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Photo Gallery: July 4 Batting Practice vs. KC

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Walk-off wish for Swish: Photos, post-game notes from wild Thursday!

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GRAND FINALE: The Indians recorded their 6th walk-off win of the season, as Nick Swisher connected for a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 10th after the Angels jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the top half of the frame…marked the 9th walk-off grand slam in the history of Progressive Field (1994-present), first since Travis Hafner on July 7, 2011 vs. Toronto – 2 of the 9 w/o grand slams here in Cleveland have come vs. LAA – also Albert Belle on July 18, 1995…additionally, marks the first walk-off grand slam in extra-innings here at Progressive Field – 3rd in Cleveland since 1962 (Don Dillard, 7/4/1962 vs. DET & Carlos Martinez 9/6/1992 vs. SEA)…four of the six Cleveland walk-off victories this season have come by way of the long ball, as Michael Brantley (5/19 vs. DET), Michael Bourn (6/1 vs. COL) and Asdrubal Cabrera (6/4 vs. BOS) have also notched game-winning long balls…tonight’s game-winner marks the 74th walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field – the most by any team over that span.

WALK-OFF WINS BY CLEVELAND IN 2014 (6)

  • May 7 vs. Minnesota (4-3): Mike Aviles RBI-single in 9th
  • May 19 vs. Detroit (5-4, 10): Michael Brantley solo HR
  • May 21 vs. Detroit (11-10, 13): Alburquerque bases-loaded balk
  • June 1 vs. Colorado (6-4): Michael Bourn 2-run HR
  • June 4 vs. Boston (7-4, 12): Asdrubal Cabrera 3-run HR
  • June 19 vs. Los Angeles-AL (5-3 10): Nick Swisher grand slam

NICK SWISHER

  • Ended today’s game with a 2-out, walk-off grand slam off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri in the bottom of the 10th inning
  • For his career, it marked his 8th walk-off plate appearance, 6th walk-off hit and 4th walk-off homer (first walk-off grand slam), the other game-ending big flies coming on: Aug. 5, 2008 vs. Chicago-AL (B14th, 3-run), Sept. 8, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay (B9th, solo) and Sept. 8, 2010 vs. Baltimore (B9th, 2-run)…has 2 extra-inning, game-winning home runs in the past 5 days, as Swisher also broke a 2-2 tie with an 11th-inning solo shot on Sunday to beat the Red Sox 3-2 at Fenway Park.

CLEVELAND

  • The Indians notched their 19th come-from-behind of the season to cap a 2-1 rain-shortened series victory over the Angels…Tribe has now won 4-straight and 7 of last 8 series at home, improving to 8-3-0 in 11 series played here in Cleveland this season.
  • Cleveland owns the highest home winning percentage in the Majors, going 23-12 (.629) at Progressive Field this season…Indians have won 11 of 12, 14 of 18 and 20 of the clubs last 27 games here in Cleveland.

JUSTIN MASTERSON

  • Did not factor into today’s decision despite working 7.0 quality innings, limiting the Angels to just one run – scored on a WP in T2nd – on 4 hits and 3 walks, while registering 5 strikeouts (ND, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 116 pitches/66 strikes).
  • Tossed a season-high 116 pitches, while completing 7.0 full innings for the second time in his last 4 starts – 5th on the season.
  • After going 2-4 with a 5.21 ERA (39 ER/67.1 IP) through his first 12 starts of the season (March/April-May), Masterson has allowed just 8 earned runs across 21.2 innings in 4 starts in the month of June to lower ERA on the season from 5.21 to 4.75.
  • Has gone 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA (19 ER/48.1 IP) across 8 home starts this season, reeling off back-to-back 7.0 inning performances, while allowing 2 or fewer runs for the first time since May 13 & 19, 2013.
  • In now 10 starts vs. the Angels since being acquired by the Tribe in 2009, Masterson has gone 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA (17 ER/66.0 IP) – his lowest mark vs. an American League club.

KYLE CROCKETT

  • Crockett earned his first Major League win after getting Josh Hamilton to pop out to end the top half of the 10th for the Halos…across 2 stints with the Indians this season, Crockett owns a 1.23 ERA (1 ER/7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 SO).

