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Boise cools off sizzling Spokane

Until Wednesday night, every Spokane Indians game at Avista Stadium this Northwest League season had the same outcome: an Indians victory. Eight games, eight wins. The last four wins came against the Boise Hawks, whose losing streak had reached seven after Tuesday's setback. But Boise had the upper hand Wednesday with its pitching and hitting, ruining the Indians' shot at moving closer to the franchise-record 13-1 start set by the 1911 Indians. So Spokane had to “settle” for a 10-1 start and 10-2 current record heading in to a nine-game road trip over the next eight days. Read story

Indians show no signs of slowing down

There's almost a feel in the air at Avista Stadium that the Spokane Indians are going to find a way to win. After Tuesday night's 7-3 win over Boise, the Indians are 8-0 at home and 10-1 overall to start the Northwest League season. Five of Spokane's home wins have been by three runs or more. Boise is 0-4 against Spokane after entering the series with a 4-4 overall record. Eugene, which went 0-4 at Spokane to start the season, is 5-2 since leaving Spokane. Read story

Potent offense keeps Indians rolling

The hits started in the first inning and kept piling up. The Spokane Indians accounted for a season-high 15 hits Monday while improving their record to 9-1 with a 12-6 win over Boise in Northwest League play at Avista Stadium. Spokane had four hits, all after two outs, during a three-run third, and another four hits during a four-run sixth. The Indians' previous high for hits in a game was 12, accomplished four times. Read story

Indians’ start one for record books

You can tell these are heady days for the Spokane Indians when stories written about them contain references to events that occurred before World War II. By defeating Boise 6-2 on Sunday, the Indians (8-1) matched the 1937 Hawks for the best nine-game start in Spokane professional baseball history. This team's next goal is the 1911 Indians, who started the season 13-1 and are the only Spokane club with a start better than 8-1. Read story

Indians improve to 7-1 with comeback

The Spokane Indians have been in control of many of their games during the early stages of the Northwest League season. Saturday night's game at Avista Stadium was different, as the Indians had to score twice in the bottom of the eight inning to dispatch Boise 3-2. The Indians have trailed some games this year during their other wins, but never so far along in the contest. Read story

Indians pitching coach veteran before 30

Tuesday was a fine day for ducks but not for baseball players. Steady, heavy rain postponed the Spokane Indians' game at Avista Stadium against the Eugene Emeralds. The contest was supposed to cap a five-game, Northwest League season-opening series. Instead, Spokane (4-0) and Eugene (0-4) will make up the game as part of a doubleheader at Eugene on June 30. The change was necessary because Eugene doesn't play in Spokane again this regular season. The rainy weather allowed for time to talk to first-year Indians pitching coach Jose Jaimes, who is in his sixth year overall as a coach in the Texas Rangers' organization despite being a few days short of his 30th birthday. Read story

Wins keep coming for Indians

The Spokane Indians have established patterns while starting the Northwest League season 4-0. In each game, the Indians' starting pitcher has worked at least five innings and earned the win. In each game, Spokane relievers have been (mostly) stingy. To top it off, the Indians are not only piling up good hit numbers — Monday's game was their third with nine or more hits — but the hits are coming at crucial times and often resulting in runs. Spokane goes for a five-game sweep of Eugene on Tuesday night, a feat last accomplished during a season-opening, five-game series in 1997. Read story

Indians off to best start in 17 years

The Spokane Indians have had four Northwest League championship teams since 1997, but they hadn't had a team start the season 3-0 in 17 years until they accomplished the feat Sunday with a 5-2 win over Eugene at Avista Stadium. The I997 Indians started 5-0 after a season-opening sweep of Salem-Keizer. Stellar pitching was again on display Sunday, but the Indians had to make the most of their hits to pull off the trick. After collecting 12 hits on Friday and 11 on Saturday, Spokane was limited to three singles, one double and one home run. Zach Cone's solo homer in the sixth was Spokane's only hit after the third inning. Read more

Indians make it 2 for 2

There's not much to criticize about the Spokane Indians after the first two games of the Northwest League season. Not only are the Indians 2-0, but they've collected 23 hits while five of their seven pitchers who have seen action haven't allowed earned runs. The Indians have made just two errors, and one was a throw home that hit a Eugene player in the back. Last year it took Spokane more than a week to pick up its second win. This season, their second win came less than 24 hours after their first. Read story

Indians begin NWL season with triumph

The Spokane Indians combined a lively offense, sound defense, solid starting pitching and excellent relief pitching Friday night and came up with a 7-3 win over the Eugene Emeralds to open the Northwest League season at Avista Stadium. Spokane and Eugene will play four more games in the series, starting Saturday night. Read story

