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Chris Antonetti talks about Tribe’s Wednesday trade for LHP Josh Outman

Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti answered reporters’ questions on Wednesday regarding the Tribe’s earlier trade for Josh Outman from the Colorado Rockies. Outman is a left-handed reliever acquired in exchange for outfielder Drew Stubbs.

Outman, 29, spent most of the 2013 season with Colorado, compiling a mark of 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA in 61 relief appearances. He limited left-handed batters to a .198 (22-111, .539OPS) average against, recorded a 3.41ERA in Coors Field (29.0IP, 30H, 11ER) and allowed only 3 home runs and averaged 8.83 strikeouts per 9.0IP over his 54.0 innings pitched. He finished 9th among National League relievers in pct. of inherited runners who scored at 17.6% (6-of-34).

Antonetti’s opening statement: We have acquired Josh Outman, a left-handed reliever, from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Drew Stubbs. One of our focuses this offseason was to really try to improve our pitching and we feel that we have made headway in that respect. We feel like Josh will fit in very well in our pen. He is a left-handed pitcher with really good arm strength that has had a lot of success against left-handed hitters at the Major-League level. We think he will fit into the bullpen and be a meaningful contributor for us this year.

On Outman’s role with the club: Ultimately his role will take shape based upon what our roster composition looks like going into Spring Training, and more importantly what it looks like coming out of Spring Training. He has pitched in a variety of roles, he’s pitched multiple innings, he’s pitched in leverage situations, and he’s pitched in the 7th inning, so he can fill a number of different roles in the bullpen. Again, his primary strength has been his effectiveness against left-handed hitters. This [2013] was his first year pitching exclusively out of the bullpen. Prior to that he had been in that long-man, spot starter role. For us, he will pitching exclusively out of the bullpen and we will try to leverage him as best we can to allow him to be successful and allow our team to win as many games as possible. His role is still to be determined, but I would envision him pitching more against left-handed hitters than right-handed hitters.

On what makes him effective: He’s got a well above-average fastball, a good slider and a pretty good changeup. He’s got a good pitch mix in addition to good velocity to his fastball.

On the difficulty of scouting a pitcher that plays in Colorado – You have to be cognizant of that. We have had the benefit of seeing Josh throughout his career. Not only with Colorado but in his extended time with Oakland and with Philadelphia in the Minor Leagues before that. We have seen him pitch in a variety of places. Not only in Colordado, but on the road at the Major-League level and also in his prior experience in Oakland.

On the team’s interest in Outman at the July 2013 trade deadline: We did talk with Colorado about him at the deadline, but were unable to align on value.

On the team still looking to improve pen: I feel like we are better than we were at the start of the offseason, but we need to continue to work to try to improve. We feel good about the group that we have and we will continue to do what we can to try to improve.

On the difficulty of keeping a bullpen intact for multiple years – There are situations where you have guys that are under team control for multiple years and in those cases you have more stability. As you have guys approach free agency or extend into free agency, as he had in a few cases this year, you are going to have some turnover from year to year. Our job is to try to piece together the best bullpen we can and we feel like we have made some progress with that.

On Shaun Marcum, who was signed to a minor-league deal with Training Camp invite: Shaun is a guy that has had some injuries recently, but we feel he will come in to camp healthy. The one thing about Shaun is that anytime that he’s been healthy he’s been very effective. He’s been very effective  against some of the toughest competition going through the rigors of the American League East. We are excited to have him in the fold and he will come into camp in compete for a spot in the rotation.

Favorite Holiday Tunes from the Tribe

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We all know how much baseball players love music, from their clubhouse tunes to their walk-up jams.  Who loves Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is You”? What is Terry Francona’s favorite holiday song? All these questions and more answered below:

  • Terry Francona: Santa Baby
  • Mike Aviles: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (by the Jackson Five)
  • Corey Kluber: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of The Year
  • Justin Masterson: Deck the Halls (by Run DMC)
  • Mike Sarbaugh: All I Want for Christmas is You (by Mariah Carey)
  • Yan Gomes: Don’t really have a favorite, I love them all!

What’s your favorite holiday jam? Add it to the comment section below!

