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Cleveland Indians Batting Practice: April 18

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Check out some great shots from our photographers at today’s batting practice!

- Photos by David Cleveland

Indians Game Information: April 18 vs. Toronto

On Sunday, Justin Masterson continued to build on his impressive All-Star credentials ...

 

CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-8) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (8-8)

RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 5.87) vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (1-1, 3.68)

Game #16/Home #7 » Fri., April 18, 2014 » Progressive Field » 7:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

SPLITSVILLE U.S.A.

» Cleveland fell to Detroit 7-5 on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, earning a 2-game series split after taking Wednesday night’s opener by a narrow 3-2 margin…the Indians held a 3-1 advantage over right-hander JUSTIN VERLANDER entering the bottom of the 5th before the Tigers rallied for 4 runs in the inning to erase the lead – a rally highlighted by IAN KINSLER’s (4 RBI) 3-run HR off Tribe starter DANNY SALAZAR, who had held Detroit to a single run on 3 hits to that point…the series was shortened to a pair of games after cold temperatures and periodic snow showers forced the cancellation of Tuesday’s originally scheduled opener.

WINS & LOSSES

» At 7-8 (.467), Cleveland is one game below the .500 mark to match club’s low water-mark of the season (3rd time, also 5-6 and 6-7)…Tribe’s high water-mark of 2014 is 2 games above the .500 mark on April 4 (3-1) & April 9-G1 (5-3).

» Cleveland is set to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Toronto (3 games) & Kansas City (4 games)…Tribe finished their weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip at 2-4 thru Chicago-AL (1-3) & Detroit (1-1)…club went 3-3 on first homestand of season vs. Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…Tribe began the year with a brief 3-game road trip, during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…Cleveland will end April with a West Coast trip.

» Tribe is an even 3-3 here at Progressive Field, but one game below the .500 mark (4-5) on the road…team has gone 4-2 in night games, but 3-6 during the day.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland holds 5th place in the A.L. Central standings, trailing first place Detroit (7-5) by just 1.5 games…the 1.5-game margin in the A.L. Central is easily the smallest in any of MLB’s 6 divisions…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 4 days in 3rd place, 2 days in 4th place and one day in 5th place.

» The Indians are 3-6 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013) and 4-2 outside the division.

SERIES STUFF

» With the 2-game series split in Detroit, the Indians are now 2-2-1 in 5 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-1-1 on the road).

» Cleveland improved to 4-1 in series openers in the Detroit series, winning 3 straight lid-lifters to start the year…Tribe fell to 1-4 in series finales yesterday afternoon.

TORONTO PREVIEW

» The Indians are set to host the Toronto Blue Jays for a 3-game weekend series here at Progressive Field, while the Tribe will head north to Rogers Centre for 3 more tilts in mid-May…the Indians held a 4-2 advantage over the Jays in 2013, taking 2 of 3 at each ballpark…Cleveland’s offense was held to 4 runs-or-less in 5 of the 6 meetings – including all 4 of the team’s victories – as the Tribe’s pitching staff registered a 2.95 ERA (18 ER/55.0 IP) and one team shutout vs. Toronto last season, including a 1.72 mark (9ER/47.0IP) in the 5 games in which Cleveland plated 4 runs-or-less.

» Cleveland has gone 50-33 (.602) all-time time against Toronto at Progressive Field, but just 4-6 vs. the visiting Jays since start of 2011.

JUSTIN & THE JAYS

» JUSTIN MASTERSON, tonight’s scheduled hurler for the Tribe, has gone 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA (13 ER/41.1 IP) in 6 career starts vs. Toronto, including 2-0, 1.30 mark (4 ER/27.2 IP) in 4 starts over the past 2 seasons (2 each in 2012 & 2013).

TODAY’S TOM SAWYER

» LONNIE CHISENHALL (4-4) picked up a career-high 4 hits as the Indians DH on Thursday, becoming the first player in the Majors this season to deliver a 4-hit performance from the No. 9 spot in the batting order…Lonnie also became just the 2nd Indians player over the last 4 seasons (2011-14) with a 4-hit game from the No. 9 spot, joining DREW STUBBS on May 3, 2013 vs. Minnesota (4-5, 3 2B).

» Chisenhall has now hit safely in all 7 games he has played this season, going 12-for-23 (.522) with 4 doubles and 5 runs scored…according to Elias, the only other Cleveland players over the last 80 years (since 1935) to carry a .500 batting avg. through their first 7 games of the season (min. 20 AB) were LOU BOUDREAU in 1948 (.517, 15-29), BILL GLYNN in 1954 (.522, 12-23) and SANDY ALOMAR JR. in 1997 (.581, 18-31).

GIAMBI UPDATE

» DH JASON GIAMBI (15-day DL, fractured rib) began a rehab assignment on Friday and has appeared in 3 games as the DH for Double-A Akron (0-for-8, 2 BB), most recently in Game 2 of Wednesday’s doubleheader vs. Trenton (0-for-2, BB, SO)…his next game action is TBD.

 

FLY BY NIGHT

» MICHAEL BRANTLEY carries a .397 (31-78) career avg. vs. Toronto (19 games) into this 3-game series, a stretch that includes 3 three-hit games and 2 four-hit games…Brantley has hit safely in 9 straight games against the Blue Jays, batting .531 (17-32) with 3 doubles, one HR and 5 RBI.

