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Kipnis surprises local Tribe fan with tickets, visit to BP

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis recently surprised a local fan and her family with tickets to the July 31 game vs. the Mariners at Progressive Field. As you can see, Kate Andrejcak was excited.

Kate is a passionate Indians and Kipnis fan, and works in the special education field. The Indians disguised the surprise by telling her we wanted to talk with big Tribe fans; then, as you can see in the video, Jason delivered the news by phone. She was surprised — in fact, she said when we first spoke, “I was hoping you were calling to see if you needed help taking Jason Kipnis to dinner or something.”

Photos of their meet and greet below.

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Corey Kluber: Cy Young candidate — and Rust Cohle impersonator?

Corey Kluber is an AL Cy Young candidate and apparently a budding actor. Below is video of him doing his best Rust Cohle impression; Cohle is a straight-faced detective on HBO’s “True Detective.” And Kluber kinda sorta nails it.

Here are photos from the shoot, which was conducted recently in New York City.

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Saturday recap: Photos, plus notes on Carrasco, Santana, Brantley

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The Indians moved to 3-1 through the first 4 games of this 5-game homestand against Arizona (1-1) and Baltimore (2-0, + 1 game), improving to 62-60 and two games over the .500 mark for the first time since August 4 (57-55)…marks Cleveland’s 9th shutout of the season and first shutout since a 3-0 win at New York-AL on August 9…the Indians are now 9-5 to begin the month of August and have won 5 of their last 6 since dropping 4-straight from 8/5-8/8…the win gives the Indians a 17-12 record vs. teams from the AL-East this season, making this the 7th time in the last 11 seasons that the Indians have gone .500-or-better vs. the AL-East since 2004…the Indians have 4 remaining games vs. the AL-East this season (1 vs. BAL and 3 vs. TB).

More notes:

CARLOS CARRASCO

  • Carrasco worked 7.0 scoreless innings and picked up his fifth win of the season and second win as a starter this year (W, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R-ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 79 pitches/57 strikes)…after going 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA (17 ER/22.0 IP) through his first 4 starts of the season, Carrasco has gone 2-0 through 2 starts (12.0 scoreless innings) since transitioning back into the starter role…the last time Carrasco worked 5.0 scoreless innings in
    back-to-back outings was on June 7-June 13, 2011 (15.1 IP)…the last time Carrasco worked at least 7.0 innings was when he did not earn a decision, despite going 7.1 innings in a 2-1 loss vs. Kansas City on June 17, 2013…the last time he worked at least 7.0 scoreless innings was when he earned a 1-0 win at New York-AL on June 13, 2011.
  • Carrasco improves to 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA (6 ER/29.1 IP) in 10 appearances/3 starts vs. American League East opponents this season…Over the Tribe’s last 6 games dating back to August 9, Cleveland’s starting rotation has posted a 0.69 ERA (3 ER/39.0 IP).

CARLOS SANTANA

  • Delivered his 21st home run of the season, a 3-run shot to center field that put the Indians on the board 3-0 in the first inning…the home run marked Santana’s 92nd career homer, tying him with Sandy Alomar for 28th-most home runs in Indians history…with Santana’s first-inning home run, the Indians last 6 runs have come courtesy of the home run ball…Santana’s 92 career home runs rank 20th in the American League since 2010…Santana finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and 3 RBI.

MICHAEL BRANTLEY

  • Registered his 18th home run of the season, coming as a 2-run homer to right field in the fifth inning and giving the Indians a 6-0 lead…Brantley’s 2 RBI give him 80 RBI on the season as he becomes the only player in the American League with a batting average over .300, 18-or-more home runs, 10-or-more stolen bases and at least 80 RBI this season.

FanGraphs: Going Inside Michael Brantley’s dramatic, MVP-like improvement

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FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan recently took a deep dive into Michael Brantley’s leap to an MVP candidate; here’s the link for the whole story.

A snippet:

  • Between last year and this year, Michael Brantley has taken a mammoth step forward. But he’d already been making progress for a number of seasons, and now he’s reaping the benefits of discipline and controlled aggression. Brantley is still able to drop a single or a double into left or left-center. He’s also more able than ever to turn on a fastball and yank it into the right-field seats. There’s nothing dramatic here. There’s no swing overhaul. There’s no adjusted stance. Brantley always had the skills. Now he’s just figured out how to put them all together in the right way. The result’s been a guy who’s out-hitting Miguel Cabrera.

Brantley’s hit two walk-off homers this season, on May 19 vs. the Tigers (starting a sweep of the Tribe’s rival) and on Aug. 2 to beat Texas.

