May 22, 2015

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Chris Assenheimer: Still time for Tribe turnaround, but …

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ miserable month of April didn’t take them out of contention in the Central Division, but it was a pretty good start. Meaning it was a pretty good start to taking them out of contention, not that it was a pretty good start, overall. It obviously wasn’t, since Cleveland pulled into May Read More…

Indians notes: Anthony Swarzak designated to clear room for Bruce Chen

CLEVELAND — Anthony Swarzak was the odd man out. With the Indians needing to clear a roster spot for Saturday’s starting pitcher Bruce Chen, Swarzak, who is out of minor league options, was designated for assignment. The hope is that the right-hander will clear waivers and accept an assignment at Triple-A Columbus. Swarzak, who was Read More…

Twins 9, Indians 3: Torii Hunter torches Tribe in series opener

CLEVELAND — It was a beautiful night for baseball at Progressive Field on Friday — if you played for the Minnesota Twins. With temperatures above 80 degrees at first pitch, the Twins stayed hot, throttling the Indians 9-3 in the opener of a three-game series between Central Division rivals. Minnesota won for the 11th time Read More…

Indians notes: Mike Aviles placed on family medical emergency list

CLEVELAND — The Indians placed utility player Mike Aviles on the family medical emergency list prior to the series opener with Minnesota on Friday, replacing him on the 25-man roster with Triple-A Columbus infielder/outfielder Zach Walters. The team would not disclose the nature of the emergency, with manager Terry Francona telling reporters only that, “It’s Read More…

Royals 7, Indians 4: Corey Kluber loses again, remains winless following Cy Young season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Corey Kluber knows his record, but would prefer not to dwell on it. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner remained winless through seven starts this season after the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Thursday. “Whether it’s good or bad I don’t think you dwell on it,” Read More…

Indians 10, Royals 3: Tribe solves lefty Danny Duffy, erupts for easy win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Indians had won just twice in their first 11 games against left-handed starters this season, and were forced to face Royals lefty Danny Duffy on the mound Wednesday night. They didn’t have to look at him for long. Just about everyone in the Cleveland lineup drove in a run as Read More…

Royals’ defense frustrates Indians

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Every time someone from the Indians belted a ball into the outfield, there was someone wearing white with “Royals” across their jersey there to catch it. It made for a frustrating night for Cleveland manager Terry Francona. “We hit some balls real well,” he said after his club managed two hits Read More…

Indians battle back for unlikely victory over Blue Jays

CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona said his team found itself at a crossroads during the middle of the series finale with Toronto on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately for the Indians — and possibly for the rest of their season — they found a path to victory. Facing a sizable deficit after a rough outing from starting Read More…

Indians notes: Nick Swisher could be back for Twins series

CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher was back in Cleveland on Sunday for an evaluation. The next step is likely activation from the disabled list. Swisher, who underwent offseason surgery on both knees, has played in six minor league rehab games for Triple-A Columbus, batting .375 (9-for-24) with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs. He Read More…

Blue Jays 11, Indians 4: Tribe, Corey Kluber trounced at home

CLEVELAND — The month of April was not kind to Indians pitcher Corey Kluber. His first start in May was even worse. The right-hander lasted a season-low five innings Saturday afternoon, allowing five runs and eight hits as the Toronto Blue Jays crushed Cleveland 11-4 at Progressive Field. Kluber (0-4, 4.62 ERA) was lifted after Read More…