April 25, 2015

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Did someone say jinx? Indians lose to White Sox for fourth straight setback; Carlos Carrasco takes line drive off jaw

CLEVELAND — If the Indians didn’t already believe in the “Sports Illustrated jinx,” they do now. A season that has begun about as poorly as possible got a little worse Tuesday night when starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco had to leave the series opener against the White Sox after being struck in the face by a Read More…

Indians notes: Michael Brantley out of lineup again with bad back

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley still isn’t playing, and the Indians still aren’t willing to place the All-Star left fielder on the disabled list. Brantley, who has been battling lower-back issues since early into spring training,  was out of the lineup Tuesday for the fifth time in seven games to start the season, and likely won’t Read More…

Indians: Carlos Carrasco leaves game after being struck by line drive

CLEVELAND — Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco left Tuesday’s game in the opening inning after being struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Chicago’s Melky Cabrera. Carrasco was taken off the field on a cart and examined, with the Indians announcing during the game that he had sustained a jaw Read More…

Indians Commentary: Tigers continue to dominate Tribe, and Cleveland fans better get used to it

On June 21, the Indians should send a card to the Detroit Tigers. After all, the four-time Central Division champions are their daddy. There’s no use fighting it anymore, Tribe fans. The Tigers own the Indians. Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and the boys prove it year in and year out. It’s a fact, and you Read More…

Home and House wreckers: Tigers flex their muscles, pound TJ House on way to sweeping Indians at Progressive Field

CLEVELAND — The Indians had the opportunity to make an early statement with the Detroit Tigers in town for the first series at renovated Progressive Field, while reaffirming the lofty projections placed upon them. The Indians made a statement all right. It read: “We still can’t beat the Tigers.” Capping a highly forgettable weekend, Cleveland Read More…

Indians notes: Catcher Yan Gomes sidelined for 6-8 weeks

CLEVELAND — It didn’t take long for injuries to start striking out key players for the Indians. As expected, Cleveland placed catcher Yan Gomes (right knee sprain) on the disabled list prior to Sunday’s series finale with the Tigers. Gomes is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks with what the Indians are calling a Read More…

Tigers 9, Indians 6: Tribe’s bullpen blowup ruins Jerry Sands’ big day

CLEVELAND — A shoddy performance from the Indians bullpen robbed Jerry Sands of the glory Saturday at Progressive Field. Sands, an unheralded outfielder promoted Friday from Triple-A Columbus, delivered the big hit on two occasions, but the surprising effort went for naught as Cleveland fell once again, 9-6, to the four-time Central Division champion Tigers. Read More…

Indians Commentary: Who has the edge in Cleveland-Detroit matchup?

With four-time defending Central Division champion Detroit in town for the first series at revamped Progressive Field, now seems like an opportune time to explore the head-to-head matchups between the two teams many believe will be battling for the division crown: First base Carlos Santana (Indians) vs. Miguel Cabrera (Tigers): Santana, a career .248 hitter, Read More…

Indians Notes: Michael Brantley out of lineup again Saturday with back issues

CLEVELAND — Lower-back issues forced All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley back to the bench Saturday. Manager Terry Francona told reporters that Brantley’s back flared up in the home-opening loss to Detroit on Friday. Brantley, who has been bothered by lower-back stiffness since spring training, has missed three of Cleveland’s first five games due to the Read More…

The home opener: Tigers spoil the party, beat Indians 8-4

CLEVELAND — There was a brand-new look and a different vibe at Progressive Field for the home opener Friday afternoon. The end result for the Indians against four-time defending Central Division champion Detroit, however, remained the same — another loss. With their revamped park packed full of optimistic fans fueled by lofty national predictions for Read More…