Amid preparing for an October baseball run, Cleveland Indians players send thoughtful card to a woman fighting breast cancer

In the hunt of an October run, the Cleveland Indians are still making efforts to be the great, giving guys they’ve been all season long.

Take Debra Eula, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but, a NE Ohio native, is a huge Cleveland sports fan.

She recently shared this message with us on our Facebook page, with the accompanying photo: “First off CONGRATULATIONS! I live in the SF Bay Area and am fighting Breast Cancer. Today I received a personal get well card from the players with the help of Chris Gimenez. It meant everything to me and I will continue to fight as hard as the Tribe does to win. I just wanted to pass on the incredible group of men we have representing the Cleveland Indians.”

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As we push for further advancement in October, it’s moments like this that make us prouder than any baseball achievements ever could.

GALLERY: Cleveland Indians clinch 2016 AL Central title in Detroit

The Cleveland Indians clinched the 2016 AL Central title with a big win in Detroit on Monday night.

This is the Tribe’s first division title in nine years, since the 2007 campaign.

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-Photos by Dan Mendlik

Seven regular season games left — Let’s see our Postseason scenarios

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The Cleveland Indians finished play on Sunday with a 7-game lead over the Tigers with 7 games to go, and a magic number – combination of Tribe wins and Detroit losses – of ONE. Despite the Tribe’s loss to Chicago, Kansas City’s win over Detroit lowered the magic number to just one.

Here’s how the teams’ schedules shake out:

Cleveland: 4 @ DET, 3 @ KC

Detroit: 4 vs. CLE, 3 @ ATL

As we open a four-game set with Detroit, any Tribe victory will clinch the 2016 AL Central crown.

There is also the matter of home-field advantage throughout the AL Postseason, for which the Indians are one and a half games behind both the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers. If the Tribe earns the AL’s best record, the club would have home-field advantage throughout the Postseason (AL won the All-Star Game, and thus the AL rep in the World Series would have home field).

Owning the top record also would mean the Tribe would play the Wild Card Game winner (currently either Toronto or Baltimore) and not either Texas or Boston, depending on final records.

A look at Boston and Texas’ schedules as we hit the final stretch:

Texas
– 9/26-9/28: vs. Brewers in Arlington, TX
– 9/30-10/2: vs. Rays in Arlington, TX

Boston
-9/27-9/29: at Yankees in New York, NY
-9/30-10/2: vs. Blue Jays in Boston, MA

Should be a fun one to watch play out!

-TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez

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PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians lower magic number to clinch AL Central to 3

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The Indians beat the White Sox, 10-4, on Friday, lowering the club’s magic number to three. The Indians can clinch the AL Central this weekend if:

  • The Tribe sweeps Chicago and KC beats Detroit once
  • The Indians beat Chicago once and KC beats Detroit twice

The White Sox took an early lead on Melky Cabrera’s first-inning two-run homer, but the Tribe got it back on Jose Ramirez’s two-run shot in the fourth – Ramirez’s 11th.

After Avisail Garcia hit another two-run shot in the fifth, the Indians scored four in the home half: Francisco Lindor had a sac fly, Mike Napoli an RBI single and Coco Crisp a two-run double. Napoli had another RBI single in the sixth, followed by Ramirez’s 44th double – he’s third in baseball in that category – that drove in two more. Crisp added an RBI single two batters later.

Trevor Bauer pitched 7.2 innings, allowing those two homers while striking out six. Importantly, he limited exposure for the Tribe’s ‘pen, which will be active today in a pseudo-bullpen day.

Notes

  • Carlos Santana had three more hits on Friday, and is 9-for-11 in the club’s last three games as part of a career year; he also walked twice in that span
  • Napoli busted out of an 0-for-21 slump with three hits and became the first Indians hitter since 2007 (Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez) to reach 100 RBI.
  • At 34, Napoli also is the oldest Tribe player to drive in 100 or more since Luke Easter did it in 1951 (103 RBI).
  • The Indians have five players with 250 or more bases — Jason Kipnis, Napoli, Santana, Lindor and Ramirez – for the second time in club history (2005 the other)

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers book drive donations to Luis Munoz Marin School

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivered books donated during a June book drive to students at Luis Munoz Marin School on Friday morning.

Carrasco led the June drive in conjunction with United Way of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland Indians Charities; previously, he’s donated books and read to students at the school last season. (More info: http://tinyurl.com/jjmoj3y.)

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Trevor Bauer visits with Max Hayes HS students, shares drone designs, experiences

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After visiting Max Hayes High School last month and discussing the school’s robotics program,  Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer visited with students from Max Hayes High School participating in career day at Progressive Field on Wednesday.

Bauer, a noted drone builder and tech junkie, shared his drone experiences with the students. He visited Max Hayes last month to learn more about the school’s technology efforts, including hearing from the school’s Robotics team and more.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians recognize Notre Dame College four-time national champ wrestler Joey Davis

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Info courtesy Notre Dame College

A Notre Dame College national champion wrestler—and current student—is being recognized by one of Major League Baseball’s division-leading teams.

Joey Davis, four-time NCAA-II National Champion and the only wrestler in Division II history to win four titles and go undefeated over his college career, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch moments Wednesday before the Cleveland Indians host the Kansas City Royals.

The Indians currently are in first place in their division with an 87-63 record and have the second highest win percentage in the American League.

A resident of South Compton, Calif., Davis has returned to Notre Dame as a fifth-year senior this semester. He is expected to graduate in May 2017 with a degree in communicatin.

