Have the Yankees hit rock bottom? Or could it get even worse?

So I was out and about Saturday morning and early afternoon, doing a three-mile fun run at Clove Lakes Park, going to the farmers' market, buying groceries at Trader Joe's, doing other errands, and chatting with different people I know in the small town that is Staten Island.Lots of people I saw today complimented me after seeing the Staten Island Advance article about me in print...
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C-Cap Recap: That’s Called a Winning Streak

Had this game been played in Cleveland, one could only assume they would have dropped confetti from the upper deck. The Indians have won three in a row! It’s their first such string of the entire season, but more importantly, the low-stress 5-2 win over the White Sox Thursday night gave the Tribe an honest-to-gosh series win against a divisional foe (they had been 0-7-1 in such...
Via Waiting For Next Year
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Pair of Early Homers Pace Tribe to Series Win; Indians 5, White Sox 2

For the first time since the opening series of the season, the Indians won a series–taking three of four from the Chicago White Sox. Thursday evening the Tribe used a pair of first inning homers from Mike Aviles and Nick Swisher to mount a four-run inning. It was enough to take the Tribe to a 5-2 win in the Windy City. Danny Salazar fired six strong innings, allowing just five...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Salazar, Indians power past White Sox 5-2

CHICAGO (AP) -- Danny Salazar tossed six scoreless innings and was backed by first-inning home runs from Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles, leading the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Thursday night. Salazar was coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against Texas on May 16. He recovered to help the Indians take...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How Nick Swisher Could Ruin Zach Walters’ Career

Zach Walters is an interesting individual. The only return from the loss of Asdrubal Cabrera has no real defensive position, terrible plate discipline and a swing full of holes yet is the Indians top power opportunity since Travis Hafner was blasting home runs into Pronkville. The problem is that, while Hafner was a career .273 hitter, Walters is about 100 points below that. There...
Via Burning River Baseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Swisher's first RBIs of season help Indians top Rangers 8-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Nick Swisher had three hits and his first three RBIs of the season, and the Cleveland Indians spoiled Adrian Beltre's 400th career home run with an 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. Jason Kipnis singled four times and Michael Brantley reached base in all five trips, with two doubles among his three hits. They combined to score five runs. Ryan...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Burning River Baseball
8 days ago  |  Discuss

5/9 Recap: Tribe Rally Falls Short

Roster Update: Mike Aviles was placed on the family medical emergency list and Zach Walters was called up in his stead. Anthony Swarzak was designated for assignment to make room for Bruce Chen, who made his first appearance and first start in an Indians uniform. Player of the Game Nick Swisher had himself a game. Swish racked up 4 hits today including a rally starting double...
Via Burning River Baseball
14 days ago  |  Discuss

What Nick Swisher’s return means for the Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Nick Swisher spent the first month of the 2015 season rehabbing from double knee surgery, something he had done this past offseason, but he has finally returned to the big league club. The 34-year-old didn’t see any game action at any level until the end of April. Swisher played in his first rehab game with the Columbus Clippers on April 24, and...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Why May will be a better month for the Cleveland Indians

With extremely high expectations for the 2015 Cleveland Indians, the month of April has squashed the hope of a ‘late October run’ for many Cleveland natives. The Indians have started the year off with one of their worst starts in franchise history. What happened to the team that Sports Illustrated picked to win it all? Nick Swisher will try to prove that he can still be productive...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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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17 days ago  |  Discuss

5/5 Recap:

Roster Update: As mentioned earlier today, Nick Swisher has returned to the Cleveland Indians and was in the starting lineup today, hitting sixth and playing DH. To make room, Tyler Holt was sent to AAA. In addition, Jerry Sands cleared waivers yesterday and accepted his minor league assignment in Columbus. Player of the Game There wasn’t much to cheer about for Indians fans...
Via Burning River Baseball
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians activate Nick Swisher

The Indians announced today that Nick Swisher has been activated from the disabled list after two knee surgeries. He is in the lineup tonight for the Indians against the Royals. Tyler Holt was optioned to Triple-A. Swish is off the DL, at DH tonight and looking to hit some lasers! — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 5, 2015 Swisher...
Via Baseball Essential
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians active outfielder Nick Swisher from disabled list

