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The Cleveland Indians' season-opening series had a little bit of everything - from the longest-ever opening-day game to blown leads to excellent starting pitching.
They'd like to focus on the latter heading into their three-game series against the Chicago White Sox that begins Monday night at Progressive Field.
Cleveland played 28 combined innings in losing by identical 7-4 scores Friday and Saturday, but Derek Lowe pitched seven solid innings and Chris Perez retired Jose Bautista with the tying run aboard to beat Toronto 4-3 in the series finale Sunday.
Carlos Santana homered twice on his 26th birthday and drove in three runs.
"Let's tell him it's his birthday every day,'' Perez said.
It seemed like cause to celebrate for the Indians (1-2) after finally hanging on to earn their first win.
"It's a funny game. You blow one when up by three (Friday), then save one against one of the best hitters in the game," manager Manny Acta said.
BEST OF MAXIM
Jordan Bastian was first with this report-
“On Monday night, MLB.com learned that Cleveland has reached an agreement with Santana on a multiyear contract that will likely cover his arbitration years and possibly his first year of free-agent eligibility. The specific terms of the catcher’s new deal were not immediately available. “
As always, we will post more details when...
If the Tribe wants to avoid getting swept by the Blue Jays in this opening weekend series, they’re going to need a strong performance from the 38-year old Derek Lowe.
So their two games thus far, the Indians have gotten great starts out of Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, only to watch the bullpen squander the anemic leads the offense managed to procure.
The Tribe faces...
The Cleveland Indians have signed catcher Carlos Santana to a 5-year, $21 million contract.
Santana's new deal will keep him with the Indians through the 2016 season and includes a club option for 2017.
The Indians had contractual control over Santana for the next four years, but the club decided to lock up one of their young stars as they enter a period when they expect to...
The Indians started off the season quite differently than expected. Sure, the offense wasn't expected to be a powerhouse (and it's not, placing 29th in team batting average at a blistering .153 pace). But the surprise took place beyond the outfield, in the sanctuary (literally and figuratively) that Tribe fans though would be the calming influence on the team all year--the...
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians are building for their future up the middle.
One week after locking up their All-Star shortstop, the club has reached an agreement with catcher Carlos Santana on a multiyear contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday night.
Santana, who hit 27 homers in his first full season in 2011, is expected to...
That’s all. Just didn’t want to miss a chance to post on objectively good Cleveland sports news of significant import. Go Tribe. If it wasn’t for Chief Wahoo we could call them the best front office in town by a mile. To think Dmitri Patterson will make $16M if he hangs on for three seasons. Alright, happy Tuesday. Will be back tomorrow or Thursday with an extremely important...
I was driving by the butcher’s market the other day, and on the sign on front was a new message- like us on Facebook. For many companies, that is the extent of their social media campaign. The Indians however, have been innovators in an industry that has been traditionally slow to adapt to the changing times.
It was three seasons (2010) ago that the Indians began the social media...
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...
It’s live-blog recap time, 2012 style! As I’m sure you remember, when TD can’t cover the recap, I step in and blog the game from my comfy chair. As always, I know you don’t pay your hard-earned money for no stinking live-recap. Sorry ’bout that. But if you’d like to…
7:15 PM – Three things I learned about Josh Tomlin while hurriedly scarfing down dinner...
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...