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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).

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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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.

A chat with Brohio Gov about rocking first weekend

 

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(Editor’s Note: Get your Brohio tickets for April 18 and April 19 vs. Toronto by clicking here. As of Thursday at 2PM, tickets were $32, but those prices will rise as the game nears. Get them now and save!)

Judging by Tweets out of Brohio this past weekend, it sure seemed like Adam Gockowski had a successful first run as our Governor.

 

 

As the next Brohio weekend rapidly approaches – as of right now, tickets are only $31.25 for Friday, April 18 and $31.25 for Saturday, April 19, and you get this cool new Brohio design T-shirt – we wanted to catch up with Adam to see how things went and what he has up his sleeve.

His responses:

TribeVibe: How did the first weekend go?

AG: The first series was a huge learning experience. I realized a lot of good and bad right off the bat: I’m not a 7-foot purple mascot – Editor’s Note: Slider takes exception to that stereotype! — so it took a while for people to realize who I was and what I was trying to do. I look like the average dude in the stands. So Friday, between the team being down for six innings, no hitting, cold, wet, late, everything, it was hard to get people into it at first.

Once I got the flag, people started realizing that “He’s the Governor!” and it started making sense to them. They started warming up to the idea. Before both games, I get there early and talk to EVERYONE in the stands. … People really enjoyed that, (and took) tons of pictures right away. They LOVE taking pictures with me and the flag. I mean people of all ages.

Saturday, when the fans got Brohio signs, they got into the idea! They were standing up when Swisher was up to bat, holding the signs, and were chanting with me! Even with a losing score and an afternoon game time, people were still getting into it. The biggest hit is the shirts! They LOVE the shirts.

Once the weather gets warmer, everyone is in matching shirts, with Brohio signs, and my presence is more known, without a doubt, the section will be UNREAL! Other sections on Saturday were paying attention. I think the little things like letting fans take pictures with me and the flag, talking before the game to them, their Brohio signs and (other) small stuff will have a big impact on the section. I will have a fun and comfortable crowd to work with. Series after series, we’ll get the crowd we want! The opening series, majority of fans was pleasantly surprised to find out where they were and their benefits.

TribeVibe: How did you get the section fired up? Were your fellow Brohio residents eager to participate?

AG: Awareness is key, it’s huge. So, to help myself and the Tribe, I have been very active on Twitter. I want to build it as much as possible in between each Brohio series. In the last 10 days, I’ve gained 1,021 followers. That’s an average of 100 a day. I retweet those who’ve sat in Brohio, I ask them fun questions, I comment back, I’m very hands on. In a weird way, I’m trying to sell myself to the fans. If they like me and I’m entertaining, knowing that I’ll 100% be in 117 on Fridays and Saturdays, they might buy just to be around that. They’ll get the chance to ask me stuff in person, take a pic with the flag, get the shirt, everything.

TribeVibe: What else do you have up your sleeve?

AG: I will be doing Twitter contests — tickets, shirts perhaps.

We’re going to get a hashtag going. I started #whatswishsays, where fans will create their own Swish like phrase, then tweet it out with that hashtag.

Once again, me being active with them on twitter in general is huge. If I’m active, they’ll buy. When they buy, we get the crowd that wants to be a part of the atmosphere. We get the crowd, we get the fan energy that we want. We get the energy, we get known in Major League Baseball.

Remember, Tribe fans: Right now, tickets are only $31 for Friday and Saturday, April 18-19; Buy Early and Save as those prices could go up! Tickets come with the new design of a Brohio shirt.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

The DiaTribe: Q&A with Mark Shapiro from Goodyear

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Editor’s note: This Q&A with Indians President Mark Shapiro, conducted in Spring Training, has been republished here with the permission of Al Ciammaichella and The DiaTribe.

For the second year in a row, Indians team president Mark Shapiro was kind enough to take an hour out of his very busy spring training schedule and sit down for an interview with me in beautiful Goodyear, Arizona. Here’s a link to last year’s interview in case you missed it. We covered a wide variety of topics, including the difference in the 2013 and 2014 free agent market, Yan Gomes, ticket pricing, promotions, Francisco Lindor and of course, Justin Masterson and the breakdown in his long-term contract negotiations. The following is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation this past Friday.

