Say it Like it’s 1986: JUUULIOOOOO!

Julio Franco

Roger is like a brother to me. And for good reason: he is. Almost four years younger than me, he turned 50 on May 1. I texted him, asking if he is supposed to be buying a sports car or something. By that age, haven’t you entered “mid-life crisis” territory? When I was in college

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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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Ball Played: Indians cannot hang on by their fingernails in loss

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Going into Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers, it had been mentioned but not truly quantified that the Cleveland Indians offense has been much improved during the month of May. Much of the offensive improvement is rightfully attributed to the outstanding month of Jason Kipnis, but the overall team statistics have risen more than

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Ball Played: Prince Fielder taunts Indians in Rangers win

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Since the Cleveland Indians won a three-game series less than two weeks ago in Arlington against the Texas Rangers, both teams have been winning as many games as any outfit in baseball. The Indians took three out of four games from the Chicago White Sox and swept the Cincinnati Reds in an interleague showdown1 to climb within

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Next Up: Indians vs. Rangers in Cleveland

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First, a two-word summation of the three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds: Sweet sweep! Next come the Texas Rangers for a three-game series to finish up Cleveland’s six-game homestand. The Indians’ current six-game winning streak began with them taking the final three games of the four played in Chicago against the White Sox on May

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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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Justin Masterson drawing interest in free agency

Justin Masterson Cleveland Indians

The Clevealnd Indians lost interest in Justin Masterson, especially as his on-field performance shrunk in 2014. He was eventually traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for a prospect. We’ll see what the free agency market yields in the way of dollars, but right now there are at least two teams interested in Masterson that have made

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Tribe Weekend Recap: Brooms, Good Guys, and Great Pitching

David Murphy

Do I say the same thing every three weeks or so? Just when you think you are out, this team sucks you right back in. Terry Francona’s Cleveland Indians are not the sexiest group, nor are they the most talented. Their starting pitching is essentially Corey Kluber, hoping for the best with two youngsters, then

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Watch Michael Brantley and David Murphy bring the Tribe within three of the Wild Card

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Despite the fact that the Indians didn’t make any trades that brought Major League starters to the club, they’re firmly in the Wild Card race. Thanks to Michael Brantley’s walk-off home run against the Rangers today, the Tribe are currently three games back. Of course, the Indians wouldn’t have been in position at all without

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Animated: David Murphy nails Adrian Beltre at the plate

In the second inning of Friday night’s series opener against Texas, former Ranger David Murphy did his old team dirty by gunning down Adrian Beltre with a one-hopper at home plate to end the inning and inherent scoring threat. Beltre could’ve helped his case by running a bit harder from second base, but then again—it’s

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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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Tribe Weekend Recap: Bauer & Tomlin as saviors, Carlos’ triumphant return, and a major roster decision looming

Josh TOmlin

If the last three weeks taught you anything, it is that a baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. In this space a short three weeks ago, I wrote that as Yogi Berra once said “its getting late, early” and that the Indians season was spiraling downward in an out of control manner. The

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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson to dress for Rangers against Tribe


Russell Wilson’s baseball career will live on, at least for one more day. Wilson, a former second baseman who spent two years in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system before giving up baseball and pursuing a career in the NFL, will be in uniform  and in the dugout for the Texas Rangers during their upcoming exhibition game

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MLB Free Agency: Shin-Soo Choo signs massive 7-year deal with Texas

We knew former Indian outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was due for a huge payday this offseason after playing last season with Cincinnati. We just didn’t know how big until rumors surfaced that Choo turned down a 7-year, $140 million deal from the Yankees. He signed a 7-year deal for $130 million with the Texas Rangers this

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MLB News: Indians finalizing deal with free agent David Murphy

Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy was a subject of some curious Twitter rumblings connected to the Cleveland Indians earlier on Tuesday. Now, it appears there’s actually some weight behind the smoke: The Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant reports, via a source, the Indians are finalizing a 2-year deal in excess of $10 million with the

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MLB News: Rays beat Rangers 5-2, to play Indians on Wednesday

The Tampa Bay Rays held on to defeat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in a tiebreaker, advancing to play the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday in the AL Wild Card game at Progressive Field. Despite a brutal umpire miscall that cost the Rays a run late in the game in Arlington, they held on with thanks to

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians playoff odds before the weekend

It’s officially now a three-team race for the two American League Wild Card spots. With the recent hot streaks by the Rays, Indians and Rangers, all the other would-be contenders have been left in the dust. There are now three games left in the regular season to decide what’s next. Looking back in the past,

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians’ playoff odds over 70 percent

With six games left in the season, the Cleveland Indians have reached a new high watermark in their playoff odds. The three major sites — Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs and Cool Standings — all agree that the team’s odds are more than 70 percent. A week ago, after the previous four-game sweep over the Chicago White

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The Diff: Looking at the Indians’ thriving playoff odds

The Diff

The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote about Chip Kelly’s arrival in the NFL. This week, I’m dissecting MLB playoff odds for the red-hot Indians. It’s no surprise now to Indians fans that the Tribe

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