Indians Wives Association ‘Shirts Off Their Backs’ auction set for Saturday at Progressive Field

The 2013 Shirts Off Their Backs auction

The 2013 Shirts Off Their Backs auction

25 game-worn jerseys will be auctioned; autographed Mystery Baseballs also for sale

WHAT:   The Cleveland Indians Wives Association will auction off game-worn Tribe jerseys on Saturday night before and during the Indians game vs. the Houston Astros. The auction will take place outside Section 156 and will feature jerseys worn by all 25 members of the active roster during Friday night’s game against the Twins. Autographed Mystery Baseballs also will be for sale.

Proceeds from “Shirts Off Their Backs” and the association’s previous “Tribe Treasures” auction benefit various Cleveland-area charities.

WHEN:     Saturday, August 23; 4:30PM-top of the 7th inning

WHERE:    Section156, Progressive Field

Lorain County Boys and Girls Clubs offering camp

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County are offering a free one-day camp on Saturday, Aug. 30 for boys and girls ages 6-14.

The camp is designed to give boys and girls ages 6-14 the training, skills and understanding of baseball/softball.

Cost of the camp is free and is located at Oakwood Park — 2047 E. 36th Street, Lorain, Ohio 44055. To register call 440-277-0110.

More great offers through MLB.com At the Ballpark App this weekend at Progressive Field!

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Fans visiting Progressive Field for this weekend’s series with the Astros will have the opportunity to take advantage of great check-in offers on the MLB.com At the Ballpark app (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD).

In addition to check-in offers for promotional items, concessions and merchandise, fans using At the Ballpark can watch game highlights directly on their phone, find a comprehensive ballpark map, track 50/50 raffle results and more!

Check out a preview of this weekend’s offers below:

 

Friday, August 22:

- KeyBank will be offering $10 Key Cash to fans that check-in using At the Ballpark, and visit the KeyBank Kiosk outside section 150. Key Cash can be used as Indians Fun Money to purchase concessions and merchandise around the ballpark. Supplies are limited, so fans are encouraged to arrive early on Friday evening to take advantage of the offer.

- All fans will receive an offer for a free Iced Coffee coupon at Dunkin Donuts. The coupon can be redeemed at the Guest Services booth outside section 107.

Saturday, August 23:

- Fans that check in using At the Ballpark will receive an offer for a Jim Thome replica statue, courtesy of KeyBank. Supplies are limited, so you are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the offer. The statue can be redeemed at the KeyBank kiosk outside section 150.

- All fans will receive an offer for a free Iced Coffee coupon at Dunkin Donuts. The coupon can be redeemed at the Guest Services booth outside section 107.

Sunday, August 24:

- Fans that check in using At the Ballpark will receive an offer for a Kenny Lofton replica jersey, courtesy of KeyBank. Supplies are limited, so you are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the offer. The jersey can be redeemed at the KeyBank kiosk outside section 150.

- All fans will receive an offer for a free Iced Coffee coupon at Dunkin Donuts. The coupon can be redeemed at the Guest Services booth outside section 107.

 

At the Ballpark is available for both Apple (iOS 7.0 or later) and Android devices. Visit http://www.Indians.com/BallparkApp for more details.