» Other notable career #’s vs. Toronto belong to: MICHAEL BOURN (.404, 21-52, 2 RBI), CARLOS SANTANA (.329, 27-82, 3 HR, 10 RBI) & DAVID MURPHY (.305, 50-164, 2 HR, 10 RBI).

TIME STAND STILL

» While the Indians are hitting just .229 (32-140) w/ runners in scoring position as a team – 8th in the A.L. – several players are hitting at-or-above a .300-clip w/ RISP, including DAVID MURPHY (.500, 6-12), MICHAEL BRANTLEY (.350, 7-20), RYAN RABURN (.300, 3-10).

» Cleveland is also hitting just .174 (26-149) with 2 outs, 2nd-lowest in the A.L., as Brantley (.333, 6-18) is the only player with a qualifying two-out batting avg. above the .300 mark…6 of Brantley’s team-leading 14 RBI have come with 2 outs…after finishing with the 6th-most two-out runs in the Majors last season (292 of 745, 39%), Cleveland has plated 19 of the team’s 69 overall runs with two outs (27.5%).

CLOSER TO THE HEART

» Cleveland rotation’s A.L.-high 5.18 ERA (46 ER/80.0 IP) is also 3rd-highest in MLB ahead of only Arizona (7.63) and Washington (5.21), as Tribe starters are averaging exactly 5.1 innings-per-start through 15 games.

» The Indians are 4-2 this season when getting at least 6.0 innings out of their starting pitching, while the rotation is 3-1 w/ a 1.58 ERA (7 ER/40.0 IP) and 37 strikeouts against just 5 walks in those 6 games…COREY KLUBER & ZACH McALLISTER account for 4 of those 6 outings (combined 3-0, 2.00 ERA, 2 BB, 25 SO in those 4 starts – 2 each).

SUBDIVISIONS

» The Indians bullpen has been largely effective through the first few weeks of the season, posting a 3.04 ERA (17 ER/50.1 IP) and a .215 (40-186) avg. against, both figures 5th-lowest in the A.L.

» Tribe relievers have stranded all but one of 21 inherited runners thus far (95%), the best such percentage in the Majors this season.

ARROWHEADS

» Cleveland (7-8 in 2014) was 5 games below .500 thru 15 games in 2013 at 5-10.

» The Indians have played 15 games without going to extra innings this season, one of 6 teams yet to participate in bonus baseball…the Angels and Athletics lead Majors w/ 4 extra-inning games each…Toronto has played one extra-inning contest (12-inn. 2-1 loss on April 12 at Baltimore).

» Cleveland’s staff has averaged 9.53 SO/9.0 IP (138SO/130.1 IP), 2nd-most in the Majors behind only Washington (10.22 SO/9.0 IP)…the Indians’ 138 strikeouts overall are 4th-most in the A.L. and rank 6th in the Majors.

» Cleveland is 5-3 this season in games decided by one-or-two runs…club’s 2-1 loss on April 9 vs. San Diego (G2) snapped a streak of 11 consecutive wins for the Indians in games decided by one-or-two runs dating back to 2013; had been longest such streak for Cleveland since an 11-gamer in June/July of 1974 (ELIAS)..

LOCAL GIRL WINS JACKIE ROBINSON ESSAY CONTEST

» Richmond Heights 7th-grader JORDAN EDITH will be honored before tonight’s game for her award-winning essay in MLB’s “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” educational program…Jordan’s essay on bullying won 2nd place among submissions for grades 6-8…in conjunction w/ Sharon Robinson, the daughter of

MLB pioneer Jackie Robinson, the program has reached more than 22 million students in the U.S. since its inception in 1997…tonight the Indians will also celebrate Jackie Robinson, w/ a 2-min. video tribute & a presentation to the team’s Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner as part of the Commissioner’s Office Diverse Business Partner program, which began in 1998.

THIS DAY IN MUSIC

» 1970: Steel Mill (feat. Bruce Springsteen) played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey; tickets cost $2.00…1985: Wham! became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China…2013: Storm Thorgerson, best known for his work designing album cover art for artists such as

Pink Floyd (“Dark Side of the Moon”), Led Zeppelin (“Houses of the Holy”) and T. Rex (“Electric Warrior”), passed away at the age of 69 in England.

» Tomorrow, Saturday April 19, is “2014 Record Store Day”…participating Cleveland locations include Blue Arrow Records, The Exchange, My Mind’s Eye, Music Saves and LOOP.

Richmond Heights 7th-grader wins MLB award, recognized at Progressive Field

Jordan Edith, front, is flanked by her brothers Shannon and Tyler, dad Aaron, and brother Taylor on Friday night.

Jordan Edith, front, is flanked by her brothers Shannon and Tyler, dad Aaron, and brother Taylor on Friday night.

Richmond Heights seventh-grader Jordan Edith got an unusual call at school last week.

She didn’t know quite who it was at first, but she quickly put it together: It was Sharon Robinson, the daughter of MLB pioneer Jackie Robinson, whose life was celebrated this week throughout baseball for breaking the sport’s color barrier.

Ms. Robinson was calling Jordan to tell her she’d won an award in the league’s “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” educational program.

Jordan submitted a heartfelt essay to Major League Baseball detailing obstacles she’s overcome in her life, and she won second place among entrants in Grades 6-8. She and her family were guests of the Indians on Friday night before the Tribe’s game vs. the Blue Jays. She watched batting practice on the field with her parents and siblings, and will be recognized on the scoreboard before the game as well.

