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So…are you back on the bandwagon? Or are you still holding on for dear life?
The Cleveland Indians (37-41) put on one of the more impressive extended pitching performances in the history of baseball in rebounding from a devastating three-game sweep in Baltimore by claiming all four games against the Tampa Bay Rays during the week.
Cody Anderson took a perfect game into the seventh inning and the Indians staff limited the Rays to just three hits in a 7-1 win on Monday. Danny Salazar was just as brilliant the next night, retiring 15 straight to start the game and getting three home runs of support in a 6-2 win. Carlos Carrasco flirted with the record books on Wednesday, taking a no-hitter within one strike with two outs in the ninth inning before Joey Butler, who had ended his perfect game, broke up the no-hitter and the shutout with a single over the leaping Jason Kipnis at second base in an 8-1 final. Corey Kluber overcame some initial struggles to strike out 14 Rays over eight innings and Mike Aviles sent the Indians packing for Pittsburgh with his solo blast in the tenth in a 5-4 extra inning win.
1970 – Tony Horton hits for the cycle and the Cleveland Indians defeat the Baltimore Orioles in a 10-9 slugfest.
In his seventh Major League season, the Tribe’s regular first baseman had provided a steady .253 batting average, nine homers, …
This weekend could be the precursor to a very difficult road trip.
The Cleveland Indians (33-41) were bashed this weekend, had to deal with a rainout Saturday, got into Tampa Bay much later in the night than anticipated because of the need for the second game Sunday, and on shorter rest and jetlagged, will get to play on turf for the first time this season against the first place Tampa Bay Rays. If that were not bad enough, they will deal with the Rays for four straight before heading to Pittsburgh for three more over the holiday weekend against the second place Pirates, who are nine games above .500 entering play Monday night.
A really famous guy once said, “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned.” The Indians are going to have to work really, really hard to earn some wins over the next week.
The Indians were disassembled over the weekend and hopefully have hit rock bottom, as frustrations mounted from the players to ejected manager Terry Francona. The O’s needed just three pitches to three batters from reliever Marc Rzepczynski in the bottom of the eighth to break up a 3-3 tie in a 4-3 win. Baltimore used three long balls to defeat the Indians, 4-0, in the first of two games on Sunday. A six-run fourth inning gave the Orioles plenty of cushion in the nightcap as the team rolled to a sweep with an 8-0 victory.
1990 – Former first round pick of the 1988 draft, Charles Nagy, makes his Major League debut for the Cleveland Indians in a loss to the California Angels.
Nagy, the 23-year-old right-hander out of the University of Connecticut, appeared in …
Few things in life are a certainty.
And if it weren’t for a stuffed digital ballot box from overzealous Kansas City Royals fans that will inevitably (and thankfully) alter the All-Star voting procedure before next season, Jason Kipnis – 2015 American League All-Star – would be amongst the items on that short list.
In the midst of a bumpy ride down some dark and dismal roads for the Cleveland Indians this season, the 28-year-old has been a guiding light for the club at the top of the lineup as he has planted his name back at the top of the list of the game’s best second basemen.
2002 – The Indians enter rebuilding mode, as the club deals staff ace Bartolo Colon and minor league pitcher Tim Drew to the Montreal Expos for three future star prospects and veteran first baseman/outfielder Lee Stevens.
Colon, off to a …
After another tough stretch on their home field, the Cleveland Indians may be in need of a change of scenery. That opportunity begins tonight, as the Tribe begins a ten-game road trip with their first stop at Oriole Ballpark at Camden Yards in Baltimore as they take on the Orioles in three straight.
The Indians (33-38) were unable to tame the Tigers and, in particular, Miguel Cabrera, in dropping two of three to Detroit during the week. They fell 8-5 on Monday in a rare offensive explosion for the team and fought back from an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game, only to give up four runs the next half inning. Tuesday’s 7-3 final was marred by a game-changing bases loaded error by pitcher Danny Salazar in the fifth that led to six runs crossing the plate. Carlos Carrasco earned his career-high ninth win of the season on Wednesday afternoon, striking out seven and allowing two runs over eight innings with Cabrera on the bench. Francisco Lindor hit his first Major League home run during the ball game.
The Orioles (38-34) are still in the thick of things in the American League East, two games in back of the front running Tampa Bay Rays. They are 22-13 at home, the best mark in the division and one of the best in the league. They have played well over an extended period of time, winning 15 of their last 20 contests. They took two of three in Boston during the week, scoring 15 runs but allowing 15 to cross the plate for the Red Sox.