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Indians Game Information: April 16 vs. Detroit

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (6-7) at DETROIT TIGERS (6-4)

RHP Zach McAllister (1-0, 2.31) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 3.00)

Game #14/Road #8 » Wed., April 16, 2014 » Comerica Park » 7:08 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WMMS/IRN

IT’S SO COLD IN THE D

» The Indians and Tigers had their series opener postponed by inclement weather on Tuesday night, as low temperatures and periodic snow showers continued the Midwest’s storied history of stimulating tourism in April…Cleveland held a light team workout at Comerica Park following the announcement.

» For Cleveland, it marked the third straight week for a game to be postponed due to weather, as rain wiped out scheduled tilts on April 1 at Oakland and April 7 in Cleveland (vs. San Diego) resulting in doubleheaders against the Athletics and Padres…no makeup date has been announced, but another twin bill is expected.

WINS & LOSSES

» With a shot at salvaging a 4-game series split, the Indians dropped Sunday’s finale in a 4-3 walk-off loss to the White Sox in Chicago…the Tribe rallied for 2 runs in the top of the 9th to erase a 2-1 deficit only to see ALEXEI RAMIREZ answer with a game-ending 2-run HR off closer JOHN AXFORD in the bottom half of the frame.

» BEAUTIFUL LOSER: The 2-run shot by Ramirez on Sunday marked the first blown save for Cleveland this year and just the 2nd walk-off HR allowed by Axford in his career, the other hit by the Reds’ Ramon Hernandez on March 31, 2011 at Cincinnati on Opening Day (1-0 loss).

» After 10 consecutive game dates with a pair of doubleheaders mixed in, Monday in Detroit marked Cleveland’s first scheduled off day since April 3 in Cleveland, although the team charter did not return from Oakland until shortly after 8AM that morning.

» Cleveland is 1-3 on this weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip through Chicago-AL (1-3) and Detroit (now 2 games)…club is coming off a 6-day, 6-game homestand that saw the Tribe go 3-3 against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.

» Tribe is 3-4 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 3-2 in night games, but 3-5 during the day.

REET PETITE

» With Sunday’s loss, the Indians fell to 0-2 in one-run decisions this season…Cleveland finished with MLB’s 2nd-highest winning pct. in one-run games in each of the previous two seasons, going 24-12 in 2012 (trailing BAL at 29-9) and 30-17 in 2013 (trailing NYY at 30-16).

» Cleveland is 4-2 this season in games decided by one-or-two runs…club’s 2-1 loss on April 9 vs. San Diego (G2) snapped a streak of 11 consecutive wins for the Indians in games decided by one-or-two runs dating back to 2013; had been longest such streak for Cleveland since an 11-gamer in June/July of 1974 (ELIAS).

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland is tied for 3rd place in the A.L. Central standings with Minnesota, but trails Chicago & Detroit – both tied for first – by just 1.5 games, as the entire division is separated by only 2.0 games (Kansas City in 5th at 5-7)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 3 days in 3rd place & 2 days in 4th

» The Indians are 2-5 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013), but 4-2 outside the division.

SERIES STUFF

» After dropping 3 of 4 to the White Sox in Chicago over the weekend, the Indians are now 2-2-0 in 4 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road)…Cleveland is 3-1 in series openers, as the club won its first 3 lid-lifters of the season before falling to the Sox on Thursday…Tribe went 0-6 in series openers vs. Detroit last season.

KICK OUT THE JAMS

» Cleveland went 4-15 against Detroit in 2013, going 3-6 here at Comerica Park and 1-9 at Progressive Field…the 15 losses were club’s most vs. Detroit since 1960 (7-15) and T3rd-most in franchise history behind 1946 (5-17) & 1934 (6-16)…the Indians held a lead at some point in 9 of the 15 defeats and had two separate 7-game losing streaks (7 games decided by two runs-or-less).

» In those 19 games, Cleveland’s offense hit just .223 with 16 HR, a .647 OPS (.286OBP/.361SLG) and 3.7 RPG…pitching staff had a 5.89 ERA and .301 avg. against with 22 HR.

» The Indians won the first 3-game series (2-1) at Comerica Park, but lost 5 of the last 6 games in Detroit…club’s last winning season here in Motown came back in 2008 (5-4), as the Tribe is 11-34 at this ballpark since then (2009-present).

