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MLB News: Tigers, Rangers Swap All-Stars – Fielder for Kinsler

The AL Central Champion Detroit Tigers made waves in the baseball world tonight by sending Prince Fielder and $30 million to the Texas Rangers in exchange for All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler.  Heyman had it first, but the details trickled in from everywhere after that. Fielder for Kinsler trade has been agreed to. http://t.co/9D3YUw36G5 —

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Ubaldo Jimenez voids 2014 option, becomes free agent

According to the Cleveland Indians, the team exercised their $8 million 2014 club option on starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Having the right to void, Jimenez did such and is now a free agent. Jimenez’s contract, acquired from the Colorado Rockies in a July 2011 trade, initially outlined the 2014 year as a club option, meaning

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Revisiting Preseason Predictions for the 2013 Indians

Before every baseball season I like to make a bunch of predictions and fake prop bets about the upcoming year, and after each year ends, I like to circle back around and check on how I did. This is a somewhat excruciating exercise for at least two reasons.  First, I’m not very good at gambling,

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Preparing Myself for Playoff Baseball

I’ve joked throughout the year that Cleveland’s luck would be to field a great, fun, competitive baseball team that even went so far as to make the AL Wild Card game, only to come up agonizingly short.  Following a script we’ve all read before, they’d lose the play-in game in some nut-punching fashion, fans would

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Indians Clinch 1st AL Wild Card, Win 10th Straight

92 Wins, just like we all predicted. The Cleveland Indians won their last 10 games of the season to finish the season 92-70 and clinch the first AL Wild Card spot.  They finish one game back of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. The Indians will host either the Tampa Bay Rays or the

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Indians 7, White Sox 2: On Believing, Not Stopping

7:07 PM – Last night I joked on Twitter that while I’ve been pining for meaningful September baseball for five solid years, I wasn’t sure I was ready for baseball quite that meaningful. And yet I spent the entire day waiting for this game to start, nervously turning over the word “playoffs” in my mind.

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Royals 7, Indians 1: On and On it Goes, Chances Everywhere

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8:18 PM – It’s been about two weeks since I wrote my post mortem on the Indians 2013 season—about how they always come up short and how I should’ve seen it coming.  Since then, of course, the North Shore Kids have put together a nice stretch of baseball while the two teams ahead of them

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Indians 4, Orioles 3: On the Verge of Losing It

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8:06 PM – We pick this one up in the bottom of the fourth, because that’s what time my daughter goes to sleep now.  She usually wakes up in the thirteenth inning or so, so let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Anyway, the game is scoreless, as both Ubaldo and the Orioles’ starter Chris

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Among the Ruins: The Indians’ Collapse and Looking Forward

It’s a cliché largely because it’s so true: baseball is a game of failure. Even the best hitters make outs sixty percent of the time. Pitcher skill is approximated by measuring degrees of incompetence (earned runs allowed). All but one team goes home a loser each year. The game is designed to hurt us, and

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Searching for perspective on the 2013 Indians

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For all the bluster in Cleveland about stick-to-it-ive perseverance, we’ve become fairly adept at pre-baking narratives of defeat into our sports fandom. Each year, and in every sport, we eventually get ourselves to the same point: The recognition that the team we are watching is not good enough, and that we should’ve seen it sooner

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Indians 6, White Sox 1: You can bring your green hat!!

I didn’t get to watch the Indians sweep the White Sox on Thursday afternoon.  In fact, I only got to hear a little bit of it between meetings, so rather than give you a traditional blow-by-blow, I thought we’d talk about a few big takeaways as the Indians extend their win streak to eight games

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Indians 6, White Sox 5: ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

8:08 PM – It’s far too late to consider this a live blog recap per se. I remember the salad days of this Indians team, back when I could count on the starting pitching being so terribly inefficient that I could sit down an hour or so into the game and we’d be in the

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The Indians and the 2013 Trade Deadline: Decisions Abound

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The end of July is fast approaching, which means the Indians and Chris Antonetti are once again embroiled in boatloads of trade speculation.  We’ve gone through years where we were clearly “sellers” (2008 and 2009) and years in which we ostensibly found ourselves “buying” (2011).  There’ve been relative hits and misses along the way, but

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Trevor Bauer’s Troubles

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You can forgive me for missing Trevor Bauer’s most recent start.  I left work a little after 5:00 PM on Friday, and by the time I was home Bauer’s day was done and the longest doubleheader in the history of Major League Baseball (sans extra innings) was underway. Of course, we shouldn’t mistake the brevity

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Indians Add “Brohio” Section to Progressive Field

Seriously BROSEPH! You got NO IDEA how BADICAL this is gonna be! For you.  For ME.  FOR EVERYONE IN THE WHOLE O-H………. EYE-OHHHHHHHHH!!!!!1111one1!! Dude, if you can’t tell, I’m stoked like a frickin STOKE MACHINE!! What happened is that while we was rakin’ mad wins all up and down the skizzy-schedule—it’s a skizzy-schedule I RESPECT,

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Indians 4, Royals 3: Deserve Ain’t Got Nothin’ To Do With It*

8:12 PM – Much like Homer’s epic poetry, I’m making a habit of starting these recaps in medias res. Let us pretend that this is a literary gesture toward gravitas rather than a byproduct of a life that frequently intervenes. Regardless of the cause, I feel that there is some good fortune involved here—good fortune

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Indians 1, Royals 2: Bullpen and Defense Spoil Carrasco’s Gem

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8:02 PM – The way Carlos Carrasco has been pitching of late, I figured starting a liveblog recap an hour into the game would put us roughly in the bottom of the first inning.  But you know what they say about assumptions in the Bible, don’t you? (It’s against it.) Anyway, Carrasco is working on

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