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Indians: Jason Kipnis has surgery on finger, expected to be ready for 2015 season

In this Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis hits an RBI-single off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman. Kipnis had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger. The team said Kipnis had the operation on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

CLEVELAND – Injuries plagued Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis last year. Now, before the 2015 season has even gotten underway, the former All-Star is dealing with another health issue. The Indians announced Wednesday that Kipnis underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger. The surgery was performed at the Cleveland Read More…

Indians sign Gavin Floyd, say his elbow is fine; four spots in rotation set

Veteran right-hander Gavin Floyd will join the Indians rotation after signing a one-year deal for a reported $4 million not including incentives. The Tribe says Floyd, who had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and suffered a broken elbow last year, is healthy. (AP file photo)

CLEVELAND — The Indians will enter spring training with four spots in the rotation already spoken for. Cleveland signed free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd, 31, to a one-year contract worth a reported $4 million Tuesday. And according to general manager Chris Antonetti, Floyd, who has been plagued by elbow injuries the past two seasons, has a Read More…

Indians pick up power bat in trade for A’s Brandon Moss

Oakland Athletics' Brandon Moss watches his three-run home run on Sept. 30 during the AL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Kansas City Royals. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

CLEVELAND — The Indians addressed the need for more power in their lineup. Now Brandon Moss has to provide it. Cleveland finalized a trade Monday — the first of the winter meetings — that has been in the works for weeks by acquiring Moss, a first baseman/outfielder and All-Star last season, from the Oakland Athletics Read More…

Indians: Corey Kluber named AL Cy Young Award winner

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CLEVELAND — The Indians didn’t make it back to the postseason this year, but pitcher Corey Kluber gave them a big reason to celebrate Wednesday. Kluber, the stoic and ultra-consistent right-hander, was named the American League’s Cy Young Award winner, edging 2010 winner Felix Hernandez of the Mariners, by 10 points in voting conducted by Read More…

Indians Manager Terry Francona gets contract extension

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CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona wasn’t able to lead the Indians back to the postseason, but he was still rewarded with a two-year contract extension Tuesday. Francona, 55, was originally signed to a four-year deal prior to the 2013 season. He is now under contract with the Indians through 2018, with options for the 2019 Read More…

Indians disappointed in season, but see bright days ahead

Fans cheer the Cleveland Indians in their final baseball game of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — When their disjointed season ended, the Indians didn’t agonize over missing the playoffs. They did that a few days earlier. Following Sunday’s finale at home, there was nothing to do but move on. Corey Kluber took a lap around the clubhouse, the dominating Cy Young candidate stopping to share a heartfelt hug with Read More…

Indians 7, Rays 2: Tribe goes out on a winning note

Fans cheer the Cleveland Indians in their final baseball game of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Indians played their 162nd game of the season Sunday at Progressive Field. They wish there were more. Cleveland beat Tampa Bay 7-2, but won’t be making a repeat playoff appearance in manager Terry Francona’s second season. Finishing on a positive note and with a winning record (85-77) will have to do for Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe manager Terry Francona reflects on season

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Minutes after the season was officially complete Sunday, manager Terry Francona allowed himself to reflect on what took place in 2014. Playing through injuries to key veterans and performance issues from others, the Indians were able to finish with a winning record (85-77) for the second consecutive season — something they hadn’t accomplished Read More…

Michael Brantley, Bryan Shaw reach milestones but Indians fall to Rays

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley watches his single off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Colome in the fourth inning Saturday. Brantley's hit is recorded as his 200th hit of the year, which is the first Indian with 200-plus hits in a season since Kenny Lofton in 1996. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Indians left fielder Michael Brantley reached a milestone and setup man Bryan Shaw set a team record Saturday night. Both of them, however, were overshadowed by another poor defensive performance by the Tribe. A throwing error by Lonnie Chisenhall and a bouncing toss by Mike Aviles led to two runs, allowing the Tampa Read More…

Corey Kluber dominates again, but Indians knocked out of postseason race despite win over Rays

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber pumps his fist toward second baseman Mike Aviles after Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus grounded out in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday in Cleveland. The Indians defeated the Rays 1-0. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber has done everything he can to win the American League Cy Young Award. Now the decision is in the hands of the Baseball Writers Association of America. The right-hander fired 11 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings in his final start of the season Friday, powering the Indians to a 1-0 victory Read More…