GIAMBI UPDATE

» DH JASON GIAMBI (15-day DL, fractured rib) began a rehab assignment over the weekend and appeared in a pair of games at DH for Double-A Akron on Friday & Sunday (0-6, BB)…he was slated to start again today for the RubberDucks vs. Trenton.

Brad Hamilton’s big day tops storylines from 2014 CIC Hardball Classic

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By Alex Gimenez

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It’s been quite a year thus far for the Hamilton family.

Indians play-by-play man Tom Hamilton was honored with his sixth Ohio Sportscaster of the Year Award by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. His oldest son, Nick, has continued to develop in the Indians farm system and received a start with the big league club in Spring Training with his proud father watching from the press box.

Most recently, Hamilton’s youngest son, Brad, a senior and starting catcher at Avon Lake, made a splash at Progressive Field through the Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball Classic, presented by Novacare Rehabilitation.

As part of a family with strong ties to Northeast Ohio, Brad grew up living in the shadows of Progressive Field, coming out to the ballpark in the summers once school had closed out for the year. The allure of Major League Baseball hooked the youngest Hamilton and helped to drive him towards a future in the game. The opportunity to play at Progressive Field thus carried with it some extra emotions.

“This is just an awesome experience, getting to play where we all grew up watching the Tribe and wishing we could play on that field. It’s a really neat opportunity,” he said of the experience.

Brad is unquestionably a leader on the Shoremen varsity baseball team. As a senior, team captain and catcher, he is charged with managing not only his pitching staff but the entire Avon Lake roster, and it is clear that his teammates look up to his leadership both on and off the field. On the field, he has done quite well for himself, following in his brother’s footsteps by earning an offer to play for Kent State as a member of the Golden Flashes baseball team.

With high school baseball season just under way in Northeast Ohio after one of the harshest winters in recent memory, Brad and his Avon Lake teammates were faced with an early test, taking on a powerhouse St. Ignatius. The Shoremen had lost this same matchup at the big-league ballpark last season, and in what would amount to his final high school game here, Brad wanted nothing more than a victory for his team.

Standing underneath the ballpark in the Indians batting cages, Brad was living the life of a big leaguer. He was hitting in the same batting cages that many of the players he’d looked up to over the years had used during their stay with the Tribe. Moments later, he walked out towards the home bullpen to warm up his starting pitcher, Avon Lake ace Logan DeLong, following the same path that Tribe great Sandy Alomar Jr. might have taken to warm up Charles Nagy before an early April Indians game in the 1990s.

“Bradley was so excited about getting to warm up his pitcher in the bullpen and hitting under the ballpark in the batting cages, all things that when you are around the game you take for granted,” Tom Hamilton said. “Every kid dreams of being able to play in the big leagues and they got to experience what that would be like for a day.”

 

Brad Hamilton was behind the plate for the first pitch, and it would not take much longer for him to take center stage in the ballgame, where he struck early and often. In the bottom of the first, Avon Lake loaded the bases with nobody out, bringing Hamilton to the plate. Standing confidently in the box, he lined a two-run single into left-center field to put the Shoremen on the board. The rally would continue as Avon pushed across a total of five runs in the first inning.

Not wasting any time, Hamilton came to the plate in the second inning, again with the bases loaded. On the first pitch, he drove a ball into the gap in left-center field, driving home two more runs to give his team a 7-0 lead. The hit wound up being the game-winner as Avon Lake held on for a 7-5 victory, and Hamilton would finish 2-3 with 4 RBIs.

“It was an unbelievable experience and to get the win is just a bonus,” he said. “I was really happy with everyone’s approach, the guys really battled before me and I was just lucky to be in that situation [to drive in the winning runs].”

The Hamilton family is enjoying a strong year in baseball this year, but understand very well that this game can be unrelenting, with every hitting streak there comes a slump and with success there comes failure.

“We’ve been very blessed and we know how fortunate we are. Baseball is a game with many ups and downs and my kids know that, and we cherish that the boys have had these great experiences thus far this year,” said Tom Hamilton.

Since 1989, CIC has donated nearly $10 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio, including a $1 million donation in April 2012 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s “Save the Kids” campaign. Additionally, Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school baseball and softball programs are made possible due to the multi-million-dollar commitment from CIC.