Al Ciammaichella: This offseason was much quieter/different than last offseason. Were the moves you made last year looking forward to this year’s free agent class where you signed guys like Swisher and Bourn knowing this offseason would be quieter?

Mark Shapiro: We always have to take an opportunistic lens when it comes to free agency. When we look at free agency, if we’re dependent upon it to build our team, then we’re in a very difficult, if not impossible, spot. The reality is that we’re either looking for where the value is in the market or looking to be opportunistic. Last offseason there happened to be two guys that fit multiple year, positional needs for us at values we thought we could afford and who have some other special attributes, especially in the case of Swish, but really Bourn too, as a leader as well. They filled gaps we had in our system, where we felt like we didn’t have anyone coming up at all. And we also knew that this offseason there was a lot national TV money coming into the system and a lot less guys, so there were going to be more resources available, greater demand and less supply. So while it’s already a tough market, that was going to make it nearly an impossible market. So I look at last year as our chance to make a bigger splash in free agency, and this year was going to be “are there little things we can do?” I think we studied David Murphy, who I think is a good pick up for us. He’s going to improve both the defense, and give us a really good platoon and depth in the outfield.

AC: We talked a lot about levers last year, which became one of my new favorite buzzwords. How did you decide what levers to pull this year, with Murphy, and how did you decide which not to pull, with not bringing back guys like Ubaldo and Kazmir?

MS: Those decisions are never as simple as “do you want the player or not?” I think that the fan tends to look at it as “you didn’t want the guy.” We loved what Kaz did for us, we wanted him, but the level of risk involved with multiple years and the level of risk involved with those dollars just didn’t fit our payroll parameters this year with the natural, built in escalation of contracts. I think with Ubaldo, same thing. It ended up being a good deal for us, particularly in light of what we gave up, but it wasn’t the right fit for us this year. When you talk about levers, I think the neat things to think about from last spring to this spring are the evolution of a guy like Yan Gomes. Where all of a sudden, you look at Gomes and there’s a guy who leverages his ability to impact a game at more than just his position because of what he means defensively, what he means for his passion for making pitchers better, for helping to call a game. So I always like to think about, “where are the guys that can impact a game beyond objective statistics? Beyond just their own performance?” And Gomes is a guy who when he started to catch last year, I think that was one of the keys to our team really taking off.

AC: So when you traded for Gomes, and I could sit here all day and talk to you about Gomes, but when you traded for him, did you have any idea he’d be that much of an impact defensively? I’ve talked to some Blue Jays guys, and they were of the opinion that he was maybe a 3rd catcher while he was with the Jays.

MS: Any GM or front office guy who tells you he knows exactly what he was getting when he traded for a guy is just pounding his own chest. What you do is you try and find something you like, a defined attribute that you like about a guy. Even when we traded for Asdrubal or Shin-Soo Choo, there were always questions. We never thought they’d both be as good as they were, never. So when we traded for Yan Gomes, we thought that maybe he could catch, but really what he was, was right handed power, and a guy who could play multiple positions. That’s what we thought. When we got him, I think we did a smart thing, similar to when we traded for Justin Masterson. We didn’t know Masterson could start, but we knew he could be a dominant bullpen guy. But in our situation it’s important to maximize the value because we can’t go out and buy those things. So we put Yan back there, and right away Tito and the staff said “this guy’s got pretty special hands, he’s got some strength behind the plate.” When you go back and look at his career, whether it’s in Tennessee (in college) or in the Toronto system, he played behind Arencibia both places, and they had D’Arnaud there as well. So he was behind two of the best young catchers in the game and he never got to catch much. He just took right to it. He got better and better. He’s a worker, he’s smart, he’s tough, he has a lot of the attributes you look for in a catcher.

