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Sept. 2 pregame notes: Stellar Carrasco, Tribe among league’s best at home, and more

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After logging back-to-back scoreless starts since rejoining the Tribe rotation on August 10 at New York-AL, Carlos Carrasco has now allowed just 2 earned runs over 24.2 innings (0.73 ERA) racking up 24 strikeouts against just 3 walks; opposing batters have gone 11-84 (.131) with just 2 extra-base hits (1 HR, 1 2B)…Carrasco’s 0.73 ERA ranks 2nd in the American League (LAA Shoemaker; 0.66) among all pitchers who have made at least 4 starts over that span.

Even with allowing 12 runs on Monday night, Cleveland’s second-half team ERA rose only from 2.72 to 2.93, still 4th-lowest in the A.L. and Majors, trailing only Tampa Bay (2.57), Los Angeles-AL (2.77) and Seattle (2.79)…that includes a 3.23 ERA (87ER/242.2IP) by the rotation (5th in A.L., 6th in MLB) and a2.43 ERA (38ER/140.2IP) by the bullpen (5th in A.L., 6th in MLB).

The Tigers plated 9 of their 12 runs by way of 5 homers, most big flies allowed by Cleveland’s pitching staff all season since surrendering 5 HR’s back on June 15, 2013 vs. Washington.

With 6 games remaining in the 2014 season series between Cleveland & Detroit, the Indians hold a 7-6 edge over the Tigers, going 3-4 here at Progressive Field and 4-2 at Comerica Park.

August was the fourth straight month for Cleveland to finish .500-or-better – excluding March/Oct. games, that is a feat the Indians have accomplished for the first time since April July 1998…Tribe last had 5 such consecutive months May-Sept. 1997

Cleveland owns the 3rd-highest home winning pct. in the A.L., T5th-highest in the Majors at 39-26 (.600), winning 9 of 14, 16 of 26 and 36 of their last 57 games at Progressive Field following a 3-5 start.

 

 

 

Major Leaguers, 108 Stitches host Strikeout Cancer Day in all big-league clubhouses

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Players to raise funds and awareness for various cancer-related charities by wearing K Cancer T-shirts produced by MLBPA licensee, 108 Stitches

Today Major League baseball players will stand together as one and do their collective-best to “strikeout cancer,” when they host a player-led initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer-related charities across the United States.

“Strikeout Cancer Day” is an extension to an ongoing initiative spearheaded by St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher, Jason Motte. Today, Players throughout the league will wear K Cancer t-shirts emblazoned with a large, backward K (the notation for a strikeout “looking” in baseball scoring) in colors representative of their team cities. Each team will be supporting a different cancer-based charitable organization, selected at the suggestion of one Player representative on behalf of that team.

By wearing their K Cancer shirts on the way to the ballpark, in the clubhouse, in the batting cage, or after the game, the Players hope their support for each other and their fans will bring attention to this initiative and encourage others to do what they can to “strikeout cancer.”

Fans who have purchased K Cancer shirts are encouraged to wear them today. Fans can support this initiative by purchasing K Cancer shirts at http://www.108stitches.com.

Proceeds from every K Cancer T-shirt sold are split between the Jason Motte Foundation and the charity selected by the Player representative, who in many cases has a personal attachment to the charity because of someone he knows who has or had cancer. In addition, the MLBPA will contribute its customary licensing fee to the brain tumor program at Columbia University Medical Center in memory of Michael Weiner, the former MLBPA executive director who passed away last November after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

For the complete list of Player representatives and their chosen charities, please click here: http://bit.ly/1kBmLYm

Fan Forum conference call with Tom Hamilton takes place Wednesday at 3:00pm

The Indians will be holding a Fan Forum conference call with Indians Radio Broadcaster Tom Hamilton on Wednesday afternoon, beginning at 3:00pm ET. Fans will have the opportunity to submit questions to the long-time voice of the Tribe, and Season Ticket Holders will have priority access to asking questions to Hamilton.

Fans interested in joining the call will have several options available to participate. Season Ticket Holders will receive a call at their primary phone number with an option to opt-in to the call. Alternatively, all fans will have the option to dial in around 3:00pm, using the information below:

Dial: 877-229-8493
Enter Pin-code: 13595
Date: Wednesday, September 3
Time: 3:00pm ET

The Indians are in the midst of a key 11-game homestand, with 4 games vs. Detroit, a weekend series against the White Sox, then one game vs. LA and a 3-game series with Minnesota. Visit Indians.com for complete details on the upcoming schedule, and where the Indians stand in the postseason race.

