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Photo Gallery: Tribe wins on 5th walk-off of 2014

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The Indians notched their 5th walk-off win of the season, as Asdrubal Cabrera connected for a game-winning 3-run shot off Boston’s Edward Mujica with one out in the bottom of the 12th.

The win marked the Tribe’s second walk-off win of the homestand (Sunday, 6-4 win vs. COL); three of the five Cleveland walk-off victories this season have come by way of the long ball, as Michael Brantley (5/19 vs. DET) and Michael Bourn (6/1 vs. COL) have also notched game-winning long balls.

The game also marked just the second time in the history of Progressive Field (1994-present) that the Indians have collected a walk-off home run vs. the Red Sox in the regular season: Manny Ramirez owned the club’s only previous regular season walk-off homer vs. Boston on June 19, 1995, a solo-shot in the bottom of the 10th off  Ken Ryan…Tony Pena hit a walk-off solo homer off Zane Smith in the bottom of the 13th in Game 1 of the 1995 Division Series vs. Boston – the club’s only other walk-off homer against the Red Sox at Progressive Field.

The game-winner marks the 73rd walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field – the most by any team over that span ahead of Cincinnati (60) and Oakland (57).

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Tuesday recap: Photos, plus 6 things you need to know from win over BoSox

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SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM VICTORY:

  • The Indians jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and rallied for a pair of runs in the 7th to cap a 5-3 victory and seal their season-high 5th straight victory…Tribe’s last winning streak longer than 4 games occurred when the club finished the 2013 regular season with 10 consecutive victories.
  • Over the course of the win streak (all on current homestand), Cleveland’s starting rotation has posted a 2.27 ERA (8 ER/31.2 IP), picking up 2 of the 5 victories, while the bullpen has combined to go 3-0 with 15 strikeouts against just 3 walks.
  • Cleveland continues to build upon the best home record in the American League, as the Tribe has now gone 20-11 (.645), winning 8 straight and 10 of the club’s last 13 games overall here at Progressive Field…entering today’s game, Cleveland’s 19-11 home record also stood as the 5th-best in the Majors…the Tribe’s 8 game home win streak is the longest since reeling off 11 straight from July 11-August 1, 2013.

CODY ALLEN

  • Pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 5th save of the season – has earned the save in each of his last 4 appearances……seven of his last eight outings have been scoreless (8.2 IP, 4-for-28 [.143]) to lower his season ERA from 3.71 to 2.81.

LONNIE CHISENHALL

  • Chisenhall is batting just above .360 (.361, 35-97) with 9 doubles, 3 homers, 17 RBI and 16 runs scored over his last 29 games.

MICHAEL BOURN

  • Unlocked a 3-3 tied with a game-winning 2-run double of Boston lefty Andrew Miller in the bottom of the 7th…Bourn finished 2-4 with a run scored and has now hit safely in 7-straight games (tied w/Murphy for longest active streak)…Bourn had a 9-game hit snapped on May 26 at Chicago-AL, but has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games dating back to May 17 (26-71, .366, 2 HR, 2 3B, 4 2B, 7 RBI and 13 RS).

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Indians win fourth straight, seventh straight home game

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Justin Masterson throws perfect … inning — 9 pitches, three strikeouts!

Justin Masterson started slowly on Monday night, but quickly gained steam … and was perfect — at least for an inning.

In the 4th inning of the Indians 3-2 win over Boston, Masterson struck out the side on nine pitches., getting Johnny Gomes, Grady Sizemore and Stephen Drew to whiff.

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In return, Sizemore looks back fondly on time in Cleveland

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Former Indians centerfielder and fan favorite Grady Sizemore made his first return to Progressive Field on Monday. Aside from making an unfamiliar trek to the visitors’ clubhouse, Sizemore found himself starting in right field — something he has never done in Cleveland.

The 31-year-old said it felt weird to be back in the city, especially with a different jersey.

“It feels weird being back on the other side,” Sizemore said. “The family vibe I got here [stands out]; it still feels like home. I started here, and it’s kind of still a piece of me.”

Sizemore’s outstanding career in Cleveland was marred by a series of injuries, which kept him out of the lineup and on the disabled list for several months. Despite working tirelessly with the Indians trainers to come back healthy, he eventually took three years off and later signed with Boston.

