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Thursday recap: Photos, fun facts from Kluber’s dominance

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CLEVELAND INDIANS POST-GAME NOTES, APRIL 24 (Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland)

CLEVELAND

  • Cleveland took the final game of this series by a final score of 5-1 and has won its first series since taking 2 of 3 from San Diego April 8-9.
  • Today’s win signaled the Tribe’s second consecutive victory vs. a left-handed starter after starting the year just 2-5 vs. opposing southpaws.
  • Indians have now gone 11-5 against the Royals here at Progressive Field dating back to September, 2012.
  • The Tribe will now head west for a 6-day, 6-game road trip through San Francisco (3 games) and Anaheim (3 games).

COREY KLUBER

  • Notched his first career complete game this afternoon, allowing just one unearned run while striking out a career-high 11 batters (W, 9.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO, 101 pitches/75 strikes).
  • Bested his previous career-high innings (8.2, July 31, 2013 vs. CWS) and strikeouts (10, 2x, last July 7, 2013 vs. Detroit).
  • The Indians received 3 complete games from Justin Masterson in 2013, last coming on June 30, 2013 at Chicago-AL.
  • Masterson owns the last 4 complete games turned in by Indians pitchers, as Kluber’s effort today was the Tribe’s first from a pitcher other than Masterson since Derek Lowe in May 15, 2012 at Minnesota.
  • The last Indians hurler to turn in a complete game with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks was C.C Sabathia on September 7, 2005 at Detroit; first effort with those parameters here at Progressive Field since Orel Hershiser on June 5th, 1995.
  • The last Indians pitcher to throw a complete game with at least 11 strikeouts, 0 walks and 0 earned runs was Len Barker (perfect game) on May 15, 1981.

o    Just the 7th such effort by an Indians pitcher dating back to 1914

5 IN 5

  • After notching just one hit through the first 4 innings, the Indians offense exploded for 5 runs on 5 hits and chased Kansas City starter Bruce Chen with 1 out in the inning.
  • The Indians 5-run inning marked a season-best and signaled the first time the Tribe has plated 5 runs in a single inning since September 14, 2013 (T4th, 5 runs) at Chicago-AL; Tribe won 8-1
  • The 5 hits in the inning matched a season high, previously accomplished in the 5th inning of a 7-2 victory vs. Minnesota.

MICHAEL BRANTLEY

  • Knocked in the Tribe’s first run in the 5-run fifth inning following a Carlos Santana lead-off double.
  • Brantley has hit in 5 straight games (7-17) and is now batting .333 (10-30) with 3 home runs and 9 RBI over his last 8 games.
  • Batting .405 (15-37) with runners on base and entered the game ranked 6th in the American league with 18 RBI.

DAVID MURPHY

  • Slapped a 2-run single with the bases loaded to push across the Tribe’s 2nd and 3rd runs of the 5th inning.
  • Marked Murphy’s second bases-loaded RBI base hit of the homestand (emptied the bases w/ a 3-run double on Sunday vs. Toronto); he is now 3-4 w/ 9 RBI in bases-loaded plate appearances this season; a lifetime .350 (28/80) hitter with the bags full.
  • Murphy leads the American League with a .533 average w/ RISP.

BRUCE CHEN

  • Shouldered his second loss of the season after allowing all 5 Indians runs to score in the top of the 5th (L, 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R-ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 75 pitches/49 strikes).
  • Chen allowed a lead-off single to Asdrubal Cabrera before retiring the next 11 batters he faced prior to the 5th.
  • Chen entered this afternoon’s game 7-3 with a 4.29 ERA in 19 career outings (12 starts) vs. the Indians, including a 7-1 mark since 2010.

INSTANT REPLAY: Umpire crew chief Bill Miller initiated an instant-replay review on a play at home plate in the first inning of today’s game…Miller reviewed whether or not Kansas City catcher Brett Hayes was blocking the plate…Terry Francona elected not to challenge the out call at the plate; catcher’s positioning is not eligible for challenging by a manager.

