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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | July 12, 2020

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Father and Son Combinations in Indians History

June 21, 2020 |

Baseball and Father’s Day have often gone hand in hand, but this year, the former is nowhere to be found as fathers across the country celebrate the day without the presence of the national pastime.

A total of 240 fathers with Major League Baseball experience have welcomed their own sons into the Show, including 16 fathers who had a pair of sons expand the baseball family tree. Quite a few of those names have spent time in the city of Cleveland during their playing careers.

In honor of the holiday, we take a look at the six proud father-son duos to both wear an Indians’ jersey during their times on a Major League diamond (also, this serves as a good piece of Cleveland Indians trivia to boot). Read More

Use Caution While Riding the Russ Bus

September 9, 2012 |

By Bob Toth

Cleveland Indians’ fans have been calling for Russ Canzler to be promoted from Columbus almost all season long, hoping that the right-handed hitting first baseman/outfielder would be able to alleviate some of the offensive deficiencies of the club. As the days and weeks passed and the production from both first base and left field underwhelmed at the plate, Canzler slugged away in Triple-A, awaiting his opportunity.

It may not have happened when some fans wanted, but Canzler’s time to shine is now.

Canzler is expected to see plenty of action for the Indians. It will be the first real test at the major league level for the 26-year-old. It is believed he will split his time between designated hitter, left field, and first base during this audition.

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Game #130: Oakland Athletics (71-57) at Cleveland Indians (55-74)

August 29, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

The Indians did not score a run last night. The Indians did not score a run Monday night. The Indians did not score a run for the last four innings on Sunday.

It’s been a while.

The Tribe’s offensive woes continued last night when Tommy Milone became the most recent left-handed pitcher to stifle the Indians. Milone, who had struggled to keep his spot in the Athletics’ rotation just a month ago, shutout Cleveland for six innings Tuesday night. He followed Brett Anderson’s two-hit, seven inning effort from Monday.

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LaPorta’s Last Stand

August 26, 2012 |

By Bob Toth

The recall of Matt LaPorta to Cleveland on Friday lacked the jubilation and hope that the former top prospect and key acquisition of the 2008 C.C. Sabathia trade had once generated with the Indians and their fans.

The 27-year-old LaPorta began his latest audition for the Indians on Friday night, batting sixth and playing first base in a 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees. A pair of strikeouts, including a key whiff with runners on second and third with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, overshadowed his lone single to center in the fifth. The performance improved his season batting average with Cleveland to .200, with three singles and four strikeouts in 15 plate appearances.

The Yankees clearly used the same scouting report on LaPorta as teams have used for years – throw lots and lots of off-speed breaking pitches.

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Indians Give Up Six Unanswered and Waste Duncan Slam; A’s 6, Indians 4

August 18, 2012 |

By Bob Toth

After a four-run fourth inning, Cleveland allowed six unanswered runs the rest of the way and Oakland won their 20th game of the season in their last at bat, as the A’s stole a victory from the Indians by a final of 6-4.

With the score tied at four in the bottom of the eighth and Indians reliever Joe Smith (7-3) on the mound, A’s first baseman Chris Carter walked after falling behind in the count 0-2. Brandon Moss followed with a single to right-center, which ended Smith’s night. Vinnie Pestano relieved to face pinch hitter Josh Reddick, who singled to shallow left center to load the bases.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson, who entered the game batting just .167, fell behind in the count 1-2 against Pestano before singling to left, driving in the go-ahead run, Adam Rosales, who had pinch-ran for Carter. Derek Norris struck out for the first out of the inning before Cliff Pennington added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Moss from third just ahead of the tag from Indians catcher Lou Marson, giving the A’s a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth.

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Tribe Defense and Bullpen Kicks Away Victory on Way to 11th Straight Loss; Twins 7, Indians 5

August 7, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Indians Manager Manny Acta said they needed a quality start to snap their losing streak. Corey Kluber gave the Tribe just what they needed but it wasn’t enough as the Tribe committed three errors and allowed five unearned runs in the last three innings to grab defeat from the jaws of victory, 7-5.

Kluber out-pitched the Twins young right-hander Sam Deduno, putting the Tribe in position to snap their ten game losing streak. However, errors by Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis in the seventh and Casey Kotchman in the ninth helped paved the way to Chris Perez’s fourth blown save and extend the losing to eleven consecutive games.

“A hard one, tough, guys played their heart out, but unfortunately we were killed by some of the base runners we put on and then not being able to make plays late in the game,” Acta said. “We had a four run lead, but we gave up six runs due to the way we played defense late in the game.”

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Tribe Swept Out of Minnesota While Trade Deadline Looms; Twins 5, Indians 1

July 29, 2012 |

By Craig Gifford

Sunday afternoon’s tilt with the Minnesota Twins and finale of a three-game road set at Target Field was the Indians last chance to show whether the team should be buyers or sellers at Tuesday afternoon’s trade deadline.

Looking at the weekend’s results, it would be hard to fathom Cleveland general manager Chirs Antonetti adding to the payroll. The Twins finished off a three-game sweep of the Indians with a 5-1 win. It was the closest game in a series that saw the Tribe continue to post anemic offensive numbers.

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Jimenez Poor Outing Too Much For Bats to Overcome; Blue Jays 11, Indians 9

July 14, 2012 |

By Dave Roberts

A day after the Indians and Blue Jays opened the second half of the season with a pitcher’s duel resulting in a 1-0 Tribe win, the bats decided to liven things up in Game two of the series. Saturday’s day game saw a total of six balls leave the ballpark for both teams en route to an 11-9 Jays’ victory over the Tribe.

Both teams’ struggling pitching staffs were on display in a grandiose fashion as this game was never short of fireworks. For the Indians it started with Ubaldo Jimenez, who was looking to continue the hot streak he has been riding since June but unfortunately, control was not there for the right-hander. He managed to only last 2.1 innings as the Jays power bats took advantage of his erratic pitching to the tune of eight runs on seven hits.

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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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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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