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Tracking Spokane’s Northwest League (short-season A) baseball team. The Indians, a Texas Rangers farm club, won the NWL title in 2008.


Lefty Sal Mendez finds groove to propel Indians past Volcanoes 4-3

Indians left-handed pitcher Sal Mendez is a 40th round pick, but his stuff doesn’t reflect that. Mendez threw five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and struck out five in the Spokane Indians 4-3 win over Salem-Keizer on Tuesday at Avista Stadium.

Curley: Baseball, Star Wars go glove in hand

Which do you like more, Star Wars or baseball? CH As a longtime leader in the Spokane Indians baseball team’s front office, the senior vice president has a pretty good idea when something is as American as apple pie. Or Father’s Day. Sunday was “Luke, I Am Your Father’s Day” at Avista Stadium.
The rain delay on Spokane Indians opening night Friday, lasted until 8:20 p.m. and the game was rescheduled for this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. as part of a doubleheader. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane Indians opening day washed out

Opening Day for the hometown team is almost always about good times and smiles. Unless it rains. Even then, it’s really not that bad unless you’re a long-time local meteorologist and you’ve been asked to help give away a car to fans on the field. KREM's Tom Sherry was booed by fans when he took the field. Are you a Spokane Indians fan?

Michael Matuella will start Friday when the Spokane Indians open their Northwest League season. (Courtesy photo)

Indians notebook: Q&A with Michael Matuella

As alluded to in our previous update on Matuella, the Indians’ opening day starter was in Spokane for the Indians’ recent series with Tri-City to take a break from rehabbing his sprained ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) at the Texas Rangers' facility in Surprise, Arizona.
Come June 13, the Spokane Indians will wear uniforms that bear the Spokane Salish language version of their name. (Images courtesy of Spokane Indians)

Indians notebook: Weekly Prospect Rankings (Week 2)

While there aren’t any new additions to the Spokane Indians weekly prospect rankings, there is a new No. 1. And a great deal of movement. Six of last week’s 10 prospects are in different spots in this in week’s edition.

Indians’ Lanphere goes out in style

Spokane Indians starter Luke Lanphere was sharp in his final outing of the Northwest League regular season. Read story

Indians had scenario they wanted in eighth

The Spokane Indians won Saturday's Northwest League game in the 12th inning, but everything was in place for them to win it in the eighth. Read story

Nothing comes easily for Indians

Even when they finished with a one-hitter, the Spokane Indians had to hold on in the seventh inning of Friday's Game 2 at Avista Stadium. Read story

Bad bounce hurts Indians

The Spokane Indians might have limited their misery in the first inning Saturday if not for a bad bounce. Read game story

Clock begins ticking on Indians

If the Spokane Indians want to return to the Northwest League's postseason, they must stir up some wins soon. Read game story

Indians take aim at first place

After completing an eight-game homestand with a 5-3 record, the Spokane Indians find themselves within one game of first place. Read game story

Three Indians pitchers hang tough

Spokane Indians pitchers Nick Green, Blake Bass and Adam Choplick held Salem-Keizer's potent offense in check over 11 innings on Saturday. Read game story

Indians mix it up

Spokane Indians manager Tim Hulett shuffled his lineup Friday and came up with a winning hand. Read game story

These aren’t the same Volcanoes

Much has changed since the Spokane Indians won three of five games against Salem-Keizer during a June series in Keizer. Read game story

Indians squander best chances

True, the Spokane Indians lost by five runs on Wednesday, but they had three good chances to rally. Read game story

Indians need Green to cash in

The Spokane Indians were without the services of starting pitcher Nick Green for about a month. Now that he's back, they need top-notch innings from him. Read game story

Northwest League had to score in 10th inning

In a bizarre twist of fate, Missoula's Luke Lowery of the Pioneer League All-Star team could have delivered the winning RBI in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday despite the fact that the Northwest League tied the game in the bottom of the eighth....

