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Encarnacion Reveals Fans’ Scars from Bad Indians Free Agent Experiences

Last year, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers exorcised 52 years of demons, including the Fumble, the Drive, Jose Mesa’s blown save and Joel Skinner stopping Kenny Lofton at third base. This year, the Indians are trying to exorcise some of their own – and not the ones you might think. For a team that’s one of the charter members of the American League, 40 years isn...

Throw-hio! Robertson at heart of Indians' win

Daniel Robertson slammed hard enough into Great American Ball Park's center-field wall that his hat popped off and dropped to the warning track. In one quick burst, the outfielder shuffled to his feet, plucked his cap from the ground and sprinted off the field. That running, bruising catch robbed Reds shortstop Zack Cozart of an extra-base hit, ended the fourth inning and was just...
Via Indians.com
10 hours ago

Indians, Bauer host Reds in tied-up Ohio Cup

The Ohio Cup moves to Progressive Field on Wednesday, as the Indians host the Reds after the two teams split in Cincinnati. This is the beginning of a nine-game homestand for the Tribe, while Cincinnati will play its next eight games away from home starting Wednesday night.
Via Indians.com
12 hours ago

Can Indians keep Clevinger in starting role?

With ace Corey Kluber nearing his return from the disabled list, the Indians have a decision to make. Right-hander Mike Clevinger has performed well enough that Cleveland plans on sifting through its options for potentially keeping him in the rotation.
Via Indians.com
15 hours ago

MLB Draft 2017: Cleveland Indians outfielder system depth

We begin our MLB Draft 2017 coverage with a look at the depth of outfielders in the Indians farm system. The biggest question mark for the Cleveland Indians right now on offense is the outfield. Michael Brantley is one of the best in the game over in left field, and Lonnie Chisenhall has been an above-average player when roaming either right or center, but Chisenhall’s currently...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion’s 2 homers lead Indians over Reds 8-7

CINCINNATI (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit two of Cleveland’s four homers off rookie Amir Garrett and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch Tuesday night, leading the Indians to an 8-7 victory and a split of their two-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. The series moves to Cleveland for two games. The Indians have won seven of the last eight between Ohio’s teams. Carlos Carrasco...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Hitting Streaks, Quality Pitching, Walk-offs, and More in Hillcats Chatter

After a couple of tough patches earlier in the month, the Lynchburg Hillcats have found that winning recipe in Carolina League play. Winners of six of their last seven contests, the Indians’ High-A affiliate have charged back into the race in the Carolina League’s Northern Division. At 24-19, they trail the rival Salem Red Sox by three and a half games in the standings. The Hillcats...

Leadoff Hitter Kipnis Regaining Form at the Plate

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has shown in years past that a move to the leadoff spot can be a good cure for what is ailing his bat. In a small sample size, the Indians have seen a good uptick in production from their two-time All-Star since manager Terry Francona inserted him into the leadoff spot of the batting order last Sunday. That same lineup restructuring worked wonders...

Cleveland Indians win with homers and hustle

Brad Zimmer hustled, Jason Kipnis hustled, Jose Ramirez hustled, and Trevor Bauer hustled if a pitcher can really hustle I don’t know. Hustle, hustle, hustle. It’s a sports cliche as old as sports, but the Cleveland Indians hustled all game long and it resulted in a 5-3, series-opening win against the Houston Astros. Terry Francona reportedly talked with players prior to today’s...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What is the biggest concern for the Cleveland Indians in 2017?

The Cleveland Indians have not been firing on all cylinders to the season (at least by the standards of last season) with a 20-19 record heading into their weekend series in Texas with the Houston Astros, who own the best record in baseball at 29-12. There have been a few issues that the Indians have had in their first 39 games to start the season but which of their issues is the...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Cleveland Indians’ slow start is no cause for panic

After underachieving for the first month of the season, it appeared that the Cleveland Indians were finally hitting their stride; they had won 12 of their last 18 games and held a 17-13 record – good enough for the top spot in the AL Central.  Since then, the Tribe has dropped six of their last nine games and find themselves in third place behind the Minnesota Twins and Detroit...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians have best local TV ratings in MLB, despite poor in-person attendance

