Cleveland Indians finish April in first place in the AL Central


The Cleveland Indians got off to a shaky start but have turned it around to finish April in first place in the American League Central division. Cleveland Indians fans can take a deep breath and let out some stress that may have built up in the first half of the month. The Indians have followed […]

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Eight-Run Onslaught in Third Sends Tribe to Big Victory; Indians 12, Mariners 4


The Indians capitalized off of a risky base running play and put up eight runs in an offensive outburst in the third inning and never looked back as Cleveland claimed their fourth consecutive series win with a 12-4 dismantling of the Seattle Mariners on a beautiful Sunday afternoon from Progressive Field.

Cleveland (14-10) finished its shaky month of April at home with a resounding win in the series finale with Seattle, pulling to 6-6 in the month after a rough start in its first two home series of the season. The team put up 12 runs on 15 hits against Seattle pitching, a staff that had struggled at times to limit damage against it this season. The 12 runs tallied by the Tribe marked the second-most runs scored by the club this season.

The Indians were tasked with another first look at an unfamiliar starting pitcher this season as rookie Chase De Jong was set to make his first Major League start and third appearance overall as he filled in for the injured Felix Hernandez. The Tribe looked to Josh Tomlin to continue his strong career performances against the Mariners – he was 4-1 against them lifetime coming in to the day.

Cleveland took an early lead two batters into the afternoon against the rookie as Francisco Lindor started the day’s scoring with a solo homer to right. His seventh home run of the season put the Tribe on top, 1-0.

Nelson Cruz evened the score with his second home run in as many days, hitting a solo homer off of Tomlin to lead off the second inning. Tomlin bounced back with big double play balls to end the second and third innings before his offense gave him all the support that he would need for the rest of the day in the home half of the third.

Michael Brantley started the inning with a single to right. After a strikeout by Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Ramirez drew a four-pitch walk and Jason Kipnis singled to right, driving home Brantley to put Cleveland back on top. Kipnis picked off second before Lonnie Chisenhall lifted a pop up to shallow right. Robinson Cano made the catch but was lackadaisical after making the grab and Ramirez took off on a tag from third. The speedy third baseman just beat the tag at the plate on the unconventional sacrifice fly to give the Indians a 3-1 lead. The flood gates then opened as Abraham Almonte tripled off of the wall in right to score Kipnis from second. Roberto Perez hit a sharp grounder to Jean Segura at short that ate him up, scoring Almonte and ending the afternoon for De Jong. Carlos Santana worked a walk and Lindor doubled to the right field corner scoring both base runners while putting the Tribe up, 7-1. Brantley, the tenth man to bat in the inning, erased what little doubt may have remained with a two-run homer to right, his fifth of the year, to make it 9-1 before Encarnacion struck out for the second time in the frame to end the onslaught.

Tomlin retired six straight into the fifth before a one-out double from Guillermo Heredia and a walk by Dan Vogelbach, but he got out of the mini-jam unharmed. Seattle would strike through in the sixth, cutting into the deficit behind six straight hits that knocked out Tomlin. Segura doubled and Ben Gamel singled him to third. A single to shallow left by Cano scored Seattle’s second run of the day and a third straight single, this one from Cruz, drove in Gamel and made it 9-3. Manager Terry Francona went to his bullpen for left-hander Boone Logan, but a new pitcher could not slow down the Mariners at first as Kyle Seager singled home a run and Heredia singled to center to load the bases. Nick Goody came on to face pinch-hitter Taylor Motter, who struck out swinging, and then got Carlos Ruiz to line to short for an inning-ending double play.

The Indians added three more scores in the seventh against Dillon Overton. Kipnis reached with one out on an error and moved to second on a single from Chisenhall. Almonte singled to drive home Kipnis and a double to right-center by Perez, his third hit of the day, drove home a pair to make it 12-4.

Bryan Shaw and Zach McAllister got some work in to close out the day, with Shaw getting the team’s fourth double play of the game in the eighth.

The Mariners (11-15) ended a tough road trip with a pair of losses in Cleveland and fell to 5-12 on the road this season.

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Tomlin – Jason Miller/Getty Images


Tomlin earned his second win of the season and improved to 5-1 in his career against the Mariners. He got the hook after pitching to four batters in the sixth as Seattle seemed to have figured him out as they made their third trip through the order. He worked five-plus innings on the afternoon, allowing four runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts.


The Indians were cruel to the rookie De Jong, whose first Major League start will be one that he will likely want to forget as quickly as possible.