Hardball Classic game recaps

Avon Lake 7, St. Ignatius 5

Avon Lake struck first in the bottom of the first inning with five runs off of Ignatius starter Bennett Kinzel. After loading the bases with nobody out, Hamilton delivered a two-run single to get the scoring started. In the second, Hamilton again delivered for Avon Lake with the bases loaded, driving in two more runs to give the Shoremen a 7-0 lead. Hamilton would finish the day at 2-3 with 4 RBI.

“I don’t know if you can find a hotter hitter in baseball in Northeast Ohio,” Avon Lake head coach Jay Fowler said of Hamilton . “He’s a fabulous talent and a hard worker, and we’re just really happy for him.”

For the Shoremen, starter and ace Logan DeLong worked a scoreless first inning before being lifted from the game to preserve his arm after throwing earlier in the week. He was relieved by Logan Montague, who worked four strong innings, surrendering just one run on six hits.

Trailing by six in the sixth, Ignatius would rally for four runs off of Shoremen reliever Logan Cherni to make it a two-run game. Nick Longo led off the inning with a walk, then swiped second base and scored on a throwing error to ignite the Ignatius offense. Jake Kucia then singled home a run followed by a Sam Fuller two-run double to cap off the scoring for the Wildcats.

Leading by two, Avon Lake put the game into the hands of sophomore reliever James O’Connor, who was making his second appearance for the Varsity team. O’Connor delivered in a big spot, shutting down the Ignatius sixth-inning rally and returning in the seventh to close out the game retiring all four batters he faced.

University School 4, Gilmour Academy 0

In Friday’s Hardball Classic nightcap, Gilmour Academy and University School faced off under the lights of Progressive Field. With school out for the weekend, students from both schools were out in full force to support their teams, lining the home and visiting dugouts creating a playoff-like atmosphere for the players.

Pitching dominated the first two innings, as starters Brandon Jaces and Chandler Waszak traded zeroes for Gilmour and University respectively. Waszak had the strikeout pitch working, retiring five of his first six outs via the strikeout; Jaces pitched to contact.

In the top of the third, the Preppers struck first, scoring two runs on a well-hit ball to deep left-center field off the bat of Waszak. Andrew Domonkos followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. In the fifth, Domonkos helped University tack on an insurance run with an RBI double to make it 4-0.

Waszak was a force to be reckoned with on the mound throughout, holding the Lancers to just five hits. In the bottom of the sixth, Waszak faced his biggest test of the game, allowing runners to reach second and third with nobody out. He retired the next three batters without surrendering a run on two groundouts and a strikeout, his 12th of the game. He finished with 13 punchouts.

“This is probably one of the first and only times I’ll be playing in a Major League stadium and to be able to come out here and play as well as we did was awesome,” Waszak said of his team’s performance.

For University Head Coach Ben Boka, the opportunity for his players to play at Progressive Field was special.

“This certainly is a tremendous place to play and these boys really appreciate the opportunity to come out here and play and it really makes them come out and play the best that they can,” said Boka.

Elyria Catholic 12, Highland 2

The Panthers scored nine runs in the third inning on their way to the victory over the Hornets. EC won for the second year in a row in the Hardball Classic; the Panthers beat Berea, 10-0, in last year’s event. Noah Bland had two triples and three RBI.

 

April 7 rainout exchange how-to for Season Ticket Holders

Indians Season Ticket Holders: If you have not had the opportunity to exchange your April 7th rainout tickets you may do so online through your My Indians Account.

Follow the steps below and we will process the exchange for you:

  1. Log into your My Indians Account
  2. On the bottom left-hand side of the page under “Right of First Refusal,” click “View All Offers.”
  3. A list of the available exchange games will appear. Click on the game you would like to exchange for.
  4. Select “Request New Seats.”
  5. Select the location box.
  6. Select FanPass as the delivery method.
  7. Hit Continue.
  8. Review Your Order.
  9. Submit request.

Orders will be filled and the new seats will appear in your My Indians Account within two business days. Exchanges will match the seating quantity and seating category of the tickets exchanged based on availability. If that seating category is not available the next best area will be issued. You may only exchange your April 7 tickets once, and exchanges must be submitted by May 31.

