PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Tigers on Mike Napoli homer

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Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh to help the Indians beat the Tigers, 5-3, in front of a sellout crowd of 34,163 at Progressive Field on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

With their 10th straight win over the Tigers to start the season, the Indians now lead the AL Central by 6.5 games. The Tribe also is only one game behind the Texas Rangers for best record in the American League.

Cleveland has already clinched the season series against Detroit, and the club’s current 12-game home winning streak is the longest by any American League team since Cleveland won 14 straight games at Progressive Field April 3-May 10, 2011.

Carlos Santana drove in Napoli in the second with an RBI single, and Francisco Lindor followed with two sacrifice flies. Steven Moya homered for the Tigers in the fifth, and Nick Castellanos followed with a two-run shot in the sixth.

Danny Salazar got a no-decision, allowing three runs in 5.2 innings while striking out six. His AL-best ERA climbed to 2.36.

Napoli is second on the team in homers, behind Carlos Santana’s 18. Napoli hit 18 homers in 2015 and 17 in 2014, in nearly double the amount of games. Twelve of his homers this year have come at Progressive Field.

Tips for Monday’s sold-out Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field

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Coming off an 8-2 trip and a club-record 14-game win streak, the Indians return home Monday night for a sold-out Fourth of July game against the Detroit Tigers.

The first-place Tribe, leading the Tigers by 5.5 games, will look to continue its dominance over Detroit; the Indians are 9-0 against the Tigers this season, sweeping Detroit three times.

Here is some important information to make your experience as enjoyable as possible:
• Be loud! After a close loss on Saturday that ended the club’s record streak, the team ran out of gas on Sunday in a lopsided loss to the Jays. They’ll need your energy – Jason Kipnis already commented on looking forward to the crowd after Sunday’s game:


• All gates open at 5PM: Due to the sellout crowd, we’ve changed our gate time procedures to all gates opening at 5PM.
• Arrive early: To ensure your best chance at obtaining a Batting Practice Pullover courtesy of KeyBank – available to 15,000 fans tonight – we encourage fans to arrive early. Additionally, due to preparations for the Republican National Convention, the area around the ballpark will be more crowded than normal and we encourage fans to allow extra time to arrive and get situated before first pitch.
• Parking: Due to RNC prep, the Gateway East parking garage will be passes only.

A final look at the numbers in the Cleveland Indians record 14-game win streak

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The Indians won 14 consecutive games from June 17-July 1 to establish the longest winning streak in Cleveland franchise history, edging a pair of 13-game heaters in 1942 (April 18-May 2) and 1951 (Aug. 2-15).

Marked the longest single-season winning streak in Major League Baseball since 2013 when Atlanta won 14 straight, July 26-Aug. 9…also signaled the longest streak by an A.L. team since Oakland reeled off 20 consecutive victories from Aug. 13-Sept. 4, 2002.

The Indians outscored opponents 82-27 (+55) during current 14-game streak (more than 3x greater run production), while batting .295 (154-522) with 57 extra-base hits (24 doubles, 8 triples, 25 HR) and 16 steals…averaging 5.9 runs per game.

Pitching staff registered a 1.58 ERA, a .176 avg. against and 3 team shutouts (1.83ERA, .174 avg., 3 CG’s/2 SHO’s & 13 QS’s by starting rotation; 6.2IP+ in 11 of 14 starts…bullpen has a 0.79ERA, .182 avg; 5R-3ER allowed in 34.0IP, 39 K’s, 12 BB).

Jason Kipnis led the team with 13 RBI during 14-G streak, followed by Lonnie Chisenhall (10), Carlos Santana (10), Jose Ramirez (9) and Juan Uribe (8)…Uribe had team-high 5 HR, followed by Santana (4)…Francisco Lindor/Santana had a team-best 12 runs scored…Chisenhall led team with 19 hits (.404, 19-47).

Tribe was 19 games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2013 season at 92-70 (+22)…the Tribe’s low-water mark of the season is 2 games below .500 (10-12 on May 2)…Cleveland finished June at 22-6 (most wins for Tribe in single calendar month since going 22-7 in June 1965 – 8th time in 52 seasons since ‘65 to record 20+ wins in any calendar month)…

Pitching staff fueled Cleveland Indians 13-game win streak in 1951, too

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Our pitchers are on fire: Our rotation has a 1.86 ERA with a 10-0 record during our current 13-game win streak.

The last time we won 13 straight? Pitching fueled us then, too.

Looking back at the 1951 streak, fans can see that pitching played a major role in the team’s success. The streak included three wins by Bob Feller, three wins by Mike Garcia, three wins by Early Wynn, and two wins by Bob Lemon. (Lou Brissie and Steve Gromek accounted for the other two wins). Feller (HOF), Garcia, Wynn (HOF) and Lemon (HOF) were known as “The Big Four” and dominated opposing batters—they also helped the Tribe win a franchise record 111 games in 1954.

