January 30, 2015

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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…

Indians notes: Francona weighs in on season thus far

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley slides into third base running from first on an errant pickoff throw in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox Sept. 6 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The season isn’t over, but prior to the series opener with Minnesota on Tuesday, manager Terry Francona gave a pretty good synopsis of how the year has gone thus far through 142 games. “I think there’s been more things maybe not quite go as we anticipated, and because of that, we’ve had some Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe’s 2015 regular-season schedule unveiled

CLEVELAND — Major League Baseball announced the 2015 regular-season schedule Monday afternoon. The Indians will open the year with a three-game series at Houston on April 6-9, followed by a home-opening three-game series against Central Division heavyweight Detroit on April 10-12. A two-game series against the White Sox at Progressive Field on April 14-15 precedes Read More…

Angels 12, Indians 3: Halos bomb Danny Salazar and Tribe

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Bryan Price, right, waits for Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols to run the bases after Pujols hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians have been getting top-shelf performances from their rotation on a near daily basis since Aug. 9. That ended in abrupt fashion Monday afternoon in a make-up game against the American League-West leading Angels at Progressive Field. With right-hander Danny Salazar buckling first against Los Angeles ace Jered Weaver, Cleveland was on Read More…

Carlos Carrasco continues dominating ways, pitches Tribe to sweep of White Sox

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers against the Chicago White Sox, Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — If you saw Carlos Carrasco at the beginning of the season, you wouldn’t recognize him now. He still stands 6-foot-3 and weighs around 215 pounds, but the right-hander is just pitching a whole lot better. Yanked from the rotation and banished to the bullpen, Carrasco has returned in dominant fashion. Sunday he turned Read More…

Indians notes: Francisco Lindor won’t be making major league debut this season

Chicago White Sox's Andy Wilkins tags out Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez at first base Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Though the seasons of Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus are completed, manager Terry Francona said Sunday there would be no additional September call-ups. That means the Indians’ top prospect — shortstop Francisco Lindor — will not be making his much-anticipated major league debut. Lindor, 20, had a productive third full professional season, earning Read More…

Tigers 4, Indians 2: Heartbreaking loss for Tribe, as Detroit rallies against Allen

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen, left, waits for Detroit Tigers' J.D. Martinez, right, to run the bases after Martinez hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday in Cleveland. Torii Hunter and Steven Moya scored on the play. The Tigers defeated the Indians 4-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians were three outs away from celebrating a hard-fought victory over three-time defending Central Division champion Detroit on Tuesday night at Progressive Field. Unfortunately for the hometown team, those three outs didn’t arrive until after J.D. Martinez clouted a three-run home run off closer Cody Allen that left Cleveland on the end Read More…