–Photos by Dan Mendlik, David Cleveland/Info via Baseball Information Department

In Tribe clubhouse, players’ daughters made welcome

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(Editor’s note: This story reprinted with permission from the Akron Beacon Journal.)

BY MARLA RIDENOUR
Akron Beacon Journal

BOSTON: Bryson Bourn and Giovanni Brantley chased each other around a table in the Indians’ clubhouse after a recent Sunday home game. It was not an unusual sight; baseball players’ sons have been coming to the park with their fathers for decades.

But what was going on nearby was not the norm. At another table sat three little girls who looked to be ages 4 to 6, who were eating, chatting and ignoring the raucous boys.

All season, Indians’ fathers have been bringing their daughters into the postgame clubhouse on Sundays at Progressive Field. The idea came from designated hitter Jason Giambi, who said he was thinking outside the box as he prepared to interview for the Colorado Rockies’ managerial vacancy before the 2013 season. Giambi has a 2½-year-old daughter, London.

“I had to take a step back. ‘If I’m managing, how would the team represent me?’ ” Giambi said Saturday before the Indians faced the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. “That’s what you have to do, you have to have that connection with your players. There’s so many little girls, and daddies always have their little girls. It would be something cool they could share.”

Manager Terry Francona, who grew up going to major league games with his father, Tito, and General Manager Chris Antonetti signed off on the plan. The Indians were overwhelmingly in favor.

“We’ve got like 35 to 40 kids on this team. This is by far the most I’ve ever been a part of,” nine-year veteran Nick Swisher said.

“Obviously everybody was OK with it because there’s 900 daughters on this team,” said Mike Aviles. He has three — Kyla, 9, and twins Adriana and Maiya, 3.

Home clubhouse and equipment manager Tony Amato loved the idea and found garment racks that the Indians hang their street clothes on when they dress before the game. The racks are rolled into the shower area near the trainers’ room for later, when the doors open for the kids.

Right fielder David Murphy, with daughters Madison, 6, and Faith, 5, and son Cole, 3, likes that the Indians are teaching their children equality, even if they don’t know it yet.

“Ever since they’ve been old enough to realize my son can come in the clubhouse any time, they get a little jealous,” Murphy said of his girls. “We try to make this game and the organization as family-friendly as possible, but in a lot of situations it has to exclude females. I think it’s awesome the way the girls have gotten to come in the clubhouse because they want to see what daddy does as much as our little boys do. It makes them feel special and I guess it makes them feel on the inside of things as opposed to the outside.”

Nick Swisher said his 1-year-old daughter, Emerson, grabs the bag in his locker and plays with the baseballs. She’s enjoying a little of what Nick saw as a kid when his father, Steve, played for the Cubs, Cardinals and Padres.

“She’s having a blast,” Swisher said. “I grew up in the locker room; it’s the only thing I’ve ever known in my life. Now to be able to give that gift — I guess you could call it a gift — to my daughter. There’s so many guys who have daughters. We said, ‘We can’t be pushing them out and just letting the boys come in.’ ”

Aviles said Swisher once taped his twins’ wrists, so they go straight for the tape.

“They pull it out and think it’s a lasso,” Aviles said.

Aviles said Ryan Raburn’s daughter Taytum, 3, wants to go to the batting cage. Murphy’s daughters love the candy. On the recent Sunday, Corey Kluber cracked a rare smile as his daughters Kendall and Kennedy spun around in the black leather chairs in front of his locker.

“That’s a big day,” Giambi said, acknowledging Kluber’s stoicism.

The first time London Giambi visited, the Indians had just returned from spring training, and the families’ personal items and kids’ toys lined the hallway to the dugout.

“She was like, ‘I want that bike and that bike.’ She thought it was Christmas,” said Giambi, 43. “I’ve been a lot of years in this game and I never had that. When they’re old enough, girls will take those memories with them.”

Tuesday recap: Photos, plus 6 things you need to know from win over BoSox

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SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM VICTORY:

  • The Indians jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and rallied for a pair of runs in the 7th to cap a 5-3 victory and seal their season-high 5th straight victory…Tribe’s last winning streak longer than 4 games occurred when the club finished the 2013 regular season with 10 consecutive victories.
  • Over the course of the win streak (all on current homestand), Cleveland’s starting rotation has posted a 2.27 ERA (8 ER/31.2 IP), picking up 2 of the 5 victories, while the bullpen has combined to go 3-0 with 15 strikeouts against just 3 walks.
  • Cleveland continues to build upon the best home record in the American League, as the Tribe has now gone 20-11 (.645), winning 8 straight and 10 of the club’s last 13 games overall here at Progressive Field…entering today’s game, Cleveland’s 19-11 home record also stood as the 5th-best in the Majors…the Tribe’s 8 game home win streak is the longest since reeling off 11 straight from July 11-August 1, 2013.

