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Indians local TV ratings up 60% over last year

Morning News and Notes, Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tampa Bay Rays v Cleveland Indians Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images

Cleveland 4, Tampa Bay 7

Recaps: LGT | |

Once again, Indians starting pitching could not keep Tampa Bay in the yard. The Indians have a travel day before facing Houston (29-12).

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More people in Cleveland are watching Indians games, both at the ballpark and on TV, which makes their performance so far seem even worse than it really is.

The Cleveland Indians boast the highest local TV ratings in Major League Baseball |
As of May 11, the Indians averaged an 8.0 household rating on SportsTime Ohio (a reach of 120,000 Northeast Ohio homes). That rating is up 60 percent over last year's rating through the same timeframe, which marks the greatest increase among the league's 30 teams.

Indians' Bradley Zimmer hits first home run |
Bradley Zimmer had two baseballs in his possession after his first milestone game in the Major Leagues. One was from the double that the Indians rookie sent bouncing high off the left-field wall for his first career hit in the third inning of Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Rays. The other was from the home run he launched in the ninth.

Bradley Zimmer heeds Francisco Lindor's advice as he enjoys his first MLB hit, home run |
Francisco Lindor offered Bradley Zimmer some advice on Tuesday afternoon, before Zimmer made his major-league debut.

Indians Abraham Almonte out with biceps injury |
The Indians got more clarity on outfielder Abraham Almonte's injury on Wednesday, as the team announced that he will miss three to five weeks with a high-grade sprain to his right biceps tendon.

Zach McAllister carves out a place for himself in Cleveland Indians' talented bullpen |
There are a lot of talented arms in the Indians' bullpen. Cody Allen, Andrew Miller and Bryan Shaw come to mind, but right-hander Zach McAllister is off to a good start as well.

Cuyahoga's sin tax well is dry: Indians, Cavs, Browns may pay for projects and wait for reimbursement |
Cuyahoga County will not provide a large infusion of money for major renovations to Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena because officials said they will not sell bonds backed by the sin tax. Instead the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians, along with the Cleveland Browns, will likely split about $7.5 million each year raised by Cuyahoga County taxes on alcohol and cigarettes.

The Indians keep getting robbed by the best center fielders in baseball -

Kevin Kiermaier made an amazing catch, and it might not be the best catch made by a Kevin against the Indians this month.

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