“I was confused about the call at first, but once I realized what it was about I was very happy,” said Jordan, who is in the gifted program at Richmond Heights Secondary.

The “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” essay contest was created in 1997 as MLB’s cornerstone educational program. In conjunction with Ms. Robinson, the program has reached more than 22 million students in the United States.

The contest asks students in grades 4-9 to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are still facing in their lives, and how they overcame those obstacles using the values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson: commitment, citizenship, courage, determination, excellence, justice, persistence, teamwork and integrity.

Also on Friday, the Indians celebrated Jackie Robinson, with a 2-minute video tribute and a presentation to the team’s Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner as part of the Commissioner’s Office Diverse Business Partner program, which began in 1998. All players on all teams wore No. 42 this week to commemorate Robinson’s breaking the color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Indians and Tigers, postponed on Tuesday, wore No. 42 on Wednesday.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Indians unveil new ‘Brohio’ design: T-shirts available with ticket in Brohio section

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Brohio tickets available in Section 117 at all Friday and Saturday home games

Tickets, more details available at Indians.com/Brohio

Brohio is back at Progressive Field for the 2014 season, and it’s back with a new look.

The excitable Section 117 — the Nick Swisher-spawned section of Progressive Field that also went viral on social media throughout the summer of 2013 – will again be home to Brohio for all Friday and Saturday games during the 2014 season.

Each fan who purchases a ticket in Brohio will receive the new shirt design, red with “Brohio” and “The Broriginal” along with aviator shades. Fans are reminded to Buy Early and Save, as prices will rise for high-demand weekend games during the summer months. Brohio tickets can be purchased at Indians.com/Brohio.

In addition to a new look, Brohio has a new man in charge, as well: Lakewood resident and Twinsburg native Adam Gockowski won the Brohio Governor election during January’s Tribe Fest at Progressive Field; he campaigned in front of Swisher and Indians radio man Jim Rosenhaus and beat out three other candidates for the position.

Brohio will be featured on two other occasions at the ballpark in 2014:

  • Brohio Bobblehead featuring Nick Swisher, courtesy of Sugardale — Saturday, May 31 vs. Colorado, 3:05PM (12,500 fans)
  • Aviator Sunglasses, courtesy of SportsTime Ohio — Wednesday, August 13 vs. Arizona, 7:05PM (10,000 fans)

 

Indians Game Information: April 17 vs. Detroit

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-7) at DETROIT TIGERS (6-5)

RHP Danny Salazar (0-1, 6.75) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (1-1, 2.57)

Game #15/Road #9 » Thurs., April 17, 2014 » Comerica Park » 1:08 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/IRN

OPENING ACT IN MOTOWN

» After inclement weather postponed Tuesday’s tilt, Cleveland hung on for a narrow 3-2 victory over Detroit in Wednesday night’s default series opener…closer JOHN AXFORD notched his 5th save, surviving a one-out 2B/E-8 by ALEX AVILA in the 9th that put the tying run on third base…Tribe’s offense came early by way of a run-scoring double play in the first and a 2-run triple from YAN GOMES in the 2nd to back the efforts of ZACH McALLISTER (6.0

IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 2 BB, 4 SO).

» Bottom 4 spots in Indians order combined to go 5-for-14, while top 5 spots were a combined 0-for-17.

RARE WIN

» Wednesday’s affair marked the first time Cleveland beat Detroit with fewer than 4 runs on fewer than 6 hits since a 2-0 shutout back on Sept. 5, 2005 here at Comerica Park, as prior to last night the Indians had lost 30 consecutive games to the Tigers in which they were held to less than 4 runs and less than 6 hits.

» Ignoring base hits, Cleveland had lost 11 consecutive games to Detroit when being held to fewer than 4 runs.

WINS & LOSSES

» Cleveland is 2-3 on this weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip through Chicago-AL (1-3) & Detroit (1-0)…club is coming off a 6-day, 6-game homestand that saw the Tribe go 3-3 vs. Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.

» Tribe is an even 4-4 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 4-2 in night games, but 3-5 during the day.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland holds 3rd place in the A.L. Central standings, trailing Chicago (8-7) & Detroit (6-5) – both tied for first – by just one half-game…Tribe also has just a half-game lead on Kansas City & Minnesota, who are T4th (6-7), as the entire division is separated by just 1.0 game – easily the smallest margin in any of baseball’s 6 divisions…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 4 days in 3rd place & 2 days in 4th place.

» The Indians are 3-5 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013) and 4-2 outside the division.

SERIES STUFF

» After dropping 3 of 4 to the White Sox in Chicago over the weekend, the Indians are now 2-2-0 in 4 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road).

» Cleveland improved to 4-1 in series openers with last night’s win (went 0-6 in series openers vs. Detroit last year), as the club enters today’s finale with a chance to earn first series win over the Tigers since first meeting of 2013 (took 2 of 3 at Comerica Park, May 10-12)…Tribe was 30-23 in series finales last season.

ONE-RUN WARRIORS

» While last night signaled the Indians’ first one-run victory of the season (1-2), it continued a trend for Cleveland in recent seasons, as the Tribe owns baseball’s best record in one-run games over the past 3 seasons (2012-14) at 55-31 (.640).

» Cleveland finished with MLB’s 2nd-highest win pct. in one-run games in each of the previous two seasons, going 24-12 in 2012 (trailing BAL at 29-9) and 30-17 in 2013 (trailing NYY at 30-16).