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Indians Game Information: April 6, 2014

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (3-2) vs. MINNESOTA TWINS (2-3)

RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, —) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 7.50)

Game #6/Home #3 » Sunday, April 6, 2014 » Progressive Field » 1:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM-WMMS/IRN

WINS & LOSSES

  • After winning their 2014 home opener on Friday in come-from behind fashion by a score of 7-2, the Indians allowed Minnesota to even the 3-game series in a 7-3 loss on Saturday…Tribe fell behind early, as Twins jumped out to a 5-1 lead after 3 innings; Cleveland was down 7-1 before plating a pair of runs in the 9th…managed just a single run on 3 hits against Twins starter Kyle Gibson.
  • Home Opener: Tribe was held scoreless thru 5.0 on just one hit against Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (first 12 batters retired in order) before erasing a 2-0 deficit with a pair of home runs in the 6th from YAN GOMES (solo) & NICK SWISHER (2-run)…Cleveland rallied for 4 more runs in the 7th to put the game out of reach.
  • Cleveland is 1-1 to begin this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Minnesota (1-1) and San Diego (3 games)…club is coming off a brief 3-game road trip to open the season during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…series win came despite plating 9 combined runs, 6 of those being scored in the 9th inning…second game of Oakland series was rained out, forcing a day-night DH on Wednesday…both Indians wins vs. A’s had same winning (Allen), losing (Johnson) and saving (Axford) pitchers…Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next off day on April 14 in Detroit.
  • Cleveland is 2nd in the A.L. Central standings, 1.5 games behind Detroit (4-0) & one half-game ahead of 3rd-place Kansas City (-2.0G, 2-2)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 3 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.

…AND IT LIVES IN MINNEAPOLIS

  • The Twins are making their first of 3 trips to Cleveland in 2014, as the two clubs are set to meet 19 times…for the second consecutive season, all 3 of the Indians’ trips to Minnesota will take place after the All-Star break.
  • Cleveland went 13-6 vs. Minnesota last season, going 6-3 at home and 7-3 on the road…since ‘94 re-alignment, marked just 3rd time for Tribe to beat Twins 13 times, also 2001 (14-5) & 2007 (14-4)…Tribe clinched a 2013 A.L. Wild Card berth at Target Field on the final day of the regular season, a 5-1 victory over the Twins to complete their 7th 4-game series sweep & cap a 10-game winningstreak to end the year.
  • Saturday’s loss snapped a 7-game winning streak for Cleveland against Minnesota, which had been club’s longest since 2011 and 2 shy of Tribe’s all-time record against the Twins (9, 5/9/81-8/20/82…Cleveland has still gone 14-7 vs. Minnesota since start of 2013.

GET ON THE GOOD FOOT

  • With the Twins’ 3-run rally in the first inning yesterday, opponents have now scored first in 4 of the Indians’ 5 games so far this season, although Cleveland has managed 2 come-from-behind victories in those 4 contests…additionally, Cleveland’s pitching staff has allowed 8 of its 19 total runs in the first inning…staff has a 14.40 ERA (8 ER/5.0 IP) in first inning, but a 2.08 ERA (9 ER/39.0 IP) from the 2nd inning on…in 2013, Cleveland went68-24 when scoring first, but 24-46 when opponents tallied first.

MY BACK PAGES

  • Cleveland’s offense was active in the late innings once again Saturday with a pair of 9th inning runs before the rally fell short, this after scoring 3 runs in the 6th and 4 more in the 7th in Friday’s home opener…the Tribe has scored 13 of team’s 19 overall runs in the 7th inning-or-later…among A.L. teams in the 7th inning-or late, the Indians rank among leaders in runs (1st, 13), batting avg. (2nd, .322, 19-59), OBP (3rd, .386) and OPS (4th, .792).
  • Cleveland has plated 9th-inning runs in 4 of the club’s 5 games so far (8 total runs)…OAK series: Indians broke scoreless tie w/ pair of 9th-inn. runs on Monday (2-0 win), avoided a shutout with one run in final at-bat of Game 1 Wednesday (6-1 loss) and then rallied for 3 runs in 9th of Game 2 for a come-from-behind victory (6-4 win).

BOURN UPDATE

  • On rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus, OF MICHAEL BOURN (15-day DL, left hamstring strain) was the starting center fielder in the Clippers’ 4-0 loss to the Indianapolis Indians at Huntington Park on Saturday, going 1-for-3 with a single in Game 1 of a doubleheader…reported no issues following the game and was around the Indians clubhouse this morning.

