November 24, 2014

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Indians: Corey Kluber named AL Cy Young Award winner

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CLEVELAND — The Indians didn’t make it back to the postseason this year, but pitcher Corey Kluber gave them a big reason to celebrate Wednesday. Kluber, the stoic and ultra-consistent right-hander, was named the American League’s Cy Young Award winner, edging 2010 winner Felix Hernandez of the Mariners, by 10 points in voting conducted by Read More…

Indians Manager Terry Francona gets contract extension

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CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona wasn’t able to lead the Indians back to the postseason, but he was still rewarded with a two-year contract extension Tuesday. Francona, 55, was originally signed to a four-year deal prior to the 2013 season. He is now under contract with the Indians through 2018, with options for the 2019 Read More…

A jittery beginning for Cavaliers

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CLEVELAND — No wonder Jay-Z and Beyonce stayed home. Whether it was season-opening jitters, too much preseason hype or just a bad night, LeBron James and the Cavaliers did not come as advertised Thursday night in a 95-90 loss to the Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. There was an NFL game in Charlotte, N.C., between Read More…

Browns: Defense rises to the occasion

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is hit by Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ offense scored two late touchdowns to secure a 23-13 victory over the Raiders on Sunday, but it was Cleveland’s defense that undoubtedly delivered the win. Much maligned after an embarrassing defeat last week to winless Jacksonville, the Browns bounced back in dominating fashion, defensively, shutting down Oakland for nearly the entire Read More…

Indians 7, Rays 2: Tribe goes out on a winning note

Fans cheer the Cleveland Indians in their final baseball game of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Indians played their 162nd game of the season Sunday at Progressive Field. They wish there were more. Cleveland beat Tampa Bay 7-2, but won’t be making a repeat playoff appearance in manager Terry Francona’s second season. Finishing on a positive note and with a winning record (85-77) will have to do for Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe manager Terry Francona reflects on season

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Minutes after the season was officially complete Sunday, manager Terry Francona allowed himself to reflect on what took place in 2014. Playing through injuries to key veterans and performance issues from others, the Indians were able to finish with a winning record (85-77) for the second consecutive season — something they hadn’t accomplished Read More…

Royals 7, Indians 1: KC shuts down Tribe offense again

Cleveland Indians players watch from the dugout in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians have been offensively challenged all season, but it’s reached a new level of futility at the worst possible time. In an all but must-win situation Tuesday night at Progressive Field, Cleveland did quite the opposite, collecting just five hits in a 7-1 loss to Central Division and American League wild-card rival Read More…

Indians notes: Carlos Carrasco apologizes for critical comments about teammates

Carlos Carrasco

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco apologized for criticizing his teammates over a pair of fielding plays in a 2-0 loss to the Royals on Monday. Carrasco, who took the loss despite pitching well once again, said in a statement released by the team Tuesday: “It was a terribly immature and foolish thing to say. Read More…

Royals 2, Indians 0: Kansas City takes series opener as Tribe’s playoff hopes take a hit

Cleveland Indians' J.B. Shuck strikes out swinging against Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday in Cleveland. The Royals defeated the Indians 2-0. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — It was the biggest game of the season for the Indians and their fans Monday night at Progressive Field and neither showed up. Trying to remain relevant in the race for a postseason berth, Cleveland instead took a step back, dropping the series opener 2-0 to Central Division rival Kansas City in front Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe still alive as regular season winds down

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Scott Atchison, right, is congratulated by catcher Yan Gomes after the Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-3 in 10 innings in a suspended Aug. 31 game on Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians weren’t in first place in the Central Division and they faced a 2 1/2-game deficit in the American League wild-card race entering the series opener with Kansas City on Monday. But they were still alive with six games remaining in the regular season. “It’s about as exciting as it can get,” Read More…