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Thomecoming Overshadowed By Ubaldo; Indians 2, Royals 1

August 27, 2011 |

 

By Cody Gunselman

Can Jim Thome bring back the early season form and even the magic of the 1990s to the ailing Cleveland Indians, who on Friday placed Michael Brantley and Josh Tomlin on the disabled list? He didn’t quite do it himself Friday,going 0-4 with two strikeouts, but you could feel the excitement at sold out Progressive Field in the Indians’ 2-1 win over Kansas City.

And thoughThome did not have the homecoming some people expected, the Indians still made his presence felt throughout the game by sporting his traditional high socks, which could possibly become a staple if the team continues to win.

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Game Preview: Kansas City (54-77) vs. Cleveland (63-64)

August 26, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Ubaldo Jimenez trying to get back on track?  The Indians being under .500 for the first time since being 1-2?  The fact that the lowly Royals seem to give the Indians fits whenever they play them?  Nope.  None of these story lines are the biggest of the night.  That distinction goes to the return of T25: The Thomenator.
The Indians claimed Thome off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, supposedly on Wednesday around 1 in the afternoon.  Manager Manny Acta said that he is excited to have Thome available and plans on hitting him in the cleanup spot, “if that’s ok with (Thome).”  The Indians don’t expect Thome to be a savior and fix everything that has been going wrong but it will definitely bring a spark to the ballpark and give the clubhouse some great veteran leadership.

He’s Baaaaack!

August 26, 2011 | | One Comment

By Matt Van Wormer

When Jim Thome left the Indians after the 2002 season (Yeah, it really was nine years ago), I was bitter.  I was angry that this man who said he wanted to stay in Cleveland and that money didn’t matter made it seem like all that mattered was money.  In my 19 year old eyes, Thome lied to me.  Not to anyone else, just me.  I hated Jim Thome.  I hated the Phillies because Jim Thome played for them.  The following summer, I was in Chicago watching the Cubs play the Phillies and people were congregated by the visiting dugout.  I went down there and yelled at Jim Thome for not signing my ticket stub.  I told him we didn’t miss him in Cleveland.  I was the liar.

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Fresh Brewed Tees: Cleveland Made, Cleveland Pride, Cleveland Fans

August 25, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

If you are from the Cleveland area and you haven’t heard of Fresh Brewed Tees yet, consider this your wakeup call.  Tony Madalone and his staff of designers and printers are churning out some of the most popular t-shirt designs in the city, and the shirts are getting ordered as quickly as they are getting printed.  I have to say, I can’t go downtown without seeing someone wearing a shirt with an Indian feather on the front, which, by the way, is Fresh Brewed Tees best selling design representing the Cleveland Indians.  I was able to speak with Tony and get the inside scoop on Fresh Brewed Tees and his love of Cleveland and the Indians.

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Series Preview: Seattle (53-72) vs. Cleveland (62-61)

August 22, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

At certain times, a team needs to take a look at itself in the mirror and ask themselves if they are who they intend to be.  This is one of those gut check times for the Cleveland Indians.  After failing to even maintain pace with the Tigers in Detroit this weekend, the Indians sit four and a half games back of the Central Division leaders and just one game over .500.  The White Sox are hot on the Indians tails as well and with Seattle, Kansas City and Oakland coming to town, Cleveland has to take advantage of these sub .500 teams.  These “should-win” games will tell us all we need to know about the Indians’ post-season chances.

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Series Preview: Cleveland (62-58) vs. Detroit (65-58)

August 19, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians left Chicago last night after winning their first series against the White Sox this year.  With the Tribe taking two of the three games against the pale hose, they have climbed to within a game and a half of the Tigers, who they now visit for a three game set.  The Indians have a chance to retake the Central Division lead and, based on the pitching matchups.
Josh Tomlin (12-5, 3.97, 1.04 WHIP) and Max Scherzer (12-7, 4.37, 1.36 WHIP) start the battle for the Central Division tonight.  Against the Indians this year, Scherzer is 1-0 in two starts having given up 10 hits and seven runs in 12.1 innings.  Tomlin has not faced the Tigers this year but in his career, he is 1-1, giving up 16 hits and eight earned runs in two career starts.  Those were his fifth and 12th starts, respectively, the latter one being the win.

