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CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona has learned quickly that hes not in Boston anymore.
Managing in Cleveland is a different ballgame.
Its more baseball and less soap opera however you want to say it, Francona said Friday before the Indians rain-delayed game against Tampa.
Franconas statement was in response to a question about events he described in his book, Francona: The Red Sox Years. In the book, Francona detailed how he grew weary of constantly having to put out fires in Boston that had nothing to do with baseball -- ranging from rescheduling games at inopportune times to dealing with quirky requests from ownership.
It got to a point I think in Boston where there were so many things on the periphery, he said.
Add on some of the personalities the Red Sox had -- Manny Ramirez, Josh Beckett -- and it became quite a mix.
That was part of the job description, Francona said.
Life is different with the Indians.
I think I remember in the first press conference (in Cleveland) saying I could b...
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Like most 20-somethings, Akron Aeros outfielder Carlos Moncrief enjoys playing video games, especially MLB The Show. He does not create himself in the game, though; instead he thinks about what could be.
"Every time I look at the Indians' lineup," Moncrief said. "I just hope that I'm in there one year, and I'll play with the Indians all the time when...
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The Carolina Mudcats are clearly an enigma.
No, I wouldn’t say that I can’t figure out why Carolina doesn’t win ballgames. It’s fairly simple: when you score less runs than the team you’re playing, you just don’t win.
The big question is why. This team can hit. The Muddies are currently leading the league with a .269 average, which is 13 points above...
AKRON, OH -- Down 2-1 in the ninth inning, first baseman Jesus Aguilar tied the game with an opposite field home run, just out of right fielder Steven Souza Jr.'s reach at the "It's A Whole New Ballgame" sign.
After the two teams went six more innings, it almost literally was.
The Akron Aeros (24-30) won 3-2 Thursday night in 15 innings, defeating the Harrisburg...
Terry Francona has been ejected for the first time as Cleveland's manager.
Francona was tossed in the fifth inning Sunday against Tampa Bay. He was ejected by plate umpire Bill Welke for arguing a strike call with Nick Swisher batting and the Indians trailing 5-3.
Welke called a strike, Francona yelled from the dugout and was quickly ejected. He came on the field and argued...
COLUMBUS- The Columbus Clippers just can’t seem to catch a break these days.
After trailing 5-0 early in the game, the Clippers battled back to take a 8-5 lead but could not hold on to it as they collapsed against the Indianapolis Indians 10-9 in extra innings Saturday.
The Indians picked off right where they left off Friday, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning...
CLEVELAND -- Sunday was not the Indians day, but at least one element of an 11-3 drubbing had fans cheering and players inwardly pleased.Manager Terry Francona got himself ejected.This in an of itself means very little in a one-sided loss (to Tampa), but it means something to the players who rarely saw former manager Manny Acta leave the dugout, much less get tossed.Franconas ejection...
The Cleveland Indians have issued an apology to fans who attended Friday night's game with Tampa Bay that had nearly five hours of rain delays and ended at 2:53 a.m.
Indians president Mark Shapiro met with reporters before Saturday's game and said the team feels ''terrible'' about what took place Friday and will reach out to fans to show that.
Sitting at the Indians-Reds game last night with TD, I had planned to just spend a quiet inning away from my friends. Then, suddenly, Michael Brantley had a two-out RBI hit. And then Yan Gomes. And Ryan Raburn. And the beat continued to the top of the lineup.
All in all, I was away from my friends for nearly 45 minutes as the Indians demoralized Homer Bailey and the Reds for seven...
One could say Friday’s game between the Indians and Tampa Bay Rays lasted two months.
While the box score may say the ballgame took two hours and 59 minutes to complete, it doesn’t account for four hours and 49 minutes of rain delays. Or the fact that play began in May and ended in June.
When it was all said and done, the Tribe fell just as hard as the rain did losing to the...
COLUMBUS- In retrospective, the Clippers might have wished that the downpour prior to Friday’s action would have canceled the game all together. After the hour and 15 minute rain delay, Columbus was beat up in an 11-0 routing by the Indianapolis Indians.
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate demonstrated why they are the best team in the International League, dominating...
May was about as good a month as is possible for a baseball team. While some of the offensive players tailed off a little from April, the pitching has been all around tremendous and the starting rotation in general is shooting up the rankings. The third rankings of the year see a new top player for the third time as well, with the Indians ace beating out the top hitters after a scorching...
Indians manager Terry Francona had a rough afternoon.
His team's pitching staff wasn't any better.
The Tampa Bay Rays got 14 hits off Cleveland starter Zach McAllister and four relievers, including home runs by Yunel Escobar and Evan Longoria, in an 11-3 victory over the Indians on Sunday.
If there was a bright side for Francona, he was able to watch part of the defeat...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight scoreless innings and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Saturday.
Jason Giambi and Asdrubal Cabrera hit two-run homers in the game that began about 10 hours following the conclusion of Friday night's contest that ended at 2:53 a.m. on Saturday after nearly five hours of rain delays.
Jimenez (4-3) gave the Indians...
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Anytime FanGraphs writes about positive things in the Tribe organization, I’m thrilled. With this, I’m bouncing-off-the-walls ecstatic: “In 2013, the 27-year...
Tampa Bay Rays ( - ) at Cleveland Indians ( - )
Series 19, Games 54, 55 & 56
Progressive Field, Cleveland: Park Factor 96, Pitcher's Park.
Friday, May 31st 7:05 EDT (STO)
Matt Moore (8-0, 2.21) vs Corey Kluber (3-3, 4.57)
Brett Myers injury complications has granted Kluber a reprieve from the worry of being removed from the rotation, but the way he has pitched...