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Jason Kipnis named AL Player of the Week!

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Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been named the American League Player of the Weekfor the period ending July 20

Kipnis batted .333 (5-for-15) with two homers, six RBI, four walks and three runs scored in four games to capture his third career weekly honor and the second for the Tribe this season, joining All-Star Michael Brantley, who was tabbed on June 16th. Kipnis’ previous two weekly nods came last season when he was named on June 17th and July 1.

Among league leaders, Jason was first in RBI, tied for first in homers, tied for second in total bases (11) and was fifth in slugging percentage (.733).

On Friday in the Motor City, Kipnis launched a pair of homers with four RBI as the Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers, 9-3, at Comerica Park. The left-handed-hitting Kipnis launched a three-run shot as part of a seven-run seventh inning for Cleveland, and two frames later collected his second career multi-homer effort with a solo blast in the ninth. Jason’s last two-homer game came on May 26, 2012 at the Chicago White Sox. In the first game of a doubledip on Saturday, the 27-year-old went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI to help lead Cleveland to a 6-2 triumph. In the nightcap, the Illinois native went 0-for-2, but walked three times and scored a run as the Indians won, 5-2, to sweep their first doubleheader in Detroit since July 17, 1966 at Tiger Stadium. It marked the Tribe’s fourth straight doubleheader sweep overall against Detroit. Of note, Kipnis drew three free passes one other time this season, on April 5 against Minnesota at Progressive Field.

Kipnis, a former second round pick in the 2009 Draft (by Cleveland) out of Arizona State University, is hitting .259 on the season with 14 doubles, one triple, five homers, 30 RBI, 37 runsscored and a team-leading 13 stolen bases in 72 games. The 2013 All-Star spent the majority of May on the disabled list due to a right oblique injury, just his second trip to the D.L. in his four-year career. Since his return on May 28, Cleveland has gone 26-19 to climb into second place in the A.L. Central

Photo Gallery: Perez, Dickerson, Cabrera, Kipnis, Brantley lead late Thursday comeback

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You may have picked up that we love to show off our photographers’ work. Baseball, especially a great win in front of a large, rowdy crowd, lends itself to great shots — but our guys are fantastic.

And they outdid themselves last night.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Santana continues to be touched by support from Niko, the home run kid from 2013

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Following Sunday’s matinee against the Royals at Progressive Field, Indians catcher Carlos Santana realized the home run he had hit was not just any ordinary home run. Prior to the game, Tribe fan Niko Lanzarotta had requested that Santana hit a home run for him, and Santana delivered.

You might remember Niko; he visited Progressive Field on August 24, 2013, for batting practice and an Indians game through Tribe Rewards. Before the game, Niko met Santana — his favorite Tribe player — and infielder Jason Kipnis and asked each of them to hit a home run for him. They did. (Niko then returned on Sept. 7, as the people who caught those home run balls gave them to Niko. Pretty cool.)

This time around, Niko — who has cerebral palsy — arrived early to Progressive Field with his parents. Niko’s mother, Kasia, called Santana over to the stands while he was stretching. Just like last year, Niko’s only request for the first baseman was for him to hit a home run. And he did.

Santana said he was willing to make the promise with Niko under one condition.

“He called my name and I went over there,” Santana said. “He said, ‘I want you to hit a home run.’ And I said, ‘The only way I will hit a home run is if you give me a hug.’ He gave me a hug — really tight.”

This time, the home run came in the form of a solo home run to right field that gave the Indians an early 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Santana said he never thought about his interaction with Niko during the game.

“I didn’t think about it [at the plate]. I thought about it after the game,” Santana said. “God heard him or heard me about his situation. I always try to play my game and help my team win; God heard Niko.”

Although he might not think about Niko at the plate, he is definitely appreciative of his support.

“He is motivation because I know he has [cerebral palsy], and it makes it exciting for me [to make him happy],” Santana said. “I am very proud of Niko.

Santana’s message to Niko?

