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Indians catcher Yan Gomes sat at his locker and finished a cup of beet juice before taking batting practice.
You wouldn’t know he's a rookie by speaking with him, let alone from another country.
Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays this off-season along with infielder Mike Aviles, Gomes has burst on the scene rather quickly with the Tribe in what has become his first full season in the big leagues.
But before he came to Cleveland, before he stepped foot in a major league ballpark, he called the South American country of Brazil, home.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gomes is the first Brazilian-born player in MLB history.
“It’s a great honor representing such a big country,” Gomes said. “I mean to represent it the best that I can, especially a country that has been known for their athletics and soccer.”
Growing up in the fifth largest populated country in the world, Gomes was introduced to the game of baseball in his homeland at a very young age.
“I think I was around six or seven year...
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Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera told MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian that he feels like he is ready to come back-
Asdrubal said he feels 100%. Hopes to be activated and back in lineup for Indians on Wednesday or Thursday.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 25, 2013
Cabrera went on the disabled list back on June 4th with a quad strain. You may remember he went down while trying...
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On Saturday the Cleveland Indians announced that they signed 4th round pick left-handed pitcher Kyle Crockett and 15th round pick shortstop James Roberts.
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Cleveland, OH -- Cleveland scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and the Tribe bullpen bent but didn't break, as the Indians beat the Minnesota Twins, 8-7, Saturday night at Progressive Field.
"We kind of had to hang on for dear life, but we did," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We go home happy."
The Indians maintained a patient approach...
It hasn't always been easy, but the Cleveland Indians have managed to find ways to win of late.
Trying for a fifth consecutive victory, the Indians look to complete a sweep of the visiting Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
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Akron, OH – Both teams played to the best of their abilities, but it was the Rock Cats who pulled out a 12-7 victory in a thriller on Saturday night at Canal Park.
Both teams took the lead in the ninth inning and the Rock Cats scored five runs to win the game in the 11th inning.
Although starting pitcher Toru Murata did well and the Aeros held the lead for the majority of the...
I enjoy watching the All-Star game, mostly because it’s fun seeing a team comprised of players wearing their team’s jerseys.
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I remember going to the All-Star game in 2009 when Cliff...
COLUMBUS- After remaining behind the entire game the Columbus Clippers rallied in the ninth inning for their second win of the series on Sunday, an 8-7 victory against the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs.
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Drew Stubbs hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 7th inning. This home run brought the Indians within one run of the Twins.
Jason Kipnis continues to stay hot. He hit a single and 2 doubles today and knocked in the 2nd Indians run.
After sitting 6 games due to injury, Nick Swisher found himself back in the lineup. Though he didn'...
BALTIMORE – Michael Brantley lifted the Cleveland Indians over the Baltimore Orioles with four RBIs and a home run to give Cleveland the 5-2 win on Monday night.
Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.58) received the start against Baltimore lefty Zach Britton (1-2, 5.51).
The Orioles struck first in their share of the first inning as right fielder Nick Markakis hit his 8th home run...
It’s no secret, if the Cleveland Indians are going to contend for a Wild Card bid or a division title, their starting pitching has to hold up. So far, it’s been a rollercoaster ride. As a team, the Indians are currently 23rd in the majors (and 10th in the American League) with a 4.24 earned run average. The Indians don’t have to be stellar from the mound; they just have to...
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