PHOTO GALLERY: Eighth-inning Jose Ramirez homer gives Cleveland Indians series win over Toronto Blue Jays

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The Indians rallied again to beat Toronto, 3-2, to win the teams’ weekend (2-1) and season series (4-3). The Tribe won on a walkoff (3-2) on Friday and lost (6-5) by a run on Saturday. The club’s AL Central lead remains seven games, as the Tigers beat Boston in Detroit.

Jose Ramirez, who tied Friday’s game in the ninth with a solo shot, hit a two-run homer in the eighth on Sunday to give the Tribe the lead. Cody Allen earned his 24th save.

Ramirez has hit safely in 19 of 20 August games, and is hitting .383 with five homers and 15 RBI this month.

Down, 2-0, the Tribe rallied in the sixth, on three consecutive singles by Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor, to cut the lead to 2-1. But a double play and strikeout later and Toronto starter Marcus Stroman had escaped.

Corey Kluber struck out eight in 6.2 innings, allowing those two runs. He lowered his ERA to 3.13 and continued to be a contender in, if not the leader of, the AL Cy Young race.

–photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians win on second straight Tyler Naquin walk-off

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Tyler Naquin hit a walkoff inside-the-park home run – his second straight game-winning RBI – as the Indians beat the Jays, 3-2 in front of 30,665 fans at Progressive Field. The Indians lead the American League Central by seven games, as Detroit lost to Boston.

Naquin’s walkoff inside-the-parker was the second in club history, with the other coming in 1916 – by Braggo Roth at Dunn Field (later named League Park). Naquin’s sac fly in the ninth on Thursday night scored Abraham Almonte to beat the White Sox. The Indians have seven walk-off wins this season.

Trevor Bauer struck out a career-high 13 batters, the seventh time he’s struck out 10 or more batters in his career.

Russell Martin hit a two-run homer in the first — after which Bauer allowed only three singles and a walk — to stake the Jays to the lead.

The Tribe rallied in the sixth, as Jason Kipnis singled, moved up on a passed ball and error, and scored on Mike Napoli’s RBI single that cut the lead in half.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

Cleveland Indians conclude minority investor process, bring on John Sherman

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The Cleveland Indians have concluded the process to bring a minority investor and partner to the Dolan ownership.

John Sherman, a Kansas City, Missouri-based entrepreneur, joins the Indians as Vice Chairman and minority ownership partner.

“I am pleased to conclude the process and am thrilled to be partnering with John Sherman. John has an impressive business track record and shares the community oriented values that we believe in. I am eager to have John join our ownership group,” said PAUL DOLAN, Indians CEO and Chairman.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining the Indians organization and ownership group. It’s a strong, storied franchise with a great deal of promise this year and beyond. I look forward to working closely with Paul and helping him further the organization and team in any way that I can,” said JOHN SHERMAN, Indians Vice Chairman.

John Sherman is an entrepreneur who has started and developed two successful businesses based in Kansas City, Missouri. His first startup, LPG Services Group, grew rapidly and merged with Dynegy (NYSE:DYN) in 1996. Mr. Sherman later founded Inergy L.P., which became a public company in 2001. He led Inergy through a period of tremendous growth, merging it with Crestwood Holdings in 2013. Mr. Sherman continues to serve on the board of the merged company – Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP).

Mr. Sherman has served and supported the Kansas City community extensively in both a civic capacity and through his philanthropic efforts. He has been recognized with numerous honors for his entrepreneurial successes including as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In addition, in 2014, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the University of Missouri’s Bloch School of Business Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame with a group that included Ewing Kauffman, the original owner of the Kansas City Royals – who brought Major League Baseball back to Kansas City – and Lamar Hunt, a founder of the American Football League (AFL) and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Cleveland Indians mascot Mustard harasses SportsTime Ohio’s Andre Knott, but Andre settles the score

SportsTime Ohio reporter Andre Knott really has a tough go of it: Players throw stuff at him while he’s live on air, Mustard harasses him all the time — he just really wears it.

But boy, he got his revenge last night: He took out Mustard during the Sugardale Hot Dog Derby!

Here’s a quick recap of Andre’s year.

