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Indians: Sports Illustrated picks Tribe to win World Series

As if competing in a much-improved Central Division isn’t enough for the Indians to deal with this season, now they have the “Sports Illustrated jinx” to worry about. The magazine, long known for its incorrect cover predictions, picks the Indians to win their first World Series title since 1948. The regional cover, one of four Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Titans brought pride to an entire city

Lorain High School senior Naz Bohannon, center, is comforted by team mate Shane Smith after the Titans lost to St. Edward's in the division I regional semi-final game 68-60 Wednesday night at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron. ANNA/ NORRIS

AKRON — The dream was in critical condition at the end of the first half Wednesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena when Lakewood St. Edward star Kipper Nichols pulled up and connected on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Eagles a double-digit lead. It flat-lined shortly into the final quarter of play, Read More…

Indians: Corey Kluber agrees to one-year contract

Corey Kluber signed a contract with the Indians on Wednesday, but it wasn’t the multiyear deal many believe the two parties are negotiating this spring. Kluber, the American League’s defending Cy Young award winner, agreed to a one-year contract, with terms undisclosed. He was Cleveland’s final pre-arbitration-eligible player unsigned. Kluber, who turns 29 on April Read More…

Indians: Brandon Moss set to make debut Monday

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Brandon Moss will make his exhibition debut today — about a week ahead of schedule. Moss, who underwent offseason surgery on his right hip, wasn’t expected to begin playing in games until mid-March, but his recovery has come quicker than the Indians predicted. He will serve as the designated hitter against the Read More…

Indians notes: Gavin Floyd’s exhibition debut still on hold

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Gavin Floyd’s exhibition debut is still on hold. The right-hander was scheduled to start Sunday, but that was delayed with manager Terry Francona saying Floyd was dealing with “general soreness” in his right elbow — the same spot he has undergone surgery the past two offseasons. The Indians have not set a Read More…

Rangers 8, Indians 7: Texas rallies past Tribe in the ninth

SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Rangers rallied for the game-winning run in the ninth inning Sunday to beat the Indians 8-7 at Surprise Stadium. Texas minor leaguer Isaiah Kiner-Falefa’s two-out single off right-hander Shawn Armstrong won it for the Rangers. Left-hander T.J. House, one of five in the race to win the final spot in the Read More…

Indians 5, Dodgers 5: Corey Kluber makes exhibition debut

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Defending American League Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber took the mound for the first time this spring Saturday in a 5-5 tie with the Dodgers at Goodyear Ballpark. Kluber allowed a run in the first, but followed it up with two scoreless innings. He surrendered three hits over three innings and Read More…

Indians: This and that from spring training

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — If you’re a betting man or woman, you might want to consider putting a few ducats on Nick Swisher not being ready for Opening Day. I would put the odds at 5-1 in favor of the injury-plagued former outfielder/first baseman’s name gracing the lineup card April 6 in Houston. Swisher, who had Read More…

Indians: Carlos Carrasco looking to continue end-of-season success

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Carlos Carrasco was one of the American League’s most dominating starting pitchers over the final two months of last season. Now, it’s time to see if he can do it for an entire year. Carrasco is among four Indians pitchers — fellow right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Gavin Floyd — who Read More…

Royals 11, Indians 9: Poor defense derails Tribe

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Bad defense, an issue that plagued the Indians for much of last season, led to an 11-9 loss to defending American League champion Kansas City at Goodyear Ballpark on Friday. Cleveland, which led the majors in errors and was last in fielding percentage last year, led 5-2, but committed a pair of Read More…