Cleveland Indians Wiretap

Charlie Sheen Offers To Throw First Pitch At World Series

Oct 21, 2016 5:17 AM

Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the movie "Major League," has offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games.

The World Series will begin on Thursday with the Cleveland Indians hosting the opening games.

Shortly after the Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays to win the American League pennant, fans began requesting that Sheen be involved on social media.

Sheen responded to the demand Thursday on Twitter, posting a photo of himself as Vaughn in his Indians uniform and writing, "Major League continues to be the gift that keeps on giving! if called upon, I'd be honored."

Released in 1989, "Major League" is a fictional account of the Indians finishing in first place with an unconventional group of players.

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Andrew Miller Becomes Fourth Reliever To Win ALCS MVP

Oct 20, 2016 7:01 AM

Andrew Miller was named MVP of the ALCS after he helped lift the Cleveland Indians to the World Series for the first time since 1997.

The Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in five games with Miller striking out 14 of the 26 batters he faced in the series. Miller allowed just three hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and earned a save in Game 3.

"At this point of the year, you just find a way. That's all that matters. It's about winning," Miller said. "I would have given up 100 runs if we won 101-100. That's all that matters is we're going to the World Series, and that's a special experience and I can't wait."

Miller became just the fourth reliever ever to win the award, joining Dennis Eckersley (1988), Mariano Rivera (2003) and Koji Uehara (2013).


Tags: Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Personal Award

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Terry Francona Claims Middle Finger Was 'Nervous Habit'

Oct 19, 2016 5:58 AM

Terry Francona says video showing him extending a middle finger to a camera during Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night was a "nervous habit" and not intentional.

"God, I was so embarrassed when I heard that or when somebody asked me that after the game," Francona said on ESPN's Mike & Mike. "I think I have a nervous habit of kind of picking my face a little bit.

"I would never do that [intentionally]," he said, before adding, "My goodness, I mean maybe in the clubhouse, but not out there."

During the TBS telecast, a camera captured Francona in the dugout in the first inning. Francona looked at the camera as it zoomed in. He held up his right hand, middle finger extended, and brushed it under his right eye.


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Trevor Bauer Leaves Game 3 Start With Bloody Finger

Oct 18, 2016 6:54 AM

Trevor Bauer was forced out of his Game 3 start after just four batters when blood began to drip out of his right pinkie finger.

Six relievers combined to record 25 outs for the Cleveland Indians, who took a 3-0 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS with a 4-2 victory at Rogers Centre.

"I'm a competitor, man. I want to be out there," Bauer said. "I wouldn't have gone out there if I didn't want to be out there. It was my turn to pitch, and I expected myself to go deep in the ballgame, like I always do."

Bauer gashed his finger while doing routine maintenance on a drone last week in Cleveland and had his scheduled start pushed back from Game 2. He says his finger hadn't bleed for a few days.

"When I went out there and got to the mound, I couldn't believe how much it was bleeding," Terry Francona said. "I can't believe he hid it for the two pitches. I mean, it was on the dirt, it was on the rubber. And Brian Gorman looked at me and said, 'He can't pitch.' I was like, 'I know that.'"

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Tags: Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Injury

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Jose Bautista Complains Blue Jays Were Victims Of 'Circumstances'

Oct 17, 2016 7:51 AM

Game 3 of the ALCS has some extra juice after Jose Bautista complained that the Toronto Blue Jays were victims of "circumstances" in the first two games of the series against the Cleveland Indians.

Bautista was implying that the umpires in the first two games in Cleveland were biased against Toronto's hitters.

"All you have to do is go look at video and try to count the number of pitches they have thrown over the heart of the plate," the slugger said. "It hasn't been many. They've been able to do that because of the circumstances -- that I'm not trying to talk about because I can't. That is for you guys to do, but you guys don't really want to talk about that either."

A social media editor for the Indians used the team's verified Twitter account to pounce on the quote, sending out a photo of Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen with the caption "circumstances."

Kluber started ALCS Game 1 for the Indians, Tomlin started Game 2, and Miller and Allen appeared in relief in both games.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

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Injured Danny Salazar Throws Simulated Game

Oct 16, 2016 9:22 PM

Injured Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar threw what appeared to be a simulated game Sunday night at Rogers Centre.

