July 1, 2015 was a very good day for Cleveland sports fans


Days like July 1, 2015 don’t happen very often in any sports city, let alone Cleveland. Everything that was in play that could have swung up or down ended up kissing the sky. Kevin Love and Cleveland Indians and Iman Shumpert and the pure joy of knowing at least a little bit about a bright

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Ball Played: Carrasco’s night, my kind of team

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Carlos Carrasco has had one hell of a calendar year. He has had to rescessitate his career as a starter and navigate health issues while maintaining a level of excellence on the field that led to his long-term financial security. The culmination of those efforts came on Wednesday as Carlos Carrasco pitched one out away

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Carlos Carrasco gets Gatorade shower after near no-no

Carrasco Gatorade shower

Carlos Carrasco was one strike away from no-hitting the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night. Alas, facing an 0-2 count with two away in the bottom of the ninth, Tampa leftfielder Joey Butler broke it up with a looping line drive just over the head of Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis. Indians manager Terry Francona pulled

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One pitch away: Carlos Carrasco loses no-hitter in the bottom of the 9th

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One. Pitch. That’s how close Indians righthander Carlos Carrasco was to no-hitting the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field Wednesday night. WFNY will have a full game recap Thursday morning, but here’s the quick and dirty of what happened. Carrasco was perfect through six innings. He struck out 10 to that point, including two hitters in each of

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Next Up: Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg

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After being swept by the Baltimore Orioles this past weekend, the Cleveland Indians are now 33-41, leaving them 12 games behind first place Kansas City in the AL Central. The Tribe is reeling, inviting metaphors of the staggered boxer with wobbly legs and blinking eyes or the slow motion balletic scenes of Robert De Niro

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Ball Played: Yada, yada, yada; Indians destroy Tigers


The St. Louis Cardinals are currently being investigated by the F.B.I. for hacking into the Houston Astros database known as Ground Zero. The Astros current GM, Jeff Lunhow, was hired away from those Cardinals in 2011 where he had spearheaded the creation of a similar database called Redbird. Of course, the Cleveland Indians with their

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Next Up: Indians host the Tigers

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Here’s hoping all you dads had a very nice Father’s Day on Sunday. Or, as the late, great Hall of Famer, Ralph Kiner once said while announcing for the New York Mets, “On this very special Father’s Day, we’d like to wish all of you a very happy birthday.” It seems like such a short

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Next Up: Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays


In the four-game, couple here-couple there series against the Chicago Cubs, the Indians were finally rained out on Monday night, their first postponement of the season. In the remaining three games the Cubs outscored the Indians 20-10. But thankfully the 17-0 lambasting of the Tribe on Wednesday night counted for only one win. The Indians won

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Ball Played: C is for Carrasco, and that’s good enough to win

June 2 2015 Cleveland Indians defeat Kansas City Royals 2-1

Was the solid month of May that the Cleveland Indians just completed with historic feats by Jason Kipnis the result of improved overall play, or the result of an easier schedule? Either of those narratives could be argued as the Indians’ defense definitely improved1 , but the Indians also did not win a series against a team

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The K-Team: Putting the Indians’ Staggering Strikeout Rate in Context


In the same way you probably slept through last night’s 5-3 Indians win in Seattle (and the 13 Kluber K’s that came with it), you might also be forgivably unaware that the 2015 Tribe pitching staff is well on pace to shatter the all-time Major League record for strikeouts in a season. That’s a record,

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Ball Played: Indians continue Cleveland celebration

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The Cleveland Indians missed a fantastic opportunity on Tuesday night as fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers spilled out from Quicken Loans Arena in pure jubilation to chaotically celebrate the Cavs punching their NBA Finals ticket for the first time since 2007. Many of those fans found their way to the gates of Progressive Field. Michael

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Jonah Keri: I think the Indians will surge back into the playoff hunt

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At least one prominent baseball mind thinks that the Cleveland Indians’ recent hot streak is a sign of more good things to come. Grantland’s Jonah Keri, a WFNY favorite who has long been bullish on this version of the Tribe — and especially on Danny Salazar — wrote that he thinks the Indians will contend for the

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C-Cap Recap: Hip to Be Kip(nis)

Cleveland Indians Jason Kipnis

The Indians took two out of three from the Texas Rangers in Arlington over the weekend; their first outright series win since the opening week of the season. That’s objectively good news. So is the resurgence of Jason Kipnis, whose offensive performance over the past week has earned him a legitimate place in the all-time

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Next Up: Indians vs. Rangers in Arlington

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After losing two out of three to both the Twins and Cardinals in the just-ended six-game homestand, the Cleveland Indians head to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Texas to face the Rangers in a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series. The Texas series is the first leg of a two-city, seven-game road trip that will conclude with four games

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Ball Played: Surprise! Defense and ex-Tribe bats haunt Indians

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The St. Louis Cardinals are the epitome of a well-run franchise1 . It might be impossible to know if it is more imperative to draft the correct player or develop the player correctly, but the Cardinals have the best assembly line coming out of their farm system in MLB. Yadier Molina, Matt Adams, Kolten Wong,

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Next Up: Indians vs. Cardinals

St Louis Cardinals 2006 World Series Ring

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week will see Cleveland matched up against St. Louis, the Tribe’s first National League opponent of the season. The St. Louis Cardinals. Now, there’s a Major League Baseball franchise! One of the all-time winning-est teams and also one of the best in recent years; winners of eleven World Series championships1

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Bode Plots: Analyzing Indians starters

Trevor Bauer Cleveland Indians

The 2015 Cleveland Indians season has been frustrating to follow thus far. The season began with lofty expectations propped up by the team becoming the national darlings of the now analytic-friendly media. The Indians even managed to win their opening series against the Houston Astros who have unexpectedly been one of the best teams in

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Ball Played: Duffy’s wild while Indians come up aces

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The big news on Wednesday night was that Nick Swisher would be putting his headband back on to protect his possibly receding hairline after not wearing a headband in the first game against the Kansas City Royals. Or, it was the big news that the Cleveland Indians cancelled a Yan Gomes knee brace giveaway. Wait,

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C-Cap Recap: Undefeated in May

Cleveland Indians Brett Hayes home run of Albers

Sort of like Rocky training with Apollo Creed in order to beat Mr. T, the down-and-out Indians needed the familiarity of an old rival to get them back in shape at the start of a new month, and Mark Buehrle was just the man for the job. Dating all the way back to the year

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Indians Series Summary No. 6: Are we there yet? No, dear, be patient

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Friday night’s 13-1 blowout win over the Detroit Tigers by the Cleveland Indians had some of us wondering if it was, finally, the great awakening of the offense. But, alas, no—we’re not there yet. On Saturday, the Indians returned to moribund run production and lost 4-1. Then on Sunday, Detroit’s 8-6 victory featured more of

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