–Tribe curator Jeremy Feador

 

Girls and Women Baseball Game to be held at League Park in August

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 21:  Justine Siegal throws batting practice to the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on February 21, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

GOODYEAR, AZ – FEBRUARY 21: Justine Siegal throws batting practice to the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on February 21, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Justine Siegal, the Lake County Captains, and the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park are holding a unique Girls and Women Only Baseball Game.
The game is open to mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, sisters, or any female who has a love and passion to play real baseball (not fast pitch softball). Individual players are welcome and encouraged to play. The game is open to all age groups and skill levels. The fee to play at historic League Park is $25 per pair or $15 per individual.

You’re invited to play on the same field where Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run, where Joe DiMaggio got his 56th hit during his consecutive game hitting streak, where Satchel Paige, Bob Feller, and Cy Young all pitched, and where legends of the game like Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, and Shoeless Joe Jackson made their mark. After the game, the Baseball Heritage Museum will be open for you to browse through the history of the game.

The game is scheduled for Sunday, August 14th starting at 1:00. League Park is located on the east side of Cleveland at 66th and Lexington Avenue. It is three blocks north of Chester Avenue.

Please RSVP to Tom Fuerst: fuerstbase@yahoo.com.

Homestand Guide: fireworks, BP pullover promo, dollar dog night and more

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TICKETS GOING QUICKLY FOR FIRST-PLACE HOMESTAND

The first-place Indians return to Progressive Field on Monday, July 4 to host the Tigers and Yankees. The Indians have won 11 straight games – the longest winning streak since 1982 – and look to build on their six-game lead in the AL Central. Tickets for July 4 and weekend games vs. New York are selling very quickly; fans are encouraged to purchase quickly.

 KEYBANK HASSLE-FREE WEEKEND JULY 8-10

At our July 8-10 games vs. New York, KeyBank will be providing fans with exclusive experiences and giveaways including seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream, all courtesy of the bank’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.

INDIANS HONOR AND THANK MILITARY WITH TICKET DISCOUNT

Earlier in the season, the Cleveland Indians introduced a special ticket discount for the military and their families. With the new discount, military and their families will be able to save up to 20% on tickets to select games.

The military discount is offered online only for various locations at Progressive Field. Military discount details and military verification powered by ID.me available at Indians.com/military.

COREY KLUBER FINALIST FOR 2016 BOB FELLER ACT OF VALOR AWARD

The Cleveland Indians are honored to nominate Corey Kluber for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. After winning the 2014 AL Cy Young Award, he has continued to excel as the ace of the pitching staff, while expanding his personal commitment to positively impact veterans and youth in the Cleveland community.

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, through the unique connection of baseball and the United States Navy, honors a current Major League Baseball player, a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and a Hall of Fame member who embody the same principles and high achievement of Bob Feller.

 

TIGERS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS:

Monday, July 4 vs. Tigers @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM

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

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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Batting Practice Pullover courtesy of KeyBank: 15,000 fans will receive one of our hottest promo items of the season – a batting practice pullover courtesy of KeyBank.

Fireworks: The Indians will have postgame fireworks with an ‘America Rocks’ theme for the Fourth of July.

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.

Bob Feller Act of Valor Award presentation: A presentation will take place pregame recognizing Indians pitcher Corey Kluber as a finalist for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.  The Cleveland Indians are honored to nominate Corey Kluber for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award as he continues to excel as the ace of the pitching staff, while expanding his personal commitment to positively impact veterans and youth in the Cleveland community.

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

Tuesday, July 5 vs. Tigers @ 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.

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!

Wednesday, July 6 vs. Tigers @ 12:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 11AM

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

Ceremonial First Pitch: Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland Youth of the Year scholarship winner Zayllianny Mojica will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland are one of three beneficiaries of Cleveland Indians Charities.

 

YANKEES SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS:

Thursday, July 7 vs. Yankees @ 7:10PM

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

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

Mike Napoli to host guests from Cleveland Clinic Children’s: This is Indians first baseman Mike Napoli’s third time hosting patients and their families from Cleveland Clinic Children’s this season. Napoli spends time with guests and invited them to watch BP.

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

Friday, July 8 vs. Yankees @ 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 Miller Lite: Pregame in the District presented by Miller Lite features $2 Miller Lite cans from 5-7PM in the Right Field District.

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Indians Banner courtesy of McDonald’s: 10,000 fans will receive a script Indians banner courtesy of McDonald’s.

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

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.

