PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Chicago White Sox on Carlos Santana’s walkoff homer

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Carlos Santana hit his fourth career walk-off homer (fifth career walk-off hit overall) in the bottom of the ninth on Friday night to lift the Indians to a dramatic 3-2 win over the White Sox in front of 27,912 at Progressive Field.

Santana’s homer was his 14th of the year, tied for the team lead with Mike Napoli and tied for 14th in the American League.

The Tribe had taken the lead in the eighth on a Jason Kipnis RBI double, but the Sox tied it in the ninth on Avisail Garcia’s RBI double.

Trevor Bauer dominated, striking out nine in seven innings and allowing just a run. In his last five starts, Bauer has logged a 2.52 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

-Photos by Dan Mendlik, Maureen MacGregor

Indians Homestand Guide: Soak in the sun and enjoy Father’s Day weekend at Progressive Field

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The Cleveland Indians return to Progressive Field for a six-game homestand against the White Sox (June 17-19) and Rays (June 20-22).

 

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2016 MLB All-Star Game balloting has begun and you can vote today, tomorrow and the next day – you can vote up to 35 times total! Help spread the word by using #VoteTribe on social media and vote for your Indians!  All fans who vote 31x or more are entered to win a first pitch opportunity.

 

WHITE SOX SERIES PROMOS/BALLPARK EVENTS:

Friday, June 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

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 Miller Lite: Pregame in the District presented by Miller Lite features $2 Miller Lite cans from 5:00-7:00PM in the Right Field District.

Fireworks: The Indians will have postgame fireworks with a ‘Classic Hip Hop’ theme.

Block Party:  Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring live 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.

Indians Alumni Ambassadors: Tribe alumni Mike Hargrove and Ron Hassey will serve as Alumni Ambassadors for Friday’s game. Hargrove and Hassey will be available for a meet and greet at the pregame Block Party from 6-6:30PM.

Kia Car Activation: Fans can visit the Gateway Plaza outside the Left Field Gate to experience new Kia vehicles, speak with a Kia representative and receive a free Indians car flag.

 

Saturday, June 18 vs. White Sox @ 6:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 4PM Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

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Jason Kipnis Road Gray Jersey courtesy of KeyBank: 12,500 fans will receive a Jason Kipnis road gray jersey courtesy of KeyBank.

Fireworks presented by J.M. Smucker Company: Fans will enjoy 2016 Rock Hall Inductees fireworks presented by J.M. Smucker’s Company.

Block Party presented by T-Mobile: Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring live music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant corn-hole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

Indians Alumni Ambassadors: Tribe alumni Mike Hargrove and Ron Hassey will serve as Alumni Ambassadors for Friday’s game. Hargrove and Hassey will be available for a meet and greet at the pregame Block Party from 5-5:30PM.

MLB Pitch, Hit and Run: Participants will compete in the nationwide MLB Pitch, Hit and Run contest at Progressive Field from 8:30-10:45AM.

Tribe Pitcher Carlos Carrasco and United Way Book Drive:  Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco will hold a book drive in partnership with the United Way Stuff the Bus campaign at Progressive Field on Saturday. All books will be sorted and donated to the Luis Munoz Marin School, located in the near west side of Cleveland.

Kia Car Activation: Fans can visit the Gateway Plaza outside the Left Field Gate to experience new Kia vehicles, speak with a Kia representative and receive a free Indians car flag.

 

Sunday, June 19 vs. White Sox @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at noon (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 11AM) Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Corey Kluber Jumbo Baseball Card courtesy of Topps: All fans who attend Sunday’s Indians game will receive a Corey Kluber jumbo baseball card courtesy of Topps.

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: KeyBank Kids Fun Day allows kids to enjoy both the action on and off the field with various opportunities including a Kids Starting Lineup, Kids Grounds Crew and Play Ball Kid. 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.

Kia Car Activation: Fans can visit the Gateway Plaza outside the Left Field Gate to experience new Kia vehicles, speak with a Kia representative and receive a free Indians car flag.

 

RAYS SERIES PROMOS/BALLPARK EVENTS:

Monday, June 20 vs. Rays @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 5PM) Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

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!

