April 17, 2014

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Zach McAllister’s strong pitching performance, Yan Gomes’ clutch hit help Indians get jump on Tigers in season series

Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn catches the fly hit by Detroit Tigers'  Nick Castellanos Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — It was one of 162 games and it came during the first month of the regular season, but the win Wednesday night held special significance for the Indians. Cleveland, which struggled mightily last year against three-time defending Central Division champion Detroit, got an early confidence builder, defeating the Tigers 3-2 in their first Read More…

Indians notes: Carlos Santana says move to 3B, playing multiple positions have played a part in offensive struggles

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana throws to first base against the San Diego Padres April 9 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

DETROIT — During spring training, Carlos Santana’s focus was on defense, as the converted third baseman adapted to a new position. Now, it’s on his offense or lack thereof. Santana, who entered Wednesday batting just .186 (8-for-43) with one RBI over his first 13 games, said prior to the series opener against Detroit that the Read More…

Indians Notes: Michael Bourn activated, takes roster spot of Nyjer Morgan

Michael Bourn (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT — The Indians will get their center fielder back for the first time this year, but it comes at the expense of one of their most productive players since the start of the season. Michael Bourn was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and is expected to make his debut tonight against the Tigers. Read More…

Indians: Cold postpones series opener with Tigers

DETROIT — An early season Central Division showdown in Motown will have to wait until tonight. The opener of a three-game series between the Indians and Tigers was postponed Tuesday because of cold weather at Comerica Park. Snow fell during the morning hours, with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees for much of the day. The Read More…

White Sox 4, Indians 3: Closer John Axford blows save as Tribe loses on homer in 9th inning

Cleveland Indians closer John Axford reacts as he leaves the field after Chicago White Sox's Alexei Ramirez hit the game-winning two-run home run. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians looked poised to salvage a four-game split. One pitch from John Axford and one big swing by Alexei Ramirez changed that. Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Axford in the ninth inning, rallying the Chicago White Sox over the Indians 4-3 on a rainy Sunday. The Indians scored twice in Read More…

Indians commentary: Another year, more empty stands

A sparse crowd behind Indians right fielder David Murphy watches in the seventh inning Tuesday in Cleveland. Only 9,029 were in attendance to see the Tribe defeat San Diego, 8-6. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

The television advertisements and team spokesman/cheerleader Nick Swisher say this is a “Tribe Town.” But is it really? The Indians returned to Progressive Field this year to discover that not much had changed from last season, where after the obligatory sellout in the home opener, they drew a little over 10,000 fans per day for Read More…

Indians get win as Ryan Raburn burns White Sox again

Cleveland Indians' Ryan Raburn hits a two-run single against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians almost wasted a great chance to grab the lead in the seventh inning Saturday. Then Ryan Raburn came to the plate and did what he usually does against the Chicago White Sox. Raburn hit a tiebreaking single and David Murphy drove in four runs, leading the Indians to a 12-6 Read More…

White Sox 9, Indians 6: Pitching problems send Tribe to 3rd straight loss

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers against the Chicago White Sox on Friday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

CHICAGO — It’s hard to win when you walk nine batters, including a pair with the bases loaded. So despite a decent offensive showing against Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale, the Cleveland Indians lost 9-6 Friday night. Down 3-0, the Indians tied the score with three runs in the fifth, only for Carlos Carrasco Read More…

White Sox 7, Indians 3: Danny Salazar strikes out 10, but leaves early and loses after allowing 5 runs

Indians starter Danny Salazar throws against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — Cleveland’s Danny Salazar couldn’t sustain his swing-and-miss stuff against Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox. Abreu connected for his second multihomer game in three days and the Chicago White Sox ended a 14-game losing streak against Cleveland, beating the Indians 7-3 Thursday night. Salazar (0-1) struck out 10 in 3⅔ innings, but Read More…

Indians can only manage split with Padres despite strong starting performances from Zach McAllister, Trevor Bauer

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach McAllister delivers against the San Diego Padres, Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Starting pitching was at a premium for the Indians in their doubleheader against San Diego on Wednesday. Unfortunately for Cleveland, its hitters weren’t able to follow the lead. Though they got quality outings from starters Zach McAllister and Trevor Bauer, the Indians were only able to earn a split, winning the opener 2-0 Read More…