GARDENHIRE GETS WIN NO. 1,000

  • Please join the Indians in congratulating Twins manager RON GARDENHIRE, who became the 5th active skipper – 60th all-time- to reach 1,000 career victories with Saturday’s 7-3 win over theTribe…TERRY FRANCONA (1,124) reached that milestone in2011 during his final season at the helm of the Boston Red Sox…the others are Bruce Bochy (1,535), Mike Scioscia (1,235) andBuck Showalter (1,164).

Indians Game Information: April 5 vs. Minnesota

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (3-1) vs. MINNESOTA TWINS (1-3)

RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-0, —) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (0-0, —)

Game #5/Home #2 » Saturday, April 5, 2014 » Progressive Field » 1:05 p.m. (ET) » FOX Sports 1, WTAM-WMMS/IRN

WINS & LOSSES

  • The Indians rallied to win their 2014 home opener on Friday afternoon, besting Minnesota 7-2 in come-from-behind fashion…Tribe was held scoreless thru 5.0 on just one hit against Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (first 12 batters retired in order) before erasing a 2-0 deficit with a pair of home runs in the 6th from YAN GOMES (solo) and NICK SWISHER (2-run)…Cleveland rallied for 4 more runs in the 7th to put the game out of reach.
  • Cleveland is 1-0 to begin this 6-day, 6-game homestand against Minnesota (1-0) and San Diego (3 games)…club is coming off a brief 3-game road trip to open the season during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…series win came despite plating 9 combined runs, 6 of those being scored in the 9th inning…second game of Oakland series was rained out, forcing a day-night DH on Wednesday…both Indians wins vs. A’s had same winning (Allen), losing (Johnson) and saving (Axford) pitchers…Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next off day on April 14 in Detroit.
  • Cleveland is 2nd in the A.L. Central standings, one half-game behind Detroit (3-0)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 2 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.

CLOSING THE OPENER

  • Tribe played the 114th home opener in Indians franchise history yesterday and the 21st here at Progressive Field (1994-2014), as this venue celebrated its 20th anniversary yesterday…first pitch was delayed 2 hours, 13 minutes by rain showers…the 7-2 victory over the Twins snapped a 5-year losing streak in home openers for the Tribe, first since a 10-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox to begin the 2008 campaign…Indians are 59-55 all-time in home openers, including an 11-10 record at Progressive Field…improved to 5-1 all-time in home openers played against Minnesota (5-0 at Progessive Field)…with a crowd of 41,274, the Indians have sold out all 21 home openers played at Progressive Field.
  • At 24 years, 83 days of age, DANNY SALAZAR became the youngest Indians pitcher to start a home opener since 21-year-old (21.190) RHP DENNIS ECKERSLEY took the mound in a 3-1 loss on April 10, 1976 vs. Detroit.

WON’T YOU TAKE ME TO FUNKYTOWN?

  • The Twins are making their first of 3 trips to Cleveland in 2014, as the two clubs are set to meet 19 times…for the second consecutive season, all 3 of the Indians’ trips to Minnesota will take place after the All-Star break.
  • Cleveland went 13-6 vs. Minnesota last season, going 6-3 at home and 7-3 on the road…since ‘94 re-alignment, marked just 3rd time for Tribe to beat Twins 13 times, also 2001 (14-5) & 2007 (14-4)…Tribe clinched a 2013 A.L. Wild Card berth at Target Field on the final day of the regular season, a 5-1 victory over the Twins to complete their 7th 4-game series sweep & cap a 10-game winning streak to end the year.
  • Cleveland has won 7 straight games vs. Minnesota dating back to last season, going 14-6 since the start of 2013…current 7-game streak is Tribe’s longest against the Twins since winning 8 straight vs. Minnesota from Aug. 12-Sept. 24, 2011…Tribe’s longest winning streak ever vs. Twins is 9 games, May 9, 1981 – Aug. 20, 1982; longest ever vs. Washington/Minnesota franchise is 12 games, July 24, 1956 – May 18, 1957.

