May 26, 2015

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Indians Notes: Tribe knew Corey Kluber would bounce back

CLEVELAND — Those who know Corey Kluber knew it was coming. They knew Kluber’s struggles to start the season were an aberration and that the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner would not only turn things around, he would dominate again. They got their confirmation Wednesday night, when Kluber produced a historical outing, striking Read More…

The K is for Kluber: Corey Kluber strikes out career-high 18, takes no-hitter into 7th inning as Indians down Cardinals 2-0

Corey Kluber pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. AP

CLEVELAND — On a night when the Indians paid tribute to a legend in Bob Feller, right-hander Corey Kluber offered up a performance worthy of the Hall of Fame pitcher. Cleveland moved artifacts from the shuttered Bob Feller museum, unveiling them at the Terrace Club prior to Wednesday’s game. Kluber then went out and struck Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe won’t rush Francisco Lindor

CLEVELAND — Shortstop Jose Ramirez continues to struggle, but the Indians still aren’t ready to turn to mega-prospect Francisco Lindor. “He’s continuing to progress in Triple-A,” Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti said of the the 21-year-old Lindor, who entered Wednesday batting .256 with a home run and 11 RBIs over 31 games for Columbus. “He’s Read More…

Indians: Mike Aviles status uncertain after daughter diagnosed with leukemia

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CLEVELAND — Mike Aviles was at Progressive Field prior to Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals, but he was not activated from the family medical emergency list and his status with the team remains unclear. Manager Terry Francona told reporters that Aviles’ daughter Adriana was diagnosed with leukemia. “She’s 4 years old and it’s kind of Read More…

Indians can’t get winning streak started, fall to Cardinals

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ inconsistent ways continued Tuesday night at Progressive Field. With the opportunity to win their second straight game for the second time all season, Cleveland instead fell 8-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Down 4-0, the Indians fought back and were within striking distance, trailing by just a run, when the Cards’ Read More…

Indians Notes: Michael Bourn benched, loses at-bats to David Murphy

CLEVELAND — Former All-Star Michael Bourn had already been removed from the leadoff spot and reduced to a platoon role for the Indians. Manager Terry Francona indicated Tuesday that Bourn’s playing time would take another hit, with red-hot David Murphy expected to get the struggling center fielder’s at-bats against right-handed pitching for the time being. Read More…

Indians: Young right-hander Danny Salazar shining again in rotation

CLEVELAND — Once upon a time, people referred to Indians pitcher Danny Salazar as “Sala-Star.” After falling on hard times for a spell, the fireballing right-hander appears to be rising again. Salazar provided the latest piece of evidence Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field. After allowing a leadoff home run on his fourth pitch, he retired Read More…

Danny Salazar dominates Twins as Indians cruise

CLEVELAND — The day didn’t begin well for Danny Salazar on Sunday afternoon. The end, however, was pretty much perfect. Salazar allowed a home run to the first batter of the game, but found a dominant groove after that, helping the Indians to an 8-2 victory over the Twins that snapped a three-game losing streak Read More…

Indians notes: Jason Kipnis flourishing atop batting order

CLEVELAND — Not many of manager Terry Francona’s moves have paid off over the first month-plus of the season for the last-place Indians. Replacing Michael Bourn with Jason Kipnis as the leadoff hitter is the exception. Since Kipnis has taken over atop the batting order — April 26 — the second baseman has flourished, hitting Read More…

Indians fight back, but still fall short against Twins

CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher is finally back and the weather is warmer. The Indians, however, remain ice cold. Another day brought another loss — 7-4 to Central Division rival Minnesota on Saturday — for Cleveland, which assured itself of dropping another series. The last-place Indians have won just one series — the season-opening three-game set Read More…