August 22, 2014

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Indians roll over Reds as offense backs strong outing from Corey Kluber

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Cory Kluber, left,  gets a visit from catcher Yan Gomes in the seventh inning Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber wasn’t an All-Star this year, but there’s little doubt the right-hander has been one of the American League’s top starting pitchers. A National League team found that out Monday night at Progressive Field. With Kluber offering up another stifling outing, the Indians rolled past Cincinnati 7-1 to open the two-game Ohio Read More…

Indians notes: Nick Swisher out of lineup with sore right wrist

Nick Swisher

CLEVELAND — A right wrist strain was enough to keep Nick Swisher out of the lineup for the series opener against Cincinnati on Monday, but the Indians are confident the injury won’t linger. Manager Terry Francona said Swisher called Cleveland’s training staff Monday morning and said he was feeling better. “If he had woke up Read More…

David Murphy, Michael Brantley home runs lead Indians past Rangers

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley is hit with water from teammates as he reaches home plate after hitting a game-winning home run in the 12th inning against the Texas Rangers Sunday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — There were plenty of reasons to celebrate Sunday at Progressive Field, but the biggest party was most definitely reserved for Indians outfielder David Murphy. On his daughter Madison’s birthday, Murphy loomed large in all phases of a 4-3 sweep-clinching win over the Rangers, providing his biggest present with a two-run, game-tying home run Read More…

Indians notes: Reliever Nick Hagadone on track this season

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Nick Hagadone throws against the Minnesota Twins on July 23 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

CLEVELAND — Indians fans normally cringe when relief pitcher Nick Hagadone enters the game, but a closer look reveals the left-hander has actually been pretty effective this season. In 15 appearances on the big league level, Hagadone has allowed just three earned runs over 11⅓ innings. He’s been especially effective since being recalled from Triple-A Read More…

Pitching carries the night as Indians shut out Rangers

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher T.J. House delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — The Indians didn’t do a whole lot offensively Saturday at Progressive Field, but with top-shelf pitching the entire night, it didn’t matter. Cleveland scored twice in the sixth inning and let its pitching do the rest in a 2-0 victory over the Rangers in front of 28,285 fans. Left-hander T.J. House rejoined the Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Get over it, Jim Thome deserves a statue

Former Cleveland Indian Jim Thome stands with a statue dedicated to him inside Progressive Field before an Indians baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — Not sure I understand all the grousing from fans and the majority of my fellow comrades in the media over erecting a statue for longtime slugger Jim Thome, one of the greatest and most beloved players in Indians history. The guy was drafted by the team, spent the first 11½ seasons of his Read More…

Indians notes: Josh Tomlin rejoining rotation

Josh Tomlin

CLEVELAND — Right-hander Josh Tomlin is returning to the rotation. Manager Terry Francona announced Saturday that Tomlin, who is 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts) for the Indians this season, would replace right-hander Zach McAllister on Tuesday. McAllister was designated for assignment Friday in a procedural move, with Cleveland expected to option Read More…

Indians’ offense in full gear in series-opening win over Rangers

Cleveland Indians radio announcer Tom Hamilton talks after being honored for 25 years of broadcasting, before the Indians' baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Friday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — The Indians honored longtime radio announcer Tom Hamilton for his 25 years of service prior to Friday night’s game at Progressive Field. Then they went out and kept Hamilton’s vocal chords busy throughout a 12-2 throttling of the last-place Rangers in the opener of a three-game series. All cylinders were pumping for Cleveland’s Read More…

Indians notes: McAllister removed from rotation, heading to Columbus

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach McAllister delivers against the Seattle Mariners Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Zach McAllister has taken another step back in his progression as a big league starting pitcher. The right-hander, who began the season well — 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA over his first four starts  — was designated for assignment prior to the series opener with Texas on Friday. It came on the heels Read More…

Mariners 6, Indians 5: Pitching lets Tribe down in series finale loss

Seattle Mariners' Mike Zunino, right, is congratulated by Kyle Seager after Zunino hit a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber and the Indians had the market cornered on pitching Wednesday night. It was the complete opposite Thursday. With arms in starting and relief roles letting them down, the Indians dropped the series finale with Seattle, as the Mariners rallied for a 6-5 win. Cleveland broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh Read More…