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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…

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…