Series Preview #32: Cleveland Indians (50-48) at Minnesota Twins (44-53)

The Cleveland Indians came just one win short of creating the perfect start to the second half of the season by taking three of four from the first place Detroit Tigers to trim two games off of their American League Central Division deficit. They will look to continue to close the gap as they make their first appearance of the season, and their first since clinching the AL Wild Card...
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Second-half Storylines: What are you watching?

The Cleveland Indians started things off with a relative bang, taking three of four in Detroit. As we close in on the month of August, the Tribe stands 4.5 games behind the Tigers and will need to piece it all together heading into the fall if postseason play is to happen for the second consecutive year. There are copious amounts of storylines to look at for the second half of the...
Via Waiting For Next Year
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians poised for first sweep in Detroit in six seasons

The Cleveland Indians not only have a chance to sweep their first series at Detroit in six seasons, but also trim another game off the Tigers' lead in the AL Central. The Indians can complete the four-game sweep with a fifth consecutive victory Sunday against the Tigers, who will try to avoid matching a season high with their fifth straight defeat. After Corey Kluber came one...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians complete day-night DH sweep of Detroit Tigers on Carlos Santana's 3-run double

The Indians have their own version of pick your poison. The Tigers intentionally walked All-Star Michael Brantley to load the bases with two out Satuday night to face free-swinging Carlos Santana and paid the price. Santana lined a three-run double off the right field wall against closer Joe Nathan to give the Indians a 5-2 victory and complete a day-night doubleheader sweep of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians keep rolling in Motown, thanks to all-around team effort

DETROIT -- If there is the epitome of a team win, the Indians provided a perfect example during the second game of their doubleheader against the Tigers on Saturday. From a solid start by Zach McAllister to clutch relief outings by John Axford and Carlos Carrasco to big hits from Chris Dickerson and Carlos Santana, a lot of players contributed to the 5-2 win in the nightcap, giving...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Dickerson Homers, Santana Double Lead Tribe to Sweep; Indians 5, Tigers 2

Chris Dickerson wowed Indians fans with a pair of home runs Saturday night, but it was Carlos Santana who saved the day, hitting a three-run double in the top of the ninth that ultimately provided the margin of victory in a 5-2 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader. The win gave the Indians the sweep of the doubleheader. It’s their third win in a row since the All-Star break, all...
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Indians rough up Nathan for doubleheader sweep of Tigers

DETROIT (AP) -- Carlos Santana hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win Saturday night that sealed a sweep of the doubleheader. The Indians have won four straight, three in a row at Detroit, to pull within 4 games of the AL Central-leading Tigers. Cleveland won the first game 6-2 thanks in large part to...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Santana, Dickerson help Tribe sweep doubleheader with 5-2 victory over Tigers

DETROIT (AP) -- Carlos Santana hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win Saturday night that sealed a sweep of the doubleheader. The Indians have won four straight, three in a row at Detroit, to pull within 4 games of the AL Central-leading Tigers. Cleveland won the first game 6-2 thanks in large part to...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Seventh Heaven; Indians 9, Tigers 3

Seemingly dead and buried for the majority of the evening, the Indians used a seven run seventh inning to lead an exciting comeback victory against the first place Detroit Tigers by a score of 9-3.  With the victory, the Indians open the unofficial second half of the season with a win, pushing them over the .500 mark and moving them to within 6.5 games of the Tigers in the AL Central...
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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Real Offensive Value — Third Basemen, Part I

We’ve taken a break along with most of the league on our game wide rundown of real offensive value. Many of you might be new to the discussion, so first let’s talk a little bit about real offensive value (ROV). Real offensive value combines batting average and secondary average to create one statistic that looks like batting average. At the break, the league wide batting average...
Via The Fantasy Fix
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Aftermath of the Carlos Santana Experiment

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona had this to say before Wednesday’s home game against the New York Yankees: “Early in the year, there’s always some inconsistencies that take a while to kind of play themselves out. That’s just the way a year is. It happens with every team. Then, once guys get settled in and […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Tribe: Reflecting on the Indians at the break

The 2014 Major League Baseball season is at its unofficial halfway point. All-Star break is officially here. The best in baseball will take the stage at Target Field in Minnesota this week. Monday will feature the always exciting Home Run Derby. Tuesday will feature the All-Star Game, including Indians outfielder Michael Brantley. The break is much needed for most people around the...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Univision’s 12 Hours of Live World Cup Coverage Including Closing Ceremony Begins at 11am ET

Univision is planning 12 hours of live World Cup Final coverage today beginning at 11am ET/8am PT. The coverage includes the Closing Ceremony, which will feature performances by musical stars Shakira, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Alexandre Pires, Carlinhos Brown, and Ivete Sangalo, among others. Later, the World Cup final match will be followed by the presentation of the coveted...
Via World Soccer Talk
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #93: White Sox 6, Indians 2

