December 22, 2014

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Pitching powers Indians again as they edge Astros 2-1 in 13 innings

Cleveland Indians' Mike Aviles hits a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to bring in Jose Ramirez in the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Thursday in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON — The Cleveland Indians relied on their pitching again, and their offense came alive just in time to beat the Houston Astros. Mike Aviles’ sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Indians a 2-1 win Thursday night. Ramirez doubled with one out before Samuel Deduno (2-6) walked Michael Brantley Read More…

Kluber strikes out career-high 14 as Indians end four-game skid

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

HOUSTON — Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and the Cleveland Indians halted their four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Kluber (16-9) allowed one run and seven hits to earn his third straight win. His previous high for strikeouts was 13 against the Read More…

Hope fading fast for Indians after loss to Astros drops them 6 games back in hunt for second wild card

Cleveland Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez fields an infield hit by Houston Astros' Jake Marisnick during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday in Houston. Marisnick was safe at first with a single. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON — The Cleveland Indians’ wild-card hopes took another hit Monday night with their fourth straight loss. Jose Altuve had three hits to give him 209 this season and drove in two runs, leading the Houston Astros to a 3-1 victory. The Indians know they have to figure out a way to get back on Read More…

Indians swept out of Detroit on another late home run off Bryan Shaw

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw throws during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians can probably start thinking about October vacation plans. Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Tigers beat the Indians 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep that left Cleveland five games back for the second AL wild card with 14 games left. “Now we’re going Read More…

Tigers beat Indians again, this time with late home run

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw throws during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — Bryan Shaw has been as dependable as they come for the Cleveland Indians in relief this season. However, one pitch proved costly for the right-hander and his teammates Saturday night. Shaw (5-4) gave up Alex Avila’s two-out, two-run homer in the eighth as the third-place Indians blew a lead and lost 5-4 to Read More…

Carlos Carrasco picks bad day for an off game as Indians drop opener of big series with Tigers

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Friday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — Carlos Carrasco’s terrific month helped Cleveland keep its flickering playoff hopes alive. But the Indians are running out of time — and the right-hander finally faltered a bit. Carrasco allowed four runs in 6⅓ innings and Cleveland lost 7-2 on Friday night to the Tigers. Detroit moved into first place in the AL Read More…

Indians notes: Carlos Santana salvages season and then some

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana celebrates after a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — If Carlos Santana is feeling the effects of a long season, it’s tough to tell. Despite dealing with nagging leg injuries recently, the Indians first baseman continues to surge after a seriously slow start. Santana, who is hitting .235 with 27 home runs and 77 RBIs in 136 games, was batting just .153 Read More…

Pitching keeping Indians alive in race for postseason berth

Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber pitches in a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Saturday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — There is only one reason the Indians are still alive in the race for a postseason berth: Pitching. Cleveland’s staff has been one of the majors’ best since the All-Star break — ranking fifth with a 3.02 ERA — and it’s kept the Indians relevant in the Central Division standings and the American Read More…

Indians notes: Francona weighs in on season thus far

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley slides into third base running from first on an errant pickoff throw in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox Sept. 6 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The season isn’t over, but prior to the series opener with Minnesota on Tuesday, manager Terry Francona gave a pretty good synopsis of how the year has gone thus far through 142 games. “I think there’s been more things maybe not quite go as we anticipated, and because of that, we’ve had some Read More…

Carlos Carrasco continues dominating ways, pitches Tribe to sweep of White Sox

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers against the Chicago White Sox, Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — If you saw Carlos Carrasco at the beginning of the season, you wouldn’t recognize him now. He still stands 6-foot-3 and weighs around 215 pounds, but the right-hander is just pitching a whole lot better. Yanked from the rotation and banished to the bullpen, Carrasco has returned in dominant fashion. Sunday he turned Read More…