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2011: Actaball

Game Preview: Cleveland (80-81) vs. Detroit (94-67)

September 28, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

One-hundred sixty-one down, one to go.  The Cleveland Indians will wrap up the 2011 campaign trying to hold second place in the division outright and finish at .500 while the Detroit Tigers will be playing as hard as they can to earn first round home field advantage in the playoffs.  The Tigers need a win and a Texas Rangers loss to host the Wild Card instead of playing the Yankees in the first round.
 
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Manny Acta and Ozzie Guillen – Opposites in Every Way

September 28, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

On Monday, the Chicago White Sox relieved manager Ozzie Guillen of his duties of leading the south side team.  This came after the loud-mouthed Guillen demanded a contract extension.  A couple things that are important to this story; First, Guillen still had a year on his current contract that would have taken him through next season.  Second, there is still one game left in the 2011 season.  Third, Guillen’s team is going to finish under .500.  Fourth, this will be the third season in a row that the White Sox are going to miss the playoffs.  Does this sound like a man that should be demanding a contract extension?
 
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Sizemore To Have Knee Evaluated Monday

September 28, 2011 |

After having microfracture surgery on his left knee in May 2010, and working all the way back to play this season, Grady Sizemore is again heading to Colorado for a consultation with Dr. Richard Steadman on Monday. This time … Read More

Game Preview: Cleveland (80-80) vs. Detroit (93-67)

September 27, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians did not get the outing they had hoped for from Ubaldo Jimenez as he struggled mightily and ended up giving up six runs on nine hits in just five innings of work.  Short time members of the Bullpen Mafia, Corey Kluber and Josh Judy, both struggled as well, giving up four runs each.
 
The Tigers, on the other hand, got exactly what they needed from Doug Fister.  It was a dominate outing which kept the Indians off balance, off the base paths and off the scoreboard.  Fister threw eight innings of three hit, shut out baseball and struck out nine Indians hitters, walking none in the process.
 

Jimenez Drubbed In Final Start; Tigers 14, Indians 0

September 27, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

The Detroit Tigers are a baseball team that has been on a three-month roll and will waltz into the Major League Baseball playoffs this weekend easily the class of the American League Central Divison. They showed just how wide the gap between themselves and the second place Indians is on Monday night, beating Cleveland every which way in a 14-0 drubbing at Comerica Park.

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Game Preview: Cleveland (80-79) vs. Detroit (92-67)

September 26, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians closed out the home portion of their 2011 season with a loss to the Minnesota Twins, but even so, with a loss by the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland is guaranteed at least a share of second place in the Central Division.  One win in their last three games would guarantee them sole possession of second as well as a .500 season.
 
Jim Thome, who may have played his last game at Progressive Field, got one last chance to salute the fans when he pinch-hit in the 8th inning and even played at his original position, 3rd base, for a pitch in the ninth.  While the Indians dropped the game in extra innings, 6-4, it was a fitting end to the regular season at the Jake.
 

Tribe Falls In Finale And Says Goodbye To A Legend; Twins 6, Indians 4

September 26, 2011 |

It was a bittersweet ending to the Indians home portion of the schedule on Sunday as the Tribe was unable to sweep the Minnesota Twins, and lost 6-4 in 10 innings. It did however, leave fans one last chance to honor Indian legend, Jim Thome.

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Sunday Game Preview: Minnesota (60-98) vs. Cleveland (80-78)

September 25, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Yesterday was a good day for the Indians as they swept the double header with the Twins by scores of 8-2 and 7-6.  The sixth inning was very good to Cleveland as they scored a total of 11 runs combined in the two games.  It was those sixth frames that pushed the Tribe to victory.

In game one, the Indians were tied at two before exploding with a sac fly, an RBI double, and three RBI singles as 11 players went to the plate in the inning.  Under the moon, the Tribe was down 6-0 when they got five runs on three RBI singles, an RBI double and a fielder’s choice that scored runs and then Shelley Duncan concluded his awesome day with a 2-run double that gave the Indians the lead and eventual victory.

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Duncan leads Tribe over Twins; Indians 7, Twins 6

September 25, 2011 |

 

It’s hard to believe that only a couple months ago the Indians valued Austin Kearns over Shelley Duncan. Duncan rode the Cleveland to Columbus shuttle for most of the season, but the last six weeks he has tried to prove he’s major league quality and he did it again Saturday evening, driving in three runs in a come from behind, 7-6 victory.

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Six Run Sixth Pushes Tribe By Twinkies; Indians 8, Twins 2

September 24, 2011 |

After five tightly contested innings, the Indians took advantage of a tired Minnesota bullpen and blew open the game in the sixth inning, taking the first game of a doubleheader, 8-2.

The Tribe got the offense rolling early when Jason Kipnis and Travis Hafner each singled to put runners on the corners against Brian Duensing. Shelley Duncan followed with a double to deep center, scoring both and giving the Indians an early 2-0 lead.

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Doubleheader Preview: Minnesota (60-96) vs. Cleveland (78-78)

September 24, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Last night’s contest between the Twins and Indians can only be described as poetic.  On a night that Jim Thome was honored for his 600th home run, and his entire career, he had one of the biggest bats of the night.
 
After the Twins took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Thome helped the Tribe get on the board by ripping a double to left field and scoring Kosuke Fukudome.  Later in the game, with Jason Kipnis on base, Thome launched a deep home run to the trees in center which landed 445 feet from Home Plate and tied the game at four.  It would be Carlos Santana‘s walk-off home run that won it for the Tribe in the ninth, 6-5.
 

Tribe Honors Legend And Walks Off With Win; Indians 6, Twins 5

September 24, 2011 |

 

It was a night children emulate in their back yards from start to finish. Fans had the opportunity to honor a hero from a past generation, see one last great moment to an ending career and a magical home run as the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins, 6-5 Friday evening.

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