New Cleveland Indians first baseman Chris Johnson — SpiderMan?

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Lefty Tommy Milone pitched for the Twins on Sunday, which would normally mean that new face and right-handed power bat Chris Johnson would have been in the lineup for the Tribe.

But Johnson was not in the lineup, and we learned after the game why: His hand swelled due to a spider bite.

We asked our fans on Twitter, then, for their best photoshops of Johnson as Spider-Man, and they didn’t disappoint, as the above gallery shows.

 

#KluberFacts: How dominant Corey Kluber has been for the Cleveland Indians lately

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Corey Kluber did another thing on Friday! He allowed just one hit — a solo homer to Joe Mauer in the fourth — as the Indians beat the Twins, 6-1, for their fifth win in six games. Kluber also pitched a complete game on Sunday against the Twins at Progressive Field, allowing just one run and three hits.

Here are some notes from various sources on CK’s dominant season (don’t let the 8-12 record fool you, Kluber has been nearly as good as last season):

  • He’s the first Indians pitcher with back-to-back complete games against the same team since 1994 (Dennis Martinez)
  • He’s the first Indians pitcher with back-to-back complete games since Roberto Hernandez in 2010
  • He’s one of two pitchers in MLB this year to throw consecutive complete games while allowing three hits or fewer in those games — Max Scherzer is the other
  • He has pitched a complete game in three of his last four starts; he allowed just one run in that game as well
  • From Elias: The Indians pitching staff has five one-hitters this season; since 1914, the 1964 Orioles and 1914 White Sox are the only other teams to have five games in which they allowed one or fewer hits
  • Kluber is tied for seventh among all MLB players in Fangraphs’ WAR at 5.3
  • He leads the AL in strikeouts with 193, and is third in MLB

Here’s CK on the victory:

Mike Aviles’ daughters, Adriana and Maiya, throw first pitches at Progressive Field before Cleveland Indians Thursday game

The twin 4-year-old daughters of Mike Aviles threw ceremonial first pitches on Thursday night at Progressive Field before the Indians completed a three-game series against the Yankees.

Adriana Aviles was diagnosed with childhood leukemia in May and is being treated at Cleveland Clinic. Her sister, Maiya, will join her on the mound on Thursday.

She stole the show on the field before the game, as the video below shows:

In late May, his Indians teammates shaved their heads in support of he and his daughter, and in early June, Tribe owner Paul Dolan did the same; Aviles shaved Dolan’s head.

In mid-June, Tribe players, coaches and front office members who shaved their heads in support of Aviles and his family gathered at the ballpark for a team photo while wearing orange “Team Adriana” shirts.

Mike Aviles’ twin daughters, Adriana and Maiya, to throw ceremonial first pitches at Progressive Field Thursday

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The twin 4-year-old daughters of Mike Aviles will throw ceremonial first pitches on Thursday night at Progressive Field before the Indians complete a three-game series against the Yankees.

Adriana Aviles was diagnosed with childhood leukemia in May and is being treated at Cleveland Clinic. Her sister, Maiya, will join her on the mound on Thursday.

In late May, his Indians teammates shaved their heads in support of he and his daughter, and in early June, Tribe owner Paul Dolan did the same; Aviles shaved Dolan’s head.

In mid-June, Tribe players, coaches and front office members who shaved their heads in support of Aviles and his family gathered at the ballpark for a team photo while wearing orange “Team Adriana” shirts.

EXCLUSIVE: Answers to all of your Corey Kluber walk-off water gun questions

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We were so excited to have our 16-inning marathon game on Tuesday night end — meaning we could go home and get some sleep — we almost missed that Corey Kluber brought a freaking water gun to the celebration, as you see in the GIF above and the video below.

A water gun!

We had to know more. So we tracked down Corey in the clubhouse this afternoon and he gave us the skinny, which is far, far less exciting than we thought it’d be but funny nonetheless.

Was it a super soaker? Yes.

Where and when did you buy it? September 2014, Target

When did you fill it? I refilled it in the middle of the 16th after Danny Salazar shot it off during pregame.

Did you and college teammate and new Indians teammate Chris Johnson ever have water gun fights? (Looks at questioner like he’s crazy) No.

Have you ever shot your eye out like in ‘A Christmas Story’? (Getting angry) No.

Where was the gun during the game? In the dugout.

As it turns out, Danny Salazar borrowed Kluber’s water gun in pregame for nefarious purposes: to spray STO reporter Andre Knott with water. See GIF and photo:

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PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians walk off on Michael Brantley’s 16th-inning single

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After five hours, Michael Brantley delivered a walkoff single in the 16th inning to beat the Yankees on Tuesday, 5-4.

WATCH:

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Cleveland Indians prospect Clint Frazier named Carolina League Player of the Month

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Lynchburg center fielder Clint Frazier has been named the Carolina League Player of the Month for July.

He led the league in hitting (.363) and hits (37), was second in slugging (.559) and OPS (1.000), third in runs scored (21) and extra-base hits (12) and was fifth in RBI (17).

Frazier, 20, was selected fifth overall by the Indians in the 2013 draft out of Loganville (GA) High School.

Cleveland RBI softball wins RBI World Series title

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Cleveland Baseball Federation RBI, which finished the tournament with a 7-0 record, won their first RBI Softball Championship Sunday in Texas. Making their seventh consecutive appearance in the softball division, this is the first RBI World Series Championship in any division for the program.

Cleveland Baseball Federation RBI defeated Houston Astros RBI by the score of 3-0 at Allan Saxe Field at the University of Texas – Arlington in Arlington, TX. A 30-minute documentary about the softball portion of the RBI World Series will air on MLB Network at 11:00 am ET on Sunday, August 30th.

As the winner of the softball title, Cleveland Baseball Federation RBI was awarded the Dolly Vardens Trophy, named for an all-African-American women’s baseball team formed in Philadelphia in 1867. Cleveland Baseball Federation RBI pitcher Andrea Scali was named the championship game Most Valuable Player. Scali struck out 12 while giving up just two hits over seven shutout innings. At the plate, she drove in two runs on the day with a single and a double. Scali dominated in the circle throughout the tournament finishing 5-0 with a 0.22 ERA and 54 strikeouts.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians Season Ticket Holder party at Progressive Field

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In addition to perks like big savings over single-game ticket prices, Opening Day/Postseason priority and more, one of the biggest advantages of being an Indians Season Ticket Holder is our annual summer party, in which only STHs have the opportunity to get autographs from our players in a relaxed setting (well, except for the initial rush).

That was no different on Sunday, as Tribe players and Season Ticket Holders had a great afternoon after the Indians series-win-clinhing victory over Minnesota. (That gallery is here.)

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

PHOTO GALLERY: Kluber, Johnson, Almonte lift Cleveland Indians to series win

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

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