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Tribe Heads to Fenway as Tomlin Sets Target on an ALDS Sweep

October 9, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians have cornered the Boston Red Sox, who find themselves with their backs against the wall after their best two pitchers have thrown in the first two games of the American League Division Series.

If there is a bright spot for the Red Sox, the series has shifted to Fenway Park, where the club was 47-34 during the 2016 season, one game better than their efforts on the road. Cleveland struggled at times on the road, but finished the season with a 41-39 record away from home. The Red Sox were 4-2 against the Indians during the regular season, outscoring them 31-18 in the process, but they are in a deep hole in the ALDS after two losses while their high-powered offense has been outperformed, 11-4. Read More

Bauer and Porcello Battle in the Center of the Diamond in ALDS Game 1

October 6, 2016 |

The moment that fans of the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox have been waiting for has finally arrived – the American League Division Series begins Thursday night from Progressive Field.

It will be the fifth time in the 116-year histories of the two organizations that the teams have met in the postseason and the first since 2007, when the clubs had an intense seven-game American League Championship Series that culminated with a World Series sweep by the Red Sox over the Colorado Rockies. The two also stood in opposite dugouts on the postseason stage in 1998 and 1999. The Indians hold the edge in the postseason series, 11-8, sweeping the 1995 series and winning three of four in 1998 before the Red Sox won the 1999 matchup in five games and again in 2007.

Cleveland will look to benefit from the home field advantage it gained over Boston on the final day of the regular season. The Indians were 53-28 at Progressive Field this season and are 7-3 in the playoffs all-time at home when hosting the Red Sox. Read More

Coco Crisp Doing Well in Limited Role

September 27, 2016 |

When the Indians brought back Coco Crisp at the August 31 waiver trading deadline, it was difficult to see what kind of impact he would have on the team.

To start off, the thinking goes, it would be hard for the 36-year-old veteran to get at bats. The outfield was already crowded enough, with Abraham Almonte, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall, Tyler Naquin, and Brandon Guyer all splitting time. The switch-hitter had no clear platoon splits, so that was not an automatic way for him to get at bats.

There was also the whole matter of actually hitting well. It was hard to tell how much he would produce. Age has caught up to the former star. He put up a .234/.299/.399 slash line in Oakland before the trade and hit .175/.252/.222 in an injury-shortened 2015.

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Indians Party at Comerica Park, Clinch AL Central Crown; Indians 7, Tigers 4

September 27, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians are the 2016 champions of the American League Central, clinching the divisional crown with a 7-4 victory in Detroit over the Tigers on Monday night.

The win continued a magical run by the Tribe on the tails of the NBA title brought home to the city by the Cavaliers in June. The Indians have overcome obstacle after obstacle, and even while being written off to some degree by those in the press, the team continues to find a way to win and persevere. The division title is the club’s first since 2007 and the eighth in franchise history.

As has seemingly been the case all season long, the Indians were not devoid of drama and a scare with just a week left on the regular season schedule as the team lost starter Corey Kluber before the game was halfway over with what was reported as right groin tightness. He was removed for the obvious precautionary reasons, but it did not stop his teammates from picking things up for him to get the victory. Read More

Indians Erase Early Deficit With Offensive Explosion; Indians 10, White Sox 4

September 23, 2016 |

Ten runs in the middle innings, including a pair of four-run frames, helped power the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox, 10-4, on Friday night.

With the season rapidly winding down, the Indians inched another game closer to making their postseason dreams a reality with Trevor Bauer on the mound. The White Sox would get to Bauer twice with a pair of quick blasts to do some damage, but the right-hander was able to protect his big lead and pitched deep into the night.

It didn’t start out pretty for the Tribe and Bauer, who fell behind 2-0 three batters into the game. After a flyout for the first out, Tim Anderson tripled past Lonnie Chisenhall in right and came around to score on a two-run shot to right-center by Melky Cabrera to put the White Sox on top. Read More

Little Cowboy Rides Again in Tribe Win; Indians 6, White Sox 1

September 14, 2016 |

Josh Tomlin gave Cleveland five solid innings in his first start since August 30 and the Indians offense supplied six runs of support in a 6-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

It was a step in the right direction for the struggling Indians starter, who ended a personal five-game skid on the mound with five innings before handing the ball over to the bullpen with a sizeable lead that they maintained the rest of the way. Tomlin improved to 12-8 with his outing, allowing a run on four hits, striking out a pair, while issuing no walks and no home runs.