» Cleveland is 5-2 this season in games decided by one-ortwo runs…club’s 2-1 loss on April 9 vs. San Diego (G2) snapped astreak of 11 consecutive wins for the Indians in games decided byone-or-two runs dating back to 2013; had been longest such streakfor Cleveland since an 11-gamer in June/July of 1974 (ELIAS).

GIAMBI UPDATE

» DH JASON GIAMBI (15-day DL, fractured rib) began a rehab assignment on Friday and has appeared in 3 games as the DH for Double-A Akron (0-for-8, 2 BB), most recently in Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader vs. Trenton (0-for-2, BB, SO).

HOMESTAND PREVIEW

» The Indians are headed back to Cleveland after today’s game where they will host Toronto (3) & Kansas City (4) on a 7-day, 7-game homestand…Tribe went 4-2 vs. the Blue Jays and 10-9 vs. the Royals last season.

 

DYNAMIC DUO indians at a glance

» After forgettable season debuts for both right-handers, COREY KLUBER & ZACH McALLISTER have each posted solid numbersin their 2nd and 3rd turns through the Indians starting rotation… over their last 4 combined starts (2 each), Kluber & McAllister have combined to go 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA (6 R-ER/27.0 IP) and 25 strikeouts against just 2 walks.

» The Indians are 4-2 this season when getting at least 6.0 innings out of their starting pitching, while the rotation is 3-1 w/ a 1.58 ERA (7 ER/40.0 IP) and 37 strikeouts against just 5 walks in those 6 games…the 4 aforementioned performances by Kluber & McAllister account for 4 of those 6 outings.

» Rotation’s 4.90 ERA (41 ER/75.1 IP) is still 2nd-highest in A.L. ahead of only Minnesota (5.52 ERA), as Tribe starters are averaging just over 5.1 innings-per-start overall through 14 games.

YOU STRIKE MY MAIN NERVE

» Cleveland’s staff has averaged 9.86 SO/9.0 IP (134SO/122.1 IP) through 14 games this season, 2nd-most in the Majors behind only Washington (10.44 SO/9.0 IP)…the Indians’ 134 strikeouts overall are 2nd-most in the A.L. behind Los Angeles (144) and rank 5th in the Majors (Nationals lead with 155).

» With 14 strikeouts in 9.1 innings, DANNY SALAZAR has averaged 13.50 SO/9.0 IP over 2 starts this season (not enough IP to qualify to league leader status)…Salazar has avg’d 11.59 SO/9.0IP in his 12 career starts overall (79 SO/61.1 IP).

LOVE HAVING YOU AROUND

» Cleveland has won consecutive games vs. Detroit (dating back to last season) for the first time since May 11 & 12 of last season…Tribe dropped 14 of 15 decisions to the Tigers in between.

» Cleveland went 4-15 against Detroit in 2013, going 3-6 here at Comerica Park and 1-9 at Progressive Field…the 15 losses were club’s most vs. Detroit since 1960 (7-15) and T3rd-most in franchise history behind 1946 (5-17) & 1934 (6-16)…the Indians held a lead at some point in 9 of the 15 defeats and had two separate 7-game losing streaks (7 games decided by two runs-or-less).

» The Indians won the first 3-game series (2-1) at Comerica Park last season, but lost 5 of the final 6 meetings in Detroit…club’s last winning season here in Motown came back in 2008 (5-4), as the Tribe is 12-34 at this ballpark since then (2009-present).

SIR DUKE

» Cleveland is just one game under .500 (17-18) in 35 games started by 2011 Cy Young winner JUSTIN VERLANDER all-time…Tribe was 11-4 in Verlander starts from 2005-08 before going just 2-10 against the right-hander from 2009-11…Indians & Tigers are an even 4-4 in Verlander starts since the start of 2012.

» The Indians have gone 6-2 vs. right-handed starters this season, but just 1-5 vs. lefties.

ARROWHEADS

» Cleveland sits at the .500 mark (7-7) thru 14 games; the club was 4 games below .500 thru 14 games in 2013 at 5-9.

» The Indians have played 14 games without going to extra innings this season, one of 6 teams yet to participate in bonus baseball…the Angels and Athletics lead Majors w/ 4 extra-inning games each.

» Tribe relievers have stranded all but one of 18 inherited runners thus far (94%)…only bullpen w/ better % of IR stranded is Toronto (17-for-17), the team’s next opponent.

» YAN GOMES became the 3rd player this season to triple as a catcher last night, joining the Orioles’ STEVE CLEVENGER and the Mariners’ MIKE ZUNINO…according to Elias, Gomes (2) was one of only 4 players in 2013 with multiple triples as a catcher, along with backstops JONATHAN LUCROY (6), SALVADOR PEREZ (3) and JOSE LOBATON (2).

» At Triple-A Columbus Wednesday night, TREVOR BAUER fanned 9 batters over 6.0 scoreless innings to earn a 3-1 win at Toledo last night…thru 2 starts, Bauer has a 0.75 ERA (1 ER/12.0 IP) and 18 strikeouts against just 7 hits and 3 walks.

THIS DAY IN MUSIC

» 1960: American Rock n’ Roll pioneeer Eddie Cochran (“Summertime Blues”) passed away at the age of 21 following a taxi cab accident while touring in the UK…1970: While performing at the White House at the invitation of President Richard Nixon, Johnny Cash was asked to perform “Okie From Muskogee”…Cash declined because it was not his song, but Merle Haggard’s, and instead sang “A Boy Named Sue”…1991: Nirvana performed their

signature song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” live for the first time at the

OK Hotel in Seattle, WA.

