August 1, 2014

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One bad slider spoils Indians’ comeback against Twins

Cleveland Indians pitcher Bryan Shaw retrieves a new ball after giving up a solo home run to Minnesota Twins' Josh Willingham in the eighth inning Monday in Minneapolis. The Twins won 4-3, and Shaw took the loss. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Indians were mounting another comeback, and the bullpen was holding strong. Just one off-target slider was the end of that, when Josh Willingham’s tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory Monday night. Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Read More…

Santana’s hit in 9th gives Indians doubleheader sweep over Tigers

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley greets teammates after scoring on a three-run double by teammate Carlos Santana. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians are rolling out of the All-Star break, cutting into Detroit’s previously comfortable lead in the AL Central. Carlos Santana hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night that sealed a sweep Read More…

Jason Kipnis hits two HRs as Indians rally past Tigers

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DETROIT — Jason Kipnis sprinted around the bases after hitting each of his two homers, forgetting how it felt to trot after hitting the ball well enough to clear the fences. Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer and added a solo shot in the ninth to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 Read More…

Indians 7, White Sox 4: Replay review provides chance, and Tribe opens series with a win

Cleveland Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera, right, argues with second base umpire Dan Iassogna after he was called out stealing second base against the Chicago White Sox. The Indians appealed and Cabrera was ruled safe after a replay review. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers carried the day, but the night belonged to the Indians. Keeping the excitement going from one of the most memorable events in Cleveland sports history, the Indians opened a three-game series against Central Division rival Chicago with a resounding 7-4 victory at Progressive Field. Lonnie Read More…

Indians Notes: T.J. House optioned to minors, but still in rotation

Cleveland Indians' starting pitcher T.J. House delivers in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals Saturday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

CLEVELAND — T.J. House was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday, but the left-hander has not been removed from the rotation. With the All-Star break coming Monday through Thursday and the Indians not needing a full starting staff, House (1-2, 4.40 ERA) was replaced on the 25-man roster by Clippers reliever Austin Adams. House, who Read More…

Indians 9, Yankees 3: Roberto Perez homers in major league debut as Tribe rallies late

Indians catcher Roberto Perez watches his two-run homer in his major league debut Thursday during a 9-3 win over the Yankees. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Roberto Perez knows how to make a good first impression. Called up from the minors Tuesday, Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut to help spark a late rally and lead the Cleveland Indians to a 9-3 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday night. “I still can’t believe Read More…

Indians Notes: Manager Terry Francona leads majors with 318 pitching changes in 90 games

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CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona loves to use his bullpen, making a major league-high 318 pitching changes over the first 90 games. Not surprisingly, three Tribe relievers rank among the top five in the American League in appearances. Cody Allen and Marc Rzepczynski are tied for second with 44 and Bryan Shaw is fifth Read More…

Yankees 5, Indians 4: Vinnie Pestano allows homer in 14th inning that sinks Tribe

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano reacts after giving up a solo home run to New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury, right, in the 14th inning Wednesday. The Yankees defeated the Indians 5-4 in 14 innings. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Things had been better for reliever Vinnie Pestano since he returned from the minor leagues. Until Wednesday night. Pestano, who had not allowed a run in eight games since his recall from Triple-A Columbus, surrendered a solo home run in the 14th inning to Jacoby Ellsbury that propelled the Yankees to a 5-4 Read More…

Indians Notes: Manager Terry Francona hoping for a LeBron James return

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

CLEVELAND — When LeBron James finally makes his decision, Indians manager Terry Francona is hoping the destination is Cleveland. “That would be really cool,” Francona said prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, “just ’cause I am enjoying sort of being entrenched here. I would love it. I don’t know how much I’m supposed Read More…

Indians Notes: Outfielders Bourn, Morgan get downgraded medical reports

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CLEVELAND — Indians center fielders Michael Bourn and Nyjer Morgan both received bad news Monday about their injuries. Bourn underwent an MRI that revealed a mild to moderate left hamstring strain, which is expected to sideline him for three to four weeks. The two-time Gold Glove winner pulled up lame Saturday while running the bases Read More…