April 20, 2014

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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…

Indians down White Sox 19-10 in Game 1 of doubleheader

CHICAGO — Ryan Raburn came through in the clutch Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, and not for the first time. But this was different. The Indians needed a couple more runs to push their total to 16 (that is not a typo), ensuring that the Chicago White Sox would need a superhuman effort to rally. Read More…

Indians lose to Orioles as Justin Masterson’s perfect start turns sour

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BALTIMORE — Hard to tell what happened to Justin Masterson on Tuesday night. Maybe a consultation with a shaman would shed some light. Seemed almost otherworldly. Maybe an invisible alien parachuted from his UFO onto Camden Yards and put a hex on him. Then again, it probably was just one of those baseball things that Read More…

General manager Chris Antonetti says Indians’ trade-deadline role still to be determined

BALTIMORE — The July 31 trading deadline is more than a month away, but that’s not too early for General Manager Chris Antonetti to begin plotting a strategy for the Indians. To this point in the season, there’s no indication the Indians will be a seller and rid themselves of salaries. The club has consistently Read More…

Inconsistent pitching and offense cost Indians against Yankees; Asdrubal Cabrera leaves game with injury

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NEW YORK — When Justin Masterson is as good as he can be and as bad as he has been in the same game, it is not a formula for success. But the Indians’ 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday night wasn’t on Masterson, alone. The Tribe’s offense was spotty at best, Read More…

Vinnie Pestano shoulders blame for Indians’ loss to Red Sox, but says elbow is fine

BOSTON — Two errors and a mental mistake ultimately cost the Indians during Saturday’s windy and wet afternoon at Fenway Park. But it was set-up man Vinnie Pestano who stood up and shouldered the blame for the Indians’ 7-4 loss after he blew the save and was tagged with the loss for allowing the Red Read More…