Meet and greet David Murphy at Tuesday’s Tribe-Tigers game! Here’s how

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Exciting news: Fans in attendance tonight will have the chance to get an autograph from David Murphy pregame! Here’s how: The first 150 people to check in on the At the Ballpark app tonight at Progressive Field will get an autograph! If you’re one of the first 150 to check in, your app will alert you to proceed to the autograph location. The first 150 then will be in line to meet Murphy and get an autograph (one item per person) from David.

Gate C opens at 4:30, so get your tickets now and get to the ballpark early; download At the Ballpark at the App Store.

Murphy, out with an oblique strain since Aug. 10, is nearing a rehab assignment and return to the club. He’s second in the AL and third in Majors with runners in scoring position, at 34-for-89 with 48 RBI.

 

 

Sept. 1 pregame notes: Tigers series stuff, Gomes heats up and Kluber is, well, Kluber

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The Indians have won 6 of 7 overall and are 17-9 (.654) in August (13-5 since August 9).

With 7 games remaining in the 2014 season series between Cleveland & Detroit, the Indians hold a 7-5 edge over the Tigers, going 3-3 here at Progressive Field and 4-2 at Comerica Park…the two clubs have not met since opening the second half in Motown. The Indians went 4-15 against Detroit in 2013.

The Tribe’s offense has outscored Detroit’s 63-58, averaging 5.3 runs per game, while batting .290/.363/.455 with 29 doubles and 14 HR’s in 12 games…Indians have been held to fewer than 4 runs just twice and still won one of those contests (3-2 win 4/16 at DET).

Cleveland owns the 4th-highest home winning pct. in the American League, 5th-highest in the Majors at 39-25 (.609), winning 9 of 13, 16 of 25 and 36 of their last 56 games at Progressive Field following a 3-5 start. Cleveland is scheduled to play 17 of club’s final 27 games at home.

Yan Gomes ranks among A.L. leaders in the following categories after last night’s 4H game Avg (13th, .291) Slg% (12th, .480) vLHP (2nd,.368)

The Kluber Component

Corey Kluber (5.8) has the most Wins Above Replacement among pitchers this season, trailing only Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (7.0) and Seattle’s .Félix Hernández (5.9)

He owns 8 outings of at least 10 strikeouts this season, the most double-digit strikeout efforts by any Indians hurler since Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley also registered 8 in 1976…the only pitcher in the Majors with that many 10+ K games in 2014 is Detroit’s David Price (10)…with 10 or more strikeouts this afternoon, Kluber’s 9 such performances on the season would be the most for a Tribe pitcher since Sam McDowell notched 10 double-digit K games in 1970.

He also owns six 10 K/one-or-fewer walk performances this season, most by a Tribe pitcher over the past 100 seasons – previous mark of 4 was set by Eckersley in 1976…Price is also the only other pitcher in MLB to accomplish this feat in 2014.

Even in losing his last two starts – in which the Indians have scored only three runs – Kluber has struck out 16 batters and posted two quality starts.

Indians Homestand Notes: Fans’ guide to 11 games at Progressive Field

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The Indians return home for an 11-game homestand that’s part of a stretch of 30 games in 30 days. It begins with four games vs. Detroit (Sept. 1-4), three vs. the White Sox (Sept. 5-7), a makeup of June 18 rainout vs. the Angels (Sept. 8) and three vs. the Twins (Sept. 9-11).

  • Michael Brantley bobblehead (12,500 fans): Monday, Sept. 1
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog night: Friday, Sept. 5
  • Fan Vote Fireworks (Evolution of Pop Music): Friday, Sept. 5
  • Fan Designed T-shirt, courtesy of Cleveland Clinic (10,000 fans): Saturday, Sept. 6
  • Fireworks (tribute to Huey Lewis and the News), presented by FirstMerit Bank: Saturday, Sept. 6
  • KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, Sept. 7
  • Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, Sept. 7

TRIBE PARK AND RIDE, PRESENTED BY SPORTSTIME OHIO, IS BACK!