MY BACK PAGES

  • After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning Friday, Cleveland rallied for 3 runs in the 6th and 4 more in the 7th to continue an early trend this season of generating offense late in games, as the Tribe has scored 11 of team’s 16 overall runs in the 7th inning-or-later…among A.L. teams in the 7th inning-or-late, the Indians rank among leaders in batting avg. (1st, .347, 17-49), runs (2nd, 11), OBP (4th, .404) and OPS (6th, .832).
  • Cleveland plated 9th-inning runs in all 3 games of the Oakland series (6 total runs)…Indians broke scoreless tie w/ pair of 9th-inn. runs on Monday (2-0 win), avoided a shutout with one run in final at-bat of Game 1 Wednesday (6-1 loss) and then rallied for 3 runs in 9th of Game 2 for a come-from-behind victory (6-4 win).

POWER FANTASTIC

  • NICK SWISHER clubbed a 2-run homer in the 6th inning off Pelfrey on Friday to erase a 2-1 deficit…7 of Swisher’s 22 home runs in 2013 were of the go-ahead variety…missed a second HR by several feet in the 7th with an RBI-double off the wall.
  • Ranks 2nd on the team behind Brantley (5) with 4 RBI on this young season, as the Indians are now 33-12 in games when Swisher drives in at least one run since the start of last season (2-0 in 2014).

Photo Gallery: Home Opener win!

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The Indians beat the Twins, 7-2, in a rain-delayed Home Opener victory. Here are the postgame notes distributed to media:

CLEVELAND

  • Played the 114th home opener in Indians franchise history and the 21st home opener here at Progressive Field…today’s win over the Twins snapped a 5-year losing streak in home openers for the Tribe, first since a 10-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox to begin the 2008 campaign…Indians are 59-55 all-time in home openers, including an 11-10 record at Progressive Field…improved to 5-1 all-time in home openers played against Minnesota (5-0 at Progessive Field)…with today’s crowd of 41,274, the Indians have sold out all 21 home openers played at Progressive Field.
  • Cleveland has won 7 straight games against Minnesota dating back to last season, going 14-6 since the start of 2013…current 7-game streak is Tribe’s longest against the Twins since winning 8 straight against Minnesota from Aug. 12-Sept. 24, 2011.

DANNY SALAZAR

  • At 24 years, 83 days, became the youngest Indians pitcher to start a home opener since RHP DENNIS ECKERSLEY (21 yrs., 190 days) took the mound in a 3-1 loss on April 10, 1976 vs. Detroit…today marked his first start of the 2014 season after beginning the year as the club’s No. 4 starter.
  • Fell one out shy of finishing 6.0 complete frames (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R-ER, 3 BB-1 IBB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 95 pitches/55 strikes) and surrendered both runs he allowed in the first inning…did not factor into this afternoon’s decision, as the Tribe erased the 2-0 deficit with 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th shortly after his departure.

YAN GOMES

  • Put Cleveland on the board with a solo home run to lead off the Indians half of the 6th inning, his first of the season…has homered in 2 of his last 5 games dating back to last season, all against Minnesota (last Sept. 26, 2013 at Target Field).
  • Added a one-out single in the 7th inning for his first multi-hit effort of the season.

NICK SWISHER

  • Erased a 2-1 deficit with a 2-run homer off Pelfrey in the 7th to score Chisenhall (walked following Gomes solo HR), giving the Indians a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish…had been 3-for-16 with 4 strikeouts in his career against Pelfrey prior to that plate appearance…missed another home run by several feet with an RBI-double in the 7th.
  • Ranks 2nd on the team behind Brantley (5) with 4 RBI on this young season, as the Indians are now 33-12 in games when Swisher drives in at least one run since the start of last season (2-0 in 2014).

MICHAEL BRANTLEY

  • Leads the team with 5 RBI this season after picking up a 2-out, 2-run single in the 7th inning to cap Cleveland’s scoring for the day…is 5-for-15 with a pair of doubles through 4 games.

JOSH OUTMAN

  • Retired both batters he faced on 5 combined pitches and was the pitcher of record during the Tribe’s 3-run rally in the 6th to notch his first win of the year (2 G, 1.2 scoreless IP)…has won each of his last 5 decisions dating back to Oct. 1, 2012, a stretch that spans 65 relief appearances.

