August 26, 2014

Jim Brennan’s Colony, and the community that fosters Cleveland sports fandom: While We’re Waiting

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It’s been almost two years since I posted at WFNY regularly, but when Jacob asked if I could fill in for him on WWW a couple days ago, I said “yes” without really thinking about it. And, well, maybe I should have thought a bit more about my ability to authoritatively write about Cleveland sports, and share items I find insightful about Cleveland sports. The years I’ve spent away from home continue to grow, while adding a wife and kid have shrunk the time once dedicated to staying on top of things from afar. The enthusiasm still exists, but I’ve never felt less informed or up-to-speed on Cleveland sports and more disconnected from where I grew up and spent most of my life. Then something happened this week and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about home.

Most WFNY readers are probably aware of the news, or at least the headline, that Jim Brennan, the owner of a bar and restaurant on the near Eastside in Cleveland Heights was murdered during a robbery attempt at his Colony on Monday afternoon. Since I received a series of text messages from friends alerting me to the developing story, I’ve constantly run Twitter searches, visited all the local Cleveland TV news sites, and refreshed Cleveland.com for updates, reaction, and reflection on this tragedy. I gobbled up all things Johnny Manziel on Draft night, bought the shirt for my kid, and monitored all manner of reactions to the draft pick. But nothing has me thinking of home, reflecting on home, and engaged on what’s happened at home more than this devastating loss. Like most familiar with Mr. Brennan and the Colony, I can’t believe it’s happened.

I have had more meals at the Colony than any other place except for the home where I grew up. I know I am not unique in this regard. I learned to play pop-a-shot there some 25 years ago as a second- or third-grader, and go in and visit every time I am back in Cleveland (3-5 times/year) now. I suspect many can chart the same history. We overserved ourselves chicken fingers as kids, and Christmas Ales as adults.

When the news came out Monday, my Twitter timeline and Facebook feed were populated with people saying they “grew up in that place” or were “raised there,” and I kept seeing the neon script “Colony” sign show up as the profile photo for folks on Facebook. Everyone knew Mr. Brennan in one way or another, whether it was personally outside of or before the Colony or just through interaction at the bar. There were an estimated 1,200 people who showed up for a vigil on Tuesday night. A t-shirt design spread around as a way to benefit all the affected Cedar-Lee merchants, and a crowdfunding effort was quickly started to help cover the staff while the restaurant is closed (it sailed well past the halfway mark and was closing in on its goal on just the first day — Update: just over 24 hours in, it’s at 650 donors and $11k past its goal).

This was obviously a shocking, sudden loss — we lost someone who meant so much to so many at a place that means so much to so many more. There were countless kids who went there for dinner after CYO games and ended up going for beers there regularly, or even food with their own kids, years later. I saw the head basketball coach at Shaker, the rival high school of Heights (down the street from Colony), tweet that he would go there after every Shaker home game. A wide-ranging and diverse crowd from across the eastside made and make it their default spot, but whether you wanted to or not, you’d always run into or know someone there when you walked through. I’m sure they exist but I’ve never been able to find something like it in various places in more than a decade away from Cleveland. The places I’d go to around me now in suburban DC are many of the same ones popping up in the several “shopping villages” back home, and usually if it’s not a chain, it’s the latest trend in a regular cycle of turnover. Places like the Colony persist in fewer numbers, and are almost impossible to start and cultivate anew now.

This is a Cleveland sports blog, and it’s silly to try and somehow shoehorn sports into this tragedy. But I will say that Jim Brennan’s Colony (and all the time spent there) is exactly the kind of place that makes us so fiercely proud of where we come from, and the most often way we wear that pride on our sleeve is through our sports teams. After spending years away, I’ve not seen a city or fanbase, for better or worse, wear their pride on their sleeves more than Cleveland — when we go away to college, or are relocated, or move away, we’re quick to let everyone know where we came from, and who we’re rooting for in an often too overwhelming way. In reality, the sports teams are secondary to and a part of the larger community. The pride in the community comes first, and the expression is so often through sports. And there’s no better community than the one that the Colony, led by Jim Brennan, has created. There are equals, I’m sure — you have your place in your part of town. But none are better, and none that has been such a part of so many peoples’ lives.

