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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for since 2004.

  • October 19 10:24 PM ET

    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. More» Francona discusses winning the AL pennant
  • October 19 12:02 AM ET

    Rookie Merritt unfazed by Game 5 magnitude

    CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 04: Ryan Merritt #54 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning at Progressive Field on August 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 9-2. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)The Indians' clubhouse jokes about Ryan Merritt come from the sense that this 24-year-old lefty whose second Major League start just so happens to be today in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, is far from affected by his surroundings -- even if those surroundings are a racous Rogers Centre with the Indians trying to close out their first AL pennant in nearly two decades. More» Merritt on his potential workload in Game 5
  • October 18 2:25 AM ET

    C positive: Cleveland has mighty chemistry

    The principals of the 'pen were gathered together in the trainer's room in the bowels of the Rogers Centre, having just received their respective rubdowns, when they saw the gory images more suitable for a Halloween flick than a baseball field. More» Francona discusses managing the bullpen
  • October 17 12:52 AM ET

    Miller's feats in ALCS unique and spectacular

    CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 15: Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians reacts in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during game two of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field on October 15, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)There's only one Andrew Miller. And although that doesn't mean there aren't really good relievers capable of becoming a reasonable facsimile, the combination of stuff, contractual status and October schedule make this a unique situation that even the Indians acknowledge would be unsustainable over the course of a 162-game schedule. More»Miller K's 14 in 7 2/3, earns ALCS MVP
  • October 15 11:13 PM ET

    Tomlin embodies Tribe's grit, attitude

    "Game 2 starter Josh Tomlin" would have been an insane phrase just two months ago. More» Tomlin holds Blue Jays to one over 5 2/3
  • October 15 2:35 AM ET

    Jump for joy: Lindor livens up Tribe's party

    By now, you've heard his name and seen the highlight-reel grabs. But if this postseason is your first real dive into the Francisco Lindor Experience, the Cleveland kid is giving you a good look at what all the fuss is about. More» Lindor on his energy after homering
  • October 14 12:44 AM ET

    History between Theo, Tito brings intrigue

    In successive days this week, Terry Francona's Indians and Theo Epstein's Cubs advanced to the next postseason round. So much will transpire over the course of the next week and a half. But it's hard to ignore the distinct possibility that baseball's two longest-running title droughts could clash in the upcoming World Series and that two veterans of curse-breaking could be pitted against each other in the process. More»The Tribe celebrate after a sweep of the Red Sox
  • October 13 8:50 PM ET

    Indians 'pen different script for best-of-seven

    Back in the days of development, before Mickey Callaway had graduated from Class A pitching coach to the same role with the Indians, there were intractable rules in place. Many relievers weren't allowed to be used on successive days. Starters had to be kept on strict timetables and pitch counts. It was a setup that simultaneously tied a coach's hands and fired up his imagination, because it required creativity to simply survive. More» Francona on mentality of seven-game series
  • October 12 12:55 PM ET

    Tribe, Blue Jays connected through Carter

    Joe Carter is most known for his World Series-winning homer in 1993 for the Blue Jays, but he posted perhaps his best all-around season for the Indians in '86. (Amy SancettaAP)Joe Carter is proud to be associated with his World Series-winning home run for the Blue Jays in 1993. But this October, on the precipice of the American League Championship Series that begins Friday night (8 p.m. ET, TBS and Sportsnet) at Progressive Field, we can actually associate him with something other than that singular swing. We can associate him with Toronto's ALCS opponent. More»
  • October 11 3:46 PM ET

    Old front-office pals will square off in ALCS

    Four words sufficed in the text Indians owner Paul Dolan sent Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro on Monday night, after the Tribe had punched its ticket to face Toronto in the American League Championship Series, starting Friday night at Progressive Field (8 p.m. ET on TBS and, in Canada, Sportsnet and RDS). More»Antonetti on Indians' first playoff sweep since 1995
  • October 11 1:45 AM ET

    Big Papi's greatest qualities on display in finale

    We didn't need this memory. Lord knows David Ortiz has provided plenty of others in his storied career. More» Fenway Faithful say goodbye to Papi
  • October 11 1:15 AM ET

    Indians grow into compelling postseason tale

    Yes, even after the Indians had toppled the Red Sox in a three-game American League Division Series sweep on Monday night, there were signals of how they got here in the first place -- excellent acquisitions, perseverance in the face of bad breaks ... or, in this case, bare feet. More» Crisp on Indians advancing to ALCS
  • October 09 3:22 PM ET

    Is Mother Nature helping Tribe, or Red Sox?