He finished his college wrestling career at Notre Dame this spring, winning the national title in the 184-pound weight class and ending his career with a perfect 133-0 record.

At the end of last season, Davis was named the National Wrestler of the Year by the Wrestling Coaches Association and named “Man of the Year” by Wrestling USA Magazine.

In addition, Davis is just the third wrestler in NCAA history to go undefeated as a four-time National Champion, joining Iowa State’s Cael Sanderson (159-0) and Augsburg-Minnesota’s Marcus LeVesseur (155-0).

He made his Bellator MMA debut, defeating Keith Cutrone by unanimous decision, in August.

Indians host White Sox in last series at Progressive Field of 2016 regular season; what fans need to know, including traffic alerts

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Your last chance to watch the Tribe in regular-season action at Progressive Field comes this weekend as the Indians welcome the Chicago White Sox to town.

The Tribe enters the series 10-6 against the Sox this season, though Chicago did just take three of four from the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field last week.

Your pitching matchups and promotions:

Friday, Sept. 23 vs. Chicago @ 7:10PM

RHP Trevor Bauer vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez

Check out the action: SportsTime Ohio, WTAM, WMMS, IRN, MLB.tv

Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. Chicago @ 7:10PM
RHP Cody Anderson vs. LHP Jose Quintana

  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night
  • Thank You Tribe Town presented by KIA Motors
  • Fan Appreciation Night
  • Fan Appreciation Poster (2017 schedule)

Check out the action: SportsTime Ohio, WTAM, WMMS, IRN, MLB.tv

Sunday, Sept. 25 vs. Chicago @ 1:10PM

RHP Josh Tomlin vs. LHP Carlos Rodon

  • Kids Run the Bases post-game presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s

Check out the action: SportsTime Ohio, WTAM, WMMS, IRN, MLB.tv

Traffic alerts for weekend

The Ohio Department of Transportation is getting set to re-open the second new span as part of the Inner Belt Bridge project, which by next month will allow five lanes of traffic to flow both eastbound and westbound!

In the interim, though, Tribe fans will be greeted by slight disruptions to a popular route to Progressive Field. The details:

  • The East Ninth Street exit on I-90 Eastbound will close Friday morning at 10AM, though Sunday at 11AM.
  • I-90 Eastbound traffic will close at 8PM Friday night, through Sunday at 11AM.

Tips to get to Progressive Field on time:

  • Plan ahead and allow yourself extra time to navigate around these closures
  • Exit I-90 Eastbound at West 25 or West 44th streets, or take I-490 to I-77 North to East Ninth Street
  • Traffic from West (I-90) and South (I-71, SR 176) will be diverted to West 25th/West 44th streets, and to the alternate (I-490 to I-77 North).

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

American League Central scenarios: How final two weeks shape up for Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers

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The Cleveland Indians enter play Saturday with a 7-game lead over the Tigers with 9 games to go, and a magic number – combination of Tribe wins and Detroit losses – of three.

Here’s how the teams’ schedules shake out:

Cleveland: 2 vs. CWS, 4 @ DET, 3 @ KC

Detroit: 2 vs. KC, 4 vs. CLE, 3 @ ATL

Let’s look at scenarios for the division:

If Cleveland goes…

  • 0-9: Detroit would need to go 7-2 to force a tiebreaker on Monday, Oct. 3.
  • 1-8: Detroit would need to go 8-1 to force a tiebreaker on Monday, Oct. 3.
  • 2-7: Detroit would need to go 9-0 to force a tiebreaker on Monday, Oct. 3.

If the Indians win four games, they win the AL Central.

There is also the matter of home-field advantage throughout the AL Postseason, for which the Indians are a half-game behind the Texas Rangers. (Although, the Red Sox are only a half-game behind the Indians and one game behind the Rangers in the race for that top spot.) If the Tribe earns the AL’s best record, the club would have home-field advantage throughout the Postseason (AL won the All-Star Game, and thus the AL rep in the World Series would have home field).

Owning the top record also would mean the Tribe would play the Wild Card Game winner (currently either Toronto or Detroit) and not the AL East champ (currently Boston), though each of those teams, and Texas, certainly are great teams and will present challenges for any team playing them in the Postseason.

Here’s a look at Texas’ schedule the rest of the way: 2 @ OAK, 3 vs. MIL, 3 vs. TB. (Oakland took two of three from the Rangers last weekend.)

Everyone got all that?

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Cleveland Indians open pivotal series with Detroit Tigers with big win

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The Indians beat the Tigers, 11-4, in the teams’ pivotal series opener on Friday night in front of 29,137 at Progressive Field. With the win, the Indians increased their AL Central lead to seven and lowered their magic number (combination of Tribe wins and Tigers losses) to nine.

Mike Napoli got the scoring started with a bizarre ground-rule double in the first – on which the ball bounced over the 19-foot wall in left field. Carlos Santana added a two-run single in the second, and Napoli added a two-run homer in the fifth.

After the Tigers cut the lead to 6-4 on Justin Upton’s second homer, a three-run shot in the sixth, the Tribe pushed the lead back to 7-4 on Roberto Perez’s sacrifice fly in the bottom half. Jose Ramirez added an RBI single in the seventh, and Perez, Jason Kipnis and Ramirez drove in runs in a three-run eighth.

Corey Kluber, thought by many to be the AL Cy Young front-runner, pitched seven innings, striking out seven. He improved to 17-9, and his ERA stands at 3.12.

–Photos by  Dan Mendlik and Maureen  MacGregor