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Ez-ily Slipping Away; White Sox 4, Indians 2

July 25, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

One game does not make a season. Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to the Chicago White Sox felt like a major turning point in the Cleveland Indians’ 2011 season though. Just like the fly ball hit to Ezequiel Carrera in the top of the sixth, the team looked to be in control most of the way, only to see things slip away at the most unexpected and last second. The Indians, who started the season 30-15, with timely hitting, squeeze plays and solid defense were left with more errors than runs scored on Sunday.

Another outstanding performance was squandered by Justin Masterson. Masterson only allowed one earned run in seven innings and four hits. But with the game tied in the top of the sixth inning and two outs, Masterson had to begin to feel like the pitcher’s mound was an island and he was alone on it. Masterson induced Adam Dunn to hit a fly ball to centerfield. The routine fly ball should have been caught and ended the inning, but instead Carrera lost the ball in the sun and it glanced off his glove. Both runners scored, giving the White Sox a 3-1 lead.

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Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven, Indians for a Time, Hall of Famers Forever

July 24, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Today, two great ballplayers have the honor of being inducted into the most selective brotherhood in all of baseball. Those men, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven, both spent some of their careers with the Cleveland Indians. While Alomar only had to wait one extra year to get his invite to Cooperstown, it was a long journey for Blyleven to finally be able to sign “HOF” after his signature.

 

 

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Let’s Make A Deal: Willingham Willingness?

July 23, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

The Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics have been rumored in trade talks for several days. The Indians are desperate to land an outfield bat, while the Athletics have two, possibly three outfielders available. I had the chance to have an extensive email conversation regarding trade possibilities with Oakland Athletics blogger, David Wishinsky. David runs the blog, The Todd Van Poppel Rookie Card Retirement Plan and you can follow him on twitter at @tvprcretireplan.

The chat is a bit extensive, but if you are an Indians fan with an eye on an Athletics outfielder, you will quickly see they are available for a fair price.

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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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Weekend Preview: White Sox vs. Indians

July 22, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians return home Friday evening for a nine game home stand after going 4-4 on their trips to Baltimore and Minnesota. The Indians have to be feeling a little disappointed about the trip though. After winning the first two games of each series (including sweeping a double-header against the Twins), the Indians could not find a way to capitalize on opportunities and ended up losing the last two games of each series. What could have been a week of building separation from the Tigers ended up being a trip that saw us still neck and neck with Detroit in the standings.  Read More

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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What The Tribe Should NOT Do At The Deadline

July 21, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Sports Anchors, Talk Radio Hosts and (worst of all) Callers to Talk Radio Hosts think they have all the answers when it comes to what the Indians need to do to make a push for the postseason this year.  While some of the ideas are good (get a good veteran starter, get another good bat), there have been many that shouldn’t have even been mentioned.  My goal here is to point out the things that the Indians should not even consider doing before the trade deadline approaches.
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Indians Drop Series Finale To Twins; Twins 7, Indians 5

July 20, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Despite a gritty effort, from an undermanned team, the Indians lost the series finale 7-5 in Minnesota, Wednesday afternoon. Michael Brantley was unavailable for the second day in a row with a stomach virus. Travis Buck was still suffering from a headache from Tuesday evening’s hit by pitch.

Minnesota took an early lead when Alexi Casilla doubled home Ben Revere. Joe Mauer followed to single home Casilla and give the Twins an early 2-0 lead. Mauer dominated the Indians throughout the entire series.

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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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Tribe Lets Game Slide Away In Ninth; Twins 2, Indians 1

July 20, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

A fantastic pitching performance by Justin Masterson was squandered in the ninth inning, as the Indians lost to the Minnesota Twins, 2-1 on Tuesday evening. Masterson threw seven and two-thirds of shutout baseball, allowing only four hits in a sweltering heat. The game time temperature was 94 degrees.

The game was tied until the top of the fifth inning when Lou Marson singled to right. Travis Buck was hit by a pitch in the head. Buck appeared ok, but was removed from the game, and replaced by Luis Valbuena. Ezeiquel Carrerra followed to load the bases. A hitter later, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to right and Marson scored giving the Tribe a 1-0 lead.

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Bullpen Mafia: Burying Games All Season

July 19, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Filthy, dominating, unhittable, down-right scary.

Those are all words that can be used to describe this season’s Cleveland Indians relief pitching corps – or as those players like to refer to themselves, “The Bullpen Mafia.”

While the starting rotation could be described as decent and the battling lineup, perhaps iffy, it’s the bullpen that has the Indians contending this year in the American League Central Division.

Even after a shaky weekend in Baltimore, the first bad stretch all season for the group, one has to be confident when one of those arms enters a game.

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Carmona Returns To Help Sweep Twins; Indians 6, Twins 3

July 19, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Fausto Carmona, like most of the season, did not have his best stuff, but he did battle for six gritty innings, and more timely hitting gave the Indians a 6-3 victory in game two of the doubleheader. The victory gave the Tribe a sweep of the twin bill.

Carmona gave up a base hit to Alexi Casilla in the bottom of the third inning. Austin Kearns had to fall to his knees to keep the ball in front of him. Once Kearns made a sloppy throw to the cutoff man, Casilla turned his sure single into a hustle double. Joe Mauer followed with a base hit to score Casilla and give the Twins an early 1-0 lead.  Carmona struggled through the inning, but otherwise, left it unscathed.

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