April 23, 2014

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Salazar roughed up as Royals snap Indians’ win streak

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar delivers against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Right-hander Danny Salazar was the toast of the town in Cleveland last year. Now, he’s just toast. For the fourth time in as many starts, Salazar offered up a brief and ineffective outing, leading to an 8-2 loss to the Royals at Progressive Field on Tuesday night. In four starts this season, the Read More…

Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis connect on two-run home runs as Indians rally past Royals

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Jason Kipnis in the fourth inning Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — During the early portion of Monday night’s series opener with the Royals, about the only excitement for Indians fans was provided by a squirrel that got loose in the Progressive Field infield and outfield. Once the squirrel was contained, Cleveland’s baseball team brought the crowd to its feet. Keyed by two-run home runs Read More…

Indians notes: Jason Giambi activated from DL

Cleveland Indians' Jason Giambi bats against the Kansas City Royals Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Jason Giambi is back in the fold. The veteran designated hitter, who missed the first 18 games while recovering from a fractured rib, was officially activated from the disabled list Monday. He was in the lineup for the series opener with Kansas City in place of a struggling Carlos Santana, who is batting Read More…

Indians 6, Blue Jays 4: Tribe snaps skid, avoids sweep on Easter

David Murphy hits the winning three-run double Sunday in the sixth inning against Toronto.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians picked a good day to come back from the dead. Riding a season-high three-game skid and with seven losses in nine games, Cleveland snapped out of the funk Sunday just in time to avoid a sweep by the Blue Jays, beating Toronto 6-4 in front of a sparse crowd of 11,716 Read More…

Indians notes: Manager Terry Francona not ready to make changes to batting order

Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn reacts after striking out against Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos Friday in Cleveland. The Blue Jays defeated the Indians 3-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona is aware that his batting order has struggled to produce over the majority of the Indians’ first 18 games. But he doesn’t think it’s time to shake it up. “I don’t not change it because I’m not paying attention,” Francona said before Cleveland’s series finale with Toronto on Sunday. “I Read More…

Indians Notes: Catcher Yan Gomes struggling with defense, leads team with 5 errors

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes catches a popup against the Detroit Tigers on April 16. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

CLEVELAND — Indians catcher Yan Gomes has made a team-high five errors and ranks 18th in the American League in fielding percentage at the position. Tribe manager Terry Francona isn’t worried about his young backstop just yet, however. “I think Gomer is prepared for this and he’s pretty good, so the one thing we don’t Read More…

Struggling offense no match for veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle as Blue Jays blank Indians

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle delivers in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday. Buehrle pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits. The Blue Jays defeated the Indians 5-0. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle is drinking from the Fountain of Youth at age 35. The Indians, meanwhile, are struggling to tread water. The veteran left-hander scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings Saturday afternoon, allowing Toronto to coast to a 5-0 win at Progressive Field. Cleveland failed to get a runner past Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Chill out, Tribe fans, it’s April

Hey, Indians fans, relax. When there has been an off chance between discussing who the Browns are going to take with the No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft, the Cleveland sports world has taken to Twitter, Facebook and local sports radio talk shows to discuss the demise of the Tribe. The Indians are 7-10 Read More…

Indians go 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, strand 12 in loss to Blue Jays

Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn reacts after striking out against Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos Friday in Cleveland. The Blue Jays defeated the Indians 3-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana finally showed up, and the Indians still lost. Swisher and Santana, two of Cleveland’s biggest sagging offensive stars, displayed signs of life at the plate Friday night for one of the few times this season, but the Indians didn’t get enough production from the rest in a 3-2 Read More…

Indians Notes: Jason Giambi set to leave disabled list Monday

Jason Giambi

CLEVELAND — The Indians considered activating Jason Giambi from the disabled list Sunday, but have decided on Monday instead. “We’re just trying to keep our bullpen and our team in order,” manager Terry Francona said. “If we shoot for Monday, that’ll make things a little bit easier, as far as moving forward with our team. Read More…