“I think [the injuries were] a combination of a lot of things,” Sizemore said. “Trying to play through those injuries probably created more problems than anything, but I can’t say that it’s because of how I play.

“[The Indians training staff] went above and beyond for me. If anything, they were as frustrated as I was, just trying to find a reason behind it and find a solution. They were very helpful; they gave me every opportunity and went to every length to try to help me get through that. Even when I wasn’t with them, they were still helping me every step of the way.”

In a sense, Sizemore has picked up right where he left off, surprising none other than himself. In 43 games with the Red Sox this season, Sizemore is hitting .232 with two home runs, and five stolen bases (in 5 attempts).

“I’m surprised at how I’ve been able to hold up, being gone for so long and just coming back and not having any major issues,” he said. “I got used to having a lot of setbacks the last couple years, so I’m just happy I’ve been able to stay healthy and stay on the field. The more I’m out there, the better I feel.”

While he was sidelined for a few years, the three-time All-Star (2006-2008) spent a lot of time following his former team and checking in on his old teammates and friends.

One friend, in particular, stood out.

“Mike [Brantley] is probably one of the most underrated players in the game. I think he’s getting a lot of recognition now, but still probably not what he deserves. If you watch what he’s done the last couple of years, it’s pretty impressive,” Sizemore said. “He’s only going to get better. I’m happy for him, happy to see him out here having success, and I only think he’s going to get better.”

What about Brantley impressed Sizemore the most?

“His approach to the plate — so calm, so confident. I’ve never seen a guy go out there the first couple of years and just look like a pro against nasty lefties or whoever it was,” he said. “He just never seemed to swing at a bad pitch, and even his outs were line drives. He’s starting to hit for average and add some power in there, and it’s all coming together for him.”

Sizemore said he is disappointed he does not have time to visit his old hotspots around town, but he made it clear he is excited to be reunited with his former home.

“This city’s always been great to me, so I’m just happy to be back here playing,” Sizemore said. “I had nothing but good memories here. Great teammates, great guys all around. This is kind of still home for me. It’s good to be back.”

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

Tribe homestand notes: What’s going on during series vs. Rockies, Red Sox

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PROMOTIONS:

  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Friday, May 30
  • Fireworks (Tribute to Grammy Award nominees) presented by Wayside Furniture: Friday, May 30
  • Rally Alley presented by RTA: Friday, May 30
  • Brohio bobblehead courtesy of Sugardale: Saturday, May 31
  • Rally Alley presented by RTA: Saturday, May 31
  • KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, June 1
  • Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, June 1
  • Michael Bourn bobblehead courtesy of Shearer’s: Tuesday, June 3
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Wednesday, June 4

 

FRIDAY, MAY 30 vs. ROCKIES, 7:05PM

  • *ALL GATES: OPEN at 5:30PM (Gate C/East Pedestrian Bridge open at 4:30PM)
  • Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD; WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Fireworks, presented by Wayside Furniture: The third of 17 Fireworks nights at the ballpark this season, tonight’s will be set to the music of 2014 Grammy Award nominees and is presented by Wayside Furniture.

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Come out to Progressive Field and enjoy Sugardale Dollar Dog Night, one of 13 during 2014. Hot dogs are only $1 in the ballpark all evening.

Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Value-based food options, entertainers, magicians, stilt walkers, jugglers, balloon artists, live music, visits from Indians alumni and more!

Alumni meet and greets: Mike Jackson and Paul Shuey will be on hand to meet Tribe fans at Rally Alley.

Brohio:Newly elected Brohio Governor Adam Gockowski will lead the charge from Brohio, in Section 117, at Progressive Field for all Friday and Saturday games. A new T-shirt design is available for all fans purchasing tickets in Brohio in 2014. More information and tickets are available at Indians.com/Brohio.

50/50 Raffle:The Indians have introduced an all-new 50/50 Raffle at Progressive Field for Friday, Saturday and Sunday home games in 2014. The raffle will support Cleveland Indians Charities in its mission to provide baseball and softball opportunities to the underprivileged youth of Cleveland.

