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The Glass is Half Something—Random Thoughts from August

“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.” -Phaedrus PRETEND TO CONTEND: It’s the end of August and Indians are above .500. They are within a mathematically-realistic shot of the playoffs and have one of the best home records in baseball. Yes, they’re wildly frustrating and...
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Storylines: Braves could look to deal B.J. Upton

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: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Tuesday, August 26th. Tribe News Terry Francona was encouraged by the progress of Yan Gomes as he recovers from a concussion...
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Indians part of crowded wild-card battle

A strong stretch by the rotation has played a major role in the Cleveland Indians staying in the playoff hunt. A matchup with the offensively challenged Chicago White Sox should give them a good chance to continue their roll. The Indians go for their 10th win in 14 games while trying to send the AL Central-worst White Sox to a seventh consecutive loss in the first of three at U.S...
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Indians part of crowded wild-card battle

A strong stretch by the rotation has played a major role in the Cleveland Indians staying in the playoff hunt. A matchup with the offensively challenged Chicago White Sox should give them a good chance to continue their roll. The Indians go for their 10th win in 14 games while trying to send the AL Central-worst White Sox to a seventh consecutive loss in the first of three at U.S...
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Indians part of crowded wild-card battle

A strong stretch by the rotation has played a major role in the Cleveland Indians staying in the playoff hunt. A matchup with the offensively challenged Chicago White Sox should give them a good chance to continue their roll. The Indians go for their 10th win in 14 games while trying to send the AL Central-worst White Sox to a seventh consecutive loss in the first of three at U.S...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians-White Sox Preview

A strong stretch by the rotation has played a major role in the Cleveland Indians staying in the playoff hunt. A matchup with the offensively challenged Chicago White Sox should give them a good chance to continue their roll. The Indians go for their 10th win in 14 games while trying to send the AL Central-worst White Sox to a seventh consecutive loss in the first of three at U.S...
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Bauer, Indians edge Houston, 3-1 to win three-game series

CLEVELAND—If the Indians want to play in October again, the road to another potential playoff spot begins and ends with only one thing: Pitching. Starting pitching was the name of the game for the second day in a row Sunday, as the Tribe edged Houston, 3-1 to win the three-game series. For the ninth time in 11 starts at Progressive Field, right-hander Trevor Bauer (5-7, 4.18...
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Indians C Yan Gomes placed on 7-day concussion DL

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have placed catcher Yan Gomes on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Gomes, hit on the mask Thursday after a pitch deflected off Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki, was still experiencing symptoms after taking part in some light activity Friday and Saturday. Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday the team is taking a cautious approach and...
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Indians defensive errors give Houston a late 5-1 victory

CLEVELAND—The Indians have 99 problems, and all of them are errors. Knotted in a 1-1 tie with Houston in the ninth, two critical defensive errors by the Tribe cost them the series opener. Held to just one run on two hits all night, the Astros went onto score four runs in the inning, leading to a 5-1 victory. “That’s not the way we certainly want to play the game,” manager Terry...
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Indians' Gomes out with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians catcher Yan Gomes has been diagnosed with a concussion and there's no timetable for when he'll return to the lineup. Manager Terry Francona said team doctors don't think at this time that Gomes will have to be placed on the seven-day concussion list. Francona said he turned down Gomes' request to play Friday night against Houston and that the...
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It's a playoff game every night from here on out for Terry Francona, Indians

Terry Francona managed Tuesday night's game like it was the seventh game of the World Series. In a way it was, just like Wednesday and Thursday and every game from here on out will be. The Indians have 38 of these things left. They have been on the fringe of contention all season and unless there's a collapse, they will stay there until the regular season ends on Sept. 28...
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Holt returns to replace Raburn

When Tyler Holt was optioned back to Columbus, Terry Francona said that the outfielder would be back at some point this season. It ended up being two days later. Before Tuesday's game against Minnesota, the Indians placed Ryan Raburn on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to yesterday and recalled Holt. Raburn, who is on the DL for the fourth time in his Major League career...
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Indians extend Scott Atchison

He came to camp as a 38-year old non-roster invitee hoping to hang on for one more season in the sun. By May, he was not just a fixture in the pen, but a favorite of manager Terry Francona. Now here we are in August and Scott Atchison, the bullpen’s jack of all trades, has received a contract extension. He will toil in the pen in 2015 with a club option for 2016. “Old-Man Atch”...
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Tribe week in review: Starting rotation excels but more offense necessary

