May 25, 2015

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Royals 3, Indians 2: Royals upend Tribe, Perez with ninth-inning clutch hit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As baseball games go, this was a dandy. There was outstanding pitching, great defense and clutch hitting — especially Melky Cabrera’s walkoff single in the ninth that lifted Kansas City past the Cleveland Indians 3-2. Cabrera rifled a bases-loaded, two-run base hit into left field with one out off closer Chris Read More…

Indians 7, Royals 5: Big inning leads to big win

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If anybody wonders whether the first-place Cleveland Indians are for real, Justin Masterson suggests they take a close look at Wednesday night’s 7-5 victory over Kansas City. Royals starter Luke Hochevar was perfect through five innings. Masterson, the Indians’ starter, had a shaky first. But Hochevar broke down and Masterson held Read More…

Royals 5, Indians 4: Tribe takes too long to get going vs. KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The bullpen phone quit working at just the wrong time. The bat boy unwittingly caused a power hitter to lay down a bunt in an RBI situation. Then in a shaky ninth inning they had an error, a hit batsman and a bases-loaded walk. “And still we won a ballgame,” Kansas Read More…

Indians 7, Royals 3: Shelley Duncan delivers big hit as Tribe wins in 10th

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Round 1 in the showdown between unlikely AL Central leaders went to Cleveland. Pinch-hitter Shelley Duncan’s RBI double sparked a four-run 10th inning and the Indians beat Kansas City 7-3 Monday night to widen their division lead to two games over the equally surprising Royals. Duncan batted for Travis Buck after Read More…

Indians 4, Orioles 2: Sizemore homers in return as Indians sweep

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CLEVELAND — Even with a new center fielder and leadoff hitter in the lineup, the red-hot Indians didn’t miss a beat Sunday at Progressive Field. Of course, the player filling both roles for the first time this season was none other than Grady Sizemore. That always helps. With Sizemore making his debut, Cleveland stayed hot Read More…

Tribe notes: Mitch Talbot takes Grady’s DL spot

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CLEVELAND — Just when the Indians got one player off the disabled list, they put another back on. Grady Sizemore was activated from the injured list prior to the series finale with Baltimore on Sunday, assuming the roster spot of starting pitcher Mitch Talbot, who was placed on the DL with a strained right elbow. Read More…

Indians 4, Orioles 2: Tribe completes sweep in Sizemore’s debut

CLEVELAND — Even with a new center fielder and leadoff hitter in the lineup, the red-hot Indians didn’t miss a beat Sunday at Progressive Field. Of course the player filling both the roles for the first time this season was none other than Grady Sizemore, and that always helps. With Sizemore making his debut, Cleveland Read More…

Indians notes: Elbow strain sends Talbot to DL

CLEVELAND — Just when the Indians got one player off the disabled list, they put another back on. Grady Sizemore was activated from the injured list prior to the series finale with Baltimore on Sunday, assuming the roster spot of starting pitcher Mitch Talbot, who was placed on the DL with a strained right elbow. Read More…

Indians 4, Orioles 2: Tribe sweeps O’s

Fausto Carmona allowed just one earned run over seven innings and Grady Sizemore hit a home run in his season debut, as the Indians beat Baltimore 4-2 Sunday at Progressive Field. The win clinched a three-game sweep for the first-place Indians, who improved to 11-4 and have won 11 of their last 13 games. Cleveland Read More…

Indians commentary: What if this start isn’t a fluke?

OK, crazy thought(s): What if the Indians’ surprisingly successful start isn’t just one of the many inexplicable occurrences throughout a lengthy 162-game Major League Baseball season? What if a team coming off consecutive 90-loss seasons and employing one of the big leagues’ smallest payrolls and youngest rosters really can contend in the Central Division? What Read More…