Series Snapshot: Detroit Tigers - April 29th-May 1st
Ready or Not, White Comes to Win
All Alone at the Top: Indians send Royals to share of second
Carlos CarrascoGame RecapInjuriesJack HannahanJosh TomlinKansas City RoyalsMitch TalbotOrlando CabreraVinnie PestanoThe Cleveland Indians are in sole possession of first place in the AL Central and now hold a 3.5 game lead over both Kansas City and Detroit. The Royals and Tigers are now both at .500 and if all goes according to plan tonight, oh boy....
Write In Hannahan, Vote Pronk, Go Tribe
Alex WhiteAll Star GameCarlos CarrascoGrady SizemoreInjuriesJack HannahanJustin MastersonKansas City RoyalsShin-Soo ChooTravis HafnerSometimes I have days where I struggle writing a quick intro that is somewhat related to what this blog is about. Sometimes I just ignore the norms and tell you about my life. This is neither of those days. There are people being loud in the library, I want to punch them. Always carry headphones.
Minor Issues: Putnam, Hagadone Continue Excellent Relief
AkronColumbusDavid HuffJason KipnisKyle LandisLake CountyLonnie ChisenhallMinor LeaguesNick HagadoneTim FedroffZach PutnamA pair of back-end guys are lighting it up so far. The Clippers continue to win, Jason Smit continues to hit, and Akron splits a double-header.
Go Back Jack: Hannahan and Homers Lead Masterson to 5-0
Easter Error: Blunder Ruins Rebound Win, End Road Trip 2-4
Falling Off: Twins Explode for Biggest Output of the Year
Series Snapshot: Minnesota Twins - April 22nd-24th
Back to Winning: Hochevar Perfectly Ripe Late
BullpenCarlos SantanaChad DurbinGame RecapJustin MastersonKansas City RoyalsMatt LaPortaMichael BrantleyTony SippJustin Masterson was wild early, but he settled in, the offense found a way to get to Luke Hochevar and the winning has returned! Plus Santana ain't moving and Durbin joining the bullpen party.
Minor Issues: White Continues Hot Start
AkronAlex WhiteCarlos MoncriefCole CookColumbusJuan ApodacaKinstonKyle BlairLake CountyMarty PophamMinor LeaguesLake County split a double header, Akron lost, but Columbus and Kinston picked up wins. Alex White on fire for Columbus and Marty Popham was perfect.
Fight Until the End: Late Rally Comes Up Short in Loss to KC
Carlos SantanaChad DurbinGame RecapGrady SizemoreJeanmar GomezKansas City RoyalsLou MarsonRoster MovesShelley DuncanTravis BuckTribe Around the WebThe Indians couldn't solve undefeated nemesis Bruce Chen... Wait what? I'm sure people feel the same way about 3-0 Josh Tomlin. Anyway, the Indians couldn't solve Chen and their rally against the Royals Bullpen fell short.
Minor Issues: Spotting Brach and K-17
2011 AwardsAkronBo GreenwellBrett BrachColumbusDrew PomeranzJason SmitJT TooleKinstonMinor LeaguesNick BartoloneScott BarnesKinston bats explode for 17 hits and Drew Pomeranz is saddled with his first earned run of the season. Plus Akron gets a shutout performance by spot-starter Brett Brach.
First Is Nice: Smith, Pestano Show Guts; Offense Comes Through
Anthony ReyesCarlos CarrascoGame RecapInjuriesJason DonaldJoe SmithKansas City RoyalsMichael BrantleyMitch TalbotShelley DuncanVinnie PestanoCleveland increased their AL Central lead to two games after holding the Kansas City offense at bay in extras.
Minor Issues: DLC Gets 1st Win, Hagadone Shines
2008 AwardsAkronColumbusCorey KluberDrew PomeranzKelvin De La CruzKinstonLake CountyMinor LeaguesNick HagadoneKelvin De La Cruz notches his first victory and Nick Hagadone continues to roll up scoreless frames. Kinston, Lake County, and Columbus all fall.
Series Snapshot: Kansas City Royals - April 18th-21st
Leading off and leaning back
Asdrubal CabreraGrady SizemoreJeanmar GomezMichael BrantleyMitch TalbotRoster MovesShelley DuncanTravis BuckI know we have a lot to catch up on, but a very Grady Sizemore-themed post this morning. That guy just commands so much attention. Oh yeah, the Indians swept yet another series, their third this month.
Minor Issues: Clippers stay hot; Jason Smit too
AkronAlex LaviskyClayton CookColumbusDavid HuffEric BergerJason SmitJeremie TiceKinstonLake CountyMinor LeaguesPaolo EspinoRoster MovesScott BarnesA quick recap of the past half week of Minor League action. The Clippers are rolling strong, Akron is struggling to find offense, and Kinston and Lake County drop a couple of series.
Welcome Back: Sizemore Returns, Tribe Sweeps
Asdrubal CabreraBaltimore OriolesFausto CarmonaGame RecapGrady SizemoreJosh TomlinJustin MastersonOrlando CabreraShin-Soo ChooTravis HafnerSurprise surprise! Guess who's back? The Tribe complete a three game weekend sweep of Baltimore before hitting and before it all ended, they added back Grady Sizemore, who contributed to Sunday's win.