To participate, fans can simply visit a 50/50 Raffle kiosk at a Friday, Saturday or Sunday home game.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 31 vs. ROCKIES @ 3:05PM

  • *ALL GATES: OPEN at 1:30PM
  • Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD; WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Nick Swisher BROhio Bobblehead, courtesy of Sugardale: 12,500 fans will receive this limited-edition item; fans should arrive early to ensure that they get one!

Brohio:A special, one-day-only edition of the Brohio T-shirt will be available for all fans purchasing tickets today in Brohio. Brohio Governor Adam Gockowski will lead the charge in Section 117 at Progressive Field for all Friday and Saturday games. More information and tickets are available at Indians.com/Brohio.

Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Value-based food options, entertainers, magicians, stilt walkers, jugglers, balloon artists, live music, visits from Indians alumni and more!

Alumni meet and greets: Mike Jackson and Paul Shuey will be on hand to meet Tribe fans at Rally Alley.

50/50 Raffle:The Indians have introduced an all-new 50/50 Raffle at Progressive Field for Friday, Saturday and Sunday home games in 2014. The raffle will support Cleveland Indians Charities in its mission to provide baseball and softball opportunities to the underprivileged youth of Cleveland. To participate, fans can simply visit a 50/50 Raffle kiosk at a Friday, Saturday or Sunday home game. The winner will be announced at the ballpark, and fans can check back here to confirm daily winners.

Terrace Club: The Terrace Club is open to the public in 2014, and fans can make reservations by visiting OpenTable.com and searching for the Terrace Club.

MLB All-Star Game in-park balloting: Fans can vote at Progressive Field for their favorite Indians players to earn a spot on the American League All-Star team in July in Minnesota! Fans also can vote now at MLB.com/vote.

Sugardale sampling: Sugardale will offer free samples of its beef franks from 1PM-3:30PM; Sugardale also will hand out coupons after the game.

Circle K couponing: The company will hand out coupons after the evening’s game.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 vs. ROCKIES @ 1:05PM

  • *ALL GATES: OPEN at 11:30AM (Gate C/East Pedestrian Bridge at 11:00AM)
  • Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

KeyBank Kids Fun Day:Each remaining Sunday home game (except for Sept. 29) will feature KeyBank Kids Fun Days. Activities include:

  • A new SportsTime Ohio show hosted by Katie Witham and featuring Indians players – show begins around 11:45AM
  • Jungle Terry
  • Kids Clubhouse, featuring the Rookie Suite presented by University Hospitals and Slugger’s Sandlot presented by KeyBank
  • And more!

Kids Run the Bases Presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s:Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run around the bases like their favorite players. All kids (12 & Under) can stay immediately after the game to take part, and will receive a giveaway item from Cleveland Clinic Children’s when they’re finished. (Participants will receive a pair of sunglasses courtesy of Cleveland Clinic Children’s, while supplies last.)

50/50 Raffle:The Indians have introduced an all-new 50/50 Raffle at Progressive Field for Friday, Saturday and Sunday home games in 2014. The raffle will support Cleveland Indians Charities in its mission to provide baseball and softball opportunities to the underprivileged youth of Cleveland. To participate, fans can simply visit a 50/50 Raffle kiosk at a Friday, Saturday or Sunday home game. The winner will be announced at the ballpark, and fans can check back here to confirm daily winners. The Opening Day winner took home over $6,500!

 

MONDAY, JUNE 2 vs. RED SOX @ 7:05PM

  • *ALL GATES: OPEN at 6:00PM (Gate C/East Pedestrian Bridge open at 4:30PM)
  • Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WKYC-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Terrace Club: The Terrace Club is open to the public in 2014, and fans can make reservations by visiting OpenTable.com and searching for the Terrace Club.

MLB All-Star Game in-park balloting: Fans can vote at Progressive Field for their favorite Indians players to earn a spot on the American League All-Star team in July in Minnesota! Fans also can vote now at MLB.com/vote.

MLB Players Alumni Association in-park auction: Cleveland Indians Charities gets a portion of the proceeds from the auction, which will take place behind home plate on the concourse.

Dunkin’ Donuts couponing: The restaurant will hand out coupons after the evening’s game.

