Win your way in to #TribeTownInMotown trip w/Tuesday scavenger hunt

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We still have a few spots to fill for Friday’s Tribe Town in Motown trip to Comerica Park, and you can win one of the last ones!

Here’s how:

First, you must be at the Tribe’s Tuesday night game vs. the Minnesota Twins, the first of a three-game series at Progressive Field. (And an important one, as the Indians continue to push for a spot in the Postseason.) Buy your tickets – which start at just $10 online – here.

Then, while at the ballpark, you must take and then tweet to us (@Indians) these photos, using #TribeTownInMotown in each tweet. (Pictures must be sent in individual tweets; no PicStich, etc.)

  • Selfie with #TribeTownInMotown sign at Tribe Rewards table
  • Selfie with Thome statue
  • Selfie with John Adams
  • A picture of the Medical Mutual sign at Progressive Field (hint: it’s hard to find)

Once you’ve taken those photos and tweeted them to @Indians using #TribeTownInMotown, send us one more tweet: “I’ve completed the #TribeTownInMotown Scavenger Hunt.”

Out of those who complete the scavenger hunt correctly, we’ll choose random winner(s) for Friday’s trip. Here are more details on the trip, so make sure you can go before you complete the scavenger hunt!

  • Leave Progressive Field at 2:30PM
  • Participants get bus ride, game ticket and $10 in Comerica Park fun money – all free!

Complete contest rules can be found here.

Longtime Tribe anthem singer Rocco Scotti returns, shows he’s still got it

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Longtime Tribe national anthem singer Rocco Scotti was back at the ballpark, along with many family members, to be recognized for his many years of performing a legendary operatic national anthem.

As a recording of one of his anthems — accompanied by the music of the Rome Orchestra! — played, Rocco belted it out on his own, with a little help from his grandson, Nick, with whom he lives. City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson also proclaimed Monday Rocco Scotti Day, and Dan Ball, from the mayor’s office, was on hand to present Rocco with the proclamation. Pretty cool.

Check out video of the special recognition below:

Indians, Twins compete to register most Designated Drivers at ballparks for 2nd straight year

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The Indians and Twins are competing to register the most fans through Budweiser’s Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge.

The challenge is coordinated by Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management, and its goal is to increase awareness of the DD program.

Indians fans can sign up at the TEAM Coalition booth on the Progressive Field concourse near Section 153 … Fans pledge to not purchase or consume alcohol at this week’s games and provide safe transportation home for their groups.

Let’s beat the Twins and support a worthwhile cause – if we win, we get to retain this cool trophy.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

 

Carrasco dominates again: Photos, video and notes!

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After a 2-0 win on Sunday afternoon, the Indians have allowed no earned runs in consecutive games for the first time since July 27-28, 2013 (back-to-back shutouts of Texas, 1-0, 6-0)….Corey Kluber allowed only an unearned run in his complete game victory on Saturday night. The team’s final two victories over Chicago mark the first time since April 23 and April 24, 1991, vs. Kansas City that the Indians have struck out 8 or more batters and walked none in consecutive games. More on today’s starter, Carlos Carrasco:

  • Fell an out shy of his first career shutout after allowing two singles in the 9th (8.2IP, 4H, 0R/ER, 103 pitches/74 strikes)…In six starts since rejoining the rotation on Aug. 10, Carrasco is 4-0 with a 0.70ERA (3ER/38.2IP) and 42 SO vs. just 4 BB… In his two no-decisions in that span, Carrasco allowed just 2 R/ER in 11.2IP while receiving 3 total runs of support.
  • Marked the 7th time this season an Indians starter has pitched at least 8 innings with 8 SO and 0 BB….Carrasco has struck out 8 or more batters in three of his last four starts.

Watch Carlos talk about his start in a post-game interview with Carrasco by clicking here.

Saturday recap: Photos, video, notes of Corey Kluber’s latest gem

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Corey Kluber dominated the White Sox on Saturday, registering his third complete game of the season in picking up his 14th win (9.0IP, 5H, 1ER, 0BB, 8SO,104 pitches/74 strikes)… Moves into 17th place on the Indians single-season strikeout list with 223, passing Luis Tiant (219, 1967) and Gaylord Perry (216, 1974) on that list. More:

  • Has now allowed 2 or fewer earned runs in 13 of his last 16 starts and in 20 of his 31 starts overall (65 percent). He’s limited opponents to 4 or fewer earned runs in each of his last 29 starts, the longest such streak in MLB.
  • Marks Kluber’s third complete game this season with 0 ER and 8 SO or more… That’s the most such games by an Indians pitcher since Len Barker had 3 in 1981.
  • Kluber now has six starts this season in which he’s struck out 8 or more and walked 0 batters, the only Indians pitcher
  • His 18 starts with 8 SO or more tie him for 4th in Indians history (since 1914) for a single season (Score, 1956; McDowell, 1966-67).

HIGHLIGHTS

POST-GAME INTERVIEW

 

Sept. 6 pregame notes: Kluber’s ranks, the kids in the Tribe’s rotation are all right and more

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According to STATS LLC, Cleveland’s 13-3 record at home against the White Sox since last season is tied for second-best home record by a team vs. a divisional opponent behind only the Yankees’ 14-2 record against the Blue Jays at home.