CODY ALLEN

  • Pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 5th save of the season – has earned the save in each of his last 4 appearances……seven of his last eight outings have been scoreless (8.2 IP, 4-for-28 [.143]) to lower his season ERA from 3.71 to 2.81.

LONNIE CHISENHALL

  • Chisenhall is batting just above .360 (.361, 35-97) with 9 doubles, 3 homers, 17 RBI and 16 runs scored over his last 29 games.

MICHAEL BOURN

  • Unlocked a 3-3 tied with a game-winning 2-run double of Boston lefty Andrew Miller in the bottom of the 7th…Bourn finished 2-4 with a run scored and has now hit safely in 7-straight games (tied w/Murphy for longest active streak)…Bourn had a 9-game hit snapped on May 26 at Chicago-AL, but has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games dating back to May 17 (26-71, .366, 2 HR, 2 3B, 4 2B, 7 RBI and 13 RS).

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Indians win fourth straight, seventh straight home game

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, June 2 vs. Red Sox

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–Photos by David Cleveland

Sunday recap: Yeah it’s a walk-off!

(Editor’s Note: Anyone who gets the Seinfeld reference in the headline gets a bonus point … Here’s a hint.)

Sunday was a good day. Walk-off. Sweep. Etc. Here are photos — from our photographers Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland — and post-game notes (and video!) from another great day at the ballpark.

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THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN: The Indians notched their 4th walk-off win of the season as Michael Bourn connected for a game-winning 2-run shot off Colorado’s Adam Ottavino with one out in the bottom of the 9th…marked the Tribe’s second walk-off home run of the season (Brantley, 5/19 vs. DET) and the 3rd walk-off hit, as the most recent walk-off victory came on Wednesday, May 21 when Detroit’s Al Alburquerque balked with the bases-loaded…marked the 72nd walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field (1994-present) – the most by an team over that span ahead of Cincinnati (60) and Oakland (57).

MICHAEL BOURN

  • Bourn’s 2-run game-ender marked the first walk-off RBI of his career
  • Bourn also walked and scored the Tribe’s first run of the afternoon on Michael Brantley’s RBI-single in the bottom of the first…Bourn saw his 9-game hitting streak come to an end on Monday at Chicago-AL, but has still hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games since May 17 – over that stretch has gone 21-60 (.357) with 3 doubles, 5 RBI and 10 runs scored.

–Notes courtesy of Cleveland Indians Baseball Information Department

Photo Gallery: Lonnie, Handsome Mike, Bauer Outage pace Saturday win

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Cleveland Indians make a difference in the community in May

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The Cleveland Indians Community Outreach Department is a liaison between the club and the Northeast Ohio community; here’s a recap of all of the great things the group has done this month:

-Buses for Baseball: This is a program through Major League Baseball Players Association Players Trust. They bus in about 50 students from surrounding Boys and Girls Clubs to visit Batting Practice and watch the game using tickets through The Commissioner Initiative. Terry Francona and Justin Masterson stopped up to say hello and sign T-shirts for the kids!

-Masterson Bright Hope Event: Bright Hope is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring Hope to those living on less than $1 a day. Justin and Meryl Masterson have been involved in this organization which hosted their “Feed Their Future 2014” Preview Event in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field.  Justin Masterson, Nick Swisher, Cody Allen, Josh Tomlin and Josh Outman all made an appearance pre-game.

-MLBPA and Cal Ripken Baseball Clinic: Youth that participate in the Cleveland Baseball Federation’s youth baseball and softball programs participated in a baseball clinic at Brookside Park and Estabrook Recreation Center in Cleveland.  Michael Bourn, Josh Outman, Mike Aviles and Scott Atchison participated.

