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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.

Exclusive interview with the Progressive Field squirrel

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In case you missed it during Monday night’s Indians-Royals game, a squirrel made its way onto the field and had a jolly good time with the wide expanse of lush, green grass at Progressive Field, as evidenced by the video below:

We also have a bunch of photos of the squirrel’s outfield soiree, which started during Royals BP and quite clearly carried over into the game.

Very early this morning, in an exclusive interview, we caught up with the squirrel for an interview. He agreed to the interview on the basis of his location remaining anonymous.

TribeVibe: That was really nuts last night, huh?

Squirrel: Congratulations, you’re the 3 billionth person to ever use that pun. There is a prize.

TV: Oh, a sarcastic squirrel. Very well … How’d you get into the ballpark?

Squirrel: I bought a $10 Upper Bleacher ticket online and used paperless ticketing to save the most money, like you all told me to. (By the way, did you know they’re available for the rest of this series?)

Just kidding. I weigh one pound and about 6 inches wide. I can get wherever I want to go.

TV: The fans really seemed to like you. The grounds crew, not so much.

Squirrel: Those guys get no love, so I wanted to try to get them some face time on the TV broadcasts. They were appreciative of my efforts, trust me.

TV: We noticed Swish tried to pick you up in his glove; after the game, he said, “I just kind of thought I’d put my glove down and give him a nice little home to come into.” But you rebuffed his efforts. Why?

Squirrel: No offense, bro, but I need my down time. I can’t be ‘on’ all the time. I’ve seen that bunk mates video with Mike Polk (http://tribevibe.mlblogs.com/2014/03/24/post-harlem-shake-nick-swisher-makes-a-new-best-bud-in-goodyear/), that gave me nightmares.

TV: What’s next for you?

Squirrel: I’m thinking about a Season Ticket package at the ballpark … Did you know Indians Season Ticket Holders in 2013 saved on average 40% over walkup purchasers? That’s a pretty dang good deal!

Just kidding. I’m a gosh darn squirrel, I’m going to do whatever the heck I want! Maybe I’ll see you again soon, Tribe Town!

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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The why, when and how of the Indians new Wi-Fi/4G LTE project at Progressive Field

 

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In case you missed it, the Indians announced on Monday morning that, thanks to a partnership with Verizon, fans now can access Wi-Fi and super-fast 4G LTE at Progressive Field, in an effort to enhance fans’ experience. (Check out tips on how best to take advantaged of the new network at the ballpark.)

Mark Shapiro and Neil Weiss, the club’s Senior VP of technology and Chief Information Officer, chatted Monday afternoon about the project:

Indians President Mark Shapiro

What it means for fans: Fans who came in past years and took out their phones to text, call or download video or watch instant replay, that capability hasn’t been there. Now they’ll be able to do that.

Anything we want to do technologically is dependent on us giving fans a technological infrastructure. Without them having any broadband capability, we couldn’t do much from a fan experience perspective. The reality is anything we wanted to do to enhance fan experience technologically, we needed this.

This was in place for Opening Day but we wanted to learn from what we’ve observed elsewhere and make sure when we announced it that we were confident it could work, so as not to disappoint. What better way than Opening Day to test it? We tested it at maximum capacity and we’ll continue to test it going forward.

We have to increase and enhance fan experience, and the entertainment landscape is fragmented. It includes the home experience, which is compelling. We have to provide our fans the ability to experience the game any way they want, and one way they want it is to have technology be a part of it. While we want to preserve everything special about the building, we also need to modernize it.

Neil Weiss, Senior Vice President of Technology/Chief Information Officer

It was a significant need. Once we got past 10,000 or 12,000 people, you couldn’t send an email or a phone call. We needed this for our fans.

We had some opportunities to make improvements and get up to speed at the ballpark. Weather was an obvious challenge this winter to get this installed from in sub-zero temperatures from November through March.

On Opening Day, we had a full ballpark, and after a soft launch, we had nearly universally positive feedback.

