On An Encouraging Start For Danny Salazar And A Discouraging Week For The Indians' Bats | Extra FramesThe Cleveland Indians, trailing by a run and facing Texas closer Sam Dyson, loaded the bases with one out in the top of the ninth, but the Rangers' righty struck out Tyler Naquin and induced a flyout to center by Abraham Almonte to clinch Sunday's 2-1 win over the Tribe. Here are some random thoughts on Sunday's game and the state of the Indians:
Rangers Top Indians 2-1 To Win Series Of Division LeadersDerek Holland allowed one run over six innings in his second start off the disabled list, new left fielder Carlos Gomez made two highlight-reel catches and the AL-best Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Sunday.
Orioles Bring Back Former Indians Reliever Tommy HunterThe Baltimore Orioles have signed right-hander Tommy Hunter, bringing him back for a sixth straight season.
Rangers Score 5 Runs In The 1st Inning; Shut Out Indians 7-0Early run support went a long way to helping Texas Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin produce his best outing of the season and outpitch the best road pitcher in the major leagues this season. Mitch Moreland's grand slam capped a bizarre, five-run first inning and Griffin pitched six strong innings as the Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 Saturday night.
Corey Kluber Keeps Dominating, Indians' Offense Awakens, No Long Losing Streaks | Extra FramesThe Cleveland Indians snapped their three-game losing streak, routing the Texas Rangers on Friday night, 12-1. This column features my takeaways from Friday's game. If you want more baseball coverage, you can follow me on Twitter (@TJZuppe).
Breaking Down The Legitimate (And Not So Legitimate) Concerns About The First-Place Indians | Extra FramesIt's too bad that most of our time seems to be spent putting out social media fires of pure panic. The arguments, takes or concerns aren't always completely off base. But the over-the-top presentation? That often leaves something to be desired.
Hamels Goes 8 Innings For Texas In 9-0 Win Over IndiansCole Hamels allowed only two singles over eight innings for his 14th victory, Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat with Texas and the AL-best Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 9-0 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series matching division leaders.
Catcher Swap: Phillies Send Carlos Ruiz To Dodgers For EllisThe NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Carlos Ruiz from Philadelphia in a trade of backup catchers Thursday, getting a popular player with a world of postseason experience.
Nationals Acquire Lefty Reliever Rzepczynski From AthleticsThe Washington Nationals acquired reliever Marc Rzepczynski from Oakland on Thursday, giving the NL East leaders another lefty in the bullpen.
Indians Release Reliever Tommy HunterThe Cleveland Indians released reliever Tommy Hunter on Thursday, making the veteran reliever a free agent. The move was officially announced by the club prior to the team's four-game series opener against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.
Tribe Beat: Offense MIA, Bauer Grinds, Texas LoomsTribe Beat: 92.3's TJ Zuppe joined Baskin & Phelps Thursday to go over a rough series in Oakland, Carlos Santana's fielding blunder in the 2nd inning, possible concern over rotation and quiet bats, and more.
Zack Meisel Gives His Thoughts On The Indians Pitching ProblemsZack Meisel from the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com joined Ken and Lima on Thursday to discuss the recent slump from Tribe pitchers not named Kluber or Carrasco, if their problems can be fixed and so much more!