» BORN ON THIS DAY: (1934) Don Kirshner, “The Man With the Golden Ear” who is credited with discovering such acts as Neil Diamond, Carole King and Kansas; (1948) Jan Hammer, Czech composer, pianist and keyboardist (wrote “Miami Vice“ theme); (1970) Redman.

Indians Game Information: April 16 vs. Detroit

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (6-7) at DETROIT TIGERS (6-4)

RHP Zach McAllister (1-0, 2.31) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 3.00)

Game #14/Road #8 » Wed., April 16, 2014 » Comerica Park » 7:08 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WMMS/IRN

IT’S SO COLD IN THE D

» The Indians and Tigers had their series opener postponed by inclement weather on Tuesday night, as low temperatures and periodic snow showers continued the Midwest’s storied history of stimulating tourism in April…Cleveland held a light team workout at Comerica Park following the announcement.

» For Cleveland, it marked the third straight week for a game to be postponed due to weather, as rain wiped out scheduled tilts on April 1 at Oakland and April 7 in Cleveland (vs. San Diego) resulting in doubleheaders against the Athletics and Padres…no makeup date has been announced, but another twin bill is expected.

WINS & LOSSES

» With a shot at salvaging a 4-game series split, the Indians dropped Sunday’s finale in a 4-3 walk-off loss to the White Sox in Chicago…the Tribe rallied for 2 runs in the top of the 9th to erase a 2-1 deficit only to see ALEXEI RAMIREZ answer with a game-ending 2-run HR off closer JOHN AXFORD in the bottom half of the frame.

» BEAUTIFUL LOSER: The 2-run shot by Ramirez on Sunday marked the first blown save for Cleveland this year and just the 2nd walk-off HR allowed by Axford in his career, the other hit by the Reds’ Ramon Hernandez on March 31, 2011 at Cincinnati on Opening Day (1-0 loss).

» After 10 consecutive game dates with a pair of doubleheaders mixed in, Monday in Detroit marked Cleveland’s first scheduled off day since April 3 in Cleveland, although the team charter did not return from Oakland until shortly after 8AM that morning.

» Cleveland is 1-3 on this weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip through Chicago-AL (1-3) and Detroit (now 2 games)…club is coming off a 6-day, 6-game homestand that saw the Tribe go 3-3 against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.

» Tribe is 3-4 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 3-2 in night games, but 3-5 during the day.

REET PETITE

» With Sunday’s loss, the Indians fell to 0-2 in one-run decisions this season…Cleveland finished with MLB’s 2nd-highest winning pct. in one-run games in each of the previous two seasons, going 24-12 in 2012 (trailing BAL at 29-9) and 30-17 in 2013 (trailing NYY at 30-16).

» Cleveland is 4-2 this season in games decided by one-or-two runs…club’s 2-1 loss on April 9 vs. San Diego (G2) snapped a streak of 11 consecutive wins for the Indians in games decided by one-or-two runs dating back to 2013; had been longest such streak for Cleveland since an 11-gamer in June/July of 1974 (ELIAS).

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland is tied for 3rd place in the A.L. Central standings with Minnesota, but trails Chicago & Detroit – both tied for first – by just 1.5 games, as the entire division is separated by only 2.0 games (Kansas City in 5th at 5-7)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 3 days in 3rd place & 2 days in 4th

» The Indians are 2-5 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013), but 4-2 outside the division.

SERIES STUFF

» After dropping 3 of 4 to the White Sox in Chicago over the weekend, the Indians are now 2-2-0 in 4 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road)…Cleveland is 3-1 in series openers, as the club won its first 3 lid-lifters of the season before falling to the Sox on Thursday…Tribe went 0-6 in series openers vs. Detroit last season.

KICK OUT THE JAMS

» Cleveland went 4-15 against Detroit in 2013, going 3-6 here at Comerica Park and 1-9 at Progressive Field…the 15 losses were club’s most vs. Detroit since 1960 (7-15) and T3rd-most in franchise history behind 1946 (5-17) & 1934 (6-16)…the Indians held a lead at some point in 9 of the 15 defeats and had two separate 7-game losing streaks (7 games decided by two runs-or-less).

» In those 19 games, Cleveland’s offense hit just .223 with 16 HR, a .647 OPS (.286OBP/.361SLG) and 3.7 RPG…pitching staff had a 5.89 ERA and .301 avg. against with 22 HR.

» The Indians won the first 3-game series (2-1) at Comerica Park, but lost 5 of the last 6 games in Detroit…club’s last winning season here in Motown came back in 2008 (5-4), as the Tribe is 11-34 at this ballpark since then (2009-present).

GIAMBI UPDATE

» DH JASON GIAMBI (15-day DL, fractured rib) began a rehab assignment over the weekend and appeared in a pair of games at DH for Double-A Akron on Friday & Sunday (0-6, BB)…he was slated to start again today for the RubberDucks vs. Trenton.

Brad Hamilton’s big day tops storylines from 2014 CIC Hardball Classic

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By Alex Gimenez

Cleveland Indians/TribeVibe

It’s been quite a year thus far for the Hamilton family.

Indians play-by-play man Tom Hamilton was honored with his sixth Ohio Sportscaster of the Year Award by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. His oldest son, Nick, has continued to develop in the Indians farm system and received a start with the big league club in Spring Training with his proud father watching from the press box.

