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5/18/15 - Following back-to-back wins at Texas, the Cleveland Indians have dropped two straight to slide to 14-23 and fifth place in the AL Central division. Their latest defeat was a heartbreaker, a 2-1 decision in the tenth inning versus the White Sox. Starter Corey Kluber kept up his outstanding performance this season with nine strong innings but his team couldn’t generate the necessary offense to come away with the win. The Indians play three more at US Cellular Field against Chicago this week, and you can be a part of the action with tickets starting at just $3! Starting Friday, Cleveland returns home to Progressive Field for a three-game series with the Reds. Tickets for Friday night’s opener are available from $29 and they’re going fast!
5/13/15 - Playing in a brutal AL Central division, the Cleveland Indians are still looking to get a foothold to work their way up the standings. At 12-21, they currently rank at the bottom of all American League teams, nine games out of first behind the Royals. Cleveland picked up a win over St. Louis in interleague play on Wednesday, but a two-run homer by Matt Carpenter in the top of the eighth inning doomed their chances for back-to-back victories. Reliever Marc Rzepczynski (1-1) took the loss as the Indians came up short in their bid for consecutive wins for just the second time this year. Cleveland moves on to Texas for a three-game series with the Rangers starting Friday, and tickets are on sale now for each weekend game! Get in with prices as low as just $9.
5/4/15 - Playing in a division featuring two of the top teams in the American League, the Cleveland Indians are still trying to hit their stride in this 2015 season. After completing a 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays to conclude their series, Cleveland started off with a bang in Kansas City on Tuesday night, scoring two runs in the top of the first. The Royals struck right back, however, in the form of a three-run homer from Eric Hosmer, and KC eventually went on to win 5-3. The Indians will play two more versus the Royals this week before returning home for sets versus the Twins and Cardinals. Get tickets for Indians vs. Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium now starting at just $5! Tickets for Thursday’s day game start at $24.
4/30/15 - Although the Cleveland Indians are tied for last place in the AL with the Texas Rangers with a 7-14 record, they still make great plays. Second baseman Jason Kipnis hit a home run and brought two runs in with him in Wednesday’s win against the Kansas City Royals. Pitcher Danny Salazar picked up his third win this season. He seems to be unbeatable. Over the weekend, the Indians host the Toronto Blue Jays. Get tickets starting at $11 for the game on Saturday (5/2). Sunday’s game starts at $6. The Indians go out on the road through the week to Kansas City, then return to Progressive Field on Friday (5/8). Get tickets now for these games so you get the best seats to enjoy some great baseball.
4/21/15 - Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco returned to the mound with a bang when he struck out eight over five innings. The Indians’ Carlos Santana and David Murphy homered, and the Indians won the game with a 6-2 final. Your Cleveland team is out on the road over the weekend, then they come home to Progressive Field on Monday (4/27) for a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals. Get your tickets now for great seats starting at only $2. The Royals wrap up their games on Wednesday, and the Indians don’t get a break because the Toronto Blue Jays come to town on Thursday (4/30) for four games. You’ll want to get your tickets now and join the fans in the stadium to cheer for the home team.
4/15/15 - Trevor Bauer earned his second win when the Cleveland Indians broke their four game losing streak with a victory against the Chicago White Sox. Bauer gave up two runs on four hits in the six innings that he pitched, and the Indians took the game 4-2. The four game losing streak was the longest ever to begin the home season for the Indians since 1987. Progressive Field will miss the Indians as they go out on the road, first to Minneapolis for three games against the Twins, then to Chicago to face the White Sox. They have three games against the Tigers in Detroit before finally coming back home on Monday (4/27) to host the Kansas City Royals. Get your tickets now, starting at $5, and come out to cheer for your home team.
4/7/15 - Despite defending Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber tossing 6 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball, the Cleveland Indians were unable to generate much offense of their own, falling 2-0 on the road in Houston. Tribe hitters Carlos Santana (no, not that one), Jonny Gomes, and Lonnie Chisenhall collected the team’s only base hits, all singles.
3/31/15 - Are the Cleveland Indians starting to develop some momentum to carry through the end of Spring Training into the regular season? The Tribe have won their last two and three of their last four, with wins over Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox, and Seattle.
3/24/15 - It’s official, finally: Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber will take the mound on Opening Day for the Tribe. Indians skipper Terry Francona confirmed what had been an expected decision on Monday to hand the ball to the defending A.L. Cy Young Award winner on April 6 for the curtain-raiser against Houston.
