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Did the Cleveland Indians Turn the Corner in Tampa Bay?

July 3rd, 2015 at 12:32 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

After underachieving for three months, the Cleveland Indians finally started playing like World Series contenders this week.

The visiting Tribe overpowered the Tampa Bay Rays with a four-game sweep, relying on pitching that was almost untouchable.

Starting pitchers Cody Anderson, Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco each set down the Rays in order for the first five innings, and Carrasco came within an eyelash of a no-hitter.

The Tribe's offense woke up as well. Brandon Moss racked up five RBI on Wednesday, and Mike Aviles' 10th-inning homer helped the Tribe finish the sweep on Thursday.

Cleveland still has to climb out of a big hole, as the Tribe's record is still a lackluster 37-41. However, the Tribe has finally shown that it's capable of championship-caliber baseball.

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Could Cleveland Indians’ Infield Shakeup Lead to Cavaliers-Like Resurgence?

June 12th, 2015 at 9:03 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Cleveland fans know that the Cavaliers' midseason trades led to the perfect mix of talent to lead the Cavs to the NBA Finals. Could the same thing happen to the Cleveland Indians?

After two months, the Tribe dumped the entire left side of its infield, shipping third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and shortstop Jose Ramirez to Class AAA Columbus.

Giovanni Urshela and Zach Walters came up from Columbus to take their respective places, although Mike Aviles will get the bulk of the time at shortstop.

However, the shakeup may not be finished, as Tribe fans are counting the days until minor-league phenom Francisco Lindor gets his chance to be the Indians' next great shortstop.

Perhaps this influx of young talent will be the missing ingredient to propel the Tribe into the playoff race, much like the Cavs achieved their destiny after their big shakeup.

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Should Nick Swisher Get Credit for Cleveland Indians’ Resurgence?

May 26th, 2015 at 8:55 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Indians are slowly improving after a disastrous start, and Nick Swisher may be a key component in the Tribe's comeback.

Even though Swisher is only hitting .226, his presence allows everyone else to return to their roles in the lineup.

Plus, Swisher is a positive force in the clubhouse no matter how he's performing at the plate.

Also, David Murphy knew he was on the bubble after Swisher returned, and he has improved his batting average to .330.

Hopefully, the Tribe will get another boost now that catcher Yan Gomes is back from his injury. Roberto Perez is much more effective as a backup.

Cleveland (20-24) is running out time to reach .500 by the end of May, but hopefully they will get close enough to start chasing the Tigers and Royals this summer.

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Cleveland Indians’ Trevor Bauer Follows Corey Kluber’s Lead, Striking Out 10 St. Louis Cardinals

May 14th, 2015 at 2:44 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

One of Corey Kluber's best attributes as the Cleveland Indians' ace is to set the standard for the other Tribe starting pitchers.

So when the reigning Cy Young award winner finally won his first game by striking out 18 St. Louis Cardinals last night, that standard was set again.

Trevor Bauer, who started today against the Cardinals, kept the party going by striking out 10 Cardinals in 7 1/3 innings.

Kluber just needed that one breakthrough victory, and he should be back to his old "Klubot" self. Hopefully his consistency will continue to have a positive effect on the other Indians' starters.

T.J. House, one of those starters, will join Yan Gomes on a rehabilitation on Friday night with the Lake County Captains when they face the Dayton Dragons.

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Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians Find Recovery Won’t Come Easy

May 8th, 2015 at 6:42 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Indians could turn this season around, and so could Corey Kluber. It won't be easy.

The Tribe is in last place in the AL Central with a 10-17 record. Kluber, last year's Cy Young Award winner, is 0-5.

However, the cupboard is not bare, and all is not lost … yet. The Indians must spend the rest of way clawing back to .500 if they want to be in any position to challenge the Royals and Tigers for the division title.

The Tribe's hitting has shown signs of life. Michael Brantley and Ryan Raburn are both hitting over .340. Brandon Moss has already driven 21 runs.

As for Kluber, he gave up four runs in the first inning but settled down as the Tribe got back into the game, which they eventually lost 7-4 to the Royals. He has struck out 46 batters in 44 2/3 innings.

Cleveland and Kluber may bounce back, but it's going to be a slow process. Good thing it's a long season.

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