Indians assume all-star role

The Spokane Indians were the first team to volunteer to host a Northwest League All-Star Game. They're also the first to put on an all-star contest between the NWL and Pioneer League. Read story

Break means break for Indians

Suppose you played for the Spokane Indians and your team is hosting the Northwest League/Pioneer League All-Star Game on Tuesday. Now suppose you weren't selected for the game. What should you do? Read Sunday game story

Summer reward for Indians all-stars

LeDarious Clark and fellow Spokane Indians all-stars Dylan Moore and Yeyson Yrizarri have the numbers to back up their selection. Read story

Hope Springs for Spokane Indians

The Spokane Indians may not have an official closer, but they want a chance to get left-hander Jeffrey Springs into as many games as they can. Read game story

Streaky Clark seeks turnaround

There can't be a Northwest League player who has undergone more of an up-and-down season than Indians all-star center fielder LeDarious Clark. Read game story

Indians reliever needs some relief

Spokane Indians reliever Dario Beltre had an earned-run average of 1.80 a little more than three weeks ago. A lot has happened since then. Read game story

Key moment for newest Indians player

Catcher Oliver Caraballo, playing in his third game with the Spokane Indians, came to bat during a crucial moment of Wednesday's game against Eugene. Read game story

Indians depart for extended trip

Friday night's game at sold-out Avista Stadium was the last time the Spokane Indians will play at home until July 29. Read game story

Indians’ troubles began in Hillsboro

The Spokane Indians were 12-9, with seven wins in nine games, when they began a five-game series at Hillsboro on July 9. Now they're 13-14. Read game story

Indians’ Forbes breaks through

The early stages of the Northwest League season have been difficult on Ti'Quan Forbes, but the Spokane Indians third baseman turned it around on Wednesday. Read game story

Indians’ formula: balance plus Clark

The Spokane Indians are 8-4 in their last dozen games thanks to different players stepping up at key times and the overall play of LeDarious Clark. Read game story

Indians defeat one of league’s best

Boise's Javier Palacios entered Monday night's game with the fourth-best earned-run average (1.47) in the Northwest League, but the Spokane Indians compiled enough runs to defeat him. Read game story

Boise doesn’t look like last-place team

The Boise Hawks entered Sunday's game at Avista Stadium with the worst record (6-11) in the Northwest League. That record is apparently deceiving. Read game story

Indians establish winning pattern

Baseball's conventional wisdom says winning teams play about .600 at home, .500 on the road and make a habit of winning series. The Spokane Indians have an early edge on the third goal. Read game story

New Indians player McKay jumps right in

On Sunday morning, Connor McKay was still in Kansas City. On Monday night, he was helping the Spokane Indians win. Read game story

Indians experiment with infield

The Spokane Indians played errorless ball on Sunday with a new-look infield. Read game story

Indians could use glove work, extra pop

An early impression about the 2015 Spokane Indians: Their defense has been spotty and their bats have lacked power. Read game story

NWL opener brought out early blunders

The Spokane Indians and Hillsboro Hops had all sorts of defensive woes during the first one-third of Thursday's Northwest League baseball opener at Avista Stadium. Read game story

Indians set for another NWL season

The Spokane Indians have played in the Northwest League every year since 1983. The latest group will make its debut Thursday night at Avista Stadium. Read story

Pitcher Dan Scheibe goes from Spokane to Spokane

Dan Scheibe thought his pitching career might be over after wrapping up his senior season for Whitworth University, but the right-hander will start his pro career in the same town with the Spokane Indians. Read story

Spokane Indians begin 3-day minicamp

The first thing that stood out about Day One of the Spokane Indians' minicamp on Monday was the size of the roster. Three days before the Northwest League season begins, the Indians already have 34 players on their roster. Last year's first day had 24....

Season of high hopes reaches end

One more base hit in the ninth inning Thursday night and the Spokane Indians would still be playing baseball Friday at Avista Stadium. But the Indians' record-setting season reached an end in thrilling fashion when Spokane left the bases loaded in the ninth during a...

Missed opportunities haunt Indians

The Vancouver Canadians had two legitimate scoring opportunities on Wednesday night at Nat Bailey Stadium. The Spokane Indians had five, including three during the first four innings. But Vancouver walked away with a 1-0 win in the opening game of the Northwest League North Division...

