CLE native Kid Cudi meets boyhood idol, Slider, throws 1st pitch

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Who was Kid Cudi most excited to meet at Progressive Field on Tuesday?

Slider, the beloved fuchsia mascot for the Tribe.

“He’s been doing this for so long!” Scott Mescudi said with a smile. He recalled seeing Slider back when he was a kid — something you never forget.

Slider, always in a divalicious mode, struck some crazy poses with Cudi on the field.

When asked afterward if he had done any preparation for the impending first pitch, Cudi exclaimed, “That was it, right there!”

The pitch may have had a bounce, of which outfielder Tyler Holt assured Cudi that his pitch was much better than 50 cent’s — a bit of a backhanded compliment — but all of the Tribe fans cheered for the artist/actor that proudly represents this city.

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, Sept. 9

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Details for makeup of suspended Indians-Royals game on Sept. 22

The Indians rain-suspended game vs. Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium will be made up on Monday, Sept. 22 at Progressive Field at 6:05PM, before the teams’ regularly scheduled game that evening.

Gates will open at 5PM. Ticket holders for the originally scheduled 7PM game on Sept. 22 can enter and watch the conclusion of the suspended game.

Between the conclusion of the suspended game and the originally scheduled 7PM game, normal pregame ceremonies, including the national anthem, will take place.

The game was suspended due to heavy wind and rain in Kansas City and the Indians needing to fly home due to a home game at 4PM the next day.

More details:

  • The Indians lead, 4-2, after Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-run double in the top of the 10th.
  • All players used in the game and subsequently removed — i.e. the starting pitchers and any relievers used and removed — are unavailable as the game picks up in the 10th. Kyle Crockett, who was announced as the Indians pitcher in the 10th inning before throwing a pitch, can pitch to start the 10th – or he can be relieved by Tribe manager Terry Francona.
  • Players added to the teams’ respective rosters after Aug. 31 can be used; those used and removed from original game (Tribe starter TJ House, for instance), cannot be used.

 

Tribe starter TJ House finds distinctive way to study mechanics in bullpen sessions

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Now this is cool.

Tribe starter TJ House has found a different way to study his mechanics in bullpen sessions: By placing a camera on top of the helmet of bullpen catchers Ricky Pacione and Armando Camacaro, House is able to study ball movement, arm mechanics and more.

WATCH the video below:

‘Thirty Base Tour’ comes to Progressive Field this week

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This is pretty cool: A set of bases is making its way through the Major Leagues on what Major League Baseball is calling the “Thirty Base Tour.”

The tour started June 13-15 in Pittsburgh, where a set of bases spends a series in each MLB city. The bases will be in Cleveland this week for the Twins series.

After the tour is completed, the bases will be auctioned off by MLB, with proceeds benefiting the league’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program. CLICK HERE to visit the auction site, and CLICK HERE to visit the tour’s home page.

 

 

Win your way in to #TribeTownInMotown trip w/Tuesday scavenger hunt

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We still have a few spots to fill for Friday’s Tribe Town in Motown trip to Comerica Park, and you can win one of the last ones!

Here’s how:

First, you must be at the Tribe’s Tuesday night game vs. the Minnesota Twins, the first of a three-game series at Progressive Field. (And an important one, as the Indians continue to push for a spot in the Postseason.) Buy your tickets – which start at just $10 online – here.

Then, while at the ballpark, you must take and then tweet to us (@Indians) these photos, using #TribeTownInMotown in each tweet. (Pictures must be sent in individual tweets; no PicStich, etc.)

  • Selfie with #TribeTownInMotown sign at Tribe Rewards table
  • Selfie with Thome statue
  • Selfie with John Adams
  • A picture of the Medical Mutual sign at Progressive Field (hint: it’s hard to find)

Once you’ve taken those photos and tweeted them to @Indians using #TribeTownInMotown, send us one more tweet: “I’ve completed the #TribeTownInMotown Scavenger Hunt.”