So when a Cleveland sports team does win a championship, thousands will go out to celebrate, thousands of Cleveland expats will return home, and the places they’ll gravitate to are the ones they know best and have most been a part of their history in that community. That may be on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, Detroit Road in Lakewood, East 185th, somewhere in Columbus or wherever it is where you’re from that made you a Cleveland sports fan. For me, it’s the Colony, and I’m just sad the man mostly responsible for it won’t be there.

(Photo: Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer)

Ohio State schedules home-and-home series with Texas for 2022-23

Ohio State has a recent tradition of scheduling strong non-conference opponents, and on Wednesday, they announced another home-and-home series with the Texas Longhorns. The games are still a ways off, with the first being playing in Austin in 2022. OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith commented on the rationale for the big schedule news:

“Playing a program like the University of Texas always creates remarkable experiences for our players and fans,” Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith said. “Our last series with the Longhorns contributed to the great history and tradition that Buckeye Nation enjoys.”

Texas and Ohio State played a home-and-home series in 2005 and 2006, with each team picking up a win on the road. It was far more rare to have two blue bloods of college football play each other in the non-conference in 2005-06, but under the new college football playoff system, it’s expected that teams will beef up their non-conference schedules. Last week, the Buckeyes announced a home-and-home series with TCU for 2018 and 2019.

Box Score: Twins 8, Indians 7

While the Browns were busy blowing it against the Eagles, the Indians dropped the third game of their four-game set in Minnesota on Sunday. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Justin Morneau took Vinnie Pestano deep to walk off with the Twins win.

Cleveland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Choo rf 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 .282
J. Kipnis 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 .254
A. Cabrera dh 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 .267
    M. LaPorta ph-dh 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .161
    V. Rottino pr-dh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
M. Brantley cf 4 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .285
C. Santana 1b-c 5 2 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 .249
R. Canzler lf 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .385
    E. Carrera lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .253
B. Lillibridge ss 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .194
J. Donald 3b 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 .191
L. Marson c 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .231
    C. Kotchman ph-1b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .227
 Totals 33 7 8 6 1 6 6 0 11
 Batting
2B - C Santana (25, A Swarzak); B Lillibridge (6, E Vasquez).
3B - J Donald (1, J Burton).
HR - C Santana (15, 2nd inning off E Vasquez 0 on, 0 Out).
SF - S Choo, B Lillibridge.
RBI - S Choo (54), C Santana 2 (63), R Canzler (4), B Lillibridge (9), J Donald (9).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Kipnis 1, A Cabrera 1, E Carrera 1, J Donald 2.
Team LOB - 8.
 Fielding
E - J Kipnis (6, field).
 Minnesota
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
B. Revere cf 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 .301
J. Carroll 2b 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .258
J. Mauer dh 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .317
J. Morneau 1b 4 2 2 3 2 1 2 0 1 .277
R. Doumit c 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .283
C. Parmelee rf 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .245
D. Mastroianni lf 4 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 .255
E. Escobar 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .218
P. Florimon ss 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 .254
 Totals 39 8 12 8 2 1 7 4 12
 Batting
2B - J Mauer (29, E Rogers).
3B - J Mauer (3, C Kluber).
HR - J Morneau 2 (19, 3rd inning off C Kluber 1 on, 1 Out, 9th inning off V Pestano 0 on, 2 Out).
RBI - B Revere (30), J Mauer (75), J Morneau 3 (73), C Parmelee 2 (17), P Florimon (4).
2-out RBI - J Morneau, C Parmelee 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Mauer 1, D Mastroianni 1, P Florimon 1.
Team LOB - 6.
 Base Running
SB - B Revere 2 (36, 2nd base off C Kluber/L Marson, 2nd base off E Rogers/L Marson), D Mastroianni (19, 2nd base off C Kluber/L Marson), P Florimon (2, 2nd base off C Kluber/L Marson).
 Cleveland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
C. Kluber 3.2 8 5 4 0 4 1 1.63 5.26
C. Seddon 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.48 4.44
E. Rogers (H, 4) 1.1 2 2 2 1 1 0 1.10 2.68
T. Sipp (BS, 1) 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.25 4.56
J. Smith 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.19 2.98
V. Pestano (L, 3-2) 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 1 1.04 2.20
 Minnesota
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
E. Vasquez 3.0 3 4 4 5 2 1 2.08 9.35
A. Swarzak 2.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 1.38 5.09
C. Fien 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.99 1.32
J. Burton (BS, 3) 0.2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0.96 2.19
B. Duensing (W, 4-10) 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.43 5.03

