September 22, 2014

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Rookies provide winning in touch in Indians’ walk-off win over Astros

Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez is swarmed by teammates after hitting the game-winning single in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Saturday in Cleveland. The Indians won 3-2. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — The future looked bright Saturday for the Indians at Progressive Field. Getting production from a number of young players — most notably right-hander Danny Salazar and shortstop Jose Ramirez — Cleveland notched a needed victory, turning back the Astros 3-2. The win came in walk-off fashion, with Ramirez slashing a one-out single to Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Indians still in contention for playoff spot, but …

CLEVELAND — It’s a good thing another Browns season is upon us, and that the Cavaliers’ LeBron James is back on his royal throne in Cleveland, because this Indians season is over. Don’t really care that through Friday the Central Division standings indicated the Indians were only seven games out of first place. And, yeah, Read More…

Indians notes: Yan Gomes placed on concussion list; Chris Gimenez acquired

Yan Gomes

CLEVELAND — Yan Gomes was placed on the seven-day concussion list after all, with the Indians acquiring a backup catcher in former Cleveland player Chris Gimenez on Saturday in a trade with the Rangers for future considerations. Gimenez, who played for the Indians from 2009-10, is expected to replace Gomes on the 25-man roster today. Read More…

Indians sloppy on bases and in field, drop series opener against Astros

Houston Astros' Dexter Fowler is tagged out by Cleveland Indians third baseman Mike Aviles in a rundown between third and home in the ninth inning Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Indians got another top-shelf effort from a starting pitcher Friday night in the series opener against Houston. Unfortunately for them, they also got another bottom-feeding performance from their offense and defense. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco pitched well but was pretty much forced to go it alone in a 5-1 loss to the fourth-place Read More…

Indians notes: Catcher Yan Gomes sustains mild concussion

Yan Gomes

CLEVELAND — Doctors believe Yan Gomes sustained a mild concussion Thursday, but the Indians aren’t planning to put the catcher on the seven-day concussion list yet. “He’s feeling a lot better,” manager Terry Francona said of Gomes, who sustained the injury in the fifth inning of a 4-1 loss in the series finale at Minnesota. Read More…

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…