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Favorite Holiday Treats from the Tribe

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Just because they’re professional athletes doesn’t mean Cleveland Indians players (and coaching staff) don’t occasionally indulge in some good eats. Who doesn’t love holiday treats this time of year? Here are some of the Tribe’s favorites:

  • Mike Aviles: Cookies and milk.
  • Bryan Shaw: It’d have to be magic bars. They have a little bit of everything in them.
  • Corey Kluber: My mom used to bake my sister and I these huge “Santa” sugar cookies that would last for days.
  • Josh Tomlin: My favorite holiday treat would be the leftovers from the day before.
  • Trevor Bauer: My sister’s cherry pie.
  • Justin Masterson: I’ve yet to find something that I don’t like.  My Aunt Linda makes a great Peppermint Cake.
  • Mike Sarbaugh: Cookies. I love Christmas cookies.

If these answers have you craving some sweets, you’re in luck! Below are a few recipes, courtesy of the 2013 Indians Family Cookbook:

Famous Flan (from the Santana Family)

2 cans evaporated milk
2 cans condensed milk
10 eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup sugar

9X13 foil pan and another larger, foil pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sprinkle sugar to cover a thin layer on a 9X13 tin foil pan. Put pan into the oven until the sugar has caramelized, then remove.
Blend all remaining ingredients together in a blender and pour into the 9X13 pan. Fill the larger tin pan halfway with water and place the 9X13 pan into the water.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour until it looks firm.
Increase oven temperature to 450 for 10-15 more minutes or until golden brown on top!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler (from the Raburn Family)

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 quarts strawberries, whole, capped, and washed
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces

Preheat over to 350 degrees.
Melt butter and pour into a 9X13 glass baking dish.
In a small bowl, mix together the egg, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Pour directly over the butter in the baking dish, but do not stir.
Add the strawberries, arranging in a single layer as much as possible.
Sprinkle cream cheese pieces over strawberries.
Place in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and edges are bubbling.

This dessert tastes great served warm.

Happy Holidays!

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Favorite 2013 Memories from the Cleveland Indians

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This time of year, reflection and resolutions go hand-in-hand with Auld Lang Syne. TribeVibe caught up with Cleveland Indians players and coaches about their favorite memories from 2013 and resolutions they have for the new year.

What was your favorite moment from 2013 and why?

  • Terry Francona: Had to be the (Jason) Giambi walk off. It was going to be a hurtful loss and it became a wonderful emotional comeback win!
  • Justin Masterson: My favorite moment hasn’t happened as of this interview, but when my twins enter this world that will be my favorite moment of 2013. Nothing like the gift of life to remind you who is in control, what really matters, and that it is amazing that newborns’ poop does not smell!
  • Bryan Shaw: I have two. My first favorite was something that Swish did for me that I really appreciated. I have looked up to Mariano Rivera my whole career because he is the best closer ever. We were playing a series against them and I really wanted to get a jersey from him signed. Swish said he’d walk it over to him and get it signed for me. It’s hanging in my house right now. The other is getting to meet Big G and play with him during the season. He and I both went to the same college. Getting to play with another former (UC-Long Beach) Dirtbag in the majors was really exciting.
  • Josh Tomlin: Getting back to traveling with the team, being around them, and enjoying the last month with them.
  • Yan Gomes: Definitely all the walk-offs were awesome! But clinching that Wild Card game and hosting was a great experience!
  • Mike Aviles: Big G’s walk-off followed by an ice bath courtesy of Swish and myself.
  • Mike Sarbaugh: Giambi’s walk off HR against the White Sox in late September. We needed to win that game to stay in the one of the top two Wild Card spots.
  • Corey Kluber: I don’t think I could single out one moment as my favorite from 2013, but Big G’s walk-off the last week of the season was pretty special.

And a few New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

  • Terry Francona: 95 wins!
  • Bryan Shaw: Just to stay healthy and help the team get back to another post season.
  • Corey Kluber: 2014 resolutions are pretty simple: 1. be a good father & husband 2. Help the Indians win the World Series.
  • Mike Aviles: WIN THE WHOLE THING!!!

Happy New Year, Tribe Fans!