3/19/15 - The Cleveland Indians are on a two game losing streak in the Cactus League, after a loss to the Kansas City Royals (5-6) on Monday, and another on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds (0-4). Indians’ pitcher Corey Kluber, who was an AL Cy Young winner, gave up two homers to the Reds. Upcoming games for the Indians include one on Saturday (3/21) against the Colorado Rockies. On Monday (3/23), the Indians host the Oakland Athletics. Tickets for either of these games start at $19. Tuesday’s home game features the San Francisco Giants. Don’t wait to get tickets for this game at $17 and up. Thursday (3/26), the Indians host the Cincinnati Reds in a rematch. Enjoy some fun baseball this week. Grab a beer and a hot dog and make the most of your time off.
3/9/15 - Offseason acquisition Brandon Moss made his first appearance of the spring on Monday, and left the yard for the first time late in the game, a 4-3 loss to Seattle. Jason Kipnis touched Mariners starter Taijuan Walker for a single early, but otherwise faced the minimum nine batters. Moss was 1-for-3 with the aforementioned homer as his only hit.
3/3/15 - The Cleveland Indians opened their 2015 Spring Training exhibition schedule against their fellow Goodyear Ballpark rivals from downstate Ohio. But, it didn’t turn out very well for the Tribe, who gave up 10 runs and failed to dent the plate once against Cincinnati; starting pitcher Zach McAllister whiffed three but allowed a run in his two innings of work.
2/13/15 - The 2015 season for the Cleveland Indians is coming up fast. Things get rolling on April 6th when the Indians take on the Houston Astros in Houston's home opener. You can get in on the action a few days later when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for the first home game of the season on April 10th. Tickets start at only $56. If you miss that game, the Indians and Tigers will be going at it again on the 11th and 12th, with tickets much cheaper. You can attend for $15 or $10 respectfully. Or if you really cannot wait for the baseball season, the first preseason game is on March 4th against the Cincinnati Reds. That is a great opportunity to get a feel for how your Indians will do this coming season.
9/22/14 - It’s the last week of the regular season in Major League Baseball, and the Cleveland Indians have six games left, all at home, with just 2 ½ games separating the Tribe from division rivals Kansas City – who not only hold the second American League wild card berth, but are the Tribe’s midweek opposition before closing out the season against potential spoiler Tampa Bay. Ace Corey Kluber (17-5) is projected to make just one more start, the middle game against Tampa Bay; Carlos Carrasco is projected to have one more start after Monday. Offensive catalysts Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, and Carlos Santana (no, not that one, the other one) will be counted on to make key offensive contributions as the Tribe aim to stretch their season into October.
9/15/14 - The Cleveland Indians did not do themselves any favors in the American League wild-card race last weekend, as division rival Detroit swept the Tribe three straight, and being outscored 18-10 in the series. Bryan Shaw took two of the three Tribe losses against the Tigers, while Carlos Carrasco dropped the opener last Friday. The Indians bullpen is proving to be a sore spot for the team; in the second half, the bullpen has converted just half of its save opportunities (nine of 18), including the last two blown saves by Shaw against Detroit, with which the Indians could have moved to just three games out of the division lead. The Indians are in the middle of their final road swing of the season.
9/8/14 - The Cleveland Indians are running in place a bit in the very tight American League. Currently the Tribe are still five games behind Kansas City for the Central Division title, and tied with Toronto and the New York Yankees 4 ½ games behind Detroit for the second wild card. The Indians are 4-4 in Serptember, dropping three of four to Detroit, then sweeping the Chicago White Sox before falling to the white-hot Los Angeles Angels in a makeup game from June. Pitcher Corey Kluber has emerged as the Indians’ top pitcher this season, leading the team in the major statistics of wins (14), strikeouts (223) and ERA (2.47) – no other Indians pitcher has 10 wins this season. Kluber will chase his 15th win later this week against Minnesota.