Fans can leave the transportation to the Indians and SportsTime Ohio from area suburbs with the return of Tribe Park and Ride for a second season! Tickets are only $5! Full Tribe Park and Ride details, including dates and pickup locations, along with tickets, are available at Indians.com/ParkandRide.

One TPAR date remains:

  • Sept. 6 vs. CHW: Mentor (Lakeland Community College) and Strongsville (SouthPark Mall)

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Aug. 31 pregame notes: Division/WC races, stellar bullpen, hot Jose and more

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The Indians are closer to the division lead and second A.L. Wild Card in 2014 after the same amount of games than in 2013, when the club went 21-6 in September, won their last 10 games and captured the top A.L. Wild Card spot…One year ago the Indians were capping off a 12-16 (.429) August…Let’s take a closer look:

Year Games W-L PCT GB (WC)

  • 2013 134 71-63 .530 -7.5 (-4.5)
  • 2014 134 70-64 .522 -3.5 (-3.5)

The Indians have not been 3.5 games back in the division since June 20.

The Tribe is 17-9 in August (3rd in A.L., 4th in MLB) with one game remaining, as the club is now guaranteed to finish .500-or-better for a 4th straight month – excluding March/Oct. games, that is a feat the Indians have accomplished for the first time since April-July 1998.

Cleveland has won 5 straight sets and 6 of the club’s last 7 series (6-0-1), taking 2 of 3 in each of those first 5 series victories (non-win was a two-game series split with Arizona)…Tribe’s last series loss overall came back on Aug. 6-7 at CIN (0-2), however Cleveland has not lost a series of at least 3 games in length since dropping 2 of 3 July 29-31 vs. SEA.

Marc Rzepczynski has worked in 5 straight games (0.1IP, 1BF in each outing) since August 26, the longest consecutive days pitched mark since RHP MATT MILLER (5) in Aug 2004…The club record is 7 straight days by Eddie Klieman in 1948 (10.0IP).

Cody Allen has now converted 17 consecutive save chances over a span of 38 appearances dating back to May 30 (0.72 ERA, 3 ER/37.2 IP, 13 BB, 52 SO, 141 AVG, 18-128)…18-for-18 in 9th inn save tries

Indians are now 9-6 when Jose Ramirez bats 2nd and 12-8 when Jason Kipnis hits 5th…Over his last 15 games since Aug. 9, Ramirez is 21-for-58 (.362) with 9R, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 7RBI.

A.L. OPS LEADERS, SECOND HALF (min 100pa)

  • 4 Yan Gomes (CLE) .958
  • 8 Carlos Santana (CLE) .910

 

 

Pregame notes: Red-hot Carlos, rotation (again) and 2013 redux?

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After Friday’s win over the Royals – and the Tigers’ loss earlier Saturday — Cleveland is 4.5 games out of the division lead and 3.5 games back of the second A.L. Wildcard…last year after 133G the Indians were 71-62, 6.5GB in Central and 4.0GB in Wildcard.

The Tribe is 16-9 in August (T3rd in A.L., T4th in MLB) with 2 games remaining, as the club is now guaranteed to finish .500-or-better for a 4th straight month – excluding March/Oct. games, that is a feat the Indians have accomplished for the first time since April-July 1998

PITCHING

With a 2.79 ERA since the All-Star break, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 3rd-lowest second-half figure in the Majors…that includes a 3.21 ERA (81ER/227.1IP) by the rotation (4th in A.L., 6th in MLB) and a 2.06 ERA (29ER/127.0IP) by the bullpen (lowest in the Majors)

Club’s 2.48 team ERA in August is the lowest figure in Majors this month (16-9 team record)…includes a 2.73 ERA by rotation (3rd in A.L. & MLB) and a 2.04 ERA by the bullpen (2nd in A.L., 3rd in MLB)

Cleveland’s rotation owns a 2.12 ERA (24 ER/101.2 IP) over the club’s last 17 games since Aug. 9 (12-5 record), collecting 109 K’s against 28 walks while holding opponents to a .198 clip (73-368).

MLB August ERA leaders

  • Cleveland 2.48
  • Seattle 2.81
  • Baltimore 2.93
  • Washington 2.94

CARLOS!

Carlos Santana (2-4, HR, 3RBI last night) is now hitting .380 (19-50) vs. KC this year with 2 2B, 7HR & 14RBI in 13 games…In Kauffman he is hitting .538 (14-26) w/6HR & 13RBI in 7 games (1.906OPS)…T2nd most homers vs. KC in a single-season by an Indian (Manny Ramirez hit 8 in 1998 (Sizemore hit 7 in 2008).