McAllister’s Return Zach McAllister (7 IP, 3 R/ER, 1 HR, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 92 pitches, 63 strikes, 9 swinging strikes) first performance back in the big leagues was far more reminiscent of his 2.23 ERA of his AAA starts than were they of his previous starts of 2014, starts with a combined ERA of 5.89 to date. Z-Mac was far from ace-like, certainly: FIP and xFIP – based on his...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
9 days ago  |  Discuss

New-look Tribe lineup heating up as All-Star break approaches

CLEVELAND -- As strange as it sounds on the surface, the best thing to happen to the Indians offense ended up being disabled list stints for Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher in late May. Consider the following -- for the first two months of the season, Terry Francona was playing a juggling game with Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall that wasn't working. Chisenhall wasn't getting...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Perez homers in debut, Indians beat Yankees 9-3

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Roberto Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, Carlos Santana also connected and the Cleveland Indians scored nine runs in their last two innings at bat Thursday night for a 9-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Asdrubal Cabrera's bases-loaded triple and Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly highlighted a four-run seventh that erased a 3-0 deficit...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians rally for series split with Yankees

If you flipped off your television or turned off the radio because of the first six innings of Thursday’s Indians game, you missed a whole lot. It looked like the Indians were headed for a rather dull loss to the New York Yankees, which would give the Yankees the win in the four-game series. Then, Asdrubal Cabrera happened. The Indians were trailing the Yankees 3-0 before Cabrera...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Mistakes catch up to Indians in 14-inning loss to Yankees

CLEVELAND -- Mistakes, especially in extra-inning marathons, have a way of eventually catching up to you. The Indians learned that lesson again on Wednesday night. A Jacoby Ellsbury home run with two outs in the 14th inning ended up being the difference as the Yankees rallied for a 5-4 win at Progressive Field. Instead of getting their seventh walk-off win of the year the Tribe fell...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 days ago  |  Discuss

7/9 Recap: Tomlin’s 7 Only Half Enough, Yankees Win in 14

Player of the Game Facing his former teammates was apparently just what Nick Swisher as the Indians DH came into the series batting just .197, but has been on fire for three games, knocking in five runs on three hits, including two home runs. Today, he put the finishing touches on a strong first inning, hitting a two run single to score Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley. Jason...
Via Burning River Baseball
12 days ago  |  Discuss

BRR 2.21: Cleveland’s Power Trio, Johnny Football, Bronny Basketball & Clint

Everyone wants to know where LeBron James is going to go and only Burning River Baseball has the scoop (don’t worry, it’s a short discussion). Also included, Indians All-Star snubs, possible trade candidates and why Carlos Santana is Carlos Santana. Seriously, we know who LeBron is signing with and what would have happened if Justin Masterson had been traded prior to the deadline...
Via Burning River Baseball
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Does Carlos Santana Rank, Rest of Season?

If you’re like me, then you bought a lot of Carlos Santana stock this preseason. In roto leagues I’m still feeling the lasting effects of his incredibly brutal start, but over the last month Santana has gotten back to being the player I expected him to be — .274/.367/.505 with 6 HR and 14 RBI. Our friends over at numberFire just published an article in which they wrote the...
Via Baseball Professor
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Ailing ace: It's time for the Indians to shut down Justin Masterson

CLEVELAND -- When Terry Francona finally moved Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher down in the batting order in mid-May he acknowledged that he got the point where he might have been more stubborn than patient. We have reached that point with Justin Masterson. For the past three weeks, Francona, Masterson and the Indians have run the gamut of reasons why the right-hander has struggled...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Masterson Continues to Struggle as Tribe Drops First Game Against New York; Yankees 5, Indians 3

A rocky start from Justin Masterson could not be overcome from the late inning strengths of the Indians bullpen, nor could the impressive defense of Carlos Santana solve the early pitching woes. The Indians fell to the Yankees 5-3 in the series opener Monday night at Progressive Field. Shane Greene replaced Vidal Nuno in New York’s rotation, as Nuno was traded Sunday to the Arizona...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Duffy, Royals drop Cleveland series with 4-1 loss to Indians

CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber allowed four hits and struck out 10 in 8 1/3 innings, and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes homered, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Kluber (8-6) took a three-hitter into the ninth before Eric Hosmer started the inning with a double. The right-hander, who gave up a solo homer to Mike Moustakas in the fifth, was...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
16 days ago  |  Discuss

What to watch: Santana still rolling

For the fifth time this season, the Indians have a losing streak of four games or more as they get set to face Arizona Wednesday night. The Tribe lost their fourth straight early Wednesday morning after the Diamondbacks rallied for a 9-8 lead in 14 innings. It marked the third game this year that the Indians have played that lasted 12 innings or more. Since late April, "team...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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