Indians Game Information: April 13 vs. White Sox

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (6-6) at CHICAGO WHITE SOX (6-6)

RHP Corey Kluber (1-1, 7.71) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.77)

Game #13/Road #7 » Sun., April 13, 2014 » U.S. Cellular Field » 2:10 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM//WMMS/IRN

WINS & LOSSES

» The Indians recorded a 12-6 victory on Saturday, their 3rd comeback win of the season after taking an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first only to give it all back and then some in the bottom half…Scored twice in the 7th to snap a 6-6 tie (Raburn 2R single) and 4 times in the 9th (David Murphy 3-run triple).

» The Indians are 1-2 to begin this 8-day, 7-game road trip through Chicago-AL (1-2, 1 to play) & Detroit (3 games)…last Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next scheduled off day on April 14 (Monday) in the Motor City.

» Cleveland is coming off a 6-day, 6-game homestand that saw the Tribe go 3-3 against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.

» Tribe is 3-3 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 3-2 in night games, but 3-4 during the day.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland is in tied for 2nd place in the A.L. Central standings with the White Sox…the Indians are just 1.5 games out of division-leading Detroit, who won last night in San Diego…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, two days in 3rd place.

SERIES STUFF

» The DH split with the Padres earned Cleveland a 2-1 series win over San Diego, as the Indians are 2-1-0 in 3 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road)…the Indians dropped their first series opener of the season Thursday night to the Sox (now 3-1)…Tribe had earned 4 consecutive series wins against Chicago-AL dating back to last season (that will be snapped with the best they can do of splitting)

ONE BY ONE

» The Indians are off to a better start (6-6) than the 92-70 edition of 2013, having started 5-7 in 2013 on their way to a 92-70 regular season record…in fact, the Indians started the 2013 season 5-10 and produced a losing month of April (11-13)…last year thru 12 games the Indians were hitting .233 (95/408) with 48 runs scored (4.0 per game) and had a team ERA of 4.71 (107.0IP, 62R/56ER)…the 2014 edition is sporting an additional runs scored total (58, .248, 99/400) and lower ERA at 4.46 (105.0IP, 59R/52ER).

VIA CHICAGO

» The Indians & White Sox are locking horns in their only 4-game series of the season, as the remaining 5 meetings are all 3-game sets…Tribe’s 7-3 loss on Thursday night snapped a 14-game winning streak against Chicago-AL, which had been the longest active streak by any team against a single opponent and longest for Cleveland since reeling off 14 straight victories against the Kansas City Athletics in 1960 (T3rd-longest in Cleveland history)…

» Thursday’s loss also snapped an 8-game win streak for the Tribe at U.S. Cellular Field - longest ever for Cleveland at this venue…the Indians are 10-3 in Chicago since the start of 2013.

» In finishing the 2013 season with a 17-2 record against the Sox,

Cleveland matched a Division Era (since ‘69) MLB record for most wins against a single opponent, most since Oakland beat Seattle 17 times in ‘06…Tribe went 9-1 in Chicago, finishing the year on an 8-game winning streak at U.S. Cellular Field, but are 1-2 this year.

» The Sox are 2-1 against the Indians in 2014 and have already matched their 2013 win total (2) vs. Cleveland.

LOVES THE DEEP DISH

» OF RYAN RABURN has had quite the career against the White Sox, owning a career average of .301 (92-306) with 18 2B, 17HR & 72RBI in 97 games…Career in US Cellular he is a .316 (59-187) hitter with 10HR & 46RBI in 58 games.

» According to ELIAS the 72 of Raburn’s 275 career RBI against Chicago (26%), the 2nd-highest %% by any player against any franchise (minimum 200 career RBIs). Future AL Pres Bobby Brown recorded 65 of his 237 career RBIs (27%), all for NYY, against the STL Browns (1947-53) and Baltimore (1954)…Raburn has not driven in more than 23 runs against any other team (KC 23).

» Raburn has hit in 5 straight games (.350, 7-for-20 w/a 2B, 4RBI)

#MURPH

» OF DAVID MURPHY leads the team with 10RBI, having made all nine of his starts batting 7th or higher (3-3-3 in 7-8-9 hole).

» He now owns the club’s only two 4RBI games on the year (April 8/April 12) and over his last last 6 games is 8-for-19 (.421) w/5RS, 3 2B, 3B, 2HR, 9RBI…Is 6-for-15 (.400) with runners on base…T4th in the AL in RBI (team-high 10), T9th in AL in total bases (21).

