November 29, 2014

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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…

Indians notes: Francisco Lindor won’t be making major league debut this season

Chicago White Sox's Andy Wilkins tags out Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez at first base Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Though the seasons of Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus are completed, manager Terry Francona said Sunday there would be no additional September call-ups. That means the Indians’ top prospect — shortstop Francisco Lindor — will not be making his much-anticipated major league debut. Lindor, 20, had a productive third full professional season, earning Read More…

Indians ace Corey Kluber gets his groove back, shuts down White Sox on five hits

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws to first to drive back Chicago White Sox's Adam Eaton Saturday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Corey Kluber had gone four starts and four weeks since his last victory. He took a sledgehammer to that skid Saturday night. The right-hander tossed a five-hit complete game, allowing zero earned runs, as the Tribe outlasted the Chicago White Sox 3-1 at Progressive Field. Kluber (14-9, 2.51 ERA) struck out Read More…

A healthy cut: David Murphy, fresh off disabled list, gets game-winning hit as Indians down White Sox in 10 innings

CLEVELAND — David Murphy’s return helped give the Cleveland Indians a much-needed win. Murphy, activated from the disabled list before the game, drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded, pinch-hit single in the 10th inning and the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Friday night. Murphy, who pulled a right oblique muscle Read More…