Spokane Indians fans will be seeing double

In one way, the Spokane Indians of 2014 will mirror the Spokane Indians of 2013. Indians relief pitcher Ryan Ledbetter is the identical twin of David Ledbetter, who was a starting pitcher for Spokane last season. Read story

Indians open three-day minicamp

The Spokane Indians' minicamp began Tuesday at Avista Stadium, highlighted by a handful of returning players. The Indians worked through the first day with only three infielders, but eighth-year manager Tim Hulett pronounced the day a success. Plus, the dark skies to the northeast of Avista Stadium never produced rain during the practice. The camp continues Wednesday and Thursday, leading to Friday's Northwest League opener against Eugene at Avista. Read story

Cameras will beam Indians players to Texas

The Northwest League opener is still eight days away, but plenty of activity has begun at Avista Stadium for another season of Spokane Indians baseball. One change this year is the installation of five high-definition cameras that will allow the parent-club Texas Rangers to follow every pitch and swing of the bat in Spokane. Dustin Toms, the Indians' director of public relations, offered a glimpse at the cameras Thursday while workers of all kinds got ready for the opener, June 13 at Avista against Eugene. Read story

Indians announce coaching staff

The Spokane Indians on Wednesday announced the coaching staff that will join manager Tim Hulett when the Northwest League season begins in June. Read story

Indians enjoy near-perfect evening, tighten race

Friday was about as good as it gets for the Spokane Indians. They improved their postseason chances with a 7-2 win over Everett while Vancouver was losing to Tri-City. They set a club attendance record, boosted by a Avista Stadium sold-out crowd of 6,840. They won the award for field of the year for the 15th time in 17 seasons. They almost assuredly produced the Northwest League's earned-run average champion in Kelvin Vasquez, who baffled Everett for six innings. Then they set off fireworks for delighted fans on a warm evening, wondering if they'll be back home Tuesday for the NWL divisional playoffs. Read story

Indians’ offense comes alive at right time

Spokane Indians manager Tim Hulett called Thursday night's game his team's top offensive performance of the Northwest League season. Spokane, averaging 3.7 runs through its first 71 games, cobbled together a season-best 16 hits and also reached a season high for runs during a 12-3 win over Everett in the next-to-last regular-season game at Avista Stadium before the season ends at Everett. The outburst was unexpected because the Indians had scored three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games; Everett had won six of seven meeting between the teams this season; and Everett started Lars Huijer, who entered 8-1 with a 2.20 ERA. Spokane kept its slim playoff hopes alive with four games left in the regular season. Read story

Indians suffer blow to playoff hopes

The Spokane Indians had an opportunity to improve their fading playoff chances on Wednesday, but their 4-2 loss to Everett at Avista Stadium made their mission tougher. The Indians' shot at winning the Northwest League North Division's second-half title is all but gone, as Everett (19-14) leads the Indians (15-18) by four games with five games remaining in the regular season. All five of those games are against Everett, however, so the Indians could conceivably finish 5-0 to pull the shocker. Their better chance at making the playoffs is to finish with the division's second-best overall record. Spokane (35-36) lost a chance to tie Vancouver (36-35), which forced extra innings Wednesday with a two-run ninth but lost to Tri-City 4-3 in 14 innings. Spokane needs to finish with a better overall record than Vancouver because the Canadians own the tiebreaker if the teams notch identical records. Read story

Indians can reach playoffs with solid finish

The final six regular-season games of the Northwest League season begin Wednesday, and the 35-35 Spokane Indians can make the playoffs by getting hot against the Everett AquaSox. Spokane could possibly win the North Division title, but its best chance could be finishing with a better overall record than Vancouver, provided Everett adds the second-half title to the one it captured during the first half of the season. Read story

Indians rally with runs in ninth, 10th

The Spokane Indians improved their playoff chances Friday night by breaking through in the ninth and 10th innings for a 6-5 win over  the Tri-City Dust Devils to complete a three-game Northwest League series at Avista Stadium. Spokane, in danger of falling two games off the pace in the North Division with nine games to go, started the comeback with a run against league saves leader Trent Daniel in the ninth. Marcus Greene's big leadoff double in the 10th led to Joe Jackson's winning single in a game that damaged the postseason chances of the Dust Devils, who fell three games off the pace. Read story

Indians drop out of first place

There must be better ways to make a playoff run than the Spokane Indians have shown during the last week. Thursday night's 7-2 loss to the Tri-City Dust Devils gave the Indians a 2-5 record for their current homestand, which ends Friday night at Avista Stadium. The setback, coupled with Everett's victory over Vancouver, knocked the Indians out of first place in the Northwest League's North Division for the first time since Aug. 11. Read story

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