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Archive for May 23rd, 2018

Upcoming Indians homestand, May 24-30 features Astros and White Sox

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The Cleveland Indians return to Progressive Field for a seven-game homestand against the Houston Astros (May 24-27) and the Chicago White Sox (May 28-30).

INDIANS’ FOURTH HOMESTAND FEATURES TOP PROMOTIONS

The Cleveland Indians’ fourth homestand of the season features some of its most exciting promotions, including promotional items, firework nights, Dollar Dog night and family-friendly activities!

Fireworks nights return to Progressive Field on Friday, May 25th (Songs of the Summer, presented by SportClips) and Saturday, May 26th (Pyro Bands, presented by Wayside Furniture). Also returning this weekend are the fan-favorite Pregame in the District Nights, where fans 21 and over can purchase $2 Budweiser from 5-7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the Right Field District.

The first 12,500 fans at the ballpark on Saturday will receive a 1988 Terry Francona jersey, courtesy of Sugardale.

Sunday, May 27th is the perfect day to bring the whole family to Progressive Field. Sunday is KeyBank Kids Fun Day, which features fun activities and a visit from Slider and the Hot Dogs. Kids can also stay after the game for Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

The first 15,000 fans at the ballpark on Memorial Day (Monday, May 28th) will receive a Corey Kluber bobblehead, which features his two Cy Young Awards.

DON’T MISS OUT ON FEE-FREE WEEKEND

The Cleveland Indians are waiving ticket fees for this weekend’s games!

Purchase tickets to this Friday (5/25), Saturday (5/26) or Sunday (5/27) by Wednesday, May 23rd, and you’ll pay no ticketing fees-no matter the seats or tickets you select.

The offer only lasts until Wednesday, May 23rd at midnight — get your tickets now at Indians.com.

ASTROS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/BALLPARK EVENTS

Thursday, May 24 vs. Astros @ 6:10 p.m.

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5 p.m.
(Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 4 p.m.)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Ceremonial First Pitches: Brian Kamis (American Cancer Society), Matt Slife (KeyBank) and Anthony Carson (Draft Kings) will each throw a first pitch.

National Anthem: Bedford High School Choir will perform the National Anthem.

Ballpark App: Download MLB.com’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. The Ballpark App features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive virtual reality videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to Progressive Field via our mobile-only entrance.

District Ticket presented by SportsTime Ohio: Fans can grab a $15 Distict Ticket online only at Indians.com for a Standing Room Only ticket, and their first drink (12-ounce beer, bottled water or Pepsi product) is on us!
Friday, May 25 vs. Astros @ 7:10 p.m.

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6 p.m.
(Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5 p.m.)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Ceremonial First Pitches: Representatives from Sugardale, SportClips (Jordan Portillo), Bank of America and Budweiser will each throw a first pitch.

Pregame Parade: On-field parade featuring Scouts.

National Anthem: Liberty Middle School Choir will perform the National Anthem.

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: During the game, fans can purchase $1 hot dogs courtesy of Sugardale.

Fireworks: Postgame fireworks will be set to the songs of the summer, presented by SportClips.

Pregame in the District: From 5-7 p.m., fans 21 and older can enjoy $2 Budweiser in the Right Field District.

Budweiser Brand Ambassadors: Budweiser will have brand ambassadors on-site to give out promotional items and interact with fans during Pregame in the District.

Block Party: Featuring DJ Kyro and City Breaks from 5-7 p.m.

SportClips: SportClips will distribute koozies and coupons post-game in support of their fireworks night.
Saturday, May 26 vs. Astros @ 7:15 p.m.

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5 p.m.
Broadcast Information: FOX, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Tito Francona Tribute: The Cleveland Indians will honor the late John Patsy “Tito” Francona during a pregame ceremony, and all players will wear a commemorative Tito patch. Francona, father of current Indians manager Terry Francona, passed away at the age of 84 on February 13th at his home in New Brighton, PA.

Terry Francona 1988 Jersey: 12,500 fans will receive a Terry Francona 1988 jersey, courtesy of Sugardale.