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Indians sign David Murphy to two-year deal, DFA Cloyd; read Antonetti comments on deal

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The Cleveland Indians on Monday signed free agent OF DAVID MURPHY to a two-year contract with a club option for the 2016 season.

Murphy, 32, owns a career Major League average of .275 (739-2690) with 160 doubles, 15 triples, 86 home runs and 364 RBI over 849 games with the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox since debuting in 2006. The Baylor University product owns a career on-base pct. of .337 to go along with his career on-base+slugging pct. (OPS) of .778. In 2012 the left-handed hitting outfielder batted .304 (139-457) with 29 2B, 15HR & 61RBI in 147 games, finishing 6th in the American League in on-base pct. (.380) and 10th in batting average (.304).

The native of Klein, Texas was the first round pick (17th overall) of the Boston Red Sox in 2003 and later appeared in 23 games for the Red Sox (2006-07) before being traded to Texas in July 2007 in exchange for RHP Eric Gagne. He appeared in 27 postseason games during his tenure with the Rangers from 2010-12 (.373OB%/ .759OPS) and owns a career average of .280 (571-2042) against right-handed pitching (.347OB%/.469SLG%/ .816OPS). He has enjoyed his trips to Progressive Field, hitting at a .365 (27-74) clip with 4 2B, 1 3B, 3HR & 15 RBI in 21 career games. The versatile outfielder has logged time at all three positions during his career and his 35 assists since 2009 are 8th-most among A.L. outfielders over that span.

In order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Murphy, the Indians designated RHP Tyler Cloyd for assignment. Cloyd was originally claimed from Philadelphia on October 2.

Both Murphy and Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti chatted with reporters via conference call on Monday to discuss the deal. Below are their comments:

Murphy provides strength and versatility to the outfield and the lineup

Chris Antonetti: For right now, we expect him to get most of his at-bats in right field, primarily against right-handed pitching, but he will also get some opportunities against the right left-handers as well.

We feel that we have a very good compliment of outfielders that will give Terry the opportunity to mix and match based upon what gives us the best opportunity to win that night’s game while also keeping everyone healthy and fresh. Some of that will also depend upon how we shape the DH position because there could be potential at-bats there as well. Right now with the compliment of outfielders we have, we feel we can match up well no matter who is pitching.

I think as we sit here today we feel good with the group of outfielders we have. We will continue to look for opportunities to improve the team and make adjustments as the offseason goes along. The versatility of our outfield – Michael Brantley has the ability to slide over to center, Drew Stubbs gives us great protection in both right field and center field and we are confident he could go to left as well – Ryan Raburn can play not only the corners, but also the infield, if needed. It provides us a great deal of flexibility and versatility and that was one of our strengths last year and we are looking to build upon that heading into next year.

Confident Murphy will return to form in 2013

Antonetti: In talking with David, he felt with Josh Hamilton leaving he put some pressure on himself to try to do a little more and got in to some challenging positions with his swing. He tried to create a little bit more lift to hit for more power and it took him a little while to work through that. I think combining that with a little bit of bad luck led to a down season. If you look at his track record he has been pretty consistent, especially against right-handed pitching and we expect him to bounce back and get far closer to his career norms than how he performed last year.

We spent quite a bit of time, not only looking at the objective information, but talking with our scouts who did quite a bit of video work looking at any tell-tale signs between his swing from 2012 and 2013 and there were not very many significant differences. There is a lot of reason why we are confident that he will bounce back and get back to the player that he has been throughout his career.

Murphy is well-respected on and off the field

Antonetti: He’s been renowned throughout any organization he has been with, whether it’s his initial time with the Red Sox, or his time with the Rangers. He is an exceptional person and is a guy that not only plays the game the right way but lives his life off the field that way. He and his wife are very involved in the community in which they live.  They have given back to those communities and feel like that is their obligation. He had also fit in seamlessly into every clubhouse and is well respected as a team – he was extraordinarily well-respected in the Texas clubhouse.

The news broke when Murphy’s daughter said at day care, “My daddy is going to be an Indian.”

