TERRY FRANCONA NEWS

9/19 Recap: Francona’s Strange Decisions Cost Tribe Win

Player of the Game Michael Brantley was one of four Indians hitters with at least two hits tonight and both went for extra bases. His solo home run broke the tie in the sixth and, although the Indians added an insurance run the next inning, his home run allowed the Indians to keep the lead when the Twins scored in the bottom of the inning. Brantley also extended his hitting streak...
Via Burning River Baseball
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Storylines: Twins closer shut down for season

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Friday, Sept. 19.  Top Stories: Twins closer Glen Perkins will be shut down for the rest of the year but ultimately received...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Tribe is alive, but next year they will thrive (Part 1)

Fans of the Cleveland Indians are surely disappointed as the team stumbled mightily in the first two weeks of September, a month which proved so successful for them in last season’s torrid sprint to the playoffs. While the Tribe is still mathematically alive, their failure to take advantage of tremendous starting pitching has cost them a great opportunity to make the playoffs in...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tribe top ‘Stros, celebrate in style

From the first pitch, an 89-mile-per-hour sinker from the hand of the towering Houston Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman, this Thursday night contest had given off the scent of weirdness. The Cleveland Indians had trouble with the 6-foot-7-inch, right-handed Feldman. The Astros, they had trouble with Danny Salazar, the 24-year-old who barely touches 6-feet. The umpires had trouble...
Via Waiting For Next Year
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

FN POLL: A's Surge Ahead As Top Playoff Team

The Oakland A's have moved ahead of the Orioles and Royals as the AL team most readers will pull for in the playoffs. As the chart shows, 26% now pick the "Bay Area Red Sox" as their team of choice, followed by the Orioles at 22%, the Royals at 19%, the Angels at 15%, the Mariners at 7%, unidentified National League teams at 7% and the Tigers at 4%. Somewhat surprisingly...
Via FenwayNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Happenings: There is a lot of blame to pass around

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook… So who is to blame? The Indians went into Detroit this past weekend and were swept out of the Motor City. They played hard and were setup to win two games late, but due to the timely heroics once again from Tigers hitters they lost both games in excruciating fashion. The hangover from that sweep carried over into Monday night’s...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview #48: Cleveland Indians (76-72) at Houston Astros (66-83)

The Cleveland Indians dropped a big opportunity over the weekend with a chance to gain significant ground in the divisional and Wild Card races when they were swept by the Detroit Tigers. If any of their playoff hopes are to remain, they will need a big series in the state where everything is bigger as they take on the Houston Astros in Texas for four straight at Minute Maid Park...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Update: Ryan Raburn could be done for season

The Cleveland Indians fell to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday by the score of 6-4. The loss dropped the Indians to 76-72 on the season, third in the American League Central. Having been swept by the Tigers, the Indians have fallen out of the divisional race and are five games back in the wild card race. On the injury front, Ryan Raburn could be done for the season with a knee injury...
Via MLB Injury News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #147: Indians 4, Tigers 6

I know better than to fully rule this team out with as many times as they've gotten up off the mat these last couple seasons under Terry Francona's leadership, but this will be easily the toughest uphill battle of them all as the Indians' playoff hopes are now on life support following a sweep in Detroit at the hands of the Tigers, who now once again sit alone atop...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona defends Kipnis for firing back at fan for harsh criticism on Twitter

DETROIT -- Indians manager Terry Francona said he didn't have a problem with Jason Kipnis' response to a fan Saturday night after a 5-4 loss to the Tigers. A Tribe fan who drove up from Cleveland, took to Twitter to vent his frustrations about the loss to Kipnis, Mark Shapiro and his 673 followers. The fan called the team "pathetic" and the loss "embarrassing...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A Season of Missed Opportunities

After an exciting, but ultimately disappointing, end to the 2013 season that thrust the Cleveland Indians back into the playoffs for the first time since 2007, there were lofty expectations on the team heading into 2014. The team that ripped off ten straight wins to wrap up an incredible month of September last year was nearly identical to the squad set to take the field this season...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona Has Questionable Taste

That sound you heard Saturday night was me losing respect for Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona. Tito: “It probably doesnt speak to my maturity but I really like the Zooperstars. I love them. Harry Canary. Clammy Sosa. I love those guys” — Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 13, 2014 I mean, it’s one thing to think it…but for the two-time World Series-winning...
Via Hall of Very Good
6 days ago  |  Discuss

'One bad pitch' could put Indians' flickering postseason hopes to an end

DETROIT -- "It was just one bad pitch." However one bad pitch from Bryan Shaw carries a lot of repercussions when it happens in September and in a key series where you are trying to keep your postseason hopes alive. This season has had its share of frustrating losses for the Indians, but Saturday night might go down as the one that put an end to their flickering postseason...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Avila homer sends Tigers over Indians, 5-4

