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Indians Homestand Notes: Fans’ guide to 8 games vs. SEA, TEX, CIN

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The Indians return home for eight games, including three game series vs. the Mariners (July 29-31) and the Rangers (Aug. 1-3) and a two-game series vs. the Reds (Aug. 4-5).

  • KeyBank Hassle-Free Weekend: August 1-3
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Friday, August 1
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Friday, August 1
  • Fireworks (Hits of 1994), presented by Wayside Furniture: Friday, August 1
  • Jim Thome statue unveiling: Saturday, August 2
  • Thome replica statue (12,500 fans), courtesy of KeyBank: Saturday, August 2
  • Fireworks (Thome celebration), presented by J.M. Smucker Co.: Saturday, August 2
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Saturday, August 2
  • Slider’s birthday: Sunday, August 3
  • KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, August 3
  • Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, August 3
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Tuesday, August 5
  • Indians Duck Tape (10,000 fans), presented by ShurTech Brands: Tuesday, August 5

Don’t miss a minute of 20th anniversary weekend festivities!

The Indians are celebrating 20 years at Progressive Field throughout the weekend with special events. The schedule includes:

  • Friday, Aug. 1: A celebration of Tom Hamilton’s 25 years as the Voice of the Indians, with a pregame ceremony before fireworks and his calls played throughout the game.
  • Saturday, Aug. 2: The unveiling of Jim Thome’s statue in center field before the game. Note: The ceremony will begin at 5PM, and all gates open at 4:30PM. Fans can watch the ceremony on the scoreboard.

The weekend also is KeyBank Hassle Free weekend, during which KeyBank will have many special offers through the At the Ballpark app. Fans should take advantage of the new public Wi-Fi at Progressive Field and download MLB.com’s At the Ballpark, then check in for special offers from Key. Plus, Key will be delivering seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn, water and ice cream, all courtesy of the bank’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.

Fans can guarantee themselves a Thome statue by using Promo Pass!

Fans can guarantee themselves a Jim Thome replica statue, courtesy of KeyBank, with Promo Pass! By purchasing game tickets at Indians.com/PromoPass, fans can ensure a promotional item will be waiting for them inside the gates, even if the items are gone at the gate.

Tribe Park and Ride, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back!

Fans can leave the transportation to the Indians and SportsTime Ohio on 4 dates 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.

Upcoming TPAR schedule:

  • Aug. 2: Westlake(Dave and Buster’s) and Independence (Doubletree Hotel)

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Real #KluberFacts: Why Corey Kluber deserves to be on the AL All-Star team

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We’ve had some fun with Corey Kluber and the #VoteKluber thing this week; to recap, click these links to follow viral photos of our fun:

But since Kluber is a straight shooter, it’s time for some real Kluber Facts: Corey is the most deserving of the five Final Vote candidates, and here’s why:

His 137 strikeouts are fifth-most in the Majors, and are by far the most among AL Final Vote candidates. Among final vote candidates, he also has the most starts and innings pitched, and his strikeout-per-9 ratio just barely trails that of Chris Sale, who has missed time with an injury (9.9 to 9.8).

He had another masterful start on Sunday, in which he allowed only 4 hits – 2 of which were infield hits. More from Sunday:

  • Against Kansas City at home this season, Kluber is 2-0 with 21 strikeouts and 1 walk in 17.1 innings.
  • Sunday was the third time this season Kluber recorded at least 10 strikeouts and yielded one walk in a start – Kluber is only the 8th pitcher in club history to accomplish that feat since 1914.

Kluber also had an historic month of May, and probably should have been named AL Pitcher of the Month in May. (New York’s Masahiro Tanaka won the award.)

In May, Kluber logged a 4-0 record, 2.09 ERA, and 60 strikeouts against just 8 walks. To put that into historic perspective:

  • The 60 strikeouts were the most in a month by a Tribe pitcher since Dennis Eckersley in 1976
  • Kluber is only the 5th Indians pitcher since 1914 to strike out 60 batters in one month
  • Kluber is only the second pitcher to record 60 or more strikeouts in one month in the last 10 years (Yu Darvish is the other)
  • Kluber’s stretch of six starts (5/4-5/30) with at least 8 strikeouts was the longest by an Indians RHP since Bob Feller in 1946

He’s also been a victim of some bad luck: In three of his losses, he’s allowed three or fewer runs, and he’s given up two or fewer in each of his last two losses. In his losses overall, the Indians have averaged only 2.3 runs per game.

