Tribe ready to resserrect the Goat!

Cubs force World Series Game 7

The Chicago Cubs forced a game seven after taking games five and six at home.  Now, the Cubs are back in Cleveland and hoping to finally break the curse of the Goat and deliver a World Series to their fans for the first time since 1908.

“There’s no time to hang your head or feel sorry for yourself,” Mike Napoli said. “We’re about to play in a Game 7 in the World Series.”

The Indians had just watched the Cubs bring the series to a tie after indians-world-series-2getting clobbered 9-3 on the road.  Really, it was kinda over by the end of the third.But now, it all comes down to one last game on the lot, one last warm fall night and there is no reason to hold anything back.

 

“At this point, we’re all going to find a way to get every last drop out,” said southpaw Andrew Miller.

Starting on the mound in the most anticipated game in modern baseball history will be Corey Kluber ( 18-9, 3.14 ERA) for your Indians and Kyle Hendrix (16-8, 2.13 ERA) for the Chicago Cubs.

“One thing’s for certain,” said Indians first baseman Mike Napoli. “There’s going to be a champion tomorrow.”

Plenty of World Series Tickets are available now so grab yours today and be a part of Major League Baseball History!

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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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Cleveland ready to answer history

Tribe last appeared in the 1997 Fall Classic.

Leading up to their last championship season in 1948, the Cleveland Indians played a instrumental role in racially progressing the league by then Manager Bill Veek signing Larry Dobe a player of of the Negro League’s Newark Eagles.  The following year, Veek would sign Satchel Paige at the age of 42, the oldest rookie to every play in the Majors.  Those and other moves set up their championship run in 1948, 28 years after indians-world-seriestheir first World Series Title.

Fast forward 48 years later and the 2016 edition of the Cleveland Indians led by Manager Terry Francona are back in the World Series for the first time since the 1997 season when they fell to the Florida Marlin in the 11th inning of game seven.

“The baseball gods are really happy right now,” the Indians’ Mike Napoli said. “I wanted the Cubs to win, just because I knew how cool it would be to be a part of it. I think it’s going to be a special World Series. There’s two droughts, and there’s going to be a winner.”

“There’s a reason we’re here playing,” Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis said. “There’s a reason we’ve only lost one game this postseason. We’re playing pretty darn good baseball right now.

“We’re underdogs because we don’t match up in terms of numbers or stature or contracts. But when it comes to in between those white lines and playing the game of baseball, I like the way we match up with anybody.”

The wait is finally over.  Tickets for the entire series are still available so grab a friend and grab your tickets and get out and support your Cleveland Indians as they attempt to win the World Series!

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Tribe gives one up to Jays

Series now at 3-1

The Cleveland Indians had their playoff winning streak come to an end last night when the Toronto Blue Jays finally showed some life as Josh Donaldson homered in the third inning off of Corey Kluber.

indians-5“It’s an uphill battle,” Donaldson said. “We’re still down three games to one. It’s a must-win each and every game. But the fact of the matter is we’ve got to go out there and continue to control what we can control. I felt like we did that for the better half of today, and we’ve got to go out there and do it again tomorrow.”

The Blue Jays will be sending Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA) for game 5 of the ALDS while the Indians will be sending out rookie phenom Ryan Merritt (1-0, 1.64 ERA) who got his first ever start on September 30th where he allowed one run on three hits spread over five innings for a 7-2 win.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians in the ALDS!

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Red Sox Visit Progressive Field to kick off ALDS

Porcello & Bauer Start series

First he led the Red Sox to their first World Series win in over 85 years and now, Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona will attempt to do the same with his newest charges.  Although Francona has been with the squad three years this marks the first time since he led the Sox in 2007 against Cleveland that the two teams have met in the ALDS.

indians-playoffs-1“The one thing I think I need to be cognizant of is the players have worked so hard — both sides — to get to this,” Francona said. “So, whatever my feelings are need to remain my feelings, and let the players {get the spotlight}.”

Taking the mound for the Indians will be Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26 ERA) who had the best season of his sort career thus far.  Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15 ERA) will take the mound for the Sox to start the series.  Porcello is now a front runner for the AL’s Cy Young Award. He pitched 5 2/3rd innings for a win in his only start against the Indians this season.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours and get out to the ballpark and cheer on your Cleveland Indians.

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Tribe take two of three from rival Tigers

Prep for series against Royals

The Cleveland Indians ran out of juice in the final game against the Detroit Tigers, losing 9-5 after taking games one and two with a combined 13-4 score.  For Detroit, it was a must win to stay alive in the Wild Card hunt.  SP Trevor Bauer was a bit erratic and had six runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3rd innings in the loss while plunking Miguel Cabrera in the first inning, beaning Ian Kinsler in the third and hitting Victor Martinez in the third.

“There were balls down, up, in, out,” Indians manager Terry indians-4Francona said of Bauer’s outing. “We never want to see somebody get hit in the head. You can see by Trevor’s reaction how he felt. And then the [timing] of it, certainly, you could tell there’s no intent. I also understand why they were aggravated. Guys were getting drilled pretty good. I get it.”

The Indians are still seven games up in the AL Central going into the series with the Kansas City Royals (77-73, 3rd AL Central) but need to keep the pressure on the division and cannot afford to give up many more games going into the playoffs.

Taking the mound for the tribe tomorrow night will be RHP Josh Tomlin (12-8, 4.75 ERA) while the defending champion Royals will send out veteran Edinson Volquez (10-11, 5.40 ERA).

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Division Leading Cleveland Indians!

 

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Astros Defense keeps them alive

Clevinger gets the start

The Cleveland Indians (79-57, 1st AL Central) used eight pitchers in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros (73-64, 2nd AL West) last night.  Without a clear cut fifth starter, the Indians went with all eight pitchers in the loss.  The Detroit Tigers moved to within 4.5 games of the division leading Indians while the Astros win keeps them two games back of the second AL Wild Card spot.

Indians 3“It’s a big win for us to come into this place and beat a first-place team, so regardless of how they lined their pitching up, you’ve got to win as many games as you can,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “That was the lovable September marathon that we all enjoy. Better to be on the winning side than the losing side, but that one seemed like it was never going to end.”

 The second of four games commences tonight at 6:10 at Progressive Field.  Corey Kluber (15-8, 3.09 ERA) will get the start for the Tribe while the Astros will send out Brad Peacock (0-0, 3.86 ERA) to start the game.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians!

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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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Tribe continue winning ways

Await Rays after sweeping White Sox

The Cleveland Indians (38-30, 1st AL Central) continue their winning ways after sweeping the Chicago White Sox with potent offense (19 runs) and effective defense (six runs allowed).

Next up for Cleveland is a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (31-36, 5th AL East) who are in the middle of a four game losing streak going back to June 16th against the Mariners.

“It’s nice to be the home team,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That was a pretty good game played well by both teams.”

The Tribe kick off their series against the Rays today at 6:05.  Josh Tomlin takes the mound, going up against the Rays’ Drew Smyly.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and cheer on your AL 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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