Photo Gallery: Yeah it’s a walk-off!

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–Photos by David Cleveland (and if you get the reference from a popular sitcom that’s not off the air, kudos to you!)

Get to Know: Tribe pitcher TJ House

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Lots of new faces in the Tribe clubhouse these days, so we’re going to help you get to know some of the guys in a new “Get To Know” feature. We’ll ask about baseball stuff, non-baseball stuff and more.

Next up – TJ House, who earlier this season had a wild couple days in his second callup to the bigs. TJ was born in Slidell, La., and resides in Picayune, Miss., thus the southern flavor here.

Position: Pitcher

Born: Slidell, La.

Resides: Picayune, Miss.

College/school: Committed to Tulane before signing with Indians

How acquired: 16th-round selection in 2008 MLB Amateur Draft

Best memory in an Indians uniform?: Pitching at Fenway Park – lot of history there

Other sports played?: Played soccer and swam in high school, but quit them each for baseball

Favorite visiting city/ballpark?: Yankee Stadium or Safeco Field (Mariners)

Favorite non-baseball activity?: I like to travel overseas; my favorite spot I have visited is London, and I really want to go to Italy.

Favorite place to visit/restaurant in Cleveland?: Urban Farmer Steakhouse in the new Westin hotel – really good. Awesome.

Favorite TV show?: Not a whole lot of time, but it’s Homeland right now.

Favorite non-baseball teams?: New Orleans Saints, of course. (I will have my Saints stuff on – a Jimmy Graham jersey — when they play the Browns here on Sept. 14.)

Favorite band/music artist?: Garth Brooks

Favorite Twitter account you follow?: @Saints, @DrewBrees

Funniest teammate?: Tyler Holt (Holt, by the way, was featured in Get to Know earlier)

Best dressed teammate?: Michael Brantley … no, Nick Hagadone

Who has the best hair/worst hair?: I would say Kip but he cut his off … OK, Kipnis.

Who has the best tweets?: I’ll say Kipnis again. (Follow House, by the way, at @THouse25)

Photo Gallery: Re-opening of Tribe’s one-time home, League Park

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Michael, Justin Brantley grow closer as younger cousin works way through Tribe system

Lake County Captains pitcher Justin Brantley (Tim Phillis photo)

Lake County Captains pitcher Justin Brantley (Tim Phillis photo)

Lake County Captains reliever Justin Brantley had a doctor in the stands during his outing on Monday, and it wasn’t because he was injured.

Justin’s cousin and Tribe outfielder Michael Brantley spent his day off at Classic Park, watching the Indians minor leaguer compete. Dr. Smooth was not so much there to coach his cousin as he was to cheer him on as a fan.

“I’m kind of almost watching a younger brother play,” Michael, 27, said. “Watching his development from just a year ago or two and how well he’s doing now and how successful he is now — it’s like watching your younger brother develop.

“He looked great out there, very composed. His mechanics were fluid; he wasn’t overthrowing the ball. He’s a competitor. I get excited when I watch him pitch.”

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Indians Wives Association ‘Shirts Off Their Backs’ auction set for Saturday at Progressive Field

The 2013 Shirts Off Their Backs auction

The 2013 Shirts Off Their Backs auction

25 game-worn jerseys will be auctioned; autographed Mystery Baseballs also for sale

WHAT:   The Cleveland Indians Wives Association will auction off game-worn Tribe jerseys on Saturday night before and during the Indians game vs. the Houston Astros. The auction will take place outside Section 156 and will feature jerseys worn by all 25 members of the active roster during Friday night’s game against the Twins. Autographed Mystery Baseballs also will be for sale.

Proceeds from “Shirts Off Their Backs” and the association’s previous “Tribe Treasures” auction benefit various Cleveland-area charities.

WHEN:     Saturday, August 23; 4:30PM-top of the 7th inning

WHERE:    Section156, Progressive Field

Lorain County Boys and Girls Clubs offering camp

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County are offering a free one-day camp on Saturday, Aug. 30 for boys and girls ages 6-14.

The camp is designed to give boys and girls ages 6-14 the training, skills and understanding of baseball/softball.

Cost of the camp is free and is located at Oakwood Park — 2047 E. 36th Street, Lorain, Ohio 44055. To register call 440-277-0110.

More great offers through MLB.com At the Ballpark App this weekend at Progressive Field!

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Fans visiting Progressive Field for this weekend’s series with the Astros will have the opportunity to take advantage of great check-in offers on the MLB.com At the Ballpark app (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD).

In addition to check-in offers for promotional items, concessions and merchandise, fans using At the Ballpark can watch game highlights directly on their phone, find a comprehensive ballpark map, track 50/50 raffle results and more!

Check out a preview of this weekend’s offers below:

 

Friday, August 22:

- KeyBank will be offering $10 Key Cash to fans that check-in using At the Ballpark, and visit the KeyBank Kiosk outside section 150. Key Cash can be used as Indians Fun Money to purchase concessions and merchandise around the ballpark. Supplies are limited, so fans are encouraged to arrive early on Friday evening to take advantage of the offer.

- All fans will receive an offer for a free Iced Coffee coupon at Dunkin Donuts. The coupon can be redeemed at the Guest Services booth outside section 107.

Saturday, August 23:

- Fans that check in using At the Ballpark will receive an offer for a Jim Thome replica statue, courtesy of KeyBank. Supplies are limited, so you are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the offer. The statue can be redeemed at the KeyBank kiosk outside section 150.

- All fans will receive an offer for a free Iced Coffee coupon at Dunkin Donuts. The coupon can be redeemed at the Guest Services booth outside section 107.