Fireworks: Postgame fireworks will be set to music by pyro bands, presented by Wayside Furniture.

Pregame in the District: From 5-7 p.m., fans 21 and older can enjoy $2 Budweiser.

Block Party: Featuring Not Fast Enuff from 5-7 p.m.

National Anthem: DeAngelo Graham will perform the National Anthem.

Ceremonial First Pitches: Jarvis Landry (Cleveland Browns wide receiver), Hailey Dawson (Hailey’s Hand), Mason Phelps (Sugardale) and a representative from Budweiser will each throw a first pitch.

Sugardale Bacon Mascot: Sugardale will unveil its new mascot, Bacon, who will be joining the Cleveland Indians hot dog mascots — Ketchup, Mustard and Onion — for the very first time at Saturday’s game against the Houston Astros.

Sugardale Bacon-on-a-stick: Sugardale Bacon-on-a-stick is one the newest concession stand items at Progressive Field this season. Found in section 153, fans can enjoy two thick slices of hickory smoked bacon served on a stick.

Orangetheory Fitness: Orangetheory Fitness will have brand ambassadors talking to fans about classes and memberships near the Corner Bar in section 113.

Budweiser Brand Ambassadors: Budweiser will have brand ambassadors on-site to give out promotional items and interact with fans during Pregame in the District.

Wayside Recliners on the Field: Six lucky fans won the “Best Seats in the House” for fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture and will get to watch the show from luxury recliner chairs on the field near the visiting dugout.
Sunday, May 27 vs. Astros @ 1:10 p.m.

ALL GATES: OPEN at Noon
(Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 11 a.m.)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

National Anthem: Owens J. Roberts Marching Band will perform the National Anthem.

Ceremonial First Pitch: Steve Winters and Travis Bell (Market at the Food Bank Auction Winner) will throw a first pitch.

Pregame Parade: On-field parade featuring TribeTown MVPs.

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: KeyBank Kids Fun Day allows kids to enjoy action on and off the field with various opportunities.

Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part.

Jack Casino: Jack Casino will be distributing promotional items on the concourse near section 155.

Universal Windows Direct: Universal Windows Direct will have a window kiosk, where they will inform fans of their products on the concourse near section 157.

Friends of Francona: Terry Francona and UnitedHealthcare will team up with the Cleveland VA Medical Center to provide Club Lounge tickets to select military veterans and their families on select home games. The veterans will receive Indians-branded military caps and T-shirts, as well as an in-game scoreboard message.

WHITE SOX SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/BALLPARK EVENTS

Monday, May 28 vs. White Sox @ 4:10 p.m.

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 2 p.m.
Broadcast Information: ESPN (out of market),
SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Corey Kluber Bobblehead: 15,000 fans will receive a Corey Kluber bobblehead, courtesy of KeyBank.

Ceremonial First Pitches: SFC Richard Stayskal (Green Beret Foundation) and Senior Airman Ethan Denk (U.S. Air Force) will each throw a first pitch.

National Anthem: Eric J. Rine (Senior Master Sergeant) will perform the National Anthem.

Color Guard: The Naval JROTC Program at Cleveland will present the colors.

StubHub: StubHub is the exclusive secondary ticket provider for the Cleveland Indians. Only tickets sold and purchased through Indians.com and StubHub will be guaranteed Progressive Field access and a superior level of customer service.

All tickets posted on the secondary market for resale are required to be sold only on StubHub. Any tickets posted, sold, or acquired outside of StubHub on the secondary market can be revoked at any time.

Tuesday, May 29 vs. White Sox @ 6:10 p.m.

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5 p.m.
(Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 4 p.m.)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

National Anthem: Brianna Alomar, daughter of Sandy Alomar Jr., will perform the National Anthem.

Ceremonial First Pitches: Ashley Moehring (Tribe Rewards Member), Hannah Tringhese (Bil-Jac Foods) and Jackson Kinsey (Bil-Jac Foods) will each throw a first pitch.