Wednesday recap: Photos (fun!) and post-game notes

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Post-game notes: April 23

CLEVELAND

  • Will enter Thursday afternoon’s finale against the Royals with a shot at a winning homestand, as the Tribe is now 3-3 on this 7-day stay against Toronto (1-2) and Kansas City (2-1).
  • Won for just the second time this season when facing an opposing left-handed starter (2-6)…Tribe lefties went 4-for-9 with a pair of RBI against Royals southpaw JASON VARGAS.

LONELY ISLAND

  • The Indians bullpen stranded a pair of inherited runners in the 7th inning (game was tied 3-3) and one more in the 8th (Tribe held 4-3 lead), extending a successful stretch of stranding 11 consecutive inherited runners.
  • Cleveland relievers have stranded a Major League-best 32 of 35 (91.4%) inherited runners overall in 2014.
  • Tribe bullpen has posted a 2.74 ERA (21 ER/69.0 IP) and .214 (54-252) avg. against overall this season, which includes a 1.93 ERA (4 ER/18.2 IP) and .212 (14-66) avg. against through 6 games of the current homestand.

ROYALS GO BACK-TO-BACK IN THE SECOND INNING

  • SALVADOR PEREZ (1) & MIKE MOUSTAKAS (4) connected for back-to-back one-out solo homers to give Kansas City an early 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning…marked the first pair of back-to-back home runs for the Royals since July 4, 2013 vs. Cleveland (Lorenzo Cain/George Kottaras, 6th inn.).
  • Kansas City entered tonight with the fewest home runs in the Majors (7)…Royals have homered 3 times against Cleveland after entering the series with just 6.
  • Cleveland’s pitching staff entered tonight’s game having allowed the fewest home runs in the A.L. and 3rd-fewest in the Majors (12 HR in 20 games thru April 22).

JUSTIN MASTERSON

  • Took his fifth no-decision in as many starts this season (5) despite tossing his second consecutive quality start and third overall (6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R-2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 98 pitches/64 strikes)…last decision of any kind came on Sept. 2, 2013 vs. Baltimore; last victory came on Aug. 21, 2013 at Los Angeles-AL.
  • Allowed both earned runs he permitted on a pair of back-to-back solo homers in the 2nd inning…had surrendered just one home run through his first 4 starts and 21.2 innings…allowed multiple home runs in the same outing just twice all of last season (June 3 at New York-AL & June 25 at Baltimore)…tonight marked just the fifth time in Masterson’s career to give up multiple homers in a start/appearance here at Progressive Field, first since Aug. 30, 2012 vs. Oakland (3 HR).

MICHAEL BOURN

  • Erased a 2-0 deficit with his 2-out, 2-run triple in the 2nd inning, scoring Cabrera and Aviles…was his first triple of the season.
  • With an RBI-single on Tuesday vs. Kansas City, Bourn has now driven in 3 runs in his last 2 games after no RBI through his first 5 games of the season with Cleveland.

MICHAEL BRANTLEY

  • Collected his team-best fourth stolen base of the season with one out in the 6th inning and then scored a game-tying run (3-3) on 2 subsequent Kansas City errors that occurred on the same play (E2/E8)…reached base on a one-out single off fellow lefty Vargas…also drew a walk in the 8th that helped push across the Indians’ fifth run.

JASON KIPNIS

  • Broke a 3-3 tie with his 2-out, RBI-double to score Swisher (2-out single) and give Cleveland a 4-3 lead…has 10 RBI on the season, including 3 in this series against Kansas City.
  • Notched his sixth multi-hit game of the season, tied with Swisher for most on the team.

LONNIE CHISENHALL

  • Provided Cleveland with an insurance run, delivering a one-out, pinch-hit RBI-single in the bottom of the 8th to make it 5-3 – the first pinch-hit or pinch-RBI for Cleveland this season…was Chisenhall’s second career pinch-RBI, the other coming courtesy of a solo home run on Aug. 29, 2013 at Atlanta…marked Chisenhall’s first RBI of any kind in 12 games this season and first since Sept. 21, 2013 vs. Houston.