Corey Kluber is rather good

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TODAY’S START

  • The 27-year-old right-hander is scheduled to make his 27th start/appearance of the season as the Tribe looks to sweep this 3-game series vs. Minnesota…also marks the 68th appearance and 63rd start of his career.
  • Will be pitching on 5 days’ rest after notching his 8th double-digit strikeout performance (10) of the season in the Tribe’s 2-1 walk-off win vs. Baltimore on Friday at Progressive Field.
  • Kluber has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 11 of his last 12 starts dating back to June 15 at Boston, the lowest ERA (1.46) among all American League starters (2nd in Majors; Kershaw 1.20) over that stretch…Kluber also owns 93 K’s (4th in MLB) against just 16 walks over that span.
  • That said, Kluber has limited opponents to 4 ER-or-fewer in each of his last 25 consecutive starts (25 of 26 in 2014), the 2nd-longest such streak in the Majors this season trailing Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, who has allowed 4 ER-or-fewer in all 26 of his starts this season.
  • Kluber has reeled off a career-high 6 straight victories…the last Tribe starter with a single-season 6-game win streak was Cliff Lee, who won 11 consecutive decisions from July 11-September 12, 2008.
  • Kluber went a perfect 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in 6 starts during the month of May, notching a Major League-best 60 strikeouts over that span.
  • Enters today’s start ranked T3rd in the American League with 197 strikeouts and is averaging just 1.91 walks per nine innings this season (38 BB/179.1 IP), the lowest rate among all Tribe starters…strikeout:walk ratio (5.18) ranks 7th in the American League.
  • Today’s outing will mark Kluber’s first tilt against the Twins this season.

 

LAST START

  • Kluber notched 10 strikeouts across 7.2 strong innings in his last start on Friday vs. Baltimore, but did not factor into the decision as the Tribe eventually walked off (Zach Walters solo HR) in the bottom of the 11th.

 

MINNESOTA/AT TARGET FIELD

  • Set to make his first start of the season vs. Minnesota, Kluber has gone 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA (20 ER/37.1 IP) in 7 career starts against the Twins…earned both victories in 2013, going 2-1 w/a 4.98 ERA (12 ER/21.2 IP) in 4 starts.
  • Has made 3 career starts here at Target Field in Minnesota, and despite a 6.43 ERA (10 ER/14.0 IP), Kluber has yet to shoulder a loss at this venue (1-0); Tribe has gone 1-2 in those 3 starts.

 

JUST NEED 3

  • With at least 3 strikeouts in today’s start, Kluber will become the first Indians pitcher to reach 200 K’s in a single season since LHP CC SABATHIA (209) in 2007 – the first right-hander since Bartolo Colon (201) in 2001.
  • Kluber would also become just the 8th different pitcher in Indians history to reach the single season 200-strikeout plateau joining, Sabathia, Colon, Dennis Eckersley, Gaylord Perry, Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant, Herb Score and Bob Feller.

 

LOOKING AT THE LEADERBOARD

  • Kluber has registered 197 strikeouts through his first 25 starts of the season – T3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (212) and Max Scherzer (205) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T4th), ERA (2.41 3rd), innings (179.1, 3rd), WHIP (1.07, 8th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.89, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (5.18, 7th), opposing batting average (.228, 8th) and pitches per inning (14.9, 5th).

 

AFTER THE BREAK…

  • Kluber has allowed just 4 earned runs over 47.2 innings in 6 second-half starts; he owns MLB’s lowest ERA (0.76) and opposing batting average (.161; 27-168) over that span…also ranks among second-half Major League leaders in: wins (4, T5th), innings (47.2, T6th) and strikeouts (55, 3rd).
  • Coming off a pair of scoreless 9.0 inning starts on 7/24 at KC & 7/30 vs. Seattle (more below), Kluber has allowed just 2 earned runs over his last 39.0 innings, recording 45 strikeouts against just 5 walks over that stretch

Tribe owner Paul Dolan, manager Terry Francona, president Mark Shapiro, pitchers Bauer, Kluber, Salazar accept #IceBucketChallenge

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The #IceBucketChallenge craze has hit the Tribe clubhouse and front office. In order:

Paul Dolan:

Trevor Bauer:

Mark Shapiro:

Terry Francona:

Corey Kluber:

Danny Salazar:

Nick Swisher:

We’ll update as more participate!

For Kyle Borah, Indians Youth Camp pays off — in memorable catch at Progresssive Field (we think)

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We’d like to think this was the camp talking.

Kyle Borah, 12, attended Indians Youth Baseball Camp presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s in Burton Aug. 4-8, and a week later, took in the Tribe-Orioles game at Progressive Field. As you can see below — he made a terrific catch of a foul ball … had to be the camp talking, right?

