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Just like a rainbow themed slap bracelet, this is gonna be loud, colorful and could quite possibly cause a ripple in your otherwise tame relationship. The Iron Fist of King Bud’s Court Troy Tulowitzki pisses off Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez subsequently beans Tulowitzki. Jimenez gets slammed with a 5-game suspension. And speaks: “I can’t control what people say. People act like this is the first time that somebody got hit. It happens in the game. That’s part of the game. It’s always been part of the game.” Ubaldo is right. We don’t know if it was on purpose. Beanballs happen all the time. We can assume it was intentional considering the circumstances, but we can’t be sure beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the beauty of the unwritten rules of baseball, a game where players police themselves and do what they gotta do to survive. But alas, there is no constitution in King Bud’s dictatorship. If these guys didn’t bank millions of dollars I’d expect an uprise. If Onl...

Criticism vs. Trolling – Lambasting Chris Perez on Twitter is Stupid

Do you think Chris Perez knows that he had a bad day yesterday? It is a dumb question for most of us, but not all of us. Every year some “fans” just refuse to get it. I really hate to do the “real fans” thing where we pretend like if you don’t bong twelve beers in the Muni lot pre-game you aren’t as good a fan as the guy who watches on his couch in Youngstown. That...

4/7 Game Recap: Blue Jays 7 - Indians 4

Player of the Game With a dominating performance, today's starter, Ubaldo Jimenez takes home "Player of the Game" honors with a score of 4.66. With Justin Masterson winning on Thursday, only starting pitchers have won this award this season. Jimenez was able to make the start today despite his 5 game suspension for hitting Rockie Troy Tulowiski in the spring. Jimenez...

Masterson dazzles, Indians fizzle to Blue Jays

CLEVELAND -- Some Opening Days produce memories. Thursday's season opener between Cleveland and Toronto produced history -- and a lot of nonsense. The Indians wasted a glittering performance by starting pitcher Justin Masterson, blew a three-run lead in the ninth and lost seven innings later on a three-run home run. The 16-inning game was the longest season opener in baseball...

Blue Jays 7 Indians 4 – Pure Enjoyment Turns to Pure Pain After Pure Rage Enters

It all started out so well. The sun was shining. The stadium was completely full. Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson struck out the side in the first and it looked as if we were in for some fun on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. The fun continued in the second inning. After a Carlos Santana walk and a Travis Hafner K, newly minted left fielder Shelley Duncan laced a double...

Jimenez to drop suspension appeal

Indians manager Manny Acta says pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez plans to drop the appeal of his five-game suspension following his season debut.

Dissecting Chris Perez’s Blown Save

Justin Masterson and the Indians played what many would consider an ideal Opening Day game through the first eight innings Thursday against Toronto. The offense produced a solid four runs off Ricky Romero, Masterson struck out 10 and got another 11 batters to ground out in an eight-inning, one-run masterpiece start, and the Indians carried a 4-1 lead into the ninth. But then they...

TOR, CLE need 16 innings in opener

Indians, Blue Jays locked in opener marathon

The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays are playing the longest opening-day game in baseball history. Heading into the 16th inning, the teams have eclipsed the previous longest games set on two occasions. Toronto, however, got a three-run homer from J.P. Arencibia in the top of the 16th to take the lead. The Indians played in one of the previous marathons, a 15-inning game...

The Last Five Tribe Opening Days – A Review

Man I love opening day. I can’t wait to be there today. The same goes for Justin Masterson. The big right-hander will be the Indians opening day starter for the first time in his career. Interestingly, 2012 will be the fifth consecutive year the Tribe will have somebody different taking the ball to start the season. In 2008, CC Sabathia was making his fifth opening day start in...

Longest, Most Exciting Season Opener Ever: Blue Jays Beat Indians 7-4 in 16 Innings

Thursday provided some much-need action for baseball fans everywhere. Even in Canada. The Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians kicked off their 2012 seasons at Progressive Field in exciting fashion when the Jays rallied to force extras with a three-run ninth to tie it up at four runs a piece. The game then lasted another seven innings, a record of 16 total. Too bad they...

Pitchers duel with Jays sees Tribe toppled in 12

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Rajai Davis hit a two-run double in the 12th inning, Toronto rallied for the second straight game against Cleveland's bullpen and the Blue Jays beat the Indians in extra innings again, 7-4 on Saturday. Davis' hit off Tony Sipp (0-1) gave the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead and they held on to win another extra-inning game between the teams, who set a major league...

National League Awards Predictions – 2012

Following in last week’s theme, here are the top beginning-of-season contenders for National League awards: MVP: Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies (SS) Tulowitzki is an MVP contender basically every year; between his power bat and elite defensive ability (has led the league in range factor in four of his five years in the big leagues, fielding percentage twice, and has averaged...
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