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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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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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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Indians facing the flu, sending players home to recover

Better sick now than in April and May is the thought process for the Cleveland Indians as they battle player fatigue and the flue.

“Everybody’s, like, achy,” Manager Terry Francona said. “I got up today and it hurt more than usual. ‘Sarby’ (third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh) looked terrible. Some guys are getting it worse than others.”

The team has sent Sarby, first baseman Carlos Santana and Bullpen Coach Jason Bere home to recover from “the junk” as Francona calls it.

“I’ve never high-fived a guy with the back of my hand before when sending him down,” Francona said.

None the less, training continues with games against the Athletics, the Cubs and the Mariners coming up, fans can get out to see the Tribe.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!

 

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Santana to be reevaluated Tuesday

After taking a foul ball to the head on Sunday night, Indians catcher Carlos Santana will be re-evaluated Tuesday afternoon for concussion symptoms.  Santana fell ill on Monday, was sent back to the hotel and did not participate in the 6-2 loss to the Chicago Whitesox.

“We don’t know if he’s sick or he has concussion-like symptoms,” Manager Terry Francona said Monday. “So we sent him back to the hotel and we’ll re-evaluate him and we’ll go from there.”

The Indians are on the road and in the middle of a three-game stand against the Chicago White Sox.  Great seats and cheap tickets still remain!  Be sure to get yours now!

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