9/3/14 - It’s a tale of two cities: While their downstate, National League counterparts in Cincinnati mark time until the end of the season, the Cleveland Indians find themselves still contending for the Major League Baseball postseason. The Indians are 4 ½ games behind first place Kansas City for the AL Central lead, but just four games out of the wild card, tied with the hated New York Yankees, with just Seattle between them and the second wild card slot held by Detroit. The Tribe open the September stretch drive against the Tigers, who have already claimed the first game of the four game set 12-1. Afterwards, the Chicago White Sox will visit, followed by a single game make-up date with the Los Angeles Angels, then three more home games with Minnesota. Aside from the single game with the Halos, the Indians will also face Houston and Tampa Bay in addition to their in-division rivals.
8/25/14 - It could very well be an interesting stretch drive for the Cleveland Indians, who find themselves finishing August just six games back of surprising American League Central leading Kansas City, and four behind Detroit. It could also be a drive for the wild card, as well, as the Tribe are just five games out of the second wild card slot, with Detroit and the New York Yankees (3 ½ games) between them and Seattle, who currently are in that second slot. Like most teams, the Tribe will finish their season primarily against teams from their division; they have seven out-of-division games remaining, four against Houston and the final three games of the season against Tampa Bay, who still harbor hopes of the postseason as well just 2 ½ games behind the Tribe.
8/19/14 - So far, the month of August has been good to the Cleveland Indians, who find themselves in contention for an American League wild-card slot. While Detroit and Seattle are virtually tied for the second wild-card (separated by one percentage point), the Tribe still has a couple teams, the New York Yankees and Toronto, to jump over to put themselves in position. Just a game and a half separates the Yanks and Tribe in the wild-card standings, with the Yanks three back of Seattle as the midpoint of August passes. The schedule should pose favorable for the Indians to possibly make up some ground, with the team visiting Minnesota, the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City – while coming home in between the visits to the Twins and Chisox for a three-game visit from Houston.
8/11/14 - As the American League’s Central Division suddenly turns into a race – a faltering Detroit team now just a half-game up on a young, surging Kansas City squad -- the Cleveland Indians are marking time. The Tribe dropped three of four to their downstate National League rivals from Cincinnati, in a series split between the two cities; then after dropping one to the New York Yankees, the team rebounded to take the next two from the Bronx Bombers this past weekend. The Indians have a pair of midweek contests against Arizona, the cellar-dwellers from the National LeagueWest, before hosting Baltimore for a series with the AL East-leading Orioles, followed by a quick trip to Minnesota.
8/4/14 - Weatherwise, August is the hottest month of the year, and the Cleveland Indians started the month off in a hot fashion as well, sweeping the struggling Texas Rangers, including a 12-2 bombing in the first game of the series, and a 12-inning 4-3 win made possible by Michael Brantley’s 16th homer of the year. Brantley is having quite the season for the Tribe, enjoying top-ten status in the American League in a number of statistical categories: batting average (fourth), runs scored (third), runs batted in (ninth), and seventh in slugging percentage and OPS (on-base plus slugging). He’s the team leader in each of these stats, as well as on-base percentage; and second on the team in homers behind Carlos Santana, who has slugged 20 to Brantley’s 16.
7/30/14 - Coming out of the All-Star break, the Cleveland Indians had 11 games on the road against Central Division rivals; after taking three of four from division leading Detroit, the Tribe ultimately managed pretty close to a split, going 5-6 on the roadie, and staying in third place in the division, 6 ½ games back of Detroit and a game and a half behind Kansas City. The Tribe also remain in play for the American League wild card, four games out of the second wild-card slot, which is currently held by Toronto; a mid-week series with Seattle, who are two games ahead of Cleveland in the wild card race, could hold an opportunity to gain some ground. Who’s got the hot hand at the moment for the Indians? That would be Carlos Santana (the first baseman, not the guitarist). Santana torched Kansas City pitching for five homers in the four-game set, just the sixth Indians player to do so, and the first since Travis Hafner in 2004. Santana was 9-for-14 in the series, and reached base all five times he visited the plate on Sunday, with two jacks and four RBI.
7/21/14 - The Cleveland Indians broke out of the All-Star break on the right foot, taking three out of four from division leaders Detroit to move into second place in the American League’s Central Division, 5 ½ games back of the Tigers and just two games out of the second wild-card slot in the AL. Two players to watch in the second half will be outfielder Michael Brantley, and rookie third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall. While Brantley is leading the Tribe in just about everything at the plate, Chisenhall is making a nice name for himself in terms of his slash line, a very respectable .326/.396/.505. ESPN’s baseball writer David Schoenfield says that Nick Swisher, who had an awful first half with a batting average just over the Mendoza Line at .209, has some second-half upside and bears watching as well.