Indians Game Information: April 12 vs. White Sox

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-6) at CHICAGO WHITE SOX (6-5)

RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.22) vs. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.52)

Game #12/Road #6 » Sat., April 12, 2014 » U.S. Cellular Field » 2:10 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM//WMMS/IRN

WINS & LOSSES

» After clawing back to erase a 3-0 deficit, the Indians fell for the third straight time last night at Chicago, losing 9-6, allowing runs to the Sox in each of the last six innings.

» According to ELIAS: The White Sox scored in every inning from the third through the eighth. It was the 2,084th game between Chicago and Cleveland, but it was the first in which the White Sox scored in six consecutive innings.

» The Indians are 0-2 to begin this 8-day, 7-game road trip through Chicago-AL (0-2, 2 to play) & Detroit (3 games)…last Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next scheduled off day on April 14 (Monday) in the Motor City.

» Cleveland is coming off a 6-day, 6-game homestand that saw the Tribe go 3-3 against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)… club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.

» Tribe is 2-3 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 3-2 in night games, but 2-4 during the day.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland is in 3rd place in the A.L. Central standings, just mere pct. points ahead of Kansas City (4-5)…the Indians are just 1.5 games out of division-leading Detroit, who were held to just 1-hit last night in San Diego…Chicago is in 2nd place @6-5…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 8 days in 2nd place, two days in 3rd place.

SERIES STUFF

» The DH split with the Padres earned Cleveland a 2-1 series win over San Diego, as the Indians are 2-1-0 in 3 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road)…the Indians dropped their first series opener of the season Thursday night to the Sox (now 3-1)…Tribe had earned 4 consecutive series wins against Chicago-AL dating back to last season (that will be snapped)

ASHES OF AMERICAN FLAGS

» The Indians also started 5-6 in 2013 on their way to a 92-70 regular season record…in fact, the Indians started the 2013 season 5-10 and produced a losing month of April (11-13)…last year thru 11 games the Indians were hitting .236 (89/377) with 46 runs scored (4.2 per game) and had a team ERA of 4.50 (98.0IP, 89H, 55R/49ER)…the 2014 edition is sporting the same runs scored total (46, .241, 87/361) and lower ERA (96.0IP, 98H, 53R/47ER).

VIA CHICAGO

» The Indians & White Sox are locking horns in their only 4-game series of the season, as the remaining 5 meetings are all 3-game sets…Tribe’s 7-3 loss on Thursday night snapped a 14-game winning streak against Chicago-AL, which had been the longest active streak by any team against a single opponent and longest for Cleveland since reeling off 14 straight victories against the Kansas City Athletics in 1960 (T3rd-longest in Cleveland history)…

» Thursday’s loss also snapped an 8-game win streak for the Tribe at U.S. Cellular Field - longest ever for Cleveland at this park…the Indians are 9-3 in Chicago since the start of last season.

» In finishing the 2013 season with a 17-2 record against the Sox, Cleveland matched a Division Era (since ‘69) MLB record for most wins against a single opponent, most since Oakland beat Seattle 17 times in ‘06…Tribe went 9-1 in Chicago, finishing the year on an 8-game winning streak at U.S. Cellular Field, but are 0-2 this year.

» The Sox are 2-0 against the Indians in 2014 and have already matched their 2013 win total (2) vs. Cleveland…the last time the Indians dropped 2 straight vs. Chicago was May 27/Sept 24, 2012 .

PASSENGER SIDE

» Thursday night began a stretch during which 11 of the Tribe’s 14 games are set to be played against A.L. Central foes…club is off to a 1-4 start within the division.

» The Indians went 44-32 (.579) against A.L. Central opponents in 2013, a 13-win improvement over their divisional record in 2012 (.431, 31-41).

» The Indians travel to Detroit next, where they were 4-15 against the Tigers last year and 3-6 in Comerica Park.

KIPNIS JOINS HOOTON FOUNDATION BOARD

» The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced Friday that JASON KIPNIS has joined its Advisory Board made up exclusively of players throughout MLB…The Hooton Foundation is a leading advocacy group speaking out against the use of performance-enhancing drugs by the youth of America.

