January 27, 2015

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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…

Detroit scores 7 runs in 11th to take series finale against Indians

Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez watches his three-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Josh Tomlin in the 11th inning of a baseball game, Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Detroit Tigers started out strong Thursday night. Nine innings later, they finished even stronger. After scoring four times in the first innings, the Tigers’ offense went into a slumber until the 11th when it broke through for seven runs in an 11-4 win over the Cleveland Indians. “It was a little bit Read More…

Indians’ Danny Salazar dominates Detroit for first career shutout

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar reacts after his team defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-0 in a baseball game, Wednesda, in Cleveland. Salazar pitched his first career shutout and gave up eight hits. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Danny Salazar pumped his fist, broke into a big smile and hugged his teammates. A pitcher’s first career shutout is certainly reason to celebrate. Salazar (6-6) struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 7-0 on Wednesday night. “I really wanted to finish,” he said. Read More…

Tigers 4, Indians 2: Heartbreaking loss for Tribe, as Detroit rallies against Allen

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen, left, waits for Detroit Tigers' J.D. Martinez, right, to run the bases after Martinez hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday in Cleveland. Torii Hunter and Steven Moya scored on the play. The Tigers defeated the Indians 4-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians were three outs away from celebrating a hard-fought victory over three-time defending Central Division champion Detroit on Tuesday night at Progressive Field. Unfortunately for the hometown team, those three outs didn’t arrive until after J.D. Martinez clouted a three-run home run off closer Cody Allen that left Cleveland on the end Read More…

Indians notes: Ryan Raburn activated from DL, back in lineup

Ryan Raburn

CLEVELAND — Ryan Raburn was activated from the disabled list and was in the lineup Tuesday at designated hitter. It’s been a rough season for the 32-year-old Raburn, who signed a two-year contract extension worth $4.85 million last year, and entered Tuesday batting just .191 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 70 games. Read More…

Tigers 12, Indians 1: Detroit clubs Kluber, Tribe in series opener

Cleveland’s Mike Aviles can’t hold onto a ball hit by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in the third inning Monday in Cleveland. The Tigers scored three runs in the inning after the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Ace Corey Kluber has lifted the Indians up on so many occasions this season that it was almost shocking to see the right-hander let them down Monday at Progressive Field. In the opener of a pivotal four-game series against Central Division rival Detroit, Kluber offered up his worst outing of the season as Read More…