7/14/14 - It’s the midpoint of the 2014 season, and the Cleveland Indians, at one point closing on division rivals Detroit and Kansas City, have fallen back off the pace set by a resurgent Tiger team, 7 ½ games back of the division leaders, but just a game behind second-place Kansas City. As far as a wild-card slot might be possible, the Tribe are tied with the aging New York Yankees at 3 ½ games behind the two top wild-card teams, the West Division’s Los Angeles Angels and Seattle. Rookie Lonnie Chisenhall has made great strides at the plate this season for the Indians; two of the three numbers in his slash line of .328/.392/.515 – batting average and on-base percentage – are tops on the team; Michael Brantley leads the way in the power stats of home runs (15) and runs batted in (63), as well as runs scored (63).
7/8/14 - It doesn’t look good for Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Bourn, who is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring described as “mild to moderate” by the club after an MRI. “It was a little more significant than…we had all hoped,” Indians manager Terry Francona said early this week. “It more looks to be three to four weeks. You don’t know, but that’s what they project.” This is the same hammy that Bourn had surgically repaired this past offseason; he started the season on the disabled list after a Spring Training setback. Bourn, who is hitting .267 with three homers and 21 runs batted in 86 games this season, re-injured himself over the weekend scoring from second base late in the Tribe’s game with Kansas City.
7/1/14 - After spending much of the season with a decent (yet outside) chance of keeping up with division leaders Detroit and Kansas City, the Cleveland Indians have fallen off the pace somewhat, losing seven of their last 10 games and falling eight games back of Detroit, and four games behind Kansas City. They’ve also fallen into the red in run differential, having allowed 22 more runs this season than they have scored, which is actually the smallest negative run differential in the American League. If the Tribe hope to make a move back into contention in the AL, they are going to have to fix their below-average pitching; the Indians rank 11th in the league in quality starts (37; league average is 42) and ERA (just over 4 earned runs per game, where the league average is 3.94). One place Cleveland pitching is excelling, though, is not giving up free passes to first base; as a team, they rank fourth in the league in walks allowed.
6/24/14 - Former Cleveland Indians middle infielder Omar Vizquel was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame last weekend before a game with his current employers, the first place Detroit Tigers. Vizquel was a Gold Glove winning shortstop for the Tribe during their resurgent period in the middle Nineties, when the club won five straight American League Central Division titles and appeared twice in the World Series. Vizquel’s highlight-reel defensive prowess on a team which included such names as Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Roberto Alomar, and Albert Belle made him exceptionally popular during his time in Cleveland, a popularity which remains to this day despite being a current Tiger coach.
6/19/14 - One of the reasons why the Cleveland Indians are keeping pace with division-leading Detroit in 2014 is their dominance at their home park of Progressive Field. The Tribe have won 22 of the 33 home games played at home so far this season, which is nearing the halfway point. The Indians remain just a game over .500 at the moment, though, because of a 14-24 road record, including a 5-5 split on their last roadie, which included four game stops in Arlington, Texas and Boston, as well as a pair in Kansas City, who is two games ahead of the Tribe in the American League Central. For the month of June, though, the Indians are 10-5 and have won three straight, including their first two of their current seven-game homestand with the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit.
6/11/14 - Rookie Lonnie Chisenhall had the game of his short big league career on June 9, going 5-for-5 with three homers and nine RBI as part of a 17-7 thrashing of Texas, joining three other players in Major League Baseball history to accomplish it. The offensive explosion by Chisenhall represented the first three-homer game by a Tribe player since Shin-Soo Choo accomplished the feat in 2010, and only the second nine-RBI game in franchise history, that feat being accomplished by Chris James back in 1991. Chisenhall’s homers came in his second, third and fifth trips to the plate; he also smacked a single and a double, for a total of 15 bases in the game. Afterwards, he was asked to send his historic bat to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
6/3/14 - If there is a bright spot to the Cleveland Indians’ season this year, it’s been outfielder Michael Brantley. Brantley leads the TYribe in just about every important hitting statistic – a slash line of .302/.368/.498, OPS of .866, nine home runs, 40 RBI (seventh in the American League), hits (65), and runs scored (37, also good for seventh in the AL). Teamwise, after suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of the Chicago White Sox, the Indians turned it around and swept the visiting Colorado Rockies to finish off the month of May and start out June right, leading into taking the first of three against Boston, ending their seven game winning streak.