There were some pockets we knew we still needed to improve. This is a season-long project to fine tune. We measure every night and then we make adjustments after every homestand, and rinse and repeat.

Tips on taking advantage of new Wi-Fi, Verizon 4G at Progressive Field

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In another response to fan feedback and in an effort to better connect with fans at Progressive Field, the Indians, in partnership with Verizon Wireless, have rolled out a new Wi-Fi network at the ballpark.

Fans now will have easier access to social media and be able to check in on popular apps such as MLB.com’s At The Ballpark while attending games at Progressive Field. In addition, a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) will make it easier for fans to access Verizon’s 4G LTE network and make calls and send and receive texts at the ballpark.

With the new Wi-Fi network and DAS system in place, here is a list of seven great things you can do with your smartphone at Progressive Field!

 

  1. Interact with the @Indians on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

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Follow along during the games, and send in your own posts that showcase your experience at Progressive Field. We may even Retweet some of your Tweets!

 

2. Download MLB.com At the Ballpark ® and complement your experience!

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At the Ballpark is the ultimate tool for making the most of your trip to Progressive Field. In addition to the ability to purchase and manage tickets on your phone, you can now get special offers by checking in through the app. Using iBeacon technology, these offers include anything from concessions discounts to sweepstakes offers.

 

3. Purchase Tickets and Scan for Entry through At the Ballpark

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You can purchase Indians tickets directly through At The Ballpark, saving you money on prices at the Progressive Field Ticket Office and Progressive Field Team Shop purchases. Then you can use Mobile Entry to scan your tickets directly from your smartphone.

4. Check In at the game to unlock offers

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Once you arrive at Progressive Field, you can check in through At The Ballpark, and enter your seating location to unlock special offers, including merchandise discounts and more.

 

5. Watch in-game highlights directly on your phone

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After checking in, you will be able to watch video highlights directly on your phone through the At The Ballpark app. Want a different angle on a home run blast, or a nifty play in the field? Highlights will be automatically available on your smartphone during the games.

 

6. Season Ticket Holders – Earn Tribe Rewards points

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In addition to receiving attendance bonuses, Season Ticket Holders can now link their Social Media accounts to Tribe Rewards and receive additional bonuses for interacting with the Indians official social media accounts.

 

7. Find what you’re looking for within Progressive Field

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At the Ballpark features a comprehensive map of ballpark facilities. Everything from concession stands to bathrooms to fan services booths can be found on the Map feature within At the Ballpark.

To explore everything At The Ballpark has to offer, simply download the app for free on your iOS or Android device.

Photo Gallery, post-game notes from Sunday win over Jays

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Here are post-game notes compiled by the Indians Baseball Information Department after the Tribe’s 6-4 win over Toronto on Sunday.

CLEVELAND

  • The Indians dodged their first series sweep and snapped the club’s 3-game losing streak with their 4th come-from-behind victory of the season.
  •  With 3.1 shutout innings today and 5.2 frames over the last 2 games, the Tribe’s bullpen has posted a 2.76 ERA (18 ER/58.2 IP) through the first 18 games this season.
  • The Indians pen entered today’s game with the 3rd-lowest relief ERA in the American League.
  • With 8 more strikeouts today, Tribe hurlers have averaged 9.38 SO/9.0 IP (164 SO/157.1 IP), which entering this afternoon’s game ranked second to only Washington for highest in the Majors.
  • Today’s victory signaled the first time the Indians have won a game while scoring 6 runs on just 5 hits since August 12, 2006 vs. Kansas City.
  • The Indians will welcome those Royals to town tomorrow for a 4-game series to round out this 7-day, 7-game homestand.

