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Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, July 7 vs. Yankees (#VoteKluber!)

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Fun, busy day at the ol’ ballyard!

–Photos by David Cleveland

Indians, Rockies team up on All-Star Game final voting with #ClevelandRox vote campaign

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Indians starter Corey Kluber, Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau among those vying for final spots on AL, NL rosters

Fans can vote for Kluber, Morneau online through Thursday afternoon, are encouraged to use #VoteKluber, #VoteMorneau, #ClevelandRox

The Cleveland Indians and Colorado Rockies have teamed up to get Tribe starter Corey Kluber and Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau into the All-Star Game through the All-Star Game Final Vote.

Fans can vote online at Indians.com or MLB.com/vote through Thursday, July 10 at 4PM ET. Votes on Twitter will count on Thursday from 10AM-4PM; fans are encouraged to use #VoteKluber, #VoteMorneau and #ClevelandRox.

The symmetry between the teams and the players is hard to deny:

  • Kluber has apologized to Morneau for striking him out during Kluber’s 12-strikeout performance at Progressive Field on May 30.
  • Morneau, a former AL Central resident for years with the Twins, subsequently apologized to Kluber for going 6-for-15 in his career against Kluber.
  • Morneau is from Canada, and Cleveland is pretty close to Canada. Tribe reliever John Axford and George Kottaras are Canadian.
  • Morneau and Kluber are huge hockey fans – Morneau played as a kid, and is a Bruins fan; his favorite players, according to Wikipedia, are Patrick Roy, Ray Borque and “Dumb and Dumber” star (and former Bruin) Cam Neely. Kluber, a Texas native, is a big Dallas Stars fan.
  • “Cleveland Rocks” is a famous song from a show featuring famous Clevelander Drew Carey, who has successfully completed a seemingly impossible task – replacing Bob Barker on “The Price is Right.” The Rockies also are affectionately known as the “Rox.”
  • Each are exceedingly stoic:
  • Upon hearing the news of his inclusion in the Final Vote, Kluber said, “Cool.”
  • Morneau: “Nice.”

Kluber and Morneau will need the support of Indians and Rockies fans, as the vote is purely an online vote by MLB fans. Kluber is up against Rick Porcello (Detroit), Chris Sale (Chicago), Garrett Richards (Los Angeles) and Dallas Keuchel (Houston).

Kluber has emerged as one of the best young starters in baseball, and is among the league leaders in several categories, including strikeouts (137, 4th). He earned the win Sunday, pitching 8.1 innings of 4-hit ball and striking out 10.

Yan and Yan: The younger inspires the elder to a big day

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Six-year-old Yan Perez threw out a ceremonial first pitch on Sunday afternoon, which is a pretty awesome experience.

Fairly cool, too: Yan shares the name of Yan Gomes, the Tribe’s catcher.

Yan and Yan got to know each other a little before Sunday’s Indians-Royals game. The elder Yan spoke highly of his younger namesake, who inspired Gomes – the Tribe catcher hit a two-run homer in the second inning of Cleveland’s win over KC.

The younger Yan, a little star-struck, said “Yeah” when asked if he had fun; he said throwing the pitch was “cool.” (Forgive him for his brevity!)

The duo met up again after the game and high-fived, and Yan spoke highly of Perez’s impact on him in his postgame TV interview.

Yan Perez was given the experience through a Ronald McDonald House raffle; the winner of the raffle donated it to Yan and his family.

–Angela Martin

PHOTO GALLERY: Kluber stellar again in Tribe win

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Notes from today’s Tribe victory:

  • Corey Kluber improves to 8-6 with a 2.86 ERA overall and a 4-2 record and a 2.74 ERA (20 ER/65.2 IP) at Progressive Field this season
  • Retired the first 7 batters he faced and limited the Royals to just 4 hits overall, 2 of which were infield hits (W, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 1 BB, 10 SO, 1 HR, 109 pitches/75 strikes).
  • In 2 starts vs. Kansas City at home this season, Kluber has gone 2-0 with 21 strikeouts and just one walk through 17.1 innings.
  • His last victory vs. the Royals on April 24 at Progressive Field was his first career complete game, in which he recorded 11 strikeouts.
  • In 8 career starts vs. Kansas City, Kluber has gone 4-1 with a 3.31 ERA (19 ER/51.1 IP) and 49 strikeouts against just 12 walks.
  • Marks the third start this season that Kluber has recorded at least 10 strikeouts and yielded one or fewer walks, becoming the eighth such Indians player in club history to accomplish the feat since 1914.
  • Other Indians to do so include Dennis Eckersley with 4 (1976), and Ubaldo Jimenez (2013), Scott Kazmir (2013), C.C. Sabathia (2006), Bert Blyleven (1985), Sunny Siebert (1965) and Bob Feller (1946) with 3 each.

–Photos by David Cleveland/Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: Indians beat KC, TJ House earns first big-league win

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–Photos by David Cleveland/Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: Fans’ #CLEHeroes pic from July 4

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Our first Homestand Heroes event was a touching display of support for our military, including fallen, current and future heroes.