Antonetti: That was the first time a 5-year old has ever broken a free agent signing. I think they were talking about Pilgrims and Indians in advance of Thanksgiving and his daughter shouted out, “my daddy is going to be an Indian.” That’s how the story broke. It was a first for us.

On what attracted him to Cleveland

David Murphy: When the offseason began and I thought about where I wanted to go, I wanted to go to a place where I was wanted as badly as I wanted to be there. Cleveland was very aggressive from the very beginning. They were easily the front runner the entire time. Honestly, it was pretty simple. From the first phone call I received from my agent about interested teams, they were first and foremost in my mind.

On what adjustments he may make offensively in 2014

Murphy: A few different factors played into (2013). I saw we lost Josh (Hamilton), Michael Young and Mike Napoli, and I put pressure on myself to step into a role and play a bigger part in the offense. I tried to re-create my own identity instead of being the same guy I had been in the past. I had that mindset, which created a little bit more of a pull mindset instead of using the entire field. That created some bad habits that lengthened my swing and that obviously produced the results that it did.

I think every player wants to be as complete a player as possible. After having the best year of my career in 2012, I knew that I could hit for a high average after that; I wanted to add the power to it. That added to that mindset of lifting the ball and pulling the ball. After I finally got away from that mindset, halfway through the season, I didn’t have the greatest luck. Some years, balls fall. Some years, they don’t. 2013 was a year when I didn’t have the greatest luck. In the end, I’ll put it on myself in not having the right mindset. I’m looking forward to getting back to the old me in 2014.

On the Indians offensive balance and how he fits in

Murphy: There are a lot of guys I’m excited to play with on this team. I’ve loved the type of player Jason Kipnis is since he came into the league. I love what he brings in all aspects of the game. I’ve known Michael Bourn since high school; I played against him in college and the minor leagues. He’s a dynamic player that’s great in the leadoff spot. Up and down the lineup, it’s a very balanced lineup and I’m excited to be a part of it.

About his daughter’s now famous comments breaking the news Murphy was signing with Cleveland

Murphy: She was at preschool one day and with Thanksgiving coming up, they were learning about Pilgrims and Indians. She happened to speak up and said, “My daddy’s going to play for the Indians.” Nowadays, rumors spread quickly and word got out there pretty quickly. It wasn’t the best situation how that got out. But in the end it’ll be a cute story one day that we can tell her about.

On whether he feels comfortable hitting at Progressive Field; he’s hit at a .365 (27-74) clip with 4 2B, 1 3B, 3HR & 15 RBI in 21 career games at the ballpark

Murphy: I don’t know if there’s anything to that. I know the places I’ve been before and I know the places where I like to hit and feel comfortable in the box. I have no real reason for it but it’s always been a place where I’ve liked to hit. It’ll be great to play half my games there.

On his relationship with Indians manager Terry Francona

Murphy: I was drafted by Boston and had about 35 days of MLB service time with the Red Sox between 2006 and 2007, and I spent time with the team in Spring Training from 2004 to 2007. I had the chance to play under him there; he definitely played into the decision to sign with Cleveland. He called me pretty early in the process. He did a great job of letting me know how interested they were, but at the same time not putting any pressure on me. He made me realize I’d be doing an injustice if I didn’t look at all the options out there.

On his impressions of the 2013 Indians from the opposing dugout

Murphy: They reminded me of the Rangers when we started to become a good team in 2009 and 2010. It’s a group of young, talented guys, with veteran leadership with Giambi and Swisher mixed in, and it’s a group of guys that looks like they have a lot of fun on the field and believe in one another. They won 92 games last year and they look like they’re only going to get better.

2013 Indians Season in Review: August

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TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.

For previous monthly reviews:

THE FINE PRINT

  • Monthly record: 12-16
  • Overall record: 71-64
  • Home record: 4-7
  • Road record: 8-9
  • Weekend record: 6-2
  • Standings: second place, 8.5GB
  • High-water mark: 62-49, August 4

TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING

  • Yan Gomes: .281 AVG (18-64), 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R
  • Ryan Raburn: .269 AVG (7-26), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R
    • (OK, so we struggled at the plate in August. Fine.)

TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING

  • Cody Allen: 1.88 ERA (3 ER in 14.1IP), 17 K, .212 opp. AVG (Allen also logged  the second-most appearances in the AL, with 77.)
  • Mark Rzepczynski: 0.00 (0 ER in 11.2IP), 10K, .150 opp. AVG
  • Joe Smith: 0.68 ERA (1ER in 13.1IP), 13K

COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS

  • Batting: .229 AVG (221-966), 26 HR, 86 RBI, 86 BB
  • Pitching: 3.77 ERA (107 ER in 255.2IP), 257 K, .249 opp. AVG

WALKOFFS

  • The only month (well, October, too) without one!

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Yan Gomes, Andre Rienzo have a day for the ages for home country Brazil: Andre Rienzo, a rookie pitcher from Brazil, and countryman and Indians catcher Yan Gomes, became the first Brazilian-born players to face off in an MLB game. Read more about the faceoff here.

John Underwood: This is why we work in baseball. Lakewood native John Underwood won a Stand Up 2 Cancer auction to take batting practice at Progressive Field – then insists a Make-a-Wish child and his family comes along. The result: An amazing day at Progressive Field. Read more about it here.

Rocky Colavito celebrates 80th birthday at Progressive Field: The Rock came to Cleveland as many older fans’ favorite all-time Indians player, and he was popular all day, from a Terrace Club luncheon/chat with Gary Bell and Max Alvis, to a pregame chat with reporters, to a ceremonial first pitch before the Tribe played the Angels.

Wild nights are calling: If you’re charged with handling in-game social media when an East Coast team is on the West Coast, you know already you’re in for a long night. But when that game goes 14 innings – and 5 hours, 17 minutes – it’s an extra long night. Luckily, we had some fans locked in to our #TribeLive feature on Twitter, so they helped. So did the victory, helped by a Drew Stubbs home run in the 14th. Watch it below:

Be gone, 2012: The Indians on August 21 surpassed their 2012 win total – 68 — in the 127th game of the season, a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. In all, the Tribe increased its win total by 24 games – tying the club record – in going 92-70.

John Adams anniversary: The Tribe’s unofficial drummer became official on August 24, with a presentation of an Honorary Member Award on the 40th anniversary of the day he first brought his drum to Cleveland Municipal Stadium. John also took part in a pregame “first hit,” hitting the ball with his drum on a pitch by Carlos Baerga.

Home run promises come true: A unique night at the ballpark on August 24. The Tribe communications team got a text from a member of the Corporate Marketing team who was on the field pregame that read, “This 8-year-old met Carlos Santana and asked him to hit a home run.” It turned out to be Niko, who if you followed TribeVibe and the Tribe’s social media channels all season long, you know he became a celebrity. And you also probably know that Santana did hit a home run, as did Jason Kipnis, who Niko also met that night.

Misc.: Tribe manager Terry Francona used 123 different batting orders in 2013, with the most popular being: Bourn, Cabrera, Kipnis, Swisher, Brantley, Santana, Reynolds, Chisenhall, Stubbs

What are the Cleveland Indians players’ and coaches’ favorite Halloween costumes?

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It’s no surprise that the team that went all out for “Bring Your Own Costume Monday” has its fair share of Halloween costume expertise.

What are the Cleveland Indians players’ and coaches’ favorite Halloween costumes? Check out some of their answers below, and don’t miss other great Tribe costumes in the gallery above.

  • Drew Stubbs – “Batman as a kid…dressing up as your favorite super hero is the best.”
  • Mike Sarbaugh – “Spider-Man. That was one of my favorite cartoons growing up.”
  • Mike Aviles – “Favorite costume was a stegosaurus that was homemade by my moms friend when I was like 5!!”
  • Justin Masterson – “My favorite Halloween costume went between 2 roughly. For the majority of my life I was a ninja every year. Then in a ruse to get my mom to allow me to shave my head I went as Mr. Clean my sophomore year of high school and have been shaving my head ever since.”
  • Yan Gomes – “Growing up me and a bunch of friends used to dress up in a bunch of scary outfits and scare kids that came to the door for trick-or-treat.”
  • Corey Kluber – “Favorite Halloween costume was probably a vampire. Thought the fake blood was cool.”
  • Trevor Bauer – “Dressed up as an ace of hearts and took a pack of cards around doing magic tricks on people.”
  • Bryan Shaw – “A few years ago I was on the Scottsdale Scorpions for Fall League and the season fell over Halloween. The entire team dressed up and I went as Dexter — which is my favorite show.”
  • Terry Francona – “I would go as Dr. Evil. I would just put on a Brad Mills uniform and be ready to go!”

