September 2, 2014

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Arthroscopic surgery on both knees ends disappointing season for Indians’ Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher

CLEVELAND — Another unproductive and injury-plagued season will come to an end prematurely for Indians first baseman Nick Swisher. Swisher, who was batting a career-low .208 with only eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 97 games, underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees Wednesday in Los Angeles. He had been on the disabled list with Read More…

Orioles 4, Indians 1: Tribe can’t complete sweep of division leaders

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Kyle Crockett, right, reacts as Baltimore Orioles' Jonathan Schoop, left, runs the bases after a solo home run in the ninth inning Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — A productive homestand ended with the Indians being not so productive Sunday at Progressive Field. With a chance to sweep the American League East Division-leading Orioles, Cleveland instead settled for a three-game series win, managing just two hits in a 4-1 loss in front of 22,564 fans. The Indians, who went 3-2 in Read More…

Indians notes: Rotation shining for a spell

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ rotation has picked an opportune time for a top-shelf spell. Despite scoring only 19 runs over the last seven games, Cleveland has posted a 5-2 record, thanks in large part to effective outings from its starting pitchers, who have allowed just five earned runs over a span of 44 innings. In Read More…

Indians: Former closer John Axford claimed off waivers by Pirates

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, left, takes relief pitcher John Axford out of the game against the Minnesota Twins. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — John Axford’s days are done in Cleveland. The deposed closer, who lost his job shortly into the season, was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. The Pirates reportedly will be responsible for the remainder — a little more than $1 million — of the $4.5 million salary Axford is earning Read More…

Indians split doubleheader against Arizona with thrilling win, shutout loss

The Diamondbacks’ Andrew Chafin, a Wakeman resident and Western Reserve grad, threw five shutout innings in his major league debut in the second game. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians played two Wednesday night at Progressive Field. It was one too many. After a dramatic 3-2 win in the opening game of a traditional doubleheader against the Diamondbacks, Cleveland limped to an agonizing defeat in the nightcap, going scoreless through 12 innings of a 1-0 loss. The long day — seven Read More…

Indians notes: Michael Bourn set for activation; Nick Swisher seeking second opinion

Michael Bourn

CLEVELAND — Michael Bourn (left hamstring strain) is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list Friday, while Nick Swisher is headed in a different direction. Bourn, who has been sidelined since July 6 — his second stint on the injured list with a left hamstring issue — is expected to play Friday and Saturday, Read More…

Indians, Diamondbacks rained out, will play traditional doubleheader Wednesday

Indians' Jason Kipnis slides on the tarp after the game between the Indians and the Arizona Diamondbacks was postponed Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Blame it on the rain. The series opener Tuesday night between the Indians and Diamondbacks at Progressive Field was postponed by inclement weather. That means the two interleague rivals will play a traditional doubleheader today, with the opening game scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. Trevor Bauer (4-7, Read More…

Indians notes: David Murphy likely out four to six weeks; Nick Swisher may be headed for surgery

David Murphy hits the winning three-run double Sunday in the sixth inning against Toronto.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — There was bad news for the Indians on the injury front Tuesday. David Murphy is expected to miss the next four to five weeks with a right oblique strain, while Nick Swisher could be headed for surgery on his right knee. Both players were placed on the disabled list Sunday. The Indians announced Read More…

Reds get revenge as Johnny Cueto shuts down Indians

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto throws to first to drive back Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Reds choked on a stifling pitching performance from the Indians’ ace Monday. Tuesday night, it was Cleveland’s turn. Doing little offensively against Cincinnati’s All-Star right-hander Johnny Cueto, the Indians fell 9-2 in the Cleveland finale of a four-game Ohio Cup series with the Reds, snapping their four-game winning streak in the process. Read More…

Indians notes: Former closer John Axford thriving in new role

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes, left, congratulates relief pitcher John Axford after a 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — John Axford is making the best of a bad situation. Signed to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million to become the Indians’ closer this offseason, Axford lost the job shortly into the year. But after being reduced to a mop-up role for a spell, the right-hander is back pitching in key situations, and Read More…