April 25, 2015

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Scott Petrak: Tribe needs big year from Zach McAllister, but right-hander gets off to ragged start in loss in home opener

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ fate this season could hinge on Zach McAllister’s right arm. That looked like a losing proposition Friday during a disappointing home opener played in a stiff wind but under brilliant sunshine. McAllister started, struggled and took the loss in an 8-4 defeat to the despised Detroit Tigers. McAllister didn’t get much Read More…

Indians notes: Brantley back in lineup for home opener

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley was back in the lineup Friday after missing the final two games of the season-opening series at Houston, but lower-back stiffness could be problematic for last year’s American League MVP finalist. Brantley began dealing with back soreness during the early stages of spring training — a problem that lingered into the Read More…

Four Indians pitchers strike out 16, walk seven, come up just two outs shy of a team no-hitter in 5-1 victory over Astros

HOUSTON — Even if four Cleveland Indians pitchers had combined on a no-hitter, manager Terry Francona wasn’t certain it would’ve been cause for celebration. Jed Lowrie broke up the bid by hitting a home run with one out in the ninth inning for Houston’s only hit Thursday in a 5-1 win for the Indians. Before Read More…

Indians have big day planned for home opener

CLEVELAND — Progressive Field underwent a facelift this offseason, and Tribe fans will get their first look today when the Indians face four-time defending Central Division champion Detroit in the home opener. As usual, a sell-out crowd is expected to flock to Cleveland’s park — tickets were gone in 11 minutes on the first day Read More…

Santana gets birthday blast to help Indians beat Astros

HOUSTON — Carlos Santana is beginning to develop a knack for hitting home runs on his birthday. Santana celebrated his 29th birthday in style Wednesday night, hitting a solo homer to help the Indians to a 2-0 win over the Houston Astros. It’s the third home run he’s hit on his birthday after knocking two Read More…

Indians: Carlos Carrasco rewarded for maturity, signs four-year, $22 million extension

CLEVELAND — The powerful arm was always apparent, and so was Carlos Carrasco’s potential. When they merged last season, the Indians believed they had another quality starter for the future. Carrasco finalized a $22 million, four-year contract on Tuesday, a day before he makes his season debut against Houston and two days after the Indians Read More…

Corey Kluber has strong outing, but Indians can’t muster any offense, drop season opener to Astros

HOUSTON — Corey Kluber pretty much picked up right where he left off in his Cy Young season. That still wasn’t enough for the Cleveland Indians. Kluber didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning, but the Indians were outdone Monday night by Dallas Keuchel and timely Houston hitting in a 2-0 win by the Read More…

Indians brass thrilled with Progressive Field renovation

CLEVELAND — Like an excited little kid, Indians president Mark Shapiro couldn’t wait to show off the new seats next to the relocated bullpens inside Progressive Field. “Check those out,” Shapiro said, smiling and pointing toward three rows of seats in front of the Indians’ bullpen and behind the outfield wall. “There’s nothing like it Read More…

Indians: Young rotation at forefront of Tribe’s chances

The Indians don’t have a power-packed lineup. There’s no Miguel Cabrera or David Ortiz swinging the lumber in the middle of Cleveland’s batting order. That didn’t stop many respected media members — some of them former big leaguers — from picking the Indians to win the Central Division. What the Indians are projected to possess Read More…

Indians: 5 reasons why, 5 reasons why not

5 reasons … the indians will win the central division 1.     A rotation that was one of baseball’s best throughout the second half of last season continues the trend for the whole season, with defending Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber proving that 2014 was far from a fluke. Pitching wins pennants, and the Read More…