April 17, 2014


Indians: Fans, team ready to celebrate home opener today

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CLEVELAND — If weather permits, there will be a raucous celebration at Progressive Field today similar to the party held there the last time the Indians were in town. A sellout crowd is expected for Cleveland’s home opener at 3:05 p.m. against Minnesota, as Tribe fans welcome back their team from a successful three-game series Read More…

A day like no other: Indians excited to start the season

Cleveland Indians' Nick Swisher does a little bat tapping around the batting cage Saturday in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

CLEVELAND — It’s an event like no other for baseball players and fans: Opening Day. For the Indians, it’s actually Opening Night, with Cleveland beginning its quest to return to the postseason for the second straight year at 10:05 p.m. against the A’s at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. “It’s one of the best days,” Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Sure, there’s no cheering in the press box, but this was a unique situation for a young sportswriter

It was the first and only time I have ever broken the sportswriter’s cardinal rule: No cheering in the press box. I’m not really sure it even qualifies as such. And if so, it’s a minor violation, in my opinion. I’ll let you be the judge. It was a two years into my career as Read More…

Indians break off contract talks with Masterson


CLEVELAND — Apparently Justin Masterson didn’t make the Indians an offer they couldn’t refuse. Multiple reports broke Thursday night that contract negotiations between Masterson and the Indians had broken down. Masterson, an All-Star for the first time in his career last season, and his agent Randy Rowley, were reportedly seeking a three-year deal worth $51 Read More…

Indians’ Kipnis looking to start fast this season

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis smiles during an exhibition baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — At the age of 27, Jason Kipnis may not have arrived, but it sure looks like he’s pulling down the street to his destination. The second baseman reached a number of goals during a top-shelf 2013 season that included his first appearances in the All-Star Game and postseason. Still, as the regular Read More…

Masterson named Indians Opening Day starter


Though it was all but a formality, Indians manager Terry Francona named right-hander Justin Masterson his Opening Day starter Tuesday. It will be the third straight Opening Day assignment with the Indians for Masterson, who was an All-Star for the first time in his career last year. Cleveland opens the season March 31, in Oakland.

Indians notes: No word from Tribe on Justin Masterson offer

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson throws Tuesday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ace Justin Masterson told reporters Tuesday that he is still waiting for a response from the Indians to his camp’s offer to take less money and a shorter-termed contract to remain in Cleveland. “(The Indians are) working through it to see what they can do, how they feel about it, all that,” Read More…

Indians: Young starter Danny Salazar sizzles in exhibition debut

Indians pitcher Danny Salazar signs autographs Sunday in Arizona. He made his exhibition debut Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — It was debut day for phenom Danny Salazar. The right-hander, who had been limited to bullpen sessions and a simulated game against Indians minor leaguers, made his first exhibition appearance Monday in an 8-3 loss to the Angels at Goodyear Ballpark. Scheduled to work two innings or throw 30-35 pitches, Salazar came Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe sticking by enigmatic pitcher Trevor Bauer despite rough 2013 season

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer throws during spring training practice. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians displayed plenty of patience with enigmatic right-hander Trevor Bauer last year. They hope it pays off this season. “I think you try to look at the big picture,” manager Terry Francona said of Bauer, who went 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA in four spot starts with the Indians last year. Read More…

Indians: After major elbow surgery, Josh Tomlin OK with competition, glad to be in running for fifth rotation spot

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin throws to first to hold Milwaukee Brewers' Jean Segura in the third inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game Sunday in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Don’t get Josh Tomlin wrong. He’d love to win the fifth spot in the Indians’ rotation this spring, but after what the right-hander’s been through, he’s just happy to be part of the discussion. Once a staple of Cleveland’s starting staff, Tomlin, 29, is fighting for his baseball life — and a Read More…