Guy’s been good.

Photo Gallery: Kluber dominates, Aviles walks it off

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The headline says it all, and if it doesn’t, let these fantastic photos say more.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik, David Cleveland

Rock N’ Blast night 1 recap: Yeah, it was pretty awesome.

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So, Rock N’ Blast’s rep precedes it … but by all accounts, the 2014 version got off to a rocking start on Friday night; this year’s theme is Tour of Rock and Cleveland band Welshly Arms performed before the show.

Remember: Rock N Blast is back on Saturday at Progressive Field as the Indians take on old friend Ubaldo Jimenez and the Orioles. Here are some Tribe fans’ pictures from the show!

Tribe players visit Providence House, pack intake bags for crisis nursery kids

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Indians players Yan Gomes, Lonnie Chisenhall, Carlos Santana and Nick Hagadone — along with their wives (and Carlos’ sisters) — visited Cleveland crisis nursery Providence House today and packed intake bags for the kids that stay at the residence. Take a look at the photos from their visit above!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Download MLB.com At the Ballpark app and get great offers at Progressive Field all weekend!

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Fans visiting Progressive Field for this weekend’s series with the Orioles 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 15:

- 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 16:

- 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 17:

- 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.

Come watch AL Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber pitch tonight or he will give you the death stare

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Corey Kluber is on an incredible roll, and pitches tonight at home to begin a three-game series vs. Baltimore. You should come watch him pitch. Why? (Other than the headline, of course…)

For one, here’s where he ranks among AL starters:

  • Wins: T-2nd, 13
  • Strikeouts: 4th, 187
  • WAR: 4th, 5.3
  • Starter ERA: 3rd, 2.46

Moreover, here are some other amazing tidbits about his amazing 2014 season:

  • In his past seven starts, he’s 6-0 with a 1.33 ERA
  • He has seven starts with 10 or more strikeouts, and 13 starts with eight or more.
  • In all of those starts, he’s walked 2 or fewer batters.
  • In 17 of his 25 starts, he’s allowed two or fewer runs.
  • In seven of his last nine starts, he’s allowed 1 or fewer earned runs.

Here’s what Tribe pitching coach Mickey Callaway said recently of Kluber, via a story by Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal: “It seems like every few outings you’re hearing something about the last 100 years. It’s
been crazy.”

Welshly Arms proud to be part of big year in Cleveland; bluesy quartet set for two Rock N’ Blast shows this weekend at Progressive Field

[L-R] Mikey Gould (drums), Sam Getz (lead vocals/guitar), Brett Lindemann (keys) and Jimmy Weaver (bass) pictured inside Cleveland's West Side Market

The Welshly Arms foursome of [L-R] Mikey Gould (drums), Sam Getz (lead vocals/guitar), Brett Lindemann (keys) and Jimmy Weaver (bass) pictured inside Cleveland’s West Side Market. The Cleveland-based group will perform at Progressive Field on Friday, Aug. 15 & Saturday, Aug. 16.

[Editor's note: On the heels of partnering with the Indians in a series of recent commercials that feature the group's new single "Dirty Work", Welshly Arms is set to play a pair of post-game concert sets to kick off Rock N' Blast fireworks shows on Friday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 16]

Behind every song is a story.

Sitting across from Sam Getz and Jimmy Weaver at Lucky’s Café in the resurging neighborhood of Tremont, it quickly becomes apparent that theirs is one rooted deeply in friendship. The duo’s respective roles and personalities, later corroborated by pals/founding bandmates Mikey Gould (drums) and Brett Lindemann (keyboards), are evident in a breakfast conversation over coffee, waffles and a Midwestern shovel’s-worth of eggs, home fries and bacon known as “The Shipwreck”. Getz, the group’s front man guitarist and a born leader, handles the lion’s share of questions about the evolving formation of Welshly Arms – a bluesy, Cleveland-bred rock quartet set to release its first full-length LP later this fall. Weaver is slightly more selective with his contributions, interjecting thoughts when it best complements the anecdote at hand. “I switched to the bass because I don’t do well in the spotlight”, Weaver light-heartedly acknowledges. “I like to stay in the background and enjoy the music without having to worry about being the showman.” While that may be true, his modesty masks his reputation as the group’s unofficial music director. While his own percussion responsibilities help hold down the bottom of the groove, Gould readily defers – “Jimmy’s the engine of the group. We wouldn’t sound the way we do without him and he’s really grown into a genius producer and engineer for a lot of people around Cleveland.”