Sheldon Browns Suffers Shoulder Stinger In Browns Loss To Eagles

The Browns defense certainly did their part on Sunday against the Eagles. Dick Jauron’s defense contained Michael Vick and forced four interceptions. Defensive back Sheldon Brown, however, was not a part of the solid day against Vick, as he jogged off the field in the first half with an apparent shoulder injury.

After the game, head coach Pat Shurmur indicated that Brown had suffered a shoulder stinger. That’s typically not a serious injury that keeps players out for a significant amount of tim but it could mean that rookie Trevin Wade, who was inactive on Sunday, might see increased action in practice this week.

Quinton Spears Tweet Insinuates ‘Politics’ At Play On Browns Roster

Former Browns linebacker Quinton Spears sent a not-so-sublte tweet jab at the organization on Sunday:

It doesn’t take a great leap of faith to imply that he’s talking about Pat Shumur’s decision to start Brandon Weeden over Colt McCoy. Weeden had a disastrous debut on Sunday, throwing four interceptions and failing to move the offense much at all. When asked to clarify, Spears comically tweeted “general wise man statement.” It’s vague enough I suppose — maybe he’s talking about the decision to keep LJ Fort over him.

Spears, who played in 13 games for the Browns last year, was in camp with both quarterbacks before being cut at the end of August as the team trimmed the roster to the final 53-man squad. Obviously, he’s likely not alone in this opinion, but it’s easy to pile on the team that just cut you after that catastrophe. It should make for a fun an interesting week on the North Coast.

Box Score: Eagles 17, Browns 16

The Cleveland Browns dropped their season opener against the Eagles in unsurprisingly heartbreaking fashion on Sunday. The defense played well against Michael Vick and the Eagles, but a late touchdown with just over a minute to play handed Philly the one-point win. Vick had an otherwise ugly day, but it wasn’t as bad as the debut of Brandon Weeden.

The Browns rookie quarterback finished the afternoon with four picks, and all 16 of the Browns points were a direct result of turnovers forced by the defense.

Passing

Philadelphia Eagles Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Michael Vick(notes) 29 56 317 51.8 5.7 2 11 2 4 51.0
Cleveland Browns Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Brandon Weeden(notes) 12 35 118 34.3 3.4 2 7 0 4 5.1

Rushing

Philadelphia Eagles Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
LeSean McCoy(notes) 20 110 5.5 22 0 1
Michael Vick(notes) 7 32 4.6 16 0 0
DeSean Jackson(notes) 1 5 5.0 5 0 0
Bryce Brown(notes) 2 3 1.5 4 0 0
Cleveland Browns Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Trent Richardson(notes) 19 39 2.1 9 0 0
Travis Benjamin(notes) 1 35 35.0 35 0 0
Brandon Weeden(notes) 2 25 12.5 25 0 0

Receiving

Philadelphia Eagles Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Jeremy Maclin(notes) 7 96 13.7 46 1 0
DeSean Jackson(notes) 4 77 19.3 35 0 0
Brent Celek(notes) 4 65 16.3 28 0 0
Jason Avant(notes) 4 27 6.8 8 0 0
LeSean McCoy(notes) 6 26 4.3 10 0 1
Clay Harbor(notes) 3 16 5.3 10 1 0
Damaris Johnson(notes) 1 10 10.0 10 0 0
Cleveland Browns Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Mohamed Massaquoi(notes) 3 41 13.7 24 0 0
Josh Gordon(notes) 2 32 16.0 20 0 0
Brandon Jackson(notes) 2 20 10.0 14 0 0
Travis Benjamin(notes) 1 12 12.0 12 0 0
Benjamin Watson(notes) 2 9 4.5 6 0 0
Trent Richardson(notes) 1 5 5.0 5 0 0
Alex Smith(notes) 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 0

Kicking

Philadelphia Eagles XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Alex Henery(notes) 2 2 1 2 42 50.0 5
Cleveland Browns XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Phil Dawson(notes) 1 1 3 3 43 100.0 10