5/28/14 - While a pair of real-life Cleveland Indians found themselves heading to the disabled list, a handful of fictional Indians also made a small news splash. First the injury report: Carlos Santana (the infielder, not the guitarist) was placed on the seven day disabled list after being hit in the head with a foul ball in a recent game against the Chicago White Sox. Santana was initially scheduled to play the following game but was scratched after exhibiting symptoms of a concussion. Also, Nick Swisher was sent to the 15-day DL with pain in his right knee; it’s just the second time in Swisher’s career that he’s had to make a trip to the DL (the other one was in 2005). As for the fictional Tribe players? That would be the stars of the 1989 comedy “Major League,” which was released 25 years ago. The fivesome, including closer Ricky Vaughn (Charlie Sheen), catcher Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger), and third baseman Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen), are being included in the Topps baseball card Archives series, due to be released soon.
5/20/14 - After a four game losing streak (including a sweep at the hands of Oakland), the Cleveland Indians bounced back to take the first game of a three-game set from division leading Detroit on April 19, 5-4 in 10 innings. The game was won in the bottom of the 10th by the man who is the Tribe’s primary source of offensive power, Michael Brantley. His walkoff shot was his 9th homer of the season, and his 33rd RBI; his slash line stands at .292/.365/.522, for an OPS of .886; he also has 10 doubles, and one more walk than strikeouts (17 to 16). At the other end of the curve is Carlos Santana, who is struggling with a .148 average at the plate, though he does have five doubles and five homers among his 18 hits; and while he has 39 whiffs (second highest on the team), he also has drawn 36 walks, tops on the team.
5/8/14 - Last weekend the Cleveland Indians came back home and broke a six-game losing streak, taking two of three games of a weekend series from their division rivals the Chicago White Sox, before welcoming another AL Central division mate, the Minnesota Twins, to town. The Tribe have been dealing with some injury issues, as Jason Kipnis (strained oblique), Michael Bourn (hamstring) and Jason Giambi (calf) have all missed time; of those three, only Bourn is being listed as day to day. On the other hand, catcher Yan Gomez and starting pitcher Josh Tomlin returned, with Tomlin tossing 6 2/3 innings of four-hit, one-run baseball in a win over the Twins on May 6, which stopped a two-game skid.
4/30/14 - After taking three of four from division rivals Kansas City, the Cleveland Indians headed to the West Coast, but the trip has not been a particularly fruitful one for the Tribe, who have dropped five straight to interleague foe San Francisco, and the Los Angeles Angels. Among the news coming from the Indians is the replacement of Carlos Carrasco in the starting rotation by Zach McAllister, the team’s ERA leader. Carrasco is winless in three decisions, and will be in the Cleveland bullpen going forward. Also, second baseman Jason Kipnis left a game against the Angels in the fourth inning after grounding into a 6-4-3 double play. The team indicated that Kipnis had an abdominal strain. Currently, the Tribe sit in last place in a tightly packed American League Central Division, two games behind Chicago and five games back of division leaders Detroit.
4/17/14 - The Cleveland Indians activated Michael Bourn on April 15, but Bourn didn’t get to play, as the opposing Detroit Tigers announced a postponement of the game due to cold weather. (Watch this space for further news regarding the postponed date.) In order to make roster space for Bourn, the Tribe optioned outfielder Nyjer “Tony Plush” Morgan down Interstate 71, to Triple-A Columbus. Because of the postponement, manager Terry Francona pushed his starting rotation back a day; Zach McAllister pitched on April 15, followed by Justin Masterson and Corey Kluber. Bourn had strained a hamstring during Spring Training, but the Indians played things extremely cautiously with him, having him tune up in five minor league games before his activation.
4/10/14 - Win a couple, lose a couple. The Cleveland Indians are muddling along a game above .500 after splitting a day-night doubleheader with San Diego on April 9, brought about by postponement of the game from Monday, April 7. Still, the Tribe are in second place in the American League Central, a half game behind pacesetters Detroit. New starting catcher Yan Gomes and outfielder David Murphy have been the Indians’ offensive catalysts, while converted third baseman Carlos Santana is getting on base at a .462 clip (seven hits and a .250 BA, but 11 walks). On the mound Zach McAllister has been the Tribe’s most effective starting pitcher, striking out 11 while walking four, and allowing three earned runs. Closer John Axford has saved four of the Indians’ five wins.