MICHAEL BRANTLEY

  • Staked the Tribe to an early 1-0 lead with his 3rd home run of the season in the bottom of the 2nd vs. Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow.
  • Knocked home his team-leading 16th RBI with a double to right in the bottom of the 4th bring the Tribe within a run of the Blue Jays lead at 2-3.
  • Brantley is now batting .394 (13-33) with runners on base.
  • Owns a .372 (34-89) lifetime average vs. Toronto (22 games), a stretch that includes 3 three-hit games and 3 four-hit games.

DAVID MURPHY 

  • Cleared the bases with a game-winning 3-run double following three consecutive 2-out walks in the bottom of the 6th.
  • Smacked a bases-loaded triple against the White Sox at U.S Cellular Field on Saturday, April 12 and is a lifetime .342 (27/79) hitter with the bags full.
  • David Murphy and Michael Brantley have combined for 12 of the Indians 17 RBI since Sunday’s 3-4 loss at Chicago-AL.

JOSH OUTMAN

  • Earned his 3rd victory of the season after recording the final out in the 6th inning following starter Carlos Carrasco’s departure.
  • Outman has now won his last 7 decisions dating back to October 1, 2012 as a member of the Colorado Rockies.
  • His 3 victories are tied for most in the Majors among relief pitchers.

CARLOS CARRASCO

  • Logged 5.2 innings  in his 3rd trip through the Indians rotation this season, but did not factor into the decision after the Indians regained the lead in the inning after his departure (ND, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R-ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 88 pitches/55 strikes).
  • Retired the first 9 batters in order to being his outing (2 SO’s) before allowing 3 straight hits to start the 3rd.
  • Carrasco is still seeking his first win as a starter since June 29, 2011 at Arizona, taking a no decision or a loss in each of his last 16 starts (non-consecutive appearances); Carrasco is 0-11 with a 8.28 ERA (73 ER/79.1 IP) over that span.

Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Indians Game Information: April 20 vs. Blue Jays

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-10) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (10-8)

RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 7.84) vs. RHP Brandon Morrow (1-1, 5.52)

Game #18/Home #9 » Sun., April 20, 2014 » Progressive Field » 1:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

PICKED A BAD TIME TO BE IN LOVE

» The Indians dropped their third consecutive decision on Saturday afternoon – and second straight to Toronto – getting shut out 5-0 by southpaw MARK BUEHRLE (7.0+IP, 4 H) and the Blue Jays…COREY KLUBER (6.2 IP) worked into the 7th inning, but was touched for 5 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits…Cleveland was held to a season-low 4 hits, including just 2 from the 3rd inning on.

» Entering Saturday, the Indians had been one of 5 teams in the Majors that had yet to be shut out this season…that list is now confined to the Angels, Dodgers, Giants and Rangers.

WINS & LOSSES

» At 7-10 (.412), Cleveland is 3 games below the .500 mark to establish a new low water-mark for the season…Tribe’s high watermark of 2014 is 2 games above the .500 mark on April 4 (3-1) & April 9-G1 (5-3).

» Cleveland has lost 3 straight games to match club’s longest losing streak of the season (also April 9 G2-April 11)…Tribe has lost 4 of 5 and 7 of 9 after starting the year by winning 5 of first 8.

» Cleveland is 0-2 to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Toronto (0-2) & 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 (3-5) and one game below the .500 mark (4-5) on the road…team has gone 4-3 in night games, but 3-7 during the day.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland holds 5th place in the A.L. Central standings, trailing Detroit (8-6) & Kansas City (9-7) – both tied for first place – by 2.5 games…only division with a smaller margin separating all 5 teams is A.L. East (Yankees & Red Sox separated by 2.0 games)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 4 days in 3rd place, 2 days in 4th place and 3 days in 5th place.

» The Indians are 3-6 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013) and 4-4 outside the division.

SERIES STUFF

» Now assured of a series loss to Toronto, the Indians are 2-3-1 in 6 series played so far this season (1-2-0 at home, 1-1-1 on the road)…Tribe winless in last 3 series (0-2-1).

» Cleveland enters this afternoon’s tilt with a 1-4 record in series finales this season, dropping 4 straight since winning the Tribe’s first series finale in Oakland…club was 30-23 in finales last season.