Players getting after him:

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Mascots getting after him:

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But, Dre got his revenge during the derby. First video:

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Then, pictures:

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–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez’s fire orange hair becomes sensation, awesome T-shirt

Jose Ramirez tweeted this two weeks ago:

We, with the help of a pal on Twitter, turned it into this:

Another Twitter follower made an awesome shirt:

And the T-shirt maker sent him an extra one. So he gave it to Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway:

And then Mickey gave it to Danny Salazar:

And THAT’S a fun story.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Cleveland Indians Executive Chef Josh Ingraham to represent Ohio in World Food Championships

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Cleveland Indians Executive Chef Josh Ingraham never stops pushing boundaries in the kitchen by constantly coming up with innovative and interesting creations. His latest — “The Un Meatball Sandwich” — a dish that he originally created for a guest at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. “The Un Meatball Sandwich” features a bacon wrapped meatball with sweet potato angel hair and cranberry demi-glace; and is now an award-winning entree!

Ingraham entered the recipe in the Taste of America Challenge, winning a slot to represent Ohio in the World Food Championships this coming November in Orange Beach, Alabama. When asked about the opportunity, Ingraham said, “I’m thrilled to go and proud to have the chance to represent our team at Progressive Field.”  At the World Food Championships, Ingraham will compete against 65 of the country’s top culinarians.

 

We can’t wait to see and taste what he comes up with next!

-TribeVibe contributor Hailey Ellis

Down on the farm: Weekly check-in on Cleveland Indians minor-league affiliates

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Highlighted by a historic hitting streak and some familiar names in new places, it was another busy week for the Tribe’s Minor League affiliates. As usual, all numbers are through Thursday’s games.

Triple-A Columbus went 5-2 last week, extending its lead in the International League West division to eight games.

Yandy Diaz and Giovanny Urshela both saw their hitting streaks come to a close last week. Diaz’s league-leading 28-game streak ended Thursday as the 24-year-old Cuban went 0-for-3 with a walk. Urshela’s career-long 21-game streak ended with an 0-for-4 performance on Monday.

Catcher Guillermo Quiroz batted .500 (9-for-18) with three doubles, two homers, five RBI and four runs scored in four games this week. Infielder Erik Gonzalez, who was optioned to Columbus on August 5, went 11-for-26 (.423) with five doubles, three homers, five RBI and eight runs scored.

First baseman Jesus Aguilar also went deep three times last week, and now leads the IL with 23 home runs on the year.

Double-A Akron went 3-3 to avoid its third straight losing week. The RubberDucks are third in the Eastern League’s Western division, seven games off the pace at 55-60.

Greg Allen continues to impress in Double-A, as the 23-year-old outfielder hit .391 (9-for-23) with two doubles, three walks, three strikeouts and six runs scored in six games last week. Allen, who was promoted to Akron on July 25, is still the Advanced-A Carolina League’s leader in runs (93), stolen bases (38) and OBP (.424).

Julian Merryweather turned in the best start of the week for Akron, as he limited the Hartford Yard Goats (COL) to two runs, just one earned, on one hit with seven strikeouts and no walks over a season-high 8.0 innings of work in the ‘Ducks 3-2 win.

Advanced-A Lynchburg had a down week, going 2-4, falling to three games back of the Potomac Nationals (WSH) in the Carolina League’s Northern division.

Shortstop Dorssys Paulino led the Hillcats offense with a .375 average (9-for-24) last week, as he doubled twice, homered once, scored four times and drove in four runs in six games.

Left-hander Luis Lugo turned in the best outing of any Lynchburg starter last week, holding the Nationals scoreless on three hits with five strikeouts over 6.0 innings in a no-decision.

Catcher Francisco Mejia played in just two games last week, but extended his hitting streak to 48 games, hitting 4-for-8 (.500) in the process.

Class-A Lake County went 3-3 last week, and sit in sixth place, 12 games back, in the Midwest League Eastern Division.

Outfielder Sam Haggerty was white-hot at the plate, going 13-for-24 (.542) with a pair of doubles, one home run, three RBI and seven runs scored in seven games.

Right-hander Triston McKenzie made his Midwest League debut on Friday, August 5, suffering the loss at Great Lakes, and did not factor in the decision in his second start for the Captains on Thursday (also at Great Lakes). The 6-foot-5 hurler is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (6ER/12.0IP) in two starts with Lake County.

Short-season Mahoning Valley also went 3-3 this week, and is 6-4 in the month of August.

Outfielder Todd Isaacs put together a great week for the Scrappers, going 7-for-15 en route to leading the New York-Penn League with a .467 average last week. The 20-year-old also collected one double and three home runs while driving in five runs and scoring six.

Brady Aiken, Cleveland’s first round pick (#17 overall) in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, made his NYPL debut on Wednesday. The 19-year-old southpaw allowed three runs on four hits, including one home run, and two walks with one strikeout over 3.0 innings of work in a no-decision against the Batavia Muckdogs.