Everyone gets in act for Indians

The Spokane Indians capped their regular-season home schedule Friday with a balanced offensive performance. All 11 Indians who came to bat, including late-game replacements Chuck Moorman and Pepe Cardona, collected hits during the 15-hit effort that buried Salem-Keizer 11-5. Read story

Destination: Vancouver and TBD

The Spokane Indians will wrap up their Northwest League regular-season home schedule Friday with the final game of a five-game set against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The Indians will cap the regular season with three games at Vancouver, starting Saturday. Wasting no time, they'll play Game...

Pena turns attention to playoffs

Wednesday night served as a playoff tune-up for Spokane Indians starter Richelson Pena, who capped his regular season with a fine performance marred by basically one pitch -- a 0-2 high fastball that Salem-Keizer's Austin Slater deposited over the left-field fence for a three-run homer...

Indians will affect postseason races

The Spokane Indians don't have to worry about qualifying for the Northwest League playoffs, as they took care of that by winning the North Division first-half title. But the Indians will definitely have a say in what two teams join Spokane and South Division first-half...

Playoff picture remains scrambled

The Northwest League regular season is down to one week and seven games. First-half champions Spokane of the North Division and Hillsboro of the South know that they'll open best-of-3 divisional series on Sept. 2, but their opponents are still unclear. Read story

About as bad as it gets

Most people around these parts had a better night than the Spokane Indians. Yes, the Indians pounded out 17 hits and scored 12 runs against the Tri-City Dust Devils on Monday night. But the Dust Devils played their blackjack hand by collecting 19 hits and...

Dust Devils make playoff push

The Spokane Indians had little trouble against the Tri-City Dust Devils during the first half of the Northwest League season. The Indians outscored Tri-City 49-17 in winning five of six games. But the second half of the season has a different feel, as the North...

Rare 1-0 games come back to back

Several years ago the Spokane Indians' scorekeeper, an affable man with a wry sense of humor, announced that he had one big wish in his job: to witness a 1-0 Northwest League game. He never got his wish, but maybe he noticed what happened the...

Indians improve to 8-0 in series against North Division

By winning the final two games of a three-game series against Everett at Avista Stadium, the Spokane Indians made it 8 for 8 this season in series against Northwest League North Division foes. Read story

Just like that, close game becomes rout

The Spokane Indians were protecting a 2-1 lead when Pepe Cardona stepped to the plate with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning on Friday night. The final five innings of the Northwest League game unfolded in scoreless form, but what happened for...

North Division plays topsy-turvy

The Northwest League's second half has given the Everett AquaSox a second chance. Everett was the worst team in the league (11-27) during the first half, but the AquaSox (8-6 second half) lead the North Division by two games over Vancouver and Tri-City. The prize...

Indians need a break

The Spokane Indians boasted a winning percentage of .733 after their first 30 games of the Northwest League season. Their winning percentage in the 21 games since their 22-8 start is .333. Having dropped 14 of their last 21 games, the Indians approach this week's...

Indians lose first home series of season

Hillsboro's 12-9 victory over the Spokane Indians on Saturday night allowed the Hops to clinch the five-game Northwest League series. The Hops lead the series 3-1 heading in to Sunday afternoon's finale. Hillsboro became the first team to take a series from the Indians at...

Indians thrive with double-figure hits

When the Spokane Indians crank out double figures for hits in a Northwest League game, it usually means one thing: a win. The Indians pounded out 15 hits on Friday night, tied for their third-best effort of the season, to walk past Hillsboro 10-1. Spokane...

Indians use second half to try new looks

Admittedly, some Spokane Indians fans are concerned about the way the team has played in the last 2 1/2 weeks. Spokane owns the worst record (3-7) in the Northwest League during the early stages of the second half. The Indians have also lost 12 of...

Depth gives Indians an edge

Seth Spivey was joking Monday when he said that the entire Spokane Indians lineup could have been selected to the Northwest League All-Star Game. But Spivey, one of eight Indians named to the team last week, wasn't too far off. Just about every player on...

