Extra Frames: Francona Wants A Better Explanation, Tomlin Struggles, Gomes Sports New Specs, Merritt Makes DebutThe Cleveland Indians were routed on Monday by the Rangers at Progressive Field, dropping the first of the three-game series against Texas, 9-2. This column features my takeaways from Monday's game. If you want more baseball coverage, you can follow me on Twitter (@TJZuppe).
Bad Day For Josh Tomlin, Indians In 9-2 Loss To RangersJosh Tomlin entered Monday game with a 7-0 record. And following recent Indians losses, the right-hander has typically been the man to prevent long losing skids. But everyone has a bad day. Monday was a really, really bad day.
Jose Ramirez Getting Familiar With Progressive Field's Challenging Left Field WallIndians bench coach Brad Mills stood in left field with a bat in hand. To his right was a bag of baseballs. He reached into the bag, pulled out a ball and tossed it in the air. His left-handed swing connected, and the ball sailed toward the left field wall, banging off the green padding and ricocheting back toward center field.
Extra Frames: On Chisenhall's Showdown With O'Day, Missed Chances, Bullpen Struggles, Clevinger's Belief In HimselfThe Cleveland Indians fought back to erase an early 4-0 deficit, but couldn't take advantage of late-game opportunities, losing to the Baltimore Orioles in the series rubber match, 6-4.
Kim's Big Swing, Missed Chances Lead To Indians' 6-4 Loss To O'sThe Cleveland Indians clubbed their way out of the initial hole starter Mike Clevinger dug for his club, but after the Tribe's long ball efforts tied Sunday's game, one swing of the bat by Hyun Soo Kim erased all of their hard work.
Could Carlos Carrasco's Next Start Be Back With Indians?After tossing four innings in a Minor League rehab game with Double-A Akron, Carlos Carrasco is inching closer to his return to the Cleveland Indians rotation. But how close? Close enough for his next start to be back with the Tribe?
Extra Frames: On The Indians Taking Over First Place In Central, Taking Extra Bases, Taking Down Ex-IndiansThe Cleveland Indians routed the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday at Progressive Field, 11-4, moving into first place in the American League Central division by a half game over the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.
Indians Knock Jimenez Out Early, Move Into First Place In AL CentralThe Indians were rude to an old friend on Saturday. But in the process, Cleveland was able to take over as the current leaders in the American League Central Division.
Indians' Jose Ramirez Becoming Terry Francona's 'Connector To The Rest Of The Order'There's something Indians manager Terry Francona likes about hitting Jose Ramirez fifth in Cleveland's starting lineup. Sure, Ramirez's .308 batting average and .367 on-base percentage plays into that, but then again, the 5-foot-9 utility infielder and outfielder doesn't necessarily have the look of a prototypical middle-of-the-order hitter.
LeBron James Embraces The Moment As Cavs Earn Their Way Back To NBA FinalsThe trip back to June basketball has been anything but easy giving James every reason to savor the flavor of this NBA Finals run.
Extra Frames: On McAllister's Fastball vs. Orioles Bats, Francona Sticking With Gimenez In 8th, Napoli's Visit To BleachersThe Cleveland Indians fell to the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a 10-game homestand, as the O's scored three times in the top of the seventh to eventually emerge with a 6-4 victory at Progressive Field. This column features my takeaways from Friday's game. If you want more baseball coverage, you can follow me on Twitter (@TJZuppe).
Orioles Get To Zach McAllister In 7th, Indians Fall In Series Opener 6-4After Cleveland fought back from a first-inning three-run deficit to tie the game in the fifth, Indians reliever Zach McAllister gave up three runs in the top of the seventh, giving the Baltimore Orioles the edge they would need to cash in on a 6-4 victory over the Tribe on Friday night.