DETROIT—There’s no denying Bryan Shaw has been one of the most reliable arms for the Indians all season long. Yet, for a team still trying to claw their way to October, it’s one pitch from the right-hander that could end up being his most lasting impression. Clinging to a 4-3 lead with two outs in the eighth, Detroit’s Alex Avila sent Cleveland to their most crushing...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Price, Tigers trounce over Indians, 7-2

DETROIT—The price for a spot in the postseason continues to climb for the wavering Indians. Opening a crucial three-game series with division rival Detroit, Cleveland’s woes offensively continued at Comerica Park Friday night. Behind a stellar start from lefty David Price (14-11, 3.26 ERA), Tigers bats stole the show late, leading them to a 7-2 victory. “He’s got plenty...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kluber, Indians pound Twins 8-2 in DH opener

CLEVELAND -- Before Thursday's first game of the Indians doubleheader against the Twins, Terry Francona talked about winning it "at all costs", which meant Corey Kluber taking the hill. For at least one game, everything went according to plan for Francona. Kluber went 8 1/3 innings while the offense pounded the Twins early en route to an 8-2 win on Thursday at Progressive...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona talks about day off from rainout, doubleheader

CLEVELAND -- The good news is that the Indians got an unscheduled day off Wednesday night after their game against Minnesota was rained out. The bad news is that there is still a stretch of 30 games in 30 days with a doubleheader Thursday. With the rainout, it broke up what could have been the Indians' longest continuous stretch of games since 1968, when they played 42 games...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe takes on struggling Twins starter

The Cleveland Indians are still holding out hope that they'll make the playoffs, though their slim chances could soon be dashed if the offense doesn't start producing. They'll try to wake up the bats Wednesday night at home against the Minnesota Twins. Cleveland (74-69) has scored just 13 runs in its last five games after a 4-3 loss in Tuesday's series opener. The...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona keeping an eye on competition

CLEVELAND -- When it comes to scoreboard watching, it really doesn't make a difference if it is September or April for Terry Francona, who says he does it most of the year anyway because it relaxes him. "If I sit there and just stare at our field, I get anxiety and it doesn't help. I think I make better decisions when I'm relaxed," he said. Francona's scoreboard...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona keeping an eye on competition

CLEVELAND -- When it comes to scoreboard watching, it really doesn't make a difference if it is September or April for Terry Francona, who says he does it most of the year anyway because it relaxes him. "If I sit there and just stare at our field, I get anxiety and it doesn't help. I think I make better decisions when I'm relaxed," he said. Francona's scoreboard...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Salazar stuggles; Angles rout Tribe, 12-3

CLEVELAND—Things were far from normal for the Indians Monday afternoon at Progressive Field. Well, at least on the pitching side of things. Making up a rained out game initially scheduled for June 18 against the first place L.A. Angels, Tribe starter Danny Salazar (6-7, 4.19 ERA) was tagged for six runs on eight hits through 4 2/3 innings, as the Wahoos fell to the Halos, 12...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Carrasco continues his mastery on the mound as Indians sweep White Sox with 2-0 victory

Terry Francona waited before he gave the signal. First, he stood, eye to eye, with Carlos Carrasco atop the mound, commended the starting pitcher and slapped him on the chest. Carrasco then retreated to the dugout, one out shy of a complete-game shutout. The relocation to the starting rotation is no experiment. The "Cookie" doesn't appear to be crumbling anytime soon...
Via Pro Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona retools lineup for series opener vs. White Sox

CLEVELAND -- Different might be an understatement when describing the Indians lineup tonight against the White Sox. For starters, Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis have the night off. Tyler Holt gets his second start of the season at center and will bat leadoff for the first time while Zach Walters will start at second for the first time this season and bat eighth. Ryan Raburn gets...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians activate Murphy and recall Sellers

Today, the Indians added some much needed offense with the activation of David Murphy from the 15-day DL. He was placed on the DL after suffering from a strained right oblique. This season in 109 games, Murphy has hit .262 with 7 home runs and 55 RBIs. The right fielder will give Terry Francona another option in the outfield and a much needed bat. The team is need of any offense...
Via Waiting For Next Year
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians square off with AL ERA leader

The Cleveland Indians are looking to bounce back after dropping a tough four-game series to one of the teams they're chasing. Things aren't about to get any easier with the AL's ERA leader coming to town. Cleveland squares off against Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a three-game set Friday night. The Indians (71-67) enter the weekend five games behind...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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