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 3, vs. RED SOX @ 7:05PM

  • *ALL GATES: OPEN at 5:30PM (Gate C/East Pedestrian Bridge open at 4:30PM)
  • Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN, MLB Network

Michael Bourn bobblehead, courtesy of Shearer’s:One of five bobbleheads on the 2014 promotional schedule, the item depicts Bourn making one of his fine catches in center field for the Tribe.

Buy Early and Save:Fans’ best value at Progressive Field in 2014 comes by buying early and using Paperless ticketing. This year, buying online, even with Ticketmaster fees, will save fans money over Progressive Field Box Office and Team Shop ticket prices.

MLB All-Star Game in-park balloting: Fans can vote at Progressive Field for their favorite Indians players to earn a spot on the American League All-Star team in July in Minnesota! Fans also can vote now at MLB.com/vote.

MLB Players Alumni Association in-park auction: Cleveland Indians Charities gets a portion of the proceeds from the auction, which will take place behind home plate on the concourse.

Circle K couponing: The company will hand out coupons after the evening’s game.

 

Wednesday, June 4 vs. Red Sox @ 7:05PM

  • *ALL GATES: OPEN at 6:00PM (Gate C/East Pedestrian Bridge open at 4:30PM)
  • Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Come out to Progressive Field and enjoy Sugardale Dollar Dog Night, one of 13 during 2014. Hot dogs are only $1 in the ballpark all evening.

MLB All-Star Game in-park balloting: Fans can vote at Progressive Field for their favorite Indians players to earn a spot on the American League All-Star team in July in Minnesota! Fans also can vote now at MLB.com/vote.

Indians Getaway Game presented by The UPS Store: The UPS Store presents today’s getaway travel game. A representative from one of more than 40 local The UPS Store locations will throw out the first pitch.

MLB All-Star Game in-park balloting: Fans can vote at Progressive Field for their favorite Indians players to earn a spot on the American League All-Star team in July in Minnesota! Fans also can vote now at MLB.com/vote.

MLB Players Alumni Association in-park auction: Cleveland Indians Charities gets a portion of the proceeds from the auction, which will take place behind home plate on the concourse.

Sugardale sampling: Sugardale will offer free samples of its beef franks from 5PM-7:30PM; Sugardale also will hand out coupons after the game.

Tribe’s head chef Ed Michalski pinch hits at World Series

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Progressive Field Executive Chef Ed Michalski and Sous Chef Glenn Courtwright traveled to St. Louis late last month to pitch in with Delaware North Companies’ (DNC) World Series events at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (DNC is the concessionaire at Progressive Field.)

Those events included the World Series Gala, which was attended by nearly 2,400 guests, along with gameday preparation and production for each of the three World Series games played in St. Louis (October 26-28).

As you can tell from the pictures above, things got fancy. Each day, DNC brought in a new bar sculpted out of ice, and the selections included bacon-wrapped filet, herb-encrusted turkey with duck, a raw bar with prawns, shrimp, crab and lobster. Plus, the events featured a revolving, butler-style pizza bar.

In-game duties for Glenn included preparation and production for the suite of Cardinals owner, Bill DeWitt, and Commissioner Bud Selig; for Chef Ed, they included the Redbird Club, which the day prior to Game 3 had played host to the gala.

Of the picture included in the gallery of Chef Ed sitting at the dais, he says, “they asked me to deliver the lineups.” We’ll let you decide fact or fiction on that one!

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond (photos by Ed Michalski)

Meryl Masterson: “Just like long distance, it makes you stronger.”

Meryl Masterson interacts with a child at Providence House in April. Masterson is an active member of the Indians Wives Association and volunteers her time with various civic initiatives. (Kyle Emery photo)

Meryl Masterson interacts with a child at Providence House in April. Masterson is an active member of the Indians Wives Association and volunteers her time with various civic initiatives. (Kyle Emery photo)

Walking the streets of Boston in a No. 48 jersey with “Masterson” embroidered across the back, Meryl Masterson swarmed through crowds of Red Sox fans on her way to Fenway Park in 2008. She sported a Pawtucket Red Sox baseball jersey, which featured the last name of Boston’s most recent call-up, and she could not imagine why so many fans were stopping her along the way.