4/2/14 - Two of the biggest offseason rule changes – the use of instant replay, and a crackdown on home-plate collisions – converged in the sixth inning of the Opening Day game between the Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics on March 31. With the Tribe’s Michael Brantley on third base and Ryan Raburn on first with one out, Asdrubal Cabrera bounced back to Oakland pitcher Sonny Gray. Gray recovered the ball and threw home, where it appeared that catcher John Jaso was blocking the plate before receiving the ball – generally against the rules in previous seasons but a decided point of emphasis this year. While Jaso tagged Brantley, it was home plate umpire Mike Winters who initiated the replay, which confirmed his call. The Tribe would tally a pair of runs in the top of the ninth for the win. Starter Justin Masterson threw seven solid innings, allowing no runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four in the no-decision; John Axford would get credit for the win.
3/26/14 - The final 25 man roster is starting to emerge as the Cleveland Indians approach their March 31 Opening Day in Oakland. Manager Terry Francona has announced that Carlos Santana (no, not the guitarist) will be his starting third baseman, while Santana’s spring competition for the Hot Corner, Lonnie Chisenhall, will make the trip back to Cleveland; Francona indicated that Santana and Chisenhall would not be platooning. Also making the big club is pitcher Carlos Carrasco, as well as Nyjer Morgan, who will stick while Michael Bourn is on the disabled list. Not so lucky: veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur and pitcher Aaron Harang, who were given their releases. Uniform note: The Tribe have announced that their block C cap will be their primary cap this season.
3/19/14 - The Cleveland Indians just keep winning in Arizona. On top of that, the Tribe has announced their #2 starter for this season – a player who didn’t even make the big club last year. Last week the Cleveland Plain Dealer revealed that Corey Kluber would be Terry Francona’s starter after Justin Masterson. The Plain Dealer speculated that it was likely that Zach McAllister would be named the Tribe’s third starter for the team’s season-opening set with Oakland. Off the field, though, the news was not so good for veteran Jason Giambi. Giambi was hit by a pitch last week in the Indians’ game against the Chicago Cubs, and an MRI indicated that he had a broken rib; the 43-year-old first baseman and designated hitter will be out for 3-4 weeks.
3/13/14 - They don’t count, after all, but fans have to be encouraged about the Cleveland Indians’ MLB best spring record, at 11-2 two losses better than Cactus Leaguers Seattle. The Tribe just announced on March 11 that Justin Masterson, who threw four innings of no-hit ball in his last outing, against Arizona, would be the team’s Opening Day starter. Masterson has had a very strong spring, allowing just four hits without a single run scored in eight total innings of work. Also, Carlos Santana (no, not that one, the other one) is working diligently on a position change, abandoning the “tools of ignorance” at catcher to take up the Hot Corner at third base. During the offseason, Santana played third in the Dominican Republic’s winter league, receiving instruction from former big leaguer Fernando Tatis.
3/6/14 - Possibly the most interesting news out of the Cleveland Indians training camp up to this point had nothing to do with baseball. New Indians reliever John Axford had a cinematic perfect game this past weekend, correctly predicting 18 Academy Award categories in a post on his Facebook and Twitter accounts before the prestigious film awards were handed out on Sunday evening. This wasn’t the first time that Axford had done the Oscars; he was 14 out of 15 in 2013. In baseball related news, Indians starter Justin Masterson, still in negotiations with the Tribe front office over a new contract, may be open to a shorter deal if the money is right, according to a report from CBSSports.com.
2/27/14 - It could be a very good summer in Ohio for baseball fans, what with the Cincinnati Reds as perennial NL contenders, and the Cleveland Indians regaining respectability. Last season the Tribe finished with a 92-70 record and a second place finish in the American League’s Central Division, good enough to qualify for the newly expanded MLB postseason. While the Indians ultimately lost the AL’s wild card game to Tampa Bay, continued strong pitching will be a key to watch going forward into 2014, including Ubaldo Jimenez; the recently-signed Justin Masterson; and highly touted prospect Danny Salazar, who impressed many (highlighting Grantland’s Jonah Keri) with a solid major league debut last season.
