May 4, 2015

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Indians battle back for unlikely victory over Blue Jays

CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona said his team found itself at a crossroads during the middle of the series finale with Toronto on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately for the Indians — and possibly for the rest of their season — they found a path to victory. Facing a sizable deficit after a rough outing from starting Read More…

Indians notes: Nick Swisher could be back for Twins series

CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher was back in Cleveland on Sunday for an evaluation. The next step is likely activation from the disabled list. Swisher, who underwent offseason surgery on both knees, has played in six minor league rehab games for Triple-A Columbus, batting .375 (9-for-24) with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs. He Read More…

Blue Jays 11, Indians 4: Tribe, Corey Kluber trounced at home

CLEVELAND — The month of April was not kind to Indians pitcher Corey Kluber. His first start in May was even worse. The right-hander lasted a season-low five innings Saturday afternoon, allowing five runs and eight hits as the Toronto Blue Jays crushed Cleveland 11-4 at Progressive Field. Kluber (0-4, 4.62 ERA) was lifted after Read More…

Indians 9, Blue Jays 4: Tribe finally tames a left-handed starting pitcher

CLEVELAND — Left-handed starting pitchers have been poison for the Indians this season. Friday night at Progressive Field, one actually provided the perfect tonic. Taking aim at veteran southpaw Mark Buehrle, Cleveland produced some rare offensive fireworks to beat the Blue Jays 9-4 and even the four-game series at a game apiece. The Indians, who Read More…

Indians notes: TJ House placed on DL with left shoulder soreness

CLEVELAND — TJ House is paying the price for being a good teammate. The left-hander was placed on the disabled list prior to the game Friday with left shoulder soreness. The Injury surfaced after House was pressed into action last Saturday for an emergency start in Detroit, when rotation mate Trevor Bauer was scratched with Read More…

TJ House, offense falter again as Indians fall to Blue Jays

CLEVELAND — If there’s one team that is extremely thrilled to see the calendar turn to May, it’s the Cleveland Indians. Predicted to contend for a playoff spot, the Indians concluded a disappointing April with a 5-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night. Cleveland (7-14) is tied with Texas for the worst Read More…

Indians top Royals to snap skid, avoid dubious distinction

CLEVELAND — The Indians nearly reached a significant milestone Wednesday night at Progressive Field. Everyone surrounding the team is glad they fell short. Cleveland avoided a sweep at the hands of Central Division rival Kansas City with a much-needed 7-5 victory that snapped a four-game losing streak. Had the Indians lost and fallen to 6-14, Read More…

Indians notes: Francona says he’s to blame if bullpen woes are product of overuse

CLEVELAND — Over the past two years, the Indians have led the majors in appearances by relief pitchers (540 games in 2013 and 573 last year), while ranking among the leaders in innings pitched (516 2/3 innings in 2013 and 513 1/3 last year). There has been the notion that past overuse has contributed to Read More…

Bullpen falters as Indians lose fourth straight

CLEVELAND — The Indians finally found their offense. The search is still on for the bullpen formerly known as effective. Cleveland’s relief corps let the team down in a fateful seventh inning that propelled Kansas City to an 11-5 victory Tuesday night at Progressive Field that accounted for the last-place Indians’ seventh loss in nine Read More…

Royals 11, Indians 5: Tribe’s bullpen implodes in latest loss

CLEVELAND — The Indians finally found their offense. The search is still on for the bullpen formerly known as effective. Cleveland’s relief corps let the team down in a fateful seventh inning that propelled Kansas City to an 11-5 victory Tuesday night at Progressive Field that accounted for the last-place Indians’ seventh loss in nine Read More…