The origins of this soulful set of twenty-somethings date back much further to Cleveland’s west side in the 70’s when best friends Tom Getz and Dave Weaver played together in a high school band of their own. Their sons would not meet until many years later after Sam – raised in a rural area of Ashland – and the rest of the musically inclined Getz family returned to his father’s hometown of Avon Lake. It was a geographic, Dylan-esque “Simple Twist of Fate” that would soon put three-quarters of the Welshly foundation in place.

Music history is dotted with artists – ranging from Ray, Aretha, the Staples Singers, White Stripes and Kings of Leon – whose early beginnings can be traced back to the church in some fashion and for Getz, Gould and Lindemann, it now represents a serendipitous meeting place for three teenagers who never attended the same school. The trio played for the congregation on Sundays, but inevitably rehearsals evolved into late night hangouts that allowed the boys to share their musical tastes with one another. “Sam was always kind of my bad influence,” jokes Gould, whose life in a military family included his birthplace of England and subsequent stops in Texas and Michigan before settling in Fairview Park. “I grew up in a strict home and wasn’t really allowed to listen to good music, but [Sam] was always trying to turn me onto the blues and rock ‘n roll.” Before long, Gould was wearing out CD’s from the Sex Pistols, Jimi Hendrix and Green Day. Lindemann began tackling the keys at the age of five when he joined the steady stream of students cycling through his North Olmsted home for piano lessons from his mother, Connie. While his studies of classical music and jazz led him to the work of Bill Evans, the influence of players like John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Charles Hodges (Al Green) also started to settle in.

The final piece of the puzzle fell into place during the early high school years when Weaver – who played in several community orchestras growing up under the tutelage of two classically-trained parents – spotted Getz lugging his Les Paul up a nearby driveway while the former was practicing at a then-bandmate’s house. With the need for a new guitar player in mind, Weaver’s curiosity led to an exploratory knock on the Getz family doorstep. Upon answering, Sam’s mom, Wendy, recognizing the bloodlines of the best man in her wedding many years prior, beat Jimmy to the first question – “What’s your last name?”

Supporting local female artist Kate Voegele at the time (in an interesting twist, all four members of Welshly would go on to join Voegele’s band at various points), Getz had too many commitments to explore the possibility of adding another, but would later form the group Cactus 12 with Gould and Weaver. Hints of what was to come can be heard in the mellow track “All I Can Do”, but the project lasted one album before life took the friends in various directions – even away from Cleveland in some cases, as Getz toured with several acts nationally for almost 8 years. Meanwhile, Lindemann attended college in Chicago.

A backyard BBQ in Avon Lake during the summer of 2012 brought things full circle. The foursome had always stayed in touch, but only now found themselves in a position to entertain the idea of building something lasting together. That afternoon led to a Sunday ritual of basement jam sessions and before long, with the help of an old Will Ferrell “Saturday Night Live” skit that produced a name befitting of the group’s collective sense of humor, Welshly Arms became a reality. With Sam’s wife, Stefanie, out-of-town, they turned the Getz household into a makeshift studio and recorded their debut EP in just one week, beginning with the single “Two Seconds Too Late”. This past winter, the guys holed themselves up in a rental home on the Lake Erie shores of Marblehead to write and record songs for their new album, produced an original track (“Never Meant To Be”) for Positively Cleveland’s new brand campaign and flew to Los Angeles for several shows in front of national programmers and music supervisors – a move that has resulted in several licensing deals for TV and movie promos. Welshly then headlined a near sellout concert at the Beachland Ballroom in April to build on what’s becoming a big year for the hometown rock n’ soulers.

In talking with each member of the band, there exists an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the opportunity to be pursuing this dream with this group of friends at a point when Cleveland’s revival has never felt more within reach. “For us, this couldn’t come at a better time,” says Gould. “When we were younger, we all had thoughts about moving to Nashville or L.A. because that’s where we thought we were gonna make it. We’ve all gone to those places and done those things, but in coming home, it feels like we built something here. With each other.” Arguably the most well-traveled of the group, Getz adds, “People in this city work extremely hard and we try to embody that in the way we approach our music – we put our time and our sweat and our tears into it. Our music can be a little greasy, a little gritty.”

A successful career in the music industry doesn’t always afford the chance to align your support system with a city you love, but Welshly Arms seems to be on the verge of pulling that off. “It’s been unbelievable,” Lindemann reflects. “I went on to play with a bunch of different people over the years, but [this group of friends] was always the band for me. If I could hand pick three guys to play together with, it would be this. It’s just crazy that it’s happening. It’s a blast.”

-TribeVibe contributor Court Berry-Tripp (special thanks to Mark Chipello & Position Music)

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