Should the Indians Exercise Aviles’ Option?

The Cleveland Indians will have a few hard decisions to make, regarding personnel and one of the first of these should involve Mike Aviles. Unlike all but one other member of the final 40 man roster for the Indians, Aviles is not officially under contract for the 2015 season. Rather, the super utility man has a single option year left from his contract that he signed shortly after...
Via Burning River Baseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2014 IBI Awards: Least Valuable Hitter

Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the third installment of the IBI Awards, the Least Valuable Hitter. Previous awards for this season include: Most Valuable Hitter Most Valuable...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the 2014 year-end roster: Part two

The 2014 season may have ended with some disappointment with Cleveland missing the playoffs, but finishing with an 85-77 record and being in contention until the last weekend of the season is not all that bad. Before looking forward to 2015, first IBI is going to look back on 2014. Personally, that starts for me with these roster rankings before transitioning to the IBI Awards next...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Could scoring changes impact AL Cy Young race?

Two September scoring alterations shifted ERA for the American League's foremost Cy Young contenders. As the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez and Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber made their cases to be recognized as the league's top pitcher, reversals of errors moved their ERA in opposite directions. Kluber's went up when Major League Baseball decided in mid-September...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
21 days ago  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–September 28, 2010

2010: The Royals scored early and often, cruising to a 10-1 win over Minnesota at Kauffman Stadium.Kansas City scored three runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third, and two more in the fifth, all off Twins starter Nick Blackburn.In the first inning, Jarrod Dyson led off with a walk, followed by a Mike Aviles single. With one out, the Royals pulled off a double steal...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–September 23, 2008

2008: The Royals belted three home runs in the first four innings, then rode Zack Greinke’s seven shutout innings to a 5-0 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit.It took just two hitters for the Royals to take the lead, as Mike Aviles homered against Tigers starter Freddy Garcia with one out and no one on in the first inning.The Royals enjoyed a three-run fourth inning...
Via Pine Tar Press
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Duffy, Royals blank cold Tribe offense, 2-0

CLEVELAND—You can’t win if you can’t score. Or can you? For the Indians at least in one game on Monday, they did just that. Making up the suspended game with the Royals originally played at Kaufmann Stadium back on August 31, the Tribe edged their division rivals for a 4-3 win. Needing just three outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, Kansas City squeezed a run across against Scott...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Aviles sac fly lifts Indians over Astros in 13

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians relied on their pitching again, and their offense came alive just in time to beat the Houston Astros. Mike Aviles' sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Indians a 2-1 win on Thursday night. Ramirez doubled with one out before Samuel Deduno (2-6) walked Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana to set up Aviles' fly...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #152: Indians 2, Astros 1

It got to the point where even I was on the verge of ruling this team out in their playoff chase over the weekend. Yet just four days later, here they are once again won three straight to take the four game set in Houston and fight their way back to just four games away from a playoff berth. Unfortunately, time is not on their side as they have only 10 games left to work with. However...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles sac fly lifts Indians over Astros in 13

HOUSTON (AP) Mike Aviles's sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Ramirez doubled with one out before Samuel Deduno (2-6) walked Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana to set up Aviles' fly to right. Jake Marisnick's throw to the plate was offline, and Ramirez scored easily...
Via AP on Fox
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros mascot Orbit trolls Indians players with 'Famous Stache Wax'

Infamous for his shenanigans with opposing players, Houston Astros mascot "Orbit" took his act to the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night. In honor of the Tribe's "rally 'stache" movement, which began at the end of August, Orbit "grew" one of his own. Apparently now a mustache aficionado, the furry green creature tried to sell the Indians on his...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Avila Bounces Off Backstop To Make Incredible Catch (Video)

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila put a lot of faith in the backstop netting at Comerica Park on Friday night. When Mike Aviles of the Kansas City Royals hit a pop fly behind home plate, the catcher ran toward the ball and jumped into the netting to make an amazing catch before bouncing back onto the field feet-first. Avila made a tough play look easy. Hey, in fact, it looks kind...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers' Alex Avila makes acrobatic catch against Indians

DETROIT -- Alex Avila has a long history of baseball in his family. Judging from the catch he made Friday night, he must also have some ancestors who were circus performers. Mike Aviles popped David Price's 2-2 pitch behind the plate, and it looked like the ball was going to carry out of play. Avila, though, glanced once at the netting, then charged straight at the backstop and...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Update: Mike Aviles cleared to play