“I didn’t know that we weren’t supposed to wear their jerseys and go all out, decked-out,” Meryl said. “I’m walking down the street and all these people are like, ‘Oh my God, that’s the starting pitcher. Where’d you get that jersey?’ I was like, ‘Oh, it’s his. I found it in his closet.’”

Justin Masterson made his Major League debut just 173 days after marrying Meryl. The couple met in a class at Bethel College, where Justin played baseball and pursued a career in criminal justice for two years. (He later transferred to San Diego State University.)

Meryl said she is caught off-guard when others treat Justin like a celebrity.

“I forget because I met him before he was anything; I didn’t even know he played baseball,” she said. “When we’re out sometimes, people will say, ‘Excuse me, can I get your autograph when you’re finished?’ I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, there are people probably watching us.’

“He acts completely normal and would sign anything because he doesn’t want his autograph to mean anything, which I love. He’ll sign whatever you want; he loves that kind of stuff.”

It did not take long for Meryl to learn of Justin’s love of baseball as he spent much of his time at the ballpark upon being promoted to the big leagues.

In fact, Meryl’s passion for the game has grown dramatically since she married Justin.

“My pitcher IQ [is] a 10, but my hitter IQ [is] a one,” she said. “I am [a baseball fan] now. I really do love when it’s on.”

Justin continued his career with Boston throughout 2008 and into the 2009 season, when he was traded to Cleveland. Meryl moved with Justin to Cleveland, where she stays during the course of the season. In the offseason, the couple travel to Boston and South Bend, Ind., home of Justin’s family and Bethel College.

Meryl, who is a dental assistant by trade, has experienced success in the business world with her self-owned cookie business, “Home Plate Cookies.”

“When we got married, I forgot we move three times a year; no one wants to hire you part-time like that,” she said. “I always bake these cookies for the team, and then someone [told me] to sell them. I went to school online for business for one year, figured it out, and now I have a huge web site.”

Meryl has decided to donate all proceeds to a charity in the Dominican Republic, where the Mastersons volunteer and help care for a village.

“We’re very big believers, and we believe that we’re in the position we’re in only to help these kids,” she said. “It’s so exciting because the better [Justin] does, the more people we can help. It helps me not get as nervous for the game. It’s been really cool to see that the more we give to these kids, the better he does.”

Handling Life as a Player’s Wife

Justin Masterson’s days as a relief pitcher are over (for now), and his wife, Meryl, is arguably the biggest fan of his conversion to starting pitcher. The uncertainty leading up to every appearance proved stressful for Meryl, who was thrilled to learn she had four days off between Justin’s starts.

“I’ve asked veteran [wives], ‘Does it ever get easier?’” Meryl said. “Honestly, for pitchers’ wives, it doesn’t because they’re up once every five days; that’s their chance, and if they do bad, you have all five days to think about it. If they do good, you’re on a high for five days.”

Meryl said she has every Indians game playing on the television when she is home. She attends as many home games as she can during the summer, and she makes occasional road trips to spend time with her husband.

Even if Meryl walks away from the television for a second, the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Eden, notifies her when Justin appears on TV.

“If they show him in the dugout or doing something else, she’ll be like, ‘There’s Daddy!’ I’ve taken so many pictures of her just staring at the screen,” Meryl said. “When he’s on like 11-day road trips, she gets so excited to see him. She doesn’t realize that he’s not there; [Eden thinks] he’s there. It’s really nice to see him on TV even though he’s gone.”

Eden, who looks just like Justin, often accompanies Meryl to her father’s games at Progressive Field, where the two sit with other players’ family members.

During one of Justin’s starts, Eden interjected, “Mommy, look, there’s Ketchup!”

“She doesn’t have a clue what’s going on out there, except that her daddy pitches,” Meryl said. “She’s been to more games than any [2-year-old]. She does really love the games.”

Meryl and Eden have made numerous friendships with players’ families throughout the past few years. While they both miss Justin for 81 away games each year, they enjoy the limited time they have with him at home.

“Of course, we want him to be home, but it really does make the times he is home precious. We don’t ever have little arguments because we just cherish the time we do have together,” Meryl said. “I really look at it like a blessing; it keeps our marriage fresh.

“Yes, it’s hard, and you feel like a single mom most of the time. Just like long distance, it makes you stronger because you’re built on trust.”

