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Kipnis makes young Tribe fan’s wish come true with late season visit

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Jason Kipnis made a young fan’s wish come true late in the 2014 season.

Rhiannon Carter, 11, lives in California with her family; her dad grew up in Cleveland and remains a big Tribe fan. By extension, Rhiannon is, too, and second baseman Jason Kipnis is her favorite player.

When she’s not watching the Tribe, though, Rhiannon fights a difficult battle: diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Rhiannon deals with extreme physical pain, shots, joint injections, infusions and even chemotherapy.

Thanks to Kids Wish Network, Rhiannon got a reprieve from her pain with a trip to Cleveland for a Tribe game late in the season, and a meet and greet with her favorite player, Jason Kipnis. Kipnis chatted with Rhiannon, took photos and signed autographs.

2014 Season in Review: August — Hammy/Thome honored, ballpark renovations, Carrasco’s return, and walk-offs

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

Aug. 1 – Tom Hamilton honored: Hammy was celebrated before the game for 25 years in the Tribe radio booth, and shared the night on the field with his family.

Aug. 1 – David Murphy goes off in 12-2 win: Murphy went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles in the Tribe’s win over his former team.

8/2 – Giambi gives up No. 25 for Thome: At the end of a pregame ceremony honoring Jim Thome – statue unveiling, Thome retiring as a member of the Indians and more – Jason Giambi gave up his No. 25 as an homage to Thome. Pretty cool.

8/3 – Brantley hits second walk-off homer of the year: The Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers on Brantley’s walk-off in the 12th, his 16th homer to that point.

Aug. 7 – Indians unveil Progressive Field renovations: Indians President Mark Shapiro unveiled major enhancements to Progressive Field aimed at improving the fan experience. The project includes an expanded Kids Clubhouse, new social spaces and better connection to the city and players.

Aug. 10 – Carlos Carrasco returns to rotation, starts amazing second half: Carrasco, who started the year in the rotation but moved to the bullpen, returned to the rotation and pitched five scoreless innings to start a remarkable second half of the season. (more…)

2014 Season in Review: July — Triple play, military salute, Brantley All-Star, #VoteKluber & more

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

July 2 – Indians turn double replay triple play: The Indians did something teams had a hard time doing this year – getting the speedy Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon out on the basepaths. The Tribe triple play in LA went F7-2-4, Brantley to Gomes to Kipnis. With two instant replay reviews thrown into the mix, this became a first-of-its-kind play.

July 4 – Indians honor military with Homestand Heroes: The Indians played host to branches of the military on our nation’s birthday, with the club’s first Homestand Heroes military tribute — during which the Indians paid tribute to fallen, current and future military heroes before and after the game.

July 6 — Brantley named to first All-Star team: Michael Brantley was named to his first AL All-Star team after a stellar first half.

July 6 — #VoteKluber madness begins: We thought Tribe pitcher, after a stellar May and first half generally, would also be named an AL All-Star. Instead, he was part of the Final Vote, which meant we had to get creative on social media. The result was a wild four days of #VoteKluber. Sorry again for filling up your timelines.

July 6 — Big Yan and Little Yan: 6-year-old Yan Perez got to meet Tribe catcher Yan Gomes before the Tribe’s game against the Royals, and Yan even hit a homer later for the little guy. Yan Perez was undergoing treatment for a serious illness, and was treated to a trip to the ballpark by the Ronald McDonald House.

July 7 — Hegan remembered: Late Tribe broadcaster Mike Hegan was honored before the Tribe’s game against the Yankees, and it was quite the touching tribute, led by his former partner, Tom Hamilton. (more…)

2014 Season in Review: March/April — Contract extensions, Opening Day homers, squirrels, KLUBER

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Here’s the first installment — April:

March 31 — Yan Gomes signs contract extension: The Tribe’s catcher inked a six-year deal on Opening Day, committing to Cleveland through 2019 with club options through 2021. Gomes following it up with an All-Star-caliber season.

March 31 — Nyjer Morgan’s sac fly and Nick Swisher’s RBI single help Indians win opener: The Tribe’s 2014 season got off on the right foot as the Tribe beats Oakland early on Tuesday morning. (Morgan had an eventful and productive stint in Cleveland before succumbing to an injury sustained in Toronto.)

April 4 – Jason Kipnis signs contract extension: Kipnis joined Gomes and Michael Brantley in committing to be a part of the Tribe’s core going forward by signing a six-year deal.

April 4 — Rain delays Tribe home opener, but Swisher’s late homer pushes the Indians to a victory: In a game delayed by two hours due to soggy conditions, the Indians beat the Twins on a cold Friday evening to open the home portion of the slate with a victory. Swisher’s homer to right in the sixth put the good guys ahead for good.

