May 24, 2013 - By Wire Reports
A standing ovation. A video tribute to his time as manager of the Boston Red Sox. And, most importantly, a win for his Cleveland Indians.
Drew Stubbs, Mark Reynolds and Michael Bourn combined for nine hits and eight RBIs and the Indians had 16 hits in their 12-3 win on Thursday night.
"I tried to keep my emotions inside," said Francona, who led the Red Sox to two World Series championships in eight years. "I didn't want to be the main focus. You want to let the players play."
Francona, let go by Boston after the 2011 season, got the ovation after the first inning during a video display on the center-field scoreboard. He raised his left hand to the crowd and tapped his heart with his right.
"I was honored," he said.
And, perhaps, just a bit emotional.
"It was just neat to see the organization do that for him," Reynolds said. "I think I saw him teary-eyed a little bit during that thing. It was pretty neat and I was glad to be a part of it."
It was the fans' only chance to cheer for Francona. He didn't bring out the lineup card and didn't have to leave the visiting dugout during the game because Read More
May 24, 2013 - By Nick Broulis
You would have to be either living under a rock or just have no interest in sports to not know that our Cleveland Indians have been the hottest team in baseball.
Hello everyone and welcome back to the Cleveland Sports Report as I bring you up to speed with the pulse of Cleveland. So how about this version of wahoo baseball? Are you liking it? Are you loving it? Or are you still cautious and worried because its too early?
We know how it has ended for the past couple of years where we start out playing great baseball and then the next thing you know after the all-star break we hit the other of the hill on the rollercoaster and start to plummet.
I think more of us then not are still waiting about another couple series before they want to believe.
So I'm not going to ask you if you think Cleveland can make the world series but do you think we can make the playoffs? Again no world series, just the playoffs. What I want you to do next is remember your answer then see where we are at when the end of July hits.
Let's talk about the one unit on our team that was supposed to be average at best, our starting pitching. Well so far Masterson has done nothing but look like an ace and Ubaldo has pitched pretty good in his last three starts. Kluber, Kazmir and Bauer have pitched good enough.
One thing I have Read More
May 24, 2013 - By Press Release
The Cleveland Browns today re-signed running back Brandon Jackson to a one-year contract, the club announced. The team also signed their 2013 sixth-round draft pick, defensive back Jamoris Slaughter to a four-year contract. In addition, the club signed a pair of undrafted free agents, wide receiver Michael Edwards and defensive back Kenronte Walker. The Browns also waived defensive back Eric Hagg, linebacker Ryan Rau and running back Robbie Rouse.
Originally drafted by Green Bay in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2007 NFL draft, Jackson has seen action in 54 games with 16 starts, and has rushed for 1,383 yards on 355 carries with seven touchdowns. He has also caught 112 passes for 864 yards and two touchdowns. In 2010, Jackson opened 13 contests and set career highs in nearly every category, including rushing attempts (190), rushing yards (703), rushing touchdowns (3), receptions (43) and receiving yards (844) as the Packers captured Super Bowl XLI. He was also one of the best running backs in pass protection that season as his combined number of sacks and quarterback hits allowed was one out of 100 snaps in which he was pass blocking. That figure tied for fifth among all running backs with at least 75 pass blocking snaps.
Jackson signed with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent from Green Bay in 2011, but missed the entire 2011 campaign with a toe injury. During the 2012 season, Jackson appeared i Read More
May 24, 2013 - By Wire Reports
For a third time in 10 years, and the second time in three, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the draft lottery.
Nick, the son of owner Dan Gilbert, was the Cavs representative at the lottery, just like he was in 2011 when the team won then and used the pick to select Kyrie Irving.
"It's huge for us," said Dan Gilbert. "This is our third year in a row in the lottery and hopefully it's our last for a long, long time. I knew he was lucky. We'll take two out of three."
"Last year we didn't let him out of his room for about six weeks," Gilbert joked.
The draft is June 27.Read More