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.

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

A wild one in Arizona — post-game, early morning notes!

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Some notables from the series opener in Phoenix, an eventual 14-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

+ Carlos Santana is 23-for-61 (.377) since coming off the 7-day DL; he’s reached base 35 times in 17 games. Check out highlights from his big night: Click here!

+ Lonnie Chisenhall is nearing the threshold for being listed among AL leaders. Hitting .353, Chiz needs to avg. 3.1 PAs per team gm; he’s at 3.03. Lonnie’s .353 average would be tops in the AL right now (HOU’s Altuve, .337) and second in the bigs (COL’s Tulowitzki, .354).

+ Yan Gomes, who had the game-tying RBI in the ninth, is 9 for his last 21 at the plate (.429). He’s also played 36 straight games without an error behind the dish after struggling in that department early in the year.

+ The game tied the longest in Chase Field history at 5:32. Despite its historic length, the game only was 16 minutes longer than the Indians previous longest game of the year, a 5-hour, 16-minute home marathon against the Tigers that ended in a balkoff win for Cleveland.

+ The two teams combined to use 45 of the 50 players available to them. Cleveland used 23 players including 10 pitchers, while Arizona used 22 players, nine of them pitchers.

+ The game featured 33 hits — and a combined 31 left on base.

+ The Indians bullpen pitched 9.1IP, allowing 4 runs.

+ Tonight’s starter Corey Kluber pinch hit.

 

Head and Shoulders donates $5K to Cleveland RBI programs through monthly Twitter competition

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Today, Head & Shoulders and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the winners of the “Season of the #Whiff” Twitter competition for the month of May, 2014. As of June 1, 2014, the Cleveland Indians racked up 10,000 #Whiff @Indians tweets, securing fourth place for the month of May, resulting in a $5,000 donation to local Cleveland RBI leagues. Overall, Head & Shoulders will reward seven MLB Clubs with the most #Whiff tweets each month with a donation to their local RBI league(s) totaling $40,000.

“The Indians are proud to support, through Cleveland Indians Charities, many charitable efforts in our community, including the RBI program,” said Rebecca Kodysh, the Indians Executive Director of Community Impact. “We’d like to thank our loyal Twitter followers for helping us continue our commitment to the Northeast Ohio community.”

Furthermore, for every “Whiff” (strikeout) recorded throughout the Majors during the 2014 Regular Season, Head & Shoulders will make an additional $1 donation to the national RBI program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and achievement, and teach important life lessons and values.

The MLB Club winner of the overall competition will earn a bonus donation worth $20,000 to their local RBI league(s). The winning Club will be announced during the 2014 MLB World Series – stay tuned to find out who will bring home the highest donation!

For more information, follow us on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/hsformen and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/HeadandShoulders, or visit http://www.MLB.com/Whiff.

#VoteTribe: Get Brantley, Bourn, Cabby, Murph and the rest to Minnesota!

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The Indians continue a six-game homestand tonight with the start of a three-game series vs. the Red Sox at Progressive Field, Boston’s only trip to Cleveland this season.

Tuesday is Michael Bourn bobblehead night, courtesy of Shearer’s, and it’s perfect timing: Bourn was the hero on Sunday, with a walk-off homer to beat the Rockies and complete a Tribe sweep!

And since Bourn is red hot, here’s a friendly reminder: Fans can vote up to 35 times on MLB.com/Vote for Bourn, similarly on-fire Michael Brantley and the rest of the Tribe hitters to make the American League All-Star team! (Pitchers are not eligible in the vote, though Corey Kluber should be in line for his first All-Star appearance after a stellar month of May.)

Here is some statistical evidence (current as of Sunday night) for why fans should vote for Bourn, Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera and the rest!

MICHAEL BRANTLEY: Outfield

  • “Dr. Smooth” hit safely in 19 consecutive home games (April 20-May 30), establishing a new record by an Indians batter in Progressive Field history (1994-2014).
  • The record was previously shared by Kenny Lofton (1996) and Robbie Alomar (2000) who each recorded 18-gamers.
  • Brantley’s 19-gamer is the longest home hit streak in the Majors this season.
  • Also has hit safely in 15 of 16 games since May 14, batting .383 (25-69) with 8 extra-base hits, 10 RBI and 15 runs scored.

