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Indians Minor League Recap: Aiken shelled in first extended start

Two affiliates lose, 1-0, as several great starting pitching efforts are wasted. It wasn't a great day for Cleveland Indians affiliates, who went 2-4 overall yesterday, with two teams dropping tough 1-0 games. While the offense wasn't kicking into high gear anywhere (except Lynchburg), the farm system was paced by multiple excellent starts across the board, although several of them...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

After record-setting June, Indians have another shot at history

TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians are going for a club record when they play the Toronto Blue Jays Friday afternoon as they try to extend their winning streak to 14 games.Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. on SportsTime OhioThe Indians defeated the Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday to equal their club record with their 13th straight win. The record was set in 1942 and matched in 1951.The Indians...
Via Fox Sports
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

June 2016 Player Power Rankings

June was about as good of a month as is possible for a baseball team and unsurprisingly, nearly every player on the roster this month played at or well above expectations. A 13 game winning streak to end the month makes everyone happy and we all know how well the team is playing as a whole, but let’s look at how everyone has played individually. Below follow the Indians Player...
Via Burning River Baseball
2 hours ago

Indians' Carrasco's devastating changeup confused his own teammate

Cleveland Indians righty Carlos Carrasco relied on his changeup more than usual against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday and it's pretty apparent why. The pitch looked absolutely unhittable. (Watch in video above.)Carrasco mowed down a season-high 14 batters over 7.1 innings in a 4-1 victory that extended the Tribe's winning streak to 13 games.But about that changeup: Carrasco had...
Via Fox Sports
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ratings Roundup: MLB on FOX, MLB on ESPN, Cleveland Indians

MLB on FOX delivered another year-over-year increase despite hitting a season-low. In other news, ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball scored a big increase over last year’s rain-delayed action, and local ratings are up double-digits for the Cleveland Indians. MLB on FOX Up Again Despite Season-Low Regional Major League Baseball action featuring Mets/Braves in 37% of markets [...]
Via Sports Media Watch
13 hours ago

Indians post franchise record-tying 13th straight win

The Cleveland Indians tied a franchise record on Thursday, defeating the Blue Jays 4-1 in Toronto for their 13th consecutive victory. The winning streak matches the one Cleveland established in 1942 and matched nine years later. It also is the longest in the American League since the 2002 Oakland Athletics won a league-record 20 games in a row and longest in the majors since 2013...
Via Today's Knuckleball
13 hours ago

13 and counting: Tribe ties club mark

Powered by an electric 14-strikeout performance from Carlos Carrasco, the Indians pulled off a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday night at Rogers Centre, matching a franchise record with 13 wins in a row. Cleveland also won a baker's dozen in 1951, and in 1942 before that. One more win and this Tribe team will be in uncharted waters.
Via Indians.com
14 hours ago

6/30 Recap: Indians Finish June with 22 Wins, 13 in a Row

Player of the Game The Indians starting pitching has been so incredible during the current winning streak that it’s nearly inconceivable that they could simply continue, let alone improve upon their performances, yet Carlos Carrasco did it tonight. He held a powerful Blue Jays line-up to just three hits and five total base runners over 7.1 innings, but more impressive were his...
Via Burning River Baseball
14 hours ago

Cleveland Indians Top Ten MiLB Middle Infielders of 2016

Just a year or so ago, the Indians minor league middle infield depth was the pride of baseball. There was Francisco Lindor who looked to be a future Gold Glover, super utility man Jose Ramirez and Joey Wendle at the upper levels. Since then, Wendle has been traded and Ramirez and Lindor promoted. This completely drained the top levels of MLB quality short stops and second basemen...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago

Terry Francona talks about the advice he received from Braves Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox

Via FOX Sports South
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Indians rally in 9th for longest winning streak in 34 years

ATLANTA — Carlos Santana hit a tie-breaking single in Cleveland's three-run ninth inning, Corey Kluber allowed only three hits in eight innings and the Indians beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Tuesday night for their 11th straight win.The winning streak is Cleveland's longest in 34 years.Arodys Vizcaino (1-3) walked Tyler Naquin to open the ninth and then walked Juan Uribe on four...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Francisco Lindor Effect Is Ridiculous

The Indians have won 10 games in a row! That’s really good, and it’s allowed them to storm out in front in the American League Central. Sure, things can change in a hurry — 10 games ago, the Indians and the Royals were tied. But there’s no sense in just dismissing whole hot streaks, and the Indians now have one of the better records in baseball. For a few years, they’ve...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A with Indians Minor Leaguer Sam Hentges

Sam Hentges is living the dream of so many children throughout the country. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the fourth round of the 2014 draft right out of high school and signed his first pro contract just moments after his high school team won the state championship. He currently plays for the Indians’ Single-A team, the Lake County Captains, where he is 2-4 with...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Thor, Ross, and a Red-Hot Bauer

