GALLERY: 2016 Cleveland Indians clinch AL pennant, will play in World Series

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The Cleveland Indians advanced to their first World Series since 1997 with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 at Rogers Centre yesterday. They will host Game 1 of the World Series in Cleveland on Tuesday October 25th.

-Photos by Dan Mendlik

Ryan Merritt’s teammates confident in him for ALCS Game 5


Tribe pitcher Ryan Merritt will make his second career start today in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. reporter Anthony Castrovince sets the scene for Game 5 and shares the Indians thoughts on Merritt’s start.

Merritt, a 16th-round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft out of McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, is not a big guy, at least not for a big league pitcher. He stands 6 feet and weighs 180 pounds. He’s much more a strike-thrower (108 walks in 684 1/3 Minor League innings) than a strikeout artist (471 Ks, or 6.2 per nine innings). He throws an assortment of pitches — primarily a fastball in the high 80s and a changeup, as well as a cutter and a curveball. He profiles for all the world like an old-school crafty lefty, the kind who won’t overpower you but sure can frustrate you.

Even though Merritt has only pitched eleven innings in the big leagues, he is unfazed by the magnitude of today’s game — he isn’t worried about the pressure or how long he’ll have to pitch. Not only is Merritt confident in himself, but his teammate’s are confident in him as well.

“It’s not that he’s naïve,” reliever Dan Otero said. “It’s just that he’s not really into baseball history or anything like that. None of what’s going on fazes him.”

“I think it would be awesome,” Otero said, perhaps stating the obvious. “Remember, he was a big part of us getting home-field advantage. He won that big game for us in Kansas City, when home field was kind of on the back burner for us. He gave us those five good innings against Kansas City and we started to think, ‘OK, maybe we can get the home field, after all.'”

“He’s our secret weapon,” backup catcher Chris Gimenez insisted. “Just because he’s unknown. If there’s one guy that’s not going to be rattled by the situation, it’s him. To him, it’s just another day.”

Maybe Merritt will be the Tribe’s secret weapon.

To the Indians, at this point, this really is just another day. Eleven career innings? Whatever. It’s an appropriately ridiculous arrangement on a team that has routinely turned the ridiculous into the sublime.

Read the full article here.


-TribeVibe contributor Hailey Ellis

GALLERY: Cleveland Indians take Game 3 in Toronto, 3-0 ALCS lead over Jays

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We took a 3-0 ALCS lead last night at Rogers Centre in Toronto after losing Trevor Bauer after just four batters due to his pinkie injury. With a combined mastery from the bullpen, two big blasts from Kipnis and Napoli and some smart base-running, the Tribe came out on top 4-2.

We look to sweep the series and punch our ticket to the Fall Classic this afternoon at 4:00PM.

-Photos by Dan Mendlik

GALLERY: Cleveland Indians take BP at Rogers Centre in Toronto ahead of ALCS Game 3

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We arrived in Toronto yesterday in preparation for tonight’s Game 3 against the Jays. The guys did workouts and took batting practice at Rogers Centre to stay loose for tonight’s meeting. Game 3 will air on TBS tonight at 8PM, with all your pre/post-game coverage on SportsTimeOhio.

We look to extend our ALCS lead to 3-0! #RallyTogether

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Toronto Blue Jays to take 2-0 ALCS lead

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Josh Tomlin, Carlos Santana, Francisco Lindor, Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen shut down the Jays in the Tribe’s 2-1 win on Saturday.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Maureen MacGregor and Ron Schwane

Indians, MLB host ‘Play Ball’ event Saturday in celebration of ALCS

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To celebrate the start of the American League Championship Series in Cleveland Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians will co-host a “PLAY BALL” event Saturday at Saint Ignatius High School. 

Tribe alums Len Barker and Joe Charboneau, along with hundreds of kids, Tribe mascot Slider and more will participate in the events, which will feature activities that highlight the variety of casual, informal ways baseball and softball can be played.

