Weekend Recap: Indians Die Hard for the Wild Card

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The Cleveland Indians are still incredible long shots to make the playoffs. The AL Central has been all but won by the Kansas City Royals, making the Wild Card the only route to October. However, four teams are still above the Indians in the race for the last Wild Card playoff spot. The Indians trail the Wild

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Next Up for the Cleveland Indians: Football Season

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You could say the Indians have moved up into a tie for third place in the American League Central Division. Or you could very well say they’re in a tie with the Chicago White Sox as the fifth worst team in the AL. As the late Jonathan Winters used to say, “Clean mind, clean body

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Video: Best of the Indians Week

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The Tribe produced some highlights in a rare winning week.

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C-Cap Recap: The Wrigley Walkoff Blues

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At a running time of two hours and 38 minutes, Monday afternoon’s pitcher’s duel between the Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber and the Chicago Cubs’ Jon Lester was pleasantly quick for a baseball game, average for a Christopher Nolan Batman movie (The Dark Knight was 152 minutes), and roughly 10 minutes too long for my friend’s three year-old

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Video: Danny Salazar credits grip change for recent success

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He may have lost on Saturday thanks to two early home runs, but Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar was carrying a 1.48 ERA in his previous seven starts. We found out during Saturday’s contest that Salazar has changed the grip of his two-seam fastball through the course of the season and has started to experience

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Ball Played: Indians lose series as Red Sox show off power

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The Cleveland Indians could not have asked for a better setup to win on Wednesday unless John Danks himself was the opposing starting pitcher. Still, right-handed starter Joe Kelly was a close replica as he entered the game with a 5.69 ERA for the Boston Red Sox, and he had failed to finish even a

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Video: Cleveland’s *other* Big Three?

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Trevor Bauer may have had a rough night on Tuesday, but three of his Cleveland Indians teammates are one hell of a roll. Take a look at the video above which aired just before the 9-1 loss, discussing the recent pitching statistics of Tribe starters Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar. While the records

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Next Up: The AL East … to Boston and New York

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The Indians are working on an 11-game road trip. For the Tribe, enemy territory has been friendlier than home cooking. Their record at home is 54-62, while on the road it’s 30-28. In an Indians season full of bewildering contradictions, this away-field advantage just might beat them all. (Or is it a home field disadvantage?)

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C-Cap Weekend Recap: One-Hitsville, USA

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One week after drubbing the Twins to the tune of 34 runs in a three game series in Cleveland, the increasingly confident Indians traveled to Minneapolis for an encore performance and wound up with more of a disappointing, Caddyshack II style sequel. With Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley out of the lineup — à la

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Next Up: Indians fly from CLE to MSP

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Since CLE is no longer a hub airport, getting from Point A to Point B on family trips often involves an intervening stop in Minneapolis. It couldn’t be simply a coincidence of my flight paths that I have noticed a surprisingly large number of baseball diamonds on the approaches to, and departures from, MSP. They

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C-Cap Recap: Retooled Indians Clobber and Kluber the Twins

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With their lone All-Star on the disabled list and veteran bats Brandon Moss, David Murphy, Michael Bourn, and Nick Swisher all permanently jettisoned from the payroll, a presumably lame-duck version of the 2015 Cleveland Indians went out and—naturally—dropped 34 runs on the reeling Minnesota Twins over the weekend, taking two of three games in the

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Next Up: Indians vs. Twins at Progressive Field

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Ed’s note: If you’ve not already, read up on the Indians trading Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to the Atlanta Braves. The 2015 Major League Baseball season has been a bounty of bewildering surprises, none bigger, perhaps, than the rise of the Houston Astros, who sit atop the American League West with a 60-49 record,

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C-Cap Recap: Things Go South Out West

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Sometimes the first inning sets the tone for a ballgame. Other times, like Monday night’s 5-4 Cleveland Indians loss in Anaheim, the first inning is a cruel joke—a magician’s misdirection, setting up a really lame, predictable trick. With the first frame in the books, Cleveland (48-57) had staked Corey Kluber to a 3-0 lead and backed

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Next Up: Indians visit the Angels in Anaheim, and where do they go from here?

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The Cleveland Indians have played 16 games in five series since the All-Star break, winning six and losing ten. Each series, with the exception of the Kansas City Royals, was against a team with a losing record. In fact, except for those first-place Royals (against whom the Tribe went 1-2) every opponent since the break

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Next Up: Kansas City Royals … Next Stop: Pluto

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a perfect illustration of why there is a Cleveland sports blog called Waiting for Next Year, for that is precisely what Indians fans find themselves doing here in late July. The Cleveland Indians, considered by the crystal-ball gazers at Sports Illustrated to be the favorites to get to the

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C-Cap Recap: A Thoroughly Defeated Tribe

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To say that the Cleveland Indians were just “defeated” four straight times by the Chicago White Sox feels like a woefully inadequate summation of a series in which Cleveland (45-52) was outscored 26-5 on its home field and banished back to the Central Division basement. It’d be more fitting to say that Tito Francona’s club

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Next Up: Indians Host the White Sox for a Four-Game Series

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The Cleveland Indians began the second half of the 2015 season by winning two of three in Cincinnati and splitting the two-game series in Milwaukee. Going 3-2 on the road isn’t ordinarily something to complain about, but those two bottom feeders of the NL Central are a combined 84-104, so, really, they shouldn’t have been

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Mark Shapiro’s Indians, movies and body switch movies – WFNY Podcast – 2015-07-20

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Craig and Dave discuss a bunch of stuff that has very little to do with sports. I mean it has to do with Indians P.R. and movies and stuff. Click here to download the MP3 file directly. Podcast users are largely Apple device people Why Google makes me mad Google should put Craig and Dave

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C-Cap Recap: Ducks on the Pond, Walk Walk Walk

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Somewhere in a Rockwellian suburbia untouched by cynicism, doe-eyed Little Leaguers still don their rally caps and sing the songs of a simpler age: “Ducks on the pond / Quack quack quack / Come on, Timmy! / Give it a whack!” What they don’t realize is that Timmy has no intention of swinging the bat.

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Fangraphs Trade Value Rankings: Four Indians make top 50

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Fangraphs released their annual trade value rankings over the All-Star break that attempts to gauge the most valuable players in MLB as a function of talent, age, and contract status. So, younger players with more team control will usually win out over older players even if the youth have statistics that lag slightly behind as

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