Indians improve to 5-2 against Vancouver

What separates the Spokane Indians from the Vancouver Canadians so far this season isn't their records. Both teams are 27-17 overall in the Northwest League, better than the league's other six teams. But Spokane is guaranteed a postseason berth because it defeated North Division rival...

Indians go wire-to-wire in first half

The Spokane Indians remained in first place in the Northwest League's North Division for the entire first half. Technically speaking, Vancouver sneaked ahead of Spokane by one-half game for 6 hours on Monday by defeating Tri-City in an afternoon game. But the Indians, knowing they...

Final strike eludes playoff-seeking Indians

There may be a more cruel way to have a sure-fire playoff berth yanked away, but it's hard to fathom. The Spokane Indians were one strike away from wrapping up the Northwest League's North Division first-half title on Sunday when Everett's Corey Simpson hit a...

One win and Indians are in

After Saturday's 12-3 shellacking of Everett, the Spokane Indians need one victory -- or one defeat by the Vancouver Canadians -- in the next two games to qualify for postseason as the Northwest League's North Division first-half champion. The league's 38-game first half ends Monday...

Indians capture another NWL series

The Spokane Indians made it 6 for 7 in winning series this Northwest League season by turning back the Tri-City Dust Devils 5-2 at Avista Stadium. The Indians won the series 2-1 and are 4-0 in home series this year. Their lone series loss came...

Indians’ bats go from wild to mild

The good news for the Spokane Indians is that they've averaged 8.5 runs per game during their Northwest League series with the Tri-City Dust Devils at Avista Stadium. The bad news is that includes 16 runs during Tuesday's easy win and one run during Wednesday's...

Indians hit one-third mark as dominant team

The 76-game Northwest League season reached its one-third point (minus one game, to be fair) Tuesday night with the Spokane Indians (18-7) flexing their muscles during a 16-4 win over the Tri-City Dust Devils at Avista Stadium. The Indians as a whole and their players...

Indians-Canadians rubber game looms as vital

The Northwest League will take its first day off on Monday after 24 consecutive days of baseball. When play picks up on Tuesday, there will be 14 games left in the first half of the season. Following Sunday's afternoon game with the Vancouver Canadians --...

Indians open crucial series with a bang

It was put-up-or-shut-up time for the Spokane Indians on Friday. The Indians put up 10 runs and 11 hits on the scoreboard to overwhelm the Vancouver Canadians 10-3 to start a key Northwest League series at Avista Stadium. Read story

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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 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...

It doesn’t matter who they are playing

Usually, in sports, it's a big deal. But in the case of Spokane Indians baseball, it's not. When overhearing people discuss the possibility of attending an Indians game, have you ever heard anyone ask "Who are they playing?" Why would anyone ask when the answer...

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...

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...

True or false

This is an old photo of singer Daryl Hall and former Spokane Indians infielder Davey Lopes. htttp://rockhall.com

The last AAA team

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/team.cgi?id=0051c090

1960 Spokane Indians

Yes, the famous Indians teams would arrive about 10 years later. But look at all the future big league players here. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/team.cgi?id=655df5c7

From Spokane to the World Series

In 1958, Sherry spent much of the season in Spokane. In 1959, he won two games for the Dodgers in the World Series. http://plaschkethysweaterisargyle.blogspot.com

A modest trove of Indians baseball trivia

The Hoyt Wilhelm entry is especially readable. The man wore a lot of different uniforms. http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?sid=t486&ymd=20100224&content_id=8130722&vkey=team2

I suspect you have heard about this

But in case you haven't... http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/12/27/spokane-indians-take-historic-step-logo-salish-language-152874

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Indians break out of slump with big innings

When the dust settled on Wednesday night and the Spokane Indians had won for the first time since Friday, it marked the 10th consecutive day that the Indians have led or been tied for first place in the Northwest League's North Division. Wednesday's 10-4 win...

Indians’ fourth straight loss creates logjam at top

The Northwest League's North Division second-half title is up for grabs after the Spokane Indians dropped their fourth consecutive game to the Hillsboro Hops on Tuesday night. The 4-1, 11-inning defeat left Spokane, Everett and Vancouver tied for first place at 12-14, with Tri-City one...

