The Indians will need contributions from unlikely sources to make a run. Last night, they got a walkoff from Mike Aviles. Here are the recaps:
- Mike Aviles' walkoff homer lifts Cleveland Indians over Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, in 11 | cleveland.com - Plain Dealer recap.
- Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians - August 15, 2014 | MLB.com CLE Recap - Indians.com recap (Bastian).
- Friday recap: Aviles walkoff salvages dominant Kluber start - Let's Go Tribe - Corey Kluber pitched another gem of a game, but had nothing to show for it. Fortunately, Super Mike Aviles and Scott Atchison saved the day. (LGT recap -- Kehres
- Splash time: Indians' Mike Aviles launches first walk-off homer | indians.com: News - Indians utility man Mike Aviles has made the most of some long nights this week. On Friday night at Progressive Field, he drilled a pitch to deep left in the 11th inning against the Orioles for the first game-winning homer of his career.
More news about the Tribe:
- Going inside Michael Brantley's dramatic, MVP-like improvement | FOX Sports -Michael Brantley has turned into one of the league's most formidable hitters. Here's how he did it
- Antonetti explains reasoning behind Axford move | FOX Sports - "We talked through a variety of alternatives with the Pirates but what enabled us to make the move was our belief in some of the other guys that have come up and performed. We also knew we were facing some roster decisions the next couple days," Antonetti said on Friday before the Indians faced the Orioles.
- Get to Know: Indians outfielder Zach Walters " TribeVibe - Q & A with Zach Walters
- Glendale, Goodyear could miss out on $100M in Cactus League funding - Glendale and Goodyear may not receive any of the $100 million-plus in repayments the cities were promised for Cactus League baseball complexes, because tax revenue used to pay them continues to fall below original projections.
Around the Horn:
- Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers - August 15, 2014 | MLB.com SEA Recap - If the season ended today, three teams from the AL West would be in the playoffs and the Detroit Tigers would be planning their next golf outing.
- Mo'Ne Davis is unstoppable! Dragons ace throws another shutout at Little League World Series | MLB.com - Mo'Ne Davis continues to pitch like an ace in Williamsport and Clayton Kershaw responds to the challenge she threw down.
- From the bookshelf - Cleveland Jewish News: Arts - Scott H. Longert’s "The Best They Could Be: How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball, 1916-1920," chronicles the fevered fortunes of an American League standby that lacked money, charisma and management until new owner James C. Dunn beefed up the roster and managed the team back to prominence.
- Carlos Gonzalez needs season-ending knee surgery | HardballTalk - Carlos Gonzalez will join teammate Troy Tulowitzki on the sidelines for the remainder of the year as the Rockies misfortunes continue,
- Joe Posnanski ranks all 30 MLB ballparks | HardballTalk - Spoiler - Progressive Field is not Number 1.
- Now you know: Babe Ruth was one of the first cancer patients to get chemo/radiation | HardballTalk - It didn't help the Bambino, but it may have played some role in helping cancer patients who came after him.
- Life On Earth, Or Goodbye | The Classical - Post mortem for Sports on Earth.
- Tigers give away mislabeled Miguel Cabrera bobbleheads to fans | HardballTalk - The Miguel Cabrera bobbleheads given away to fans on Friday night contained a rather large error.
Saturday Six Pack - I'm not much of a moviegoer, so today my list is about music. Chuck Brodsky is one of my favorite singer/songwriters, and not just because he writes great songs about baseball. A lifetime Phillies fan, Brodsky has written enough songs for two albums, The Baseball Ballads, and The Baseball Ballads 2. Here are six of my favorites of his baseball songs, with Youtube links:
- "Letters in the Dirt" - Richie Allen was one of the most misunderstood players of his time.
- "Dock Ellis No No" - Dock Ellis once pitched a no-hitter while high
- "Moe Berg: The Song" - The catcher was a spy?
- "The Ballad of Eddie Klepp" - I won't spoil the song by telling you who Eddie Klepp was.
- "Gone to Heaven" - an homage to Max Patkin, legendary baseball clown
- "Roberto"- a song about the death of Roberto Clemente