Cleveland Indians Charities High School Hardball Classic presented by Novacare Rehabilitation set for April 11, April 13

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Six area teams to take part in 11th annual event benefiting CIC

The 11th annual Cleveland Indians Charities (CIC) High School Hardball Classic presented by Novacare Rehabilitation, featuring six area high school baseball teams, will be played at Progressive Field Friday, April 11 and April 13.

The schedule is as follows:

April 11

5:30PM: St. Ignatius vs. Avon Lake

8PM: Gilmour Academy vs. University School

April 13:

11AM: Highland vs. Elyria Catholic

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance for $5 at the Progressive Field Box Office or Progressive Field Team Shop. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event for $7 each. All proceeds from the event will benefit Cleveland Indians Charities, which is celebrating its 26th year. (Rain date for this year’s event is Sunday, April 13.)

Since 1989, CIC has donated nearly $10 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio, including a $1 million donation in April 2012 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s “Save the Kids” campaign. Additionally, Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school baseball and softball programs are made possible due to the multi-million-dollar commitment from CIC.

Indians 2B Jason Kipnis joins Taylor Hooton Foundation’s Advisory Board of MLB players

Jason Kipnis rips a double.

Indians’ Second Baseman Joins Nine Others in Helping to Educate Young People About the Dangers of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs

The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced today that Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians has joined its new Advisory Boardmade up exclusively of active players from throughout Major League Baseball. The Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against appearance and performance enhancing drug use by the youth of America.

The Indians second baseman joins nine other charter members of the Advisory Board, which also includes Jay Bruce(Cincinnati Reds), John Danks (Chicago White Sox), David DeJesus (Tampa Bay Rays), Dillon Gee (New York Mets), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Mark Melancon (Pittsburgh Pirates), Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers), C.J. Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Brad Ziegler (Arizona Diamondbacks).

Additional members of the Advisory Board will be announced throughout the 2014 season.

“Words cannot describe my emotions as we partner with these incredible athletes and role models,” said Taylor Hooton Foundation president Don Hooton. “These young men have stepped up to make a difference with America’s youth by becoming visible role models, examples of outstanding athletes who work hard and compete fairly. Their participation in our initiatives will be invaluable.”

As members of the Advisory Board, the players will participate in the THF’s educational activities in their local communities, record radio public-service announcements and provide their input on the most effective ways to educate North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs.

In 2013, the Taylor Hooton Foundation spoke to and educated more than 150,000 people. It also began a Latin American outreach and traveled throughout the Caribbean, speaking to thousands of RBI athletes, coaches and parents in partnership with Major League Baseball. This year the THF will introduce a new eLearning program – narrated by Bob Costas – to Little League Baseball that will be offered to its one-million adult coaches and other volunteers.

Indians Game Information: April 10 vs. White Sox

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-4) at CHICAGO WHITE SOX (4-5)

RHP Danny Salazar (0-0, 3.18) vs. LHP John Danks (0-0, 3.86)

Game #10/Road #4 » Thursday, April 10, 2014 » U.S. Cellular Field » 8:10 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM-WMMS/IRN

WINS & LOSSES

• Cleveland split a traditional doubleheader with San Diego on Wednesday afternoon, securing a 2-0 shutout in Game One before dropping a tight 2-1 affair in Game Two…the twin bill was the result of a rainout on Monday.

• Cleveland finished the 6-day, 6-game homestand at an even 3-3 against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.

• The Indians are set to embark on an 8-day, 7-game road trip through Chicago (4 games) & Detroit (3 games)…Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next scheduled off day on April 14 (Monday) in the Motor City.

• Tribe is 2-1 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone a perfect 3-0 in night games, but 2-4 during the day.

DOUBLEHEADER QUICK HITS

• Over the past 5 seasons (2010-14), Cleveland has gone 18-6 in 12 doubleheaders with 6 sweeps and 6 splits.

• Wednesday marked the first time two teams split a doubleheader in which each winning team plated 2 runs-or-less since Sept. 9, 1983 when Milwaukee & Detroit both recorded 2-1 wins at County Stadium (ELIAS).

• Cleveland’s loss in Game 2 snapped a streak of 11 consecutive wins for the Indians in games decided by one-or-two runs dating back to 2013; that had been the longest such streak for Cleveland since an 11-gamer in June/July of 1974 (ELIAS).

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

• Cleveland holds 2nd place in the A.L. Central standings, 1.0 game behind first place Detroit (5-2) & one half-game ahead of 3rd place Kansas City (-1.5G, 4-4)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 7 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.