CLEVELAND -- After Sunday's 4-1 loss, Terry Francona remarked that it is tough to get things clicking at the right time. In other words, just when the rotation starts to have its best stretch of the season, the offense begins to falter. The Indians went 3-2 last week despite batting .198. The reason why is because the rotation has posted a 1.02 ERA over the past six games. "...
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Tribe Weekend Recap: Dominant starting pitching, slumbering bats, and Ubaldo being Ubaldo

This weekend series was once again another example of what this 2014 Cleveland Indians team is all about. The AL East leading Baltimore Orioles came to Cleveland with the biggest margin of any division top dog in baseball. Their offense is beastly, with power up and down the lineup. So naturally the story of the weekend was the Indians starting pitching. You know, the group that...
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Confident Carrasco gives big lift to Tribe rotation after blanking Orioles

CLEVELAND -- To call the Indians rotation patchwork or a construction project would be kind. In fact at many times this season you could say that a house of straw has looked sturdier. For the past week though, the starting staff has put together one of its best runs of the season. In his second start in less than a week, Carlos Carrasco put together another stellar outing with seven...
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Francona weighs in on Manfred's selection as commissioner

CLEVELAND -- The day after Rob Manfred was selected as Major League Baseball's 10th commissioner, Indians manager Terry Francona appeared to be happy with the selection. "I don't know Rob terribly well. I've met him a bunch of times. I know his reputation is really good," Francona said before Friday's game against Baltimore. "What I ultimately cared...
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Indians split doubleheader with D-Backs

CLEVELAND—The Indians played two games Wednesday, but it’s the first one they will want to remember. Just like the roller coaster of a season it's been, a twin bill with Arizona started sweet but would end sour.   When the dust settled after 21 innings of play, the and D-Backs split the doubleheader on one swing of the bat from each ball club. One word to describe game one...
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Ninth-inning homer sinks D-backs in Game 1

CLEVELAND -- The Indians didn't generate a lot of attention when they acquired Zach Walters at the trade deadline. Walters made a headline of his own Wednesday with a one-out homer in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first game of a doubleheader. Walters, acquired from Washington for Asdrubal Cabrera on July 31, hit a 1-2 pitch...
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Tigers not the only AL Central competition: Indians Pregame Notes

CLEVELAND -- There are some who may be surprised about the Royals being in first place in the AL Central but Terry Francona isn't one of them. "I'm actually surprised it took them this long," Francona said before Tuesday's game against Arizona. "I think they're really good. For whatever reason they hovered around the .500 mark for a long time and they...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona 'not worried' about Michael Bourn's low batting average during rehab games

Michael Bourn has struggled at the plate during his minor-league rehab assignment -- but don't put any stock into his low batting average, because manager Terry Francona sure isn't. In three games with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks, the Tribe center fielder has gone 0-for-10 at the plate with five strikeouts. He did not see any game action over the weekend, but did work...
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August Can Be A Pain

Win/Loss record aside, the Indians have had some major problems with injuries over the first half of August. The outfield has been the site for most of these and Terry Francona has been scrambling all month to field three men who can run and provide at least a little offense. In all, Chris Dickerson, Nick Swisher, David Murphy and Michael Brantley have all dealt with problems of...
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Jose Ramirez makes big splash in Big Apple for Cleveland Indians

Saturday morning, manager Terry Francona was talking about shortstop Jose Ramirez. He said the organization has been encouraging the rookie from the Dominican Republic to learn English because it will help him become a better ballplayer on and off the field. Then Ramirez went out onto the diamond at Yankee Stadium and spoke the universal language of baseball. In simple English,...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Carrasco to start Sunday for Cleveland

CINCINNATI -- Terry Francona announced on Thursday something that he hinted at the day before -- Carlos Carrasco will be the starter for Sunday's series finale at New York. The right-hander went four innings and threw 60 pitches in relief in Tuesday's 9-2 loss to the Reds. Carrasco, who is 3-4 with a 3.88 ERA, was in the rotation at the start of the season and started four...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Salazar struggles in loss to Reds and then optioned to Columbus

CINCINNATI -- To say the Indians rotation is a jigsaw puzzle would be an understatement. With what has happened the past two games and with four off days the next two weeks, Terry Francona is trying to come up a combination that will keep his team in contention. Before Wednesday's game against the Reds, Francona said that Josh Tomlin was being moved to the bullpen. After a 8...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss
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