Ranks near the top of several statistical categories:

  • RBI: T-1, 40
  • Average: 4th, .307
  • Extra-base hits: T-2, 23
  • OPS (On-base plus slugging percentage): 3rd, .875

MICHAEL BOURN: Outfield

  • Has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games since May 17 – over that stretch has gone 22-63 (.349) with 3 doubles, 5 RBI and 10 runs scored.

ASDRUBAL CABRERA: Shortstop

  • Over his last 22 games dating back to May 7 vs. Minnesota, Cabrera has hit .296 (24-81) with 9 extra-base hits (6 doubles & 3 homers), 9 RBI and 16 runs scored.

DAVID MURPHY: Oufield

  • In his first season in Cleveland, Murphy – signed in free agency this offseason – ranks fifth among AL outfielders in RBI with 32.

COREY KLUBER: Pitcher (fans do not vote on pitchers)

  • Earned his 6th victory of the season on Friday, which also was his 9th quality start in 12 outings.
  • He struck out 12 marking the 5th time in his career and 3rd time this season he’s struck out 10 or more batters.
  • In May, he was a perfect 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in 6 starts, posting 60 strikeouts against just 8 walks.
  • His 95 strikeouts tie him for the American League lead (Boston’s Jon Lester).
  • The 60 strikeouts are the most for an Indians pitcher in any calendar month since Dennis Eckersley registered 60 punchouts in September/October, 1976 (made final start on Oct. 2).

o    Since 1914, Kluber is just the 5th different Indians pitcher to strike out at least 60 batters in a single month. The others: Sam McDowell (8 times), Bob Feller (8 times), Herb Score (once) and Dennis Eckersley (once).

o    Kluber joins Yu Darvish (64, Aug. 2013) of the Texas Rangers as just the second pitcher in the Majors over the last 10 seasons (2015-14) to record 60+ strikeouts in a single month.

o    The last Major League pitcher to record 60+ K’s in the month of May was Arizona’s Curt Schilling (62) in 2002.

Friday recap: Another historic night from Kluber, Brantley

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 (Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland)

CLEVELAND

  • The Indians won the first game of this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Colorado (1-0 + 2 games) and Boston (3 games)…Cleveland has gone an American League best 16-11 (.593) at home this season, winning 4 straight and 7 of the club’s last 10 games here at Progressive Field; the 4-game home win streak matches the club’s longest home win streak of the season.
  • Tonight’s victory snapped a streak of 4 straight Interleague losses, as the Indians are now 3-4 against the National League this season – took 2 of 3 from visiting San Diego (April 8-9) but were swept in a 3-game set at San Francisco (April 25-27).

COREY KLUBER

  • Picked up his team-leading 6th victory of the season after holding the Rockies to a pair of runs/earned runs on 5 hits for his 9th quality start in 12 outings (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R-ER, 1 BB, 12 SO, 1 HR, 107 pitches/74 strikes)…with 12 K’s against just a single walk tonight, Kluber single-game strikeout total reached double-digits for the 5th time in his career and 3rd time this season, the others in 2014: April 24 vs. Kansas City (11) & May 4 vs. Chicago-AL (13).
  • Kluber finishes the month of May a perfect 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in 6 starts, posting 60 strikeouts against just 8 walks…the 60 strikeouts this month are the most for an Indians pitcher in any calendar month since Dennis Eckersley registered 60 punchouts in September/October, 1976 (made final start on Oct. 2).
  • Dating back to 1914, Kluber is just the 5th different Indians pitcher to strike out at least 60 batters in a single month – the only other Tribe hurlers to pull the trick are: Sam McDowell (8 times), Bob Feller (8 times), Herb Score (once) and Dennis Eckersley (once)…note: March/April & September/October are combined.
  • Kluber joins Yu Darvish (64, Aug. 2013) of the Texas Rangers as just the second pitcher in the Majors over the last 10 seasons (2015-14) to record 60+ strikeouts in a single month (feat was not accomplished at all over an 8-season span from 2005-2012).
  • The last Major League pitcher to record 60+ K’s in the month of May was Arizona’s Curt Schilling (62) in 2002.
  • Kluber now has 95 strikeouts in 80.0 innings (10.7 SO/9.0 IP) to move back atop the A.L. leaderboard.

LONNIE CHISENHALL

  • Put the Tribe on the board 1-0 with an RBI single to left in the bottom of the first, plating Michael Brantley who reached base on a fielder’s choice (3-6) earlier in the inning…Chisenhall hit .320 (8-25) with 3 doubles, 4 RBI and 6 runs scored on the club’s recent 7-game road trip through Baltimore (4 games) and Chicago-AL.
  • Chisenhall later extended the Indians lead to 5-2 with an RBI double in the 5th, again plating Michael Brantley who doubled earlier in the 4-run frame.