    Mother Nature did her part to ensure that the 2016 Red Sox live to see at least another day. Now we're left to wonder if her actions, in the form of a steady pelting of raindrops and a big chill, will have any impact on the outcome of this ALDS between the Sox and the Indians. More»Indians-Red Sox Game 3 has been postponed due to rain
  • October 09 2:03 PM ET

    Dombrowski reflects on Papi, looks to future

    It has been 14 months since the Red Sox stunned the industry when they effectively replaced Ben Cherington with Dave Dombrowski, the longtime executive with a penchant for bold moves and big winning percentages. caught up with Dombrowski in the midst of the ALDS to get his thoughts on David Ortiz and a team in transition. More»
  • October 07 10:48 PM ET

    Price doesn't change the narrative

    In happier times -- and it's hard not to be happy when you're at a news conference announcing your $217 million contract -- David Price made light of his postseason past, which has famously been littered with potholes. More» Farrell discusses Price's tough start
  • October 07 7:06 PM ET

    Manfred praises replay review process

    Lonnie Chisenhall was hustling to turn an RBI single into a double in the second inning Thursday night, and he beat the relay throw to second base. But as so often happens, as Chisenhall slid into the bag, his momentum momentarily took him off of it, while shortstop Xander Bogaerts held the tag firm. More»Rob Manfred talks about correct calls based on replay
  • October 07 2:06 PM ET

    Tito: Doby Fund 'Probably proudest moment'

    When Terry Francona read the statement the other day, he stared straight down at the paper in front of him and tried hard to compose himself. The weight of the announcement didn't really hit those in the room, because, Francona admits, his reading was too deliberate to convey the emotion behind the words. And so the initial reports about what the Indians have done didn't gain much public traction. More»Francona announces new Larry Doby Youth Fund
  • October 07 1:47 AM ET

    Francona bucks trend with 'pen in Game 1 win

    CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 06: Andrew Miller #24 of the Cleveland Indians is relieved by manager Terry Francona in the seventh inning during game one of the American League Divison Series against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field on October 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)You certainly could not watch the Indians' 5-4 victory over the Red Sox in Game 1 of their AL Division Series at Progressive Field on Thursday night without thinking about the Buck Showalter situation and how much Terry Francona's management of this game contrasted that of the Baltimore skipper. More» Miller shines over two frames of relief
  • December 06 9:54 PM ET

    “You learn to sleep at night with the price you pay”

    By Anthony Castrovince/ On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discuss… uh… the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»
  • November 20 3:50 AM ET

    “Tell me how do we get this thing started?”

    By Anthony Castrovince/ On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribe’s offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»
  • October 03 5:48 AM ET

    A loss. And a win.

    By Anthony Castrovince/ On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»
  • September 30 8:23 PM ET

    “You’ve got to walk it, talk it, in your heart”

    By Anthony Castrovince/ On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»
  • September 29 9:58 PM ET

    “Surprise, surprise, come on open your eyes”

    By Anthony Castrovince/ On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldn’t have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»
  • September 27 7:11 PM ET

    “One step closer to knowing”

    By Anthony Castrovince/ On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, he’s a […] More»
  • September 26 1:50 PM ET

    Manager of the Year?

    By Anthony Castrovince/ On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrell’s name and being done with it. He’s […] More»
  • September 24 3:26 PM ET

    “Been waiting for tonight”

    By Anthony Castrovince/ On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»
  • September 18 6:36 PM ET

    “We got one last chance to make it real”

    By Anthony Castrovince/ On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. They’ve got a remaining schedule – four against Houston, two against […] More»
  • September 10 2:07 AM ET

    “Try and catch the wind”

    By Anthony Castrovince/ On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, “There goes our starting catcher.” Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indians’ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what you’d expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»
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