One week left, Tribe still hangin’ around

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I know I know: The Cleveland Browns should have won. But hey, look on the bright side, their baseball counterparts, the Cleveland Indians, will enter the last week of the regular season within striking distance of the playoffs. You can tell me that it is a long shot, but with the three games—plus three outs—to

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Nine pitches, Four hits, One killer loss

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Covering the Tribe on a nightly basis is a labor of love for me. But I also have a real job that from time to time keeps me away from the team I love the most. In these instances, readers of WFNY know they can usually count on a Jon Steiner special when I am

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Reds 9, Indians 2: Cueto is Cueto and Tomlin is Tomlin

Baseball has a long, grueling and agitating season. Life might be especially annoying as a baseball fan of a .500 team. When you’re a bad team, almost every game is bad. It’s like being a Cubs fan. When things are good, yes the expectations are high, but again, you’re winning. The ‘90s were so much

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Mariners 6, Indians 5: Comeback thwarted by Shaw’s hanger

Bryan Shaw

When you score five runs, you should win the game. The Indians were on their way to doing so last night, but one of their more reliable and consistent pitchers made two quick mistakes and a comeback victory was snatched away as the Seattle Mariners took the rubber match of the three-game series, 6-5, on

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Mariners 5, Indians 2: Tribe slide continues, the time to sell may be upon us

The non-waiver trade deadline is just a day away and the Cleveland Indians are what their record says they are. After Tuesday night’s 5-2 home loss to the Seattle Mariners, the Wahoos are 52-54, two games below .500. Just five games out of the second Wild Card spot, yes, but there are now four teams in

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Indians dropped by Twins fill-in starter Anthony Swarzak

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(I apologize for the lateness of this recap. I’m filling in for TD today.) I had to look up Anthony Swarzak’s name three times. Apparently Carlos Santana did too, according to Alex Smith of MLB.com. His game story says that Carlos Santana had no idea who was pitching yesterday 90 minutes before it was scheduled

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NBA expansion, Indians inconsistency and the Dayton Flyers rebrand … While We’re Waiting

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Warning: Today’s While We’re Waiting will be a Kevin Love-free zone. Please give me my peace. I need it, badly. NBA Expansion?! SonicsRising reported yesterday that the NBA is having private discussions over possible expansion to two new franchises, one in Seattle and one in Louisville. With the upcoming TV contract negotiations, it’s not a

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Jason Kipnis still bothered by oblique

Jason Kipnis

  Jason Kipnis was named the American League Player of the week on Monday, but readily admitted that he has not felt the same since straining his oblique muscle back in April. “I wouldn’t use the word progress, I’d use the word adjustment,” said Kipnis. “As far as the oblique goes, it’s going to be

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Second-half Storylines: What are you watching?

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The Cleveland Indians started things off with a relative bang, taking three of four in Detroit. As we close in on the month of August, the Tribe stands 4.5 games behind the Tigers and will need to piece it all together heading into the fall if postseason play is to happen for the second consecutive

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Tribe weekend recap: Kipnis…back? King Kluber, The Carrasco effect, and rotation rotation

Jason Kipnis

If your Cleveland Indians were going to get back in the thick of the AL Central and Wild Card races, coming out of the blocks strongly is of the utmost importance. An 11-game, three-city road trip against three divisional foes was on the schedule. Things got started in Detroit with four games in three days.

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The Indians at the break: The Bad

Justin Masterson

47-47. .500. The middle. Average. Not great, but not bad. This is what our Cleveland Indians are as we sit here at the All-Star break. Heading into the season, Terry Francona’s group had to deal with something that was not on the docket a year before; heightened expectations. Coming off of a 92-win, Wild Card

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Indians 6, Diamondbacks 1: Kluber shuts down snakes

Corey Kluber

The worst bit going in Tribe circles heading into last night was the “what’s wrong with Corey Kluber” question. The answer: absolutely nothing. So he hadn’t won a game in the month of June. So what? By now you should all know how meaningless the win statistic is. Sure, Kluber was absolutely dominant in May,

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The weekend that wasn’t: Tigers sweep the Tribe

It is such a shame. How many times do the Indians draw over 100,000 fans in a weekend? I’ll tell you how many: Zero in the past three seasons. Its the first time this has happened since August of 2011. I don’t know what it is about the Indians and big crowds at Progressive Field,

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Royals 9, Indians 5: Poor defense returns as Tribe drops opener in KC

During the Cleveland Indians’ previous 10 games—where they won nine of them—one usual complaint when quiet: The poor defense. They floundered to start the season, while averaging an error per game and leading the American League in unearned runs. But in the midst of the recent hot streak, the defense tightened up. It reminded me

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Indians 17, Rangers 7: Chisenhall delivers a performance for the ages

Lonnie Chisenhall

Last April, after a third consecutive awful start, I famously called for the Indians to cut the cord on the Ubaldo Jimenez experience. Pretty much from that point forward, Ubaldo turned back into the pitcher the Indians had hoped they traded for at the deadline in 2011. On April 2nd of this year, I wondered aloud if

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Watch Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall grooving to the music

Lonnie Chisenhall

Thank goodness someone grabbed this off of their TV. It was T.J. Zuppe from 92.3 the Fan in Cleveland, and you can hear him laughing as Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall are dancing away on the field last night. Of course, it’s easy to be in the mood for dancing when you go five for

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Kipnis expected to join team in Chicago

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Jason Kipnis will join his Indians teammates in Chicago on Tuesday and could be available to play, though manager Terry Francona indicated that he won’t start. Kipnis will likely be in the starting line-up on Wednesday. Kipnis has been on the DL since May 2nd with a strained oblique. He played in rehab games with

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