ASDRUBAL CABRERA

  • Unlocked a 2-2 tie with his 4th home run of the season off Rockies starter Juan Nicasio in the bottom of the 5th…marked Cabrera’s 4th home run of the season, first since May 9th at Tampa Bay.
  • Cabrera entered tonight’s game just 1-for-last-22, but has maintained a +.300 average (.311) over his last 19 games dating back to May 7 vs. Minnesota – over that span Cabrera has gone 23-74 with 9 extra-base hits (6 doubles & 3 homers), 9 RBI and 15 runs scored.

BRANTLEY SETS HOME HIT STREAK RECORD

  • With his 12th double of the season in the bottom of the 5th, Michael Brantley has now hit safely in 19 consecutive home games, establishing a new record by an Indians batter in Progressive Field history (1994-2014)…the record was previously shared by Kenny Lofton (1996) and Robbie Alomar (2000) who each recorded 18-gamers…longest hit streak in Progressive Field history by any player is an active 22-game stretch by Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers (has hit safely in all 37 career games vs. Cleveland).
  • Last home hit streak longer than 18 games by an Indians player came back in 1984 when Julio Franco also hit safely in 19 straight at Cleveland Stadium from June 8-July22.
  • Brantley’s 19-gamer is the longest home hit streak in the Majors this season.
  • Brantley has also hit safely in 15 consecutive games overall, batting .383 (23-60) with 7 extra-base hits, 9 RBI and 14 runs scored – longest active streak in the Majors this season.

MICHAEL BOURN

  • Chipped in one of the Tribe’s two multi-hit efforts on the night, finishing with a pair of base hits including an RBI knock in the Tribe’s 5-run fifth inning…saw his 9-game hitting streak come to an end on Monday at Chicago-AL, but has still hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games since May 17 – over that stretch has gone 20-56 (.357) with 3 doubles, 3 RBI and 8 runs scored.

Red-hot Kluber takes on tough Rockies lineup Friday night!

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Corey Kluber is red hot: In May, Kluber has gone 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA (8 ER/35.2 IP), while notching a Major League-high 48 strikeouts against just 7 walks…He has pitched into the 7th inning in each start, limiting opposing batters to a .221 (29-131), average against.

Here’s more good stuff on Kluber as he takes on the red-hot Colorado Rockies lineup Friday night at Progressive Field.

MAY

  • Dating back to 1914, Kluber is just the 4th different Indians pitcher to record at least 8 K’s in 5 consecutive starts (same season), joining Bob Feller, Sam McDowell & CC Sabathia (has been done multiple times among this group)…he is the first to pull the trick since CSabathia from April 14-May 6, 2007 (5 straight) – first RHP since Bob Feller ran up a club-record 9-straight games w/ 8+ K’s in 1946.
  • Extending his 8+ strikeout streak to 5 games in his last start, Kluber because the first pitcher in the Majors this season to accomplish that feat, the first since LHP CLIFF LEE last September…with 8 or more K’s tonight, Kluber will become the first ML pitcher to record 6+ games w/ at least 8 K’s since YU DARVISH from April 12-May 11, 2013

INTERLEAGUE NUMBERS

  • Kluber took his second turn through the Indians rotation on April 8 vs. San Diego and earned his first win of the season (6.0 IP, 2 R, 8 SO) improving to 4-0 with a 2.88 ERA (8 ER/25.0 IP), 26 strikeouts and just one walk in 4 career Interleague starts.
  • Made his first 3 career Interleague starts last season, going 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA (5 ER/19.0 IP) with 18 strikeouts, and just one free pass.
  • The Indians and Padres will share the advantage of a designated hitter today, but it is worth noting that Kluber did draw a walk, and score a run in his start against the Phillies on May 15 – Kluber is 0-2 with a strikeout in his other two career plate appearances

NOTE FROM ELIAS

  • Kluber has 64 K’s over his last 7 starts, 2nd-highest for any hurler this season over a 7-game span (JOSE FERNANDEZ, 65 K’s over first 7 starts of 2014)…last Tribe pitcher with 64 SO in 7 games was DENNIS ECKERSLEY in a stretch from 1976-77 (68K’s).

 

 

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