Tribe Happenings: To buy or sell, that is the question

Here are some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook… Buy or sell? Right now the Indians are 6.5 games out of first in the AL Central and are only 3.5 games out of the second wildcard. They are very much in the mix for a playoff berth as they are one stretch of hot play over a three-four week span of getting right back into the thick of things. And really, they have...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #101: Indians 1, Twins 3

Since June 14th, the Minnesota Twins are 8-21. They’re a team heading hard for the cellar of the Central Division for the fourth time in the last five years. These are the series that the Indians need to win if they want to earn a playoff spot. The loss in this game was a huge missed opportunity, and offsets any momentum gained during the Detroit series. Luckily for the team, they...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians 3, Twins 4: It smelled funny from the start

8:29 PM – We join our heroes in Minneapolis, during the top of the second inning after an uneventful first. Much has been made in the booth of the fact that this is the Indians’ first trip back to Target Field since clinching their 2013 playoff spot.  That is somewhat hard to believe.  I find it much easier to believe that Roberto Perez just grounded into an inning-ending double...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Rumors: San Francisco has interest in Indians' Mike Aviles, Asdrubal Cabrera

The Giants are back to being alone in first place.  They look like they're playoff bound barring a meltdown but that won't stop them from attempting to pick up another bat that can help the stagnant production at second base.  Jon Morosi tweets out an update:As I just said on @MLBONFOX pregame, Giants considering Asdrubal Cabrera and Mike Aviles as trade options -- *if...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants targeting Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera, Mike Aviles

The Giants, in need of infield help, have been considering shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and utilityman Mike Aviles as trade options, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. The Giants recently got Marco Scutaro back from the disabled list, but he has played in just one game since being activated on July 11. Cabrera, 28, is earning $10 million this season and is eligible for free agency...
Via Pro Sports Daily
10 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...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Aviles Fires Rocket From Left Field To Gun Down Runner At First (Video)

Cleveland Indians left fielder Mike Aviles should really play the outfield more often. The utility man has spent the majority of his career in the infield, but during Sunday’s game against the White Sox, Aviles got the opportunity to show off what he can do in left field, and he did not disappointment. Making just his 20th career start in left, Aviles and his cannon of an arm made...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #94: White Sox 2, Indians 3

The Indians head into the All-Star Break on a high note earning a game and series win over the White Sox. After 94 games, the Tribe sits in third place at an even 47-47 and seven and a half games behind first place Detroit. Considering the inconsistency this team has battled through so far, that's not the worst spot to be in. Yan Gomes and Trevor Bauer stole the spotlight...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Gomes powers Indians over White Sox, 3-2

CLEVELAND—For a first half of a season that featured so many highs and lows, Sunday’s series finale couldn’t have ended on a better note. Trailing Chicago 2-1 in the eighth inning, Yan Gomes stepped up and delivered when it mattered most. The Tribe catcher launched a go-ahead two-run homer just over the wall in right field to give the Indians both the lead and win, edging...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Aviles with a play of the year nominee

CLEVELAND -- Mike Aviles made one of the plays of the year for the Indians during the second inning of Sunday's game against Chicago as he doubled up Conor Gillaspie. A hard-charging Aviles caught a Gordon Beckham fly ball just inside the left-field line for the first out in the inning. Aviles' momentum carried him into the wall in foul territory but he quickly saw that Gillaspie...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox Big Bats Spoil McAllister’s Return; White Sox 6, Indians 2

A couple hits in either direction can determine the direction of the game. No better example was Saturday afternoon’s game at Progressive Field, where the Chicago White Sox got the big hits at the right time and the Cleveland Indians could not, resulting in a 5-2 loss for the Tribe. Starting pitchers Scott Carroll for Chicago and Zach McAllister for Cleveland each offered solid...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Aviles Single Sparks Series Win; Indians 5, Dodgers 4

It’s about time. It had been over three weeks since the last time the Indians won a series on the road.  On Wednesday afternoon, the Wahoos took care of ending that drought against an impressive foe, as the Tribe took the rubber match against baseball’s highest payroll and defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 5-4. The hero of the day was left fielder Mike Aviles, whose...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

7/2 Recap: Defense Delivers Dicey, Deciding Win Versus Dodgers

Player of the Game For the second night in a row, a player won their first Player of the Game of the season, an oddity since we are half way through the year. This time is was Ryan Raburn, who hit just his second home run of the year, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Mike Aviles had a good game as well, knocking in two with two singles and stealing his eighth base of...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Tribe Trade Cabrera Now?