He made it two outs into the third, allowing six runs on nine hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout. He threw 40 of 73 pitches for strikes, but was first pitch strike to just eight of the 18 batters that he faced. The loss was the second in the young career of the 23-year-old right-hander.


The left-hander Overton worked five innings of relief for the Mariners, saving their bullpen substantially in his third appearance of the 2017 season. A starter for five games last season with the Oakland Athletics, his outing against Cleveland on Sunday was the third longest of his MLB career. He allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with a pair of strikeouts.


The bottom of the Indians lineup did much of the heavy lifting on Sunday.

Kipnis was 1-for-4 at the plate, drove in a run, and scored a pair. Chisenhall was 1-for-3 with a run scored and another driven in. Almonte had a pair of singles and a triple in four trips with two scored and two driven in. Perez was 3-for-4 with two singles and a double, a run, and three batted in.


With their six-game homestand completed with a 4-2 record and a pair of series wins, the Indians will hit the road for a three-city road trip that will begin with a four-game set in Detroit against the Tigers, who won two of three the first time the teams met earlier in April.

The Indians will send Trevor Bauer (2-2, 6.26 ERA) to the mound on Monday. He earned his second win of the year his last time out in defeating Houston. He allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings in a loss in his first start against Detroit this season. The Tigers will counter with Daniel Norris (1-2, 4.71). The left-hander earned his only win of the season in Cleveland, allowing just two hits in six scoreless innings against the Indians, walking four and striking out five in his second start of the year.

The series will begin at 7:10 PM ET from Comerica Park on Monday night.

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Cleveland Indians players absent from highest-paid list


A FanSided article went through the highest-paid players in MLB history and Cleveland Indians players were absent from the list. The Cleveland Indians shocked fans this offseason by going big and signing Edwin Encarnacion to a team-record deal. The $60 million for Encarnacion was a big deal for the Indians, but it an average contract […]

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Cleveland Indians set to finish April at the top of the division


The Cleveland Indians had a slow start, but have bounced back to make April a successful month in the quest for another AL Central title. The Cleveland Indians have given fans plenty to cheer about, and plenty to worry about all in the span of the first month of the season. It started off with […]

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Brantley Back and Looking as Good as Ever Through Season’s First Month


As is the case with most pennant-winning baseball teams, the Cleveland Indians came into the 2017 season with very few question marks. The biggest one may have been whether or not left fielder Michael Brantley could return to his old All-Star form following two shoulder surgeries and a 2016 campaign that was essentially lost, aside from 11 games played.

While the rest of his teammates were celebrating a division title and trip to the World Series last season, Brantley was forced to be a spectator. The club’s best hitter and a team leader the prior two years, Dr. Smooth simply could not work his way back from a right shoulder injury he suffered diving for a fly ball near the end of the 2015 season. He attempted to come back twice, but otherwise, he was resigned to be a cheerleader from the dugout during the Tribe’s amazing American League championship run.

Some wondered if Brantley may have tipped the scales in Cleveland’s favor last October and been the difference in the one more win the team needed against the Cubs in the Fall Classic. That answer may be coming as this early part of the season unfolds.

The answer to whether or not Brantley could work himself back and regain his ability that made him a 2014 All-Star is, so far, a resounding yes. Brantley seems headed for more than a cameo appearance during this latest comeback. As the first month of the season closes, he has already played more games and done much more damage at the plate than a year ago. He looks like the guy who finished third in the A.L. MVP voting three seasons ago. He entered Saturday hitting .300, with four homes runs and 15 RBI. He had a ten-game hitting streak that ended Thursday.

That puts him on a pace to have a similar season to those he had in 2014 and 2015 when he was Cleveland’s best offensive weapon. In ’14, he hit .327 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, and stole 23 bases. All were career highs. He was nearly as good the next year, hitting .310 with 15 home runs, 84 RBI, and 15 steals. He played in 19 fewer games due to injuries. Otherwise, the 2015 stats may have come a lot closer to matching those from his All-Star year the season prior.

Just to see Brantley swinging the bat well is refreshing. Even when he did come back last season, he did not look anything like his usual self as he may have played in fear of hurting himself again. In those 11 contests, he hit just .231 with seven RBI. Two doubles were his lone extra base hits in 39 at bats. The shoulder issues seemed to impede his typically smooth swing and revoke any of his power.

