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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 2

March 26, 2019 |

On Thursday, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 2 days

Few in life are comfortable with a second place finish and in Indians history, few have made a lengthy stay as the number two man on the field for the club.

A number once in heavy rotation through the early 1960s, it disappeared for over 20 years over parts of the next three decades, reappearing in the mid-1980s. Twenty-three players donned it on the field in the first 33 years numbers were used by the organization, but just 13 have taken ownership of it over the last 34 years. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 2

March 27, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 2 days

Few in life are comfortable with a second place finish and in Indians history, few have made a lengthy stay as the number two man on the field for the club.

A number once in heavy rotation through the early 1960s, it disappeared for over 20 years over parts of the next three decades, reappearing in the mid-1980s. Twenty-three players donned it on the field in the first 33 years numbers were used by the organization, but just 13 have taken ownership of it over the last 34 years. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 2

April 1, 2017 |

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day!

Countdown to Opening Day – 2

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Game #98: Detroit Tigers (52-45) at Cleveland Indians (49-48)

July 25, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Tuesday evening the Indians used six dominant innings from Ubaldo Jimenez and a squeeze play bunt by Aaron Cunningham to defeat the Tigers, 3-2. While the game is just one of 162 on the schedule, the three game series has an extra importance in the Tribe’s playoff hopes. This series could determine if the Indians are buyers or sellers before the trade deadline next Tuesday. Last night’s game already had a playoff feel intensity.

The Indians now trail both Detroit and the Chicago White Sox by three games in the American League Central Division standings. The next two games against the Tigers still hold a major determination upon which direction the Indians will go for the rest of the season. Cleveland could be as far as five games out by Friday morning, or within a game or two. The Indians are only 3.5 games back in the wild card race, but have four teams in front of them vying for the final spot.

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Ubaldo Shines and Tribe Squeezes Out Victory; Indians 3, Tigers 2

July 24, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Last July the Cleveland Indians traded for Ubaldo Jimenez with the intention of him becoming the leader of the rotation and someone to pitch big games, thus taking them to the next level.

While he has struggled at times and the Tribe has not reached the next level, Jimenez gave the Indians an ace effort Tuesday evening, holding the Tigers scoreless for six innings. While he might not receive the win in the scorebook, he might have kept the Indians American League Central Division hopes alive for another day, helping defeat the Tigers, 3-2.

“Ubaldo pitched a heck of a six innings tonight,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “He really had to pitch. Five of six innings the leadoff hitter reached base so he was in the stretch all night. He had to make pitches and we made a couple mistakes, so he had to buckle down.”

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What Are the Tribe’s Trade Deadline Needs to Reach October?

July 13, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

While the Cleveland Indians are just hours away from the beginning of the second half, many fans have turned their focus to the looming trade deadline just 18 days away. With the Indians in contention for the wild card and the American League Central Division, it’s expected the Indians will be buyers. Cleveland opens the second half three games back in the division and only one game behind in the wild card chase.

Cleveland has several needs that could be met in the trade market. The Indians need to add a right-handed bat to help stimulate an inconsistent offense and one that has floundered against let-handed pitching most of the first half. The obvious hole that could be filled is in left field, where Shelley Duncan, Johnny Damon and Aaron Cunningham have all struggled, however, another position that could be stabilized by some offensive production could be third base. Jack Hannahan has failed to produce offensively since his return from the disabled list and Jose Lopez’s aggressive nature at the plate leave him very streaky.

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Jimenez Shuts Down Rays, Gives Tribe Second Series Win; Indians 7, Rays 3

July 7, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

It took a little time, but Ubaldo Jimenez is finding his groove in the Indians’ rotation.

Saturday evening the Tribe used a quality six-inning effort from Jimenez to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-3. The Tribe was able to score early on the young, left-handed Matt Moore to give Jimenez all the support he would need. Every Indian starter, except Asdrubal Cabrera, would record a hit on the evening.

“Ubaldo continues to give us good outings,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “This is number seven in a row. He had a very good slider and was able to throw it even when he was behind in the count, even 3-1.”