“Keep being strong. Keep respecting Mom and Dad,” he said. “I’m very happy that he is my No. 1 fan.”

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

 

Photo Gallery: Indians beat KC, TJ House earns first big-league win

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–Photos by David Cleveland/Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: July 4 Batting Practice vs. KC

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Homestand notes: A fan’s guide to 10 games at Progressive Field, starting July 4

 

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The Indians return home for 10 games, including three games vs. the Royals (July 4-6), four games vs. the Yankees (July 7-10) and three vs. the White Sox (July 11-13). Here’s what’s going on during a VERY busy homestand.

ROYALS SERIES

  • Sugardale Dollar Dog night: Friday, July 4
  • Extended Fireworks (Patriotic theme), presented by Wayside Furniture: Friday, July 4
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Friday, July 4
  • Homestand Heroes: Friday, July 4
  • Larry Doby jersey (10,000 fans), courtesy of Sherwin-Williams: Saturday, July 5
  • Fireworks (KISS tribute): Saturday, July 5
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Saturday, July 5
  • Chisenhall artifacts on display: Saturday, July 5 (see below)
  • KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, July 6
  • Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, July 6

YANKEES SERIES

  • Jason Kipnis bobblehead, courtesy of FirstEnergy (12,500 fans): Tuesday, July 8
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog night: Thursday, July 10

WHITE SOX SERIES

  • Fireworks (current Country music tribute), presented by Discount Drug Mart: Friday, July 11
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Friday, July 11
  • Kenny Lofton jersey, courtesy of KeyBank (10,000 fans): Saturday, July 12
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Saturday, July 12
  • KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, July 13
  • Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, July 13

FRIDAY, JULY 4 vs. ROYALS @ 7:05PM

  • ALL GATES: OPEN at 5:30PM (Gate C/East Pedestrian Bridge open at 4:30PM)
  • Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night
Extended Fireworks, presented by Wayside Furniture
Rally Alley, presented by RTA

Homestand Heroes: The Indians will dedicate tonight’s game to fallen, current and future military members, along with all branches of the military with a night full of activities, including:

  • TAPS honorees: A family from this organization will be honored before the game (TAPS assists grieving families that have lost members during service)
  • Bob Feller Act of Valor Award: Finalists (including Nick Swisher) will be announced for second annual award; last year’s winners included Yankee HOFer Yogi Berra and Tigers SP Justin Verlander
  • Color guards on hand for national anthem
  • Postgame: Swearing-in ceremony on the field/flag unveil in Upper Reserved

Alumni meet and greets: Joe Azcue (1963-69) and Gary Bell (1958-1967) will meet fans in Rally Alley.

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Tribe turns first-of-its kind 7-2-4 triple play — with two replay challenges

The Indians completed a first-of-its-kind triple play early Wednesday morning in their 10-3 win over the Dodgers in LA. The triple play featured two replay challenges, one by each team.

In the fourth, Adrian Gonzalez sent a liner to left field, which Michael Brantley caught on the run. He fired home to get Dee Gordon at the plate, and Yan Gomes threw to Jason Kipnis at second to try to get Yasiel Puig stealing. Puig was called safe, but that call was overturned on Terry Francona’s challenge. The Dodgers then challenged the out call at home, which was upheld by the umpires.

Kipnis, Taylor Hooton Foundation join forces for PLAY Campaign stop in Cleveland

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Members of the Taylor Hooton Foundation joined forces with the Cleveland Indians athletic training staff and Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis at Progressive Field on Tuesday to promote physical exercise and healthy eating in the national “PLAY” Campaign.

Nearly 40 kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland Baseball Federation spent the afternoon rotating through various stations in the outfield with Kipnis.

In left field, one group practiced static and dynamic stretching. When the trainers asked how many kids had eaten breakfast prior to coming this morning, just two kids raised their hands, prompting them to speak about the importance of eating a hearty breakfast.

In right field, the group worked with Indians trainers, including Indians Head Athletic Trainer, James Quinlan, on agility exercises.