For decades and decades, fans, media and franchises measured a baseball team’s popularity by ballpark attendance. And according to that criteria, the Cleveland Indians—currently 28th in Major League Baseball in average home attendance—don’t get a lot of love. But of course it’s no longer sensible to measure a team’s audience by its in-person attendance. With most teams’...
Via Awful Announcing
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Minor League Player of the Week: May 12 - May 18

Who were the top Tribe prospect performers the past seven days? It wasn’t even a contest last week as Triston McKenzie steamrolled the competition with 75 percent of the vote, thanks to his 14 strikeout performance over six shutout innings. This week, some young lower-level talent make themselves known with some strong games while a few veterans show they still have plenty of...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
5 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz critical of former Twins manager in new book

While David Ortiz will always be remembered as a member of the Boston Red Sox, his MLB career began with the Minnesota Twins. In his upcoming memoir, Big Papi shared some displeasure with the Minnesota organization, specifically regarding his old manager Tom Kelly.“I know he’s recognized as a good baseball man, but he struck me as a guy who believed his players were dumb,”...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthew McCo​naughey spotted at Indians game

Matthew McConaughey is in Cleveland to shoot an upcoming film, titled "White Boy Rick." While in town, the actor and sports junkie attended Monday night’s Indians-Rays game at Progressive Field while rocking a hat which simply said “Alright.” He also had a very Rust Cohle look going, minus the cigarettes and Lone Star beers. That is, of course, a reference to McConaughey...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Carrasco leaves start for Indians with pectoral tightness

Carlos Carrasco left his start on Monday for the Cleveland Indians against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fourth inning with what the team is terming pectoral tightness. Carrasco allowed a run in each of the innings he pitched and was charged with a fifth in the fourth inning, when he exited the game. There were signs that something was off with him as his fastball velocity was down...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona takes shot at Kevin Cash with scoreboard stats

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is a well-known practical joker. And with Kevin Cash’s Tampa Bay Rays in town, Francona couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a shot at his friend. Cash played under Francona with the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008 and worked for him as bullpen coach with the Indians in 2013 and 2014 before being hired by the Rays to replace Joe Maddon as...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Squirrel delays Twins-Indians game for five minutes

Saturday’s game between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians was delayed for nearly five minutes after a rather frisky squirrel found his way onto the field.Fans and players were reduced to mere onlookers as the grounds crew chased the fury friend all over the park, trying desperately to get it to exit through a left field door.The squirrel had other ideas, however. After...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Painting a New Picture of Jose Ramirez

In your mind, you might have an idea of the relative strengths of the Indians’ Jose Ramirez. He’s what many might term a “good little player” — and that’s not a comment on his 5-foot-8 stature. It’s about the fact that he can run a little, hit for a little power, make a little contact, and play a few positions. Useful, but maybe not a star. Then you might look at his...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians owner looking for middle ground on Chief Wahoo

Cleveland Indians owner, chairman and CEO Paul Dolan recently spoke to a group of people at Temple Emanu El Brotherhood’s 27th annual Sports Night. One of the issues that came up was the team’s continued use of the controversial Chief Wahoo.“Dolan said (commissioner Rob) Manfred had reached out to the franchise about its logo, particularly after a Canadian lawsuit was filed...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion gets standing ovation from Blue Jays fans in return to Toronto (VIDEO)

Edwin Encarnacion spent the better part of his MLB career — which has spanned 12 full seasons — with the Blue Jays, and had a lot of great moments in Toronto. Now in his 13th season, after signing with the Indians in the offseason, Encarnacion is no longer donning a Blue Jays jersey, but is still revered by fans. Encarnacion returned to Rogers Centre for the first time on Monday...
Via The Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Thousands of bees invaded Kauffman Stadium and were removed humanely, pleasing Ned Yost

Baseball and bees have often gone together, as in the Cubs-Mariners and Rockies-Padres games disrupted by swarms this March. The latest incident happened Sunday, where thousands of bees invaded the upper deck of the Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium ahead of their game with the Cleveland Indians, prompting quite a funny response from the Indians’ Twitter account: As this Kansas...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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