On social media, we asked our fans and followers for their photos of their #CLEHeroes, and we got plenty. Here’s a sampling — thanks for your service!

Photo Gallery: Homestand Heroes military tribute, July 4

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The Indians played host to the club’s first Homestand Heroes military tribute on Friday, during which the Indians paid tribute to fallen, current and future military heroes before and after the game.Here’s a video recap of the events:

The evening featured:

  • BOB FELLER ACT OF VALOR AWARD: The Indians will recognize the nominees and finalists for the second annual Bob Feller Act of Valor Award – including the Indians Nick Swisher as a finalist – created to honor the legacy of Hall of Famer and Indians great Bob Feller, who enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor despite a blossoming baseball career. Each year, the award will recognize one MLB player, one MLB Hall of Famer and a Navy service man or woman; Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was the MLB player honored last year. Swisher will be joined by Mrs. Anne Feller in a pregame ceremony.
  • FALLEN HEROES: The evening will begin with recognition of the Derga family of Columbus and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). TAPS is a tragedy assistance resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstances of death. The Dergas lost their son, Corporal Dustin A. Derga, in Iraq in 2005. Dustin was a member of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment (Infantry). TAPS coordinates locally with Cornerstone of Hope, which is dedicated to providing support, education and hope for the grieving.
  • CURRENT HEROES: In partnership with the USO of Northern Ohio, the Indians have invited several thousand service men and women and their families to be in attendance and play a role in the night’s celebration. Later, all five military branches – the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard – will present colors for the national anthem before the game’s scheduled 7:05PM first pitch.
  • FUTURE HEROES: After the game – and before the evening’s scheduled extended patriotic fireworks show – new military recruits from various branches will participate in an on-field enlistment ceremony.
  • SURPRISE FIRST PITCH: Army Maj. Rick Strong was surprised by his friends and family at the ballpark on Friday — he thought he was here for a guys’ night out — and later threw a first pitch.

 

Army Maj. Rick Strong’s Fourth of July filled with pretty awesome surprises at Progressive Field

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Army Maj. Rick Strong, back stateside after a deployment overseas, was surprised on Friday night — to say the least.

Strong, a Parma native and Valley Forge High grad, was in Cleveland visiting friends and family for the holiday weekend. What he didn’t know was his wife, Nikki, had something brewing: She and the Indians had Rick believing he was at the ballpark for a guys’ night out.

Instead, he found a couple dozen friends and family waiting for him at the ballpark.

But there was more: His wife had brought his uniform with him, and told him the Indians would be paying tribute to him on the field before the game. That was partially true: There was a ceremonial first pitch in it for Rick as well!

It was all part of the Indians Homestand Heroes military tribute event. As part of the event, the Indians honored fallen, current and future military heroes before and after the game on the Fourth.

As for Rick’s first pitch, he was a little nervous – his first words when seeing his wife and friends were, “I’m not throwing a first pitch, am I?” He was, in fact, something he learned later. Indians Manager Terry Francona caught the first pitch, which ended up a little low and outside.

All in all, a heck of a day for Rick, the Indians and all military branches. Here is video of his big night:

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Photo Gallery: July 4 Batting Practice vs. KC

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Indians homestand heroes event to honor military branches, service men and women during Fourth of July ceremonies

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Club will shine spotlight on fallen, current and future military heroes with expansive pregame, in-game and post-game ceremonies

The Cleveland Indians will honor fallen, current and future military heroes from the United States military during the club’s first Homestand Heroes event before, during and after the club’s game against the Kansas City Royals on July 4.

“The Fourth of July is the perfect time to recognize the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve our country and their families,” said Bob DiBiasio, Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. “These ceremonies to recognize fallen, current and future military heroes should be very special and create amazing memories for our service members and our fans.”

BOB FELLER ACT OF VALOR AWARD

The Indians will recognize the nominees and finalists for the second annual Bob Feller Act of Valor Award – including the Indians Nick Swisher as a finalist – created to honor the legacy of Hall of Famer and Indians great Bob Feller, who enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor despite a blossoming baseball career. Each year, the award will recognize one MLB player, one MLB Hall of Famer and a Navy service man or woman; Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was the MLB player honored last year. Swisher will be joined by Mrs. Anne Feller in a pregame ceremony.

FALLEN HEROES

The evening will begin with recognition of the Derga family of Columbus and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). TAPS is a tragedy assistance resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstances of death. The Dergas lost their son, Corporal Dustin A. Derga, in Iraq in 2005. Dustin was a member of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment (Infantry). TAPS coordinates locally with Cornerstone of Hope, which is dedicated to providing support, education and hope for the grieving.

CURRENT HEROES

In partnership with the USO of Northern Ohio, the Indians have invited several thousand service men and women and their families to be in attendance and play a role in the night’s celebration. Later, all five military branches – the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard – will present colors for the national anthem before the game’s scheduled 7:05PM first pitch.

FUTURE HEROES

After the game – and before the evening’s scheduled extended patriotic fireworks show – new military recruits from various branches will participate in an on-field enlistment ceremony.

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