Happy Halloween!

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Indians Season in Review: June

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TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.

For previous monthly reviews:

THE FINE PRINT

  • Monthly record: 15-13
  • Overall record: 44-38
  • Home record: 7-4
  • Road record: 8-9
  • Weekend record: 5-5
  • Standings: Tied for first
  • High-water mark: 44-38, June 30

TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING

  • Jason Kipnis: .419 AVG (39-93), 27 R, 12 2B, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 20 BB, 1.216 OPS
  • Michael Bourn: .292 AVG (31-106), 15 R, 3 SB (Bourn also was the hardest player to double up in AL, with only two double plays in 525 ABs)

TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING

  • Ubaldo Jimenez: 3-1, 3.09 ERA (11 ER in 34 IP), 32 K, .268 opp. AVG
  • Matt Albers: 1-0, 0.00 ERA (9 IP), .194 opp. AVG
  • Nick Hagadone: 3.86 ERA (5 ER in 11.2 IP), .211 opp. AVG
  • Vinnie Pestano: 2.08 ERA (3 ER in 13 IP), 6 SV, 15 K, .245 opp. AVG

COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS

  • Batting: .254 AVG (236-930), 27 HR, 126 RBI, .395 SLG, .332 OBP
  • Pitching: 4.15 ERA (112 ER in 243 IP), 30 HR allowed, 97 BB, 202 K, .263 opp. AVG

WALKOFFS

  • June 14: Kipnis fielder’s choice scores Drew Stubbs charging home from third.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Kipnis wins American League Player of the Month Award, including Player of the Week awards from 6/10-6/16 and 6/24-6/30: All Kipnis did, as you can see above, was carry the Tribe to a winning record for the month and hit .419, with an OPS of 1.216. Incredible!

Corey Kluber joins Kipnis as co-AL Player of the Week winner for week of 6/10-6/16: Kluber pitched back-to-back outings of 8 innings, allowing one run in that stretch. That included the below start in Texas:

More on Kluber: The young righty did not lose a decision after June 27.

Above .500: The month included the last day the Indians spent below .500, on June 17, a 2-1 loss to KC. The club went on a four-game winning streak directly afterward.

Rain delay blues: We couldn’t decide whether this one fit in May or June, so we stuck it here – any fan who started at Progressive Field on May 31, a Friday night game vs. Tampa, and ended either on Saturday morning, July 31 or September 6, will remember this one. Rain delayed the start of that Friday game, then delayed it again after 1.2 innings, and the game did not resume until after midnight. It ended at 2:53AM, and the Indians offered those fans affected by the rain delays tickets to either July 31 or September 6 games at Progressive Field. We’ll get to those games later!

Welcome to town, rookie: First-round pick Clint Frazier is welcomed to Cleveland for BP by a bunch of grown men wearing red wigs to razz him a little. He took it all in stride, looked good in BP and begun his pro career soon thereafter!

Hall of Fame Day: Former second baseman Carlos Baerga and former GM John Hart were honored on June 22 as part of the Tribe’s 2013 Hall of Fame ceremonies.

NBD, just the place to be is all: Kevin Costner, filming in Cleveland for his new film “Draft Day,” takes BP and infield practice at Progressive Field. No big deal.

June 28 – a long day: The Tribe’s doubleheader at the Chicago White Sox – a sweep by the Indians by scores of 19-10 and 9-8 – lasts 7:53 and becomes the longest doubleheader in MLB history featuring two nine-inning games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Coach of the month — Kevin Cash: Given the solid performance this month from the pen, including Albers, Hagadone and Pestano as mentioned above, a tip of the cap to “Cashy,” as he’s affectionately known. All this year’s bullpen did was post 33 wins, one shy of the franchise record and tied for the third-most in the Majors. The pen stranded 72% of inherited runners this year, fourth-best in the AL.

