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It might as well be Game 7 of a playoff series.
Matched up for the first time since June 2, Cleveland (92-70) will battle the Tampa Bay Rays (92-71) in a one-game wild card playoff Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
The winner goes on to play the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series, while the loser ends their quest for baseball glory by packing their bags for another grueling offseason.
For the Indians, you could say their road to the postseason has simply been a roller coaster ride of all sorts, ending the regular season on a high with a franchise record 10 game winning streak. Having lost 94 games just one year ago, first year manager Terry Francona has led his bunch into October for the first time since 2007. They did it with one of the best months of September in baseball history, going 21-6 to grab the top A.L. wild card seed.
It marked the first time Cleveland won 20 games in a month since they did it twice in 1995, when the team went to the World Series. ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates for taking care of the Reds in the play-in game to earn the right to play in the NLDS. I picked the game incorrectly as I thought Johnny Cueto would have more to offer than what he did. But I could not be happier for the city of Pittsburgh for ending their long drought. Of course, it was kind of wistful watching Russell Martin perform so...
In April of this season, 95% of Indians fans had no idea who Danny Salazar was.
By May, he was starting to make some waves in AA Akron, making seven starts and posting an ERA of 2.67 with 51 strikeouts in 33.2 innings pitched.
In June, he was a rotation mainstay in Columbus, making starts mostly of the five inning variety, by design after his Tommy John surgery two years ago. Again...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game.
Cobb, who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering Cleveland crowd and ended the Indians'...
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb is set to start the Wild Card Game for the Rays. Despite missing two months after being struck in the head with a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer on June 15th, Cobb has quietly put together an excellent season.
In 22 starts and 143.1 innings, Cobb has a 2.76 ERA, the lowest mark on the team. The ERA is...
The Tampa Bay Rays' road show rolls on. Next stop: Boston.
Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 Wednesday night in the American League wild-card game.
Cobb, who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering...
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball and Joel Peralta, Jake McGee and Fernando Rodney combined to finish the shutout 4-0 over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Wild Card game.
In two starts against Cleveland this year, Cobb gave up a combined 12 hits in 14 scoreless innings.
Tampa Bay will now move on to the American League Division...
Time to settle the score over in the American League.
The Rays beat the Rangers in a convincing fashion on game 163 in Texas. Now the tenacious Rays prepare to duke it out with the surging Indians, in Cleveland.
The Rays will have Alex Cobb on the mound. Cobb has been one of the most dominate pitchers in the AL with an 11-3 record and 2.76 ERA. While Cobb hasn’t seen much of...
Yesterday, the nation got to watch Francisco Liriano go up against Johnny Cueto. Come Thursday, Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw are going to pitch, albeit not opposite each other. This is the playoffs, meaning the teams left are good, which means the players left are good, which means the pitchers left are good. There are going to be some incredible potential pitchers’ duels...
Just call them road tested.
A different city, a different stadium, the same result. This time, the Tampa Bay Rays earned an escape from the win-or-go-home tightrope they had walked since Sunday.
Behind another efficient outing from right-hander Alex Cobb, the Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Wednesday in the American League wild-card game at Progressive Field to win their...
An unexpected season loaded with highs, lows and drama ended abruptly. The magic fizzled for the Cleveland Indians only one game into October.
Wasting scoring opportunities against Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb, the Indians disappointed a sellout crowd that did everything it could to carry them Wednesday night with a 4-0 loss to the Rays in the AL wild-card game.
A team that went...
The Tampa Bay Rays moved on to the AL Division Series on Wednesday night, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 behind a great effort from Alex Cobb. The Rays will take on the Red Sox in Boston starting on Friday afternoon, but the real fun starts today.
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Champagne and silly string - the story of the 2013 Rays (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Indians were poised to make a long run into the play-offs this year, the only thing standing in their way being the Tampa Bay Rays and starting pitcher Alex Cobb. As we all know now, this block was insurmountable, but what we really want to know is why.
First off, the odds were against them. Winning ten games in a row against anyone is incredibly improbable and winning eleven...
A packed Progressive Field was rocking at the start of last night’s AL Wildcard game between the Rays and Indians, but it was not enough as the Indians fell short 4-0. With the win, the Rays move on to face the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday in Fenway Par. With the loss, the Indians get set to pack their bags and head home for the season.
Before I look a little...