April 20 — David Murphy’s bases-clearing double beats Toronto: The new guy – also known as Good Guy, hit a two-out, three-run double in the sixth to drive in Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera and beat Toronto.

April 21 – A new Progressive Field inhabitant introduces himself: A squirrel hung out in the outfield throughout the Tribe’s series opener vs. KC; we, of course, conducted a fake interview with it about his time in Cleveland.

4/21 – Indians introduce free high-speed Wi-Fi at Progressive Field: The Indians, in response to fan feedback about cellular service at the ballpark, introduced high-speed, free public Wi-Fi for fans at Tribe games, in partnership with Verizon.

April 24 – Corey Kluber has his coming-out party: Kluber pitches a complete-game four-hitter, striking out 11 vs. Kansas City as the Indians take three of four. It, clearly, was a sign of things to come for the Cy Young favorite.

Top 10 most popular TribeVibe posts of 2014 (so far)

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No. 10: Indians, All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis agree to long-term contract

  • On Opening Day, the Indians announced that Jason Kipnis had agreed to a six-year contract extension through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020. The first-time All-Star in 2013 struggled with an injured oblique muscle throughout the 2014 season, and will be looked to to rebound in 2015 and continue to be a clubhouse leader for the team.

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No. 9: Taking a trip down memory lane: Ballpark construction photos

  • While looking at some old files in February, we found these photos of the original construction of then-Jacobs Field. Great memories, especially as we embark upon the current ballpark renovation project!

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No. 8: Exclusive interview with the Progressive Field squirrel

  • Sometimes, in a long season, you have to have some fun … So when a random squirrel showed up and stayed a while during an April series with Kansas City, we posted a fake/sarcastic interview with said squirrel. It was a hit.

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Photo gallery: Season finale victory over the Rays

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The Indians completed their 2014 season on Sunday, wit ha 7-2 victory spurred by the team’s young players — and some familiar faces, as well. Afterward, players thanked fans by handing out autographed gear … thanks, fans, for a great 2014 season!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, Sept. 26 vs. Rays

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Saturday recap: Photos, video, notes of Corey Kluber’s latest gem

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Corey Kluber dominated the White Sox on Saturday, registering his third complete game of the season in picking up his 14th win (9.0IP, 5H, 1ER, 0BB, 8SO,104 pitches/74 strikes)… Moves into 17th place on the Indians single-season strikeout list with 223, passing Luis Tiant (219, 1967) and Gaylord Perry (216, 1974) on that list. More:

  • Has now allowed 2 or fewer earned runs in 13 of his last 16 starts and in 20 of his 31 starts overall (65 percent). He’s limited opponents to 4 or fewer earned runs in each of his last 29 starts, the longest such streak in MLB.
  • Marks Kluber’s third complete game this season with 0 ER and 8 SO or more… That’s the most such games by an Indians pitcher since Len Barker had 3 in 1981.
  • Kluber now has six starts this season in which he’s struck out 8 or more and walked 0 batters, the only Indians pitcher
  • His 18 starts with 8 SO or more tie him for 4th in Indians history (since 1914) for a single season (Score, 1956; McDowell, 1966-67).

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Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, Sept. 3

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Pregame notes Aug. 28: Success vs. Danks, 30 in 30, Kipnis at home and more

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Heading into Thursday’s finale against the White Sox, Indians are unbeaten (4-0-1) in the team’s last five series, and are 8-5 in series rubber matches this season.

According to Elias – if completed – the team’s current stretch of 30 games in 30 days would mark Cleveland’s longest consecutive streak of game dates since May 21 – June 27, 1968 when the Indians played 41 games over a span of 38 consecutive dates (3 DH’s).

The Indians have gone 13-8 all-time in starts by Sox southpaw John Danks (7-2 in Chicago)…Cleveland is 18-20 in games started by opposing lefties overall this season, but has gone 8-4 vs. LH starters since July 1 (5-4 since the All-Star break).

Jason Kipnis has hit safely in 24 of his 26 career games here at U.S. Cellular Field, batting .378 (37-98)/.462/.622 with 7 2B’s, one 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI and 11 SB (11-for-11).

Since becoming a full-time starter in 2012, his 22 RBI are most by any visiting player…his 5 HR are T3rd-most by any visiting player since start of 2012 behind only Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Morneau (6 each)…his 11 steals are 3 more than any other visiting player (Rajai Davis, 8).

Tribe’s 2.60 ERA in August is the 2nd-lowest figure in Majors this month (14-9 team record) behind only Seattle (16-8, 2.59)…includes a 2.90 ERA by rotation (4th in A.L. & MLB) and a 2.09 ERA by the bullpen (2nd in A.L., 3rd in MLB)

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