ICYMI at DTTWLN – March 7 to 13

Just three weeks separate Indians fans from baseball at the palacial home of the club at Progressive Field on April 4th.

On the field, the Indians notched several wins, helping to ease some of the spring training jitters that fans were experiencing based on the outcomes of several early spring contests. But the key to the spring is not wins and losses, but returning to Cleveland and beginning the regular season with as many full-time contributors healthy and in tow.

While players in Goodyear fought for a place on that plane ride back to the shores of Lake Erie in a few weeks, here’s what you may have missed:

Stories You May Have Missed Last Week:
3/7/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 28 (Craig Gifford)
3/8/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 27 (Bob)
3/8/16 – Temper Your Tribe Spring Training Tantrums (Bob)
3/8/16 – Can Detwiler Crack Through Cleveland’s Crowded Pen? (Bob)
3/9/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 26: Catching Up With Brook Jacoby (Steve Eby)
3/9/16 – For All the Deals He’s Done, Trump Couldn’t Buy the Indians (Vince Guerrieri)
3/10/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 25: Catching Up With Jim Thome (Steve)
3/10/16 – On Lindor’s Heels, Erik Gonzalez Looks for a Hole to Fill (Laurel Wilder)
3/10/16 – Venable Vying for a Big League Job in Center in Cleveland Camp (Bob)
3/11/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 24 (Bob)
3/11/16 – Stammen Strengthens Cleveland’s Bullpen Depth (Bob)
3/12/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 23 (Bob)
3/12/16 – Is Grossman a Candidate in Cleveland’s Outfield Competition? (Bob)
3/13/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 22 (Danny Madden)
3/13/16 – Tribe has Another Young, Standout Pitcher in 2015 Draft Pick Triston McKenzie (Laurel)

Last Week in Tribe History (Bob):
March 7, 1960
March 8, 2001
March 9, 1909
March 10, 1942
March 11, 1954
March 12, 2002
March 13, 2015

Podcasts You May Have Missed:
Tribe Time Now 42: On Spring Glorious Spring
Extra Innings 6: Cliff Lee Appreciation Not-So-Hour

Spring Training Player Profiles (40-man and non-roster invites):
Austin AdamsCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 49 (Bob)
Jesus AguilarCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 36 (Bob)
Cody AllenCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 37 (Bob)
Abraham AlmonteCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 35 (Craig Gifford)
Cody AndersonCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 56 (Craig)
Shawn ArmstrongCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51 (Laurel Wilder)
Dylan BakerBaker Looking to Bounce Back from Lost Season (Bob)
Trevor BauerCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 47 (Bob)
Michael BrantleyCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 23 (Bob)
Joey ButlerButler on the Bubble for an Indians Bench Role (Bob)
Carlos CarrascoCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 59 (Danny Madden)
Joba ChamberlainChamberlain Hoping to Make Squad and Erase Images of “Bug Game” (Craig)
Michael ChoiceCleveland Has a Choice in Their Spring Training Outfield Mix (Bob)
Michael ClevingerA Healthy Clevinger Climbing Cleveland’s Prospect Rankings (Bob)
Collin CowgillCowgill is a Platoon Candidate in Tribe Outfield (Bob)
Kyle CrockettCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 57 (Bob)
Rajai DavisWhere Does Rajai Davis Fit Into Cleveland’s Plans for 2016? (David Freier)
Ross DetwilerCan Detwiler Crack Through Cleveland’s Crowded Pen? (Bob)
Erik GonzalezOn Lindor’s Heels, Erik Gonzalez Looks for a Hole to Fill (Laurel)
Tom GorzelannyGorzelanny Looking to Become a Lefty Tito Can Trust (Bob)
Robbie GrossmanIs Grossman a Candidate in Cleveland’s Outfield Competition? (Bob)
Jarrett GrubeGrube Looking to Build on Strong Second Half with Clippers (Bob)
T.J. HouseCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 58 (Danny)
Tommy HunterHunter Can Help Provide Relief in ‘Pen, When Healthy (Bob)
Jason KipnisCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 22 (Danny Madden)
Corey KluberCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 28 (Craig Gifford)
Michael MartinezMartinez Returns for Second Spring in the Sun for the Tribe (Bob)
Jeff ManshipCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 53 (Bob)
Zach McAllisterCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 34 (Bob)
Ryan MerrittMerritt Progressing on More Than Merit Alone (Bob)
Adam MooreMoore Back for More as Cleveland Catching Depth (Bob)
Mike NapoliA Well-Rested Napoli Ready to Power the Tribe’s Lineup (Bob)
Dan OteroOtero on Long List of Tribe’s Bullpen Options (Bob)
Felipe PaulinoSpring Invite Paulino May Provide Pitching Depth (Bob)
Roberto PerezCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 55 (Bob)
James RamseyTribe’s Ramsey Needs to Regain Former Top Prospect Ranking (Bob)
Anthony ReckerRecker Looks to Catch on in Cleveland as a Reserve Backstop Option (Bob)
Shane RobinsonRobinson Looking for a Reserve Spot in Crowded Cleveland Outfield (Bob)
Danny SalazarCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 31 (Bob)
Carlos SantanaCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 41 (Danny)
Bryan ShawCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 27 (Bob)
Giovanni SotoCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 65 (Bob)
Craig StammenStammen Strengthens Cleveland’s Bullpen Depth (Bob)
Joe ThatcherThatcher Seeking a Chance to be One of Tito’s Lefties (Bob)
Josh TomlinCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 43 (Laurel)
Juan UribeUribe Shores Up All Indians Infield Question Marks (Danny)
Giovanny UrshelaCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 39 (Bob)
Will VenableVenable Vying for a Big League Job in Center in Cleveland Camp (Bob)

