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Photo Gallery: Michael Brantley walk-off, anyone?

The Indians recorded their 7th walk-off win of the season, as Michael Brantley connected for his second career walk-off home run, a solo shot off Texas RHP Phil Klein in the bottom of the 12th…marks the Indians’ 5th walk-off wins in extra innings this season, T2nd-most in the Majors behind Baltimore (6)…five of the seven Cleveland walk-off victories have come by way of the long ball…today’s game-winner marks the 75th walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field – most by any team over that span.

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According to ESPN Stats & Info, Brantley becomes the first Indians batter with 2 extra-inning walk-off homers in a season since Jim Thome collected 3 such game-winners during the 2001 season…marks Brantley’s second career walk-off home run, both coming this season in extra innings (see above)…also owns a walk-off base on balls on May 10, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Photo Gallery: Indians split Wednesday twinbill with SD

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The Indians split Wednesday’s traditional doubleheader with the Padres, winning the first game, 2-0, and dropping the second one, 2-1.

The Tribe got two more excellent outings from its starting pitchers: Zach McAllister went 7.2IP scoreless innings in the opener, marking the longest scoreless outing of his career, before giving way to Cody Allen in the eighth. John Axford earned his fourth save with a scoreless ninth. Jason Kipnis provided all the offense the Indians needed, with a two-run homer in the sixth that just barely cleared the wall in center.

In the second game, Trevor Bauer, up from Triple A Columbus for a spot start, struck out a career-high eight batters but took a hard-luck loss. The Padres scored in the first on a bizarre play and call by the umpires: Chris Denorfia sent a long fly ball to right field that Elliot Johnson appeared to catch; upon transferring from his glove to his hand, he dropped the ball, and the umpires ruled no catch, putting runners on second and third with no one out. Bauer escaped the jam allowing only one run. (Here is video of the play.)

The Indians got a run back in the third on Mike Aviles’ sac fly, which scored Yan Gomes. But Bauer allowed a run in the sixth when Chase Headley singled with the bases loaded, scoring Everth Cabrera; Bauer again limited the damage, but the Padres limited the Indians to six hits for the victory.

Photo Gallery: Feb. 28 in Goodyear

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Cleveland shut out Cincinnati 4-0 on Friday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark, as the Tribe pitching staff permitted just 3 hits and a trio of walks.

Starter ZACH McALLISTER retired 6 of the 7 batters he faced – save for one free pass – before giving way to JOSH TOMLIN, who followed with 2.0 spotless frames of his own and a pair of strikeouts. Five Tribe relievers carried the torch, recording 3 outs apiece to protect a 2-0 lead that RYAN RABURN provided with his 2-run HR off Homer Bailey in the 2nd inning. The Tribe plated 2 more runs in the 6th on CARLOS MONCRIEF’s RBI-single when a throwing error on the play permitted a second tally to come home.

The Indians will play their first true road game of the spring on Saturday when the team travels to Camelback Ranch for a 3:05PM ET first pitch against the Chicago White Sox. RHP AARON HARANG is scheduled to get the start opposite LHP John Danks. The broadcast will be available on the Indians Radio Network (WTAM in Cleveland) and through an online webcast on

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: Spring Training Game 2, Feb. 27

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: 2014 Tribe Fest

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Check out all the exciting action from this year’s Tribe Fest event, presented by KeyBank!

Despite difficult winter weather conditions, Indians fans endured and overcame the snow and cold to attend the Second Annual Tribe Fest at Progressive Field.  This year’s event included two four-hour sessions on Saturday and one six-hour session on Sunday.  Nearly 7,000 tickets were sold for the entire event (25% more than 2013; in-park attendance exceeded last year’s total as well).

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Austin Sosa

Indians, Santa Slider deliver 350 coats to Coats for Kids

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Slider and other Indians front office members delivered 350 coats to Coats for Kids Wednesday morning. Check out photos here!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Photo Gallery: Indians play host to Day of Caring on Sunday at Progressive Field

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On Sunday, the Cleveland Indians and Delaware North Companies played host to the annual Cleveland Indians Day of Caring in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field.

Visitors from area charities, including Our Lady of the Wayside, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, OhioGuidestone and Laura’s Home enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal prepared and served by members of the Indians front office, including Paul Dolan, Mark Shapiro and others. They also had the opportunity to take photos with Slider and Ketchup, Mustard and Onion.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Tribe front office members — and Slider! — visit Cleveland Foodbank to assist holiday efforts

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Members of the Cleveland Indians front office, with a little help from sidekick Slider, visited the Cleveland Foodbank on Friday morning to help the staff sort food and pack backpacks for kids to take home on weekends.