Hops pitching sends Indians to third straight setback

Hillsboro Hops pitchers have held the Spokane Indians to seven runs in the last three Northwest League games at Avista Stadium. The Hops' starters have worked deep into the three games: 7 2/3 innings from Ross Gerdeman on Saturday, eight innings from Ryan Doran on...

Hops stop Indians again

If the Spokane Indians come up short in their bid to qualify for the Northwest League playoffs, two factors might stand out: their record against the Hillsboro Hops and their record on their home field, Avista Stadium. Spokane's 5-1 loss to the Hops on Sunday...

Extra-inning setback ends Indians’ streak

The last time the Spokane Indians won seven consecutive games was 16 years ago. The Indians made a late-game move to try to match that streak on Saturday night, but they instead lost for the first time since Aug. 10. The Hillsboro Hops stopped the...

Indians run winning streak to six

The Spokane Indians have caught fire at the right time, fashioning a six-game winning streak that puts them in strong position to qualify for the Northwest League's postseason. The most direct route for Spokane would be to win the North Division's second-half title. After Friday...

Indians head to All-Star break with win

The Spokane Indians were in jeopardy Sunday of notching a fourth consecutive loss with the Northwest League's All-Star break on the horizon. One of three Indians named to the all-star team took care of that. Infielder Janluis Castro hit a solo home run to right...

Horan’s homer caps Volcanoes’ rally over Indians

Saturday night's 6-5 loss to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes may have been the most demoralizing for the Spokane Indians this season. The Indians have struggled to find their offense this season, but they gave a sold-out crowd at Avista Stadium a big lift in the seventh...

Sigh! Sy’s 2-run homer sinks Indians

The Spokane Indians outhit the Northwest League's top-hitting team, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (.264) by a count of 9-7 on Friday night, but Spokane mistakes and a big two-run homer by S-K's Jeremy Sy led to a 5-2 Indians defeat. Since Spokane's series-opening win on Wednesday,...

Indians take lumps on rainy night

Most Spokane Indians fans left Avista Stadium long before Thursday night's 9-3 loss to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes was official. Rain started falling in the sixth inning, around the time the Volcanoes turned a 4-1 lead into a 9-1 edge with a five-run sixth that included...

Serrato’s 11th-inning homer lifts Spokane

The Spokane Indians were one strike away from heading to the 12th inning on Wednesday when Barrett Serrato ended the long night. Serrato's second home run of the season, on a 2-2 count with two out in the 11th inning, also scored Janluis Castro and...

Spokane’s Castro, two relievers control Canadians

The Spokane Indians managed just two runs and 14 hits during a three-game home series against the Vancouver Canadians this week, but they avoided disaster by winning Thursday's series finale 2-1 at Avista Stadium. Starter Kyle Castro and relievers Ryne Slack and Mike Zouzalik held...

Indians endure second consecutive shutout

True Spokane Indians fans may remember that their team lost its first two (eventually three) games of the Northwest League baseball season. Spokane is also 0-2 to start the second half of the season, but this beginning is a bit more concerning. The Indians began...

Indians kick off second half with shutout loss

Wipe the slate clean, the second half of the Northwest League baseball season has arrived. The Spokane Indians and Vancouver Canadians are in the same boat, trying to join North Division first-half champion Everett in the postseason. To do so, Spokane, Vancouver (or Tri-City) would...

Hops stop Indians for second time

The Hillsboro Hops, a first-year franchise, are 8-25 against the rest of the Northwest League but 2-0 against the Spokane Indians. Spokane has outhit Hillsboro 17-14 during the first two games of the five-game series while being outscored 12-5, including Friday night's 7-2 setback. Four...

Hops’ big seventh inning sinks Spokane

The first meeting between the Spokane Indians and Hillsboro Hops went in the Hops' winning column, but Spokane definitely had its chances. The Indians rapped out 12 hits, tying their best effort in the last 10 games, but couldn't get the big hit when they...

Indians come through in eighth inning

Until the eighth inning Wednesday, it looked as if the game between the Spokane Indians and Tri-City Dust Devils would be decided by three throws from the outfield, all three of which worked to T-C's benefit. But the Indians came up with three hits and...