Punting

Philadelphia Eagles Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Chas Henry(notes) 6 55.0 0 1 0
Cleveland Browns Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Reggie Hodges(notes) 7 44.0 0 3 1

Kick/Punt Returns

Philadelphia Eagles KR Yds Avg Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
Brandon Boykin(notes) 2 46 23.0 29 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Stanley Havili(notes) 1 18 18.0 18 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Damaris Johnson(notes) 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 6 6.0 6 0
Cleveland Browns KR Yds Avg Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
Joshua Cribbs(notes) 3 91 30.3 39 0 6 78 13.0 23 0
Emmanuel Stephens(notes) 1 7 7.0 7 0 0 0 0.0 0 0

Defense

Philadelphia Eagles Tack Ast Sack Yds FFum FumR PD Int Yds IntTD
Kurt Coleman(notes) 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 13 0
Akeem Jordan(notes) 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DeMeco Ryans(notes) 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mychal Kendricks(notes) 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nate Allen(notes) 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Babin(notes) 3 0 1.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cullen Jenkins(notes) 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Rolle(notes) 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Vick(notes) 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curtis Marsh(notes) 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Boykin(notes) 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Trent Cole(notes) 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fletcher Cox(notes) 1 0 1.0 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 2 2 0 0
LeSean McCoy(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jamar Chaney(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Graham(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nnamdi Asomugha(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Clay Harbor(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darryl Tapp(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Avant(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cleveland Browns Tack Ast Sack Yds FFum FumR PD Int Yds IntTD
Buster Skrine(notes) 8 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Craig Robertson(notes) 6 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 1 1 0
T.J. Ward(notes) 5 1 1.0 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Haden(notes) 5 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 50 0
Kaluka Maiava(notes) 5 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Sheldon Brown(notes) 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Frostee Rucker(notes) 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dimitri Patterson(notes) 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ahtyba Rubin(notes) 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
D’Qwell Jackson(notes) 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 1 1 1 27 1
L.J. Fort(notes) 2 0 1.0 1.0 0 0 1 1 10 0
Billy Winn(notes) 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greg Little(notes) 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Emmanuel Stephens(notes) 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eric Hagg(notes) 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tashaun Gipson(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Juqua Parker(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Travis Benjamin(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ishmaa’ily Kitchen(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jabaal Sheard(notes) 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0

 

Joe Banner Will Join Browns As Top Executive In October, According To Report

Just minutes before the Browns kick off the season against the Eagles, reports have surfaced that former Philly football executive Joe Banner will be joining the Browns in late October. Jason La Canfora of CBS reported that Banner would come on board as soon as new owner Jimmy Haslam takes full ownership of the Browns.


Banner has long been rumored as a potential exec for the new Browns regime. La Canfora also reported that he had been advising Haslam since before the first meeting with Randy Lerner. He is heralded as a key component of Eagles turnaround and their ascendance to consistent contention. He’ll join back up with GM Tom Heckert, who he worked with in Philly. This adds fuel to the fire that President Mike Holmgren is on his way out.

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Week 1 Open Thread: Browns Vs. Eagles



The NFL season is finally here, and the Browns open at home against the Eagles. It’s the 13th time in the 14-year history of the “new” Browns that the season opener will be held along Lake Erie. The Browns will be starting rookies at quarterback, running back, and right tackle. It’s the first time a team has started first-year players at those key positions since the inaugural season of the Houston Texans.

Most of the oddsmakers favor the Eagles by 10 points, but as we all know, anything can happen on any Sunday in the NFL. Join us in the comments for the first Sunday of the season.

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Indians Activate Lonnie Chisenhall From 60-Day Disabled List

There’s been plenty of noise that third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall’s return was imminent, and the Indians announced Sunday morning that they have activated him off the 60-day disabled list. Manny Acta said on Friday that he expected the prospect to join the team on their current road trip. Chisenhall will not be in the lineup on Sunday, however, and Acta indicated he would likely not play every day as he works his way back from an arm injury. He is available off the bench for the third in a four-game set against the Twins.

Chisenhall was beaned just above the wrist by Orioles pitcher Troy Patton at the end of June. He was expected to miss 10-12 weeks, and he’s been rehabbing in Akron with the Aeros as they compete in the Eastern League playoffs. He was hitting .278 with three homers and nine RBIs in 24 games with the Tribe this season.

