July 23, 2014


Indians commentary: Asdrubal Cabrera facing more criticism than the rest

Cleveland Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera swings at a ball against the Seattle Mariners Friday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Though pretty much every Indians position player has struggled offensively at times over the first three months of the season, an inordinate amount of fan venom has been reserved for Cleveland’s most decorated player — two-time All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. It hasn’t been aimed at Nick Swisher, who has just started to hear faint boos from Read More…

Indians notes: Nyjer Morgan back in Cleveland for evaluation

Nyjer Morgan

CLEVELAND — Outfielder Nyjer Morgan will be in Cleveland today to assess the progress he’s made in rehabilitating his injured right knee. Morgan, who has been sidelined since May 15 after sustaining the injury while attempting to make a play in left field, underwent surgery and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May Read More…

Tigers complete sweep of sagging Indians

Detroit Tigers' Nick Castellanos, right, beats the tag by Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, front left, to steal third on a wild pitch in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Call it the weekend of Wahoo woe. With all the ingredients present for a raucous celebration at Progressive Field, the Indians went out and laid three eggs — none more rotten than the one they produced in the series finale Sunday. Failing on pretty much every front, Cleveland limped to a 10-4 drubbing Read More…

Indians rally against Tigers again, fall short again

Detroit Tigers' Rajai Davis is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians have put up a fight over the first two games of the series against three-time defending Central Division champion Detroit, but they’ve lost both bouts to the American League heavyweight. After a late rally fell short in the series opener Friday night, Cleveland was back on the losing end of a Read More…

Is former Indians great Omar Vizquel worthy of Cooperstown? Oh, yeah, there’s no doubt about it

Former Cleveland Indians player Omar Vizquel throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Indians Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Omar Vizquel was inducted into the Indians’ Hall of Fame prior to Saturday’s game against the Tigers. Next stop, Cooperstown? Vizquel’s Hall of Fame worth will undoubtedly be debated by plenty at random points throughout the next four years until the 11-time Gold Glove Award winner and three-time All-Star will be eligible to take his Read More…

Indians notes: Michael Brantley returns to lineup

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley watches his two-run double off Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Chad Smith in the ninth inning Sunday in Cleveland. The Indians lost 10-4. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley is back in lineup, and manager Terry Francona couldn’t be happier. “He means so much to what we’re doing, so to have him back is nice,” Francona said of Brantley, the Indians’ top All-Star candidate, who entered Saturday batting .326 and a team-high 11 home runs and 46 RBIs in 70 Read More…

Late rally not enough as Indians fall to Tigers

Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall, top, tags out Detroit Tigers' Don Kelly after Kelly tried to steal third base in the third inning of a baseball game on Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ offense waited too long to get going Friday night at Progressive Field. Deposed closer John Axford didn’t help matters, either. With three-time defending Central Division champion Detroit in town for the opener of a three-game series and with the crowd at Progressive Field (33,545 fans) as big as it had been Read More…

Indians notes: Vinnie Pestano back, says his velocity is, too

CLEVELAND — Fan favorite and former elite setup man Vinnie Pestano is back in the big leagues. With the Indians not needing a fifth starter until July 1, right-hander Zach McAllister, who was activated from the disabled list Wednesday, was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday. Pestano, who was demoted to the minors after struggling Read More…

Indians notes: Zach McAllister’s return pushed back

Cleveland Indians starting pitchers, from left, Trevor Bauer, Zach McAllister, Justin Masterson and Corey Kluber watch from the dugout Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Wednesday’s rainout will delay right-hander Zach McAllister’s return to the rotation. McAllister was activated from the disabled list Wednesday and was scheduled to start Thursday’s series finale, but the Indians elected to move their rotation back once Wednesday’s game was postponed. That means McAllister, who has been sidelined since May 22 with a Read More…

Bro-dacious victory: Struggling Nick Swisher lifts Indians past Angels with walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning

Nick Swisher

CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher didn’t have a whole lot of bros in the Progressive Field crowd when he strutted to the plate Thursday afternoon with the game on the line in the 10th inning. When the at-bat of the Indians’ $15-million man was complete, however, he had plenty of friends. Booed for going hitless and Read More…