-Tribe Treasures Auction: The auction this year was so fantastic! We had seven wives participate the day of the event! Some of the auction items were:

  • Hummer ride and Menchie’s with the Masterson
  • Meet and Greet with Nick Swisher + 4 Suite Tickets
  • Hot shave and a Movie with John Axford
  • Bullpen Cleats and various other autographed Items
  • We also sold Mystery Balls for $40 which were a big hit! We raised about $8,000 for the Wives Association. The final number is still pending.

-Pink Ribbon and Honorary Bat Girl: The Pink Ribbon ceremony was with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They brought about 120 volunteers to form a pink ribbon on the field during pregame. We also gave them 600 tickets through The Commissioner’s Community Tickets Initiative. Our Honorary Bat Girl, Charlene Wuthrich was selected by fans through a contest that MLB designed. She was presented with a Pink Personalized Louisville Slugger and a Bat Girl Jersey. She was nominated by her two grandchildren who also attended the ceremony with her.

-Wives School Visit: Ashley Outman, Meryl Masterson, Nicole Axford and Kristen Shaw all attended Thoreau Park Elementary School located in Parma with me on May 19th for their baseball-themed Right to Read week. They read baseball books to eight different classes (about 200 children) in Kindergarten and 1st grade. They also provided each child with finger foam fingers and cannot wait to do something like that again!

We had a First Pitch Experience that was won from the Alzheimer’s Association Gala. With this experience they were also able to visit the radio booth and speak with Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus. They were such a great family and very happy with their stay at Progressive Field! Especially with the win against the Tigers!

Finally, we had an Honorary Bat Kid! They won this experience through the Sports Commission. Nathan (age 6) was able to meet his favorite players and got some great pictures with Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn! Justin Sellers even gave him his bat!

Photo Gallery: It’s a BalkOff! (Plus post-game notes from wild Wednesday)

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THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN: The Indians posted their second walk-off victory of this series (3rd of season) as Detroit’s Al Alburquerue balked home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th…courtesy of STATS: The walk-off balk is the first in the majors since July 4, 2011 when the White Sox beat the Royals (Aaron Crow) in the bottom of the 9th…marks the first walk-off balk in extra innings since June 16, 2011 when the Braves beat the Mets in the bottom of the 11th on a balk by D.J. Carrasco…on Monday, Michael Brantley blasted his team-leading 9th home run of the season to break a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 11th for the club’s second walk-off win of the season…Cleveland recorded the club’s first walk-off win of the season on May 7 vs. Minnesota on a Mike Aviles game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th…the Indians celebrated 11 walk-off victories in 2013 (6 walk-off home runs), tied with Boston for 2nd-most in the American League behind Tampa Bay (13)…the win was the 23rd walk-off win in club history vs. Detroit, the most walk-off wins against any team.

CLEVELAND

  • After taking the first two games of this series earlier in the week, the Indians have completed their first 3-game sweep over the Tigers since May 22-24, 2012 here at Progressive Field…also marks the Tribe’s first series win over the Tigers since May 10-12, 2013 (2-1) at Detroit, and the first in Cleveland since July 24-26, 2012 (2-1).
  • The 5 hour, 16 minute game marks the longest game at Progressive Field since August 30, 2008, a 14-12 loss to the Tigers in 5:33…the 13-inning game also marks the longest at Progressive Field since August 7, 2013, a 6-5 loss to the Tigers in 14 innings.
  • The Indians used 9 pitchers in today’s 13-inning marathon, one shy of the club record of 10 on September 18, 2012 vs. Minnesota (12.0 IP).
  • Indians offense plated 15 runs off Detroit’s starting rotation in the 3-game series, batting .375 (30-80) with 12 extra-base hits (11-2B, 1-HR); Tigers rotation registered a 7.50 ERA (15 ER/18.0 IP) in the 3-game series.
  • Cleveland improves to 4-1 in the season series vs. Detroit, as the two clubs split a pair of mid-April tilts at Comerica Park earlier this season; Tribe went just 4-15 vs. Detroit in 2013 (1-9 at Progressive Field)…the Indians are now 14-9 against American League Central opponents, winning 6 straight and 10 of last 12 games within the division.
  • Cleveland has gone 15-11 at Progressive Field in 2014, 2nd-best A.L. home record behind Detroit…Indians have now reeled off 3 consecutive home victories and have won 6 of 9 and 10 of their last 15 here in Cleveland.

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