Tribe has no Answer for Prince, Throws Game Away Late; Rangers 10, Indians 8

The Indians climbed back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 5-3 lead, then did the same from a 7-5 deficit to take an 8-7 lead on Monday. But the Rangers eventually took advantage of two late errors by Indians pitchers to win the opener of a three-game set, 10-8. The loss ended the Tribe’s winning streak at six, but they’ve still won eight of their last 11. Carlos Santana (solo shot...
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DraftKings: Michael Brantley, Dustin Pedroia Make Tom Caron’s Lineup

The long weekend is almost over, but there’s still plenty of time to win big playing fantasy baseball. DraftKings offers one-day fantasy baseball games, allowing users to set a new lineup every day for the chance to win tons of cash prizes. This year, DraftKings has partnered with NESN to give fans a unique opportunity: Compete against Tom Caron in the sport he knows best. Here’s...
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Indians slip past White Sox 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) Shaun Marcum won his first start in almost two years, Michael Brantley had a two-run double in the seventh inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Wednesday night. Recalled earlier Wednesday from Triple-A Columbus, Marcum went 6 2-3 innings and gave up two runs and four hits and struck out six for the Indians, who have won four of six. Jose...
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Taking Advantage of Every At Bat

View image | gettyimages.com Fantasy Sports are so much fun because of the strategy that is involved. Do you go for the power hitter to dominate the HR & RBI categories, do you take the singles hitter who can steal 50 bases? Scoring systems are typically designed to create a level playing field, unless of course its a home run derby league or something like that. ...
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5/17 Recap: Poor Showing In the Middle Leaves Top Stranded

Player of the Game The only player to come in when it counted today was Michael Brantley, whose RBI double scored the only Indians run in the game. Brantley also walked in the first inning, making him two of the many runners stranded listed below. His final Player of the Game score of 1.78 was the lowest score by any winning player. Brantley now has a hit, walk and RBI in each of...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Michael Brantley the Next Joe Sewell?

Continuing on with an unplanned series comparing the players of today to the greats of the past in one small aspect, the time has come for the Indians All-Star and Silver Slugger, starting left fielder Michael Brantley. In the first two editions, I discussed whether Corey Kluber could pull a Luis Tiant and if Danny Salazar could be what Herb Score could have been had he not be devastatingly...
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5/15 Recap: Kipnis, Brantley, and Swisher Lead Tribe in Rout of Rangers

Player of the Game Nick Swisher, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley lead the Indians to victory in this one with their great performances at the plate. Swisher had 3 hits and 3 RBI on the night. Kipnis had 4 hits and reached base at least 3 times for the 6th straight game. He is proving everyday that he is the answer to the Indians’ woes from the leadoff spot. Brantley also collected...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Don’t Forget About Michael Brantley

Thursday afternoon, the Indians lost another close game, which is the sort of thing I have to presume they find awful maddening. Among the few bright spots was Michael Brantley, who batted four times and wound up with a homer and a walk. Said homer was all of the Indians’ offense, and it did come […]
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The “Guess the Jinx” Game

So – elephant in the room – it would appear that the Indians aren’t going to win the World Series. And it’s safe to assume that most of us blame this on Sports Illustrated. Those voodoo-priest bastards just had to go and throw Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber on the cover and pick the Tribe to win the whole thing. But give SI credit – the juju they’ve got cooking in...
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Brantley Giving Encore Performance to Last Season’s Breakout

If there were any lingering doubters after last year’s big, breakout campaign, Michael Brantley is quickly quieting them and showing that his rise to stardom in 2014 was no fluke. A season ago, Brantley, the Cleveland Indians outfielder who will turn 28-years old tomorrow, took the leap from solid contributor to All-Star, MVP candidate. He had, by far, his best statistical season...
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Healthy Jason Kipnis Taking Ball the Other Way

A little over a year ago, the Cleveland Indians locked up much of their future core, signing Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, and Yan Gomes to contract extensions. Kipnis received double the guarantees of his teammates after a great, five-win 2013 season, but last year the fortunes reversed, as Brantley and Gomes both had breakout years […]
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Ball Played: Surprise! Defense and ex-Tribe bats haunt Indians

The St. Louis Cardinals are the epitome of a well-run franchise1 . It might be impossible to know if it is more imperative to draft the correct player or develop the player correctly, but the Cardinals have the best assembly line coming out of their farm system in MLB. Yadier Molina, Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, Matt Carpenter, and Jon Jay are five everyday starters that came from that...
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Lance Lynn battles through six shutout innings as Cardinals top Indians 8-3