Meryl, who played basketball and softball in high school, said Justin does not talk about baseball unless she brings up the topic. She said she appreciates the way in which he separates his work from his family life.

“When we have family and friends in town — of course that’s all they talk about — my ears are perked because I never know what to say. When they talk about the game, I just love it because he goes on and on,” she said. “I feel like he just tries to leave it at the field and think of family time as family time, which I totally respect and cherish.”

Justin’s ability to come home with a smile on his face — regardless of his team’s performance each day — reminds Meryl of Justin’s college days. She said he used to hold the door open for everyone and hug the lunch ladies at Bethel.

“I am so emotional, and I get into the game. I would scream from the rooftops if I had the best game, and I would be so low if I had a bad game. You would not know what kind of game he had,” Meryl said. “He is the sweetest person, and that’s how I fell in love with him. He is just so even-keel, loving and up for whatever at any time. He’s steady; he is like the rock.”

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

Indians introduce Terry Francona as team’s Manager

Terry Francona was formally named the 42nd Manager of the Cleveland Indians today at a press conference at Progressive Field.

Francona, 53, brings more than 30 years of professional baseball experience to the Indians organization as a player, coach and manager. He has 12 years of Major League managing experience, five playoff appearances, and two World Series titles in his career thus far.

He most recently led the Boston Red Sox to five playoff appearances, six seasons of 90 or more victories and two World Series titles (2004, 2007) over an eight-season span from 2004-11.

Over his career, Francona has earned a reputation for developing young players, motivating veterans, and getting the most out of his teams.

“We’re going to compete,” declared Francona at Monday’s press conference. “We’re always going to compete. We may not win every game, but we won’t back down from anyone.”

In 2013, he will lead a team filled with potential, with a core of young players including Cody Allen, Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera, Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber, Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister and Carlos Santana.

“Players are players, and my job is whether a guy is 19 years old, or 21, or 31, or 36 – my job is to try to get the most out of them as a player,” said Francona.

”The goal here is for me to spend all my energy trying to insure that these players play the game correctly and with respect. So, when people are in Cleveland they are proud to say they are a Cleveland Indians fan.”

–TribeVibe contributor Max Lom

Indians Game Information, August 12

CLEVELAND INDIANS (53-61, 3rd, -9.0G) vs. BOSTON RED SOX (56-59)
RHP Corey Kluber (0-0, 6.10) vs. LHP Jon Lester (5-10, 5.36)
First Pitch 1:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: STO  Radio: WTAM/Indians Radio Network

ELIAS SAYS: BRENT LILLIBRIDGE went 3-for-4 w/ a 2B, HR and 2 RBI in  last  night’s  victory…according  to  Elias,  Lillibridge  became  just  the  2nd player in the last 53 seasons (1960-2012) to homer against Boston within 4 weeks of wearing a Red Sox uniform…just last month (July 17 at Fenway Park), the White Sox’s KEVIN YOUKILIS became the first player to pull that trick since Detroit’s TED LEPCIO did it on May 5, 1959 at Tiger Stadium just days after being traded by Boston.

THE STANDINGS: The Indians beat the Red Sox 5-2 last night, cutting their deficit to 9.0 games behind Chicago in the A.L. Central standings…the Tribe is also 8.5 games back in the A.L. Wild Card standings… Cleveland has been in 3rd place for 28 straight days after spending 56 consecutive days in either first or 2nd place (April 24-July 14)…of the 129 days of the Indians’ season, Cleveland has been in first place for 40 days, 2nd place for 46 days and 3rd place for 33 days…Cleveland held a season-high 4.0-game lead on May 17, but has gone 31-45 since.

LEFT COAST SWING: At the conclusion of the today’s game the Indians will head West to begin a 10-day, 9-game road trip against the Angels, Athletics and Mariners…trips starts with the Tribe’s first and only visit to Anaheim  this  season  to  conclude  the  season  series  against  the  Halos,  who have traveled to Cleveland twice this season (Indians hold a 4-2 advantage in 2012 play)…the Tribe is 122-140 all-time at Angel Stadium, going 11-17 over the last 5 seasons at “The Big A” (2007-11).

 

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