That is certainly not the case this year. By comparison, Brantley had six RBI in a three-game stretch this past week, alone. Clearly, the shoulder is much sounder than a year ago, which is clearly a very good thing for both him and the Tribe.

Brantley’s return to form has helped the Indians offense maintain its strong output of scoring, following last year’s second-best finish in runs scored in the A.L. The Indians entered this weekend’s series with the Mariners averaging 4.7 runs per game, just off of their 4.8 of last year. This is despite slow starts for Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana, whom the team was counting on to be the mashers in the middle of the batting order. Jason Kipnis, another important player in the lineup, missed the first two-plus weeks of the season with an oblique injury.

Along with Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, Brantley is a major reason the offense has continued to produce at a strong rate this year. Brantley is hitting near his old All-Star form and does not show signs of slowing down. He is not likely to play 156 games this year as he did in 2014 but he is showing the ability to be the every day player the Indians need in left field. He has sat out just four games so far in the Tribe’s first 23 games. Two of those have come in Sunday afternoon tilts. Tribe manager Terry Francona has opted to rest Brantley in day games following night games when his surgically repair shoulder has less time to rest up.

The Indians are likely to err on the side of caution with their superstar for most of the season. Even though he has shown zero signs of fatigue, as the recent hitting streak would attest, Cleveland management does not want to push Brantley too far or hard for fear of any sort of shoulder discomfort creeping back.

It is the smart approach. As Encarnacion and Santana regain their powerful hitting strokes and Kipnis works back into game shape, the Indians lineup has plenty of talent to withstand a night off here and there for Brantley. Dr. Smooth helps make the offense hum all the better, but it is more important to have him playing all season than to try and push him to go every single game and risk losing him midway through.

Last year Brantley missed getting to celebrate on-field successes with his teammates. He longed to be on the field with them during the pennant chase. If he can keep producing like an All-Star and maintain his current physical routine, odds are he will have his opportunity to be in the pennant chase and potential October mix this time around.

The Indians may have been a healthy Brantley away last year from their first World Championship since 1948. This year, he may be giving the club just what it needs to get back into position to make another run at winning that one more game it fell agonizingly short of in 2016.

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Today in Tribe History: April 30, 1946


Bob Feller adds a second no-hitter to the long list of his accomplishments already in his career as he blanks the Yankees in New York, 1-0.

The Yankees seemed to have runners on base throughout the game, but Feller kept them from scoring. Solo walks in each of the first four innings and again in the sixth created opportunities that the Bronx Bombers were unable to cash in on. The Indians were equally stifled in their scoring chances, as Lou Boudreau was unable to drive in any runs with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning off of New York’s Bill Bevens and three double plays throughout the game cleared the bases of runners.

The Indians scored their lone run in the top of the ninth with one out, when Frankie Hayes hit a solo homer off of Bevens, who would finish the contest allowing one run on seven hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Feller earned his second win of the young season, striking out eleven. The no-hitter was the team’s first since 1940, when Feller threw the only Opening Day no-hitter in Major League Baseball history.



Four-Run First Sends Tribe and Salazar to a Victory; Indians 4, Mariners 3


An explosive first inning for both clubs provided all of the runs on the afternoon as the Cleveland Indians held off the Seattle Mariners, 4-3, on Saturday.

A game that looked like it had all the potential to be a high scoring slugfest completely changed course after the first and turned into more of a mound battle between Cleveland starter Danny Salazar and Seattle right-hander Yovani Gallardo. Salazar would get the better of the veteran M’s pitcher, who was making just his second career start against the Indians.

Seattle found itself down two outs in the first when the offense got to Salazar in a span of just three pitches. Robinson Cano doubled into the left field corner and Nelson Cruz blasted the next pitch over the wall in center for a two-out, two-run home run to put the Mariners up, 2-0. The very next offering from Salazar also exited the playing stage as Kyle Seager homered with his own drive to center, putting Seattle up three before Cleveland even had a chance to bat.

The long layoff may have hurt Gallardo, who found himself dangerously around the strike zone in the first frame. After Carlos Santana got ahead in the count and fouled off several pitches, he drew a walk to start things off. Francisco Lindor walked on five pitches before a fly out to left by Michael Brantley. Edwin Encarnacion loaded the bases with a five-pitch walk of his own and the team’s clutch RBI-machine Jose Ramirez dropped the second pitch of his at bat into right field for a two-run double to cut the deficit to one run. Jason Kipnis went down swinging on three pitches, but with runners on the corners and two outs, Lonnie Chisenhall delivered what would be the game-winning hit with a two-run single to center to put the Indians on top, 4-3.

