July 31, 2014

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Indians’ Wedge trying to keep slow start in perspective

CLEVELAND — Indians closer Rafael Betancourt wasn’t happy following Thursday’s 3-2 extra-inning win over the Seattle Mariners. Tribe manager Eric Wedge let everyone listening know how he felt about the victory as well. But sitting in the clubhouse on Friday before Cleveland’s opener against Kansas City was rained out, Wedge changed his tune a little, Read More…

Tribe notes: Wedge still searching for a lineup that works

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ roller-coaster lineup would have continued Friday had the Tribe not got washed out as Franklin Guiterrez and Casey Blake were set to flip-flop spots in the order with Guiterrez taking over the No. 2 hole and Blake moved down to eighth. It would have been the 26th different lineup in 30 Read More…

Ex-Indian Thome has a blast against his old team … well, two

 CLEVELAND — You can change the name on the front of the uniform and the naming rights of the ballpark, but the results stay the same: When Jim Thome comes to Progressive Field — or Jacobs Field as he did when he played with the Indians — good things happen for the burly designated hitter. Read More…

Split the difference: Indians breathing easier after tying Boston series

CLEVELAND — History can wait. Well, at least for now. When the Indians beat Boston 13-6 in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, they avoided an uphill battle few teams have won. With the victory, Cleveland was able to earn a split at Fenway Park, and that’s big considering what happens Read More…

Johnson masters Firestone … at least for a day

 AKRON — In order to get a chance at the green — money, that is — at the Bridgestone Invitational, Zach Johnson channeled the green. Jacket, that is. With a 5-under-par 65 on Friday, the reigning Masters champion thought back to his days in April when he surprised the field at Augusta National. There was Read More…

Confident Sabbatini leads Bridgestone by two

 AKRON — Rory Sabbatini didn’t call his shot at the Bridgestone Invitational on Friday. But he came awfully close. After firing a second consecutive 67, the South African was asked if he’d take his chances if someone gave him two more 67s to go home right now. He said he’d take it and the $1.35 Read More…

Bridgestone kicks off PGA Tour stretch run

AKRON — They’ll have to wait to exhale this time. The Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament that usually follows the PGA Championship, is being played a week before the final major this year and will be a major factor in terms of how the month of August shakes out. Instead of an all-star event to showcase Read More…