July 31, 2014

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Cavs’ Brown happy with offense despite low-scoring loss

INDIANAPOLIS — The Cleveland Cavaliers finished with their lowest scoring total in nearly a year as they shot 35 percent as a team and their starting backcourt shot a combined 13-of-38. Yet Cavs coach Mike Brown was pleased with the improvement he saw offensively in an 89-74 loss at the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. “As Read More…

For third straight game, bad inning costs Indians vs. Braves

ATLANTA — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona takes no consolation in close losses even against the Atlanta Braves, runaway leaders of the National League East. But as the Braves swept the three-game interleague series with a 3-1 victory Thursday night in Turner Field, the Indians found a consistent way to fail. For three consecutive nights, Read More…

Indians’ Brantley stays quiet while breaking record

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Michael Brantley doesn’t want to talk about his own achievements, but everybody else does. After Monday night’s 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels, Brantley declined to speak about breaking the Indians’ club record for consecutive errorless games by an outfielder. The left fielder made it through 213 in a row without Read More…

Indians lose momentum as soon as they gain it as A’s use home runs to pull away for win

OAKLAND, Calif. — Not for the first time have the Cleveland Indians regretted a trip to Oakland Coliseum, and not because it’s one of the most unattractive ballparks in the big leagues. The Tribe’s objections have nothing to do with aesthetics, at least not the architectural kind. Beating the Athletics in their home facility has Read More…

Keeping an ace on ice? Indians take it slow with Danny Salazar, feel no pressure to rush his development

SEATTLE — It’s a luxury the Indians haven’t had in some time — a polished young pitcher waiting in the wings. Oh, there have been plenty of young pitchers in the team’s minor league system that the Indians have called up over the years, including several this season. But often, the need arose in a Read More…

Errors costly again as Indians lose second straight to Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Is there such a thing as a fielding slump? Probably. Unfortunately for the Indians, they are putting that question to the test. Another error, another loss might be the operative theme for Saturday night’s 3-2 defeat to the Twins, though things are always a little more complex than that. However, a sixth-inning error Read More…

Commentary: Cavaliers return to relevance ahead of schedule

Jason Lloyd, McClatchy News We had it all wrong. For years, the Cavaliers have privately pointed to the Oklahoma City Thunder as the model franchise for small market NBA rebuilding efforts. But perhaps inadvertently, the Cavaliers jumped the tracks. They’re actually following former General Manager Kevin O’Connor’s plan in rebuilding the Utah Jazz. Throughout the Read More…

Mike Bianchi: Aaron Hernandez case putting Florida and Urban Meyer on defensive

ORLANDO, Fla. — Aaron Hernandez may soon be tried for murder. Unfortunately, his former college football program at the University of Florida is about to be put on trial, too. By the media, by fans, by the court of public opinion. This is what happens when one of your former players is a murder suspect, Read More…

Indians commentary: Is this Santana’s last season at catcher?

CHICAGO — Is this Carlos Santana’s final season as the Indians’ No. 1 catcher? It would be difficult to point to any area where he has gotten more proficient behind the plate. Santana continues to struggle to block balls in the dirt; despite a strong arm, he is average at best in throwing out runners, Read More…

Justin Masterson gets Sox to hit into four double plays as Tribe ties for first

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CHICAGO — What do Indians outfielders look forward to when Justin Masterson pitches? Certainly not catching fly balls or chasing extra-base hits around the warning track. On a good day, Tribe outfielders can relax and play video games or read the latest issue of DuPont REGISTRY. That’s how it was Sunday, as Masterson threw a Read More…