WTAM 1100-AM and WKRK 92.3-FM both submitted bids, with the Indians accepting a five-year offer from the station that has broadcast their games since 1998. WKRK 92.3-FM, which has a weaker radio signal — 40,000 watts to WTAM’s 50,000 — reportedly offered a two-year contract.
WKRK, which is owned by CBS Radio, became an all-sports station in August of 2011 — one of two in the Cleveland network (WKNR 850-AM).
WTAM, which is owned by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, took over the radio rights from WKNR. WKNR held the rights from 1992-97.
Outfielder Ezequiel Carrera was unavailable after injuring his knee Saturday on a slide into second base. With Michael Brantley also ailing, Brent Lillibridge started in center field.
“He’s day-to-day. I don’t think it’s anything serious,” interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said of Carrera’s injury.
Zach McAllister’s first extended season in the big leagues came to end Sunday, with the right-hander making his final start in the 15-3 win over the Royals.
McAllister, who was acquired from the Yankees for Austin Kearns in 2010, went 6-8 with a 4.24 ERA in 22 starts. He allowed three runs or fewer in 16 of his outings.
“The kid is very impressive,” Alomar Jr. said. “He’s got a good sinking fastball and a good slider. He’s tall and has a different angle. And he works hard. That was a good deal, getting that kid. He’s showing that hard work and dedication gets you to the big leagues, and he’s performing.”
McAllister’s performance has earned him strong consideration for a spot in the rotation in 2013.
“It was a big learning year for me,” he said. “I definitely learned a lot from the good and the bad, just finding ways to be consistent when you don’t have your best stuff, is definitely one thing that’s really important. In the minor leagues, you can get away with that, but up here, you have to pitch. If you don’t, they’re going to make you pay for it.”
The Indians wrap up the regular season with a three-game series against the White Sox that begins tonight at 7:05.
Corey Kluber (2-4, 5.02 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland, opposing LHP Hector Santiago (3-1, 3.69), while Justin Masterson (11-15, 5.03) goes for the Indians on Tuesday (7:05 p.m.) against RHP Jake Peavy (11-12, 3.37).
David Huff (3-0, 2.86) will pitch the season finale Wednesday (7:05 p.m.) against RHP Gavin Floyd (11-11, 4.47).
The season-ending series will play a part in the postseason hopes of the White Sox, who will enter trailing first-place Detroit by three games in the Central Division standings.
Jason Kipnis’ 72 RBIs through Saturday ranked second only to New York’s Robinson Cano among American League second baseman. … Kansas City won the season series against the Indians, 10-8. … Tonight, 7:05, STO/WTAM 1100-AM.
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