Most recently, Hamilton’s youngest son, Brad, a senior and starting catcher at Avon Lake, made a splash at Progressive Field through the Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball Classic, presented by Novacare Rehabilitation.

As part of a family with strong ties to Northeast Ohio, Brad grew up living in the shadows of Progressive Field, coming out to the ballpark in the summers once school had closed out for the year. The allure of Major League Baseball hooked the youngest Hamilton and helped to drive him towards a future in the game. The opportunity to play at Progressive Field thus carried with it some extra emotions.

“This is just an awesome experience, getting to play where we all grew up watching the Tribe and wishing we could play on that field. It’s a really neat opportunity,” he said of the experience.

Brad is unquestionably a leader on the Shoremen varsity baseball team. As a senior, team captain and catcher, he is charged with managing not only his pitching staff but the entire Avon Lake roster, and it is clear that his teammates look up to his leadership both on and off the field. On the field, he has done quite well for himself, following in his brother’s footsteps by earning an offer to play for Kent State as a member of the Golden Flashes baseball team.

With high school baseball season just under way in Northeast Ohio after one of the harshest winters in recent memory, Brad and his Avon Lake teammates were faced with an early test, taking on a powerhouse St. Ignatius. The Shoremen had lost this same matchup at the big-league ballpark last season, and in what would amount to his final high school game here, Brad wanted nothing more than a victory for his team.

Standing underneath the ballpark in the Indians batting cages, Brad was living the life of a big leaguer. He was hitting in the same batting cages that many of the players he’d looked up to over the years had used during their stay with the Tribe. Moments later, he walked out towards the home bullpen to warm up his starting pitcher, Avon Lake ace Logan DeLong, following the same path that Tribe great Sandy Alomar Jr. might have taken to warm up Charles Nagy before an early April Indians game in the 1990s.

“Bradley was so excited about getting to warm up his pitcher in the bullpen and hitting under the ballpark in the batting cages, all things that when you are around the game you take for granted,” Tom Hamilton said. “Every kid dreams of being able to play in the big leagues and they got to experience what that would be like for a day.”

 

Brad Hamilton was behind the plate for the first pitch, and it would not take much longer for him to take center stage in the ballgame, where he struck early and often. In the bottom of the first, Avon Lake loaded the bases with nobody out, bringing Hamilton to the plate. Standing confidently in the box, he lined a two-run single into left-center field to put the Shoremen on the board. The rally would continue as Avon pushed across a total of five runs in the first inning.

Not wasting any time, Hamilton came to the plate in the second inning, again with the bases loaded. On the first pitch, he drove a ball into the gap in left-center field, driving home two more runs to give his team a 7-0 lead. The hit wound up being the game-winner as Avon Lake held on for a 7-5 victory, and Hamilton would finish 2-3 with 4 RBIs.

“It was an unbelievable experience and to get the win is just a bonus,” he said. “I was really happy with everyone’s approach, the guys really battled before me and I was just lucky to be in that situation [to drive in the winning runs].”

The Hamilton family is enjoying a strong year in baseball this year, but understand very well that this game can be unrelenting, with every hitting streak there comes a slump and with success there comes failure.

“We’ve been very blessed and we know how fortunate we are. Baseball is a game with many ups and downs and my kids know that, and we cherish that the boys have had these great experiences thus far this year,” said Tom Hamilton.

Since 1989, CIC has donated nearly $10 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio, including a $1 million donation in April 2012 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s “Save the Kids” campaign. Additionally, Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school baseball and softball programs are made possible due to the multi-million-dollar commitment from CIC.

Hardball Classic game recaps

Avon Lake 7, St. Ignatius 5

Avon Lake struck first in the bottom of the first inning with five runs off of Ignatius starter Bennett Kinzel. After loading the bases with nobody out, Hamilton delivered a two-run single to get the scoring started. In the second, Hamilton again delivered for Avon Lake with the bases loaded, driving in two more runs to give the Shoremen a 7-0 lead. Hamilton would finish the day at 2-3 with 4 RBI.

“I don’t know if you can find a hotter hitter in baseball in Northeast Ohio,” Avon Lake head coach Jay Fowler said of Hamilton . “He’s a fabulous talent and a hard worker, and we’re just really happy for him.”

For the Shoremen, starter and ace Logan DeLong worked a scoreless first inning before being lifted from the game to preserve his arm after throwing earlier in the week. He was relieved by Logan Montague, who worked four strong innings, surrendering just one run on six hits.

Trailing by six in the sixth, Ignatius would rally for four runs off of Shoremen reliever Logan Cherni to make it a two-run game. Nick Longo led off the inning with a walk, then swiped second base and scored on a throwing error to ignite the Ignatius offense. Jake Kucia then singled home a run followed by a Sam Fuller two-run double to cap off the scoring for the Wildcats.

Leading by two, Avon Lake put the game into the hands of sophomore reliever James O’Connor, who was making his second appearance for the Varsity team. O’Connor delivered in a big spot, shutting down the Ignatius sixth-inning rally and returning in the seventh to close out the game retiring all four batters he faced.

University School 4, Gilmour Academy 0

In Friday’s Hardball Classic nightcap, Gilmour Academy and University School faced off under the lights of Progressive Field. With school out for the weekend, students from both schools were out in full force to support their teams, lining the home and visiting dugouts creating a playoff-like atmosphere for the players.