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Scott Fujita, Jordan Norwood Among Inactives For Browns Vs. Eagles

The Cleveland Browns have released their list of inactives for Sunday’s opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Reports surfaced yesterday that newly reinstated linebacker Scott Fujita was unlikely to play, and that was made official Sunday morning. Along with Fujita, Usama Young and Trevin Wade are also inactive on the defensive side of the ball. The complete list:

QB Thad Lewis , WR Jordan Norwood, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, CB Trevin Wade, FS Usama Young, OT Oniel Cousins, LB James-Michael Johnson.

The Eagles list includes former Browns safety David Sims. Philly’s complete list:

DB Colt Anderson, T Demetress Bell, WR Riley Cooper, DE Vinny Curry, RB Dion Lewis, T Nate Menkin, DB David Sims

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Eagles vs. Browns: WFNY Readers Predict 27-16 Loss

The 2012 NFL season is finally here, and the Browns kick it off against what is projected to be one of the NFC’s best. The Browns have lost 12 of their 13 openers since returning to the league in 1999 — 12 of which, like today, were played along the lakefront. The Eagles will present another tough test, with the Browns getting around 10 points in most odds.

There’s always optimism at the start of a new season, but on Thursday, Craig surveyed the WFNY readership on their thoughts for the Eagles game. Below are the results of that survey and how you think things will shake out this beautiful afternoon on Lake Erie.

But we won’t torture you to read all the way to the end. Ultimately, the WFNY readership has predicted a 27-16 loss for our Cleveland browns today on opening day. Most Browns fans are probably aware of the spread, and even then, the smart money would apparently be on the Eagles.

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While We’re Waiting…Welcome Back Browns

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Football is here, and so is Brandon Weeden: “None will be more scrutinized than rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.

In the preseason, Weeden was 24-for-49 passing for 297 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

“By all measures, this would be the next step for him,” Childress said. “The speed of these regular season games, I think he has come along just about like you’d expect a rookie quarterback to. I don’t think it has been too big for him. I think he has gone about it very methodically.”

Sunday’s game, like this offseason, will be anything but methodical for Weeden and his fellow rookies. More like chaotic, but if the Browns are going to ever improve it starts in week one.

Here we go, it is the first of 16 of these. Football is back.” [Don Delco/The OBR]

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Box Score: Twins 3, Indians 0

The Indians dropped the second game of their weekend series in Minnesota on Saturday night, falling 3-0 at Target Field. The Tribe lineup managed just four measly hits off a combination of Cole De Vries and three Twins relievers.

Cleveland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Choo rf 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .283
J. Kipnis dh 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .256
A. Cabrera ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .269
C. Santana c 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .245
M. Brantley cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
R. Canzler 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .391
C. Phelps 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
J. Hannahan 3b 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .230
E. Carrera lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .258
 Totals 29 0 4 0 0 1 4 0 9
 Batting
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - E Carrera 1.
GIDP - A Cabrera, C Santana.
Team LOB - 3.
 Fielding
DP - 2 (J Hannahan-C Phelps-R Canzler, J Hannahan-R Canzler).
 Minnesota
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
B. Revere cf 3 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 .300
J. Carroll 2b 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .259
J. Mauer c 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 .314
J. Willingham dh 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 .262
J. Morneau 1b 2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 .275
R. Doumit lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 .283
    D. Mastroianni pr-lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262
C. Parmelee rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .245
T. Plouffe 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .236
P. Florimon ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .254
 Totals 28 3 7 3 0 5 5 3 18
 Batting
SF - J Willingham.
RBI - J Mauer (74), J Willingham (102), J Morneau (70).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Morneau 1, R Doumit 1, C Parmelee 2, P Florimon 1.
GIDP - C Parmelee, T Plouffe.
Team LOB - 9.
 Base Running
SB - B Revere 2 (34, 2nd base off Z McAllister/C Santana, 3rd base off Z McAllister/C Santana), J Carroll (8, 2nd base off Z McAllister/C Santana).
 Fielding
DP - 2 (J Carroll-P Florimon-J Morneau, J Carroll-P Florimon-J Morneau).
 Cleveland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
Z. McAllister (L, 5-7) 3.0 2 2 2 3 1 0 1.37 4.31
C. Seddon 1.1 3 1 1 1 1 0 1.57 4.70
S. Maine 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.50 0.00
F. Herrmann 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.15 4.15
T. Sipp 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.23 4.60
S. Barnes 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.72 6.08
 Minnesota
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
C. De Vries (W, 5-5) 6.0 4 0 0 1 2 0 1.22 4.11
B. Duensing (H, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.44 5.10
J. Burton (H, 16) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.93 2.05
G. Perkins (S, 11) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.11 2.54
HBP - J Carroll (by Z McAllister); T Plouffe (by S Barnes).
Pitches-strikes - Z McAllister 87-55; C Seddon 28-18; S Maine 18-11; F Herrmann 15-10; T Sipp 9-7; S Barnes 18-11; C De Vries 84-47; B Duensing 13-8; J Burton 15-8; G Perkins 14-10.
Ground balls-fly balls - Z McAllister 3-6; C Seddon 3-0; S Maine 1-0; F Herrmann 2-0; T Sipp 1-1; S Barnes 1-2; C De Vries 7-7; B Duensing 2-1; J Burton 2-0; G Perkins 2-0.
Batters faced - Z McAllister 15; C Seddon 7; S Maine 3; F Herrmann 3; T Sipp 3; S Barnes 5; C De Vries 21; B Duensing 3; J Burton 3; G Perkins 3.

