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Julio Lugo in Trouble in the Dominican Republic

Former big leaguer Julio Lugo is in some hot water down in the Dominican Republic. According to reports, Lugo and four other men were responsible for the kidnapping of a couple at gun point and demanded money from them. Warrants have been issued for Lugo’s arrest in Santo Domingo and La Romana. The charge? Kidnapping. However, some are asking folks not to jump to any conclusions...
Via Hall of Very Good
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Moss hits 2 HRs, drives in 7 runs as Indians pummel Tigers

  Brandon Moss homered twice and drove in seven runs, Danny Salazar struck out a career-high 11 and the Cleveland Indians routed the Detroit Tigers 13-1 Friday night. Detroit has lost four straight after an 11-2 start. Moss had a three-run homer in the fifth inning and a two-run shot in the ninth. Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer in the eighth. The Indians entered with 11 homers...
Via AP on Fox
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians: Don’t worry about Cody Allen

For the Cleveland Indians, Monday night’s loss to the Chicago White Sox was one of the ugliest in recent memory. The Tribe carried a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth, and closer Cody Allen came on to try and shut the door. Cody Allen Unfortunately, Allen couldn’t get the job done. After striking out the first batter he faced, Allen allowed the next seven consecutive White...
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians make roster moves

The Indians have activated infielder Zach Walters off the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A, the team announced Friday. Walters, who began the season on the DL with an oblique strain that he suffered during spring training, went 2-for-9 with three RBI in two rehab starts for the Columbus Clippers this week. His two hits were both hard-hit triples. Walters will continue...
Via Fox Sports
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Versatility is the Key

The Indians have a problem. Well, they have many problems, but one can be spotted and rectified fairly easily. Despite officially having five outfielders on the roster (not including Brandon Moss, who has played nine of his twelve games in right field), the Indians have been forced to use an infielder, Mike Aviles, in the outfield for a total of 38.1 innings across six games. While...
Via Burning River Baseball
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Gallas starting slow but sure for Akron RubberDucks: Cleveland Indians Class AA Report

Outfielder Anthony Gallas may be older than most with the Class AA Akron RubberDucks, but that does not mean a rise through the Cleveland Indians minor league ranks has stalled.
Via The Plain Dealer
16 hours ago

Indians Series Summary No. 5: Oh, man, that was cold

Except for Carlos Carrasco’s happy reunion with the mound on Tuesday night, there were no warm and fuzzy feelings produced by this fifth series of the season for the Cleveland Indians. This was their second consecutive Lost-Won-Lost series and all three games were played in mid-40s temperatures with wind-chill factors that made one glad to be indoors and not at U.S. Cellular Field...
Via Waiting For Next Year
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians Need Back of Pen to Step Back to Forefront

Last year if a game got into the latter stage with scored tied or the Indians ahead, Tribe fans felt pretty good about the situation.  With Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen slamming the door in the final innings, opposing teams simply were rarely scoring late, back-breaking runs. The duo has not been as dynamic in the early stages of this season. Allen already has blown a save and lost...

Ball Played: Indians lose fourth straight Kluber start

Happy Earth Day, everyone. Wait, is that still a thing or did it die out when Captain Planet went off the air? Just to be safe put your bottles and cans in the recycle bins today1. The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians were doing their part for energy conservation on Wednesday by playing a sunlit day game. The Indians aided in the efficiency by plating no one, ultimately getting...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians shouldn’t wait much longer on Lonnie Chisenhall

At what point is a baseball prospect considered a bust? Well, for me, it depends on how the prospect was brought into the organization. Here’s what I mean by that: Lonnie Chisenhall A player can be brought into an organization through a trade, the MLB draft, or a free agent signing. If the cost was high to bring a player into the organization (high draft pick, centerpiece in...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Shaking off the Rust: Injuries and Shaky Bullpen Plague Tribe Early

After a long offseason and an encouraging Spring campaign, the Cleveland Indians started their 2015 season with a three game series in Houston. Corey Kluber did not receive the run support that he was hoping for and the Indians fell in their opener 2-0 to a tough-pitching Dallas Keuchel.   Since then, the Indians have been struggling to put together crooked numbers on the scoreboard...
Via Hot Stove MLB
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Kipnis has secret (smelly) weapon against catchers

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is a true competitor. And sometimes that means doing whatever it takes for him and his team to be successful -- even if it requires some extra effort from his bodily functions. What exactly do we mean by that? Well, let's just cut right to the cheese -- or chase. During a recent Twitter Q&A with fans, Kipnis admitted to getting a...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Feller and Hegan Lead Tribe to Opening Day Victory; Indians 4, Browns 0

April 20, 1948 The Cleveland Indians started the much-anticipated 1948 season with a decisive 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Browns this afternoon in front of 73,163 fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Bob Feller, making his sixth opening day start, dazzled the crowd and held the Browns at bay, allowing only two hits and walking two while shutting out St. Louis.  He received all...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

AL Central Top 10 Prospects Round-Up

The 2015 season is well underway and that means the minor-leagues are abuzz with activity. All the way from Single A to the majors, below is our weekly round-up of the top 10 prospects in the AL Central. 1. Francisco Lindor SS – Indians: The top prospect in the AL Central, Lindor launched his first home run of the season over the weekend. Not known for his power so much, Lindor...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Revolving Indians Bullpen Door in Full Swing

Prior to Saturday’s game, the Cleveland Indians made yet another transaction that directly affected their bullpen, as reliever Austin Adams was optioned back to Columbus for the second time in the first ten games of the season to make room for starting pitcher Danny Salazar. The move paid off for the starting rotation, as Salazar struck out ten in one of the strongest outings he...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians: Whatever happened to Travis Hafner?

This is the third installment of my “Whatever happened to” series, where I take a look at the careers and lives of former Cleveland Indians players, before and after their days with the Tribe. To read the first piece on Matt LaPorta, click here. To read the second piece on Grady Sizemore, click here. In his time with the Cleveland Indians, Travis Hafner established himself as...
6 days ago  |  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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco hit in face by line drive

Carlos Carrasco   It was a scary moment at Cleveland’s Progressive Field Tuesday night, a very scary moment. Cleveland Indians‘ starter Carlos Carrasco lay flat on the mound, his face on the ground, legs spread wide after being hit in the face by a line drive. Manager Terry Francona and a trainer ran out first and stood over Carrasco’s lifeless body. Outfielder Adam Eaton...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Carrasco shockingly OK after getting hit in face by line drive

On Tuesday night, a scary moment that you absolutely never want to see happened at Progressive Field in Cleveland – Indians starter Carlos Carrasco got hit in the face with a line drive. Thankfully, Carrasco got his glove up and slightly deflected the ball, leading to it hitting his cheek instead of his forehead or eye. Somehow, some way, Carrasco was OK after his trip to the...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians’ Yan Gomes Heads to DL with Sprained Knee

It hasn’t taken long for the battle between the Indians and Tigers this season to become bloody as Yan Gomes became the first casualty late in the game Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded, one out and the go-ahead run already in during the ninth inning, Terry Francona brought the infield in for J.D. Martinez. Playing first, Carlos Santana made a nice play on the chopped...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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