Pitching dominated the first two innings, as starters Brandon Jaces and Chandler Waszak traded zeroes for Gilmour and University respectively. Waszak had the strikeout pitch working, retiring five of his first six outs via the strikeout; Jaces pitched to contact.

In the top of the third, the Preppers struck first, scoring two runs on a well-hit ball to deep left-center field off the bat of Waszak. Andrew Domonkos followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. In the fifth, Domonkos helped University tack on an insurance run with an RBI double to make it 4-0.

Waszak was a force to be reckoned with on the mound throughout, holding the Lancers to just five hits. In the bottom of the sixth, Waszak faced his biggest test of the game, allowing runners to reach second and third with nobody out. He retired the next three batters without surrendering a run on two groundouts and a strikeout, his 12th of the game. He finished with 13 punchouts.

“This is probably one of the first and only times I’ll be playing in a Major League stadium and to be able to come out here and play as well as we did was awesome,” Waszak said of his team’s performance.

For University Head Coach Ben Boka, the opportunity for his players to play at Progressive Field was special.

“This certainly is a tremendous place to play and these boys really appreciate the opportunity to come out here and play and it really makes them come out and play the best that they can,” said Boka.

Elyria Catholic 12, Highland 2

The Panthers scored nine runs in the third inning on their way to the victory over the Hornets. EC won for the second year in a row in the Hardball Classic; the Panthers beat Berea, 10-0, in last year’s event. Noah Bland had two triples and three RBI.

 

April 7 rainout exchange how-to for Season Ticket Holders

Indians Season Ticket Holders: If you have not had the opportunity to exchange your April 7th rainout tickets you may do so online through your My Indians Account.

Follow the steps below and we will process the exchange for you:

  1. Log into your My Indians Account
  2. On the bottom left-hand side of the page under “Right of First Refusal,” click “View All Offers.”
  3. A list of the available exchange games will appear. Click on the game you would like to exchange for.
  4. Select “Request New Seats.”
  5. Select the location box.
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  7. Hit Continue.
  8. Review Your Order.
  9. Submit request.

Orders will be filled and the new seats will appear in your My Indians Account within two business days. Exchanges will match the seating quantity and seating category of the tickets exchanged based on availability. If that seating category is not available the next best area will be issued. You may only exchange your April 7 tickets once, and exchanges must be submitted by May 31.

Indians Game Information: April 13 vs. White Sox

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (6-6) at CHICAGO WHITE SOX (6-6)

RHP Corey Kluber (1-1, 7.71) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.77)

Game #13/Road #7 » Sun., April 13, 2014 » U.S. Cellular Field » 2:10 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM//WMMS/IRN

WINS & LOSSES

» The Indians recorded a 12-6 victory on Saturday, their 3rd comeback win of the season after taking an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first only to give it all back and then some in the bottom half…Scored twice in the 7th to snap a 6-6 tie (Raburn 2R single) and 4 times in the 9th (David Murphy 3-run triple).

» The Indians are 1-2 to begin this 8-day, 7-game road trip through Chicago-AL (1-2, 1 to play) & Detroit (3 games)…last Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next scheduled off day on April 14 (Monday) in the Motor City.

» Cleveland is coming off a 6-day, 6-game homestand that saw the Tribe go 3-3 against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.

» Tribe is 3-3 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 3-2 in night games, but 3-4 during the day.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland is in tied for 2nd place in the A.L. Central standings with the White Sox…the Indians are just 1.5 games out of division-leading Detroit, who won last night in San Diego…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, two days in 3rd place.

SERIES STUFF

» The DH split with the Padres earned Cleveland a 2-1 series win over San Diego, as the Indians are 2-1-0 in 3 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road)…the Indians dropped their first series opener of the season Thursday night to the Sox (now 3-1)…Tribe had earned 4 consecutive series wins against Chicago-AL dating back to last season (that will be snapped with the best they can do of splitting)

ONE BY ONE

» The Indians are off to a better start (6-6) than the 92-70 edition of 2013, having started 5-7 in 2013 on their way to a 92-70 regular season record…in fact, the Indians started the 2013 season 5-10 and produced a losing month of April (11-13)…last year thru 12 games the Indians were hitting .233 (95/408) with 48 runs scored (4.0 per game) and had a team ERA of 4.71 (107.0IP, 62R/56ER)…the 2014 edition is sporting an additional runs scored total (58, .248, 99/400) and lower ERA at 4.46 (105.0IP, 59R/52ER).

VIA CHICAGO

» The Indians & White Sox are locking horns in their only 4-game series of the season, as the remaining 5 meetings are all 3-game sets…Tribe’s 7-3 loss on Thursday night snapped a 14-game winning streak against Chicago-AL, which had been the longest active streak by any team against a single opponent and longest for Cleveland since reeling off 14 straight victories against the Kansas City Athletics in 1960 (T3rd-longest in Cleveland history)…

» Thursday’s loss also snapped an 8-game win streak for the Tribe at U.S. Cellular Field - longest ever for Cleveland at this venue…the Indians are 10-3 in Chicago since the start of 2013.

» In finishing the 2013 season with a 17-2 record against the Sox,

Cleveland matched a Division Era (since ‘69) MLB record for most wins against a single opponent, most since Oakland beat Seattle 17 times in ‘06…Tribe went 9-1 in Chicago, finishing the year on an 8-game winning streak at U.S. Cellular Field, but are 1-2 this year.

» The Sox are 2-1 against the Indians in 2014 and have already matched their 2013 win total (2) vs. Cleveland.