Indians pitchers allow just 2 hits in victory

Spokane Indians pitchers David Ledbetter (3-0), Abel De Los Santos, Ryne Slack and Mike Zouzalik (third save) combined on a two-hitter Tuesday night to end the Tri-City Dust Devils' four-game winning streak with a 2-1 decision at Avista Stadium. The quartet combined to strike out...

Dust Devils post first win over Spokane

The Tri-City Dust Devils have pulled off a quick turnaround since playing the Spokane Indians in Pasco on July 1-3. Spokane swept that series with scores of 3-1, 6-4 and 11-0 as the last-place Dust Devils fell to 6-14 overall and nine games behind Everett...

Ledbetter twins at home with Rangers

Spokane Indians pitcher David Ledbetter and his identical twin Ryan were both drafted the Texas Rangers last month. David starts for the Indians and is expected to pitch Tuesday at home against Tri-City. Ryan is a reliever with the Rangers' team in the Arizona Rookie...

Indians ends three-game losing skid

The Spokane Indians ended a three-game losing streak Sunday night with an 8-4 win at Salem-Keizer. The Volcanoes won the five-game Northwest League series 3-2. Spokane returns home Monday for the first of three games against the Tri-City Dust Devils before taking to the road...

Indians suffer second shutout of season

Until the past three days, the Spokane Indians had played well on the road and extremely well against Northwest League South Division team. That has changed with three consecutive losses against Salem-Keizer at Volcanoes Stadium, including Saturday's 6-0 setback. Spokane has been outscored 21-3 in...

Indians drop second straight to Volcanoes

The Spokane Indians had been on a roll through Wednesday, when they opened a five-game Northwest League series at Salem-Keizer with a 4-3 win. That victory gave Spokane nine wins in 10 games. Salem-Keizer, however, showed why it's leading the South Division with two straight...

Indians pitchers liberal with walks in defeat

The Spokane Indians had their three-game winning streak snapped Thursday night with a 9-1 loss at Salem-Keizer. The Indians issued 13 walks, including five during the Volcanoes' six-run fourth inning. Spokane starter Kelvin Vasquez (0-2) issued seven walks in three innings. The middle game of...

Indians complete 4-1 series win over Eugene

The Spokane Indians have won two consecutive Northwest League series, capping their latest success with a 2-1 squeaker over Eugene on Monday night at Avista Stadium. The Indians, coming off a three-game sweep of Tri-City, won four of five against the Emeralds. It was the...

Indians ride high with six-run eighth

The Spokane Indians left 13 runners runners on base through the first seven innings of Sunday afternoon's Northwest League baseball game against Eugene. Although they left two more stranded in the eighth, for a total of 15, it didn't matter in the end. Starting with...

Indians nearly overcome inconsistent play

The Spokane Indians were one swing away from extending their winning streak to seven games on Saturday night, but too many early-game blunders came back to haunt them. Spokane's four-run ninth inning wasn't enough in a 9-8 Northwest League loss to the Eugene Emeralds. Despite...

Extra-inning victory puts Indians’ streak at six

All of a sudden, the Spokane Indians can seriously think about coming out on top in the North Division during the first half of the Northwest League season. A six-game winning streak can do that for a team during short-season Class A play. Spokane defeated...

Indians’ bats wake up in late innings

If you left Thursday night's Northwest League game between the Spokane Indians and visiting Eugene Emeralds in the fifth inning (perhaps you're afraid of postgame fireworks), you got the wrong idea of how the evening would unfold. Through five innings, Eugene led Spokane 3-0 and...

Indians ends long homestand with setback

The Spokane Indians completed a significant homestand Thursday night with a 5-2 loss to Vancouver that left the team 5-6 for the season at Avista Stadium. The home cooking was mostly positive as Spokane won five of eight games against Boise and Vancouver to improve...

Indians gain win on error in 10th inning

It's been an interesting homestand for the Spokane Indians, starting with the five victories in seven games that have helped the Northwest League team creep closer (6-7) to .500 after starting the year 1-6. The first game of the homestand was rained out, forcing Spokane...

