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Indians defense and bullpen hurt postseason chances

Gassed Tribe pen blows winnable game last night, plus the Curse of Chopper (Joe Charboneau's pet alligatorr), which haunts Visalia.

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Hannah Foslien

The Tribe missed an opportunity to pick up ground in the wild card standings by snatching late defeat from the jaws of victory against the Twins. First, the recaps:

Minnesota Twins rally late to beat Cleveland Indians, 5-4, in 10 innings | cleveland.comIndians' improbable drive to the postseason hits a detour as Twins rally Friday night for a 5-4 victory.

Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins - September 19, 2014 | MLB.com CLE Recap - Indians.com recap (Bastian)

Defensive miscues in ninth lead to devastating extra inning loss in Minnesota - Let's Go Tribe - When Josh Tomlin comes into a tie game in extra innings, a lot of things must have gone incredibly wrong. And they had.

More Tribe-related News:

Justus Sheffield Finds Himself After A Tough Spring | FanGraphs Baseball - Fangraphs profiles Tribe draft pick Justus Sheffield.

Around the Horn:

MLB to establish new domestic violence policy | Las Vegas Review-Journal - The recent spate of high-profile domestic violence cases involving Ray Rice and other NFL players prompted Major League Baseball and the players’ union to open talks about the way that sport should deal with such episodes.

Dom Brown not traded, but breakup with girlfriend aired over Instagram | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia - Domonic Brown was not traded to the Indians. It's weirder than that.

Why Texas Rangers’ Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo Will Never Give Up - New America Media - Profile of LGFT Shin-Soo Choo

These five MLB teams are poised for breakouts in 2015. | SportsonEarth.com : Richard Justice Article - The Chicago Cubs are going to be a solid, entertaining baseball team in 2015, and you know what that means, don't you? You're going to be surrounded by Cubs fans all of a sudden. But Chicago isn't the only club poised for a breakout next season.

Coffee in Full Uniform | 120Sports.com - Dodgers Rookie Joc Pederson instagrammed a picture of himself getting coffee for the whole team...in full uniform.

If you love chaos, root for Team Entropy | Sports Illustrated - Jay Jaffe looks at the craziest possible outcomes. Basically, we want everyone in the NL to finish with 88 wins.

Baseball, butter and cowgirls - The curse of Joe Charboneau's pet alligator Chopper.

And finally, the pop culture list of the week...

The pleasant surprise of finding the new U2 album in my itunes for free has led me to rank my favorite 5 U2 albums.

  • 5 - Pop - I like Pop. I think it was a brilliant deconstruction of mass culture using cutting edge Europop
  • 4 - All That You Can't Leave Behind - "Beautiful Day" may be the best pure pop song the group has written
  • 3 - The Joshua Tree - U2's mass breakthrough album. I made a special trip to a phonograph needle specialty store so I could listen to this record with a new needle on release day..
  • 2 - Achtung Baby - This one has grown on me over the years, even more than Joshua Tree
  • 1 - War - I'm 49 years old. Of course it's War. I still remember staying up late as a teenager and watching MTV and seeing the iconic "New Year's Day" video and thinking it was the coolest thing ever.