ONE BRIGHT DAY

» Ten of Cleveland’s 17 tilts so far have been day games, but the Indians are just 3-7 (.300) in those contests…Tribe’s 10 day games played are 2nd-most in the A.L. & 4th in Majors behind Minnesota (13) and Chicago-NL/Cincinnati (11 each).

» Offense is batting just .238 (79-332) w/ a .696 OPS (.325OBP/.370SLG) in those 10 day games, while averaging 4.1 runs-per-game (41 R/10 G).

» Pitching staff has a 4.43 ERA (43 ER/87.1 IP) in day games, allowing 8 more runs (49) than Tribe’s offense has scored.

» Tribe went 34-20 (.630) in day games last season, the 2nd-best win pct. in the A.L. behind Boston at .651 (28-15).

SOUTH OF CANADA

» Cleveland has been held to 4 runs-or-less in 14 of the team’s last 16 games against Toronto dating back to the 2011 campaign (6-10 record).

» The Indians held a 4-2 advantage over the Blue Jays in 2013 (1st winning season vs. TOR since 6-4 mark in 2010), taking 2 of 3 at each ballpark…Cleveland’s offense was held to 4 runs-or-less in 5 of 6 meetings – including all 4 of team’s victories – as the Tribe’s pitching staff registered a 2.95 ERA (18 ER/55.0 IP) and one team SHO vs. TOR last season, including a 1.72 mark (9ER/47.0IP) in the 5 games in which Cleveland plated 4 runs-or-less.

» Cleveland has gone 50-35 (.588) all-time time vs. Toronto here at Progressive Field, but just 4-8 vs. the visiting Jays since start of 2011.

PANCHO & LEFTY

» With Saturday’s loss to Buehrle & the Blue Jays, Cleveland fell to 1-6 this season when facing a left-handed opposing starter…based on known probables, the Tribe is scheduled to face 3 straight righthanders before ending their 4-game series against Kansas City with back-to-back lefties (Vargas/Chen).

 

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» Cleveland’s pitching staff owns a 4.25 ERA (70ER/148.1IP), 10th in the A.L. this season…starting rotation’s 5.03 ERA (52 ER/93.0IP) is 3rd-highest in MLB ahead of only Arizona (7.50) and Minnesota (5.36), although Tribe hurlers have worked at least 6.0 innings w/2 runs-or-less in 3 of their last 5 starts (rotation avg.’ing almost 5.2 IP-per-start overall).

» Despite somewhat inflated numbers overall, the Indians pitching staff has worked 21.0 consecutive innings without surrendering a home run, as IAN KINSLER’s 3-run shot in the 5th inning of Thursday’s 7-5 loss at Detroit is the only big fly allowed by the Tribe over the last 4 games & 35.0 innings pitched.

AT THE BACK END

» With 2.1 scoreless frames yesterday, the Tribe’s bullpen has been largely effective thru first few weeks of the season, posting a 2.93 ERA (18 ER/55.1 IP) – 3rd in the A.L. – & a .212 (43-203) avg. against, 4th in A.L.

» Indians relievers have stranded 23 of 26 inherited runners for an A.L.-best 88.5% success rate, 2nd in the Majors behind only Los Angeles-NL (88.9%, 24-27).

INSIDE LOOKING OUT

» With 7 more men left on base last night and 19 in this series against Toronto, Cleveland has stranded 134 runners this season (nearly 8-per-game), 4th-most in the A.L. & T5th-most in MLB.

» The Indians are hitting just .208 (32-154) w/ runners in scoring position as a team, 12th in the A.L.

» The Indians are 0-for-14 w/ RISP thru 2 games of this series; meanwhile, the Blue Jays have gone 7-for-19 (.368)…over last 5 games, Tribe is batting .140 (6-43) w/ RISP.