Lindor Smile Squad:  Each homestand the Indians host a Miracle League family to provide a memorable experience at Progressive Field. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is the ambassador for this program – during batting practice he will sign autographs and visit with guests.

Ceremonial First Pitches: Cleveland Browns linebacker Scooby Wright, wide receiver Jordan Payton and linebacker Emanuel Ogbah will throw out the ceremonial first pitches.

 

Tuesday, June 21 vs. Rays @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 5PM) Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

PLAY Campaign Clinic: The Indians will host a PLAY Campaign Clinic at Progressive Field from 11-noon. Tribe outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall will join Indians athletic training staff and the Taylor Hooton Foundation to educate Cleveland youth about the importance of living a healthy and active life.

Dunkin Donuts Coupon: Fans will receive an exit coupon to Dunkin Donuts after the game.

 

Wednesday, June 22 vs. Rays @ 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 Wednesday home game. Guests have a pregame experience that includes watching batting practice and meeting Corey Kluber.

Party At Napoli’s T-shirts coming soon to Cleveland Indians Team Shop

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They’re arriving soon, and they’ll be available for purchase.

What is that we’re referring to? You guessed it. Your own personal “Party At Napoli’s” T-shirt.

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You may have seen Mike Napoli wearing the shirt in a post-game interview with Andre Knott following his walk-off sac fly against the Kansas City Royals on June 2.

You may have even heard Mike mutter to Andre: “Party at Napoli’s? Let’s do it!”

So where did this all come from?

It all began with #IndiansTwitter user @HipsterTito. He and friends had plans to participate in our #TribeLive section that night, and had the idea to make a sign to celebrate Mike’s achievements — a slogan which quickly caught on.

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It caught on so well, that we delivered Mike the makeshift version of the shirt (seen in the photo with Andre above), and well, he loved it.

He even commented how he wanted everybody wearing them, so we had the idea: Why not create “Party At Napoli’s” shirts for all fans to enjoy? We asked Mike his thoughts, and he was all for it.

All for it indeed, on one condition — he requested a portion of all proceeds go to Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

A party for the kids? That’s a party everyone should attend!

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor visits inner-city kids at Compton, Calif., Urban Youth Academy

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As part of a year-long campaign to impact the lives of kids across the country, Francisco Lindor visited kids at Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., on Saturday.

The Indians are in southern California to play the Angels.

Lindor already has visited kids in Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities programs in Philadelphia (in April, when the Tribe played the Phillies), and in Cleveland, at League Park. He’ll continue the initiative all season, in Cleveland and on the road.

Carlos Carrasco and United Way to hold book drive at Progressive Field

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Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco will hold a book drive in partnership with the United Way Stuff the Bus campaign at Progressive Field on Saturday, June 18. Carrasco, who has always had a passion for reading and literacy initiatives, is excited to be involved in United Way’s annual Stuff the Bus campaign.

Before and during Saturday’s game vs. the White Sox, United Way staff will be available at all gates of Progressive Field to collect children’s books K-8th grade reading level. Additionally, RTA will have a bus parked on the plaza during the book drive. All books will be sorted and donated to the Luis Munoz Marin School, located in the near west side of Cleveland. Carrasco is a longtime supporter of the school and plans to visit in August to donate the books in-person.

Bring some books to the ballpark and help kids read all summer long!

Register now for the Cleveland Indians Continental Cup baseball tournament!

Continental Cup 2015 Day 4 Baseball and Basketball (13 of 16)We are proud to sponsor the baseball side of the Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival presented by Cleveland Clinic Sports – and there is still time to register your team!

The Continental Cup is a youth sports event featuring competitions in soccer, baseball and basketball, with a goal to create opportunities for young athletes from across to globe to interact, exchange culture and make lifelong memories and friends.

This year, the Cleveland Indians Continental Cup baseball tournament will be held from June 30-July 3 at Victory Park Ohio, a Cleveland Indians Community Partner. Championship games will be played at historic League Park, the one-time home of the Tribe.

This is the 11th year of the Continental Cup, which features 3,000 young athletes from 10-plus countries each year.

In its short history, the Continental Cup has featured over 2,100 teams from over 39 countries. Some notable international countries likely to participate this year include: Nepal, Pakistan, Greece, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Canada.