The AZL Indians struggled to a 1-5 record this week, marking their second straight losing week.

Cleveland’s first round pick (#14 overall) in this year’s draft, outfielder Will Benson, seems to be hitting his stride. After batting just .200 (19-for-95) in his first 27 pro games, Benson went 8-for-18 (.444) with one double, two triples, one home run, two RBI and six runs scored in five games last week.

Left-hander Francisco Perez turned in two great outings last week, combining to allow just two runs on five hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts over 11.0 innings of work. This season, Perez is third in the AZL with 43 strikeouts, and ranks second with a 0.95 WHIP.

–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Los Angeles Angels; Rock N Blast rocks Progressive Field crowd

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The Indians tied a club record with eight stolen bases, Jose Ramirez and Mike Napoli extended their hit streaks the Tribe beat the Angels, 13-3 on Friday night in front of 27,014 at Progressive Field.

The Tribe has outscored Los Angeles, 27-7, in this four game series’ first two games, and leads the Tigers by five games in the American League Central (six in the loss column).

The Tribe stole eight bases, tying the club’s single-game record set in 1917. Rajai Davis and Jose Ramirez each stole three bases; Davis leads the AL with 31 and is fourth in baseball. Ramirez now has 17 steals this year, tied for seventh in the AL. Francisco Lindor (15) and Jason Kipnis (11) also stole bases.

Notes:

  • Ramirez extended his hit streak to 16 games, during which he’s hitting .453 (29-64) with 14 runs, seven steals and 10 RBI. He hit his eighth homer, a solo shot, in the seventh
  • Mike Napoli extended his hit streak to 12 games, during which he’s hitting .432 (19-44)
  • Kipnis went 4-for-5 and is batting .365 since the All-Star break
  • Brandon Guyer had three hits, including a homer, walked and drove in five – the latter being a career high; in his first 14 ABs with the Indians, he has seven hits and three walks
  • Carlos Carrasco allowed three runs in seven innings, striking out eight

First-place Indians heat things up this weekend

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The first-place Indians return to Progressive Field on Thursday, August 11 to face the Angels, Red Sox, White Sox and Blue Jays in an 11-game homestand at Progressive Field – the longest homestand of the 2016 season. This homestand includes some of the season’s hottest promo items and events including a Bob Feller bobblehead courtesy of Meritech, Indians fedora courtesy of Cleveland.com, Francisco Lindor home white jersey courtesy of Liberty Ford and two nights of Rock N’ Blast presented by FirstEnergy.

Indians #TribeSocial Night set for August 17

The Indians will hold their 2016 Social Media Night on August 17 as the team takes on the White Sox. Participants will be able to enjoy the game and receive exclusive opportunities, including a player Q&A, early entry for BP and more! Additionally, fans will receive $5 loaded value on their ticket and a new “Rotation of Domination” T-shirt before they become available in the Progressive Field Team Shop.

Tickets for #TribeSocial Night include a game ticket in section 117 and can be purchased at Indians.com/socialmedianight for $24 (plus pre-order fee). Purchase deadline is Friday, Aug. 12.

 

ANGELS SERIES/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS:

Thursday, August 11 vs. Angels @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Ceremonial First Pitch: Cleveland native and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Harrison Dillard will throw the ceremonial first pitch with his granddaughter, Izmailia Sougoufara. Dillard competed in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics in track and field.

Friday, August 12 vs. Angels @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM 

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: The Indians will have 11 Sugardale Dollar Dog Nights throughout the 2016 season. Fans can also enjoy Sugardale samplings pregame at Gateway Plaza.

Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser: Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser features $2 Budweiser cans from 5-7PM in the Right Field District.

Rock N’ Blast “One Louder” Fireworks presented by FirstEnergy: Rock N’ Blast fireworks presented by FirstEnergy celebrates live music experiences and legendary concerts in history. Rock N’ Blast celebrates its 11th anniversary with a “One Louder” theme.

Block Party:  Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

Alumni Ambassadors: Indians alumni Gary Bell and Chad Ogea will be available to sign autographs from 6:00-6:30PM in the Right Field District.

Ballpark App: Download MLB.com’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive team videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to the Indians mobile-only entrance at the Right Field Gate.

Saturday, August 13 vs. Angels @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM 

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Bob Feller Bobblehead courtesy of Meritech: 12,500 fans will receive a Bob Feller bobblehead courtesy of Meritech.