KeyBank Kids Tickets: KeyBank Kids Tickets start at $10 for kids 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket (max of two kids per adult; standard fees apply). Tickets are for seats located in the Family Deck (formerly the Mezzanine section), so you’ll enjoy the game in an area designed for families – combining great views of the field with plenty of engaging activities all in a family-friendly environment.

Kluber’s Kids: Corey Kluber and his wife Amanda will host a child from Cleveland Clinic Children’s. As part of this program, the child and his or her family will watch batting practice on the field, receive Kluber jerseys and watch the game that night from the Club Lounge.
Wednesday, May 30 vs. White Sox @ 1:10 p.m.

ALL GATES: OPEN at Noon
(Gates for Weather Ed participants will open at 10 a.m.)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/IRN

National Anthem: Coshocton City Schools Festival Choir will perform the National Anthem.

Ceremonial First Pitch: John Haky (UPS) and Michelle Warnky (American Ninja Warrior competitor) will throw a first pitch.
Color Guard: Erie JROTC will present the colors.

Weather Education Day: The Indians will host Weather Education Day for students in grades 4-7. Topics include severe weather safety, forces and motion, how forecasting is predicted and how weather affects baseball. Player participation, Slider & Weather Mascot appearances and an interactive scoreboard will be featured. All participants will receive a weather education book.

US Army Recruiting: US Army will be passing out recruitment information and distributing promotional items on the concourse near section 157.

 

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22-member of inaugural MLB Diversity Fellowship Program announced

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Fellows have been placed at the Commissioner’s Office and 18 MLB clubs in front office positions that are traditionally influential in baseball operations decisions

 

Major League Baseball today announced the 22-member class of the inaugural MLB Diversity Fellowship Program. The Fellows have been placed at the Commissioner’s Office or one of 18 MLB Clubs in front office positions that have been traditionally influential in baseball operations decisions.

Selected individuals for the Club Fellowship will participate in a program that consists of at least 18 months of employment. Fellowships in the Office of the Commissioner in New York City include a minimum three-year commitment for a rotational-based opportunity in three different phases – (1) one year of International Operations; (2) one year of Umpiring and On-field Rules & Regulations; and (3) one year within League Economics. The majority of the Fellows will begin their respective terms in May and June 2018.

The MLB Diversity Fellowship is part of the Front Office & Field Diversity Pipeline Program. Its intent was to recruit talented professionals of diverse backgrounds who are recent graduates (no more than three years following a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Juris Doctor Degree) and are either just entering the workforce or still in the early phase of their careers.

The 22 Fellows represent communities across the United States as well as two foreign countries (the Dominican Republic and Venezuela). The Fellows were students at Ivy League schools, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and other prominent institutions of higher learning. The inaugural class features individuals who, prior to accepting an MLB Diversity Fellowship, were at various stages of their professional and collegiate careers, including serving as interns and employees of MLB Clubs, employees of other professional sports entities, captains of their respective collegiate baseball or softball teams, a college baseball coach, and even as an Assistant District Attorney.

“Major League Baseball is so pleased to welcome these 22 young men and women into our Baseball Family,” said Renée Tirado, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Major League Baseball. “Our Fellowship Program has already accomplished its primary function to secure young, career-focused talent who diversify our front office ranks and also come with a wide array of experiences and backgrounds. The Commissioner’s Office and our Clubs will now look to mentor and guide these individuals to what we hope are long, prosperous careers in baseball. We are looking forward to their many great contributions to our sport.”

Below is the inaugural class of the MLB Diversity Fellowship:

•    Katherine Krall (Office of the Commissioner)
•    Cristian Perez (Office of the Commissioner)
•    Alex Lorenzo (Arizona Diamondbacks)
•    Chad Tatum (Baltimore Orioles)
•    Katie Carlson (Chicago Cubs)
•    Nelson Spencer (Cleveland Indians)
•    Brittany Haby (Colorado Rockies)
•    Maggie O’Hara (Detroit Tigers)
•    Daniel Dasgupta (Houston Astros)
•    Albert Gilbert (Los Angeles Dodgers)
•    Benjamin Wong (Miami Marlins)
•    Jason Davis (New York Mets)
•   Amanda Brady (New York Yankees)
•    Francis Scimeca (Philadelphia Phillies)
•    Michael Landestoy (Pittsburgh Pirates)
•    Rohanna Pacheco (San Diego Padres)
•    Samantha Schultz (San Diego Padres)
•    Troy Marrow (San Francisco Giants)
•    Anthony Ortiz (Seattle Mariners)
•    Danielle Dockx (Tampa Bay Rays)
•    Mark Watson (Tampa Bay Rays)
•    Virginia Poulson (Toronto Blue Jays)

Other MLB Clubs, including the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals operate their own programs that support diversifying their talent pipeline as well.

Major League Baseball is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to recruit, hire and retain the most accomplished and talented professionals. By incorporating diversity and inclusion throughout the culture of baseball, particularly in the business decision-making and personnel processes, Major League Baseball seeks to establish itself as both the employer and sport of choice for all.

 

Reds’ 2B Scooter Gennett recent NL Player of the Week

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Scooter Gennett at bat 2017 photo by Johnmaxmena2 - Own work - Own work via wikipedia commons

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending May 13th.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Scooter Gennett will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Gennett batted .591 (13-for-22) with seven runs scored, two doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI over five games played to claim his second career Player of the Week Award, previously winning for the period ending June 11, 2017. Among his NL counterparts, Scooter finished the week first in hits, batting average and slugging percentage (1.227); tied for first in home runs and total bases (27); second in on-base percentage (.591); tied for third in runs scored and extra-base hits (6); and fourth in RBI. This is Cincinnati’s second Player of the Week Award this season, as Scooter joins his All-Star teammate Joey Votto (April 30th).

Gennett, who enters play today in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak dating back to May 6th, logged at least one hit in each game and multi-hit efforts in four contests during his award-winning week. Beginning on May 7th, the Cincinnati native homered with at least two-or-more RBI in four straight games. Since RBI became an official statistic in 1920, Gennett became the sixth player in franchise history to homer and record at least two RBI in four consecutive games, joining Devin Mesoraco (June 20-24, 2014), Jay Bruce (September 2-5, 2012), Eric Davis (September 3-6, 1984), Hall of Famer Frank Robinson (July 22-24, 1961) and Ted Kluszewski (July 4-7, 1956). On Friday night against the host-Los Angeles Dodgers, the 28-year-old recorded his second four-hit game on the season (other: March 30th) to go along with two runs scored, a home run and three RBI to propel the Reds to a 6-2 victory. Led by Gennett’s hot week at the plate, the Reds enter play today on a six-game winning streak, and completed a four-game sweep of the Dodgers for the first time since their World Series-winning 1976 season.

 

Mariners’ Paxton, Indians’ Lindor recent AL co-Players of the Week

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James Paxton firing to the plate 2014 photo By Elsie Lin on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Francisco Lindor during practice for 2016 World Series Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA via wikipedia commons

 

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending May 13th.

Other noteworthy performances last week included All-Star shortstop Manny Machado (.370, 8 R, 4 HR, 11 RBI) of the Baltimore Orioles; 2015 AL Cy Young Award-winner Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 15.0 IP, 12 SO) of the Houston Astros; All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge (.391, 7 R, 3 HR, 12 RBI) of the New York Yankees; and All-Star outfielder Justin Upton (.360, 5 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels.

In recognition of their American League Co-Players of the Week Awards, both James Paxton and Francisco Lindor will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

On Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Paxton tossed his first career no-hitter and the sixth in Club history to garner his third career Player of the Week Award, last winning in 2017 for the period ending July 30th. Paxton’s outing marked the third no-hitter in the Majors this season, following Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics on April 21st and a combined no-hitter by the Los Angeles Dodgers (started by Walker Buehler) on May 4th. All three no-hitters this season have occurred in different countries: Paxton in Toronto, Canada, the Dodgers in Monterrey, Mexico and Manaea in Oakland, California. Paxton, a native of Ladner, Canada, is the second Canadian-born pitcher in Major League history to record a no-hitter, and the first to do so on his native country’s soil. Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics logged the first on September 9, 1945 against the St. Louis Browns. In his previous outing on May 2nd against the Oakland Athletics, the University of Kentucky product registered 16 strikeouts across 7.0 innings pitched. James is the first AL pitcher to record a 16-strikeout game and a no-hitter in the same season since Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers accomplished the feat in the same contest on May 1, 1991 against Toronto. In his final start of the week yesterday against the Detroit Tigers, the hard-throwing lefty logged his sixth quality start on the season after tossing 6.0 innings of three-run ball with four strikeouts. Paxton has not surrendered more than three earned runs in seven-of-nine starts this season.

Lindor posted a slash line of .600/.652/1.400 with eight runs scored, four doubles, four home runs and five RBI across five games played to earn his second consecutive AL Player of the Week Award. Following his first career honor last week, the Puerto Rico native is the first player in team history to win consecutive awards, and the first in the Majors since J.D. Martinez, who accomplished the feat with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season for the weeks ending September 10th and September 16th. On Saturday against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field, Lindor batted 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a pair of doubles, two home runs and two RBI to lead the Indians to a 6-2 victory. The 24-year-old became the first Indians leadoff hitter to tally four extra-base hits in a single game since current Tribe skipper Terry Francona’s father, Tito, on July 3, 1954 against the Chicago White Sox. In addition, Lindor became just the third player in franchise history to tally at least four runs scored, four hits, two doubles and two home runs in a single contest, joining Kelly Shoppach (July 30, 2008) and Joe Carter (September 6, 1986). In the midst of a career-best 14-game hitting streak dating back to April 29th, the eighth overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft ranks first among AL leaders in hits (26), doubles (8), home runs (8), extra-base hits and runs scored (17) in the month of May.

 

 

Lake County Captains win Tuesday’s regularly scheduled game against Dragons, 2-1

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

May 22, 2018

 

Dayton, Ohio — In the regularly-scheduled game, Tuesday night,  Lake County’s Jonathan Laureano hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning before Jeter Downs opened the bottom of the first with a homer.  It was Downs’ sixth home run of the year and his fourth as the first batter in the first inning.

 

The score was still tied going the seventh inning of a scheduled seven-inning game.  Lake County’s Oscar Gonzalez hit a one-out home run to center field to give the Captains a 2-1 lead, and the Dragons went down in order in the bottom of the seventh, all on strikeouts, as the Captains earned a split.  The Dragons had just two hits in the game two loss.

 

Dragons second game starting pitcher Wendolyn Bautista (2-3) suffered the loss.  He worked six and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.

 

Game 2:  Click here for the box score

Lake County (R-H-E): 2-7-1

Dayton (R-H-E): 1-2-0

 

Win: Tommy DeJuneas (2-1)

Loss: Wendolyn Bautista (2-3)

Save: None

HRDayton:  Jeter Downs (6th, 0 on base in first inning).

HRLake County:  Jonathan Laureano (3rd, 0 on base in first inning); Oscar Gonzalez (6th, 0 on base in sixth inning).

 

Notes:  Downs accomplished a true baseball rarity on Tuesday.  He was his team’s batter in two consecutive plate appearances in the same day, and drove in a run in both.  He ended the first game with the walk-off RBI single.  Then, as the Dragons lead-off batter, opened game two with a home run.

In the Standings:  The Dragons are 22-21, in fourth place, six games behind first place Lansing and five games behind Bowling Green, the wildcard leader, in the Midwest League East Division.

 

Up Next:  The Dragons and Captains meet again in the third game of the four-game series on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Tyler Mondile (1-3, 7.51) will start for Dayton.  Mondile is coming off a seven-inning one-hit shutout in his last start on Friday night against Great Lakes that earned him the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week honor.  Lake County’s starting pitcher will be Kirk McCarty (1-3, 7.61).

 

Game Broadcast:  All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com. Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

 

For Dragons 2018 ticket information, call (937) 228-2287.

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