» Cleveland is also hitting just .178 (30-169) with 2 outs, 2nd-lowest in the A.L. ahead of Houston (.138), as Brantley (.300, 6-20) is the only player with a qualifying two-out batting avg. above the .300 mark…6 of Brantley’s team-leading 14 RBI have come with 2 outs…after finishing with the 6th-most two-out runs in the Majors last season (292 of 745, 39%), Cleveland has plated 19 of the team’s 71 overall runs with two outs (26.8%).

GAME OF THRONES

» At the conclusion of this weekend set vs. Toronto, the Indians are set to finish their homestand with a 4-game set against the Kansas City Royals…Cleveland narrowly edged KC in the 2013 season series, winning 10 of 19 meetings, including 6 of 9 here at Progressive Field.

» Last season, the Royals (86-76) finished 3rd in the A.L. Central standings, 7 games behind first-place Detroit and 6.0 games behind 2nd-place Cleveland.

ARROWHEADS

» Cleveland’s record through 17 games this season (7-10) matches club’s record through 17 games in 2013…club dropped 3 of next 4 to fall to 8-13 before a stretch that saw the Indians win 18 of their next 22 games, rising to 26-17.

» The Indians have played 17 games w/o going to extra innings this season, one of 6 teams yet to participate in bonus baseball…LAA, LAD & OAK lead Majors w/ 4 extra-inn. games each…Toronto has played one extra-inn. contest (12-inn. 2-1 loss 4/12 at BAL).

» Cleveland has lost both Sunday contests played this season and has gone 1-4 on weekends…Tribe was 36-18 in weekend games last year (18-9 on Sundays).

» Cleveland’s staff has averaged 9.47 SO/9.0 IP (156SO/148.1IP), 2nd-most in Majors behind only Washington (9.91SO/9.0 IP)…the Indians’ 156 K’s overall are T2nd-most in the A.L. with Toronto behind only Boston (158) and T5th-most in Majors.

» DH JASON GIAMBI (fractured rib) is expected to be activated from the 15-day DL on Monday…has appeared in 3G w/ Double-A Akron during rehab assignment.

THIS DAY IN MUSIC

» 1969: Influential Motown session drummer Benny Benjamin (“Papa Zita”) passed away at the age of 43 in Detroit, MI; Benjamin laid down drum tracks for hit singles like “Money (That’s What I Want)”, “My Girl”, “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and was credited with coining the name “Funk Brothers” to refer to his Motown studio bandmates…1996: Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” debuted

at No. 1 on the UK singles chart…2012: With the man himself onhand, the city of Austin, TX unveiled a statue of Willie Nelson in front of the Moody Theater, where “Austin City Limits” is taped.

» BORN ON THIS DAY: (1948) Craig Frost, keyboardist for Grand Funk Railroad and Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band; (1951) Luther Vandross; (1972) Stephen Marley, son of Bob & member of the Melody Makers.

Sandy Alomar proudly watches daughter, Brianna, sing anthems

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Sandy Alomar has had a lot of memorable moments at the ballpark.

There was ‘the homer in the 1997 All-Star Game. The homer off Mariano Rivera in the 1997 American League Division Series. (Videos of each can be found at our new Progressive Field at 20 website.)

But Friday night was just as special: His 13-year-old daughter, Brianna, sang the American and Canadian national anthems before the Tribe’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field.

Brianna is an eighth-grader in Florida and aspiring singer. She’d done the national anthem once before, in Miami, and prior to her singing, Sandy said he tried to give her her space so as not to make her any more nervous.

Turns out, she wasn’t nervous at all.

“I asked her after the fact, ‘Are you nervous?’” Sandy said Sunday morning. “She said no, she was able to put her nerves aside. She did it front of a lot of people, and she did great.”

Brianna has long been interested in music, and has been singing and performing in plays for years. She performed well on Friday, in front of Tribe fans and her dad, who was shown on the Progressive Field scoreboard throughout her performances.

“I was more nervous for her, but she has great ability,” Sandy said.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

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