Indians squeeze out 3-2 win in Detroit

Indians (7-7): 3 Tigers (6-5): 2 WP: Z. McAllister (2-0) LP: A. Sanchez (0-1) S: J. Axford (5) The Detroit Tigers were the Indians’ kryptonite in 2013. Despite finishing just one game behind the Tigers when all was said and done, the Indians were dominated by the Tigers all season long. The Tribe is hoping that their first contest against the mighty Tigers in 2014 is a omen...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Weather out of the way

The Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game string of poor starts by their pitchers, but they couldn't find enough offense to protect against a late bullpen collapse the last time they took the field. In Wednesday night's opener of a weather-shortened series against the Detroit Tigers, Zach McAllister draws the tough task of opposing Anibal Sanchez, who looks to continue his...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians, Tigers set for first meeting of the season

The Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game string of poor starts by their pitchers, but couldn't find enough offense to protect against a late bullpen collapse. In Tuesday night's opener against the Detroit Tigers, Zach McAllister draws the tough task of opposing Anibal Sanchez, who looks to continue his dominance over the Indians. Cleveland (6-7) had three straight starters...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

A Recent History Of Cardinals Ejections

Matt Carpenter… come on down. You’re the first Cardinal ejection for 2014! The Cardinals only had 7 total ejections in 2013: 4 by manager Mike Matheny. 1 by Yadier Molina. 1 by Daniel Descalso. And 1 by John Axford. And while it looked like home plate umpire Bob Davidson was about to run Mike Matheny when he came out to argue Carpenter’s ejection, he didn’t. Which is rare...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Happenings: Issues starting to surface two weeks in

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook…. Note, things are finally back to normal here at the IBI. This column had to go on the shelf for a few weeks while I feverishly worked to finish the new 2014 prospect book in between three baseball trips and the start of the season. This should once again be a regular Monday column, plus you will also begin to see many of...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Three up and three down: Indians and White Sox series

The Indians have played two series against division opponents. Even though we haven't reached the 10 percent mark of the season yet, the fact that they have dropped both is not a good start. Sunday in Chicago the Tribe took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth before John Axford gave up a two-run, walk-off homer to Alexei Ramirez. After coming in with a 14-game winning streak...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lots of rain and some clutch bats in Tribe’s loss to Chicago

Indians (6-7): 3       White Sox (7-6): 4 WP: M. Lindstrom (1-1) LP: J. Axford (0-1) The Indians dropped the series finale to the Chicago White Sox in a heartbreaker that saw late-inning comebacks from both teams. It was Michael Brantley who got the scoring going in the fourth inning on a first pitch solo homer off the left handed Jose Quintana. Brantley continued to swing a...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

John Axford finally recieves his Rolaids Relief Award…from 2011

Indians closer John Axford is off to a good start. He is four for four in save opportunities after getting the save in the first half of the Tribe doubleheader on Wednesday. He is trying to bounce back from a bad 2013. Axford’s best season by far came in 2011 when he saved 46 games while posting a 1.95 ERA. He allowed only four home runs in over 73 innings pitched for the Brewers...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians outlast Padres, 8-6

Indians (4-3): 8 Padres (2-5): 6 WP: C. Kluber (1-1) LP: T. Ross (0-2) S: J. Axford (3) After a rocky first week of starting pitching, the Cleveland Indians were in desperate need for a quality start on Tuesday night at Progressive Field. Corey Kluber would toe the rubber against the San Diego Padres, and he turned in what the Tribe needed. Kluber would go 6 innings while striking...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Brewers’ Latest Closer Controversy ☆

For the second straight season, the Brewers have a closer controversy in early April. While last year Jim Henderson usurped the incumbent John Axford, now Henderson himself is on the hot seat. This time manager Ron Roenicke took a unique approach, evidently switching closers between Spring Training and Opening Day. Even the Brewers players were unaware that Francisco Rodriguez would...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts: Opening series pros and cons

Baseball is back.  It can't be summed up any better than that. After a long and especially unpleasant winter, the boys of summer have returned and are about to make their way back to Cleveland as the Indians finally return from the West Coast, where they spent spring training and the first series of the regular season. In Oakland, the Tribe didn't exactly play flawless baseball...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
13 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Painfully Early…So Why Does It Feel So Late? ☆

With less than two percent of the major league season complete, it’s cliché but understandable for baseball fans whose teams have stumbled out of the gate to panic and tremble.  The 2011 Milwaukee Brewers’ season saw John Axford blow a save on Opening Day in heart-breaking fashion and the team lost four straight to open the year.  The Brewers then won 96 games that season...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