2013 Indians Season in Review: April

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TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.

THE FINE PRINT

  • Monthly Record: 11-13
  • Overall record: 11-13
  • Home record: 3-6
  • Road record: 8-7
  • Weekend record (the Indians were 36-18 on weekends overall): 4-4
  • Standings: Fourth place, 3.5 GB
  • High-water mark: 2-0

TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING

  • Carlos Santana: .389 AVG (28-72), 5 HR, 13 RBI, 14 R, 12 BB
  • Ryan Raburn: .320 AVG, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 10 R
  • Mark Reynolds: .301 AVG, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 17 R, 10 BB
  • Michael Bourn: .333 AVG, 4 2B, 7 R

TOP PERFORMERS — PITCHING

  • Chris Perez: 1.13 ERA (1 ER in 8 IP), 3 SV, 9 K, .179 opp. AVG
  • Bryan Shaw: 0.87 ERA (1 ER in 10.1 IP), 13 K, .167 opp. AVG
  • Nick Hagadone: 2.45 ERA (2 ER in 7.1 IP), 8 K, .091 opp. AVG
  • Justin Masterson: 4-2, 3.12 ERA (14 ER in 40.1 IP), 39 K, .231 opp. AVG

COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS

  • Batting: .265 AVG (222-837), 36 HR, 115 RBI, .333 OBP, .465 SLG
  • Pitching: 4.27 ERA (100 ER in 211 IP) 32 HR allowed, 87 BB, 190 K

WALK-OFF WINS

The Indians notched 11 walk-off wins in 2013, one of which came in April:

  • April 12: Nick Swisher drove in Jason Kipnis on a cold Friday night, giving Justin Masterson his first complete game shutout of the season in a 1-0 win. It also inspired many a caption contest due to Swish’s reaction.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

April 8, Cleveland: On Opening Day at Progressive Field, the Indians invite Mickey Brantley, Sandy Alomar Sr., Steve McAllister, Steve Swisher and Tito Francona to throw ceremonial first pitches to their sons — Michael Brantley, Sandy Alomar Jr., Zach McAllister, Nick Swisher and Terry Francona. (See picture in gallery above.)

April 12, Cleveland: Masterson became only the fifth pitcher in the last 19 seasons with 3 complete game shutouts and 10 wins before the All-Star Game in  the Tribe’s 1-0 win over Chicago.

The shutout was one of 16 for the Tribe in 2013, tied for second-best in the American League; the Indians also were 30-17 in one-run games, second in MLB. Plus, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Masterson became just the third pitcher in baseball history to record victories against both reigning Cy Young Award winners in the same season (with award winners taking a loss), but the first to do so in consecutive starts. Masterson beat R.A. Dickey in Toronto on April 2 and David Price in Tampa on April 7.

April 21, Houston: New Tribe outfielder Drew Stubbs’ first homer as an Indians player was a memorable one, as it landed in landed in some guy’s tub of popcorn, showering Houston outfielder Rick Ankiel with said popcorn. (SportsTime Ohio reporter Katie Witham mended fences, buying the gentleman a new tub – in exchange for an interview, of course!)

April 30, Cleveland: In a 14-2 game, this happened – in the eighth inning! And you wonder why everyone loves the big guy?

Did you know?: The club’s .798 OPS was second-best in the Majors behind Colorado’s .810 and the highest for Cleveland in April since 2009 (.799).

Indians meet at Progressive Field ahead of Wild Card; discuss their preparation for the postseason

Believe it or not, Nick Swisher is in there somewhere, as he and his teammates met the media on Tuesday evening ahead of the AL Wild Card game.

Believe it or not, Nick Swisher is in there somewhere, as he and his teammates met the media on Tuesday evening ahead of the AL Wild Card game.

Indians players and coaches were at Progressive Field on Tuesday afternoon, as they held a practice and team meetings at the ballpark on the day before the Tribe’s crucial AL Wild Card clash with the Tampa Bay Rays. The players spoke with TribeVibe about their approach ahead of Wednesday night’s game.