Jimenez relied heavily on his off-speed pitches, not his customary fastball to retire the Rays and was able to settle in quickly with good run support.

“The slider was really good and the split (finger),” Jimenez said. “I get really comfortable when we score early. I can go out there and pound the strike zone. You don’t have to be too fine.”

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Indians Must Continue to Make In-House Moves Now

July 4, 2012 |

By Kevin Schneider

Almost half way through the season and hovering just above .500, the Indians can’t afford to continue trying to catch the White Sox with a punch-less lineup and imploding bullpen.

At 38-38 before Saturday’s game, the Indians called up Jason Donald after third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall fractured his arm during Friday’s game. The Tribe is expected to activate Travis Hafner from the disabled list today. But that’s not enough.
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Game Preview #79: Los Angeles Angels (44-35) at Cleveland Indians (40-38)

July 2, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

The Indians offense came alive in Baltimore, capped off by a 6-2 win in the series finale against the Orioles. The Indians were jump-started by surprising production from Shelley Duncan and Aaron Cunningham. Read More

Masterson and Bats Help Take Series For Tribe; Indians 6, Orioles 2

July 1, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

It started perfect and still finished pretty good, when Justin Masterson locked up the Baltimore Orioles for seven innings and the offense took advantage of a struggling southpaw starter to win 6-2 and take three out of four games in the series.

Masterson pitched seven strong innings, but carried a perfect game into the fifth inning, while Shelley Duncan and Aaron Cunningham each hit early, solo homers to send the Indians home on a hot streak.

“A nice bounce back to finish the road trip that started in such an ugly way,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “We swung the bats well early in the game and had some quality at bats. Masterson was dominant the majority of the game.”

The Indians continued their assult on left-handed pitching in this series when they struck early. Duncan hit a solo home run off Orioles starter Brian Matusz in the second inning. Duncan had a big series, with home runs in each of the last two games. He attributes the turnaround to relaxing and being more aggressive at the plate.

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There is a Power Outage in Left Field

June 24, 2012 |

By Robert Toth

Despite the two-run home run supplied by Johnny Damon in the Indians’ 8-1 win Wednesday versus the Cincinnati Reds, the veteran left fielder has been slow to provide the offense the team had hoped to acquire after signing the 38-year-old on April 17. Damon has struggled to reach, and then stay above, the Mendoza line, batting just .202 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 129 at bats.

Damon’s defensive exploits have not gone unnoticed either, as he has crashed into walls, taken bad routes to balls, made numerous underwhelming throws, and has been frequently lifted from his starts for defensive replacement Aaron Cunningham. Damon has finished just 13 of the 31 games he has started in left field on the season.

Damon came to town to provide the team with a veteran leader in the clubhouse who could platoon or even supplant 32-year-old Shelley Duncan in left field.Duncan, though, has been equally as underwhelming at the plate in his opportunities to play. Hitting just .195 on the season in 128 at bats,Duncanhas been a disappointment for a team craving a power-hitting, right-handed bat. His four home runs and 12 runs batted in have not nearly been enough, and he is averaging more than twice as many strikeouts as his platoon mate (36 to Damon’s 18).

Cunningham, the youngest of the trio to see frequent action in left this season at 26 years old, is with the team more so for his glove and legs than his bat. Cunningham’s .191 batting average is compiled of 13 hits in limited plate appearances, despite defending left field a total of 37 times on the season.

The numbers say it all – the Indians are not getting the consistent production they need offensively from their left fielders. So how do they fix it?

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Kansas City Lays Royal Beatdown On Tribe; Royals 8, Indians 2

May 30, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

The Kansas City Royals got to Justin Masterson early, and it was more than enough to lead them to an 8-2 win over the Indians.

The visiting Royals opened the scoring for the second straight game. Alex Gordon led off the game with a single to right-center off of Justin Masterson. After a disputed force play at second, Billy Butler flied out to center field for the second out. With two outs, though, Mike Moustakas took a pitch into the first row in right-center to put KC up 2-0 early. Masterson struck out Jeff Francoeur to get out of the inning. Read More