July 29, 2014

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Indians 7, Royals 3: Tribe clicks on all cylinders for victory

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CLEVELAND — It was a perfect night Saturday at Progressive Field for the Indians. And it had nothing to do with the weather — though that was ideal as well. Third-place Cleveland clicked in pretty much every department against the second-place Royals, paving the way for a 7-3 victory that left the Indians three games Read More…

MLB Commentary: Taking a look at the right choices to be All-Star starters

The starting lineups — position players — for the July 15 All-Star Game in Minneapolis will be announced tonight. Here’s a preview of what they are expected to look like. The “people’s choice” is the leader in the latest voting results at their respective position: American League FIRST BASE The candidates: Jose Abreu (White Sox), Miguel Read More…

Indians Notes: Manager Terry Francona not sweating Jason Kipnis’ struggles

Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis hits a single off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura in the seventh inning Friday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis has struggled at the plate for much of the season. Manager Terry Francona has hardly noticed. “I don’t really look at Kip’s numbers very much because he’s going to play and he’s going to help us win,” Francona said of Kipnis, who is batting .253 with three home Read More…

Royals 7, Indians 1: Josh Tomlin, offense fail Tribe in dud of a start to homestand

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin delivers in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ 10-game homestand started on a sour note Friday night, thanks to pitcher Josh Tomlin. The right-hander allowed five runs in 5⅔ innings, including a three-run homer to Mike Moustakas, as the Kansas City Royals beat the Tribe 7-1 in front of a sellout crowd at Progressive Field. Tomlin (5-6, 4.11 ERA) Read More…

Indians Notes: Nick Swisher celebrates Fourth of July, grateful for troops

CLEVELAND — Designated hitter Nick Swisher was proud to wear a patriotic-themed Indians cap as part of MLB’s Fourth of July celebration. “Swish” enjoyed it so much, in fact, that he offered a suggestion to the league’s marketing department for next year. “If it was up to me, we’d be wearing flags all over our Read More…

Indians break even on long road trip thanks to comeback victory over Dodgers

The Cleveland Indians players celebrate their team's 5-4 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES — The Cleveland Indians had plenty to talk about on the flight home at the end of a 4-4 road trip. There were back-to-back losses in one-hit shutouts and a rare 7-2-4 triple play that required two video replays to confirm. There was also the three-run eighth inning they had against Brian Wilson Read More…

Indians break out of slump, turn replay-aided triple play in win over Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon, right, is tagged out at home by Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes after Adrian Gonzalez lined into a triple play. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LOS ANGELES — The Cleveland Indians turned an unorthodox triple play that required two replay reviews, and David Murphy broke out of a 1-for-44 slump with three hits in a 10-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Lonnie Chisenhall started things off for Cleveland with a two-run homer against Josh Beckett (5-5). Read More…

Indians manage just a single hit for second straight game, lose 1-0 to Dodgers

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LOS ANGELES — For the third straight game, the Cleveland Indians were involved in a one-hit shutout. And for the second day in a row, they were on the short end. Michael Bourn was awarded a single in the third inning after umpire Adrian Johnson’s original call was reversed on a replay challenge by manager Read More…

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez shuts down Indians

Fans in the "King's Court" section hold up "K cards" as they cheer for Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez against the Indians Sunday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE — Cleveland Indians left-hander T.J. House threw one bad pitch to Robinson Cano. When Felix Hernandez is throwing for the opposing team, one bad pitch can be enough to lose a ballgame. Cano hit a two-run homer off House in the sixth inning, and the Indians managed just one hit Sunday in a 3-0 Read More…

Indians commentary: Asdrubal Cabrera facing more criticism than the rest

Cleveland Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera swings at a ball against the Seattle Mariners Friday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Though pretty much every Indians position player has struggled offensively at times over the first three months of the season, an inordinate amount of fan venom has been reserved for Cleveland’s most decorated player — two-time All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. It hasn’t been aimed at Nick Swisher, who has just started to hear faint boos from Read More…