KeyBank Hassle-Free Weekend:  KeyBank will be providing fans with exclusive experiences and giveaways including seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream, all courtesy of Key’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.

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, July 9 vs. Yankees @ 4:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 2PM

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

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Yan Gomes Bobblehead courtesy of SportsTime Ohio: 12,500 fans will receive a Yan Gomes bobblehead courtesy of SportsTime Ohio.

Block Party presented by T-Mobile:  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.

KeyBank Hassle-Free Weekend:  KeyBank will be providing fans with exclusive experiences and giveaways including seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream, all courtesy of Key’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.

Sunday, July 10 vs. Yankees @ 1:10PM

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

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

Indians Toy Truck courtesy of W.B. Mason: 5,000 kids (12 and under) will receive an Indians toy truck courtesy of W.B. Mason.

KeyBank Hassle-Free Weekend:  KeyBank will be providing fans with exclusive experiences and giveaways including seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream, all courtesy of Key’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.

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.

All the stats and notes behind the Cleveland Indians 11-game win streak

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Kip scores the game’s first run on Tuesday night in Atlanta.

We are red hot. Really, really hot. Scoring a lot of runs, pitching really well.

And surely you’ve seen all kinds of crazy stats and notes about our 11-game win streak floating about, so we decided to put all of them in one place for your viewing pleasure.

FYI: Some are NSFW.

  • 11-game win streak is longest since May 23-June 4
  • Also longest streak in baseball this season
  • Last 12-game streak came in 1951, part of a club-record-tying 13-game win streak
  • 13-game streak happened one other time: 1942
  • Indians have outscored opponents 73-25 in this streak – average margin of victory is 4.4 runs
  • The Indians six-game AL Central lead is the team’s largest since May 29, 2011 (also six games)
  • At 46-30, team is 16 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season (92-70, finished on 10-game win streak)
  • 46-30 record is tied for fourth-best in baseball with Baltimore
  • Indians are 20-6 in June, marking the club’s eighth 20-win month in the last 51 years
  • Tribe is 34-7 when scoring first
  • +88run differential is
  • Lineup is hitting .317 overall (121-382) during streak
  • Jason Kipnis has a 10-game hit streak
  • Francisco Lindor is hitting .357 during the streak
  • Jose Ramirez continues to be the AL’s second-best hitter with RISP (.408); during the streak “JRam” is hitting .295 overall (13-44)
  • Jose Ramirez is the only player in Major League Baseball to hit in all 9 positions in the lineup this season
  • Club has hit 21 HRs during streak and 41 in June, third-most in the AL and MLB
  • Indians have stolen 15 bases in 11-game streak, most in MLB; overall, team’s 62 steals are T1 in AL and T2 in MLB
  • Rotation has a 2.07 ERA during streak
    • Corey Kluber: 2-0, 16 Ks in 17 IP, 1.06 ERA
    • Carlos Carrasco: 1-0, 13 Ks in 16.1 IP, 1.10 ERA
    • Danny Salazar: 2-0, 10 Ks in 12.1 IP, 3.65 ERA
    • Trevor Bauer: 2-0, 24 Ks in 22 IP, 1.64 ERA
    • Josh Tomlin: 1-0, 3.60 ERA

Source: Indians Baseball Information Department, Baseball Reference

Cleveland Indians last 11-game win streak was in 1982 — what else was in 1982?

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Cleveland Municipal Stadium in April 1982

The Cleveland Indians beat the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday to run the club’s win streak to 11, a streak in which the Indians have beaten opponents by a combined score of 73-25.

The team’s hitters are batting .317 during the stretch, while the team’s starters have a 2.07 ERA, helping the club match its longest win streak since 1982.

Some other facts about 1982, other than a red-hot Tribe squad from May 23-June 4:

  • Ronald Reagan was president
  • Average Income per year $21,050.00.
  • Average Monthly Rent $320.00.
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas 91 cents.

During 1982’s 11 gamer: MAY 23-JUNE 4th

Indians second baseman Jack Perconte grew a winning streak beard: “Jack Perconte will have to keep his beard for another day. The Indians’ second baseman is looking scruffy these days because he has proclaimed, “I’m not going to shave until we lose.” That was 11 games ago.

“Listen, 11 in a row is 11 in a row no matter who you beat,” said the Tribe’s Toby Harrah

May 30th: Cal Ripken begins his consecutive game streak (May 30th)

May 30th: Gordon Johncock defeats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds in the Indianapolis 500

Past the win streak, but interesting nonetheless: June 11: ET: The Extra-Terrestrial is released.