2/11/14 - Spring Training has arrived! Cleveland Indians pitchers and catchers are currently reporting for action, followed by all position players in four days. The Indians are ready for another long season, and proved it further when they avoided arbitration and signed key outfielder Michael Brantley to a four-year $25 million contract, cementing his place on the team as a young, core player. See him in action for the first game in Arizona (against Cincinnati) for just $5!
1/27/14 - Though there’s some time left, the Cleveland Indians are the only team left in their division not to have made a major free-agent sign or trade this offseason, instead, preferring to return their gifted lineup with Spring Training on the horizon. With nil action this winter, can the Indians make another convincing run while all other AL Central teams have made bigger acquisitions? Cleveland Indians tickets are $38 to see these strong returners in action this spring—get in for as low at $10 for their opening game against the Cincinnati Reds Feb 26!
Last year the Cleveland Indians finished their stellar regular season by making the playoffs for the first time in six years under second year manager and two-time World Series winner Terry Francona. The teams recent success is attributed to Cleveland’s fifth highest ranking run total in the majors, at 745, and the Tribe’s offense is looking as solid as ever, even after trading off Drew Stubbs to the Colorado Rockies in favor of David Murphy and Ryan Raburn. With their future Hall of Famer manager returning to Cleveland, this team is poised for another long postseason run, after all, Francona turned a shoddy 94-loss team (2012) into a 92-win playoff team last year.
Despite losing much in the bullpen (Scott Kazmir, Joe Smith, Ubaldo Jimenez and setup man Chris Perez), the Tribe has acquired John Axford who will fill the fifth remaining spot in the Indians’ five-man rotation. Other than internally filling holes in the pitching lineup, Cleveland has yet to make any major moves this winter, so the ballpark will look strikingly familiar to last year’s winning equation!
9/30/13 – For the first time since 2007, the Cleveland Indians will make an appearance in the MLB Playoffs. With a victory Sunday over Minnesota, Cleveland clinched a Wild Card spot and will play the winner of tonight’s AL tiebreaker between the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers. Cleveland Indians tickets to Wednesday’s Wild Card game range from $85 - $378. Should the Indians win the Wild Card game, they will move on to the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox.
7/25/13 - These are heady days along Ohio’s “North Coast,” where the Indians are one of a few surprise teams in mid-season contention for a playoff spot. Two names come to the fore for the Tribe: second baseman Jason Kipnis, and pitcher Justin Masterson. Kipnis leads the Indians in most offensive categories, while ace Masterson is the top starting pitcher. Indians fans are hoping these two can lead the way back to the playoffs.
4/3/13 - Reports say that Cleveland Indians ticket sales are up and fans are excited about their restructured squad. The Indians proved they are capable of winning in their season opener against World Series favorites, Toronto Blue Jays. Cleveland’s gloves were golden that night and the Indians managed to score four runs off NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. The tribe will return to Progressive Field for Opening Weekend against the New York Yankees Monday. The series is the most expensive this season but Opening Day tickets are averaging $13 less a seat since last month, now just $93. If you recall, the Indians broke the Opening Day attendance record for Progressive Field last year. The Indians have the seventh most expensive ticket in April (avg. $61) and will matchup against some big market teams - New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies.
The Cleveland Indians have acquired some key acquisitions this offseason. The Indians added RHP Trevor Bauer in a three-way trade along with starting pitcher Brett Myers, shortstop Mike Aviles, first baseman Mark Reynolds, and outfielders Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. The Indians roster is young; 42-year old Jason Giambi may be the Veteran the Indians need to play the mentoring role — that is if he can prove his value at camp.
With Major League Baseball's assignments of "permanent rivals," the Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates will play just every third season. The Cleveland Indians assigned rival is the Cincinnati Reds who they will play twice at Progressive Field each year. This year Reds vs Indians tickets are averaging $47. The Cleveland Indians schedule includes matchups against division rivals Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and Detroit Tigers.
Cleveland Indians tickets are the third cheapest in the League with regular season tickets averaging just $9 more than Indians Spring Training tickets. The average Indians baseball tickets are $45 for the 2013 season. Cheap Indians tickets are available for many home games with a get-in price of $20 or less. To see the Indians on the road, you'll pay $30 more per ticket on average.
Don't miss out on Indians tickets this season. Back in the late 90's it was the Indians who sold out 455 consecutive home baseball games as the demand for Cleveland Indians tickets was at an all-time high. If this young Indians roster can match the success of those 90's teams, expect Indians tickets to sell out once again.