December 20, 2014


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…

Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham makes plays, but Browns defense makes more

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham catches a 9-yard touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Jimmy Graham got his at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, but the Browns got the win. As expected, Graham, an All-Pro tight end, was a force for New Orleans’ high-flying offense — catching 10 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Drew Brees. But an inspired effort and big plays from Cleveland’s Read More…

Browns: Johnny Manziel makes uneventful debut

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel rolls away from pressure against the New Orleans Saints Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan told a white lie when he said Johnny Manziel “probably” wouldn’t play Sunday against the Saints. Maybe he was just trying to keep New Orleans defensive coordinator and former Browns assistant coach, Rob Ryan, honest. Manziel, Cleveland’s high-profile rookie quarterback, made his regular-season debut in the Browns’ 26-24 win, Read More…

Browns: Scoring summary from 26-24 win over Saints

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Miles Austin celebrates after a touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints. (AP Photo/David Richard)

FIRST QUARTER BROWNS 7, SAINTS 0: Miles Austin 3 pass from Brian Hoyer (Billy Cundiff kick), 5:59. DRIVE: 9 plays, 51 yards. TIME OF POSSESSION: 3:36. KEY PLAYS: After sacking Saints quarterback Drew Brees deep in New Orleans territory, the Browns got good field position, starting the scoring drive on their own 49-yard line. Hoyer Read More…

Indians hit the road with confidence after taking two from Twins

Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn, center, accepts congratulations from his teammates after a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a baseball doubleheader Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Following a loss to the Twins in the series opener Tuesday, Indians center fielder Michael Bourn said his team had to win nearly all of its remaining games to qualify for the postseason. Cleveland took the first step Thursday afternoon, sweeping Minnesota in a traditional doubleheader at Progressive Field. The Indians’ scuffling offense Read More…

Indians notes: Carlos Santana salvages season and then some

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana celebrates after a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — If Carlos Santana is feeling the effects of a long season, it’s tough to tell. Despite dealing with nagging leg injuries recently, the Indians first baseman continues to surge after a seriously slow start. Santana, who is hitting .235 with 27 home runs and 77 RBIs in 136 games, was batting just .153 Read More…

Pitching keeping Indians alive in race for postseason berth

Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber pitches in a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Saturday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — There is only one reason the Indians are still alive in the race for a postseason berth: Pitching. Cleveland’s staff has been one of the majors’ best since the All-Star break — ranking fifth with a 3.02 ERA — and it’s kept the Indians relevant in the Central Division standings and the American Read More…

Indians: Tribe rained out, will play traditional doubleheader today

Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson gestures while playing catch with Ricky Nolasco after it was announced the Twins' baseball game against the Cleveland Indians was postponed by rain Wednesday. The game will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader beginning at noon Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Progressive Field history will be made on Thursday. Thanks to Wednesday’s rained out game against the Twins, Cleveland’s ballpark will host its third traditional doubleheader of the season, with the first game beginning at 12:05 p.m., followed by Game 2 approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the opener. The three traditional doubleheaders Read More…

Twins 4, Indians 3: Tribe drops series opener to last-place Twins

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer watches Minnesota Twins' Oswaldo Arcia round the bases after a two-run home run Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Every game matters for the Indians these days. They didn’t play like it Tuesday night at Progressive Field. With an opportunity to keep pace in the Central Division and wild-card races, Cleveland stumbled in the opener of a three-game series against last-place Minnesota, dropping a 4-3 decision in front of another crowd of Read More…