Sunday, August 24:

- Fans that check in using At the Ballpark will receive an offer for a Kenny Lofton replica jersey, courtesy of KeyBank. Supplies are limited, so you are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the offer. The jersey can be redeemed at the KeyBank kiosk outside section 150.

- All fans will receive an offer for a free Iced Coffee coupon at Dunkin Donuts. The coupon can be redeemed at the Guest Services booth outside section 107.

 

At the Ballpark is available for both Apple (iOS 7.0 or later) and Android devices. Visit http://www.Indians.com/BallparkApp for more details.

Corey Kluber is rather good

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TODAY’S START

  • The 27-year-old right-hander is scheduled to make his 27th start/appearance of the season as the Tribe looks to sweep this 3-game series vs. Minnesota…also marks the 68th appearance and 63rd start of his career.
  • Will be pitching on 5 days’ rest after notching his 8th double-digit strikeout performance (10) of the season in the Tribe’s 2-1 walk-off win vs. Baltimore on Friday at Progressive Field.
  • Kluber has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 11 of his last 12 starts dating back to June 15 at Boston, the lowest ERA (1.46) among all American League starters (2nd in Majors; Kershaw 1.20) over that stretch…Kluber also owns 93 K’s (4th in MLB) against just 16 walks over that span.
  • That said, Kluber has limited opponents to 4 ER-or-fewer in each of his last 25 consecutive starts (25 of 26 in 2014), the 2nd-longest such streak in the Majors this season trailing Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, who has allowed 4 ER-or-fewer in all 26 of his starts this season.
  • Kluber has reeled off a career-high 6 straight victories…the last Tribe starter with a single-season 6-game win streak was Cliff Lee, who won 11 consecutive decisions from July 11-September 12, 2008.
  • Kluber went a perfect 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in 6 starts during the month of May, notching a Major League-best 60 strikeouts over that span.
  • Enters today’s start ranked T3rd in the American League with 197 strikeouts and is averaging just 1.91 walks per nine innings this season (38 BB/179.1 IP), the lowest rate among all Tribe starters…strikeout:walk ratio (5.18) ranks 7th in the American League.
  • Today’s outing will mark Kluber’s first tilt against the Twins this season.

 

LAST START

  • Kluber notched 10 strikeouts across 7.2 strong innings in his last start on Friday vs. Baltimore, but did not factor into the decision as the Tribe eventually walked off (Zach Walters solo HR) in the bottom of the 11th.

 

MINNESOTA/AT TARGET FIELD

  • Set to make his first start of the season vs. Minnesota, Kluber has gone 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA (20 ER/37.1 IP) in 7 career starts against the Twins…earned both victories in 2013, going 2-1 w/a 4.98 ERA (12 ER/21.2 IP) in 4 starts.
  • Has made 3 career starts here at Target Field in Minnesota, and despite a 6.43 ERA (10 ER/14.0 IP), Kluber has yet to shoulder a loss at this venue (1-0); Tribe has gone 1-2 in those 3 starts.

 

JUST NEED 3

  • With at least 3 strikeouts in today’s start, Kluber will become the first Indians pitcher to reach 200 K’s in a single season since LHP CC SABATHIA (209) in 2007 – the first right-hander since Bartolo Colon (201) in 2001.
  • Kluber would also become just the 8th different pitcher in Indians history to reach the single season 200-strikeout plateau joining, Sabathia, Colon, Dennis Eckersley, Gaylord Perry, Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant, Herb Score and Bob Feller.

 

LOOKING AT THE LEADERBOARD

  • Kluber has registered 197 strikeouts through his first 25 starts of the season – T3rd in the American League, trailing only David Price (212) and Max Scherzer (205) – and currently ranks in the top 10 among all qualified AL hurlers in each of the following statistical categories: wins (13, T4th), ERA (2.41 3rd), innings (179.1, 3rd), WHIP (1.07, 8th) strikeouts per nine innings (9.89, 5th), strikeout:walk ratio (5.18, 7th), opposing batting average (.228, 8th) and pitches per inning (14.9, 5th).

 

AFTER THE BREAK…

  • Kluber has allowed just 4 earned runs over 47.2 innings in 6 second-half starts; he owns MLB’s lowest ERA (0.76) and opposing batting average (.161; 27-168) over that span…also ranks among second-half Major League leaders in: wins (4, T5th), innings (47.2, T6th) and strikeouts (55, 3rd).
  • Coming off a pair of scoreless 9.0 inning starts on 7/24 at KC & 7/30 vs. Seattle (more below), Kluber has allowed just 2 earned runs over his last 39.0 innings, recording 45 strikeouts against just 5 walks over that stretch

Tribe owner Paul Dolan, Slider, manager Terry Francona, president Mark Shapiro, pitchers Bauer, Kluber, Salazar accept #IceBucketChallenge

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The #IceBucketChallenge craze has hit the Tribe clubhouse and front office. In order:

Slider:

Jim Rosenhaus:

Paul Dolan:

Trevor Bauer:

Mark Shapiro:

Terry Francona:

Corey Kluber:

Danny Salazar:

Nick Swisher:

We’ll update as more participate!

For Kyle Borah, Indians Youth Camp pays off — in memorable catch at Progresssive Field (we think)

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We’d like to think this was the camp talking.

Kyle Borah, 12, attended Indians Youth Baseball Camp presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s in Burton Aug. 4-8, and a week later, took in the Tribe-Orioles game at Progressive Field. As you can see below — he made a terrific catch of a foul ball … had to be the camp talking, right?

Past Indians Youth Camp coverage:

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