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Second Thoughts Game #102: Indians 1, Royals 2

A perfect game that could've been. A throw that shouldn't have been made. A shutout victory that wasn't. It's tough to definitively say what could've been in the game of baseball, but if there was ever one single play to point to as the primary cause for a loss, Ryan Raburn accomplished that feat on Thursday. Danny Duffy had his good stuff working, but Corey Kluber...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Aoki's 14th-inning hit lifts Royals over Indians

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nori Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 win over Cleveland after Indians starter Corey Kluber carried a perfect game into the seventh inning on Thursday night. Cain opened the 14th with an infield single and stole second before Aoki delivered the winning hit off John Axford on a full-count pitch with one out...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians interested in 'fortifying bullpen'?

With the San Diego Padres appearing to enter full-on 'sell' mode as baseball's July 31 trade deadline nears, reliever Joaquin Benoit is the latest name to enter the rumor mill. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports the Indians, as well as the Tigers and Pirates, are "showing interest" in the Padres pitcher. He also mentions Rangers closer Joakin Soria as a potential...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Key Players: Midseason Review

For a second year in a row this spring, I profiled five players that I thought were keys to the Indians’ playoff hopes. These were individuals whose performance, for better or worse, would go a long way toward determining the team’s ultimate fate in the 2014 season. Those five players were Danny Salazar, Yan Gomes, Michael Bourn, John Axford, and Corey Kluber. The previous...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the 2014 roster at the All-Star Break, part two

There have been plenty of ups and downs for Cleveland so far in 2014, yet the team is entering the All-Star break at a perfectly average 47-47. There have been a few notable breakout stars and players performing above their true talent, but given the number of disappointments Cleveland's gone through, .500 actually feels pretty good right now. These rankings represent a snapshot...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
12 days ago  |  Discuss

John Axford beats D-backs mascot in rock, paper, scissors

Your browser does not support iframes.Cleveland Indians closer John Axford defeated Arizona Diamondbacks mascot D. Baxter the Bobcat in a quick game of rock, paper, scissors before Wednesday's game at Chase Field.Axford and the D-backs mascot both chose paper and rock in the first and second rounds, but Axford sealed the win in the third round by choosing scissors while D. Baxter...
Via Holdout Sports
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Closer By Committee In Name Only

After two losses taken by John Axford in a row on the fourth and fifth of May, Terry Francona announced that he would be removed from the closer’s role and replaced by a unit that included Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Scott Atchison and Marc Rzepczynski depending on the situation. Since then, 11 pitchers have made 133 appearances over 95 innings in relief. It that span, Indians relievers...
Via Burning River Baseball
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Tribe Report tonight after the game

Here's what's ahead on the latest edition of Tribe Report: - Previewing the big Hall of Fame weekend at Progressive Field - Katie Witham sits down with John Axford - Jensen Lewis talks with Jesus Aguilar, the top power prospect in the system - We'll reveal the Indians Minor League Player of the Week Watch it Tuesday night on SportsTime Ohio at 10:30 p.m.
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Bullpen Without Clear Roles, Just Getting Outs

The new-age statisticians have to love how Indians manager Terry Francona is slowly moving toward using his bullpen. And while bullpen-by-committees have normally not been successful in Major League Baseball over the last 25 years, the Indians have made their bullpen work well for the last five weeks. Since John Axford was removed of the closer’s role on May 9, the Indians have...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Bullpen Tranche and John Axford’s New Normal

This is probably an over-simplification, but I generally put pitchers into something like three categories: (1) I trust that guy; (2) that guy is moderately pitchable and occasionally good, though his flaws can scare me; and (3) that guy is utterly unpitchable in any situation that may determine the outcome of the game. The trick, of course, is to get as many of the first guys as...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Smoke Signals S7E10: Winds of change in the bullpen

With our new bi-weekly format of Smoke Signals continues tonight at 11:00pm ET. In tonight's show IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis joins Smoke Signals regular Tony Lastoria to talk about the decision manager Terry Francona made to remove John Axford from the closer's role, discuss why Cody Allen not as closer is a good thing, review some of the top performances in the minors and...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe week in review

Getting results can mask a lot of issues. The latest example of that came late last week with John Axford being moved out of the closers role. When the Indians' starting rotation was struggling, Axford was still getting saves. They weren't pretty but he was converting. With his recent struggles though, capped by Friday's outing where he went two-thirds of an inning with...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe Weekend Recap: Axford axed, Tito’s affinity for the bunt, and Cabbie’s revenge

