January 31, 2015

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Indians notes: Tribe manager Terry Francona reflects on season

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Minutes after the season was officially complete Sunday, manager Terry Francona allowed himself to reflect on what took place in 2014. Playing through injuries to key veterans and performance issues from others, the Indians were able to finish with a winning record (85-77) for the second consecutive season — something they hadn’t accomplished Read More…

Michael Brantley, Bryan Shaw reach milestones but Indians fall to Rays

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley watches his single off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Colome in the fourth inning Saturday. Brantley's hit is recorded as his 200th hit of the year, which is the first Indian with 200-plus hits in a season since Kenny Lofton in 1996. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Indians left fielder Michael Brantley reached a milestone and setup man Bryan Shaw set a team record Saturday night. Both of them, however, were overshadowed by another poor defensive performance by the Tribe. A throwing error by Lonnie Chisenhall and a bouncing toss by Mike Aviles led to two runs, allowing the Tampa Read More…

Corey Kluber dominates again, but Indians knocked out of postseason race despite win over Rays

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber pumps his fist toward second baseman Mike Aviles after Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus grounded out in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday in Cleveland. The Indians defeated the Rays 1-0. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber has done everything he can to win the American League Cy Young Award. Now the decision is in the hands of the Baseball Writers Association of America. The right-hander fired 11 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings in his final start of the season Friday, powering the Indians to a 1-0 victory Read More…

Indians’ Kluber has real shot at AL Cy Young award

Corey Kluber

CLEVELAND — With every win, every strikeout and with an almost robotic efficiency, Corey Kluber has quietly become one of the AL’s best pitchers. And, just maybe, its Cy Young Award winner. With a cache of devastating pitches, the 27-year-old Kluber has developed into a cold-blooded terminator from 60 feet, 6 inches away. He’s among Read More…

Indians notes: Corey Kluber candidate for Cy Young award

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

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Corey Kluber’s sparkling statistics have put him in the thick of the race for the American League Cy Young award. The right-hander is 17-9 with a 2.53 ERA and 258 strikeouts in a career-high 227⅔ innings. Those numbers put the Tribe ace alongside Seattle’s Felix Hernandez (14-6, 2.34 ERA), Detroit’s Max Read More…

Indians down Royals to keep slim playoff hopes alive

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen, right, is congratulated by catcher Roberto Perez after the Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals, 6-4. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ playoff dreams remain alive for at least one more day. Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer and Carlos Santana drove in the go-ahead run Wednesday night, allowing the Tribe to stave off elimination with a 6-4 victory over Kansas City. “We’re going to keep going because we want to make the Read More…

Royals 7, Indians 1: KC shuts down Tribe offense again

Cleveland Indians players watch from the dugout in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians have been offensively challenged all season, but it’s reached a new level of futility at the worst possible time. In an all but must-win situation Tuesday night at Progressive Field, Cleveland did quite the opposite, collecting just five hits in a 7-1 loss to Central Division and American League wild-card rival Read More…

Indians notes: Carlos Carrasco apologizes for critical comments about teammates

Carlos Carrasco

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco apologized for criticizing his teammates over a pair of fielding plays in a 2-0 loss to the Royals on Monday. Carrasco, who took the loss despite pitching well once again, said in a statement released by the team Tuesday: “It was a terribly immature and foolish thing to say. Read More…

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…