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Indians activated Nick Swisher from the disabled list and optioned fellow outfielder Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus before Tuesday night's game in Kansas City. Swisher was the designated hitter and batting sixth in the opener of a three-game series. Swisher spent the first month off the season on the DL while recovering from surgery on both knees that...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians activate outfielder Nick Swisher from disabled list

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Indians activated Nick Swisher from the disabled list and optioned fellow outfielder Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus before Tuesday night's game in Kansas City. Swisher was the designated hitter and batting sixth in the opener of a three-game series. Swisher spent the first month off the season on the DL while recovering from surgery on both knees that...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Welcome Home, Bro! The Triumphant Return of Nick Swisher

After spending Spring Break in Goodyear, Arizona and gallivanting around his old haunts in Columbus for the past few weeks, Nick Swisher is finally ready to return to the Cleveland Indians. The Indians announced early yesterday that the $48M man will finally be coming off the disabled list after originally landing there on August 10th, 2014. Swisher missed 63 total games due to knee...
Via Burning River Baseball
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Swisher to be activated off disabled list

Indians first baseman Nick Swisher was evaluated in Cleveland on Sunday to determine the next step in his rehab. And that next step is joining the big league club. Swisher will be added to the Indians' active roster on Tuesday and is expected to play in the series against the Royals in Kansas City, according to Swisher, who underwent double knee surgery this past pffseason...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

C-Cap Recap: Undefeated in May

Sort of like Rocky training with Apollo Creed in order to beat Mr. T, the down-and-out Indians needed the familiarity of an old rival to get them back in shape at the start of a new month, and Mark Buehrle was just the man for the job. Dating all the way back to the year 2000, this was Buehrle’s 25th appearance as a visiting pitcher at Jacobs/Progressive Field, and he’s generally...
Via Waiting For Next Year
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians’ Nick Swisher on knee rehab: “It’s been a long road”

The Cleveland Indians are struggling mightily at the plate, but could relief be in sight? If it’s up to one Nick Swisher it is. Swisher, attempting to return from off-season knee surgery in his age 34 season, is slated to visit with a few of the Tribe’s minor league teams in a rehabilitation assignment before getting activated with the big league squad. Presently, the minor league...
Via Waiting For Next Year
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians’ defense: Still abysmal

In 2014, the Cleveland Indians missed out on the postseason in part to a surging Kansas City Royals team. But—as we discussed several times—several losses throughout the course of the year were due largely to their dreadful defense—or more specifically, run prevention, an area where they were the worst in all of baseball. Had last season’s squad been merely average, fans...
Via Waiting For Next Year
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Meisel – 100 Things Indians Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

In this month’s installment of the Burning River Book Club, we will get back to the present date after focusing on the distant past for the past few months. For April, I will be reviewing Indians beat writer, Zack Meisel’s 100 Things Indians Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die which was first published just a few months ago in 2015. This book brought out a few different...
Via Burning River Baseball
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Nick Swisher ready to begin rehab assignment

Cleveland Indians first baseman and designated hitter Nick Swisher, who has not played in a regular season game for the Indians since August 2014, is expected to begin his rehab assignment Friday at Class AAA Columbus. Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti has indicated that he would like Swisher to complete back-to-back nine-inning games in the field before bringing him back...
Via Waiting For Next Year
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Nick Swisher, Zach Walters to begin rehab assignments

The Indians are in an offensive rut and they need all the help they can get to escape it.Thankfully, reinforcements are on the way as outfielder Nick Swisher and infielder Zach Walters will begin minor-league rehab assignments this week, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group.Before Monday's game at U.S. Cellular Field, general manager Chris Antonetti told reporters that Swisher...
Via Fox Sports
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

A Totally Awesome Nick Swisher & Zach Walters Injury Update, Broskies

Going into Spring, it certainly didn’t look like the Indians would be waiting with baited breath for two batters who hit .208 and .170 in 2014 with strike out rates of once every 3.6 plate appearances and 2.9 PA respectively, but after a slow start to the offense and injuries to Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley, they are highly looking forward to the returns of Nick Swisher and Zach...
Via Burning River Baseball
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians C Yan Gomes out 6-8 weeks

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a right knee injury and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. “In the really big picture, it could’ve been worse,” Indians manager Terry Francona said, via “It’s a difficult loss, but he’s going to be OK. And anybody that’s been around Gomer for five...
Via Sports-Glory
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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