Anderson, 3 relievers hang first shutout on Indians

The Spokane Indians' four-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Tuesday night as Vancouver's Kyle Anderson and three relievers checked the Indians on four singles during a 4-0 game at Avista Stadium. The game was the opener of a three-game series as Spokane...

Garia does it again for streaking Indians

Make it four wins in a row for the Spokane Indians, who are moving their way up the Northwest League's North Division standings. Monday's 5-3 victory over Boise in 11 innings improved the Indians' record to 5-6 and put them just one game behind second-place...

Indians capture third consecutive win

The Spokane Indians started their Northwest League season 1-6, but they are now 4-6 after Sunday's 8-6 win over Boise at Avista Stadium. Spokane had been alone in last place in the North Division for five days, but the Indians ended the day tied with...

Homers hand Indians another home loss

Friday night's 4-1 loss to the Boise Hawks left the Spokane Indians with the worst record (1-6) in the Northwest League. The Indians are also the lone NWL team still seeking its first home victory. Friday's culprit was two Boise home runs that accounted for...

This Gretzky’s goal is the World Series

The Spokane Indians and Boise Hawks were scheduled to begin a five-game Northwest League series Thursday night at Avista Stadium. Persistent rain and cold weather forced the Indians to call for a postponement about 3 hours before the 6:30 start. The Hawks made their way...

Struggling Indians come home for long homestand

Looking on the bright side, the Spokane Indians have only been outscored 30-28 through the first six games of the Northwest League season. But that doesn't reflect the Indians' record, which is 1-5 after Wednesday afternoon's 8-3 loss at Vancouver, British Columbia. In all five...

Indians suffer sweep in first series

There weren't any blowouts, but the Spokane Indians came up empty during their first three games of the Northwest League season. Sunday afternoon's game against Everett ended 4-3, giving the AquaSox three wins in games decided by two runs or less (Friday and Saturday's games...

Everett turns back Indians in season debut

The Spokane Indians fell behind 5-0 in the third inning Friday and fell short of a comeback during a 6-4 setback to the Everett AquaSox as the 2013 Northwest League season began at Avista Stadium. First-round draft selection Alex Gonzalez struggled for the Indians, who...

Indians set for opener in new-look NWL

The Spokane Indians will begin their 31st consecutive season in the Northwest League on Friday with a spot in a new division. The NWL is now divided North-South instead of East-West, so the Indians' new division rivals are Everett, which opens the season at Spokane,...

Indians outfielder Jarmon dazzled as quarterback

New Spokane Indians outfielder Jamie Jarmon was so talented as a football quarterback in high school that he was named Delaware's player of the year. Jarmon always liked baseball better, however, and his second professional season will begin this week with the Northwest League's Spokane...

Indians begin minicamp with familiar faces

The Spokane Indians began their three-day minicamp on Tuesday with their sights set on Friday's Northwest League opener against Everett. Spokane's current roster features 10 players who were on the Indians' roster in 2012. Seventh-year Indians manager Tim Hulett is fine with that prospect. Read...

Hulett looks forward to 7th year with Indians

The Spokane Indians will begin their 31st consecutive season in the Northwest League on Friday. This season will mark the seventh consecutive year that Tim Hulett will serve as Indians manager. The former major leaguer said he's excited for another chance to guide the eight-time...

He managed the Spokane Indians in 1959

www.ebay.com Bragan was a teammate of Jackie Robinson's. Not willingly, at first. But the Alabama native's views evolved. Which just goes to show you that people can change.

Maiden speech for Billig

Freshman Sen. Andy Billig made his first official floor speech last week, which is traditionally a time for new senators to give gifts and older senators to give grief. It was during a resolution marking service of women in the Legislature, appropriate since Billig’s 3rd...

He was a manager of the Spokane Indians

Before that, Roy was a major league player. And after being here, he was the first manager of the expansion Blue Jays. www.checkoutmycards.com

A former manager of Spokane Indians

www.checkoutmaycards.com Ozark managed the Indians in 1963 and 1964. Thanks to Newport's Dorothy Bernard for bringing this to my attention.

Are you one of Steve Garvey’s children?