JOHN AXFORD

  • Notched his A.L.-leading 8th save of the year (8-for-9), converting 4 consecutive save opportunities in as many relief appearances since lone blown save on April 13 at Chicago-AL.

Photo Gallery: Tribe beats KC, plus the case of the curious squirrel

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

POST-GAME NOTES: April 21, 2014

CLEVELAND

  • The Indians took the series opener vs. the Royals, 4-3, and have now reeled off back-to-back victories for the first time since April 8 & 9th (G1); Tribe also improves to 5-2 in series lid-lifters this season.
  • With another strong effort from the bullpen, the Indians were able to hold on for the club’s 2nd one-run victory of the season (first in Cleveland) and improved to 7-4 in games decided by one (2-3) or two (5-1) runs this season, this after going a combined 41-29 last season in games decided by one (30-17, 2nd-best in MLB) or two (11-12) runs…also marked the Tribe’s 5th victory of the season after trailing at some point during the game.
  • Tribe’s bullpen has reeled off 10.2 consecutive scoreless innings after shutting out the Royals over the last 3.0 innings tonight; Indians relievers entered play today owning the 3rd-lowest relief ERA in the American League and have a 2.63 figure (18 ER/61.2 IP) after tonight’s effort…with another inherited runner left stranded tonight, the Indians bullpen has stranded all but 3 (25 of 28) inherited runners on the season – 89.3% success rate.
  • The Indians offense recorded a season-high 7 extra base hits, collecting 5 doubles and a pair of 2-run homers; previous high of 5 was accomplished 3 times.

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE

  • The Indians and Royals entered tonight’s game a combined 6-0 in games started by their respective starting pitchers…the Indians and Royals each entered play with 3-0 records for both Zach McAllister and Jeremy Guthrie.
  • With both starters factoring into the decision, McAllister has now matched his career-high win streak with 3 consecutive victories, while Jeremy Guthrie’s loss snapped a streak of 9 consecutive April victories dating back to 2012.
  • With his 7th save in 8 chances, Tribe closer John Axford moved ahead of Royal’s door slammer Greg Holland for the American League lead in saves.

ZACH McALLISTER

  • Tossed his 3rd consecutive quality start in his 4th outing of the season, handing over a 4-3 lead to Marc Rzepczynski and the Tribe bullpen after a leadoff walk in the 7th (W, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 98 pitches/70 strikes).
  • McAllister’s 3rd straight victory matches his career-high win streak, accomplished twice in 2013 (last August 13-24).
  • Over the course of the win streak, McAllister has allowed just 3 earned runs over 19.2 innings (1.37 ERA) dating back to his start on April 9th vs. San Diego; has notched 13 strikeouts as opposed to just 3 walks over the stretch.
  • McAllister extended his streak of consecutive innings without allowing a home run to 31.0 IP dating back to last season (last HR allowed: Brandon Laird, 2nd inning on September 20 vs. HOU)
  • McAllister’s ERA through his first 8 starts of the 2013 season (through May 18) was 2.65, which ranked 8th lowest in the American League.

MICHAEL BRANTLEY

  • Gave the Tribe a 2-0 advantage with his 4th home run of the season against Guthrie in the top of the 4th.
  • Paired with his second-inning solo shot in Sunday’s 6-4 win over Toronto, this marks the third time in Brantley’s career to homer in consecutive games, the others instances coming in 2011 (May 13 vs. SEA/May 16 at KC) and 2012 (July 4 vs. LAA/July 5 vs. TB).
  • Including his 3-run shot on Monday, three of Brantley’s four home runs this season have come with the game deadlocked at 0-0 (April 13 at CWS/T4th & April 20 vs. TOR/B2nd).
  • Brantley entered the game ranked 3rd in the American League with 16 RBI, and is now batting .400 (14-35) with runners on base.

