10/20/2016 | LeBron's lead: Tribe continues Cleveland's renaissance
The gold was gleaming in the midday sun, held aloft for the adoring masses at the IX Center near Hopkins International Airport.Nothing in this town had shined quite so brightly in the 52 years between championships. Maybe that sounds crazy, but that's what sports mean to people around here and LeBron James had learned the value of that attachment over the years. On June 20, on a tarmac in title town, he brought the Larry O'Brien Trophy home, as promised.
10/20/2016 | Wedding crashers: Fans purchase gifts for Merritt
When one of Ryan Merritt's teammates mentioned it late Wednesday night, the rookie pitcher assumed it was a joke. When text messages began arriving, buzzing the phones belonging to Merritt and his fiancee, they realized this was not a prank. Indians fans really had found their wedding registry.
10/20/2016 | One potential matchup may favor Tribe in WS
The 2016 World Series will begin on Tuesday night in Cleveland, with the Indians participating in their first Fall Classic since 1997. As they rest, prepare and watch the rest of the National League Championship Series unfold, should they have a rooting interest? Three key factors say they should pull for a matchup with the Dodgers.
10/20/2016 | Hargrove has stuck with Tribe through thick and thin
Mike Hargrove knows the Cleveland Indians -- good times and bad. He played for them in the late 1970s and early '80s, arguably as rough a stretch as the franchise ever faced. He managed them in the '90s to what can be called the best run of success in franchise history.
10/20/2016 | Tomlin cherishes close relationship with dad
After a recent health scare to his father, Jerry, Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin is extra appreciative of his strong bond with the man who help him in his path to the Majors and the World Series.
10/20/2016 | Tribe in World Series: Better relieve it!
For the sixth time in franchise history and the first time since 1997, the Indians are American League champions after a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays in Wednesday's Game 5 of the AL Championship Series at Rogers Centre.
10/19/2016 | Indians party like it's 1997 after winning pennant
They took turns passing the trophy around. A bottle in one hand and the hardware in the other, one by one, Cleveland's players savored their moment. They would stare at it, champagne dripping from the gold eagle that sits atop the black base, pausing for a moment before posing for photos.
10/19/2016 | Shapiro salutes Indians in bittersweet moment
Mark Shapiro choked back tears as he searched for words. He wanted to say this just right, and he didn't want anyone to misconstrue his swirl of emotions.
10/19/2016 | Oct. 19 Andrew Miller postgame interview
Indians reliever Andrew Miller addresses the media after Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.
10/19/2016 | AL crown just the way Tito 'drew it up
It seems impossible to say this about a man who ended an 86-year curse in a major market, but this improbable advancement is surely Terry Francona's finest managerial moment to date. Given the Indians' hurdles and their health, they have no business heading where they're headed. But they're headed there, all the same, and it's a story borne out of family and friendships and faith in the ability to overcome all odds.
10/19/2016 | Oct. 19 Ryan Merritt postgame interview
Indians rookie Ryan Merritt addresses the media after Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.
10/19/2016 | DYK: Facts and figures from ALCS Game 5
The Indians punched their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series in Toronto. The Tribe has won seven of its first eight playoff games -- sweeping the Red Sox in the AL Division Series before besting the Jays in five games -- and is now advancing to the World Series for the sixth time in franchise history.
10/19/2016 | Oct. 19 Terry Francona postgame interview
Indians manager Terry Francona addresses the media after Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.
10/19/2016 | Title town? Cleveland fans toast ALCS win
Every out was drawing thunderous applause, and by the time the Indians clinched a World Series berth on Wednesday over the Blue Jays, fans across Cleveland could not contain their excitement.
10/19/2016 | Indians welcome break before Fall Classic
They'll have five full days to string up the bunting at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario, preparing Progressive Field and its surrounding area to host Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Until then, the Indians plan on enjoying every second of their American League Championship Series afterglow.
10/19/2016 | Relieve-Miller band keeps on rockin'
The Indians' very capable bullpen soaked up 25 outs in Game 3 and pushed the Blue Jays to the brink of elimination, then sent them home two days later with a 3-0 victory in Wednesday's Game 5. No matter what happens in the World Series, the Indians' bullpen use this October will be talked about for years to come.
10/19/2016 | Crisp homers in third straight Tribe clincher
Much praise has been bestowed upon the World Series-bound Indians for their actions ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline. They landed the grand prize, after all, in American League Championship Series MVP Andrew Miller, and any discussion about their wheeling and dealing has to start with him. Coco Crisp surely deserves a mention, though.
10/19/2016 | ALCS MVP Miller stars among 'pen pals
In the lead-up to October, Terry Francona would tell anybody who would listen that, to get through the postseason, you need to have a guy who does something "extreme." Andrew Miller, your all-too-obvious American League Championship Series MVP in the wake of the Indians' clinching 3-0 victory over the Blue Jays in Game 5 on Wednesday, would certainly qualify.
10/19/2016 | Tribe powers up in G5, secures Series trip
Earning a World Series berth with a 3-0 win in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday, the Indians struck early against Blue Jays starter
10/19/2016 | Relieveland! Title not without Merritt
Indians rookie Ryan Merritt, who carried 11 innings of big league experience into Wednesday afternoon's American League Championship Series Game 5 start against the Blue Jays, hurriedly silenced any doubters. The lefty allowed just two baserunners in an impressive 4 1/3-inning showing, departing with a 3-0 lead as the Tribe went on to win by that score and advance to the World Series.
10/19/2016 | Status uncertain: Bauer set for another checkup
The Indians continue to monitor the laceration on Trevor Bauer's right pinkie finger, but there remains little clarity about his potential availability as Cleveland advanced to the World Series with a 3-0 win over Toronto on Wednesday.
10/19/2016 | Stats of the Day: Dodgers lefties sending Cubs' offense south
Here are three interesting items from League Championship Series play on Tuesday …
10/18/2016 | Game 4 'pen usage a balancing act for Tito
Bryan Shaw grabbed the bouncing baseball with his bare right hand, turned his head to find first base and felt he had plenty of time. Where the Indians reliever went wrong was regaining his balance, as evidenced by the ball that was soon bouncing into foul ground down the right-field line.
10/18/2016 | Return to defensive excellence key for Tribe
The Indians took their first loss of the postseason, a 5-1 defeat against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, in part because of an uncharacteristically poor defensive showing. If they hope to clinch a World Series berth -- they currently lead the American League Championship Series, 3-1, and were the only team in baseball not to lose four straight games this year -- they would do well to shore up their defense.
10/18/2016 | Tribe can't grab Blue Jays' well-placed 'blooper'
The fourth-inning flare to center field didn't feel like a hit off the bat to Ezequiel Carrera, nor did it look like one to Corey Kluber. Yet it wound up representing the deciding run in Tuesday's Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
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