Kipnis, Antonetti discuss second baseman’s contact extension

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Chris Antonetti and Jason Kipnis discussed the second baseman’s contract extension with members of the media on Friday morning, an extra bonus for the Opening Day festivities at Progressive Field.

Check out each’s comments:

Chris Antonetti

We’re thrilled we were able to get (this contract done). Talking to Kip, it’s a long story: Since he arrived in the majors in 2011, he’s emerged as one of the best second basemen in baseball. He has a unique combination of power and speed, which has made him one of the best players at his position and in the American League.

Even more remarkable, when you look back and realize he was drafted as an outfielder and was converted to a second baseman, that speaks to Kip and his work ethic and his determination to become an All-Star and an MVP-caliber player.

That work didn’t happen alone, so I wanted to recognize our scouting and player development staffs. Our amateur scouting group got to know Kip better than any other organization. Our player development staff then spent a lot of time with him, and through a lot of hard work, he established himself as a great player.

As we sit here today, I wanted to reflect back on where we are as organization. We have 16 players under club control through the 2016 season. That would not have happened without the incredible support of the Dolan family and our ownership, who have made a significant financial impact to make this happen.

Jason Kipnis

Today’s very special. It’s an amazing feeling to get something done. I’ve wanted to stay here, I’m excited about being here. When you sign guys like Brantley and Gomes, you have core guys coming back, guys you’re going to be with for a long time. It’s the ownership showing us that they believe in us, that we have the guys who can win games now. I’m excited to be a part of the core that’s coming back.

It was a long day on Thursday – we got in about 8AM (from Oakland) and I had to (undergo a physical) – the last two days, the ball was rolling and we were getting things done for it were exciting.

My phone’s been going off since the Indians announced it. It’ll be nice to get back to baseball today. I’m just happy we were able to get it done.

Then to now

When I got drafted here, the organization was in a rut. I wanted to be a part of the transformation of the organization, be a part of a group of players that could get this going in the right direction. Signing back here, I wanted to see us and Brantley and Gomes turn Cleveland around. We want to finish the job.

How important was last year

It made it easier for me, proving that we had the guys in the locker room, having Tito here. We knew we were going in the right direction. The management is backing it up, by signing guys and keeping guys here. That made it a lot easier for me to sign up for the long-term. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that?

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Indians, All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis agree to long-term contract

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed INF JASON KIPNIS to a six-year contract extension thru the 2019 season with a club option for 2020.

Kipnis, who turned 27 yesterday, is coming off his first American League All-Star selection in 2013, hitting .284 (160-564) while leading the 2013 AL Wildcard Champions in runs (86), hits (160), RBI (84) and steals (30) in just his second full Major League season.  He became just the sixth Indian in the 113-year history of the franchise to eclipse the 15 home run/30 steal barrier and finished tied for 7th in the AL in walks (76), tied for 9th in steals (30) and finished in the top 20 in RBI (T16th, 84) and on-base pct (14th, .366).

Entering his fourth overall season in the Majors, he has quickly established himself among the league’s best second basemen, finishing 3rd among MLB second sackers in OPS (.818), 2nd in stolen bases and tied for 3rd in RBI among his second base peers in 2013. The Chicago, IL native’s team-high 84RBI were the most by an Indians 2B since Roberto Alomar (100) in 2001 as he became the first Tribe 2B since 1948 to lead the team outright in RBI.

The homegrown product was originally selected by Cleveland in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University. An outfielder in high school and college, Kipnis began the transition into the infield during the 2010 campaign and made his debut at second base in 2011 less than a year later. Jason is one of 16 Indians on the current Major League roster under team control thru at least 2016. That list includes:

  • Cody Allen
  • John Axford
  • Michael Bourn
  • Michael Brantley
  • Lonnie Chisenhall
  • Yan Gomes
  • Jason Kipnis
  • Corey Kluber
  • Zach McAllister
  • David Murphy
  • Ryan Raburn
  • Marc Rzepczynski
  • Carlos Santana
  • Danny Salazar
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Nick Swisher
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