Lonnie Chisenhall Could Be Back With Indians Soon

Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reported Friday night that third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall could rejoin the big league Indians when the Aeros wrap up their postseason in the next week (possibly as soon as tonight). Manager Manny Acta said he wouldn’t play every day if brought up:

“We have to make a decision if we’re going to bring him here or continue to play him at Lake County,” said Acta. “The fact is, he’s not going to come here and play every day right off the bat. There’s a very good chance we might add him on this trip.”

Acta did indicate that he’s ready to play and the broken bone he suffered in his wrist is healed. But the Tribe skipper said they would bring him along slow — probably a good idea considering what’s on the line for the Indians in the final month of the season. He’ll then move on to winter ball after the limited time in September.

Chisenhall was hitting  .278/.297/.458 in 24 games before taking a Troy Patton pitch off the wrist at the end of June.

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Scott Fujita ‘Unlikely’ To Play Sunday In Browns Opener, According To Report

Scott Fujita was granted new life on Friday afternoon when a judge overturned a three-game suspension handed out by Roger Goodell for the Saints bounty scandal. Fujita had been working out individually at Baldwin Wallace to stay in shape during his mandated time away from the team. Earlier on Friday, Pat Shurmur said, “I don’t see any reason why he can’t play” when asked about the (at the time) hypothetical of his suspension being overturned.

But a report from Jason La Canfora indicated otherwise late Friday night:

With Chris Gocong and James-Michael Johnson down, suddenly having Fujita available on Sunday was a huge boost. The Browns were granted a roster exemption by the NFL, so they’re allowed to carry 54 players and don’t need to cut anyone now that Fujita has been activated. The veteran linebacker injured his knee in the Browns first preseason game against Detroit and did not play again.

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While We’re Waiting…Browns Opening Day Disasters, Modell And LeBron, Fujita’s Return

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Another new quarterback on opening day, and a litany of the disasters to start each season: “To recap the first 13 openers by the first 10 quarterbacks in a couple sentences: A thrown helmet, too much Steelers, too much drama, stuck in the huddle, stuck in the mud. And, in fairness, an upset win over a highly-touted Ravens team that had gone 10-6 the season before and had Super Bowl aspirations. Maybe the Browns can re-create that and pull the upset on Sunday.

Anything’s possible on Opening Day. Of that there is proof.

Brandon Weeden, we’ll be watching.” [Zac Jackson/Fox Sports Ohio]

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Box Score: Indians 7, Twins 6

The Indians offense put together three multi-run rallies on Friday night to take their series opener in Minnesota. Russ Canzler corked his first career major league homer and finished the night three for four with three RBIs. David Huff also picked up his first win of the season as the Tribe tries to avoid the cellar in Central.