More from today’s game notes:

SATURDAY

Corey Kluber has collected a career-high 215 strikeouts across 29 starts this season – 3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (232) and Max Scherzer (226) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T10th), ERA (2.58 5th), innings (195.1, 4th), WHIP (1.13, 8th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.91, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (4.67, 7th) and pitches per inning (15.1, 7th).

Prior to Kluber losing his last three starts, he had gone 47 consecutive starts without taking back-to-back losses (STATS LLC).

FRIDAY

Although T.J. House did not factor into tonight’s decision, the Indians have gone a perfect 5-0 through his first 5 career starts here at Progressive Field.

With his 15th start of the season in tonight’s game, House joined Trevor Bauer and become only the 3rd duo of rookie pitchers since 1976 to make at least 15 starts in a season for the Tribe…House/Bauer join: Bartolo Colon (17) & Jaret Wright (16) in 1997 and a trio of Jason Davis (27), Billy Traber (18) & Ricardo Rodriguez (15) in 2003.

Last night was David Murphy’s 5th career walk-off hit, 4th in extra innings…all 5 have been RBI-singles, 4 of those coming with the bases loaded.

Cleveland improved to 11-7 in extra innings this season (7-5 at home, 4-2 on the road)…the club’s 19 extra-inning games (including suspended game of 8/31 at KC) are T2nd-most in the Majors with Philadelphia behind only Boston (20)…5 of Cleveland’s last 11 games have gone to extra innings.

Cleveland improved to 22-18 (.550) in one-run games with last night’s win, 3rd-best in the A.L. behind Baltimore (.596, 28-19) and Los Angeles-AL (.578, 26-19), also 7th-best in the Majors.

 

 

Photo Gallery: Tribe’s 11th #Walkoff win courtesy of the Good Guy

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Good Guy David Murphy, fresh off the disabled list, wasted no time in his return to the Tribe! His line shot to center scored Yan Gomes (whose triple to lead off the inning wasn’t too shabby either) in the bottom of the 10th. The Tribe walked off for an American League-leading 11th time in 2014, taking game one of the series from the Sox!

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, Sept. 5

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Photos by David Cleveland

Photo gallery: Indians, Lift Up America, Tyson Foods team up on food drive

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On Friday, the Cleveland Indians again partnered with Lift Up America, Tyson Foods Inc., Insurance Partners and the Cleveland Foodbank to distribute thousands of pounds of protein in a food drive on Gateway Plaza.

Executives from each party were on hand to help distribute food to the Cleveland Foodbank, which then provides the food to various Cleveland-area agencies. Indians radio personality Jim Rosenhaus emceed the event.

Indians mascot Slider also made an appearance at the event; over 70 volunteers, including employees from Insurance Partners, the Indians, Cleveland Foodbank and Lift Up America distributed the food.

Lift Up America is a nonprofit organization that partners with corporations, sports and entertainment industries and other nonprofits to provide aid to the less fortunate. Visit www.liftupamerica.org.

Over the past decade, Tyson has donated more than 88 million pounds of food, or roughly 352 million meals.

Indians, Baseball Tomorrow Fund to host equipment collection to support CLE youth programs

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In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its Clubs and the players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Cleveland Indians are teaming up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to host an equipment collection drive during the Cleveland Indians-Chicago White Sox series at Progressive Field. On September 7, fans are invited to donate new and used equipment, which will benefit the Cleveland Baseball Federation.

In conjunction with the equipment drive, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award a grant of $5,000 to the Cleveland Baseball Federation for the purchase of new equipment. Cleveland Indians Pitcher Corey Kluber (subject to change) and a BTF representative will be on hand to present a ceremonial check to representatives from the Cleveland Baseball Federation during a pre-game ceremony on Sunday.

This year marks the 10th season the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed with Major League Baseball clubs to supplement their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs.

Last year, 31 organizations from Major League markets were awarded a BTF grant for the purchase of equipment or uniforms for youth baseball/softball leagues. The success of this program has only grown throughout the years as 95% of MLB teams participate in Equipment Day and continue to support the growth of baseball and softball. To date, over 100,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $1.6 million in total monetary donations have benefited organizations in need.

“As we celebrate the 10th season of the Equipment Day initiative, we are thrilled to see the program continue to grow and expand in its impact,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “The Clubs, players, and fans are an essential part of the program’s success in giving more children in our communities access to baseball and softball.”

About Cleveland Baseball Federation

This year marked 104 years that the Cleveland Baseball Federation (CBF), an independent non-profit organization has successfully assisted the City of Cleveland’s Recreation Department in the administration of its entire sandlot program. Without CBF, free of charge recreational youth baseball/softball would not exist in the city of Cleveland. Unlike other agencies, all of our programs are “free of charge” to any child and young adult living in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Playing organized sports aids in the development of responsibility, community, and perseverance. In addition it provides a necessary respite from the everyday stresses of everyday life.

About the Baseball Tomorrow Fund

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by MLB and the MLBPA in 1999, BTF has awarded more than 770 grants totaling $26 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia.  Approximately 330,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics.  For more information, visit baseballtomorrowfund.com and follow BTF on Facebook, Twitter and MLBlogs.

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