It was just another ho-hum weekend series in Tampa. Your Cleveland Indians may have finally turned the corner after taking two straight series from division foes in Chicago and Minnesota. Two poor outings from the closer turned a potential 7-0 homestand into 5-2. Still the Indians looked to have possibly righted the ship. The starting pitching has been outstanding and the bullpen...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians remove John Axford from closer role

John Axford has been removed from his role as the Indians closer, manager Terry Francona announced before the team’s game on Saturday. In place of this year’s $4.5 million free agent signing, the Indians will use a closer-by-committee approach. Francona said that relievers Scott Atchison, Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw or Marc Rzepczynski could close on any given night. Axford, who turned...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Axford out as Tribe closer

Saving nine games in eleven opportunities isn’t usually a recipe for being booted as a MLB closer. For John Axford, it was enough. Indians skipper Terrry Francona revealed that Axford is no longer the Indians’ primary closer while speaking with media prior to Saturday’s contest vs. Tampa Bay. Francona made the decision to remove Axford from the closing role to go to a committee...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians' Axford removed from closer's role

John Axford has been axed as the Indians closer. Manager Terry Francona told reporters that he informed Axford of the decision before Saturday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Francona said the Indians will use Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski and Scott Atchison in a closer-by-committee role. He hopes that Axford will be able to return to the closer's role...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Remove John Axford From Closing Role

The Cleveland Indians have removed relief pitcher John Axford as the team's closer. In 14 2/3 innings so far this season, Axford has a 4.91 ERA and a WHIP of 1.77. Axford has converted 9 of his 11 save opportunities but has given up 13 hits and 13 walks in less than 15 innings.Manager Terry Francona said that the Indians will use a closer by committee for the time being. Bryan...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Callaway pleased with rotation's consistency on homestand

CLEVELAND -- When the Indians began their homestand last Friday, their starting rotation had the third-highest ERA in the American League. Going into Wednesday's game against the Twins, they have worked their way up the middle of the pack. The Indians' starting staff has lowered their ERA from 4.82 to 4.21 over the past five games. During the homestand they have allowed just...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe bats, Axford waste McAllister’s great start

If the Cleveland Indians offense doesn’t figure something out soon, this season will be off the rails before it ever gets started. I know we are just 36 games in, but the team has been in a collective slump since the season began. At certain points, neither the starting pitching nor the hitting performed up to snuff. Now, the starters have come around and solid performances are...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins stun Indians in extras, shutout Tribe, 1-0

CLEVELAND—Déjà vu? You can say that again. Deadlocked in a scoreless tie in the tenth inning, Tribe closer John Axford (0-3, 4.85 ERA) thrived in his role of the villain for the second straight game. Coming into the ballgame in a non-save situation Monday, Axford served up what would be the game-winning solo homer to Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar, as Minnesota hung onto...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe Offense Chilled Again; Twins 1, Indians 0

Sometimes you can’t have nice things. The Indians had another nice start, but couldn’t get any offense to support it and for the second straight day John Axford was saddled with the loss in relief. Zach McAllister and Kyle Gibson ... Read More
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins outlast Indians in 10 innings

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Eduardo Escobar homered leading off the 10th inning against Cleveland closer John Axford, giving the Minnesota Twins a 1-0 win over the Indians on Monday night. Escobar, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, connected on a 1-0 pitch from Axford (0-3), driving it over the wall in right for his first homer since June 20 and fourth of his career in 344 at-bats...
Via Fox Sports North
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Axford blows save, White Sox edge Indians, 4-3

CLEVELAND—Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver once said, “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, defense and three-run homers.” The Indians brought the starting pitching and defense, but it was the White Sox that would bring the final punch. A three-run homer off the bat of right fielder Dayan Vicideo in the ninth inning allowed Chicago to avoid the series sweep Sunday...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

GAH! Indians pitchers show off cleavage (?) in v-neck shirts at bowling benefit (pics)

GAH! The Cleveland Indians held its “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” event on Thursday night and Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, Josh Outman, and John Axford all decided to show off some, uh, cleavage by wearing plunging V-neck, skin-tight t-shirts, a look that is further accentuated by headbands. It truly is a sight that cannot be unseen. […] The post GAH! Indians pitchers show off...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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