According to Elias his 6HR tied for the most HRs at “The K” in one season by any visiting player (opened in 1973)…Only other visiting players to hit six homers in a season at Kauffman are Jacque Jones in 2002 and Jose Valentin in 2003…Santana’s six home runs in his last four games at Kauffman are more than he hit in his first 30 games here (5HR).

A.L. OPS LEADERS (SECOND HALF, min 100pa)

  • Yan Gomes (CLE) .975
  • Carlos Santana (CLE) .928

 

Pregame notes: Cody Allen’s dominance, winning months and close games

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The Tribe is 15-9 in August (4th in A.L., 5th in MLB) with 3 games remaining, as the club is now guaranteed to finish .500-or-better for a 4th straight month – excluding March/Oct. games, that is a feat the Indians have accomplished for the first time since April-July 1998.

Cleveland has won 4 straight and 5 of the club’s last 6 series (5-0-1), taking 2 of 3 in each of those 5 series victories (non-win was a two-game series split with Arizona)…Tribe’s last series loss overall came back on Aug. 6-7 at CIN (0-2), however Cleveland has not lost a series of at least 3 games in length since dropping 2 of 3 July 29-31 vs. SEA.

Pitching

With a 2.84 ERA since the All-Star break, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 3rd-lowest second-half figure in the Majors…that includes a 3.28 ERA by the rotation (4th in A.L., 6th in MLB) and a 2.05 ERA by the bullpen (lowest in the Majors).

Club’s 2.54 team ERA in August is the lowest figure in Majors this month (15-9 team record)…includes a 2.83 ERA by rotation (3rd in A.L. & MLB) and a 2.03 ERA by the bullpen (2nd in A.L., 3rd in MLB).

Cleveland’s rotation owns a 2.23 ERA (24 ER/96.2 IP) over the club’s last 16 games since Aug. 9 (11-5 record), collecting 106 K’s against 26 walks while holding opponents to a .198 clip (69-349)

That was close

The Indians have played 5 consecutive games decided by 2-or-fewer runs, going 4-1 in that stretch.

Cleveland is 37-29 (.561) in games decided by 2-or-fewer runs overall in 2014, 4th-best in the A.L. and 6th-best in the Majors behind New York-AL (.600, 42-28), Baltimore (.586, 41-29), Los Angeles-NL (.576, 38-28), Los Angeles-AL (.574) & Pittsburgh (.562, 41-32).

Cody!

Cody Allen recorded his team-high 18th save last night (10th in A.L.), as he has now converted 17 consecutive save opportunities over a span of 37 appearances dating back to May 30 (0.74 ERA, 3 ER/36.2 IP, 12 BB, 50 SO, 137 AVG, 17-124).

Introducing Triple Play for Season Ticket Holders: Renew/Check-In/Link for 5,000 Tribe Rewards points!

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With the move to the MyTickets account management system set for next season, the Indians have introduced a special deal for Season Ticket Holders to prepare for 2015.

The ‘Triple Play’ offer requires three simple steps from Season Ticket Holders, and once all three are completed, accounts will be credited with 5,000 bonus Tribe Rewards points.

To participate, simply complete the following tasks by the end of the next homestand (September  1 – September 11), and your account will be credited the points, which can be rolled over to the 2015 season!


 

Step 1. Register for MyTickets and renew your seats for 2015

- CLICK HERE to visit the MyTickets login page.

Step 2. Download MLB.com At the Ballpark application and check-in at an Indians home game.

- Visit http://www.Indians.com/BallparkApp for more information and to download the app on your iOS or Android device.

Step 3. Visit your MyTickets account and link your MLB account to your MyTickets account (See below of screenshots of how to link accounts.)

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- Once logged in, select the “My Account” button in the upper right (see white arrow).

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- Select the tab labelled “Link MLB Accounts” (see black arrow).

- Confirm your account information, and then click “Link My Tickets Accounts” (see red arrow).


After these three tasks have been confirmed, your Tribe Rewards account will be eligible to receive 5,000 additional points!

Please note, that accounts will not be credited immediately, but points accrued through Triple Play will be uploaded on Wednesday, September 17.

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