September 1, 2015

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About Chris Assenheimer

Award-winning sportswriter Chris Assenheimer has covered the Indians since 1997. Prior to that, he also covered Ohio State football and basketball. He's a graduate of (Bay Village) Bay High School and The Ohio State University, and can be reached at 329-7137 or CAssenheimer@chroniclet.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

Indians: Mark Shapiro leaving organization for Toronto after 24 years

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CLEVELAND — Mark Shapiro made it official during a news conference at Progressive Field on Monday — he’s leaving the Indians organization after 24 years. Ending weeks of speculation, Shapiro, Cleveland’s president the past five years, announced that he was accepting the same position with the Toronto Blue Jays at the end of the of Read More…

Trevor Bauer’s spot-on spot start helps Indians down Angels

CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer had plenty of excuses not to pitch well in the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. He didn’t need to use any of them. Pressed into service for an ill Danny Salazar on a chilly night at Progressive Field, Bauer rose to the occasion and then some, helping Read More…

Indians notes: Manager Terry Francona confirms he has an opt-out clause, but says he would never use it as leverage

CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona confirmed he has an opt-out clause in his contract with the Indians should team president Mark Shapiro leave the organization. But Francona said Friday he doesn’t plan to use it anytime soon, despite reports the Blue Jays are interested in hiring Shapiro, his longtime friend, for the same position he Read More…

Indians beat Brewers, end interleague season in style

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CLEVELAND — Interleague season is over for the Indians, and it couldn’t have ended any better. Cleveland built an early lead with five runs over the first four innings Wednesday, and then hung on for a 6-2 victory over Milwaukee on a chilly, rainy night at Progressive Field. The win, the Indians’ 11th in the Read More…

Indians notes: Lonnie Chisenhall shining as OF since return

CLEVELAND — Lonnie Chisenhall is playing his way back into the picture — as an outfielder. The Indians’ Opening Day third baseman struggled at the outset of the season and was demoted to Triple-A Columbus to clear the way for rookie Giovanny Urshela. After Cleveland dealt outfielders Michael Bourn, David Murphy and Brandon Moss at Read More…

Indians 11, Brewers 6: Tribe slugs out win over Brew Crew

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CLEVELAND — Indians pitchers allowed four home runs Tuesday night at Progressive Field … and Cleveland still won. Overcoming Milwaukee’s plethora of long balls, including two from catcher Jonathan Lucroy, the Indians’ new and improved offense slugged its way past the Brewers 11-6 in the opener of a two-game interleague series. “Our offense did a Read More…

Indians notes: Carlos Carrasco dealing with right shoulder soreness

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco’s top-shelf season may be coming to an end. The right-hander, who leads the Indians with 12 wins and ranked fourth in the American League with 173 strikeouts through Monday, was scratched from his scheduled start tonight with shoulder soreness. Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco experienced more than normal discomfort in his Read More…

Yankees 8, Indians 6: Tribe can’t overcome poor outing from Bauer

CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer put the Indians in a hole they couldn’t dig out of Thursday night. Allowing a pair of home runs over the first two innings, the right-hander paved the way for the Yankees to avoid the three-game sweep via an 8-6 win over the Indians in front of 23,076 fans at Progressive Read More…

Indians notes: A less than ordinary first pitch at Progressive Field

Cleveland Indians Mike Aviles with his twin daughters, Maiya,left, and Adriana, right, prior to the Indians baseball game against the New York Yankees Thursday, Aug. 13, in Cleveland. AP

CLEVELAND — The ceremonial first pitch was far from ordinary Thursday at Progressive Field, with the four-year-old twin daughters of Mike Aviles — Adriana and Maiya — performing the duties. Adriana was diagnosed with child leukemia in early May. “I’m sure it will be one of the more touching first pitches I’ve ever seen,” manager Read More…

Youth-laden Indians lineup knocks Yankees out of first

CLEVELAND — These little Indians refuse to fold up the teepees and call it a season. Cleveland’s new youth-laden lineup kept rolling Wednesday night at Progressive Field, turning back former Indians pitcher CC Sabathia and the Yankees 2-1 to secure the three-game series. It was the Indians’ fourth straight win and it came without some Read More…