 Cleveland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Choo rf 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 .282
J. Kipnis 2b 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 3 .258
A. Cabrera ss 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 .271
C. Santana c 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .247
M. Brantley cf 3 2 2 1 0 2 0 0 2 .287
R. Canzler dh 4 1 3 3 1 1 1 0 3 .400
C. Kotchman 1b 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 .227
V. Rottino lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
    C. Phelps ph 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .000
    E. Carrera lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .267
J. Hannahan 3b 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .229
 Totals 37 7 12 7 1 8 3 2 25
 Batting
2B - J Kipnis (18, L Hendriks); J Hannahan (13, L Hendriks).
HR - R Canzler (1, 4th inning off L Hendriks 1 on, 1 Out).
RBI - S Choo (53), M Brantley (58), R Canzler 3 (3), C Kotchman (49), C Phelps (1).
2-out RBI - R Canzler.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A Cabrera 1, M Brantley 1, R Canzler 2, C Kotchman 2.
GIDP - C Kotchman, J Hannahan.
Team LOB - 11.
 Base Running
SB - S Choo (18, 2nd base off L Hendriks/J Mauer), J Kipnis (27, 2nd base off K Waldrop/J Mauer).
 Minnesota
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
B. Revere cf 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .298
E. Escobar 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .216
    M. Carson ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .273
J. Mauer c 3 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 .315
J. Willingham dh 3 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 .263
J. Morneau 1b 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 .274
R. Doumit lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .283
C. Parmelee rf 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 .245
T. Plouffe 3b 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .238
    A. Casilla pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .218
P. Florimon ss 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
 Totals 31 6 7 6 0 4 9 0 8
 Batting
2B - J Willingham 2 (28, J Gomez, V Pestano); T Plouffe (14, C Perez).
S - E Escobar.
SF - J Morneau, C Parmelee.
RBI - B Revere (29), J Willingham 3 (101), J Morneau (69), C Parmelee (15).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - E Escobar 2, R Doumit 1, C Parmelee 1, T Plouffe 1.
Team LOB - 5.
 Fielding
E - P Florimon (5, field).
DP - 2 (P Florimon-E Escobar-J Morneau, K Waldrop-J Mauer-J Morneau).
 Cleveland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Gomez 3.0 3 4 4 3 3 0 1.37 5.33
D. Huff (W, 1-0) 3.1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00 0.00
J. Smith (H, 18) 0.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.21 3.05
V. Pestano (H, 35) 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.04 2.08
C. Perez (S, 35) 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1.07 3.62
 Minnesota
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
L. Hendriks 5.0 8 4 4 3 2 1 1.69 6.20
T. Robertson (L, 1-2) 1.0 0 2 1 2 0 0 1.45 5.85
A. Burnett 0.1 3 1 1 1 0 0 1.36 3.06
K. Waldrop 1.2 1 0 0 2 1 0 1.66 2.84
G. Perkins 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.13 2.58
WP - K Waldrop.
IBB - J Mauer (by J Gomez); M Brantley 2 (by L Hendriks, by K Waldrop).
Pitches-strikes - J Gomez 59-31; D Huff 33-24; J Smith 21-13; V Pestano 17-12; C Perez 19-13; L Hendriks 108-65; T Robertson 20-8; A Burnett 19-10; K Waldrop 23-12; G Perkins 13-9.
Ground balls-fly balls - J Gomez 2-3; D Huff 1-4; J Smith 2-0; V Pestano 0-4; C Perez 2-1; L Hendriks 10-6; T Robertson 2-0; A Burnett 4-0; K Waldrop 4-0; G Perkins 3-0.
Batters faced - J Gomez 15; D Huff 10; J Smith 4; V Pestano 5; C Perez 4; L Hendriks 25; T Robertson 5; A Burnett 5; K Waldrop 7; G Perkins 3.

Box Score: Orioles 4, Indians 3

The Tribe’s miserable weekend continued on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field as they dropped the third game of their four-game series against the Orioles. Zach Britton allowed just four hits in six shutout innings and it appeared the O’s would cruise to a 4-0 win. The offense was nowhere to be found for eight innings and it looked like they would be shutout for the third time since the start of the second half just over a week ago.