To register a team as part of the Cleveland Indians Baseball Tournament portion of the event, visit this link. The tournament features teams with kids ages 10-14.

Each team entered will play a minimum of four games, and will have access to opening festivities, athlete gifts and discounts to area attractions.

The maximum number for a roster is eighteen (18) players.

For more information and to register, click here.

GALLERY: Cleveland Indians complete the four-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals

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Yesterday, after a three hour rain delay, the Tribe went on to complete the sweep of the defending World Champion Kansas City Royals. Tribe starters held the Royals to just 5 runs, combining for an impressive 1.78 ERA over the four-game set.

Now, we’re West Coast bound as we take on the Mariners and Angels.

-Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians move to within half-game of first place by beating Kansas City Royals

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First place in the American League Central will be on the line tonight at Progressive Field after the Indians beat the Royals for a second straight night, 6-1, on Friday. The win marked the Tribe’s third straight victory.

Danny Salazar continued his All-Star-caliber 2016 season, striking out nine in eight innings. He’s 6-3, and he dropped his ERA to 2.24; he has a 10.67 K/9 IP rate.

Yan Gomes hit a solo homer in the second, while the Tribe scored three in the third: Jason Kipnis doubled and scored on Francisco Lindor’s RBI single; Mike Napoli doubled home Lindor; and Napoli eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Tyler Naquin hit a solo homer in the seventh – his first career big-league homer. Jose Ramirez later doubled, stole third and scored on an error for the game’s final run.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians win on second straight walkoff, over Kansas City Royals

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The Indians earned their second consecutive walk-off win, scoring two in the ninth to beat Kansas City, 5-4, on Thursday in the opener of the teams’ four-game series at Progressive Field.

Tyler Naquin’s RBI single in the eighth cut the Royals lead to one, and Carlos Santana led off the ninth with a single, advancing to second on an error. Jason Kipnis bunted pinch-runner Michael Martinez to third, and Francisco Lindor drove him in with a triple. Mike Napoli followed with a sac fly to win it.

Earlier, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall logged RBI singles, while Rajai Davis walked, singled and stole a base – his 12th steal, tied for second in the American League.

Carlos Carrasco allowed three runs in five innings in his first big-league start since April 24, when he suffered a hamstring injury.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Maureen MacGregor

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Chatting with Ketchup after Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis took him out

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Ketchup is known by many as the troublemaker of our mascot group – he wears Ricky Vaughn glasses, is a trickster during the nightly Sugardale Hot Dog Derby and is generally known as the problem child of the hot dog trio.

But he was on the receiving end of some hijinks on Wednesday night at the hands of another noted trickster: Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis.

ICYMI: As the Hot Dog Derby began, Ketchup took out Mustard and Onion to get an early lead. And then, for some reason, Jason Kipnis took him out – then flexed on him. It was abhorrent. Watch for yourself:

So we caught up with Ketchup this morning to see how the big guy was doing after his run-in with Kip.

@Indians: How are you feeling?
Ketchup: My shoulder hurts from when I landed, but people aren’t talking about the right thing – Kip knocked me over and I still dominated the race. Losers makes excuses. Winners, like myself, just win.

@Indians: Some people will say, ‘Oh, this was premeditated, the race is fixed anyway, Ketchup was in on it, it was all a show.’ What’s your response to that?
Ketchup: I would ask those people, Is WWE fake?

@Indians: WWE is fake.
Ketchup: Bet you wouldn’t say that to Stone Cold Steve Austin.

@Indians: Let’s move on. Why do you think Kip did this to you?
Ketchup: When you are as great as I am, people get jealous. Maybe Mustard paid him off, maybe Kip has a thing for Onion. But I’m pretty sure he knows I’d dominate him in the derby if he ever raced, so he tried to deflect attention away from my dominance. Guess what?! Didn’t work!

@Indians: Do you think he’ll apologize? Would you accept if he does?
Ketchup: Depends. He is a repeat mascot offender now.

@Indians: Depends on?
Ketchup: If he makes a donation to the Mascot Association of America on my behalf for mascot school scholarships for young budding mascots. And hey, fans can do their part to support me at Friday night’s game by Rocking Their Red!

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