April 16, 2014

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Indians Notes: Michael Bourn activated, takes roster spot of Nyjer Morgan

DETROIT — The Indians will get their center fielder back for the first time this year, but it comes at the expense of one of their most productive players since the start of the season. Michael Bourn was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and is expected to make his debut tonight against the Tigers. Read More…

Indians: Cold postpones series opener with Tigers

DETROIT — An early season Central Division showdown in Motown will have to wait until tonight. The opener of a three-game series between the Indians and Tigers was postponed Tuesday because of cold weather at Comerica Park. Snow fell during the morning hours, with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees for much of the day. The Read More…

Indians commentary: Another year, more empty stands

A sparse crowd behind Indians right fielder David Murphy watches in the seventh inning Tuesday in Cleveland. Only 9,029 were in attendance to see the Tribe defeat San Diego, 8-6. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

The television advertisements and team spokesman/cheerleader Nick Swisher say this is a “Tribe Town.” But is it really? The Indians returned to Progressive Field this year to discover that not much had changed from last season, where after the obligatory sellout in the home opener, they drew a little over 10,000 fans per day for Read More…

Indians can only manage split with Padres despite strong starting performances from Zach McAllister, Trevor Bauer

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach McAllister delivers against the San Diego Padres, Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Starting pitching was at a premium for the Indians in their doubleheader against San Diego on Wednesday. Unfortunately for Cleveland, its hitters weren’t able to follow the lead. Though they got quality outings from starters Zach McAllister and Trevor Bauer, the Indians were only able to earn a split, winning the opener 2-0 Read More…

Indians notes: Struggling Vinnie Pestano sent down

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano throws to first to get San Diego Padres' Everth Cabrera on a ground out Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Vinnie Pestano offered up an impressive performance to reclaim a spot in the Indians’ bullpen this spring. It was a fleeting moment of success for the former elite late-inning reliever. After three disappointing appearances to start the season, Pestano was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday and replaced by right-hander C.C. Lee in Read More…

David Murphy, Nyjer Morgan lead Indians past Padres

Cleveland Indians' David Murphy hits a three-run home run off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — It was another chilly night at Progressive Field on Tuesday. Thankfully for the Indians, their bats were plenty warm — at least the ones that David Murphy and Nyjer Morgan were swinging. With temperatures below 50 degrees once again at first pitch, the pair of unlikely catalysts heated up Cleveland’s offense, propelling the Read More…

Indians notes: Trevor Bauer to join Tribe for spot start today

Trevor Bauer

CLEVELAND — Right-hander Trevor Bauer will get the opportunity to make an early season impression, drawing a spot start in today’s traditional doubleheader against the Padres. Bauer will be promoted from Triple-A Columbus to pitch Game 2. “His last four outings have been pretty good,” manager Terry Francona said of Bauer, who allowed just a Read More…

Indians notes: David Murphy, manager Terry Francona hope four-hit day means right-fielder’s slump is a thing of the past

Cleveland Indians' David Murphy runs out a double off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Right fielder David Murphy had four hits Sunday in the Indians’ 10-7 loss to the Twins. He and manager Terry Francona hope it’s a sign that Murphy is emerging from a slump that has followed him since his final season with the Texas Rangers last year. “That would be great,” Francona said. “The Read More…

Indians-Padres rained out, will play two Wednesday

CLEVELAND — The opener of the Indians’ three-game interleague series against the Padres at Progressive Field on Monday was postponed by rain. With San Diego scheduled for an off day Thursday and this being the Padres’ only trip of the season to Cleveland, the game will be made up as a traditional doubleheader Wednesday. The Read More…

Twins 10, Indians 7: Tribe battles but falls, loses series

Cleveland’s Yan Gomes gets the ball but can’t make the tag as Minnesota’s Trevor Plouffe scores Sunday on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ never-say-die attitude was on display again at Progressive Field on Sunday. Unfortunately for Cleveland, the Twins wouldn’t quit, either. The Indians battled back on numerous occasions in the rubber match of a three-game series with Minnesota but still fell in the end, dropping a 10-7 decision in front of 13,104 fans. Read More…