May 22, 2015

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Indians notes: Francona feeling better at quarter point of the season

CLEVELAND — The Indians reached the quarter point — 40 games into the regular season — in last place in the Central Division, while trailing first-place Kansas City by 9 1/2 games with a 17-23 record. Not exactly the start most expected from the projected postseason contender. “I’ve never really bought into those artificial deadlines, Read More…

Indians 5, White Sox 2: Danny Salazar’s strong outing gives Tribe 1st 3-game winning streak of season

CHICAGO — Strong pitching and some early power at the plate gave the Cleveland Indians their first three-game winning streak of the season. Danny Salazar tossed six scoreless innings and was backed by first-inning home runs from Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles, leading Cleveland past the Chicago White Sox 5-2 Thursday night. Salazar was coming Read More…

Indians 4, White Sox 3: Right-hander Shaun Marcum gets win in 1st start in nearly 2 years

CHICAGO — Cleveland manager Terry Francona was happy with the win. He was especially pleased with how the Indians earned the victory. Shaun Marcum won his first start in almost two years, Michael Brantley had a two-run double in the seventh inning, and Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Wednesday night. Recalled earlier Read More…

Indians 3, White Sox 1: Trevor Bauer’s mastery of Chicago continues

CHICAGO — Trevor Bauer just seems to be able to cool off the White Sox this season no matter what. Bauer pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning for his third straight solid outing against the White Sox, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night that snapped Chicago’s season-high six-game winning streak. Read More…

Corey Kluber strikes out 12 in another strong performance, but Indians can’t solve Chris Sale, fall to White Sox in 10

CHICAGO — Corey Kluber was dominant again. However, he was going against another pretty good pitcher and a team on a winning streak. Carlos Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th to give the Chicago White Sox a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night after a sparkling Read More…

Indians strand nine in first five innings, fail to sweep Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Carlos Carrasco pitched a complete game for the Indians. The problem was the Cleveland offense couldn’t finish what it started. The Indians stranded nine runners in five innings against Texas starter Nick Martinez, and then were stymied by a trio of relievers in a 5-1 loss Sunday that kept them from completing Read More…

Indians 10, Rangers 8: Jason Kipnis’ 2-run shot in 9th gives Tribe a rare 2nd straight win

ARLINGTON, Texas — Jason Kipnis kept up his strong hitting this month with another big night. Kipnis had three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning that lifted the Cleveland Indians to a 10-8 victory over the Texas Rangers. The Indians have won consecutive games for the first Read More…

Indians Commentary: It’s about time Tribe breaks out of its season-long slump

Thanks a lot, Sports Illustrated. While it’s unfair to blame a magazine for picking your team to succeed, it appears that the Indians have been jinxed. But SI wasn’t the only one predicting lofty achievements for the Tribe. There were plenty of others on board tabbing the Indians as the so-called “sexy” selection to win Read More…

Nick Swisher gets hot, leads Indians past Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nick Swisher’s hits have come in bundles this season. Now he can say the same thing about his RBIs. Swisher had three hits and drove in his first three runs of the season, and the Cleveland Indians spoiled Adrian Beltre’s 400th career home run with an 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers Read More…

Cardinals 2, Indians 1: Tribe wastes dominant outing from Trevor Bauer

CLEVELAND — The Indians let one off the hook Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field. And it was a big fish. Looking as though they were about to win consecutive games for just the second time this season — and against baseball’s best team, no less — the Indians instead dropped a 2-1 decision to the Read More…