Cleveland Strikes first Blood

Kluber reigned supreme for six innings.

As Corey Kluber walked off Progressive Field to a standing ovation, chants of Corey filed the air.  You see, Kluber had just performed at an extremely and highly effective level and for six innings, he breezed through six innings he faced 22 batters, striking out nine to only four hits.  His coaches could not be prouder.

“There’s a fire though that burns in there that maybe people don’t see,” said Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who is 9-0 world-series-game-1in the World Series. “I think he shows more of his personality in the clubhouse than maybe he ever will to the media, which is his choice. But his work ethic is probably second to none. I mean, his routines are impeccable during the year, and there’s a reason that he holds his stuff all year. Like his gas tank needle doesn’t start going down because he just gets after it every day.

“He’s kind of grown up into this pitcher right in front of us, and it’s been fun to watch.

“It’s almost like you have that extra level of intensity,” said Kluber, who became the first Series pitcher to strike out eight batters in the first three innings.

The Cubs, who broke into the playoffs for the first time since 1996, are more concerned with how the team responds after getting blanked in Game One.

“I have no concerns,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s the first game. I’m fine. We’re fine.”

Kluber believes this is the squad to take the Cubs out of the World Series Picture.

“I don’t know if it’s just the group of guys that we have that we’re able to handle adversity well,’’ Kluber said, “or over the last couple years realized that’s the kind of baseball we need to play to be successful. Everybody kind of realizes that we each have our own job.

“It’s not one superstar going out there and carrying the team.’’

Game two is tonight at 6:05.  Plenty of great seats and tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians in The World Series!!

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Tribe continue road trip

After taking two of three games against the Kansas City Royals (47-47, 4th AL Central), the Cleveland Indians (56-38, 1st AL Central) continue their road swing and hit Baltimore today to take on the Orioles (54-40, 2nd AL East) in a three game stand going through the weekend.

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Taking the mound for the Indians will be Trevor Bauer (7-3, 3.36 ERA) while the Orioles will send Dylan Bundy (2-2, 3.70 ERA) to the mound.  Bauer turned into a starter this past Sunday and is 5-1 (2.78 ERA) on the road this season.  Bundy got his first start of the season last Sunday which he lost allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings.

The Indians will return to Progressive Field next Tuesday to take on the Washington Nationals (57-39, 1st NL East).  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and be there next week to cheer on your American League Central leading Cleveland Indians

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Byrd is gone for the season

Cleveland Indians Outfielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 152 days for a positive test result for the growth hormone secretagogue Ipamorelin.

Byrd accepted the ruling and said he would not look to challenge the decision.

“When I learned that I had tested positive for Ipamorelin, I retained the services of private counsel and an independent chemist to determine the origin of the Ipamorelin test result because I never knowingly ingested Ipamorelin. After an extensive investigation by my lawyers and an independent chemist, it was concluded that the most likely source of Ipamorelin was a tainted supplement.

“I alone am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore, I have decided for forgo my right to an appeal in this matter and accept the suspension. I apologize for any harm this has caused the Cleveland Indians, Indians’ fans, my teammates, and most importantly, my family.”

The Indians continue their four game home stand against the Kansas City Royals tonight.  Last night, Mike Napoli put up a sacrifice fly ball himself to get Francisco Lindor across the plate in a walk off game ender, the teams’ second straight.

“It’s always fun,” Lindor said. “It’s always good to have moments like this, so we can continue to believe in ourselves. We can continue to push and we can continue to motivate each other, push each other and know that the game’s not over until the 27th out.”

Game two kicks off at 6:10 and will feature Edinson Volquez going up against the Roayls Danny Salazar.  Tickets for all games are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians.

 

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