Spring Training Minor League Profiles:
Greg AllenIndians Have Another Smooth Tribe Outfielder in Greg Allen (Laurel)
Claudio BautistaClaudio Bautista Slowly Climbing Through the Minor League Levels (Laurel)
Sean BradySean Brady is a Young Pitcher with Potential (Laurel)
Mitch BrownMitch Brown Looking to Build on Second Half Success (Bob)
Yu-Cheng ChangYu-Cheng Chang Needs a 2016 Without Injury to Demonstrate True Skills (Laurel)
Yandy DiazCould Yandy Diaz Be a Future Solution at Third Base? (Danny)
Luis LugoLuis Lugo Looking to Continue Climb Through Indians System (Bob)
Mark Mathias – Mathias Made Most of Time at Mahoning Valley (Bob)
Triston McKenzie – Tribe has Another Young, Standout Pitcher in 2015 Draft Pick Triston McKenzie (Laurel)
Francisco MejiaA Smart, Savvy Catcher who knows the Game: Francisco Mejia (Laurel)
Shawn MorimandoMorimando Making His Way Towards the Big Leagues (Bob)
Mike PapiPatience a Virtue for Indians Prospect Papi (David)
Adam PlutkoPlutko in Spring Camp with Tribe After Strong Summer on the Farm (Bob)
Dorssys PaulinoPaulino Progresses in First Full Season in Outfield (Bob)
Luigi RodriguezLuigi Rodriguez: On the Rise or Organizational Man? (David)
Nellie RodriguezYoung Tribe Slugger Rodriguez Plays with Something to Prove (Bob)
Luke Wakamatsu – After High School Indians’ Career, Wakamatsu Joins New Tribe in the Pros (Bob)

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1948 Cleveland Indians weekly rewind

With the pressure on, the 1948 Cleveland Indians played some of their finest baseball. Needing every win possible, the team ripped off six straight wins over the course of this seven-day span. By the end of that stretch, they had successfully beaten up on the lesser opponents, Washington and Philadelphia, and took the last regular season meeting with Boston to pull back into first place.

The team now heads to Detroit, poised to ride the dominating arms of Bob Feller and Gene Bearden to the American League pennant.

Boudreau’s Sore Thumb Aiding Hitting Slump (Bob)
Feller Dominates Slumping Senators; Indians 4, Senators 1 (Bob)
Don Black Night Ticket Sales Soar (Bob)
Ten-Run Onslaught Paces Zoldak to Victory; Indians 10, Senators 1 (Bob)
Boudreau Named Sporting News Outstanding Player of American League (Mike)
Doby Walkoff Homer Gives Tribe Game One Win; Indians 5, Athletics 3 (Mike)
Tribe Sweeps Twin Bill, Trail Boston by Just Half Game; Indians 2, Athletics 0 (Mike)
Tribe Keeps Pace With Contenders Behind Bearden; Indians 6, Athletics 3 (Mike)
Pennant Chatter and Play on Center Stage in Detroit Today (Mike)
Tonight’s Game a Big One in Many Ways (Mike)
Tribe Tied For First After Feller Three-Hitter; Indians 5, Red Sox 2 (Mike)
Indians to Begin Accepting World Series Ticket Applications on Tuesday (Mike)
Tribe Head to Detroit Amidst Pennant Fever (Mike)

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1948 American League standings (as of the end of day, September 23rd)

Boston 91-55 0.623
Cleveland 91-55 0.623
New York 90-56 0.616 1.0
Philadelphia 83-66 0.557 9.5
Detroit 73-72 0.503 17.5
St. Louis 56-88 0.389 34.0
Washington 53-95 0.358 39.0
Chicago 47-97 0.326 43.0

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Photo: Chuck Solomon/Getty Images

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