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“When’s the schedule coming out?” This was a text I received every few days since LeBron’s return to the Cavaliers. For weeks and weeks, many have been on edge. No official announcement came at first – the NBA had been said to want to delay the release to closer to mid-August. Finally, there was news.

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Zach McAllister makes FanGraph’s “Best Wild Pitches” for July

A pitch? A ball? A balk? Regardless of the ruling, the uncertainty surrounding the pitch depicted above, coming from the hand of Tribe starter Zach McAllister, was enough to garner consideration for one of the worst pitches of July. From FanGraphs: Pitcher: Zach McAllister Batter: Don Kelly Date: July 19 Location: cannot be calculated I’m glad

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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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Tribe Weekend Recap: Santana streaking, rotation turning, and opportunities blown

Carlos Santana

The Indians couldn’t have picked a worse week to wet themselves. I’ve said this before and I will say it again: The only consistent thing about this team is their inconsistency. Just when you want to believe after they take three of four in Detroit, they come out and lose two of three to the

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Tribe Weekend Recap: Tomlin’s gem, House’s run, and consistently inconsistent play

Josh TOmlin

I promised myself I wouldn’t say anything negative about Nick Swisher’s play……. When I sit down every Sunday to write about the weekend that was with our friends of the feather, the topics seem to be the same: Bad defense, a lack of coming through with the timely big hits, starters not going deep enough

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Indians DFA Josh Outman, activate Zach McAllister

Zack McAllister

Josh Outman, the player acquired for outfielder Drew Stubbs just a few months ago ((For those wondering, Stubbs is hitting .303 (.796 OPS) through 55 games on the season, stealing seven bases having yet to be caught. He’s also quadrupled his WAR (1.2) over all of last season (0.3). That thin air, man.)), has been designated

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Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Indians, LeBron James hatred – WFNY Podcast – 2014-06-10

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I nabbed TD to talk about the Tribe and we ended up talking about a whole lot more. TD can’t believe how square Craig is with regard to Johnny Manziel’s partying lifestyle. TD can’t believe how much residual hatred there is for Cleveland fans and LeBron James. TD talks what he knows best. The Cleveland

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Indians place Zach McAllister on the DL with back strain

Zach McAllister

From shelled to the shelf. The Cleveland Indians placed starting pitcher Zach McAllister on the 15-day disabled list with what’s being called a lower back strain. McAllister (3-4) won three consecutive starts earlier this season but allowed eight runs in a 1 1/3-inning effort against the Oakland Athletics this past weekend. On Wednesday, against the Detroit Tigers,

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Indians 11, Tigers 10: The sweep that came via…The Balk-Off?

Just when you think this team is out…They suck you right back in. The 2013 Cleveland Indians were dubbed “team streak” at times. Nobody could be colder and then immediately rattle off seven in a row the way they did. Let us not forget that Wahoos had to win 10 straight to close out the

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‘Bauer Outage’ could spark subpar Tribe starters

Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer finally looks like he’s getting his pro career on track and living up to the expectations that come with being the No. 3 overall draft pick. Ranked as the ninth best prospect by Baseball America after the 2011 season, Bauer sank to 83rd after a disappointing 2013 campaign in which the re-tooling of

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Tribe Weekend Recap: Can it get much worse?

I really don’t even know what to say about this team right now. I have been searching for positives from this horrific weekend series where the Oakland Athletics did their best Harlem Globetrotters impression while the Cleveland Indians donned the uniforms of the Washington Generals. They didn’t hit. They committed more errors (7) than runs

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Tribe bats, Axford waste McAllister’s great start

If the Cleveland Indians offense doesn’t figure something out soon, this season will be off the rails before it ever gets started. I know we are just 36 games in, but the team has been in a collective slump since the season began. At certain points, neither the starting pitching nor the hitting performed up to snuff.

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Indians lose again as Kipnis leaves with injury

Jason Kipnis

This road trip just can’t end soon enough for the Tribe. They’ve lost (and lost) on the field and yesterday’s game even included the unwanted bonus of Jason Kipnis going out with an abdominal strain. The irrational, cynical part of me says, “Well, they lost five in a row with him, so what does it

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Indians 4, Royals 3: Deep blasts, solid pitching and a squirrel help Tribe win

Last year it was the Rally Chicken. Is 2014 the year of the Squirrel? Twice during last night’s series opener with the Kansas City Royals, a squirrel interrupted play. Players and members of the Indians ground crew tried to corral the little guy who was eventually ushered off the field. “I was like, `C’mon over here

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Indians 3, Tigers 2: The Zach Attack delivers again

When looking at the Detroit Tigers compared to our Cleveland Indians, one distinct advantage sticks out for the Kitties – starting pitching.  The Detroit top three — Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Anibal Sanchez — would all be the Indians number one if they toiled in Cleveland. Rick Porcello and Drew Smily also dwarf Danny Salazar and

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Starting pitching excels in double dip split with Padres

Trevor Bauer

Whomever in the MLB scheduling department that decided having the San Diego Padres come to Cleveland for their one appearance in early April is a genius. Now seriously, who thought this was a good idea? Naturally bad weather postponed Monday night’s game, causing a traditional doubleheader to be played on Wednesday, which was supposed to

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Rocky start, “Smooth” ending: Tribe splits doubleheader in Oakland

Mike Aviles

There is nothing worse than fans freaking out over one game. But the first of the two in Oakland yesterday was one of those of those examples. I’m going to say this once – it’s ONE GAME. Scott Kazmir, whom the Indians let walk after resurrecting his career in Cleveland last season, spent his afternoon

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Zach McAllister adds a slide piece to his repertoire

Zach McAllister

While Spring Training just kicked off a few days ago, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that many of the Cleveland Indians players took very little (if any) time off since being bounced out of the 2013 Postseason last October. The latest story comes in the way of Mickey Callaway, the team’s miracle-working pitching coach, and Zach

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While We’re Waiting… College Football Trophies, Recruiting, and Tito’s The Man

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Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Leading off, college football trophies are one of the

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