JASON KIPNIS

  • Put the Tribe back on top 4-3 with his 2-run homer in the bottom of the 6th after Nick Swisher doubled to lead off the frame.
  • Over his last 8 games Kipnis has gone 8-26 (.308) with 2 homers, 3 doubles and 31 RBI;entered tonight’s game T2nd on the club with 9 runs scored.
  • Paired with Brantley’s 2-run shot in the 4th, Kipnis’ longball marked the 3rd time the Indians have hit multiple homers in the same game this season; also April 4 vs. MIN (2) and April 12 at Chicago-AL (3).

Photo Gallery: Indians Batting Practice, April 21

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Indians Game Information: April 21 vs. Royals

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (8-10) vs. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (9-8)

RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 2.04) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 4.34)

Game #19/Home #10 » Mon., April 21, 2014 » Progressive Field » 7:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Indians lineup:

  • Bourn 8
  • Swisher 3
  • Kipnis 4
  • Chisenhall 5
  • Brantley 7
  • Cabrera 6
  • Giambi DH
  • Murphy 9
  • Gomes 2
  • McAllister 1

THEY’RE GUARANTEED TO RAISE A SMILE

» The Indians snapped a 3-game losing streak on Sunday, taking the series finale from Toronto 6-4…MICHAEL BRANTLEY opened the scoring with a solo HR in the 2nd and a 2-out, RBI-double in the 4th; the Blue Jays held a 4-2 advantage until DAVID MURPHY connected for a 2-out, 3-run double in the 6th to take a 5-4 lead (4 of Tribe’s 6 runs scored with 2 outs)…JOSH OUTMAN (3-0) earned win to frontline a Tribe ‘pen that tossed 3.1 scoreless frames…JOHN AXFORD notched his 6th save.

» Sunday’s pivotal plate appearance marked the second 3-RBI extra-base hit off a lefty for Murphy in the last 9 days, as he also tripled with the bases loaded off White Sox southpaw DONNIE VEAL on April 12 at Chicago-AL (12-6 win)…for his career, Murphy is 12-for-34 (.353) vs. LHP with the bases loaded (ELIAS).

WINS & LOSSES

» At 8-10 (.444), Cleveland is 4 wins shy of the club’s high-water mark this season (+2G, twice, last 5-3 after G1 on April 9) and one loss shy of club’s low-water mark (-3G, 7-10 on April 20).

» Cleveland snapped a 3-game losing streak (matched longest of ‘14)…Tribe has lost 4 of 6 and 7 of 10 after starting the year by winning 5 of first 8…last pair of back-to-back wins came on April 8 & April 9 (G1).

» Cleveland is 1-2 to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Toronto (1-2) & Kansas City (4 games)…Tribe finished recent weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip at 2-4 thru Chicago-AL (1-3) & Detroit (1-1)…club went 3-3 on first homestand of season vs. Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…Tribe 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…Cleveland will end April with a West Coast trip.

» Tribe is below the .500 mark both at Progressive Field (4-5) and on the road (4-5)…team has gone 4-3 in night games, but 4-7 during the day.

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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 1 post-game notes

Check out these notes from the Tribe’s afternoon victory over San Diego; with the victory, the Indians improved to 5-3 on the young season.

CLEVELAND

  • Moved 2 games above the .500 mark (5-3) to match the club’s high water-mark of the season (3-1 record on April 4)…Cleveland’s record has not fallen below the .500 mark this season.
  • Tribe pitching staff posted its second team shutout of 2014, the other coming in a 2-0 Opening Day victory on March 31 at Oakland.
  • Facing San Diego for the first time since 2008, Cleveland improved to 8-3 all-time against the Padres (4-1 at Progressive Field).