Quick Hits Notebook: Tribe Helps Their Mate

August 18, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

According to Yahoo’s Big League Stew writer, David Brown, it turns out that this Indians team is more of a “team” than any of us thought.  As many of you probably know, Jack Hannahan’s, Jenny, wife gave birth to a little boy while the Indians were in Boston.  What you may not know is that Jenny went into labor three months early.  So, while Hannahan was playing in a game, his agent was scrambling to get Hannahan a flight back to Cleveland.

Inside A Marathon: A Fan’s Perspective

August 17, 2011 |

Last night’s 14-inning marathon in Chicago brought back memories of last Tuesday’s equally long marathon at Progressive Field with the Detroit Tigers. Friend and reader of DTTWLN, Cody Gunselman, was at the game and was nice enough to give us his first hand account of his evening.

By Cody Gunselman

When I left my house and ventured down I-71 on Tuesday evening, I expected to be attending an ordinary, yet pivotal game between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. While the game still obviously proved to be the most pivotal game of the season to that point, little did I know it would turn into a 14 inning, rain filled debacle between the two frontrunners of the AL Central.

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Series Preview: Indians (60-57) vs. White Sox (60-60)

August 16, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians won a rain shortened series against the Minnesota Twins this past weekend and looked poised to take advantage of some great pitching by David Huff before the skies opened up and dumped over three inches of rain on Progressive Field. The Indians showed some signs of life, both on Friday and Saturday, banging out 12 and 10 hits respectively but scoring just three runs in each contest. The bullpen pitched lights out and the starters did their thing too. Now, it’s on to another Central Division foe on the South Side of Chicago. The White Sox have clawed their way back to .500 and think they have just as much right to the Central Division Crown. They will not go down without a fight.

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The Columbus Clippers: Tribesman of the Future

August 15, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

While the Cleveland Indians are battling for a spot in the 2011 playoffs, there is a team just two hours south of the parent club that are looking to repeat as International League and Triple-A National Champions.  The Columbus Clippers (77-45) are, once again, tearing up the International League and hold a 12.5 game lead over the Indianapolis Indians.  They have eight more wins than any other team in the league with just three weeks left before the Playoffs start.

The Clippers are in just their third season as a Cleveland Indians affiliate, serving the Washington Nationals, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates in years past.  Buffalo used to be home to the Indians’ highest minor league team but moving the team to Columbus just made sense.  Not only is Columbus closer to Cleveland, it also gives the Indians another fan base within the state as they root for the players that hope to, one day, make it to the Big League ballclub.

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Series Preview: Minnesota (52-65) vs. Cleveland (58-57)

August 12, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians sent the Tigers out of town after taking two of three from the Motor City Kitties to gain a single game in the Central Division standings and winning their first series since taking two of three from the Cincinnati Reds to start the month of July.  Now they welcome in another Central Division foe in Minnesota.  There are two big story lines inside Progressive Field.  One, the Tribe continuing to attempt to gain ground on Detroit and two, Jim Thome coming back to his first team needing just two home runs for the 600 home run milestone.  It will definitely be an exciting weekend down at the ballpark.

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Series Preview: Detroit (61-53) vs. Cleveland (56-56)

August 9, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians return home with a .500 record after a tough road trip that saw the Indians lose four of the seven games they played. The worst part was the fact that the Tribe was in every game and could have had a 7-0 trip. Instead, they get back to Progressive Field with the Central Division leading Detroit Tigers in town holding a four game lead. So far on the year, the Indians are 4-2 against the Tigers and will need to perform well against them, and the rest of the Central Division, if they want to stay in the thick of the playoff race.

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