We come off the weekend with a strong Monday slate. We’ve got a duel, one of the game’s best aces and a couple nice secondary considerations. Check ’em out! Noah Syndergaard (NYM) versus Joe Ross (WAS) 7:05 p.m. ET Thor’s last start was a bit abbreviated as he left after six innings and 91 pitches with a possible elbow injury. The MRI came back clean, but it’s no surprise...
Via The Sports Post
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians complete an amazing week; sweep Detroit and take commanding lead in AL Central

Morning news and notes for Monday, June 27, 2016 What a week. From the unreal game 7 victory, to the craziness of the parades and celebrations, and now the Indians amazing winning streak. As a born and raised Clevelander, this is not normal and I really don’t know how to react to such nice things. It can’t be a horrible misunderstanding, can it? Here’s hoping for another...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland's Santana a different kind of leadoff hitter

As a 210-pound power hitter, Carlos Santana doesn't exactly fit the prototype of the traditional leadoff man. But Cleveland manager Terry Francona has become comfortable topping the lineup with his slugging designated hitter. ''Speed's always good, but at the top of the order, you want guys on base,'' Francona said. ''You don't want to clog the bases, but you want guys on base for...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Cleveland Indians have found themselves in first place

Everything is going right for Cleveland sports right now. Well, except for the Browns. But even they haven’t lost a game this season yet! With the Cleveland Cavaliers bringing home a championship to the 216 for the first time in 52 years, the feeling of depression for sports teams in the area has flipped to hope. And the Cleveland Indians are looking to build off of that feeling...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians mock Ayesha Curry on Twitter

The city of Cleveland is still in a euphoric state following their first major sports championship in 52 years, which might explain why the person running the Cleveland Indians' Twitter account thought it would be a good idea to take a random swipe at Ayesha Curry. The Indians will finish up a series against Detroit Sunday, then move on to play series with Atlanta and Toronto. The...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians minor league recap: Matt Esparza whiffs 12 in career-best start

Also, Bradley Zimmer, Giovanny Urshela and Jesus Aguilar go yard. Nearly every Tribe affiliate picked up a win yesterday, except for the stubborn Akron Rubberducks, who decided to get swept in a double-header. The story of the day was great pitching as Will Roberts, Matt Esparza, Brady Aiken and Jhonneyver Gutierrez were all brilliant, giving up a combined one run over 20 innings...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lindor hits 2 HRs, Carrasco shutout, Indians win 8th in row

DETROIT (AP) Francisco Lindor homered twice and Carlos Carrasco pitched a four-hitter to lead the Cleveland Indians to their eighth consecutive win, 6-0 over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Cleveland also improved to 8-0 against the Tigers this year, outscoring them 51-16. It was the first career multihomer game for the 22-year-old Lindor, and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes also...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer Looks Like a Completely Different Pitcher

Eno Sarris is going to be publishing an article about Brian Dozier later today, and within that article, there’s a quote about Trevor Bauer. Dozier mentions Bauer as someone who “lives up in the zone” and who won’t go away from his strengths to attack Dozier, a high-ball hitter. And while it’s technically still true that Bauer often throws his fastballs high in the zone...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Indians have built a spectacular Jobu shrine in their clubhouse

The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians are riding a six-game winning streak and are 15-6 this month, including 11-0 at home. So, to what should they attribute their success?Perhaps to the same higher power that famed Indians slugger Pedro Cerrano once credited for his power.Yes, the Indians have constructed a shrine to Jobu, one that would make the "Major League" cast proud. It...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians create shrine to Jobu straight out of ‘Major League’

The Cleveland Indians have found a new idol to worship within their clubhouse, and it’s one that is familiar to many sports fans: Jobu. Yes, the Indians have made a shrine for Jobu in their locker room between the lockers of Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis. Paul Hoynes snapped a picture of the beautiful scene: Shrine to Jobu erected between Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis' locker....
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Indians Made It Into First Place

The Indians lead the Royals by two games in the Central. They lead the Tigers by a little more than that, and they lead the White Sox by a little more than that. The Twins are also a baseball team. These things have a tendency to shuffle, and it’s not like the Indians are guaranteed to remain where they are all season, but this is what anyone would want. They’re right where they...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians have created a shrine to Jobu

The sports scene in Cleveland is looking a bit more optimistic this week after the Cavaliers brought home a championship to the title-starved sports city. Looking to create some good vibes of their own, Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians are hoping Jobu’s return to the Indians' clubhouse will help them out. Jobu was the voodoo statue Pedro Cerrano, portrayed...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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