April 17, 2014

Elyria
Mostly clear
39°F
test

David Murphy, Nyjer Morgan lead Indians past Padres

Cleveland Indians' David Murphy hits a three-run home run off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — It was another chilly night at Progressive Field on Tuesday. Thankfully for the Indians, their bats were plenty warm — at least the ones that David Murphy and Nyjer Morgan were swinging. With temperatures below 50 degrees once again at first pitch, the pair of unlikely catalysts heated up Cleveland’s offense, propelling the Read More…

Indians notes: David Murphy, manager Terry Francona hope four-hit day means right-fielder’s slump is a thing of the past

Cleveland Indians' David Murphy runs out a double off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Right fielder David Murphy had four hits Sunday in the Indians’ 10-7 loss to the Twins. He and manager Terry Francona hope it’s a sign that Murphy is emerging from a slump that has followed him since his final season with the Texas Rangers last year. “That would be great,” Francona said. “The Read More…

Indians-Padres rained out, will play two Wednesday

CLEVELAND — The opener of the Indians’ three-game interleague series against the Padres at Progressive Field on Monday was postponed by rain. With San Diego scheduled for an off day Thursday and this being the Padres’ only trip of the season to Cleveland, the game will be made up as a traditional doubleheader Wednesday. The Read More…

Twins 10, Indians 7: Tribe battles but falls, loses series

Cleveland’s Yan Gomes gets the ball but can’t make the tag as Minnesota’s Trevor Plouffe scores Sunday on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ never-say-die attitude was on display again at Progressive Field on Sunday. Unfortunately for Cleveland, the Twins wouldn’t quit, either. The Indians battled back on numerous occasions in the rubber match of a three-game series with Minnesota but still fell in the end, dropping a 10-7 decision in front of 13,104 fans. Read More…

Indians notes: Reliever Vinnie Pestano fighting for big league life

Vinnie Pestano

CLEVELAND — Vinnie Pestano said he felt better Saturday against the Twins than he has since the start of spring training. The results said otherwise. Pestano, who is trying to keep his roster spot with the impending activation of center fielder Michael Bourn, allowed two runs in the ninth inning of a 7-3 loss to Read More…

Carlos Carrasco shelled early as Indians fall to Twins

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco throws in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The pomp and circumstance from the home opener was gone and so was the dramatic victory Saturday at Progressive Field. A day after rallying to win their first game at home in front of a sellout crowd, the Indians dropped a lackluster decision to the Twins, 7-3, with only 14,153 fans in attendance. Read More…

Indians notes: Inexperienced rotation off to struggling start

CLEVELAND — It’s one start into the regular season, but four members of the Indians’ inexperienced rotation — right-handers Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister, Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco — displayed a lack of command in their debut outings. Kluber started the second game of the year and was roughed up for five earned runs on Read More…

Indians outlast rain, use home runs to wake up offense, rally past Twins and win home opener

040514tribeslide

CLEVELAND — It was celebration day at Progressive Field on Friday — and the festivities began early. During the morning hours, the Indians announced they had agreed to terms on a contract extension with all-star second baseman Jason Kipnis. In the afternoon leading up to the home opener, the team fought inclement weather to commemorate Read More…

Scott Petrak: Signing young players like Jason Kipnis to long-term contracts proves Indians taking winning seriously

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis smiles during an exhibition baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

CLEVELAND — The first Indians home win of the season came early Friday morning. Before the 133-minute rain delay that included a half-hour of bright sunshine. Before the offense erupted for seven runs in its last three at-bats. Before starting pitcher Danny Salazar fought through 5⅔ innings and the bullpen slammed the door. Before the Read More…

Indians notes: Times are changing for Tribe

Balloons fly during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Times are changing for the Indians. “It’s not the same,” first baseman Nick Swisher said of the national perception of Cleveland’s baseball team. “I can even go off when I came here when I was with other teams. It was always fun for me to come over here, but you always knew if Read More…