May 24, 2015

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Headband means business: LeBron asserts himself in win

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CLEVELAND — Maybe it was the headband. LeBron James broke out his trademark wardrobe piece for the first time in months Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, and he and the Cavaliers got much different results in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Bulls. With James playing a bigger role than he Read More…

Cavaliers: Matthew Dellavedova, James Jones come up big off bench in Game 2 win

CLEVELAND — With Kevin Love and J.R. Smith out of action again Wednesday night, the Cavaliers needed someone other than LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to rise to the occasion in a must-win Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Matthew Dellavedova and James Jones obliged. The pair of unheralded role players loomed surprisingly large, Read More…

Indians battle back for unlikely victory over Blue Jays

CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona said his team found itself at a crossroads during the middle of the series finale with Toronto on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately for the Indians — and possibly for the rest of their season — they found a path to victory. Facing a sizable deficit after a rough outing from starting Read More…

Indians notes: Nick Swisher could be back for Twins series

CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher was back in Cleveland on Sunday for an evaluation. The next step is likely activation from the disabled list. Swisher, who underwent offseason surgery on both knees, has played in six minor league rehab games for Triple-A Columbus, batting .375 (9-for-24) with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs. He Read More…

Indians 9, Blue Jays 4: Tribe finally tames a left-handed starting pitcher

CLEVELAND — Left-handed starting pitchers have been poison for the Indians this season. Friday night at Progressive Field, one actually provided the perfect tonic. Taking aim at veteran southpaw Mark Buehrle, Cleveland produced some rare offensive fireworks to beat the Blue Jays 9-4 and even the four-game series at a game apiece. The Indians, who Read More…

Indians notes: TJ House placed on DL with left shoulder soreness

CLEVELAND — TJ House is paying the price for being a good teammate. The left-hander was placed on the disabled list prior to the game Friday with left shoulder soreness. The Injury surfaced after House was pressed into action last Saturday for an emergency start in Detroit, when rotation mate Trevor Bauer was scratched with Read More…

Indians top Royals to snap skid, avoid dubious distinction

CLEVELAND — The Indians nearly reached a significant milestone Wednesday night at Progressive Field. Everyone surrounding the team is glad they fell short. Cleveland avoided a sweep at the hands of Central Division rival Kansas City with a much-needed 7-5 victory that snapped a four-game losing streak. Had the Indians lost and fallen to 6-14, Read More…

Indians notes: Francona says he’s to blame if bullpen woes are product of overuse

CLEVELAND — Over the past two years, the Indians have led the majors in appearances by relief pitchers (540 games in 2013 and 573 last year), while ranking among the leaders in innings pitched (516 2/3 innings in 2013 and 513 1/3 last year). There has been the notion that past overuse has contributed to Read More…

Bullpen falters as Indians lose fourth straight

CLEVELAND — The Indians finally found their offense. The search is still on for the bullpen formerly known as effective. Cleveland’s relief corps let the team down in a fateful seventh inning that propelled Kansas City to an 11-5 victory Tuesday night at Progressive Field that accounted for the last-place Indians’ seventh loss in nine Read More…

Royals 11, Indians 5: Tribe’s bullpen implodes in latest loss

CLEVELAND — The Indians finally found their offense. The search is still on for the bullpen formerly known as effective. Cleveland’s relief corps let the team down in a fateful seventh inning that propelled Kansas City to an 11-5 victory Tuesday night at Progressive Field that accounted for the last-place Indians’ seventh loss in nine Read More…