baseball, be they a mock funeral for the pennant, like he did in Cleveland in 1949, sending a midget up to bat, like he did when he owned the St. Louis Browns (and he feared this event would be on his tombstone) or a scoreboard that shot off fireworks, like he had at Comiskey Park when he owned the White Sox.

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Dirtbag Kipnis Trying to Play His Way to Midsummer Classic

June 4, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

It hasn’t taken long for Jason Kipnis to shed the label of prospect and earn a different name inside the Indians organization. Beside his work at the plate, including a grand slam in Friday’s 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, the one-time top prospect in the Tribe organization is now “a dirtbag.”

“Being called that in the baseball world is a good thing,” Kipnis said. “It’s not a bad name to have at all. It’s about getting that uniform dirty, and it’s something that I’ve always had in the game. It’s a mentality I have and the way I like to play the game. I play hard, I get dirty, headfirst slide, stuff like that. It’s the way I was taught to play the game and I enjoy it.”

That mentality caught Indians Manager Manny Acta’s eye earlier this year. Acta called Kipnis a dirtbag after a game early in the season, and label stuck. The way Kipnis plays the game made him one of the Indians hottest players in May and one of the best on the team.

After a slow start in April, Kipnis picked up his game, hitting .295 with five home runs and 18 RBI during the month of May. His breakout month catapulted him to the top of the Tribe’s offensive statistics. With Travis Hafner’s and Carlos Santana’s injuries of late, Kipnis has assumed a larger role in the Indians’ offense, but he does not let that pressure affect his play.

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Diamond Helps Twins Beat Tribe, Win Series; Twins 6, Indians 3

June 3, 2012 |

By Ryan Hohman

Minnesota Twins starter Scott Diamond pitched 7 innings without giving up an earned run or walk to lift the Twins over the Cleveland Indians 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in a game where calls and bounces both seemed to go Minnesota’s way.

The Twins had base runners early and often against Tribe starter Justin Masterson. Denard Span walked and stole second to start the game. Joe Mauer wasted no time bringing Span around to score with a single to right field. Shin-Soo Choo fielded Mauer’s ball quickly but his relay throw missed the cut-off man allowing Mauer to turn for second base. Lou Marson gathered Choo’s throw and fired a strike to second, but Asdrubal Cabrera missed the tag on Mauer. This was the first of many bang-bang plays that would go the Twins way over the course of the afternoon.

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Game Preview #53: Minnesota Twins (19-33) at Cleveland Indians (28-24)

June 3, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Saturday evening the Indians let one get away when Josh Tomlin had a rocky first inning and the Indians could not get the timely hit to break open a big inning. Tony Sipp allowed a two run home run to Joe Mauer in the sixth inning and the Twins evened the series at a game a piece with a 7-4 victory.

This afternoon the Tribe will try to win the series against Major League Baseball’s worst team and remain one and one half games back in the American League Central Division standings behind the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox had their nine game winning streak snapped yesterday against the Seattle Mariners.

 

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Chisenhall Looking To Make The Most of Second Chance With Tribe

June 3, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Second chances are often tough to come by, but early in his second chance it appears Lonnie Chisenhall is making the most of his.

Since being recalled from Triple-A on May 28, Chisenhall is hitting .385, with two home runs and three runs batted in. Friday evening he helped the Tribe take control of the game when he lined a two-run home run off Carl Pavano into the seats. The home run gave the Tribe a 2-0 lead and helped catapult them to a 7-1 victory to open the series against Minnesota.

“I’m just trying to control the bat,” Chisenhall said. “You have good months and bad months and I’ve just kept swinging the bat.”

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Shaky Start, Untimely Hitting Allows Twins To Take Second Game Of Series; Twins 7, Indians 4

June 3, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Sometimes one hit makes the difference.

The Minnesota Twins benefitted from timely hitting early to build a lead—and a Joe Mauer homer late—to down the Cleveland Indians 7-4 Saturday evening at Progressive Field. While the Twins capitalized with two outs, the Tribe could not put together a big inning to take control of the game.

Tomlin struggled from the first pitch of the game, allowing base hits to the first three hitters. The Twins took control in the top of the first inning when Denard Span singled to right field and Ben Revere singled to center. Mauer followed with the third consecutive hit to start the game—a single into the right field corner—to score Span and give the Twins an early 1-0 lead without an out being recorded.

After Josh Willingham popped out to shortstop, Justin Morneau singled to right field to score Revere and move Mauer to third base. Ryan Doumit walked to load the bases before Brian Dozier grounded to Casey Kotchman, who threw home for the force play.

“Everything I threw up there, they were taking it, or putting a good swing on it,” Tribe starting pitcher Josh Tomlin said. “I don’t know how to explain it other than that.”

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Today in Tribe History: June 2, 2010

June 2, 2012 |

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga throws a one-hitter in a 3 – 0 win over Cleveland, but in the eyes of many observers he  has pitched a perfect  game. The only baserunner he gives up comes with … Read More

Kipnis and Chisenhall Slam Tribe Past Twinkies; Indians 7, Twins 1

June 2, 2012 |

By Evan Matsumoto

The crisp Cleveland air wasn’t enough to cool off the Indians’ bats Friday night, as they notched a victory over the visiting Twins winning 7-1.

Starter, Derek Lowe, allowed five hits and only one run in 6.2 innings, was backed by an offense that scored seven runs on 14 hits and a defense that bested the Twins for the 11th time in their last 12 meetings.

The big right-hander, who celebrated his 39th birthday Friday, had another strong outing against Minnesota, recording two strikeouts and eleven ground-ball outs, including two double plays, through 108 pitches.

Cleveland’s offense provided run support in the second inning after a low Carlos Pavano pitch made its way from Lonnie Chisenhall’s bat to the right-field seats to put the Tribe up 2-0.

Michael Brantley got a hold of another two-out pitch that scored Shin-Soo Choo from second, giving the Indians a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third.

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Game #51: Minnesota Twins (18-32) at Cleveland Indians (27-23)

June 1, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Birthdays are usually good days to celebrate and reflect on accomplishments of the last year. The Indians are hoping Derek Lowe has a very happy birthday this evening.

Lowe (6-3, 3.25 ERA), who turns 39 today, will take the mound this evening trying to snap the Indians current losing skid and rebound from his worst outing of the season. The Tribe has lost five of their last six games, while Lowe was thumped last Saturday against the Chicago White Sox. Lowe allowed eight runs on 10 hits in only two and one-third innings.

Despite his poor start last week Lowe has become the leader of the starting rotation for the Tribe this season. His ability to induce ground balls keeps opponents from normally putting together big innings and always leaves the double play ball as a possibility. The last time Lowe faced the Twins on May 15, he threw a complete game shutout, allowing only six hits in a 5-0 victory for the Tribe.

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