Past Indians Youth Camp coverage:

Indians extend contract of reliever Scott Atchison

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The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed RHP SCOTT ATCHISON for the 2015 season with a club option for 2016.

Atchison, 38, has been a valuable member of the club’s bullpen in 2014, posting a 6-0 record with a 2.95 ERA in 53 relief appearances (1SV, 55.0IP, 44H, 18ER, 9BB, 37K), limiting Major League hitters to a .218 (44-202) average against. Scott ranks among American League relief leaders in wins (T2nd, 6), pct. of inherited runners scored (10th, 18%, 5/28) and relief innings (19th, 55.0IP) while limiting right-handed hitters to a .214 (28-131, .565 OPS) average against. Since June 21st he owns an ERA of 2.28 (23.2IP, 18H, 6ER) over his last 22 games.

The Woodlands, TX native owns a career Major League record of 16-10 with two saves and a 3.51 ERA in 258 Major League appearances (1GS, 310.0IP, 288H, 121ER, 80BB, 229K, .247AVG) since debuting with the Seattle Mariners in 2004. He began his professional career in 1999 after being selected by Seattle in the 49th round of the 1998 draft out of TCU.

Bradley Zimmer named NYPL POTW; Bobby Bradley the Indians Minor League POTW

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Bradley Zimmer (left) was named the New York-Penn League player of the week, while Bobby Bradley (second from right) was named the Indians Minor League POTW. With the duo are fellow top picks Justus Sheffield and Grant Hockin.

Bradley Zimmer – the No. 5 overall pick – has been named the New York Penn League Player of the Week, hitting .524 (11-21) for the week w/a HR, 5RBI in 6 games. He’s hitting .321 on the year.

Meanwhile, Bobby Bradley – the No. 97 pick in June’s draft — went 6-15 (.400) with a pair of doubles, 2 home runs and a 1.333 OPS (.400 OBP/.933 SLG) in 4 games for the AZL Tribe this week and was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week.

Bradley also collected 10 RBI, T3rd-most across all levels of Single-A Short Season baseball over that span. The Indians third-round pick (97th overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, Bradley has burst onto the scene through his first 34 games in the professional ranks. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound left-handed hitting first baseman leads the Arizona League in virtually every offensive statistical category, including batting average (.375; 51-136), home runs (7), doubles (12), SLG% (.662), extra-base hits (22) and runs scored (35). Bradley also strung together an Arizona League-best 16-game hit streak from July 16-August 13, batting .419 (26-62) with 5 doubles, 2 triples 3 home runs, 22 RBI and 19 runs scored over that stretch.

Bradley graduated from Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Mississippi where he hit .340 (17-50) with 6 homers and 11 RBI in 22 games during his recently completed senior season. He hit .567 (34-60) as a junior, and finished his four-year high school career with a .442 (89-300) average with 23 home runs in 84 games. Harrison Central High School in Gulfport also produced former Major Leaguers LHP Greg Hibbard (now coaching in the Indians organization) and former Tribe OF Matt Lawton.

 

Kipnis surprises local Tribe fan with tickets, visit to BP

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis recently surprised a local fan and her family with tickets to the July 31 game vs. the Mariners at Progressive Field. As you can see, Kate Andrejcak was excited.

Kate is a passionate Indians and Kipnis fan, and works in the special education field. The Indians disguised the surprise by telling her we wanted to talk with big Tribe fans; then, as you can see in the video, Jason delivered the news by phone. She was surprised — in fact, she said when we first spoke, “I was hoping you were calling to see if you needed help taking Jason Kipnis to dinner or something.”

Photos of their meet and greet below.

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Corey Kluber: Cy Young candidate — and Rust Cohle impersonator?

Corey Kluber is an AL Cy Young candidate and apparently a budding actor. Below is video of him doing his best Rust Cohle impression; Cohle is a straight-faced detective on HBO’s “True Detective.” And Kluber kinda sorta nails it.

Here are photos from the shoot, which was conducted recently in New York City.

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