Found September 12, 2012 on
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When you are a bad team like the Indians are, you have no margin for error. When your four through nine in your lineup reads Russ Canzler, Matt LaPorta, Brent Lillibridge, Jason Donald, Thomas Neal, Ezequiel Carrera and you are playing the Texas Rangers, you are going to need not to play perfect baseball, but you need a little luck as well.
So the Indians took that lineup to the field in Arlington, Texas against a first place club that features five All-Stars. Ubaldo Jimenez was on the mound and by the second inning, he was up to his old tricks, with a little help from his defense.
Donald, playing third base, took a grounder from Adrian Beltre and threw it across the diamond to Canzler. The throw was a tad up the line and Canzler dropped it. It was the first three brutal errors on Tribe infielders. Good teams like the Rangers know how to take advantage of extra outs.
Three hits, one walk, and two sacrifice flies later, it was 4-0. Oh and of course I can’t forget the obligatory Ubald...
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“Indians manager Manny Acta received a vote of confidence from Indians ECO Paul Dolan, the son of owner Larry Dolan, a couple weeks ago. Votes of confidence are never ironclad, but the one for Acta feels especially flimsy.
Even a couple weeks ago, just after that vote of confidence, which also covered GM Chris Antonetti and club president Mark Shapiro, a source said...
Which is sadder- the fact that I completely forgot to post the box score from last night’s Indians game, or the fact that nobody noticed?
Bot 1st: Texas
- J. Hamilton grounded into fielder’s choice, I. Kinsler scored, E. Andrus out at second
- A. Beltre homered to deep left, J. Hamilton scored
Bot 3rd: Texas
- J. Hamilton homered to deep right...
Cleveland center fielder Michael Brantley has been scratched from Thursday night's lineup with a sore left pectoral muscle and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will not start for a fourth straight game because of a sore right wrist.
Brantley was originally batting cleanup for the Indians against the Texas Rangers. But Cleveland scratched him after the team took batting practice. Ezequiel...
Asdrubal Cabrera was not in the line up again last night for the Cleveland Indians. He has missed the past two games with a sore right wrist. The Indians have not indicated any plans to put Cabrera on the disabled list and hope to have him back in the lineup soon. However, it looks like he may miss the next few games still.
According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Cabrera...
When was the last time I was able to write something positive regarding our baseball team? Im seriously at a loss, or should I say several losses, because that’s all the Indians seem to do these days. They look like a team asleep at the wheel, looking forward to the day the season is over. The slump has worn down everyone. The pitching has been horrific. The offense never came...
The Indians face an important decision this offseason as Travis Hafner's contract runs out. The man once known as Pronk has not played at a prominent level since 2007 when he knocked in 100 runs with 24 home runs. In the five seasons since he has knocked in a total of 213 runs with 58 homers. Hafner signed his current contract prior to that 2007 season after his best season...
A four game series loss to the Twins has placed the Indians in last place in the American League Central, at least momentarily. The Indians have been almost eliminated from the playoffs and will probably be officially by the end of the week. Since a .500 record is no longer attainable at this point, the Indians will have to lower their goals once again. The absolute minimum would...
Last night, the Indians’ lineup featured a 4-9 resembling so many overcooked ramen noodles:
Believe it or not, they did not win the game.
In more than one way, this was a just loss. Not only did the team deserve to lose this one individual game—anemic offense, insufficient starting pitching...
The Cleveland Indians have released their 2013 schedule.
Tribe Opens Season at Toronto Tuesday, April 2 vs. Blue Jays
Home Opener Monday, April 8 vs. New York Yankees
In conjunction with all 30 Major League Baseball clubs, the Cleveland Indians have released their preliminary 2013 MLB regular season schedule. Read More »
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Player of the Game
Carlos Santana just beat out David Huff for his 15th of the season. The Indians only scored two runs and Santana was part of both of them, scoring the first when he singled and scored on a Casey Kotchman fielder's choice with the bases loaded. He knocked in the other run with a sacrifice fly after Ezequiel Carrera singled and got himself to third. His final...
Player of the Game
Tonight's Player of the Game was removed for a pinch hitter late in the game, because that's what should always happen. Matt LaPorta hit an RBI double, giving him a score of 1.68 for the game. It was his first RBI of the season and his first Player of the Game, mostly due to being absolutely terrible during the short time he has been with the Tribe this...
Nobody said beating the Texas Rangers was going to be easy, especially when you have starting pitching that could go either way on any night and a lineup that looks more like a 4A convention than a Major League team. But hey, as GM Chris Antonetti told us two days ago, these guys still have a lot to play for. Especially the young kids who want to have jobs in 2013.
One of those kids...
Player of the Game
Just two days after getting his first Player of the Game with his first RBI, Matt LaPorta knocked in his second and third runs of the year with his first home run on the season. Along with two singles, this gave him a POG score of 5.07, enough to beat out a great start by Zach McAllister (4.21) and the late inning hero Jason Kipnis (4.07).
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“With soon-to-be-ex-Indians’ closer Chris Perez dominating the (Indians) news this week, I find it unusual that a couple of months ago he was laying into the fans for...