–Photos By Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of American League Championship Series

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Corey Kluber pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer and Andrew Miller and Cody Allen locked it down in the Cleveland Indians 2-0 win on Friday at Progressive Field in Game 1 of the ALCS.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

#RockRed and more festivities on tap for Game 2 of American League Championship Series at Progressive Field


The Cleveland Indians own a 1-0 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series, and play host to Game 2 on Saturday at 4PM.

The club is encouraging all fans to #RockRed Tribe gear throughout the ALCS to help maintain the Indians incredible home-field advantage against the Blue Jays. The Indians were 56-28 at Progressive Field this season (including playoffs), second-best in baseball.

Indians Hall of Famer and former manager Mike Hargrove will throw Saturday’s ceremonial first pitch.

Gates will open at 2PM, and fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 3:30PM at the latest to enjoy all pregame festivities.

Each fan will receive a red #RallyTogether towel upon entering Progressive Field.

The Indians will have a number of festivities for fans prior to Friday’s game.

Other festivities include:

  • Veteran local singer Dan Polk will sing the American and Canadian national anthems
  • The United States Air Force will present the colors
  • Budweiser will bring its ‘Bud and Burgers’ trailer to Gateway Plaza, where fans over the age of 21 can enjoy Budweiser products up until game time; Swenson’s Food Truck also will be on hand
  • A band will perform live on Gateway Plaza from 1-3:30PM
  • DJ Kyro among activities available in First Energy Heritage Plaza (center field) pregame

Young Cleveland Indians fan shot in foot receives tickets to ALCS Game 1 from anonymous fan


Saed, pictured above, gearing up for ALCS Game 1.

In the midst of playoff baseball, the Cleveland Indians are inspiring the community in more ways than one, and even Toronto Blue Jays fans are taking notice.

Earlier this month, the Indians and Tribe manager Terry Francona announced a $1 million donation to assist underserved youth of Cleveland through the newly created Larry Doby Youth Fund. All donations will be administered by the Cleveland Foundation, and work with youth-focused community organizations to provide educational assistance and resources to help curb youth violence that is all too prevalent.

On Tuesday, a few days before the start of the American League Championship Series, youth violence shook Cleveland’s West Side, resulting in a young boy getting shot in the foot during an attempted robbery. 5-year-old Saed was out with his uncle Yusef for ice cream and a haircut when a group of teens fired shots at the barbershop they were in. Luckily, Yusef was unharmed and Saed has been listed in stable condition.

In the meantime, an anonymous Blue Jays fan was so moved by the Larry Doby Youth Fund that she offered her ALCS Game 1 tickets to the Indians Community Impact team, insisting that they select a deserving, young Tribe fan to attend tonight’s game at Progressive Field.

The Indians announced today that Saed received the Blue Jays fan’s tickets and will attend tonight’s game against the Blue Jays. After being the victim of a senseless act of violence, Saed is now the recipient of a selfless act of kindness. It is gestures like this that remind us that baseball is not always just about winning or losing.


Saed and his guests, pictured above, at ALCS Game 1 — Saed was a little camera shy.


-TribeVibe contributor Hailey Ellis

Cleveland Indians set roster for American League Championship Series vs. Toronto Blue Jays


The Cleveland Indians have set the club’s 25-man active roster for the American League Championship Series, which begins Friday night at Progressive Field at 8PM.

The roster includes:


37  Allen, Cody
56  Anderson, Cody
47  Bauer, Trevor
52  Clevinger, Mike
28  Kluber, Corey
53  Manship, Jeff
54 Merritt, Ryan
34  McAllister, Zach
24  Miller, Andrew
61  Otero, Dan
27  Shaw, Bryan
43  Tomlin, Josh


10  Gomes, Yan
55  Perez, Roberto


22  Kipnis, Jason
12   Lindor, Francisco
1     Martinez, Michael
26  Napoli, Mike
11   Ramirez, Jose
41  Santana, Carlos


8    Chisenhall, Lonnie
4    Crisp, Coco
20  Davis, Rajai
6    Guyer, Brandon
30  Naquin, Tyler