Lance Lynn got the start against the Indians on Tuesday night, which happened to be on his birthday. Taking the mound for the first time as a 28-year old, Lynn rewarded himself with an impressive outing in the series opener.And the Cardinals would give him some significant run support, unlike his previous starts earlier this season.Mark Reynolds gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the...
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5/12 Recap: K’s, RISPLOB’s & E’s KO CLE vs StL

Player of the Game The Indians only had two really positive performances tonight on the entire team and the best of these belonged to Jason Kipnis (Michael Brantley was the other bright spot going 2/4 with a walk, double, RBI and run). Kipnis maintained an opposite field approach all night and it worked for two doubles and a single. During the Indians one run scoring inning, it...
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Michael Brantley Continues to Excel at the Plate

Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley, right, celebrates with Carlos Santana (41) after Brantley hit a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Cleveland Indians’ left fielder Michael Brantley is showing everyone that last year’s breakout season was no fluke...
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Indians have enjoyed series success against Cardinals

STATS MLB Game Notes: Cardinals at Indians, May 12, 2015 Indians' series success against Cardinals The Cleveland Indians have never dropped a series to the St. Louis Cardinals, giving them one of the best marks by an AL club over an NL opponent since the dawn of interleague play in 1997. Always close The Cardinals just lost their first road series of the season in Pittsburgh, but...
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5/10 Recap: Chisenhulk Smash! Indians New Lineup Creates New Results

Player of the Game While he had some issues with the first batter of the game, Danny Salazar was literally perfect afterward. After giving up a lead-off home run, Salazar didn’t allow another hit or walk over the next six innings and struck out a career high 11 including each of his last six batters faced. In each of his five starts, the Indians had lost the previous game and...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Next up: Indians vs Twins

As we all know, the Cleveland Indians are having a rough time of it in this 2015 campaign. Nothing, but nothing, is working as planned. Reigning AL Cy Young award-winner, Corey Kluber, is still winless and the rest of the starters have had their share of downs to go with their ups. The bullpen, including closer Cody Allen, has been lackluster and, at times, dreadful. The holes in...
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Ball Played: Bro at the Bat, but the Indians get beat

Finally, Cleveland Idians manager Terry Francona unveiled what many fans of the have been waiting for all season. No, Francisco Lindor is still in Columbus where he should be (for now). Yes, Nick Swisher making his 2015 debut, serving as a gauge of how healthy or productive he can be for the team. In fact, Nick’s promotion off of the DL meant that Tyler Holt returned to Columbus...
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Hosmer Hammers Tribe; Royals 5, Indians 3

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? No. The Indians had taken an early 2-0 lead on a Michael Brantley homerun in the top of the first inning, but starting pitcher Danny Salazar coughed up an opposite field, three-run homer to Eric Hosmer in the bottom half and the Royals never looked back on their way to a 5-3 victory. The Tribe offense struggled against starter Jason Vargas, who worked...
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This Week In Tribe 5/5-10: Kipnis & Brantley Lead Tribe Into More Central Play

It’s funny how a single baseball game can make one’s perceptions change rather dramatically during a 162-game season. The Cleveland Indians were down 6-1 on May 3 to the Toronto Blue Jays and were on their way to losing three out of four in the series on the heels of another poor series against Kansas City when the Royals took two out of three.   It seemed, at that point...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

5/2 Recap: A Few Close Plays Turn Close Game Into Blowout

Player of the Game Unlike the three relievers who stumbled through the sixth inning, Ryan Webb was able to get batters out tonight without allowing other batters to reach base. Webb pitched two innings, the seventh and eighth, and they (along with the third) were two of the only three runnerless innings for Indians pitching all game. After two ground outs in the seventh, Webb seemed...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Brantley, Hayes homer as Indians beat Blue Jays 9-4

CLEVELAND (AP) Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer and Brett Hayes added a three-run shot, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Josh Donaldson and Jason Kipnis hit home runs in the first, which was just the beginning of the offensive outburst. The Indians finished April with a 7-14 record, the worst in the American League. The win...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Ball Played: Indians remain in AL cellar

Given how April has gone in 2015 for the Cleveland Indians, it does not seem surprising that their best starting pitcher this season had to miss a Saturday start against the division-rival Detroit Tigers due to food poisoning. Trevor Bauer was able to return for a Tuesday start against the Kansas City Royals in what was a battle between the best and worst teams in the American League...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Series Summary No. 6: Are we there yet? No, dear, be patient

Friday night’s 13-1 blowout win over the Detroit Tigers by the Cleveland Indians had some of us wondering if it was, finally, the great awakening of the offense. But, alas, no—we’re not there yet. On Saturday, the Indians returned to moribund run production and lost 4-1. Then on Sunday, Detroit’s 8-6 victory featured more of the Tigers’ relentless scoring machine, outlasting...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss
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