Foodbank officials said that this is the busiest time of the year, with over 200,000 pounds going out of the warehouse on Cleveland’s near East Side on Thursday alone.

Nearly 30 members of the Indians front office visited on Friday, sorting vegetables that then would be sent to local food pantries, and preparing backpacks that eventually would end up going home with kids from school on weekends, when they’re most likely to miss meals.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond/Photos by Dan Mendlik

Mike and Mike come to Cleveland, Greeny tries to get signed by the Marlins

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The ESPN morning radio show “Mike and Mike” came to Progressive Field during the Tribe’s two-game series with Detroit this week. Before the series opener, Mike Greenberg threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Golic behind home plate. Naturally, shenanigans ensued.

“We have thrown out five first pitches — two at Wrigley, two here in Cleveland, and one in Pittsburgh,” Golic said. “I have bounced the first two in. Greeny has made all five. Now, it’s a bit embarrassing when he throws it, because he has a bit of a crow hop at the mound. But, he has made it there all five times.”

“I have never failed to reach home plate with a pitch, which really is the objective at the end of the day,” Greeny explained. “I’ve got good stuff.”

Golic highly disagreed. “No you don’t. It’s really slow.”

Greeny: “I’m going to throw some junk up there today, I think.”

Golic: “No he’s not because I’m catching. Now tonight is different, because I had shoulder surgery. So he’s talking about short-hopping a bit, which is not going to be a good thing.”

Greenberg proceeded to inform TribeVibe that the pitch had higher implications than the average ceremonial first pitch.

“What you don’t know is the Marlins actually have scouts out here tonight to watch me throw this pitch, and right now, I think it’s about 50-50 that I will sign a minor league deal with them tomorrow.”

No word on if any Marlins scouts were actually in attendance, but it appears Greeny was down on his luck that night.

Unfortunately, Mike and Mike have been a kiss of death of sorts for the Tribe in recent years; the combined winning percentage of the 2011 and 2012 Indians prior to their visit: .635. After: .404. Yet both Mikes remain confident their curse will end soon.

“Whenever we can get back, we try to be here,” Golic said. “We want to undo the curse. This is my hometown. This is my team. I want to see them do well. I want to say we came here and they actually got better after we left.”

–TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling; photos by Dan Mendlik

Indians Littlest Fan program, presented by FirstMerit Bank, is back!

Mia Ryan, held by her mom, Amanda, and visited by Franklin from FirstMerit and Slider, is the first Indians Littlest Fan of 2013.

Mia Ryan, held by her mom, Amanda, is the first Indians Littlest Fan of 2013.

Mia Ryan is the first Indians Littlest Fan of the 2013 season.

Mia’s mother, Amanda, gave birth this week as the Tribe’s 2013 season began at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Later Tuesday, Amanda and Mia, who reside in Elyria, got a visit from Slider and Franklin to kick off the program.

Mia is one of 8,000 babies that will be part of the Indians Littlest Fan program, presented by FirstMerit Bank, in 2013. Through the program, children born at participating Cleveland Clinic or University Hospitals will receive an Indians onesie, a plush FirstMerit Franklin Moose and a unique password for the child’s family to redeem a ticket offer at for the baby’s first Tribe game.

Slider and Franklin get ready for their big surprise.

Slider and Franklin get ready for their big surprise. (Kyle Emery photos)

The program is just one part of the Indians’ family-focused initiatives for 2013. In addition to 16 kids-themed event days, the team has reduced concessions prices on many items, including beer, now at $4, and hot dogs, now $3 every day. Soda refills now will cost $2 and there will be 15 $1 hot dog nights presented by Sugardale, an increase from 9 last season.

Fireworks will return on 16 occasions, including the return of the award-winning Rock N’ Blast two-night spectacular, while fan giveaways have increased to 20 this season, up from 11 in 2012.

Plus, the Indians Kids Clubhouse will return and again feature the Rookie Suite (geared toward kids ages 6 and under) and Slugger’s Sandlot (for grade-school children). The Kids Clubhouse also features a child-friendly menu at family-friendly prices, and this year will be complemented by a Family Social Suite for parents active in social media. Information on all the team’s family-focused efforts can be found at

“We strive to create memories, connect generations and celebrate families,” said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. “The ‘Littlest Fans’ program is a perfect way to introduce Indians baseball to a new generation of Tribe fans and start their connection with Indians baseball from an early age.”

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond


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