John Axford used to play a game that included ABC gum

It’s a really really old joke. “Hey, do you have some gum?” “Sure! I have some ABC gum.” “A B C gum? What’s that?” “Already Been Chewed.” Before John Axford was the Cleveland Indians’ closer, he proved to be pretty creative in terms of finding ways to pass the time as a professional pitcher. Apparently he and teammate Burke Badenhop weren’t above making up...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians rally late, Beat A’s 6-4

Indians (2-1): 6 Athletics (1-2): 4 WP: C. Allen (2-0) LP: J. Johnson (0-2) S: J. Axford (2) Baseball can be a funny game. In just one day of baseball you can go from the depths of depression to the heights of happiness. Just ask the Cleveland Indians after a wild and wacky Wednesday in Oakland. After a Tuesday rainout, the Indians and Athletics were forced into a early season...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Call to the Bullpen 2.1

Welcome to the second season of Call to the Bullpen!Baseball is back and the Indians are looking to return to play October baseball once again in 2014 following several offseason additions, including a new closer in John Axford and a new right fielder in David Murphy. Is it enough to challenge the Tigers for the division title?Major League Baseball is undergoing changes in 2014 as...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Masterson, bullpen help Indians blank A's in opener

OAKLAND -- For the second time in three years, Justin Masterson pitched great on Opening Day and did not earn a decision. The biggest difference though is that this time the bullpen was able to deliver the win. Not that there weren't a few nervous moments throughout the way. There are many adjectives that can describe the Tribe's 2-0 win over the Athletics at the Coliseum...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians 2014 Preview: Bullpen

With Spring Training coming to an end, today we’re wrapping up our around-the-horn preview of the 2014 Indians with a look at the bullpen. It’s an area of the team that has been a strength in the past and appears to have the ability to do the same in the upcoming season. It will be lacking some familiar faces that had been with the team in years past, and will feature new arms...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the 2014 Cleveland Indians opening day roster: Part one

With a new season upon us, it is once again time for me to rank Cleveland's roster from bottom to top. Many of the names are familiar from last year's 92-win playoff season, but there is some new blood (and a noticeable lack of Chris Perez). Today includes players ranked #25 to #13, which means a lot of players projected to receive less playing time (see: relievers and bench...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Season Preview: Tribe Fans Social Predictions

The most fun columns out there involve others in my opinion. So that’s exactly what we are going to do once a month here with the Cleveland Indians. We will post a few questions via Twitter, once a month, and some answers will be here. So here we go… Let’s start with how I feel about this organization. Most complain about how they spend. Me? I get it. The perfect storm of the...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

John Axford allowing fans to pick warm-up music

For an athlete, warm-up music can be a key part of their routine, especially as a relief pitcher. John Axford of the Cleveland Indians is giving fans a chance to have their say in what song he takes the mound to this season. Axford tweeted out Friday night that fans can vote on which song he uses as a warm-up for the 2014 season. Here is the complete list of your voting options....
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB predictions: 10 bold predictions for the 2014 Indians

The future is always a tough thing to predict. Sure things can become question marks just as quickly as the impossible can turn into reality. The same could be said for a new baseball season. It’s the fresh start and warmer weather that seems to bring out a heavy dose of optimism in all of us. No matter what was witnessed on the field several months ago, that’s all in the past...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
28 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Key Players: John Axford

The fourth player in my 2014 Key Players list is John Axford. Previous articles focused on Danny Salazar, Yan Gomes, and Michael Bourn. Axford is a bit unique from the others discussed. He’s a reliever, and by the nature of that position, individually it’s a bit of a stretch to call him one of the top five key players for the 2014 Cleveland Indians. So, why did I choose...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

The Dugout: John Axford Accurately Predicts The MTV Movie Awards

Getty Image Last week, Cleveland Indians pitcher John Axford shocked the world by going 18-for-18 with his Academy Awards predictions, calling everything from a Best Picture win for 12 Years A Slave all the way down to the winners for Best Editing and Best Costume Design. The man knows his stuff. Once you have familiarized yourself with Axford’s bulletproof understanding of the...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians preview capsules: The relief pitchers, part one

As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 54 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are part one of the relief pitchers on the 40-man roster. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Cardinals reliever Axford goes 18 for 18 on Oscar picks

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) After converting 49 consecutive saves from 2011 to early 2012, John Axford has another streak going. The Cleveland Indians' closer went 18 for 18 on his Academy Awards picks. Axford made the projections after the Indians' game Sunday on his Facebook page. Last year Axford was correct on 14 of his 15 Oscar selections; he picked Steven Spielberg as best...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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