Carter and Niekro Reflect On Indians and Dreadful 1987 Season... July 25, 2014 | Steve Eby
Bauer Finally Showing What Made Him a High Draft Pick... July 25, 2014 | Craig Gifford
Kluber got Raburn-ed, and the Axe Drops in Extras; Royals 2, Indians 1... July 25, 2014 | Danny Madden
Series Preview #33: Cleveland Indians (51-50) at Kansas City Royals (50-50)... July 24, 2014 | Bob Toth
Not giving in to their surroundings, two players on the Lake County Captains’ roster remain untouched by the uncharacteristically cool temperatures of Cleveland throughout the past two weeks of July.
In 1973, the New York Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by nine and a half games in the National League East and rallied to win the division title on the next-to-last day of the season, Yogi Berra famously uttered the phrase, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
He may as well have been talking about the 2014 Cleveland Indians.
Until Wednesday afternoon Anthony Swarzak had been used exclusive as a reliever by the Minnesota Twins. When scheduled starter Kyle Gibson came down with a sore back on Tuesday, the Twins needed a spot starter on the fly and turned to Swarzak.
Hoping to get perhaps a few innings of decent work out of the 28-year-old right-hander, who had made 31 relief appearances this season, Minnesota got that and then some against the Indians. Swarzak ended up turning in five strong innings of two-hit, one-run ball as the Twins defeated Cleveland 3-1 at Target Field.
Hitting for cycle is perhaps the hardest thing to achieve in baseball. Non-drafted, unheralded and returned to a league where he has already earned an All-Star Game, Jerrud Sabourin‘s career arch prepared him to accomplish history.
Sabourin became only the fourth player in Carolina history, and the first in 12 years, to hit for the cycle on Saturday when the Mudcats routed the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 17-2, in South Carolina. The San Diego-native is batting .292 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 65 games with the Muddies.
For over a month now it’s been like a broken record. When tuning in to an Indians telecast on Fox Sports/SportsTime Ohio either Matt Underwood or Rick Manning mentions nearly every game that Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen and Marc Rzepczynski are all among the league leaders in games pitched. Through the weekend, Allen was tied with Rays lefty Jake McGee for the league lead with 48 appearances while Rzepczynski and Shaw were only one game behind, tied with Toronto’s Aaron Loup and the Angels Kevin Jepsen at 47.
This statistic will likely catch up with Manager Terry Francona sooner or later, as the “big three” in his bullpen are likely to burn out sooner or later. The problem has been that Francona’s hands have been tied to this point, as the other options in his ‘pen have either been generally ineffective or relatively unproven.
Carlos Santana fell a triple shy of the cycle and Danny Salazar pitched five innings to get the win in his return as the Cleveland Indians pounded the Minnesota Twins 8-2 Tuesday night at Target Field.
It was Salazar’s first appearance since he was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on May 16. Former Indians prospect Yohan Pino took the mound for the Twins.
Carlos Santana (4 hits, 2 RBI) led off the second inning with a double that just missed clearing the right field wall by a foot. Pino hit Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher (3 hits) singled to load the bases for Yan Gomes (2 hits, RBI). Pino painted a fastball on the outside corner to strike out Gomes, but David Murphy followed with a two-run single to give the Tribe an early 2-0 lead. Mike Aviles brought Swisher home with a sac fly to center to make it 3-0.
Last Wednesday afternoon, Francisco Lindor finished batting practice in Altoona, Pa. and looked out across the field as the best players in the Eastern League prepared for their All-Star Game. While he might not admit it, he was the best player on the field.
Lindor, the highest rated prospect in the game, has been an All-Star at every level of the minor leagues he has played in and a three-time selection for the SiriusXM Future’s Game. Since being drafted as the eighth overall selection in the 2011 First Year Player Draft, Lindor has been the Indians’ highest rated prospect—and possibly the most humble and grounded. Lindor was promoted from Double-A Akron after last night’s game to Triple-A Columbus. Now, the switch-hitting shortstop has just one step left in his progression.
“I hope so, we’ll see,” Lindor said when he was asked if he thought this would be his last minor league All-Star game. “I just have to continue to play and be me. I continue to enjoy every single second of the minor leagues. Every time I put on the uniform, I just want to enjoy it. Every time you put on the uniform is one less day that I’ve got.”
It’s a good time to be a Cleveland sports fan.
Well, it’s not an acutely painful time to be a Cleveland sports fan – which is what passes for optimism.
And Scott O’Brien was so giddy after a certain Northeast Ohio native returned to Cleveland from Florida, he started working on a sequel to his children’s coloring book, “Why Is Daddy Sad On Sunday,” about the trials and tribulations of being a Cleveland sports fan.
They used three center fielders and two shortstops in Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins, but the Indians still fell one run short, dropping the series opener 4-3.
The Cleveland Indians came just one win short of creating the perfect start to the second half of the season by taking three of four from the first place Detroit Tigers to trim two games off of their American League Central Division deficit. They will look to continue to close the gap as they make their first appearance of the season, and their first since clinching the AL Wild Card last season, at Target Field to take on the Minnesota Twins for three games this week.
The Indians (50-48) made a long overdue trip back above the .500 mark in bashing the Bengals in four games over the weekend to hit their high water mark of three games to the plus side before dropping Sunday’s finale. They overcame a three run Tigers advantage with a seven run seventh inning in a 9-3 win on Friday night. They doubled up Detroit with a pair of wins in a double dip on Saturday, winning by 6-2 and 5-2 finals, aided by a ninth inning, two-out, three-run double by Carlos Santana in the late game. They dropped a 5-1 decision on Sunday afternoon to fall short of their first ever four-game road sweep of the Motor City Kitties.