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Heading into last night’s all important rubber match with the Baltimore Orioles, the Tribe knew they needed to get some mojo behind them for this stretch run. The brutal nine-game stretch with Atlanta, Detroit, and those Orioles was coming to an end and things didn’t go exactly as planned. They were swept in Atlanta, then lost two of three to the Tigers and badly needed to take the series from Baltimore or be in danger of getting themselves buried. After splitting the first two games, Wednesday night’s affair was as close to a must win as it comes. Even manager Terry Francona who doesn’t like to call any game more meaningful than another said beforehand that this was big one.
Baseball players can be a quirky bunch at times. So there the Indians were during batting practice, with a live chicken, draped in Indians garb, roaming the field. It was an ode to reliever Cody Allen, aka “Chicken Al.” The team had fun with it and it kept the group loose. No player would claim to bringing the ...
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The Baltimore Orioles, somewhat miraculously, still find themselves in contention for a Wild Card spot after yesterday’s 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards.
The O’s are 3 games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for that oh-so-coveted second WC birth, despite going 4-6 in their last 10 games and losing 4 of their last 5 series overall. They do sit behind the Yankees and...
Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has returned to his home in West Palm Beach, Fla., to be with wife Melissa for the birth of their first child.
Manager Terry Francona isn't sure how long Brantley, the Indians' everyday left fielder, will be away from the club. Brantley is batting .278 with eight home runs, 59 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 132 games.
Brantley was in the...
The Cleveland Indians won, Ubaldo Jimenez got his 10th win on the season and he is now 10-9 on the year. It wasn’t easy to watch, Jimenez had to be nervous after pitching a shut out against the Orioles the Indians put Chris Perez in to shut down the Orioles in the 9th and keep the win. It didn’t go exactly the way that the Indians planned it. Perez gave up 3 runs in the 9th and...
The Cleveland Indians start a new series tonight against the New York Mets. The Indians are still in the running for post season play. They could take over a wild card spot if they can continue to win series. The Indians need fan support. The team has plenty of tickets left for tonight’s game and the team is putting on a giant fireworks display following the game. Not only can...
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson brought a live chicken to batting practice Wednesday to poke fun of teammate Cody Allen, who is known by his nickname "Chicken Al".
The chicken helped to lighten the mood and keep the players loose. Manager Terry Francona approved, but more importantly, he assured everyone that no harm...
Baltimore Orioles third baseman has taken the Charm City by storm and solidified his position as one of the most promising young players in baseball today. So whenever you have a commodity like that, you need to cash in, right?
The Orioles have released this "Hakuna Machado" video, set to the tune of the song "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King. Apparently...
Prior to Wednesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians made friends with a different kind of bird.
Pitcher Justin Masterson carried a live chicken on to the field for the team's pregame drills. The bird, supplied by one of the Indians' clubhouse workers from an area farm, spent most of batting practice standing with Cleveland's pitchers...
The Cleveland Indians might be using their farm system a little too literally these days.
Before the Tribe took on Baltimore Wednesday night, Justin Masterson livened up batting practice by bringing a live chicken to Progressive Field to help shag some balls in the outfield. The pitcher remained mysterious about how he obtained the bird, but it is reportedly a gift for relief pitcher...
Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber entered the 2013 season as a 27-year-old with fewer than 70 major-league innings. He’s departing it, however, having established himself as one of the club’s — and perhaps the league’s — most effective starters, having recorded strikeout and walk rates of 23.3% and 5.2%, respectively, and a 74 xFIP- that’s fifth […]
I have said this for ever STOP TAKING CATCHERS WITH FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS. It was sometime ago so you probably don’t recall me e-mailing everyone and saying if Mauer doesn’t turn into one of the best catchers in baseball I wouldn’t draft another high first round catcher again as long as I live. He’s the only catching prospect that I’ve seen that all the scouts said couldn’t...
The Mets travel to Cleveland tonight because, why not?
The Amazin’s stopped their slide last night thanks to a tremendous performance by Dillon Gee who has a 2.01 ERA since the All-Star break and some nice offense from Brown and Duda. Today Zach Wheeler makes the start against Scott Kazmir (yes, that Scott Kazmir). Side story: the Indians are in a playoff race so not only can the...
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched six shutout innings while Yan Gomes and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs apiece, and the Cleveland Indians survived a shaky ninth inning for a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
Jimenez (10-9) has allowed three earned runs or less in eight consecutive starts. The right-hander held Baltimore to four hits and worked out of a bases-loaded...
In 2004, general manager Jim Duquette thought the Mets were a playoff contender, as the team was just three games out of first place on July 22. But one week later, the Mets were seven games off the pace and falling fast. Not wanting to give up on the season, Duquette traded away the team’s top pitching prospect, Scott Kazmir, to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for pitcher Victor...
Last week, I pondered that if the Orioles came home from their nine-game road trip with a losing record, their playoff hopes might be dashed.
However, I’ve never been a person to make wildly accurate predictions when it comes to sports and was wrong again about the Orioles.
Thanks to the Tamp Bay Rays falling into a slump despite their great pitching, they have allowed...
Indians manager Terry Francona says he did not consider leaving struggling closer Chris Perez off the wild-card roster.
Perez was stripped of his closing role last week after he gave up six runs in two outings when the Indians couldn't afford to lose. Perez was one 10 relievers on Cleveland's 25-man roster as the Indians hosted the Tampa Bay Rays in Wednesday night's...