LOVES THE DEEP DISH

» OF RYAN RABURN has had quite the career against the White Sox, owning a career average of .301 (92-306) with 18 2B, 17HR & 72RBI in 97 games…Career in US Cellular he is a .316 (59-187) hitter with 10HR & 46RBI in 58 games.

» According to ELIAS the 72 of Raburn’s 275 career RBI against Chicago (26%), the 2nd-highest %% by any player against any franchise (minimum 200 career RBIs). Future AL Pres Bobby Brown recorded 65 of his 237 career RBIs (27%), all for NYY, against the STL Browns (1947-53) and Baltimore (1954)…Raburn has not driven in more than 23 runs against any other team (KC 23).

» Raburn has hit in 5 straight games (.350, 7-for-20 w/a 2B, 4RBI)

#MURPH

» OF DAVID MURPHY leads the team with 10RBI, having made all nine of his starts batting 7th or higher (3-3-3 in 7-8-9 hole).

» He now owns the club’s only two 4RBI games on the year (April 8/April 12) and over his last last 6 games is 8-for-19 (.421) w/5RS, 3 2B, 3B, 2HR, 9RBI…Is 6-for-15 (.400) with runners on base…T4th in the AL in RBI (team-high 10), T9th in AL in total bases (21).

Indians Game Information: April 12 vs. White Sox

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-6) at CHICAGO WHITE SOX (6-5)

RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.22) vs. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.52)

Game #12/Road #6 » Sat., April 12, 2014 » U.S. Cellular Field » 2:10 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM//WMMS/IRN

WINS & LOSSES

» After clawing back to erase a 3-0 deficit, the Indians fell for the third straight time last night at Chicago, losing 9-6, allowing runs to the Sox in each of the last six innings.

» According to ELIAS: The White Sox scored in every inning from the third through the eighth. It was the 2,084th game between Chicago and Cleveland, but it was the first in which the White Sox scored in six consecutive innings.

» The Indians are 0-2 to begin this 8-day, 7-game road trip through Chicago-AL (0-2, 2 to play) & Detroit (3 games)…last Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next scheduled off day on April 14 (Monday) in the Motor City.

» Cleveland is coming off a 6-day, 6-game homestand that saw the Tribe go 3-3 against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)… club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.

» Tribe is 2-3 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 3-2 in night games, but 2-4 during the day.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland is in 3rd place in the A.L. Central standings, just mere pct. points ahead of Kansas City (4-5)…the Indians are just 1.5 games out of division-leading Detroit, who were held to just 1-hit last night in San Diego…Chicago is in 2nd place @6-5…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 8 days in 2nd place, two days in 3rd place.

SERIES STUFF

» The DH split with the Padres earned Cleveland a 2-1 series win over San Diego, as the Indians are 2-1-0 in 3 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road)…the Indians dropped their first series opener of the season Thursday night to the Sox (now 3-1)…Tribe had earned 4 consecutive series wins against Chicago-AL dating back to last season (that will be snapped)

ASHES OF AMERICAN FLAGS

» The Indians also started 5-6 in 2013 on their way to a 92-70 regular season record…in fact, the Indians started the 2013 season 5-10 and produced a losing month of April (11-13)…last year thru 11 games the Indians were hitting .236 (89/377) with 46 runs scored (4.2 per game) and had a team ERA of 4.50 (98.0IP, 89H, 55R/49ER)…the 2014 edition is sporting the same runs scored total (46, .241, 87/361) and lower ERA (96.0IP, 98H, 53R/47ER).

VIA CHICAGO

» The Indians & White Sox are locking horns in their only 4-game series of the season, as the remaining 5 meetings are all 3-game sets…Tribe’s 7-3 loss on Thursday night snapped a 14-game winning streak against Chicago-AL, which had been the longest active streak by any team against a single opponent and longest for Cleveland since reeling off 14 straight victories against the Kansas City Athletics in 1960 (T3rd-longest in Cleveland history)…

» Thursday’s loss also snapped an 8-game win streak for the Tribe at U.S. Cellular Field - longest ever for Cleveland at this park…the Indians are 9-3 in Chicago since the start of last season.

» In finishing the 2013 season with a 17-2 record against the Sox, Cleveland matched a Division Era (since ‘69) MLB record for most wins against a single opponent, most since Oakland beat Seattle 17 times in ‘06…Tribe went 9-1 in Chicago, finishing the year on an 8-game winning streak at U.S. Cellular Field, but are 0-2 this year.

» The Sox are 2-0 against the Indians in 2014 and have already matched their 2013 win total (2) vs. Cleveland…the last time the Indians dropped 2 straight vs. Chicago was May 27/Sept 24, 2012 .

PASSENGER SIDE

» Thursday night began a stretch during which 11 of the Tribe’s 14 games are set to be played against A.L. Central foes…club is off to a 1-4 start within the division.

» The Indians went 44-32 (.579) against A.L. Central opponents in 2013, a 13-win improvement over their divisional record in 2012 (.431, 31-41).

» The Indians travel to Detroit next, where they were 4-15 against the Tigers last year and 3-6 in Comerica Park.

KIPNIS JOINS HOOTON FOUNDATION BOARD

» The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced Friday that JASON KIPNIS has joined its Advisory Board made up exclusively of players throughout MLB…The Hooton Foundation is a leading advocacy group speaking out against the use of performance-enhancing drugs by the youth of America.

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