October 20, 2014

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Royals 2, Indians 0: Kansas City takes series opener as Tribe’s playoff hopes take a hit

Cleveland Indians' J.B. Shuck strikes out swinging against Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday in Cleveland. The Royals defeated the Indians 2-0. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — It was the biggest game of the season for the Indians and their fans Monday night at Progressive Field and neither showed up. Trying to remain relevant in the race for a postseason berth, Cleveland instead took a step back, dropping the series opener 2-0 to Central Division rival Kansas City in front Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe still alive as regular season winds down

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Scott Atchison, right, is congratulated by catcher Yan Gomes after the Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-3 in 10 innings in a suspended Aug. 31 game on Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians weren’t in first place in the Central Division and they faced a 2 1/2-game deficit in the American League wild-card race entering the series opener with Kansas City on Monday. But they were still alive with six games remaining in the regular season. “It’s about as exciting as it can get,” Read More…

Corey Kluber strikes out 14 for second straight game as Indians down Twins, keep postseason hopes alive

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers during the first inning a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

MINNEAPOLIS — Corey Kluber continues to dominate hitters when the Cleveland Indians need him most. Kluber struck out a career-high 14 hitters for the second straight start and the Indians didn’t lose any ground in the playoff chase Sunday with a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley each had three Read More…

Yan Gomes homers, drives in four as Indians get needed win over Twins, help in playoff hunt

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Yan Gomes celebrates the Indians' 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins Saturday. The Indians won 7-3.  Gomes went 3-for-4 including a three-run home run. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — Yan Gomes remembers the Indians coming to Minnesota last year and clinching a playoff spot on the last day of the regular season. Now Cleveland is back in Minnesota, trying to sneak into the postseason through the back door. Gomes homered and drove in four runs to help the Indians advance in the Read More…

Indians can’t hold lead in ninth inning, fall in 10th to Twins

Minnesota Twins' Oswaldo Arcia, right, races in to congratulate Trevor Plouffe on his walk-off single off Cleveland Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin in the 10th inning Friday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — After a 13-inning win the night before, the long-shot Cleveland Indians held out hope they could still sneak into the playoffs. They were dealt a serious setback Friday night. Trevor Plouffe singled in Danny Santana in the 10th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 5-4, comeback victory over Cleveland, further damaging the Read More…

Pitching powers Indians again as they edge Astros 2-1 in 13 innings

Cleveland Indians' Mike Aviles hits a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to bring in Jose Ramirez in the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Thursday in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON — The Cleveland Indians relied on their pitching again, and their offense came alive just in time to beat the Houston Astros. Mike Aviles’ sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Indians a 2-1 win Thursday night. Ramirez doubled with one out before Samuel Deduno (2-6) walked Michael Brantley Read More…

Kluber strikes out career-high 14 as Indians end four-game skid

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning Tuesday in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON — Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and the Cleveland Indians halted their four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Kluber (16-9) allowed one run and seven hits to earn his third straight win. His previous high for strikeouts was 13 against the Read More…

Hope fading fast for Indians after loss to Astros drops them 6 games back in hunt for second wild card

Cleveland Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez fields an infield hit by Houston Astros' Jake Marisnick during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday in Houston. Marisnick was safe at first with a single. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON — The Cleveland Indians’ wild-card hopes took another hit Monday night with their fourth straight loss. Jose Altuve had three hits to give him 209 this season and drove in two runs, leading the Houston Astros to a 3-1 victory. The Indians know they have to figure out a way to get back on Read More…

Indians swept out of Detroit on another late home run off Bryan Shaw

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw throws during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians can probably start thinking about October vacation plans. Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Tigers beat the Indians 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep that left Cleveland five games back for the second AL wild card with 14 games left. “Now we’re going Read More…

Tigers beat Indians again, this time with late home run

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw throws during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — Bryan Shaw has been as dependable as they come for the Cleveland Indians in relief this season. However, one pitch proved costly for the right-hander and his teammates Saturday night. Shaw (5-4) gave up Alex Avila’s two-out, two-run homer in the eighth as the third-place Indians blew a lead and lost 5-4 to Read More…