Salazar has been out since Sept. 9 with forearm issues. The All-Star is not on the roster for the Indians in the AL Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he took the mound at the end of Cleveland's workout and threw to hitters.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Indians May Pitch Corey Kluber On Short Rest In Game 4

Oct 16, 2016 12:40 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that he plans to go "game by game'' with his pitching rotation for the rest of the American League Championship Series. That appears to include the possibility of bringing back staff ace Corey Kluber on short rest in a Game 4 on Tuesday in Toronto.

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Indians Take Game 2, Lead ALCS 2-0

Oct 15, 2016 8:48 PM

No one told Josh Tomlin the Cleveland Indians’ rotation was supposed to be a weakness this postseason. Tomlin turned in an excellent start against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, giving his club the 2-1 win. With the victory, the Indians now lead the ALCS 2-0.

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Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip

Oct 13, 2016 5:33 AM

After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

Heading into play on Tuesday, 108 runs had been scored in the postseason and half of them were as a result of home runs, the highest percentage since the wild card was introduced.

Jeff Sullivan/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Danny Salazar Unlikely To Be On Cleveland's ALCS Roster

Oct 13, 2016 5:25 AM

The Cleveland Indians aren't expected to have Danny Salazar on their roster for the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Salazar has been sidelined since early September with forearm tightness.

The Indians sent him to Arizona to build up stamina in hopes that he might be able to return in a potential League Championship Series, but he simply isn't ready.

"He's doing pretty good," Terry Francona said. "He's not back yet where he's throwing all his pitches or letting it go 100 percent. I think if we ask him to do that, he might be reaching right now. We've been pretty vocal about the first priority is getting him back healthy. I think this proves it. We wouldn't do that to somebody."

Associated Press

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Indians Hit Trio Of Home Runs In Game 1 Win Over Red Sox
The Indians outlasted the Red Sox 5-4 at Progressive Field on Thursday night in Game 1 of the ALDS.

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Indians To Start Trevor Bauer In ALDS Game 1
Trevor Bauer will face the Red Sox on Thursday in the first game of the AL Division Series.

Indians Hope To Bring Mike Napoli Back For 2017
Cleveland could still use a first baseman/designated hitter to pair with Carlos Santana and there appears to be multiple interest.

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Indians Confident Corey Kluber Will Pitch In ALDS
Corey Kluber's timetable for returning to game activity is a week to 10 days.


Corey Kluber Out 7-10 With Quadriceps Strain
Corey Kluber has a mild quadriceps strain and will be sidelined for 7 to 10 days, an MRI has confirmed.


Indians Considering Three-Man Playoff Rotation
The Indians are closing in on the American League Central title and are beginning to think about how they'll line up in the postseason.

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Miguel Cabrera Gets 2,500th Career Hit
Tigers star Miguel Cabrera became the 100th player in major league baseball history to reach the milestone.

Indians Lose Carlos Carrasco For The Rest Of The Season
Carlos Carrasco suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right pinkie finger on Saturday.

Carlos Carrasco Suffers Fractured Finger
The Indians say there is no timetable for Carlos Carrasco's return to the mound.

Danny Salazar Out 3-4 Weeks With Forearm Strain
The Indians will be without Danny Salazar for the remainder of the regular season and his status for the playoffs is in doubt.

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Astros-Indians Game Disrupted After Midges Swarm Field
Wednesday night's game between the Astros and Indians was disrupted after midges swarmed the field.


Indians Agree To Acquire Coco Crisp From Athletics
Coco Crisp spent his first four seasons with the Indians.

Associated Press

50-Game Hitting Streak Over For Indians' Minor Leaguer
Cleveland Indians prospect Francisco Mejia went 0-for-3 with a walk on Sunday for Class-A Lynchburg in the Carolina League.

Michael Brantley To Have Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery
Michael Brantley has played in just 11 games this season for the Indians.

Michael Brantley Suffers Setback, Surgery Possible
The Indians have announced that Michael Brantley has suffered a setback in his recovery from a shoulder injury and surgery is a possibility.

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Terry Francona Sits Out With Chest Pains
Terry Francona didn't manage the Indians on Tuesday night after complaining of chest pain while speaking to reporters before the game.


Indians Prospect Francisco Mejia Extends Hitting Streak To 46 Games
The streak is the longest in Minor League Baseball in 62 years.

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Indians Place Danny Salazar On DL
The Indians have placed Danny Salazar on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.

Jordan Bastian/MLB

Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players
There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

Richard Justice/MLB

Indians Land Brandon Guyer In Trade With Rays
Tampa Bay will reportedly get outfielder Nathan Lukes and right-hander Jhonleider Salinas in the trade.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times