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This Week in Tribe 6/27-7/3: Indians Rolling in First Place

It’s a great time to be a Cleveland sports fan with the Indians rolling high on a nine-game winning streak that has pushed their lead to five games in the American League Central Division. Cleveland is now 44-30 after another three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers (38-38) to kick off a 10-game road trip that moves down to Atlanta (26-49) for three games on June 27-29, then up to...
Via Burning River Baseball
2 hours ago

The Cleveland Indians complete an amazing week; sweep Detroit and take commanding lead in AL Central

Morning news and notes for Monday, June 27, 2016 What a week. From the unreal game 7 victory, to the craziness of the parades and celebrations, and now the Indians amazing winning streak. As a born and raised Clevelander, this is not normal and I really don’t know how to react to such nice things. It can’t be a horrible misunderstanding, can it? Here’s hoping for another...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland's Santana a different kind of leadoff hitter

As a 210-pound power hitter, Carlos Santana doesn't exactly fit the prototype of the traditional leadoff man. But Cleveland manager Terry Francona has become comfortable topping the lineup with his slugging designated hitter. ''Speed's always good, but at the top of the order, you want guys on base,'' Francona said. ''You don't want to clog the bases, but you want guys on base for...
Via Associated Press
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

How the Cleveland Indians have found themselves in first place

Everything is going right for Cleveland sports right now. Well, except for the Browns. But even they haven’t lost a game this season yet! With the Cleveland Cavaliers bringing home a championship to the 216 for the first time in 52 years, the feeling of depression for sports teams in the area has flipped to hope. And the Cleveland Indians are looking to build off of that feeling...
Via isportsweb.com
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians win 9th straight for longest win streak this season

Terry Francona did something Sunday at Comerica Park that he rarely gets to do. He relaxed while sitting in the visiting manager's office.The Cleveland Indians had just beaten the Tigers 9-3, winning their ninth straight game and improving to 9-0 against Detroit this season."I've spent a lot of long nights in this office, trying to figure how to regroup after getting beat up yet...
Via Associated Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tomlin continues impressive run by Tribe arms

Josh Tomlin took note of his teammates' recent run of three complete games in four outings. He did his best to deliver one of his own Sunday, but came up just short as he allowed three runs over eight innings in the Indians' 9-3 win over the Tigers.
Via Indians.com
18 hours ago

6/26 Recap: Indians Win 9th Straight in Detroit Sweep City

Player of the Game Every year it seems Lonnie Chisenhall catches fire for a short period and has one particular game where he really shines. Well, that time is now and that game was today as he went 4-4 with two singles, a triple and a two run home run. He knocked in three and scored twice although he was caught out on the bases once. He is now hitting .450 with six RBI, three runs...
Via Burning River Baseball
20 hours ago

Francona: Davis' basestealing key asset

When veteran Rajai Davis joined the Indians as a free agent over the offseason, manager Terry Francona did not realize how good of a basestealer Davis was.
Via Indians.com
23 hours ago

Cleveland Indians mock Ayesha Curry on Twitter

The city of Cleveland is still in a euphoric state following their first major sports championship in 52 years, which might explain why the person running the Cleveland Indians' Twitter account thought it would be a good idea to take a random swipe at Ayesha Curry. The Indians will finish up a series against Detroit Sunday, then move on to play series with Atlanta and Toronto. The...
Via Fox Sports
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians minor league recap: Matt Esparza whiffs 12 in career-best start

Also, Bradley Zimmer, Giovanny Urshela and Jesus Aguilar go yard. Nearly every Tribe affiliate picked up a win yesterday, except for the stubborn Akron Rubberducks, who decided to get swept in a double-header. The story of the day was great pitching as Will Roberts, Matt Esparza, Brady Aiken and Jhonneyver Gutierrez were all brilliant, giving up a combined one run over 20 innings...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Like Him or Not, Francona Gets Things Done

Terry Francona is a very divisive figure among Indians fans. Many in the more emotional crowd follow his every move blindly as the works of the genius who brought Boston their first World Championship in nearly 100 years. Other, more statistically inclined fans find fault in the Tribe’s manager daily. In particular, his love of at least tolerance of sacrifice bunts, his favoritism...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago

Indians news and notes: Tribe wins eighth straight, now five up in AL Central

I don't want this ride to end. Yesterday's Game: Indians 6, Tigers 0 Carrasco, Indians blank Tigers in 8th straight | MLB.com Carlos Santana gets Carlos Carrasco, Indians off to quick start in 6-0 win over Tigers | cleveland.com Cleveland Indians continue dominance over Tigers in 6-0 victory - Let's Go Tribe If the key to winning the division is to play well against against...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lindor homers twice as Indians extend power surge

Francisco Lindor had his first career multi-home run game Saturday as the Indians blanked the Tigers 6-0 at Comerica Park.
Via Indians.com
1 day ago

Lindor hits 2 HRs, Carrasco shutout, Indians win 8th in row

DETROIT (AP) Francisco Lindor homered twice and Carlos Carrasco pitched a four-hitter to lead the Cleveland Indians to their eighth consecutive win, 6-0 over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Cleveland also improved to 8-0 against the Tigers this year, outscoring them 51-16. It was the first career multihomer game for the 22-year-old Lindor, and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes also...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer Looks Like a Completely Different Pitcher

Eno Sarris is going to be publishing an article about Brian Dozier later today, and within that article, there’s a quote about Trevor Bauer. Dozier mentions Bauer as someone who “lives up in the zone” and who won’t go away from his strengths to attack Dozier, a high-ball hitter. And while it’s technically still true that Bauer often throws his fastballs high in the zone...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Indians have built a spectacular Jobu shrine in their clubhouse

The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians are riding a six-game winning streak and are 15-6 this month, including 11-0 at home. So, to what should they attribute their success?Perhaps to the same higher power that famed Indians slugger Pedro Cerrano once credited for his power.Yes, the Indians have constructed a shrine to Jobu, one that would make the "Major League" cast proud. It...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians create shrine to Jobu straight out of ‘Major League’

The Cleveland Indians have found a new idol to worship within their clubhouse, and it’s one that is familiar to many sports fans: Jobu. Yes, the Indians have made a shrine for Jobu in their locker room between the lockers of Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis. Paul Hoynes snapped a picture of the beautiful scene: Shrine to Jobu erected between Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis' locker....
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Indians Made It Into First Place

The Indians lead the Royals by two games in the Central. They lead the Tigers by a little more than that, and they lead the White Sox by a little more than that. The Twins are also a baseball team. These things have a tendency to shuffle, and it’s not like the Indians are guaranteed to remain where they are all season, but this is what anyone would want. They’re right where they...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians have created a shrine to Jobu

The sports scene in Cleveland is looking a bit more optimistic this week after the Cavaliers brought home a championship to the title-starved sports city. Looking to create some good vibes of their own, Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians are hoping Jobu’s return to the Indians' clubhouse will help them out. Jobu was the voodoo statue Pedro Cerrano, portrayed...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores: Surprise Meeting of Corey Kluber Society

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *** Surprise...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How long will the Cleveland Indians remain in first place?

The Cleveland Indians took over the top spot in the American League Central Division on June 4. They have remained atop the division ever since. After getting swept by the Kansas City Royals this past week, the Indians sit just above the Royals with a half-game lead in the AL Central. How long will they be able to hold on to first place in the division? Don’t be surprised if...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians bullpen struggles

The Cleveland Indians are in first place. I suppose one could say you can’t complain when you have a first place club, but with that in mind, as well as the team has played, I do have one complaint with them this year. What is up with the bullpen? More specifically what is up with Bryan Shaw? While I don’t want to rain on the Tribe’s parade–they’ve had a great season to...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Juan Uribe says they don’t make cups big enough for his junk

Cleveland Indians third baseman Juan Uribe sat out Monday’s game with a testicular contusion. He suffered the injury during a win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday when a Mike Trout grounder took a bad hop and caught him between the legs. Had Uribe been wearing a cup, it would have hurt a lot less. But when you’re as blessed as he is, sometimes that just isn’t an option...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Juan Uribe suffers testicular contusion on 106-mph Mike Trout groundball

Cleveland Indians third baseman Juan Uribe was carted off the field Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium, after taking a Mike Trout rocket groundball in a horrible place to take a rocket groundball… especially if you’re not wearing a cup. We don’t know if Uribe had a cup on, but if he did, it still didn’t get the job done. Trout ripped a one-hop groundball that had an exit...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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