April 16, 2014

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Tribe, ex-Indian Scott Kazmir face off today in day-night doubleheader after rainout

Scott Kazmir

OAKLAND, Calif. — Scott Kazmir will have to wait at least one more day to make his debut for the Oakland Athletics and pitch against his former team. It’s not exactly the kind of doubleheader he had planned. The game between the A’s and Cleveland Indians was postponed because of rain Tuesday night. It was Read More…

Indians 2, A’s 0: Tribe scores 2 in 9th, opens season with close victory

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Nyjer Morgan hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning against new Athletics closer Jim Johnson and the Cleveland Indians sent Oakland to its major league-record 10th straight opening loss with a 2-0 victory Monday night. Nick Swisher added an RBI single against Johnson (0-1), who was then pulled from his Read More…

Indians catcher Yan Gomes on signing extension: ‘There’s not another place I would want to be’

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes watches from the dugout Monday in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Catcher Yan Gomes finds no issues in making a long-term commitment to the Cleveland Indians. He is confident the franchise’s strides in a turnaround 2013 season will carry over to future success starting this season. Gomes and the Indians completed a $23 million, six-year contract Monday after his breakout performance last season. Read More…

A day like no other: Indians excited to start the season

Cleveland Indians' Nick Swisher does a little bat tapping around the batting cage Saturday in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

CLEVELAND — It’s an event like no other for baseball players and fans: Opening Day. For the Indians, it’s actually Opening Night, with Cleveland beginning its quest to return to the postseason for the second straight year at 10:05 p.m. against the A’s at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. “It’s one of the best days,” Read More…

Indians: Catcher Yan Gomes agrees to six-year, $23 million deal

San Diego Padres' Chase Headley tags home plate ahead of the tag by Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

CLEVELAND — Yan Gomes didn’t need long to prove to the Indians he was worth keeping around for a while. Following a breakout season in 2013, the catcher has agreed to terms with Cleveland on a multiyear contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday. Gomes batted .294 with 11 Read More…

Former Indians first baseman Ryan Garko happy to be coaching and back at Stanford

New Stanford assistant baseball coach Ryan Garko poses at the Sunken Diamond in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

STANFORD, Calif. — When Ryan Garko played at Stanford, he hung on every word Barry Bonds offered about hitting as the eventual home run king trained and took his swings on campus alongside the college kids and a few other pros. Now it is Garko sharing some of those very tips, and also his own, Read More…

Indians: Carlos Carrasco given 5th spot in rotation

Carlos Carrasco

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians have their fifth starter. Carlos Carrasco earned the final spot in the starting rotation. The Indians said Wednesday that Carrasco will start April 5 against Minnesota. Cleveland chose Carrasco over Josh Tomlin. Carrasco joins Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar in the rotation. The 27-year-old Carrasco made Read More…

Cavs hang on to defeat Raptors despite letting big lead slip away, making potentially costly mistake

The Cavs' Tristan Thompson throws down two of his 15 points Tuesday night at The Q. He also had 13 rebounds. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers get a pardon for forgetting how to play with a gigantic lead, but they’ve used all their mulligans when it comes to botched inbounds plays. In the end, however, Cleveland overcame both Tuesday to hold on for a 102-100 win over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. “That’s a game, Read More…

Indians’ Mike Aviles has the talent, versatility and team-first attitude to be the perfect role player

Cleveland Indians' Mike Aviles jogs home after a solo home run off. Aviles' ability to play just about any position keeps his spot on the roster secure. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — After infielder Mike Aviles started in center field March 16 against the Chicago Cubs, he had a brief conversation with Indians manager Terry Francona. The exchange Aviles recounted revealed his willingness to do anything to help his team, even though he wasn’t sure he’d met Francona’s standards. “How did you feel?” Francona asked Read More…

Indians center fielder Michael Bourn to open season on disabled list

Michael Bourn (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn will start the season on the disabled list because of a tight left hamstring, though he could return the first week. The Indians will put Bourn on the DL before their opener March 31 at Oakland. The move can be made retroactive and sideline him for Read More…