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Murphy, Indians offense explode to rout Texas, 12-2

CLEVELAND—All it takes is a flip of the calendar. With just two months of the regular season remaining on the schedule, the Tribe offense flipped the switch on high to jump-start an important stretch of baseball in August and September that lie ahead. A new month almost seemed like a clean slate for the wavering Indians, and it showed on Friday night. The club exploded for a dozen...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mariners 6, Indians 5: Comeback thwarted by Shaw’s hanger

When you score five runs, you should win the game. The Indians were on their way to doing so last night, but one of their more reliable and consistent pitchers made two quick mistakes and a comeback victory was snatched away as the Seattle Mariners took the rubber match of the three-game series, 6-5, on the same day the Indians traded their starting shortstop and failed to bring...
Via Waiting For Next Year
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Trades Are Not an End to Cleveland’s Postseason Hopes

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona told the media Wednesday that the club was, “not raising the white flag. That is not an option.” That was just hours after the Tribe traded away former ace Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals. On Thursday, Cleveland General Manager Chris Antonetti and the rest of the front office remained busy, shipping off former All-Star shortstop...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

McAllister inconsistent again; Mariners edge Indians late, 6-5

CLEVELAND— As teams bolstered their rosters across the country Thursday, the Indians were busy subtracting players from their big league team, not adding them. It showed on the field in the rubber match with Seattle. One night after staff ace Corey Kluber went the distance for a complete game shutout, Tribe starter Zach McAllister couldn’t even make it out of the fourth inning...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Francona: 'We will never raise the white flag'

The Cleveland Indians' trade of opening-day starter Justin Masterson could be viewed as the club conceding its season after falling into third place in the AL Central following a difficult stretch. Cleveland contends that's not the case, but it puts added pressure on pitchers like Zach McAllister to make up for Masterson's absence in the rotation. McAllister takes the...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tribe looking at Lackey?

Well it has been quite an eventful day in Wahooland. Earlier today, the Indiansdealt starting pitcher Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals for OF prospect James Ramsey. Meeting with the media just after the deal, both GM Chris Antonetti and Manager Terry Francona denied that this trade signaled a sell off for 2015. In fact, they are looking to add pieces in the next 24 hours...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians clubhouse unfazed as trade deadline approaches

CLEVELAND -- Asdrubal Cabrera was trading jokes with Roberto Perez, Justin Masterson was discussing his next start and Terry Francona was on his usual even keel. If anyone in the Indians clubhouse was feeling stressed with the trade deadline two days away, they weren't showing it. "I've been on ballclubs where everyone takes a deep breath when the day is over whether...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryne Sandberg’s Misuse of Phillies Starting Pitchers is Concerning

  Ryne Sandberg deserves a little leeway this season considering the situation he’s in.  The Phillies are in the midst of a steep decline and their over/under win total in Vegas was only 76, their lowest projection since the days of Terry Francona.  Expectations were low for Sandberg in his first big league season in the dugout, but it’s […] The post Ryne Sandberg...
Via Sons of the Spectrum
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Stuck in the Middle as Trade Deadline Nears

Stuck in the middle of it all sounds great, but from the Indians point of view, there isn’t much great about it at all. The Indians have an off day on the field, but it’s very likely General Manager Chris Antonetti, Assistant GM Mike Chernoff and manager Terry Francona could be meeting at Progressive Field to discuss the team’s strategy for this week as the trade deadline approaches...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Raburn’s Awful Throw Leads To ‘Little League Home Run’ (Video)

Terry Francona probably needed a lot of antacid on Thursday night. That’s because the Cleveland Indians manager saw his team lose to the Kansas City Royals in 14 innings. That probably wasn’t the most aggravating part of the night, though. That came in the eighth inning when Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas hit a slicing fly ball down the left-field line. Indians left fielder Ryan...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How Cabrera’s Back Will Affect the Indians

As, Khia once said, “my neck, my back” and that appears to be the problem with the Indians’ short stop. Asdrubal Cabrera left Monday’s game in the second inning with back spasms and was kept out of the next game as well with Terry Francona stating he was still “locked up.” With the possibility that he would be out for awhile, the Indians brought Jose Ramirez back from...
Via Burning River Baseball
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Salazar 'a lot closer' to last year's form, Francona says

The Cleveland Indians have dropped back-to-back games for the first time this month, but manager Terry Francona is banking on a solid start from Danny Salazar to help make his club's funk short-lived. Salazar makes his first appearance in the majors in more than two months as he faces the Minnesota Twins on the road Tuesday night. The Indians (50-49) returned from the All-Star...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians update: Masterson, Bourn and Cabrera

