Ball Played: Blue Jays deliver knuckle(ball) sandwich to Indians

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Wednesday was why Tuesday’s game hurt so bad. The margin for error with the Cleveland Indians postseason chances is too thin to allow potential wins to slip away as there will still be some games that just do not go well from the beginning. Wednesday was just such a day as the Toronto Blue Jays

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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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Video: Best of the Indians Week

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The Tribe produced some highlights in a rare winning week.

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Ball Played: Indians “walk” away like they “stole” something in win

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Walks, steals, and home runs: What wins are made of.

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Ball Played: Anything Brew can do Tribe can do better

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Michael Brantley went NOVA against his former team once again.

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Weekend Recap: Indians win “epic” series against Yankees

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It was a period of civil war. Tribe analytic versus traditional fans fighting over the reasons for a disappointing season and were about to face the evil Yankee Empire. During the initial battle, a rebel by the moniker of Little Cowboy managed to fluster the empire to earn the first win and inspire ballads that

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C-Cap Recap: Ballad of The Little Cowboy

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Josh Tomlin earned his first victory since last August as the Cleveland Indians kicked off a four-game weekend series in the Bronx with a 3-2 win over those delightful underdog scamps, the New York Yankees. The Indians (56-64) nearly took a page out of the Cleveland Browns playbook by blowing a lead hilariously in the

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The Good, The Okay, and The Weird: Indians’ Injury Round-Up

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Of all the issues plaguing the Indians this season (ice-cold bats, lagging attendance, sometimes-snarky tweets), pesky injuries are certainly among the most confounding. But, in the midst of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, a few key players are working their ways back into the lineup. And one player is, well, dealing with

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Video: Watch what happens when you “ruin” a no-hitter

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber threw a complete masterpiece on Sunday afternoon, not allowing his first hit until the seventh inning when Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer lined a two-out, one-two fastball to left field. The belt-high pitch was slapped the opposite way, dropping in front of Indians left fielder Michael Brantley. The

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Indians place Jason Kipnis on 15-day DL

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The Indians made a few roster moves Monday evening, most notably placing All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right shoulder. While the shoulder has been bothering him off and on throughout the season, rumors that Kipnis may spend some time on the DL started circulating during the

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Weekend Recap: Indians split series thanks to starters and Lonnie

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The Cleveland Indians traveled westward to Oakland, California for a four-game series against the AL-worst Oakland Athletics with the hopes of continuing their momentum from a 12-run outburst against the Kansas City Royals in the last game of an otherwise miserable homestand1 . The pitching remained golden in the Golden State; however, the lineup brought

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Ball Played: Incredible Indians bash AL-best Royals as losing streak expires

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The 2015 Cleveland Indians season has played out much like the end of the first act in the animated superhero movie The Incredibles. The 2013 and 2014 seasons were the opening demonstration of the individual powers for players on the team and included AL MVP nominations, Silver Slugger, and Cy Young Awards. However, the 2015 season

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Ball Played: A three-hour tour (Indians lost at sea and to Royals)

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Both sounded like such fine ideas. Whether a quick oceanic voyage from a tropic port or a baseball season from a highly touted team. However, such fine ideas can turn out tragic once put into practice. Sometimes, events like a bad storm can sneak up on you and force you to crash into a hopeless

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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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Bode Plots: Which type of contact is affecting Indians batters the most?

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With the Cleveland Indians continuing their struggles hitting with RISP1 , there has been an added emphasis among analysts and fans to uncover how much of their struggles are luck versus skill. In particular, there has been an emphasis on the amount of hard hit balls. However, there is a possibility that focus is on

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Ball Played: Dr. Smooth and the Francisco Kid defeat Anderson’s Mr. Regression

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If Tuesday night was Major League night in Milwaukee, then Wednesday’s day game must have been ’90s day. There was not an overabundance of flannel, acid-washed jeans, or Starter jackets, nor did Nirvana and the Stone Temple Pilots dominate batters’ walkup music selections. Instead, the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers combined for 31 hits and

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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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Jason Kipnis strikes out, plays decent defense in All-Star Game

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Jason Kipnis didn’t start the 2015 MLB All-Star Game — he finished third among American League second basemen with about 4.7 million fan votes — but he saw a decent bit of action in the 6-3 American League victory. He entered Tuesday night’s game in the bottom of the fifth inning, replacing Houston Astros second baseman Jose

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Ball Played: That’s the way Cookie crumbles

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Three steps backward, four steps forward, three steps back. That sequence not only describes the past 10 games for the Cleveland Indians, but it also feels like an overall summary for the season. The Indians dig themselves a hole before starting to climb out of it, only to start digging again. In the end, this team

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Jason Kipnis named to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game

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After not winning the fan vote to be the starting second baseman on the American League team in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, the Indians Jason Kipnis was named as a reserve on the AL team on Monday. Kipnis was voted in as an AL reserve by the Player Ballot. His selection to the All-Star Game is

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