–Indians curator/historian Jeremy Feador

Cleveland Indians players Tom Gorzelanny, Joba Chamberlain and others help a young fan in need in Atlanta

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Indians player Tom Gorzelanny, Joba Chamberlain and others tend to a young fan in need in Atlanta/Photo courtesy of Matt Rowland

We’re playing great baseball, but a few of our guys made a larger impact at Turner Field on Monday night.

We received a tweet and a Facebook message about a couple of our relievers jumping to attention when a young fan suffered a health issue during batting practice on Monday night.

Matt Rowland, a fan from Pigeon Forge, Tenn., was in the right-center field seats during BP and witnessed the encounter. He emailed this:

There was a young kid, maybe 13-14yrs old in the outfield trying to catch home run balls during the Indians BP. One came his way and he attempted to catch it but missed it. I’m not 100% positive on what the direct cause was but he either 1) was hit by the baseball in the head/neck area or 2) hit his neck/head on the railing making the attempt. Temperature and sun may have also played a role.

About 10 minutes passed by and I don’t think anyone thought anything of it. Next thing I know Tom (Gorzelanny), Joba (Chamberelain), and one other pitcher are on the field motioning for the medical staff that was situated above as the kid basically dropped. The players ran into the Braves bullpen and (Gorzelanny) immediately hopped into the stands to assist. Joba and the other pitcher are handing over cups of water and soaking towels in the water jugs for them while (Dan) Otero and (utility man) Michael Martinez were looking on from the field.

One of the medical personnel who attended to the young boy (and who asked not to be named) sent us a Facebook message confirming these details, and wrote:

I work at Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga. I’m part of the EMS crew and I just wanted to thank the players who helped me with the two boys on June 27 during batting practice by giving them cold towels and cups of water. I personally appreciate it and the concern that they had. I didn’t know how else to thank them.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Corey Kluber announced as a finalist for 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

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The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation announced its Major League Baseball nominees for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award today.

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, through the unique connection of baseball and the United States Navy, honors a current Major League Baseball player, a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and a Hall of Fame member who embody the same principles and high achievement of Bob Feller.

Beginning Friday, June 24, in Texas and during the next couple of months, each team, along with foundation and military representatives, will honor the nominated players during a pre-game ceremony.

Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C on Thursday, November 17th at the United States Navy Memorial.

Previous award winners include Justin Verlander, Nick Swisher, Jonathan Lucroy, Yogi Berra, Tommy Lasorda, George Brett, U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Garth Sinclair, Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson, Chief Petty Officer Genell Cody, Staff Sergeant Rene Segura, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), and HOPPER Information Services Center.

The 2016 MLB Player Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Nominees:

Arizona Diamondbacks: Brad Ziegler

Baltimore Orioles: Darren O’Day

Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia

Chicago White Sox: David Robertson

Cleveland Indians: Corey Kluber

Houston Astros: Scott Feldman

Kansas City Royals: Wade Davis

Los Angeles Dodgers: Ron Fairly

Miami Marlins: Mike Dunn and Jeff Conine

Milwaukee Brewers: Jimmy Nelson

Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier

Oakland Athletics: Sean Doolittle

San Francisco Giants: Jake Peavy

Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Moore

Texas Rangers: Bobby Jones

Kluber’s Nomination Letter: 

The Cleveland Indians are honored to nominate Corey Kluber for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. After winning the 2014 AL Cy Young Award, he has continued to excel as the ace of the pitching staff, while expanding his personal commitment to positively impact veterans and youth in the Cleveland community.

Throughout the 2016 season, Corey and his wife, Amanda, have committed encouraging and reaching out to wounded veterans at the Louis Stoke Cleveland VA Medical Center. Each month, Corey visits rehabilitating military veterans, spends time building personal relationships, and provides memorable experiences and autographed memorabilia for our servicemen and women. He will visit with veterans in the Spinal Cord Injury & Dysfunction Center, blind rehabilitation and other long-term care programs. Currently, there are six scheduled visits where Corey will invest time with over one hundred veterans throughout the season. In addition, the Kluber’s will look to host many of these rehabilitating veterans at Cleveland Indians home games whenever possible. The Kluber’s dedication to these hospital visits represents their personal passion and appreciation for our country’s veterans, in particular, showing support for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

In addition to his commitment to serving our veterans, Corey hosts young patients from Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital every Wednesday home game as part of his Kluber’s Kids program. Through this program, Corey spends time getting to know each special guest and his/her family personally on-field during batting practice. He also provides an autographed jersey and memorabilia, and hosts them during the game with 10 Club Level tickets including all-you-can-eat food.  With 12 events in 2016, Corey hopes to create special memories for young children and their families here in Cleveland.

It’s a genuine dedication and appreciation for the veterans and youth of our local community that makes Corey Kluber an exemplary candidate for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.

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