After going five innings on Sunday, the Indians decided that Justin Masterson needed one more rehab start. Manager Terry Francona told reporters before Monday's game against the Twins that Masterson would start for Columbus on Friday against Norfolk. In Sunday's start against Indianapolis, the right-hander worked five innings and threw 71 pitches with 47 being strikes. Masterson...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Three out of four in Motown gives Tribe momentum, but concerns remain

 DETROIT -- After losing 5-1 to the Tigers on Sunday, Indians manager Terry Francona was not in much of a mood to look back and reflect on taking three of four in Detroit. With seven games remaining on what is shaping up as the most important road trip of the season.  Going into the series, most people would have been happy if the Indians did not lose ground in the division. Instead...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians rotation begins to take shape for rest of road trip

DETROIT -- The Indians have set their rotation through Thursday, but just like the current series with the Tigers, it will require a little bit of shuffling. T.J. House will start Monday's series opener in Minnesota with Danny Salazar slated to go on Tuesday and Trevor Bauer on Wednesday. Corey Kluber will take the hill for Thursday's opener of a four-game set at Kansas City...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians keep rolling in Motown, thanks to all-around team effort

DETROIT -- If there is the epitome of a team win, the Indians provided a perfect example during the second game of their doubleheader against the Tigers on Saturday. From a solid start by Zach McAllister to clutch relief outings by John Axford and Carlos Carrasco to big hits from Chris Dickerson and Carlos Santana, a lot of players contributed to the 5-2 win in the nightcap, giving...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Potential For More Cavs Offseason Moves

Cleveland, Ohio has quickly become a hot spot for athletes. First, Terry Francona agreed to come to the Indians to manage their team. Then, Johnny Manziel sent a text to Browns saying, “Let’s wreck this league together.” Finally, LeBron James agreed to return Cleveland to help bring a championship home. Along with that, he is […]
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Clean baseball: Tribe's success in second half lies within their own hands, literally

DETROIT -- When it comes to the one area where the Indians have to make a major improvement in the second half, the opinion is unanimous -- they have to be better defensively. Going into Friday night's game against the Tigers, the Tribe lead the Majors with 76 errors, which is five more than Arizona. Yan Gomes (11) and Asdrubal Cabrera (14) lead their respective positions in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona expresses pride of seeing Brantley at All-Star Game

DETROIT -- While a lot of the focus during the All-Star Game was on Derek Jeter, the highlight for Indians manager Terry Francona was getting to see Michael Brantley make his first appearance. Francona said during Monday's workout he was going to talk with Brantley out in center field until he realized that Brantley was actually taking fly balls. "So I went out and stood...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona Bought Cavs Season Tickets After LeBron James’ Announcement

Cleveland has LeBron James fever right now, and Indians manager Terry Francona is no different. He recently proved that in a big way upon hearing the news that James was coming home. James announced last week that he was going to sign with the Cavaliers, an announcement that sent Cleveland into a frenzy. Francona was just as excited, and he told reporters on Monday at the Major League...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Aftermath of the Carlos Santana Experiment

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona had this to say before Wednesday’s home game against the New York Yankees: “Early in the year, there’s always some inconsistencies that take a while to kind of play themselves out. That’s just the way a year is. It happens with every team. Then, once guys get settled in and […]
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Werner owns up to Red Sox’ mistakes

Tom Werner first got involved in Major League Baseball in 1990 when he led a group that purchased the San Diego Padres. That venture lasted four tumultuous seasons. His tenure as chairman of the Red Sox has been peaceful — and far more successful — by comparison. Since Werner joined with John Henry to purchase the team in 2002, the Red Sox have won three World Series championships...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 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...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tough day for Tribe epitomized by Adams' debut

CLEVELAND -- When he was called up on Friday, Austin Adams knew that he was going to be making his Major League debut sometime this weekend. It happened on Saturday and didn't go according to plan. Adams came on during the ninth inning with the White Sox holding a 3-2 lead. By the time Terry Francona came to get the ball from him four batters later, he had recorded only one out...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
20 days ago  |  Discuss

New-look Tribe lineup heating up as All-Star break approaches

CLEVELAND -- As strange as it sounds on the surface, the best thing to happen to the Indians offense ended up being disabled list stints for Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher in late May. Consider the following -- for the first two months of the season, Terry Francona was playing a juggling game with Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall that wasn't working. Chisenhall wasn't getting...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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