Series Snapshot: Baltimore Orioles - April 15th-17th
Say you're a Winner but man you're just a Sinner now
Chad DurbinFrank HerrmannGrady SizemoreInjuriesJason DonaldJoe SmithJustin GermanoMatt LaPortaPhotoshop Off DayShelley DuncanThe second off-day of the season brings back an old favorite... Photoshop Off-Day! SAY WHAT? Get ready for an image that is downright, insane and bends the laws of physics. I think? Here's your hint....CAW!
Minor Issues: Affiliates Cap Losing Night
AkronAnthony GallasColumbusDavid HuffJason SmitKelvin De La CruzKinstonLake CountyLuis ValbuenaMinor LeaguesTyler HoltWasn't a real successful night all around. In addition to the Indians losing, the Captains, K-Tribe, and Aeros all lost and the Clippers got swept. Yikes...
Take Your Monkey And: Talbot Goes Eight for Eighth
Asdrubal CabreraChad DurbinGame RecapGrady SizemoreInjuriesJason DonaldLos Angeles AngelsMatt LaPortaMitch TalbotOrlando CabreraVinnie PestanoRALLY MONKE... HA...AH! Cleveland continues their hot-hot streak by downing the Los Angeles Angels in the series opener. Tyler Chatwood made his major league debut and while it wasn't a disaster, it was right there for the Indians to take.
Series Snapshot: Los Angeles Angels - April 11th-13th
Really...What the heck IS this?
Asdrubal CabreraCarlos SantanaGrady SizemoreInjuriesJason DonaldJoe SmithJustin MastersonLOLTribeMichael BrantleyOrlando CabreraTony SippThese night games always throw off your routine. Thankfully that Seattle series wasn't bad with the weekend and everything. This series against the Angels is where the fun begins though. It always seems like we have these early week series against LA.
Mine All Mine: Second Sweep Leads to First Place
Asdrubal CabreraChris PerezGame RecapJosh TomlinJustin MastersonSeattle MarinersShin-Soo ChooTony SippCleveland wraps up yet another sweep by downing Seattle to run their win streak up to seven. Asdrubal Cabrera continues to provide the fire and Josh Tomlin and Justin Masterson both improve to 2-0. The Indians now claim first place in the AL Central all to themselves.
Minor Issues: Take My Hand, Pomeraaaaanz!
AkronColumbusDrew PomeranzEzequiel CarreraJason SmitJeanmar GomezJoe GardnerJordan HenryKinstonLake CountyLonnie ChisenhallMike RaylMinor LeaguesDay Two of the Minor League season and we've already got our first full organizational sweep and that includes the Tribe! A successful night for Cleveland and most importantly, the heroic debut of Drew Pomeranz.
Series Snapshot: Seattle Mariners - April 8th-10th
Asdrubal CabreraCarlos CarrascoEric WedgeJosh TomlinJustin MastersonSeattle MarinersSeries SnapshotShin-Soo ChooAfter a sweep of Boston, it's time for the first roadtrip of the year and it is one of those good old West Coat swings. It begins in Seattle where the Indians have a anticipated showdown with their old skipper, Eric Wedge.
Minor Issues: Caps and Clips Open Title Defenses with Wins
AkronColumbusCord PhelpsDavid HuffGio UrshelaJensen LewisJuan DiazKelvin De La CruzLake CountyMichael GoodnightMinor LeaguesWelcome to the 2011 Minor League Season! The young bucks are officially playing official baseball. That means it is the return of one of my favorite daily posts, Minor Issues. We go around the Tribe farm system and recap all the games involving the minor league squads.
Slow Pitch or Pitching Slow: Homers and the Bullpen Claim Series Early
Cunning like a Lizard and... He looks like Rango
AkronAustin KearnsCarlos SantanaChris PerezGrady SizemoreInjuriesJason DonaldJoe SmithJosh TomlinMinor LeaguesNick BartolonenicknamesShelley DuncanTravis BuckInside, I've named this year's Minor League Mascot. I know you've been dying to know who it is. With the minor league season starting tomorrow, I thought it was as good time as any to do so. We also talk about Josh Tomlin, but really, who cares about him?
The Better Josh Won: Indians drop Red Sox to 0-4
Series Snapshot: Boston Red Sox - April 5th-7th
Let's light one up for Rojo
AttendanceDavid HuffGrady SizemoreInjuriesJason DonaldJoe SmithJustin MastersonManny ActaMinor LeaguesTravis HafnertwitheadHad to love the weather this morning, then when I walked out of class just a little bit ago, there was puddles everywhere. Don't you just love how quickly the world changes while you're inside for an hour or so?
Masterson Adjustment: Groundballs and Defense For Win #1
And...We're Off: Tribe Fall Again
I've Been Saving 'Em Up For When They Count
Bob FellerCarlos SantanaEric BergerFausto CarmonaHome Opener 2011InjuriesJack HannahanJared GoedertJason DonaldJason KnappJosh TomlinMitch TalbotVinnie PestanoDespite the ugly 15 put up yesterday, it only counted for one in the loss column. Today is a new day and thankfully, not April Fools anymore. Let's see if the pitching was just joking about yesterday. Hopefully the hitting wasn't.
We've Only Just Begun: Tribe Drop Opener, Celebrate Feller
Series Snapshot: Chicago White Sox - April 1st-3rd
Carlos CarrascoChicago White SoxFausto CarmonaInjuriesJustin MastersonOzzie GuillenSeries SnapshotTrevor CroweOpening Day is here and the Cleveland Indians will take on the Chicago White Sox in a weekend series to officially open up the 2011 season from Progressive Field