July 29, 2014

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Yankees 5, Indians 4: Vinnie Pestano allows homer in 14th inning that sinks Tribe

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano reacts after giving up a solo home run to New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury, right, in the 14th inning Wednesday. The Yankees defeated the Indians 5-4 in 14 innings. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Things had been better for reliever Vinnie Pestano since he returned from the minor leagues. Until Wednesday night. Pestano, who had not allowed a run in eight games since his recall from Triple-A Columbus, surrendered a solo home run in the 14th inning to Jacoby Ellsbury that propelled the Yankees to a 5-4 Read More…

Indians Notes: Manager Terry Francona hoping for a LeBron James return

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

CLEVELAND — When LeBron James finally makes his decision, Indians manager Terry Francona is hoping the destination is Cleveland. “That would be really cool,” Francona said prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, “just ’cause I am enjoying sort of being entrenched here. I would love it. I don’t know how much I’m supposed Read More…

Indians 5, Yankees 3: Tribe tames Tanaka to tie series

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka waits for Cleveland Indians' Nick Swisher, right,  to run the bases after Swisher hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians couldn’t do anything against a guy making his first career start Monday night, but All-Star Japanese phenom, Masahiro Tanaka? Bring him on. Cleveland gave the Yankees ace a beating he had never endured before on the major league level Tuesday night at Progressive Field, slugging its way to a 5-3 victory Read More…

Indians notes: Justin Masterson headed to DL for first time

CLEVELAND — It took the Indians one more brief and ineffective outing from Justin Masterson for them to realize the best place for the right-hander was the disabled list. Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Masterson lasted just two-plus innings in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees, the pitcher was placed on the injured list Read More…

Indians: Michael Brantley selected as All-Star reserve; Corey Kluber finalist in Internet vote

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CLEVELAND — “Dr. Smooth” will make a house call in Minnesota on July 15, and he might have some company. Michael Brantley, Cleveland’s multitalented left fielder, was chosen via player vote to represent the Indians in the All-Star Game at Target Field. He may or may not be joined by starting pitcher Corey Kluber, who Read More…

Indians 4, Royals 1: Corey Kluber terrific again, pitches Tribe to series win

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Dominating outings from Corey Kluber are becoming the norm. It’s no wonder Indians manager Terry Francona loves putting the right-hander’s name on the lineup card every five days. “It’s sure nice to write his name in there,” Francona said after watching Kluber pitch his team to a 4-1 victory Sunday over the Royals Read More…

Indians Notes: Michael Bourn back on DL with hamstring issue

Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn heads for home plate after hitting a solo home run in the third inning Saturday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — The left hamstring has hamstrung Michael Bourn once again. Bourn, the Indians’ center fielder and leadoff man, was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the series finale with Kansas City on Sunday after re-injuring a left hamstring that required surgery this offseason. The Indians are calling it a strain and are Read More…

Indians 7, Royals 3: Tribe clicks on all cylinders for victory

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CLEVELAND — It was a perfect night Saturday at Progressive Field for the Indians. And it had nothing to do with the weather — though that was ideal as well. Third-place Cleveland clicked in pretty much every department against the second-place Royals, paving the way for a 7-3 victory that left the Indians three games Read More…

MLB Commentary: Taking a look at the right choices to be All-Star starters

The starting lineups — position players — for the July 15 All-Star Game in Minneapolis will be announced tonight. Here’s a preview of what they are expected to look like. The “people’s choice” is the leader in the latest voting results at their respective position: American League FIRST BASE The candidates: Jose Abreu (White Sox), Miguel Read More…

Indians Notes: Manager Terry Francona not sweating Jason Kipnis’ struggles

Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis hits a single off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura in the seventh inning Friday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis has struggled at the plate for much of the season. Manager Terry Francona has hardly noticed. “I don’t really look at Kip’s numbers very much because he’s going to play and he’s going to help us win,” Francona said of Kipnis, who is batting .253 with three home Read More…