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

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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

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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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The United Church of Christ has some opinions on the Indians

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No, the United Church of Christ isn’t concerned about the Cleveland Indians’ lack of hitting or their occasional bullpen woes. The UCC, conversely, has sent a stack of petitions signed by more than 1,000 people to the offices on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario this past Tuesday, calling for the team to not only

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Ball Played: Kids in the hall with leather

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Bullpens have become a popular topic in baseball circles since Tom Verducci penned a fantastic article detailing the dominance of the modern bullpen on Tuesday. In the article, Verducci details how the Houston Astros’ and the Kansas City Royals’ continual outperformance of expectations in the standings can largely be attributed to their bullpens. The Tampa

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Ball Played: Umpire cannot interfere with Indians win

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Sometimes, the umpire gets the rule completely and blatantly wrong. It happens. Everyone on the field is human and prone to mistakes including those umpires who generally do a much better job than the credit they receive for it. Thankfully, a rather egregious umpire ruling in the first inning did not affect the final outcome

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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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Joe Lull on 92.3 morning show shakeup and Indians accountability – WFNY Podcast – 2015-06-29

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Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes Joe Lull came back on the podcast and discussed a lot of things going on. We discussed the shakeup at 92.3 the Fan that saw Chuck Boom leave the station. We talked a little bit about the Cavs, Browns and the Indians as well. Here’s a more detailed list

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Brandon Moss on Tribe fan angst: “I can’t blame them”

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Fans, the Tribe hear you loud and clear. Losing seven of their last nine games and falling 12 games behind the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals, the Indians have been in a downward spiral since the minute the Cleveland Cavaliers handed them the baton of fan attention. They have scored 66 runs in June, the fewest

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C-Cap Recap: Two Nothin’s Is Nothin’

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Terry Francona’s ever-present windbreaker may as well be an invisibility cloak considering how little criticism he’s getting for the plodding parade of mediocrity that is the 2015 Cleveland Indians. I’m not saying he really deserves any blame, mind you. But after a potentially spirit-breaking series sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles this weekend

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Kevin Love opts out, Corey Kluber just can’t win, Terrelle Pryor and Johnny Manziel – WFNY Podcast – 2015-06-27

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Note: Apologies for the buzzing sound on my mic. To download the podcast directly, here’s a link to the MP3 file Andrew was available to chat today and I have been itching to crack a mic on all the things that we seem to be talking about, that in my estimation aren’t worth talking about.

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Next Up: Indians vs. Orioles at Camden Yards

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Beautiful Camden Yards changed everything, and a fair share of the credit for that goes to Janet Marie Smith. Who is she, you might ask. To properly answer that, we must first look back at what came before the Orioles played in the shadow of the B&O Warehouse near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Baltimore’s history with

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An Indians Prospect Q&A with Jeff Ellis of Scout.com

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About 20 years ago, WFNY’s Andrew Clayman and Scout.com’s Jeff Ellis used to sit in the back row of their ninth grade English class, pontificating on the imminent glory of the Cleveland Indians and the many World Series titles that awaited them. Both men are now older, wiser, and in considerably worse shape. And yet,

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The Cleveland Cavaliers, instant nostalgia, and studying sports fans

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One of the things that I’m most interested in as a sports fan is the study of sports fandom. In practice, that means never-ending analysis of us as a group, other cities and their sports fans, and also the most insular type of audit, of the guy I see in the mirror. (When I see

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SI names Indians’ Jason Kipnis AL MVP leader

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Already named the AL Player of the Month for May, Jason Kipnis has kept up the torrid pace at the plate to accompany excellent defense in the field to garner more prestigious consideration than mere player of the month awards. On Thursday, Sport Illustrated‘s Cliff Corcoran updated his AL MVP Award’s Watch to list Jason

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

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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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Draft Thoughts, Bonnaroos, and Blind Melons: While We’re Waiting…

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Happy Thursday, Cleveland, Ohio (original); Cleveland, Austin, Texas; Cleveland, Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Mexico; and Cleveland, Wherever the Hell You Live (not to be confused with Cleveland, Alabama, which has no figurative connection to Cleveland, Ohio).1 May your day be wonderful and full of Ws. Continue to colonize the earth in the name of Cleveland. (We’re

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Young Indians fans talks smack to Cabrera, is rewarded with bat

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Hey, did you know the Cleveland Indians have struggled against the Detroit Tigers of late? In what would end as yet another Tribe loss against the divisional rival Tigers (this one 7-3), at least one person wearing an Indians ball cap near the diamond showed a little fire — it was just too bad that

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Ball Played: Indians literally drop the ball

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Sometimes, one play can summarize a larger facet of a season. No single play can ultimately change an entire season especially in the third of a six month season. One play, however, can certainly serve as a symbol for what has occurred during said season. In 2014, the defensive struggles of the entire season for the

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