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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | May 22, 2015

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The Greatest Summer Ever: Alan Embree

May 19, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #23 Alan Embree.

Alan Embree started his Major League career as a September call-up in the 1992 season.  At this time, he was a young, left handed starting pitcher who was coming off of a fantastic year in the minor leagues where he won a combined 17 games with a 2.85 ERA for High-A Kinston and Double-A Canton-Akron.  His big league numbers that September were not as impressive, as the 22 year old Embree struggled through his only four Major League starts with an 0-2 record and a 7.00 ERA.  With being so young and successful in the Minor Leagues, however, Embree had the makings of a solid young starting pitcher.

Embree’s left elbow had other plans in mind.  Embree hurt his throwing elbow playing catch before the 1993 spring camp opened, and this injury sidelined him for almost the entire year.  Embree was able to make one start for Canton-Akron in ’93, and was on the shelf for the rest of the season.

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Series Preview #13: Cleveland Indians (14-22) at Chicago White Sox (17-17)

May 18, 2015 |

If only the Cleveland Indians could find a way to play all of their road games in the state of Texas.

After concluding their second series win and pulling off the ever elusive series-opening win on Friday night, the Indians ended the Texas portion of their schedule with a 4-2 record on the season. The Lone Star State just happens to be the site of the Indians only two series wins on the season, which would seem to be a bad factoid as the team moves on to Illinois to take on the Chicago White Sox in a four-game series this week.

The Indians got that rare series opening win on Friday against the Rangers in an 8-3 final as the bullpen supported strong efforts from Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, and Nick Swisher at the plate. Kipnis continued his excellence of late with a three-hit night and drove in the deciding runs with two outs in the top of the ninth in a 10-8 victory on Saturday. With the opportunity for a sweep, Carlos Carrasco threw a complete game but the Indians offense slumbered in a 5-1 loss on Sunday.

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Gomes, House Join Clippers on Rehab Assignments

May 18, 2015 |

Cleveland announced Sunday that catcher Yan Gomes and pitcher T.J. House will join the Columbus Clippers to continue their rehab assignments on Monday. House is scheduled to start for the Clippers on Wednesday against Buffalo.

Gomes and House started their rehab assignments with Class-A Lake County, where both looked sharp. In two games with Lake County, Gomes went 2-4 at the plate and scored a run. House struck out five over three scoreless innings in a start against the Dayton Dragons on May 15. Gomes caught all three of House’s innings on the hill.

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How Long Will Tribe Fly Under the Radar?

May 18, 2015 |

After 36 games, the cliché, “It’s early,” is starting to get a little late in its usage. Most consider 40 games—the quarter mark of the season—to be the expiration of “early.” Some others consider Memorial Day as the landmark of early’s expiration. Regardless, both will be achieved this week.

And since the season started the Indians have warned us that it was early and not to panic. Teams get off to slow starts all the time. Nobody is better at calming fears than the Tribe as they roll out the, “our record was this a year ago, or two years ago.” Cleveland wakes up this Monday morning at 14-22, nine games back of first place Kansas City, and the second worst record in the American League. For the record, after 36 games, the Indians were 17-19 a year ago and 21-15 two years ago when they made the playoffs. Just as meaningful, the Indians were 11-25 in 1987 when they were Sports Illustrated’s pick to win the World Series.

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Kipnis Returning to All-Star Worthy Form

May 17, 2015 |

Sometimes, change is good. This particular change is the kind that could force Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis to make different plans than some of his teammates for the All-Star break this season.

When Indians manager Terry Francona shuffled up the lineup card a few weeks ago, Kipnis was elevated into the leadoff spot more out of necessity than because he was showing steady production at the plate. It was the continued struggles of the incumbent game starter Michael Bourn that precipitated the move and forced Francona’s hand to pencil Kipnis in as the first man up nightly.

The move has paid off and continues to do so, day after day, night after night. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Wayne Kirby

May 16, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #24 Wayne Kirby.

When a player finishes fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting, logic says that the player is supposed to turn into a starting caliber player.  The only problem with this logic, however, is that sometimes you have All-Stars and potential Hall of Famers blocking your way from ever being a full time starter again after your superb rookie season.

Such was the case for Wayne Kirby, who finished only behind Tim Salmon, Jason Bere and Aaron Sele in the 1993 Rookie of the Year Award standings.  Kirby had a very solid rookie season, batting .269 with 6 homeruns, 60 RBI and 17 stolen bases batting primarily in the number two slot in the batting order.  He also led American League outfielders with 19 assists.  Kirby seemed to have the makings of a solid everyday right fielder.  The Tribe could have done a whole lot worse than writing Kirby’s name in the outfield everyday with budding star Kenny Lofton and All-Star Albert Belle.  To the people whose only focus is on the Major Leagues, Wayne Kirby seemed to have earned his spot.  To those paying attention to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, however, there was a right fielder that was eight years younger and drawing comparisons to the late Roberto Clemente.

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Gomes and House Rehab in Lake County

May 16, 2015 |

Lake County Captains fans were treated to a Major League duo Friday night in Eastlake, as catcher Yan Gomes and lefty T.J. House started their rehab assignments with the Indians’ Low-A minor league affiliate.

House has been on the DL with a sore left shoulder since May 1. Prior to his injury, House was 0-4 with a 13.15 ERA in four starts for the Indians. He threw three innings for the Captains on Friday at the same field where he spent his 2009 season, allowing no runs but giving up a ground-rule double in the top of the third inning. He struck out five batters in his three-innings of work. Read More

Series Preview #12: Cleveland Indians (12-21) at Texas Rangers (15-20)

May 15, 2015 |

At times, the Cleveland Indians have made their fans want to scream this season…probably more often than not. For manager Terry Francona, if the Indians have been anything this year, it has been consistent and predictable, but sometimes, those are not good things.

They have been reliable with strong outings from their starters. But they have been spotty with the glove. Their bullpen has been shaky. Their offense has been inept. Fundamentals have been all but sound. First games of series have been lost. Series altogether have been surrendered. All of these regular ingredients have made for a recipe for early season disaster, as their 12-21 start out of the gate leaves them nine games out of the divisional race and just three thousandths of a point ahead of the Oakland Athletics (13-23) for the worst record in the American League. Read More

The “Guess the Jinx” Game

May 15, 2015 |

So – elephant in the room – it would appear that the Indians aren’t going to win the World Series.

And it’s safe to assume that most of us blame this on Sports Illustrated.

Those voodoo-priest bastards just had to go and throw Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber on the cover and pick the Tribe to win the whole thing. But give SI credit – the juju they’ve got cooking in their black-curtained editorial offices works fast. Almost as fast as the last time they put the whammy on the Indians with an LSD-induced World Series prediction in 1987.

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Bobby Ison Taking Life’s Challenges in Stride

May 14, 2015 |

It isn’t easy for Bobby Ison to be spending the season in Eastlake, Ohio – and not for the usual reasons, either. Ison doesn’t find Eastlake difficult because of the weather and he doesn’t harbor ill feelings toward Cleveland. No, Eastlake is hard for Ison because it’s so far from home.

But Ison doesn’t have typical homesickness for Goose Creek, South Carolina. It’s not that he misses the comforts of his own bed or his mom’s homemade dinners. The ache in Ison’s heart comes from being separated from his family – most notably, being separated from his brother.

“I’ve been playing baseball since I was three years old,” Ison says as we begin talking about his baseball career in South Carolina. “I wanted to play close to home in college so my brother could see me play for all three years. That was an unbelievable experience.” He pauses and turns away.

“Sorry. I’m a little choked up.” Read More