One young participant felt the outfield grass midway through his workout and commented, “It’s amazing; it feels fake, but it’s real.”

Kipnis led the group in center field, giving them tips on how to scoop up a ground ball.

“Defense is tiring; you have to move those legs,” he said. “Open your body up for the backhand [and] turn your body to use your forehand.”

Founder and President of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, Don Hooton, said his staff travels to almost every Major League Baseball stadium each season. Most teams, he said, have a player representative who works closely with the organization to spread its message.

For the Indians, Kipnis has agreed to serve as the charter member of the Taylor Hooton Foundation Advisory Board.

“There is a fun and right way to do things,” Kipnis said, “and you get to do it with a Major Leaguer.”

Hooton’s son, Taylor, died 11 years ago after using anabolic steroids as a member of his high school baseball team. He said he was eager to hear what advice Kipnis had to offer to the kids.

“As parents, we were shocked to find out not only how dangerous these drugs are but how many children across the country are using these drugs,” Hooton said. “That’s the wrong way for them to achieve their objectives.”

Hooton said it is important to emphasize that kids do not need supplements or steroids to be successful.

“The thing I like about the program is after the kids hear about how not to do performance-enhancing drugs, they get to come out on the field with the athletic trainers and strength coaches to learn how to go about achieving their objectives the right way,” Hooton said.

The groups finished with a question-and-answer session with Kipnis, and a few lucky stragglers were even able to get a last-minute autograph from the Tribe second baseman.

-TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden/Photos by Dan Mendlik

Lonnie Baseball/Lake Erie Lonster has night for the ages — video, GIFs, notes

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The Tribe’s wild 17-7 win over the Rangers on Monday night featured standout performances from many players, but Lonnie Chisenhall continued his torrid start to 2014 by getting even hotter.

Here’s how his night went:

To put Lonnie’s performance in perspective:

+ Chisenhall is the first player in MLB history to have 5 hits, 3 homers and 9 RBI in 5 plate appearances

  • Three other players have had 5 hits, 3 homers and 9 RBI – Fred Lynn, 6 PAs, 1975; Gil Hodges, 6 PAs, 1950; Walker Cooper, 7 PAs, 1949

+ Chisenhall tied the club record for RBI in a game

  • Only one other Indians player has had 9 RBI in a game – Chris James on May 4, 1991 at Oakland

+ Chisenhall became the 32nd player in Tribe history to have 3 or more homers in one game

  • Last: Current Ranger Shin-Soo Choo, Sept. 17, 2010

Chisenhall is drawing ever closer to being eligible for league leader rankings; a player must average 3.1 plate appearances per team game. Lonnie’s average, now at 2.82 Pas/game (181 in 64), continues to rise. Among players with more than 150 plate appearances, Chisenhall’s .385 average tops all MLB hitters.

Photo Gallery: Tribe wins on 5th walk-off of 2014

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The Indians notched their 5th walk-off win of the season, as Asdrubal Cabrera connected for a game-winning 3-run shot off Boston’s Edward Mujica with one out in the bottom of the 12th.

The win marked the Tribe’s second walk-off win of the homestand (Sunday, 6-4 win vs. COL); three of the five Cleveland walk-off victories this season have come by way of the long ball, as Michael Brantley (5/19 vs. DET) and Michael Bourn (6/1 vs. COL) have also notched game-winning long balls.

The game also marked just the second time in the history of Progressive Field (1994-present) that the Indians have collected a walk-off home run vs. the Red Sox in the regular season: Manny Ramirez owned the club’s only previous regular season walk-off homer vs. Boston on June 19, 1995, a solo-shot in the bottom of the 10th off  Ken Ryan…Tony Pena hit a walk-off solo homer off Zane Smith in the bottom of the 13th in Game 1 of the 1995 Division Series vs. Boston – the club’s only other walk-off homer against the Red Sox at Progressive Field.

The game-winner marks the 73rd walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field – the most by any team over that span ahead of Cincinnati (60) and Oakland (57).

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

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