Second Baseman Jason Kipnis

On the team’s momentum heading into the postseason…

I think momentum is on our side, but at this time Tampa, and even Texas, everyone was playing good coming down the stretch. I think this team is in a good place right now, and I think we got to rest up for another day, but I don’t think it’s too long where we’ll be rusty or anything like that, and we’ve still got some good momentum and guys are ready to go.

On what he has learned from the veteran players during the stretch run…

You take bits and pieces from all of them. It’s impressive what they were able to do because the whole time while they’re trying to help out the young guys, those are some big names, and some big important parts for us down this home stretch. So they had to worry about their own games, and they still went through their normal routine, and treated it as the same game, and handled their business, and kept the atmosphere loose in here.

 

First Baseman/Outfielder Nick Swisher

On the mentality heading into the postseason…

Yeah, you know I think just with this team and the mojo that we have, it’s not necessarily one of the stressful things. It’s just a great opportunity to be there for us, and I think just what we’ve been doing of late, or at least the last 10-15 games, we’ve almost been taking it as, ‘Hey, this is just gonna be another game in the season, and there’s going to be another game tomorrow.’

I think if we just continue to keep that ‘lax, chill attitude, and just go out there and get great pitching and timely hitting, we’ll get a chance to win.”

INF/Outfielder Ryan Raburn

On the difference between one-game playoff and a series…

It’s about the same, but these one-game playoffs are a lot more intense than a regular playoff series. It’s like a Game 7 of the World Series where if you don’t win you go home, so it’s really intense, but it’s a lot of fun. We’ve worked really hard all year, and really turned it around from where this team has been all year, and I couldn’t be happier for this group of guys, and all that we’ve worked for.

On sharing his postseason experience with younger players…

The little bit that I’ve had, I’ve really just told the guys when we get in those long winning streaks to keep working because it’s a long year, and crazy things happen, and really that’s all the guys did. They worked hard all year and never gave up and hopefully we can continue.

Outfielder Drew Stubbs

On how the AL Wild Card compares to his previous postseason experience…

This is the first time I’ve done a Wild Card game, so obviously this game tomorrow night is going to determine whether we move on or not. Other than that, the similarities would be that the anticipation and the level of excitement are about the same.

On his advice to younger teammates…

Don’t get overwhelmed by the pressure or excitement. Just go out and play the same game you’ve played all year.

Outfielder Michael Brantley

On what it means to be in the postseason…

It’s great. This is what we played for, and this is what we worked so hard to get to, and I’m excited to be a part of it with this team, and I can’t wait for the game.

On whether he plans to change any part of his routine…

I don’t plan on it. I plan to go through the same routine I do for every game, just make sure that I’m prepared and what pitchers we’re facing and go out there and do my best.

Infielder Mike Aviles

On the level of excitement in the clubhouse for postseason…

In all honesty I don’t know how much more amped up it’s going to get, because we always got music going, and we’re always having fun, and that’s been our thing since day one…We were coming here and just saying ‘let’s play, let’s do our work, and take care of business.’

On what the current 10-game winning streak means for the postseason…

All 10 [wins] in a row means is that we get to play here tomorrow. Everything we did for all 162 games, and all the Rays did for 163 games means nothing, and that’s what it comes down to. Tomorrow is all about tomorrow, and that’s really all there is.

Bench Coach Sandy Alomar

On the difference in preparing for postseason as a coach…

You’ve got to organize it in detail, the scouting report, so you can present to the players, and help them go through the game. As a player you just wait for that information to come to you, but as a coach you have to gather that information and present it to them. You get it ahead of time, and you get more familiar with it, so when the game comes, it doesn’t come as a surprise.

Relief Pitcher Cody Allen

On whether preparation will change at all for the Wild Card game…

The only thing that’s going to be different is that it’s one game right now for this Wild Card spot. But other than that, we’ve won 10 games in a row at the end of the year, and just getting ready for the games like we always do: staying loose, being prepared, being ready, and just playing hard.

We’re trying to keep things as routine as possible, and not change anything up, and putting any more pressure on any one person. We ended the season playing good baseball. Let’s keep playing good baseball.

–TribeVibe contributors Max Lom and Anne Keegan

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