Out of those who complete the scavenger hunt correctly, we’ll choose random winner(s) for Friday’s trip. Here are more details on the trip, so make sure you can go before you complete the scavenger hunt!

  • Leave Progressive Field at 2:30PM
  • Participants get bus ride, game ticket and $10 in Comerica Park fun money – all free!

Complete contest rules can be found here.

Longtime Tribe anthem singer Rocco Scotti returns, shows he’s still got it

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Longtime Tribe national anthem singer Rocco Scotti was back at the ballpark, along with many family members, to be recognized for his many years of performing a legendary operatic national anthem.

As a recording of one of his anthems — accompanied by the music of the Rome Orchestra! — played, Rocco belted it out on his own, with a little help from his grandson, Nick, with whom he lives. City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson also proclaimed Monday Rocco Scotti Day, and Dan Ball, from the mayor’s office, was on hand to present Rocco with the proclamation. Pretty cool.

Check out video of the special recognition below:

Indians, Twins compete to register most Designated Drivers at ballparks for 2nd straight year

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The Indians and Twins are competing to register the most fans through Budweiser’s Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge.

The challenge is coordinated by Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management, and its goal is to increase awareness of the DD program.

Indians fans can sign up at the TEAM Coalition booth on the Progressive Field concourse near Section 153 … Fans pledge to not purchase or consume alcohol at this week’s games and provide safe transportation home for their groups.

Let’s beat the Twins and support a worthwhile cause – if we win, we get to retain this cool trophy.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

 

Carrasco dominates again: Photos, video and notes!

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After a 2-0 win on Sunday afternoon, the Indians have allowed no earned runs in consecutive games for the first time since July 27-28, 2013 (back-to-back shutouts of Texas, 1-0, 6-0)….Corey Kluber allowed only an unearned run in his complete game victory on Saturday night. The team’s final two victories over Chicago mark the first time since April 23 and April 24, 1991, vs. Kansas City that the Indians have struck out 8 or more batters and walked none in consecutive games. More on today’s starter, Carlos Carrasco:

  • Fell an out shy of his first career shutout after allowing two singles in the 9th (8.2IP, 4H, 0R/ER, 103 pitches/74 strikes)…In six starts since rejoining the rotation on Aug. 10, Carrasco is 4-0 with a 0.70ERA (3ER/38.2IP) and 42 SO vs. just 4 BB… In his two no-decisions in that span, Carrasco allowed just 2 R/ER in 11.2IP while receiving 3 total runs of support.
  • Marked the 7th time this season an Indians starter has pitched at least 8 innings with 8 SO and 0 BB….Carrasco has struck out 8 or more batters in three of his last four starts.

Watch Carlos talk about his start in a post-game interview with Carrasco by clicking here.

Saturday recap: Photos, video, notes of Corey Kluber’s latest gem

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Corey Kluber dominated the White Sox on Saturday, registering his third complete game of the season in picking up his 14th win (9.0IP, 5H, 1ER, 0BB, 8SO,104 pitches/74 strikes)… Moves into 17th place on the Indians single-season strikeout list with 223, passing Luis Tiant (219, 1967) and Gaylord Perry (216, 1974) on that list. More:

  • Has now allowed 2 or fewer earned runs in 13 of his last 16 starts and in 20 of his 31 starts overall (65 percent). He’s limited opponents to 4 or fewer earned runs in each of his last 29 starts, the longest such streak in MLB.
  • Marks Kluber’s third complete game this season with 0 ER and 8 SO or more… That’s the most such games by an Indians pitcher since Len Barker had 3 in 1981.
  • Kluber now has six starts this season in which he’s struck out 8 or more and walked 0 batters, the only Indians pitcher
  • His 18 starts with 8 SO or more tie him for 4th in Indians history (since 1914) for a single season (Score, 1956; McDowell, 1966-67).

HIGHLIGHTS

POST-GAME INTERVIEW

 

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