SERIES STUFF

• The DH split with the Padres earned Cleveland a 2-1 series win over San Diego, as the Indians are 2-1-0 in 3 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road)…the Tribe is a perfect 3-0 in series openers, but 1-2 in series finales.

THE TOWN THAT BILLY SUNDAY COULDN’T SHUT DOWN

• The Indians are set to begin a 4-game set against the Chicago White Sox here at U.S. Cellular Field, the first of 19 meetings between the two squads in 2014.

• In finishing the 2013 season with a 17-2 record against the Sox, Cleveland matched a Division Era (since ‘69) MLB record for most wins against a single opponent, most since Oakland beat Seattle 17 times in ‘06…Tribe went 9-1 in Chicago, finishing the year on an 8-game winning streak at U.S. Cellular Field…that active 8-game streak is the Indians longest ever at this venue since “New” Comiskey Park opened its doors in 1991.

• The 14 straight wins over the Sox from June 28 to the end of the season were most for Cleveland vs. one team since reeling off 14 straight victories against the Kansas City Athletics in 1960 – a streak that is still active entering this series…a victory tonight would give the Tribe a 15-game win streak vs. the Sox and

would tie the 2nd-longest streak against a single opponent in franchise history (STATS LLC).

Tribe’s 14-game streak vs. Sox is the longest active winning streak by any team against a single opponent; next closest is Texas Rangers’ current 11-game win streak over the Houston Astros that dates back to July 7, 2013…last team to win 15+ straight games vs. one opponent was Milwaukee w/ 17 in-a-row over Pittsburgh from July 4, 2008-May 5, 2009…last A.L. team?: Oakland w/15 in a row over Seattle from April 7-Aug. 16, 2006 (STATS).

• Cleveland swept three 4-game series from Chicago last year, the first such instance for the Indians in franchise history against the same opponent and the first instance in MLB since the Los Angeles Dodgers accomplished the feat against the New York Mets in 1963.

OF CENTRAL IMPORTANCE

• Beginning tonight, 11 of the Tribe’s next 14 games are set to be played against A.L. Central foes.

• The Indians went 44-32 (.579) against A.L. Central opponents in 2013, a 13-win improvement over their divisional record in 2012 (.431, 31-41).

Three generations of Tribe fans enjoy grandson’s first game

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There’s nothing like taking in a baseball game with your family.

Larry Mitchell — who was born in 1948, the year the Indians last won a World Series — would bring his sons, Scott and David, to Tribe games when they were kids. Now Scott Mitchell is passing on his love of the game to his four-year old son, Andrew.

“This is Andrew’s first Indians game ever, so he’s pretty excited,” Scott said last week at Progressive Field. Even at the ripe old age of 4, Andrew already has a love for pitching. “He is looking forward to playing baseball this summer.”

Scott also works for Indians Radio Network affiliate WLEC Sandusky, which has been airing Tribe games for decades. His family cherishes memories from the 90′s at then Jacobs Field, remembering Lofton scaling the center field fence to steal a home run — but Scott said one of his favorite moments was the infamous Giambi walk-off last year.

Maybe someday Andrew will bring his son to the ballpark to eat cracker jacks, drink too much hot chocolate, and cheer like crazy for the home team.

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

(Editor’s Note: We’re always looking for great stories such as this one to feature in this space. If you have such a story, tip us off by emailing jhammond@indians.com. Thanks!)

Couple gets married in suite during Tribe doubleheader

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One happy couple had a unique wedding at Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon, as they officially tied the knot in a suite at the ballpark. Kara O’Donnell and Kenneth Mitchell Shaw married during game 2 of the Indians-Padres doubleheader, while game action was taking place behind them. (Yan Gomes scored a game-tying run for the Tribe as the presiding judge read the couple’s vows.)

The wedding came complete with a customized cake and hats embroidered “Mr.” and “Mrs.” for the groom and bride, provided by the Indians. Kenneth and Kara were joined by family and several close friends in the suite, and the ceremony took place on the balcony of Suite 259.

The couple has a full destination wedding planned for later this year.

(Editor’s Note: We’re always looking for great stories such as this one to feature in this space. If you have such a story, tip us off by emailing jhammond@indians.com. Thanks!)

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