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Rock N’ Blast “One Louder” Fireworks presented by FirstEnergy: Rock N’ Blast fireworks presented by FirstEnergy celebrates live music experiences and legendary concerts in history. Rock N’ Blast celebrates its 11th anniversary with a “One Louder” theme.

Block Party:  Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

Budweiser Clydesdales: The Budweiser Clydesdales will deliver the ceremonial first pitch baseball on-field during pregame.

Alumni Ambassadors: Indians alumni Gary Bell  and Chad Ogea will be available to sign autographs from 6:00-6:30PM in the Right Field District.

CLE Clothing Co. Coupon:  Fans will receive a coupon to Cleveland Clothing Co. after the game.

Sunday, August 14 vs. Angels @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at noon (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 11AM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: KeyBank Kids Fun Day allows kids to enjoy both the action on and off the field with various opportunities including Jungle Terry and more. A Tribe player also will participate in a Q&A with kids on the Family Deck at 11:45AM; this Q&A happens each Sunday home game at Progressive Field.

Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part.

 

RED SOX SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS:

Monday, August 15 vs. Red Rox @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at noon

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

April 7 postponed game: The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox will make-up the April 7 postponed game on Monday, August 15 @ 1:10PM at Progressive Field.

 

WHITE SOX SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS:

Tuesday, August 16 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Dunkin Donuts coupon:  Fans will receive a coupon to Dunkin Donuts after the game.

Wednesday, August 17 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Kluber’s Kids: This new program, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, hosts a Cleveland Clinic Children’s patient and their family every homestand. Guests have a pregame experience that includes watching batting practice and meeting Corey Kluber.

Thursday, August 18 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Cleveland RBI Senior Softball team: The Indians will hold a pregame presentation for the Cleveland Baseball Federation RBI senior softball team to celebrate the team’s eighth straight regional championship.

CLE Clothing Co. coupon:  Fans will receive a coupon to Cleveland Clothing Co. after the game.

 

BLUE JAYS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS:

Friday, August 19 vs. Blue Jays @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: The Indians will have 11 Sugardale Dollar Dog Nights throughout the season. Fans can also enjoy Sugardale samplings pregame at Gateway Plaza.

Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser: Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser features $2 Budweiser cans from 5-7PM in the Right Field District.

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Indians Fedora courtesy of Cleveland.com: 10,000 fans will receive an Indians fedora courtesy of Cleveland.com.

Fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture: The Indians will have ‘Rat Pack’-themed postgame fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture.

Block Party:  Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

Alumni Ambassadors: Indians alumni Marquis Grissom and Jaret Wright will be available to sign autographs from 6:00-6:30PM in the Right Field District.

District Ticket: Our $13 District Ticket, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back! Fans can grab one only at Indians.com for a Standing Room Only ticket, and their first drink (12-ounce beer, bottled water or Pepsi product) is on us!

Saturday, August 20 vs. Blue Jays @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM 

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Francisco Lindor Home White Jersey courtesy of Liberty Ford: 12,500 fans will receive a Francisco Lindor home white jersey courtesy of Liberty Ford.

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Fireworks presented by Pierre’s: The Indians will have ‘Southern Rock’-themed postgame fireworks presented by Pierre’s.

Block Party:  Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

Alumni Ambassadors: Indians alumni Marquis Grissom and Jaret Wright will be available to sign autographs from 6:00-6:30PM in the Right Field District.

Sunday, August 21 vs. Blue Jays @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at noon (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 11AM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: KeyBank Kids Fun Day allows kids to enjoy both the action on and off the field with various opportunities including Jungle Terry and more. A Tribe player also will participate in a Q&A with kids on the Family Deck at 11:45AM; this Q&A happens each Sunday home game at Progressive Field.

Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part.

Olympic gold medalist Harrison Dillard to be recognized on August 11 at Progressive Field

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In the midst of the 2016 Rio Olympics, it’s only appropriate to recognize Cleveland native and four-time Olympic gold medalist Harrison Dillard.

The Indians will recognize Dillard with a pregame presentation on Thursday, August 11 vs. the Angels. Additionally, Dillard will accompany his granddaughter, Izmailia Sougoufara, on the mound as she throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

Dillard competed in track and field in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. He won gold in 1948 in the 100 meter race and 4×100 meter relay. Then in 1952, he took gold for the 110 meter hurdles and 4×100 meter relay.

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In later years, Dillard was hired by Bill Veeck to work with the Cleveland Indians as a speed coach during spring training.

Dillard is also a U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee, James E. Sullivan Award winner and has been honored with a statue at his alma mater, Baldwin Wallace University.

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