It was less predictability from Tomlin on the mound, despite replicating his early season command of the strike zone while keeping the ball in the yard. He was able to outduel Chicago left-hander Carlos Rodon, who had thrown seven straight quality starts coming into the night and had never been dealt a loss by Cleveland. He allowed all six runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts to drop to 7-9. Read More

Reuniting With Crisp the Right Move for Indians

September 4, 2016 |

It is a little hard to believe, but it has been eleven years since Coco Crisp last wore an Indians uniform. In 2005, he was one of the move beloved players on a Tribe team that won 93 games and just barely missed the playoffs.

The following offseason, Tribe management determined the club had enough outfielders and depth at the position. It was hurting at third base. Cleveland pulled the trigger on a trade that sent Crisp to the Red Sox for top hot corner prospect Andy Marte. Certainly, that is a deal the Indians would like to do over. Marte never panned out while Crisp has enjoyed a long, solid career.

Crisp, whose given name is Covelli, spent parts of four mostly productive campaigns with the Tribe. His best year in Cleveland during his first Tribe tenure was his final one. He hit a career-best .300. He also added 16 home runs and 69 RBI, both second-best career marks for the power numbers. He swiped 15 bases that year, making him a truly all-around player on a playoff-contending club. Read More

Bauer Victorious in Battle of 2011 First Rounders; Indians 8, Marlins 3

September 3, 2016 |

Trevor Bauer won the battle of 2011 first rounders on Saturday night as his offense picked him up after a rough first inning to defeat Jose Fernandez and the Miami Marlins by an 8-3 count.

Things did not start fun for the Indians, but the tide quickly shifted in their favor. Bauer gave up a one-out single to Ichiro Suzuki and walked Martin Prado before Christian Yelich doubled deep to right center to put the Marlins on the board four batters into the night. A single by J.T. Realmuto moved Yelich to third and Derek Dietrich, the local product of St. Ignatius High School in his first at bat against his hometown team, lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Yelich and give Miami an early 3-0 lead.

The Indians struck back quickly against the hard-throwing Fernandez, who entered with back-to-back scoreless starts totaling 13 innings in his favor. Coco Crisp, in his first start with the Indians since 2005, doubled to left center and Jason Kipnis plated a pair with a two-run blast to right. His 22nd homer of the season cut the deficit to 3-2. Read More

Cleveland Reunites with Crisp in Trade with Oakland

August 31, 2016 |

The rumors that started to circulate just prior to the start of Tuesday’s game between the Indians and Twins became a reality on Wednesday as Cleveland announced that it had reacquired outfielder Coco Crisp in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.

Full details of the trade were not made available, but the Indians did send minor league left-hander Colt Hynes to Oakland as part of the arrangement. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 27, 2006

January 27, 2016 |

The Indians make a pair of trades to try to bolster their roster after falling just short of the playoffs in 2005, making transactions with the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cleveland sends catcher Josh Bard, outfielder Coco … Read More

Meh on Mark Shapiro’s Move to Toronto

August 31, 2015 |

It’s not that I don’t care. Actually, I care immensely and if I have a fault concerning the Indians, it’s that I care too much.

But I’ve been asked since the news broke a couple weeks ago that Mark Shapiro was under consideration to become the new president of the Toronto Blue Jays if I thought this was a good thing or a bad thing for the Indians. The Indians and Shapiro made it official this afternoon, announcing that he will become the new top man in Toronto and a void is now created in Cleveland.

For me, I’m still meh.

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Today in Tribe History: January 27, 2006

January 27, 2015 |

The Indians make a pair of trades to try to bolster their roster after falling just short of the playoffs in 2005, making transactions with the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cleveland sends catcher Josh Bard, outfielder Coco … Read More