The Cleveland Indians improved to 76-69 on the season and stay in the thick of the American League Central race following a doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Carlos Santana provided the offense, hitting home runs in both games. There was more good news as Mike Aviles, who has been out with concussion-like symptoms, was cleared to play. #454509874 / gettyimages...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Update: Mike Aviles close to returning from concussion

The Cleveland Indians dropped to 74-69 on the season following a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. At five games back in the division and the wild card race, the Indians need to be healthy to make a run at the post season down the stretch. The good news is that Mike Aviles is improving and is close to returning from a concussion. #488338739 / gettyimages.comOur own Nathaniel...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles out for extended period

CLEVELAND -- Mike Aviles will be out for an undermined period due to concussion-related symptoms. Aviles hit his head on the turf in right field during the first inning of Monday's game against the Tigers and came out in the fourth after saying he was nauseous. Due to the expanded rosters, Aviles does not have to be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list but he will...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians' Aviles out with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians utilityman Mike Aviles is sidelined because of a concussion. Aviles was injured in the first inning Monday when he attempted to make a diving catch of a fly ball in right field. He remained in the game, but misjudged a ball two innings later and was removed with a sore neck. Manager Terry Francona said Aviles is a ''little foggy'' and was sent...
Via AP on Fox
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians infield and a goodbye note … While We’re Waiting

On the left side of the Indians infield: What should the plan be for 2015? The big hurdle was first to identify how to solve Asdrubal Cabrera’s free agency. That got solved in the form of Zach Walters. But what’s the plan now? Who should be back? When should prospects be promoted? Is an addition necessary? Lonnie Chisenhall is the incumbent third baseman. He’s one of the worst...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Update: Mike Aviles out with whiplash

Cleveland Indians outfielder Mike Aviles was out of the lineup Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers with symptoms related to whiplash, reports Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com: #488338739 / gettyimages.comAviles suffered the injury in the first inning of Monday’s loss to Detroit while diving for an Ian Kinsler triple and was removed after one at-bat after receiving a rare start...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #135: Tigers 12, Indians 1

Run of Great Pitching Runs Out The Indians will need to write this one off. The Indians have gone to the bullpen early over the last month very few times. This time it was Corey Kluber who failed to get through the third inning, as unbelievable as that is to say. The bullpen didn’t fare much better, with the Tigers tacking on runs against Zach McAllister (who actually pitched...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Mauls Weary Tribe in Series Opener; Tigers 12, Indians 1

The Indians were a tired team and the Detroit Tigers put them to sleep on Labor Day. After a Sunday night game in Kansas City that was suspended in the 10th inning due to a storm and a flight that did not get the Indians back to Cleveland until 3:30 a.m., they came out flat Monday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers. Miguel Cabrera was the biggest Grim Reaper for the Tigers, going...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

8/20 Recap: House & Aviles Lead Tribe to Series Win

Player of the Game Despite pitching on 12 days of rest, T.J. House was fantastic tonight, putting up one of the best three starts in his career (also 5/28 and 8/2). House pitched 5.1 shut out innings, allowing just four hits and walking three. It was his fourth straight game with at least five innings pitched and his tenth time in 12 starts overall. House struck out five on his way...
Via Burning River Baseball
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs for the week ending August 17th

Two walk offs this week for each of the Nationals, Indians, and Rangers. Hey, when it rains, it pours, I guess. August 12th, Rays vs Rangers Walk off walk to score a pitcher. That’s gotta suck. August 13th, Diamondbacks vs Indians 4 So…Asdrubal who? Zach Walters is already endearing himself to Indains fans. August 14th, Diamondbacks vs Marlins Yeah, I’m going with the Spanish...
Via The Outside Corner
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Aviles' walkoff homer lifts Cleveland Indians over Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, in 11

Mike Aviles kept expectations to a minimum. As a result, he maximized the opportunity. Aviles led off the 11th inning with a homer as the Indians defeated the Orioles, 2-1, Friday night at Progressive Field. Paid attendance: 27,845. Aviles sent lefty Brian Matusz's 1-2 breaking pitch over the left-field wall, delivering his first career walkoff homer. The Indians have belted...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles’ walk-off homer in 11th lifts Indians over Orioles 2-1

  Mike Aviles homered leading off the 11th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. Aviles connected on a 1-2 pitch from Brian Matusz (2-3), driving it onto the home run porch in left field for just Cleveland's second run in the past 22-plus innings. The Indians were shut out 1-0 by Arizona in 12 innings on Wednesday night. As...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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