ZACH McALLISTER

  • Took his second turn through the Indians rotation and notched his first victory of 2014 with 7.2 scoreless frames (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO, 99 pitches/70 strikes)…matched the longest scoreless outing of his MLB career, also tossing 7.2 scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory on May 7, 2013 vs. Oakland…both of his outings so far in 2014 have come in doubleheaders, as he took the mound in Game One on April 2 at Oakland, but did not factor into the decision of that 6-4 victory (4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R-ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 86 pitches).
  • Tallied 7 strikeouts, one shy of his career-high (8, three times) and most since Aug. 13, 2013 at Minnesota (7 K’s).
  • Retired 21 of the first 24 batters he faced through his first 7.0 frames, just 3 more than the minimum…then retired the first 2 batters in the 8th before allowing a pair of singles; was then relieved by Allen.

JASON KIPNIS

  • Broke a scoreless tie with a 2-run homer off fellow left-hander Eric Stults in the 6th inning, his first long-ball of the season.
  • Of his 39 career home runs, 8 of those have come against left-handed pitching.
  • Has driven in 6 runs over his last 3 games after no RBI through his first 5 games.

CODY ALLEN

  • Entered today’s game with 2 outs in the 8th and struck out Seth Smith on a called third strike to strand runners and 1st and 2nd…has now stranded all 5 inherited runners he has adopted this season…has made 5 relief appearances this season, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings.

JOHN AXFORD

  • Notched his 4th save of the season, as he has closed out both wins in this series against San Diego.

SAN DIEGO

  • Padres fell to 1-4 on their 6-game road trip through Miami (1-2) and Cleveland (0-2).
  • Club is participating in its first doubleheader in Interleague history.

ERIC STULTS

  • Took his second loss of the season despite pitching into the 6th inning and surrendering just one earned run (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R-1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 90 pitches/52 strikes)…was touched for both runs he allowed on a 2-run HR by Jason Kipnis…retired 14 of the first 18 batters he faced through 5.0 innings.
  • Left-handers had been 1-for-6 with a single & GIDP (both by Brantley) prior to the Kipnis 2-run HR in the 6th (lefties were 2-for-8 on the afternoon against Stults)…including today, has limited left-handers to a .181 avg. (52-287) since the start of the 2012 season.
  • Today marked his second career game/start at Progressive Field, the other coming in a no-decision for Chicago on May 7, 2012 (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R-ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 HB, 107 pitches)…Tribe won that contest 3-2.

NICK VINCENT

  • Entered today’s game with 2 outs in the 6th and struck out the only batter he faced (Gomes) to strand runners at 2nd and 3rd…Vincent has now stranded all 5 runners he has inherited this season…stranded 16 of 21 (76%) inherited runners last season.

Photo Gallery: Indians Batting Practice, April 8

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The guys were in good spirits during BP on Tuesday — only the second time the team has taken BP outside this year. Gotta love Mother Nature!

–Photos by David Cleveland

A chat with Brohio Gov about rocking first weekend

 

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(Editor’s Note: Get your Brohio tickets for April 18 and April 19 vs. Toronto by clicking here. As of Thursday at 2PM, tickets were $32, but those prices will rise as the game nears. Get them now and save!)

Judging by Tweets out of Brohio this past weekend, it sure seemed like Adam Gockowski had a successful first run as our Governor.

 

 

As the next Brohio weekend rapidly approaches – as of right now, tickets are only $31.25 for Friday, April 18 and $31.25 for Saturday, April 19, and you get this cool new Brohio design T-shirt – we wanted to catch up with Adam to see how things went and what he has up his sleeve.

His responses:

TribeVibe: How did the first weekend go?

AG: The first series was a huge learning experience. I realized a lot of good and bad right off the bat: I’m not a 7-foot purple mascot – Editor’s Note: Slider takes exception to that stereotype! — so it took a while for people to realize who I was and what I was trying to do. I look like the average dude in the stands. So Friday, between the team being down for six innings, no hitting, cold, wet, late, everything, it was hard to get people into it at first.

