December 22, 2014

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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…

Indians notes: Ryan Raburn activated from DL, back in lineup

Ryan Raburn

CLEVELAND — Ryan Raburn was activated from the disabled list and was in the lineup Tuesday at designated hitter. It’s been a rough season for the 32-year-old Raburn, who signed a two-year contract extension worth $4.85 million last year, and entered Tuesday batting just .191 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 70 games. Read More…

Tigers 12, Indians 1: Detroit clubs Kluber, Tribe in series opener

Cleveland’s Mike Aviles can’t hold onto a ball hit by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in the third inning Monday in Cleveland. The Tigers scored three runs in the inning after the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Ace Corey Kluber has lifted the Indians up on so many occasions this season that it was almost shocking to see the right-hander let them down Monday at Progressive Field. In the opener of a pivotal four-game series against Central Division rival Detroit, Kluber offered up his worst outing of the season as Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe adds reinforcements as rosters expand

Jason Giambi

CLEVELAND — The Indians made a wealth of moves Monday prior to the series opener of a pivotal four-game series with Detroit. With rosters able to expand to 40 players, Cleveland recalled right-handers Austin Adams and Bryan Price and infielder Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus. Veteran designated hitter Jason Giambi was activated from the 60-day Read More…

Amherst grad Ryan Rua called up to Rangers, gets single in first major league game

Ryan Rua

Amherst graduate Ryan Rua made his major league debut Friday night, starting at first base for the Texas Rangers and going 1-for-5 with his first big league hit in a 13-6 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Rua, 24, had his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock prior to the game, with Read More…