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End Of Season Grades: Right Fielders

October 8, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

September 29 began a two week, end of season grade and breakdown by each position. Certainly after the wild ride the 2011 Cleveland Indians took fans on, grades, projections and areas of improvement are all sought for 2012, with the goal being a playoff team next season. Today, we examine the right fielders. Be sure to check out our previous features.

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Starting Pitchers     Fifth Starters     Catchers     First Basemen     Second Basemen

Third Basemen     Shortstops     Left Fielders     Center Fielders

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Tribe Earns Milestones, Down ChiSox; Indians 11, White Sox 2

September 23, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians and White Sox started the evening with a good nature gesture, and ended it with the Tribe reaching several milestones as they won Thursday’s game, 11-2.

At the beginning of tonight’s contest, it looked like it would be a friendly night as two potential Hall of Fame ballplayers met at home plate to exchange the lineup cards for their teams. Of course we’re talking about Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel, two great men who spent the large parts of their careers wearing Chief Wahoo on their heads.

The Indians got the contest under way on the right foot, from the left batter’s box. After Jeanmar Gomez set the Sox down 1-2-3 in the top half, Kosuke Fukudome led off the bottom half of the inning with a home run to right-center field off of Phillip Humber. Jason Kipnis then followed suit by golfing one over the center field wall, just out of the reach of Alex Rios. It was the first time two Indians have led off the game with home runs, at home, in over 40 years.

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Carmona and Long Ball Takes Afternoon Tilt; Indians 4, White Sox 3

September 20, 2011 |


The Indians used three home runs and a solid pitching performance from Fausto Carmona to take the first game of a day, night doubleheader, by a score of 4-3. The win gets the Indians back to the .500 mark with just ten games remaining.

Jason Kipnis reached on a bunt single down the third base line in the bottom of the first inning before Travis Hafner homered to right field, giving the Indians an early 2-0 lead. It was Hafner’s 12th home run of the season. It was the first home run of the season for the Tribe against Gavin Floyd, but the first of more to come.

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Indians Survive KC Rally; Indians 5, Royals 4

September 3, 2011 |


By Mike Brandyberry

In a tale of two games in one, the Indians won the first half of the contest and were able to survive to hang on and win the game, 5-4. Like so many victories this summer, the win may come with a cost as Asdrubal Cabrera had to leave the game early with a right foot contusion.

Kosuke Fukudome stayed hot by earning the first of his three hits in the first inning. Carlos Santana followed with a double, scoring him. Santana would scamper home with Jim Thome’s base hit and the Indians had a quick 2-0 lead.

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Game Preview: Oakland (60-75) vs. Cleveland (67-65)

August 31, 2011 | | One Comment


By Matt Van Wormer

Last night, the Indians bats finally seemed to wake up a bit with Kosuke Fukudome, Carlos Santana and Jack Hannahan supplying plenty of power to push the Indians to a 6-2 victory over the slumping Athletics.  Jeanmar Gomez pitched better than anyone could have hoped and the bullpen did their thing as well.  Tonight, the Indians go for their third straight win in the series and also look to finish August with an above .500 record for the month.

Dog-Gone Ugly Effort; Mariners 12, Indians 7

August 24, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

The Cleveland Indians had their Puppypalooza at Progressive Field, welcoming 500 dogs to the ballpark for pregame parade, hopefully PETA wasn’t watching the contest or they may feel the animals were treated inhumanely, being forced to watch the contest. The Seattle Mariners defeated the Indians 12-7, and more importantly, probably ended all chances at a postseason birth for the Tribe.

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Still A Heartbeat; Indians 7, Mariners 5

August 23, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Yesterday Shin-Soo Choo missed the game to see the birth of his daughter, Abigail, and enjoy the first few breaths and heartbeats with his immediate family. Today, Choo may have given his baseball family a couple more breaths and heartbeats in the American League Central Division race.

Choo’s walkoff, three-run homer, gave the Indians a 7-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

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Can’t Quite Come All The Way Back; Tigers 8, Indians 7

August 22, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

A weekend series that began with such high hopes for the Cleveland Indians ended in complete despair and has put the Tribe in a bit of a hole in the A.L. Central Division.

When the Indians arrived at Comerica Park to play the first-place Tigers on Friday night, they were a mere 1.5 games out of the top spot. However, following Sunday’s 8-7 loss and sweep at the hands of Detroit, the Indians now come home out of it by a much wider 4.5 games.

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Tribe Takes Series, Heads To Detroit; Indians 4, White Sox 2

August 19, 2011 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Neither team’s starting pitcher had their best night Thursday evening, but the Indians were able to get a “good enough” effort from ace Justin Masterson for a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland has now won six of their last eight games heading in to a weekend series at Detroit.

Phil Humber, the White Sox starting pitcher, was not able to make it out of the second inning when Kosuke Fukudome lined a ball off his head. The line drive was hit so hard it dropped Humber and the ball landed in foul ground. Despite a large lump on his forehead, Humber was able to walk off the field on his own power.

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Pathetic Performance; Royals 12, Indians 0

July 30, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Optimism was in the air as the lowly Royals came into town Friday after a slugfest with the Boston Red Sox. The Indians had a new outfielder, who was brought in to shore up the outfield defense and provide a spark in the lineup, but the optimism was short lived as the Indians lost, 12-0 Friday evening.

Carlos Carrasco took a bit of the shine off that optimism in the top of the first inning. After retiring the game’s first hitter, the Royals got a single from Melky Cabrera and then a home run by Billy Butler made it 2-0 before the Indians could even take a swing.

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Series Preview: Kansas City vs. Cleveland

July 29, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

After being no-hit by the Angels, a day off may have been just what the Indians needed to get their act together. With the acquisition of Kosuke Fukudome, the Indians are hoping to ignite the offense with a guy who has a great on-base percentage, low strike out rate, good defensive skills and came for a measly $775,000 and two minor leaguers who wouldn’t be in Cleveland in the near future. They got this guy for pennies on the dollar and he waived his no-trade clause to come to Cleveland. Will he hit leadoff? I think it’s a possibility. Who will he see in his first American League series? Let’s take a look.

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Cubs Fans “View” of Fukudome

July 29, 2011 | | One Comment

By Mike Brandyberry

Many Cleveland Indians fans are not overly excited about the acquisition of Kosuke Fukudome on Thursday. But, considering the team’s recent struggles in the outfield, and their offensive struggles all summer, Fukudome seems to fill each of those holes for the rest of the season. I was able to speak with three writers for the Cubs’ blog, Obstructed View. Adam, David and Jeff certainly have a different view of Fukudome than Indians, and maybe Cubs, fans.

Adam: First off, congratulations on landing two months of Kosuke. I’m just sorry for your sake neither of those months is April.

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