It’s been such a popular topic over the past couple years that a few months without much “trade Asdrubal Cabrera” talk kind of made me miss it. The primary reason that the rumor mill-chatter has died down some is because Cabrera is currently going through his hottest spurt with his bat that the Indians have seen in two seasons.  After struggling to a career low .243 batting...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackie Bradley Jr. doubles off Mike Aviles with great throw from wall (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Jackie Bradley Jr. has not exactly been Jacoby Ellsbury since taking over in center field for the Boston Red Sox. The 24-year-old is hitting an abysmal .203 with an on-base percentage of .290 in 60 games this season. He does, however, have one thing that Ellsbury lacks — a […]
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Complete sweep with 4-1 win over the Indians

The Royals finish their two game sweep of the Cleveland Indians by winning this afternoon’s game 4-1. It was a well-played game by the Royals featuring great pitching, defense, and timely hitting. No, not quite as exciting as last night, but a win is a win. In the third inning, the Royals offense awoke. Leadoff man Moustakas worked a 3-1 count and then hammered a double to...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Royal Sacrifice Allows Young Gun Ventura to Shine; Royals 4, Indians 1

It’s a battle Indians and Royals fans could see for several years to come, Bauer vs. Ventura. In a battle of young starting pitchers, full of potential, it was Ventura who won the first matchup between the two prospects. While Bauer pitched a solid effort, it was Ventura who was outstanding Wednesday afternoon. The Royals’ youngster allowed just six hits over seven innings and...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Update: Mike Aviles, Zach McAllister, Nick Swisher

Mike Aviles of the Cleveland Indians hasn’t played since Friday due to a stubbed toe that occurred in his hotel room and is considered more serious than first thought.#450207876 / gettyimages.com"The injury was a little more serious than Mike let on," said manager Terry Francona to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com, who didn't know about the injury until meeting with Aviles...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

New Tribe Report tonight after the Indians game

Tonight after the Indians face the Royals, catcha  new episode of Tribe Report. This week Al Pawlowski and Jason Stanford discuss:  --- Another look at Lonnie Chisenhall's historic performance vs the Rangers --- We’ll check in on the pre-summer streak that has seen the Indians move from last place (10.5 games back) to 2nd place (3 games back) --- We’ll talk bullpen...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers’ Elvis Andrus Gets All Kinds Of Acrobatic Turning Double Play (Video)

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus had to get a little inventive — and a lot acrobatic — when he turned a double play on Friday night. During the top of the eighth inning, Cleveland Indians third baseman Mike Aviles hit a routine grounder to Andrus, but with designated hitter Carlos Santana running on the pitch, the shortstop had to make a play that was anything but routine to...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe go for the sweep

The Colorado Rockies are probably more than happy to see the end of another road trip. They're likely almost as pleased to get out of Cleveland - given their history there - and will attempt to close out their nine-game trek by avoiding a sweep to the Indians on Sunday. Colorado (28-27) dropped to 2-6 on this trip and 12-20 on the road overall with a 7-6 defeat Saturday. The...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Need to Resolve Road Woes

Home has been a sweet home for the Cleveland Indians so far this season. Unfortunately, the Tribe has not been so welcomed away from home. After Saturday’s 7-6 victory over Colorado on a late RBI-single from Mike Aviles, the Indians improved to 17-11 at Progressive Field this season. It tied the club with the streaking Toronto Blue Jays for the most wins at home in the American...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #56: Colorado 6, Cleveland 7

In the 2000 18U World Junior Baseball Championship, Shin-Soo Choo took home the mantle of 'Most Valuable Player' en route to a South Korean championship. Whereas most would recognize Choo for his exploits among the league's on-base elite, it was his achievement as a pitcher in this contest that led to these honors. On Saturday, Shin-Soo Choo demonstrated that same pitching...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians beat Rockies, 7-6, on eighth-inning single by Mike Aviles

It's a good thing for the Indians that Mike Aviles didn't have the same problem at the plate that he did at second base Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field. Aviles lost a ground ball in the shadows in the seventh inning, but had no trouble seeing the ball with a bat in his hands as he drove in four runs in the Indians' 7-6 victory over Colorado. In the second inning...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles and Chisenhall power Indians to 7-6 win

Cleveland (26-30): 7 Colorado (28-27): 6 WP: B. Shaw (2-1) LP: R. Brothers (2-3) S: C. Allen (3) The Cleveland Indians surely love themselves some home cooking. After losing four consecutive games and falling into another mini-skid, the Indians have quickly snapped out of it. Only to put together their own mini winning streak, with a chance to sweep the Rockies on Sunday. Saturday’s...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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