Salazar retired five straight before putting Ben Gamel on with a walk. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, but would be stranded there as the Indians right-hander got Cano to line out and Cruz to strike out swinging. Salazar would walk the leadoff man Seager in the fourth, but left him at first.

Gallardo had also bounced back nicely from his disastrous first inning. He gave up a single to Encarnacion to start the third before striking out the next three in order. A leadoff single by Abraham Almonte in the fourth was erased on a double play.

Salazar retired ten in a row before Guillermo Heredia walked with one out in the seventh, sending the Tribe’s starter to the showers for Andrew Miller. After walking pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz, he struck out Taylor Motter and Jean Segura to end the threat.

Miller was even better in the eighth, striking out Gamel and Cano before getting Cruz to fly to right to end the inning. Cody Allen pitched the ninth and had a relatively uneventful save situation, getting Seager to line to right before striking out pinch-hitter Dan Vogelbach and Heredia swinging to close out the game with his sixth save in six chances this season.

The Indians improved to 13-10 with the win and brought their home record near the .500 mark at 5-6. They have now won eight of their last eleven games. The Mariners dropped to 11-14 with the loss and are now just 5-11 away from Safeco Field this season.

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Salazar – Ron Schwane/Getty Images


Saturday’s game showed just how quickly tides can turn in a baseball game. A three-pitch onslaught from the Mariners gave them a lead, but the Indians responded with a big inning of their own and Salazar (2-2, 4.34 ERA) did his job, holding the Mariners down hitless over the course of the rest of his start.

He lasted six and one-third innings on the night in what became a quality start, allowing three runs on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts on the afternoon. It was his second win of the season and his first win in three tries against the Mariners.


After getting three straight hits in the first inning, the Mariners were held hitless over the final eight and one-third innings by Salazar, Miller, and Allen. The three combined to walk four, but were otherwise untouchable on the mound.


Facing the Indians for the first time since 2009, Gallardo (1-3, 5.08) was given a big lead but could not hold on to it. Like his mound counterpart, he was able to give the Mariners six innings on the afternoon, but the four runs that he allowed in the first inning would prove to be enough on the day. He was charged with four runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in the loss.


Boog Powell stepped on a big league field for the first time officially as a Major Leaguer, but it may not have been the debut that he expected. The left-handed hitter, no relation to the former blood red Indians jersey player of the same name, was scheduled to enter as a pinch-hitter for Mike Zunino to face Salazar, but manager Terry Francona brought on Miller from the bullpen. Seattle manager Scott Servais countered by pinch-hitting Ruiz for his pinch-hitter, ending the debut of the rookie Powell before he could even step into the batter’s box.

The Mariners called up Powell on Saturday prior to their game with the Indians, replacing the injured Evan Scribner on the roster after the reliever was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sore elbow.


The series finale from Progressive Field and the end of the Indians’ six-game homestand against the AL West will take place on Sunday afternoon.

Josh Tomlin (1-3, 9.33) will be the first to the mound for the Tribe on Sunday. He is 4-1 in his career against Seattle with a 3.32 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. He took the loss his last time out against the Houston Astros. Right-hander Chase De Jong (0-1, 5.79) will counter for Seattle while making his first Major League start. He had worked two outings out of the bullpen for the Mariners this season, but is replacing injured staff ace Felix Hernandez in the rotation while he rests on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM ET.

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Cleveland Indians perfect after the top of the first in victory over Seattle


The Cleveland Indians were in an early deficit thanks to Danny Salazar, but he turned things around fast to help lead his team to a victory. Cleveland Indians fans who braved the cold weather this afternoon were likely questioning that decision when Danny Salazar allowed three runs in the top of the first inning. But […]

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Cleveland Indians: Danny Salazar looking for consistency in his starts


Danny Salazar takes the mound for the Cleveland Indians today and is looking to mirror two earlier starts he had this month. Danny Salazar has not had a bad start to the 2017 season. He currently holds a 4.37 ERA and has not allowed more than four runs in any of his four outings this […]

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Cleveland Indians show off the newest Cleveland Browns Friday night


The Cleveland Indians welcomed all three Cleveland Browns first-round picks to Progressive Field Friday night, giving fans a first glimpse of the trio. The Cleveland Browns have clogged the local airwaves the past few days as the 2017 NFL Draft continues to bring hope to Browns fans all over Northeast Ohio. The Indians got in […]

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