Yes, that's impolite. But considering what we learned long ago about the onetime Los Angeles Dodgers slugger's off-field antics, it seems fair to ask. Did he father some children here while a member of the Spokane Indians? If Garvey was your dad, you would be...

How many former Spokane Indians…

...have been on the cover of Sports Illustrated? This is Ron Fairly. Steve Garvey would make two, but surely there are more. www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Spokane baseball in a different century

www.cgi.ebay.com There are a couple of interesting things about the graphic art on this 1980 program. The old-style Cleveland Indians-esque depiction of the native American isn't something current Spokane Indians management would consider using for two seconds. And you know how contemporary advertising tends to...
Sgt. Chris Weichman hugs his twin 4-year-old girls Gracie, left, and Ruby on Monday at Avista Stadium. (Christopher Anderson)

Soldier Stuns Fam @ Indians’ Game

The fans at Avista Stadium rise for a standing ovation as Sgt. Chris Weichman embraces his twin 4-year-old girls Gracie, left, and Ruby during a surprise homecoming between innings Monday. His wife Abby stands at left. The homecoming was arranged as a "special prize "...
Indians pitcher David Perez comes to the plate with a pitch in the first inning against Eugene Thursday night at Avista Stadium. (Christopher Anderson)

Parting Shot: Take me out to the ball game

Spokane Indians pitcher #30 David Perez comes to the plate with a pitch in the first inning against Eugene at Avista Stadium Monday July 18, 2011. Perez once again had a rough start and did not last through the first inning as Eugene jumped out...
Spokane Indians' Nickolaus Vickerson is tagged out at second but manages to break up a double play by tripping up Salem-Keizer's Julio Izturis, Friday, June 17, 2011, at Avista Stadium during opening night of the Indians' 2011 season. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Hunters, anglers get $1 off at Indians baseball

SPORTSMAN PERKS -- It's Hunting and Fishing Day at the Spokane Indians Baseball game tonight at Avista Stadium in Spokane Valley. The tribe takes on the Tri-City Dust Devils at 6:30 p.m. Sportmen with a hunting or fishing licenst pay $5 for a reserved bench...

Hulett returning to Indians

Tim Hulett will be returning to manage the Spokane Indians next summer for his fifth season here. More below from the Indians' press release.

Ex-Spokane Indian Is Top AL Rookie

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Neftali Feliz hugs from third baseman Mitch Moreland (18) after the Rangers beat the New York Yankees 7-2 in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Oct. 16 in Arlington, Texas. Texas, of course, went on to beat the Yankees...
Despite rumors, Bobby Brett says he has no plans to sell the Chiefs or Indians, asking: “If I don’t own the teams, what would I do?”  (Dan Pelle)

Candid conversation with Bobby Brett

When he and his brothers bought the Spokane Indians in 1985 – sale price: $137,000 – Bobby Brett “figured we’d get bored with it after a couple of years” and sell. Now, professional baseball in Spokane has completed 25 seasons under Brett ownership; the hockey...

One of Indians’ top hitters promoted

Spokane Indians outfielder Guillermo Pimentel was promoted Wednesday to the Hickory (N.C.) Crawdads, the Texas Rangers’ Low-A team in the South Atlantic League. Pimentel hit .344 in nine games with the Indians, playing center field and right field. He made an impression on Everett on...

Sunday’s Indians game postponed

Sunday's Spokane Indians game against the Tri-City Dust Devils has been postponed because of rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 25 with the gametime to be announced.

Indians lose to Dust Devils again

The Tri-City Dust Devils defeated the Spokane Indians, 9-5, at Avista Stadium on Saturday night. Here is our story.

Rangers’ top collegiate pick assigned to Indians

The Texas Rangers on Friday signed third baseman Mike Olt, their top collegiate pick from this month’s first-year draft, and assigned him to Spokane. Olt, who set the career home-run record at the University of Connecticut, was selected in the supplemental first round and the...

Another Green Monday

As most of you know, we’ve been at this whole Down To Earth thing for quite a while now. In fact, it was this time of year in 2007 that we decided we wanted to stay in Spokane and hatched the idea of starting an...

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