Once I got the flag, people started realizing that “He’s the Governor!” and it started making sense to them. They started warming up to the idea. Before both games, I get there early and talk to EVERYONE in the stands. … People really enjoyed that, (and took) tons of pictures right away. They LOVE taking pictures with me and the flag. I mean people of all ages.

Saturday, when the fans got Brohio signs, they got into the idea! They were standing up when Swisher was up to bat, holding the signs, and were chanting with me! Even with a losing score and an afternoon game time, people were still getting into it. The biggest hit is the shirts! They LOVE the shirts.

Once the weather gets warmer, everyone is in matching shirts, with Brohio signs, and my presence is more known, without a doubt, the section will be UNREAL! Other sections on Saturday were paying attention. I think the little things like letting fans take pictures with me and the flag, talking before the game to them, their Brohio signs and (other) small stuff will have a big impact on the section. I will have a fun and comfortable crowd to work with. Series after series, we’ll get the crowd we want! The opening series, majority of fans was pleasantly surprised to find out where they were and their benefits.

TribeVibe: How did you get the section fired up? Were your fellow Brohio residents eager to participate?

AG: Awareness is key, it’s huge. So, to help myself and the Tribe, I have been very active on Twitter. I want to build it as much as possible in between each Brohio series. In the last 10 days, I’ve gained 1,021 followers. That’s an average of 100 a day. I retweet those who’ve sat in Brohio, I ask them fun questions, I comment back, I’m very hands on. In a weird way, I’m trying to sell myself to the fans. If they like me and I’m entertaining, knowing that I’ll 100% be in 117 on Fridays and Saturdays, they might buy just to be around that. They’ll get the chance to ask me stuff in person, take a pic with the flag, get the shirt, everything.

TribeVibe: What else do you have up your sleeve?

AG: I will be doing Twitter contests — tickets, shirts perhaps.

We’re going to get a hashtag going. I started #whatswishsays, where fans will create their own Swish like phrase, then tweet it out with that hashtag.

Once again, me being active with them on twitter in general is huge. If I’m active, they’ll buy. When they buy, we get the crowd that wants to be a part of the atmosphere. We get the crowd, we get the fan energy that we want. We get the energy, we get known in Major League Baseball.

Remember, Tribe fans: Right now, tickets are only $31 for Friday and Saturday, April 18-19; Buy Early and Save as those prices could go up! Tickets come with the new design of a Brohio shirt.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Anatomy of a hilarious photo: How did this come about?

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You probably saw this photo on Friday, in our Photo Gallery from the Home Opener against Minnesota, and wondered, just what the heck is Jason Kipnis doing ?

Here’s a little back story: In the news conference Friday morning to announce Kipnis’ new six-year deal – he remains one of 16 current Tribe players under team control through 2016! – General Manager Chris Antonetti and Manager Terry Francona joined Kipnis on the dais.

After Antonetti and Kipnis shared their thoughts on the deal and how it got done, Tito was asked by MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, “You heard about Kipnis before you got (to Cleveland), you’d seen him before. What have you felt about his growth as a player?”

With his young second baseman sitting right next to him, it was slightly awkward, thus Kipnis’ faux-adoring, “How am I doing, dad?” pose for the cameras during the question.

Tito’s response: “He’s sitting right here, man, this is hard! Last year, everybody kept asking (during Kipnis’ early season struggles), ‘When are you going to hit him eighth?’ I said, ‘He’s a good player, he’s going to be fine.’ And then last June he literally played himself onto the All-Star team.

“The part about Kip that sums it up in a nutshell was the other night in Oakland, when he didn’t get a bunt down. He found a way to extend the at-bat, put the ball in play and then ran to first like his pants were on fire (to eliminate a double play). That swayed the game in our favor. We all see what he can do, banging the ball off the wall, stealing bases, hitting home runs. All the contract is going to do is to allow him to enjoy the game. He’s never going to back off the gas pedal, but this will allow him to enjoy the game a lot more, with some security.”

And that’s how a funny photo happens.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond/Photo by David Cleveland

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