But Indians made plenty of noise in their last at-bat. Carlos Santana took a Luis Ayala offering just over the right field wall to end the shutout with a two-run homer. That forced Buck Showalter to make the call for MLB saves leader Jim Johnson, who promptly gave up a double to Shelley Duncan high off the left field wall. Duncan started watching it, trotting around first as it looked like he expected it to go out. After stumbling around first, he just got in under the tag at second and was knocked in on Travis Hafner single down the left field line. The rally would die, however, with pinch-runner Jack Hannahan on second.

The Tribe will try to stave off a sweep on Monday afternoon.

Baltimore
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
N. Markakis rf 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .276
J.J. Hardy ss 5 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 1 .220
J. Thome dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .273
A. Jones cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .290
W. Betemit 3b 4 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 .255
C. Davis lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .261
    E. Chavez lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176
M. Reynolds 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .209
R. Flaherty 2b 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .204
    O. Quintanilla 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
T. Teagarden c 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .091
 Totals 35 4 11 4 2 1 5 0 16
 Batting
HR - J Hardy (14, 1st inning off J Tomlin 1 on, 0 Out), W Betemit (11, 8th inning off J Accardo 0 on, 0 Out).
S - T Teagarden 2.
RBI - J Hardy 3 (37), W Betemit (34).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Hardy 1, A Jones 1, M Reynolds 1.
GIDP - M Reynolds.
Team LOB - 7.
 Cleveland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Choo rf 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .293
A. Cabrera ss 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 .272
J. Kipnis 2b 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .274
J. Lopez 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .247
M. Brantley cf 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .295
C. Santana 1b 4 1 3 2 1 0 1 0 3 .232
S. Duncan dh 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .225
L. Marson c 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 .274
    T. Hafner ph 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .233
    J. Hannahan pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .247
A. Cunningham lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .177
    J. Damon ph-lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .231
 Totals 35 3 8 3 1 3 7 1 14
 Batting
2B - C Santana (15, Z Britton); S Duncan (9, J Johnson).
HR - C Santana (7, 9th inning off L Ayala 1 on, 1 Out).
RBI - C Santana 2 (36), T Hafner (27).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A Cabrera 1, J Lopez 1, C Santana 2, A Cunningham 1.
Team LOB - 8.
 Base Running
SB - J Kipnis (21, 2nd base off Z Britton/T Teagarden).
 Fielding
DP - 1 (J Tomlin-A Cabrera-C Santana).
 Baltimore
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
Z. Britton (W, 1-0) 6.0 4 0 0 2 5 0 1.80 3.60
L. Ayala 2.1 2 2 2 0 1 1 1.24 2.83
J. Johnson (S, 30) 0.2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0.97 2.55
 Cleveland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Tomlin (L, 5-7) 6.0 8 2 2 0 2 1 1.37 5.34
E. Rogers 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 0.82 2.61
J. Accardo 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1.33 3.68
C. Allen 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.00 0.00

 

Contest Time: Two Tickets To Indians Vs. Tigers This Week

It’s time for another great giveaway from the generous powers-that-be here at WFNY. We have a pair of tickets to Wednesday night’s Indians game against the Tigers at Progressive Field. With the Tribe now chasing the Tigers and 3.5 games back, it will be a huge series heading into the deadline — here’s hoping for a repeat sweep.

As we typically do, we’ll conduct the contest in the comments section of this post. Please make sure to use a legit email when you comment so that we can get in touch with you if you win. Obviously, please only comment if you’ll be able to make Wednesday night’s game at Progressive Field. Finally, your comment must address this prompt: [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Improved Browns, Urban Loves The Heat, Tribe Rotation Fading Fast

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Browns areas of improvement heading into camp: “It’s hard to consider an area of weakness improved based on the projected contributions of a rookie. Yet, the Browns could see dramatic improvements along their offensive line and at both running back and quarterback. Obviously, the keys to a dormant 2011 offense improving lie with the rapid advances that Weeden and Richardson can make this summer and fall.

However, the area that should clearly improve is the team’s offensive line. The line boasts four returning starters, featuring All-Pro Joe Thomas – who quietly improved in 2011. Center Alex Mack is never spectacular, but is ridiculously consistent and the hope is that both Pinkston and Lauvao progress from last year. Pinkston in particular could have a breakout year – especially after surviving a torturous rookie season.” [The Orange & Brown Report]

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