August 22, 2014

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Indians notes: Tribe has tough task ahead with improved Tigers

The Detroit Tigers improved their starting rotation by trading for Rays ace David Price on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

CLEVELAND — While everyone else in the Central Division did little to improve their big-league club at the trading deadline, the first-place Tigers didn’t follow that trend. Despite owning a five-game lead in the standings through Wednesday, Detroit made one of the biggest trading deadline splashes, acquiring former American League Cy Young award winner David Read More…

Indians: Asdrubal Cabrera traded to Nationals for infielder Zach Walters

Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera sits alone in the corridor outside the clubhouse moments after learning the Cleveland Indians traded him to the Washington Nationals on Thursday afternoon. BRIAN DULIK/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Another day, another Indians veteran leaving town. Approximately 24 hours after trading ace Justin Masterson to the Cardinals for minor league outfielder James Ramsey, Cleveland dealt two-time All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals on Thursday for infield prospect Zach Walters. “It was another tough day for a number of us personally Read More…

Indians Corey Kluber outduels Mariners ‘King’ Felix Hernandez

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Though they traded their ace to St. Louis, the Indians appear to be in good hands with Corey Kluber atop their rotation. As he has done all season, Kluber pitched like a No. 1 starter, outdueling one of the majors’ best in Seattle’s Felix Hernandez on Wednesday night to push Cleveland to a Read More…

Indians notes: Corey Kluber takes over as ace

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the first inning Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — T.J. House will replace Justin Masterson in the rotation, but right-hander Corey Kluber will take over as the Indians’ ace now that Masterson has been traded. Truth be told, Kluber had earned the title long before Masterson was dealt to the Cardinals on Wednesday. He has been one of the American League’s best Read More…

Indians: Justin Masterson traded to St. Louis for prospect


CLEVELAND — After his discount long-term contract offer was rejected this spring, Justin Masterson probably felt his days in Cleveland were numbered. Wednesday, the Indians traded the right-hander to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league outfielder James Ramsey, bringing an end to Masterson’s tenure with the Tribe — a stint that began when Cleveland Read More…

Trevor Bauer struggles, Indians offense provides little support as Mariners spoil first game back

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, right, talks with catcher Yan Gomes in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — A return to Progressive Field following a lengthy road trip did not provide relief for the Indians on Tuesday night. Cleveland, one of the majors’ top teams at home this season, couldn’t continue the trend in the series opener with Seattle, dropping a 5-2 decision in front of just 15,713 fans. For one Read More…

Indians notes: Terry Francona not sure buying is best idea at trading deadline

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona isn’t begging general manager Chris Antonetti for reinforcements as Thursday’s trading deadline approaches. “What we need to be geared for is to play good baseball, and if something happens, something happens,” said Francona, whose third-place team trails the first-place Tigers by 6½ games in the Central Division and are five Read More…

Indians: It was an average first-half for Tribe

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As the 47-47 record indicates, it was an average first half for the Indians, who dealt with injuries and performance issues to key players, as they began their quest to repeat as a postseason qualifier under second-year manager Terry Francona. The Indians are still in contention for a playoff spot (3 1/2 games out in Read More…

Indians 3, White Sox 2: Tribe ends first half on winning note

Cleveland Indians' Trevor Bauer pitches against the Chicago White Sox Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Indians will enter the All-Star break on a winning note, and they have right-hander Trevor Bauer and catcher Yan Gomes to thank. Bauer tossed another gem Sunday at Progressive Field, with Gomes driving in all of Cleveland’s runs in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the White Sox that signaled the end of Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe pretty average over first half of regular season

CLEVELAND — As the 47-47 record indicates, it’s been a mediocre first half of the season for the Indians, who enter the All-Star break in third place — 7 1/2 games behind Central Division leader Detroit. “I wish our record was better,” manager Terry Francona said. “I do think the way we’ve played, now the Read More…